Monday, February 22, 2016

BFI Flare Announces 30th Anniversary Line Up - Here's Our Top Picks

Monday, February 22, 2016

Well first of all, sorry for the absence. You know how it is - life gets in the way etc, but we're happy to return with a big one - BFI Flare's 30th Anniversary announcement!

BFI Flare is easily the best film festival we have in good ol' London town, and we've been lucky to attend the festival a few times now. But of course, as the festival celebrates the big THREE-ZERO, they are bringing out the big leagues to celebrate the festival this year. Tongue Loose takes a look at the films you should be looking out for this year:

The Pass 
It's no surprise that this will be the film opening up the festival. Adapted from the play, The Pass follows the story of two up and coming premier league footballers as they prepare to both make their debut in a match. Sharing a hotel room, a course of action leads to a major impact in their public and private life over the next decade. Russell Tovey and Arinze Kene reprise their roles from the play.

Holding The Man 

If you're looking for the heart warming but gut wrenching film of the festival this would be it. Based on a true story, Holding The Man is a fifteen year look at the relationship of Tim (Ryan Corr) and John (Craig Stott) starting all the way from high school to a tragic end. The film also includes the cream of the Australian acting crop including Guy Pearce, Geoffrey Rush and Anthony LaPaglia.

The Girl King 
Is there anything better than a story about a woman with all the power? Well Sweden's The Girl King has everything you can ask for. Christina (Malin Buska) is sworn into the throne aged six years old, and she becomes a beacon of hope for modernising Sweden, but conservative forces are not happy with it. She finds solace and love in her "intimate" friend Ebba Sparre (Sarah Gadon), and tries to continue her dream of a modern free land.

Carmin Tropical 

2014's Carmin Tropical will finally be making its way to our rainy shores, and we could not be more excited for it! Directed by Rigoberto Perezcano, Carmin Tropical is a murder mystery with a Trans protagonist. Follow Mabel (Jose Pescina) as she goes back to her hometown following the disappearance of her friend Dani. The film had a lot of hype on the festival circuit, so it will definitely be one to look out for.

BFI Flare will run 16th - 27th March. 

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