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Five international film festivals happening in London this week

Posted at 7:30 pm, November 1, 2013 in Arts & Entertainment
Just between us © Nikola Predović

The recent bonanza of international film festivals continues over the next seven days with fresh wedges of subtitled celluloid from across the world…

The Croatian Film Festival
The Croatian Film Festival is already in full swing and runs until tomorrow at the LOST Theatre in Wandsworth. It’s part of a raft of cultural celebrations laid on over the last year to celebrate the country’s long-awaited accession to the EU. Tonight’s top offering is ‘Just Between Us’ (above) by Rajko Grlić, an epic tale of cheating couples in Zagreb: tomorrow’s pick of the flicks, meanwhile, is ‘Lea and Darija’, the true story of two teenage dancers and the upheaval brought to their lives by the outbreak of World War II.

Film Africa
Today marks the start of the Royal African Society’s annual film festival, which runs until November 10. Launched in 2011, it celebrates films from across the continent: big draws include the UK premiere of ‘The Battle of Tabatô’ a meditation on post-colonialism by Portuguese director Joao Viana, and the extraordinary ‘Death Metal Angola’, which tracks a couple’s efforts to launch the first hard rock festival in Angola.

The London Korean Film Festival
The London Korean Film Festival hits town from November 7-15 before roadshowing off around the country. A big focus of this year’s fest is filmmaker Kang Woo-Suk, with screenings of some of his best work, including recent hit ‘Fist of Legend’: you can also expect shorts from the best new auteurs and Q&As with actors including Son Hyun-joo, star of ‘Hide and Seek’.

Russian Film Festival
Also launching on Nov 7 is the Russian Film Festival, which will be filling up the Empire Cinema Leicester Square and the May Fair Theatre with a smartly-curated mix of documentaries, comedy and high drama. The weekend of the 9th and 10th has a focus on modern animation: the 9th is particularly good for families, with a dedicated session for kids.

French Film Festival
Finally, from November 7-21 there’s the annual French Film Festival, a wide-ranging offering with no fewer than 30 UK premieres. Films screened at the Institut Francais’s Ciné Lumière in South Ken include the award-laden classic ‘Life and Nothing But’ by Bertrand Tavernier and ‘Attila Marcel’, the new release from Sylvain Chomet, which follows the emotional awakening of a mute Parisian 30-something orphan pianist. Lots of fun.

For more alternative film fun, head to Time Out’s film events page.

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