LIFF 2011: Day 5 Video Highlights From BFI 55Th London Film Film Festival

Its the end of the night  day 6  of  the 55th BFI London Film Festival  and BFI have released the new day 5 highlights with their daily vodcast.On Day 5 of the Festival, Ralph Fiennes presented his directorial debut Coriolanus, supported by cast members Vanessa Redgrave and Brian Cox, this was also the screening the competition winners attend too!

The people of Rome are hungry – they cannot afford to eat.  Riots are widespread. Their vitriol turns on Caius Martius (later to be Coriolanus), Rome’s foremost general who despises the people.Simultaneously, Rome is at war with the Volsces, a neighbouring state which is lead by Caius Martius’s sworn enemy, Tullus Aufidius. When Caius’s outstanding courage secures the Volscian city of Corioles for Rome and the Volscians are defeated, Caius is newly named Coriolanus in honor of his victory. The people’s anger subsides.

 His mother Volumnia, who has instilled in him a strict martial code of honor, anticipates Coriolanus being elected ‘Consul’ – a ruling position in the Roman senate. In order to be voted Consul, Coriolanus must secure the people’s support. However, the great warrior is loath to engage in the necessary glad-handing and political canvassing that he sees as artificial and contradictory of his personal code.Under pressure he relents but with the minimum of civility. The Tribunes, the elected representatives of the people, persuade the masses that they should renege on their votes and refuse Coriolanus the office of Consul. Coriolanus is enraged and his vocal aggression leads to a major riot after which he is banished from Rome.

 Alone now, he takes himself to the city of Antium, the Volscian capital, home to his enemy, Tullus Aufidius.  Coriolanus seeks out Aufidius and offers either his life or his services against his parent city. Confronted by his greatest enemy, Tullus must decide whether to accept Coriolanus as his warrior in arms and seize the opportunity to defeat an Empire, or to destroy his life-long rival and try to take Rome alone, while in its most vulnerable state…

Fred Wiseman introduced his latest documentary Crazy Horse, and Yorgos Lanthimos presented his newest feature Alps(watch trailer here).Woody Harrelson also took part in the first of the Screen Talks, presented in partnership with American Express

Previous Videos:
Day One – 360  
Day Two – 50/50, Like Crazy 
Day Three –Shame, 50/50 Q&A 
Day FourRampart, Pariah