Saturday, 28 September 2013

BFI LFF PREVIEW: AT BERKELEY


Frederick Wiseman made quite the entrance onto America's film scene in 1967 with the infamous Titicut Follies, and has since then rightly established his reputation as one of film's foremost documentarians. His latest, in a long line, is At Berkeley, which I'll be seeing early on in my trip to the BFI London Film Festival. Good reviews surfaced when the film screened at both Venice and Toronto fests earlier this month, and it's screening at NYFF this very day! As you may have gathered by its title, At Berkeley is a chronicle of the workings of UC Berkeley, the historic and prestigious college in Berkeley, CA, and it's Wiseman's 38th institution-set doc. It's bloody long (244 minutes), but it's also bloody Frederick Wiseman, so chances are that it's bloody good.