LFF 2015 Previews Part iii:

The Intriguing Stuff

We like the look of these..

Taxi Tehran (Jafar Panahi)

We very much enjoyed This is Not a Film back in 2011 and here irascible Iranian filmmaker Panahi returns, playing himself driving a 'cab' around Tehran. Having won the Golden Bear at the Berlinale this year, we have high hopes for what looks like a much lighter piece than his previous movie. 

The Daughter (Simon Stone)

Moving from the theatre to the movie adaptation, Stone brings us his adaptation of Henrik Ibsen's The Wild Duck. Which obviously we've not seen. None the less this one stands out as Geoffrey Rush stars in an intriguing premise as his estranged son returns to the logging town in rural Australia...

Cowboys (Thomas Bidegain)

Co-writer of A Prophet and Rust and Bone Bidegain stakes his claim as a director in his own right with this tale of a father facing his own prejudices as searching for his missing daughter. Francois Damiens stars.

Desierto (Jonas Cuaron)

Featuring in official competition this year, Alfonso Cuaron lobs some money has his son and looks on as producer to see how he does. Young Jonas has a decent cast lined up (Gael Garcia Bernal, Jeffrey Dean Morgan) but has a lot to live up with his surname. Morgan is the gun toting border patrol racist to Bernal's everyman immigrant...

Frame by Frame (Alexandria Bombach / Mo Scarpelli)

In documentary competition this year, debut directors Bombach and Scarpelli step inside the fledging free press of Afghanistan. Having being silenced for ten years during the Taliban's reign, where photography was banned, this looks to be a fascinating insight through he eyes of Afghans rather than the Western press.

Very Big Shot (Mir-Jean Bou Chaaya)

Also in competition this year, Lebanese director Bou Chaaya's debut looks to have all the ingredients for a rollercoaster thriller. Explosions, drugs, shootings and a nice vein of left field humour come together as three brothers attempt to extract themselves from the drugs business...

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