BFI London Film Festival announces lineup, revamped programme
Inaugural Official Competition includes Everyday, Ginger And Rosa, Midnight’s Children, Seven Psychopaths, End Of Watch, Rust And Bone; gala world premiere for Rolling Stones documentary Crossfire Hurricane with the band in attendance; 14 world premieres, 15 international premieres.
The revamped BFI London Film Festival (October 10-21) announced its lineup today, with new competition strands and intriguing sidebars.
The festival will screen a total of 225 fiction and documentary features, including 14 world premieres, 15 international premieres and 34 European premieres.
This year marks festival director Clare Stewart’s first year programming the longer and expanded festival.
The inaugural Official Competition:
Michael Winterbottom’s Everyday
Sally Potter’s Ginger And Rosa
Deepa Mehta’s Midnight’s Children
Martin McDonagh’s Seven Psychopaths
Michel Franco’s After Lucia
David Ayer’s End of Watch
Rama Burshtein’s Fill The Void
Daniele Ciprì’s It Was The Son
François Ozon’s In The House
Cate Shortland’s Lore
Pablo Larraín’s No
Jacques Audiard’s Rust And Bone
First Feature Competition:
Masaaki Akahori’s The Samurai That Night
Anand Gandhi’s Ship Of Theseus
Barry Berk’s Sleeper’s Wake
Benh Zeitlin’s Beasts Of The Southern Wild
Tom Shkolnik’s The Comedian
Maja Miloš’ Clip
Gabriela Pichler’s Eat Sleep Die
Sally El Hosaini’s My Brother The Devil
Kleber Mendonça Filho’s Neighbouring Sounds
Scott Graham’s Shell
Andrey Gryazev’s Tomorrow
Haifaa Al Mansour’s Wadjda
Best British Newcomer:
Rowan Athale – director/screenwriter, Wasteland
Sally El Hosaini – director/screenwriter, My Brother The Devil
Fady Elsayed – actor, My Brother The Devil
Scott Graham – director/screenwriter, Shell
Eloise Laurence – actor, Broken
Rufus Norris – director, Broken
Chloe Pirrie – actor, Shell
Tom Shkolnik – director/screenwriter, The Comedian
The Documentary Competition includes Alex Gibney’s Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence In The House Of God and David McMahon and Sarah Burns’ The Central Park Five.
For the first time the festival is presenting thematic categories, clustered around Love, Debate, Dare, Laugh, Thrill, Cult, Journey, Sonic and Family, with a gala screening in each of these categories.
Films in the themed sections include Michael Haneke’s Amour, Sophie Fiennes’ The Pervert’s Guide To Ideology, Thomas Vinterberg’s The Hunt, Mira Nair’s The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Ben Wheatley’s Sightseers, Easy Money and Easy Money II, Caesar Must Die, Chakravyuh, Compliance, Caesar Must Die, Beyond The Hills and A Liar’s Autobiography.
Festival director Clare Stewart told Screen: “We wanted to continue to increase the profile of London in the international context and to broaden its appeal for the local audience. That has led to the changes to the programme and the increase in screening venues across London.”
Speaking about this year’s new themed strands, Stewart said: “Cinema can often be presented in a very intellectual way. But it can also incite very emotional responses. The idea behind the themed sections is to present a different kind of logic to the order of a festival by highlighting films according to the emotions they inspire.”
Notable omissions include The Master, To the Wonder, Life of Pi, Lincoln, Les Miserables, Passion, Spike Lee’s Michael Jackson documentary Bad 25, Welcome to the Punch and the digitally restored print of Heaven’s Gate.
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