London Film Festival top picks: ‘Thrill’

Time Out's critics select five films to look out for in the London Film Festival's ‘Thrill’ strand

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If you thought film festivals were all about the art not the excitement, think again. In the ‘thrill’ strand we find Robert Redford lost at sea on a sinking yacht, Orson Welles freaking out in a hall of mirrors and Korean gangsters going kill-crazy in the Seoul underworld.

  • All is Lost

    The second film from ‘Margin Call’ director JC Chandor follows Robert Redford’s solo sailor as his boat hits trouble in the Pacific and he finds himself in a battle for survival. With a one-man cast list and precious little dialogue, the film will have to rely almost entirely on the skills of its director and leading man.

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    All is Lost
  • Drones

    ‘Drones’ is low in budget but apparently high in ambition, digging into the methods and madness behind modern American warfare with a tale of unmanned drone pilots in a Nevada bunker.

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    Drones
  • Heli

    Law, what is it good for? Not much in Mexican filmmaker Amat Escalante's third feature ‘Heli’, a portrait of a poor, hardworking family screwed once by crime and once again for luck by the authorities in small-town Mexico.

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    Heli
  • The Lady From Shanghai

    Orson Welles is an Irish sailor who accompanies a beautiful woman (Rita Hayworth, then Mrs Welles) and her husband on a sea cruise, and becomes a pawn in a game of murder. Complex, courageous, and utterly compelling.

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    The Lady From Shanghai
  • New World

    Another one of those sprawling crime tales that Korea does so well, ‘New World’ follows an undercover cop (Lee Jungjae) as he works his way ever deeper into the underworld organization known only as Goldmoon.

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    New World

All is Lost

The second film from ‘Margin Call’ director JC Chandor follows Robert Redford’s solo sailor as his boat hits trouble in the Pacific and he finds himself in a battle for survival. With a one-man cast list and precious little dialogue, the film will have to rely almost entirely on the skills of its director and leading man.

Read more about ‘All is Lost’

London Film Festival guide

The 57th BFI London Film Festival kicks off in venues across the city on October 9 2013, screening films from every corner of the globe, from major blockbusters to experimental oddities. There will be star-studded red-carpet galas, hundreds of new features and shorts, plus talks, discussions and workshops – and all of it is open to the public. See our London Film Festival guide to find out how to make the most of it.

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