The 2019 BFI London Film Festival (LFF, October 2-13) has added five titles to its programme and Screen Talks sessions with Black Panther star Michael B. Jordan and French director Céline Sciamma.
The festival has added the international premiere of Kasi Lemmons’ Harriet, starring Cynthia Erivo as American revolutionary Harriet Tubman, to its film programme, playing in the ‘Journey’ strand.
New European premieres include Destin Daniel Cretton’s Toronto title Just Mercy in the ‘Debate’ strand; Trey Edward Shults’ Waves in ‘Dare’; and Gabriela Cowperthwaite’s The Friend in ‘Love’.
Olivier Assayas’ Wasp Network will have its UK premiere at the festival, also in the ‘Debate’ section.
Both Jordan and Sciamma will give Screen Talks about their careers and current projects at LFF.
Jordan stars in Just Mercy as the lawyer of an African-American man wrongfully convicted of murdering a white woman; while Sciamma’s fourth feature, Cannes 2019 hit Portrait Of A Lady On Fire, plays as a special presentation.
Further additions to the LFF Connects programme include sessions with UK filmmaker William Nicholson, whose film Hope Gap starring Bill Nighy, Annette Bening and Josh O’Connor is a headline gala; and Canadian director Atom Egoyan, whose latest film Guest Of Honour plays in the ‘Thrill’ strand.