According to centercinemapress, quoted by Variety, the devastating drama “Kitchen” directed by Kiboh Tavares and Daniel Kaluya will end the 67th London Film Festival
The film is the directorial debut of Oscar-winning actor Kaluya, who wrote the script in collaboration with Joe Murtagh, the author of “Easy With The Horses.” Tavares had previously directed the short film “Robots of Brixton” that won the Sundance Film Festival
In The Kitchen, the gap between rich and poor has been widened as much as possible, all forms of social housing have been eradicated, and only the kitchen remains: a community that refuses to leave the place they call home. The film is about Izzy, played by Kane Robinson, who is forced to live there and is desperately trying to find a way out, and 12-year-old Benjy, played by Jediah Bannerman, who has lost his mother and is looking for a family. The story is about the struggle to build relationships in a system that is stacked against them
The film will have its world premiere on October 15 at London’s Southbank Festival Hall, followed by a theatrical release and then available online on Netflix
As previously announced, Emerald Fennell’s “Profit Salt” will be the opening film of this year’s festival
We both grew up in London and ‘The Kitchen’ is a love letter to our city, so it’s an honor to be showing it here, in our hometown, on the final night of the London Film Festival,” said Tavares and Kaluya. The film’s journey from script to screen was a continued collaboration between us and the community of actors and crew who came to form our ‘kitchen’, including our 2 amazing leads, they added in their statement. Kane Robinson and Jediah Bannerman, whose performances prove to be the heart of our story. Together we intend to create something new that is thoughtful and cinematic, an allegory and a tribute to the inhabitants of the “kitchen” in all the cities of the worl
Christy Matheson, director of the London Film Festival, also referred to Kiboh Tavares and Daniel Kaluuya’s film as a film that completely explodes expectations of contemporary Britain and presents a world that deals with essential social politics with high energy.
The London Film Festival (bfi) will be held from October 4 to 15 (October 12 to 23)