During the BFI London Film Festival, DocGeeks will present you every day with a bite-size oversight of the documentaries screening at the various festival locations.
On the third day of the festival the BFI presents us with seven documentaries:
Love from the Grave will be screening at the BFI Southbank at 1.15pm. The documentary was filmed over a number of years by David Vondráček’s who recorded the lives of Jan and Jana, a homeless couple who find refuge in a cemetery in the Prague borough of Strašnice. They hardly lead an easy life, living of food from garbage containers and trading the books and porn magazines. Despite all this though they manage to live a life of independence, love and humour.
At the ICA at 2pm you can catch My Amityville Horror, a documentary about Daniel Lutz, who was 10 years old when his parents fled the infamous 112 Ocean Drive after living there less than a month, claiming to have endured an onslaught of poltergeist activity. Filmmaker Eric Walter doesn’t need to explain every supposedly occurrence, but instead digs deep to uncover a sad and strange tale of a dysfunctional family. – This film will also be screening at the BFI Southbank 15 October 6.30pm.
Solar Eclipse (Pod sluncem tma) is screening this afternoon at 3.30pm at the BFI Southbank.Martin Mareček’s revealing documentary about two Czech technical experts working in Zambia sheds some uncomfortable light on a clash of cultures. – This film will also be screening at the ICA 17 October 9pm.
You can catch a nice portrait documentary at the VUE at 6pm. This doc, entitled For No Good Reason, depicts the wild life, and wilder art, of Ralph Steadman, a man frequently celebrated for his brilliant illustrations accompanying the writings of Hunter S Thompson, and their defining collaborations defining the Gonzo school of journalism that emerged to critically examine the American establishment during the eras of Vietnam and Nixon. – This film will also be screening at the VUE 13 October 12.30pm and 14 October at the Screen on the Green at 2pm.
Les Invisibles at the Ciné Lumière at 6pm is an enlightening documentary from Sébastien Lifshitz, exploring the lives of 11 gay men and women over the age of 70. United only by their homosexuality, every one of them has a very different tale to tell.– This film will also be screening at the BFI Southbank 14 October 12.45pm and 16 October, 6.15pm at the Hackney Picturehouse.
What is Love examines what it says on the package, and according to the BFI “Ruth Mader’s contemplation of relationships between families, husbands and wives or with God, taking place in different strata of society, makes for an exquisite film. The film’s title is tellingly without a question mark, and while it would be difficult to argue it provides a definitive answer to what love is, What is Love suggests it can be something that is beautifully mundane.” — This film will also be screening at the Renoir 14 October 1pm.
If you crave a bit more drama, then perhaps The Summit is something for you. In August 2008, 22 climbers from a number of international expeditions reached the High Camp of K2, the final stop before reaching the peak of the mountain, on an expedition renowned among adventurers as extremely dangerous to attempt. Only 11 would make it down from there. The Summit is a feature-length documentary about the deadliest day in modern mountain climbing history. – This film will also be screening at the VUE 15 October 3.15pm.
Tickets can be ordered on the BFI London Film Festival website.