62nd BFI London Film Festival: Arctic Review

BFI London Film Festival took place quite a while ago, 10-21 October 2018, but I cannot resist and write a blog entry nonetheless. It is one of the biggest film festivals there is. It showcases a big variety of movies, film makers talk about their movies and a myriad of actors put in an appearance at the festival. There are many exciting events taking place from red carpet events to talks with the best of the professional film makers in the field. For instance the film director Alfonso Cuarón (he was behind the movie Gravity which won Oscars in 2014) talked about his latest movie Roma. 

The Best Film Award was presented to an Austrian director Sudabeh Mortezai for her movie Joy that tackles the sex trafficking in modern Europe. For other awards please see: https://www.bfi.org.uk/news-opinion/news-bfi/announcements/lff-62-awards-winners-announced.


Here below you can read a great review of Joe Penna‘s movie Arctic with the great Mads Mikkelsen in the main role. It was not in competition, but it is an outstanding survival film made in Iceland. Thank you, Maggie Gogler, for writing the review and sharing it with us! 🙂







The bleak mid-winter in the frozen wilderness; a man clears the snow and stones away, the camera moves back, slowly revealing a huge SOS sign, dug into the snow. Without using any words and only with the sounds of nature, Joe Penna perfectly depicts the situation of the protagonist, Overgård (Mads Mikkelsen: Hannibal, Doctor Strange), in the first scene of his feature film debut Arctic. 


Overgård, whose plane crashed in a cold northern island, is stranded in a place no one would wish for. With the situation being what it is, he has to survive on what the Arctic has to ‘offer’. We do not know how long the man has been stuck on the island; probably months, by the looks of his beard. It is hard not to admire his soldier-like precision when it comes to the daily tasks. In the perpetual cold, without hot food or even…

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