Here are 10 films at London Film Festival 2010 that you should not miss selected for you by our team at Monsters & Critics.
1) 13 Assassins: Takashi Miike returns to the big screen with a remake of Eiichi Kudo's 1963 Samurai film - although Miike through and through, 13 Assasins shows the cult director in true master form with a killer final act which once seen will not be forgotten!
2)Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale Ever wonder where Santa comes from? Well, wonder no more as director Jalmari Helander takes you on a strange journey into the depths of the Korvanturi mountains to reveal the secret behind Christmas and Santa Claus. Based on the director's cult shorts this strange, enchanting film is bound to be one of the surprise hits of the festival!
3)Cold Fish: One of the standout films at this year's Fantastic Fest, Shion Sono's exploration of a man's descent into madness and murder may be shorter than 4 hour epic 'Love Exposure' - however it is certainly no less powerful. Dead cert performances and an astounding atmosphere ensures that this is one of those films which lingers in your mind long after you've left the cinema.
4)Carlos: Oliver Assayas's 6 hour epic is something to behold: beautifully shot and exquisitely plotted, this is the kind of film which makes you glad to be in the cinema. Edgar Ramirez's assured performance as the titular Carlos is nothing short of magnificient and the film does not falter once during its' extraordinary running time due to exceptional set-pieces which propel the story forward. Do not miss your chance to see it uncut at LFF only!
5)Cold Weather: A crime film like no other, Cold Weather dances between the line of neo-noir and Robert Altman's The Long Goodbye. At once thrilling and darkly funny too, this indpendent film about a man who becomes involved in his ex-girlfriend's disapperance is certain to be a talking point after the festival.
6)The Peddler: The best documentary of the year is a heartwarming tale of a dreamer: Daniel Burmeister who is a self-trained moviemaker travelling around Argentina from village to village making movies. Exceptional in every possible way, this unique tale of a man in love with cinema bringing people together is certainly something to behold.
7)Amigo: A new John Sayles film is always a reason for celebration and this one proves to be no different. Focusing on the Philippines - American war , John Sayles carefully constracuts a multi-layered account of invasion and resistance set in and around Luzon in 1900's whilst managing to make some sombre statements which apply to the wars America is involved in today.
8)End Of Animal: A striking debut from Korea, End Of Animal is a post-apocalpytic road movie set when electricity disappears and Soon-Young finds herself stranded on the road. Playing like The Road seen askew through a prism , this amazing debut reaches dark and frightening places Hollywood can only dream of.
9)Loose Cannons: Ferhan Ozpetek's tale of an Italian pasta making family and the secrets they have to face is a comic drama with exceptional performances from the ensemble cast. Although played largely for laughs most of the way, the film nonetheless packs a powerful emotional punch at its' climax and may also be able to lay claim to the most striking opening of any film within the festival!
10)Truce: A unique vision of the Russian countryside, Truce explores the dynamics of relationship between three friends set in a nameless no man's land. Assured and eccentric direction coupled with quirky characters make this study of rural Russia an absolute joy to watch.