Previews from the London Film Festival 10-21 October – Wildlife and Crystal Swan.
First Lookby Alexa Dalby
Paul Dano’s directorial debut is a scorching coming-of-age drama of a family coming apart in a Montana town threatened by wild fires. It stars Carey Mulligan and Carey Mulligan as the mismatched parents, with a compelling debut from Ed Oxenbould, a son wise beyond his years.
Wildlife screens at the BFI LFF on 13, 14 and 15 October.
Darya Zhuk’s Crystal Swan may be the first feature you’ll see from Belarus, a country that freed itself from the Soviet Union yet still finds itself no better off. Alina Nasibullina is charismatic as Velya, the rebel whose single-minded pursuit of a US visa takes her from the capital and embroils her with a chaotic provincial family.
Crystal Swan screens at the BFI LFF on 14 and 16 October.