Festival film: Grosse Fatigue
Friday 21 October 1994
Directed by Blanc and scripted by Bertrand Blier, that black farceur of French cinema, the film is a sort of surreal Gallic version of The Player, with a throng of stars sending themselves up good-naturedly. This year's LFF is the strongest for some time, with the usual big American previews but also many low-profile films which - like Grosse Fatigue - may never open in the UK. Watch out for Clerks, an offbeat independent American comedy about a bored convenience store clerk; two rare early shorts from the late, great John Cassavetes; Ryaba My Chicken, Andrei Konchalovsky's broad folk comedy set in capitalist Russia; and Through the Olive Trees, a gentle meditation on film-making from the leading Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami. Booking opens to the public on 27 October (details 071 928 3232)
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