Gravity, Inside Llewyn Davis, 12 Years a Slave, Under the Skin among impressive line-up; 22 world premieres, 234 features.
This year’s London Film Festival (Oct 9-12) boasts an array of acclaimed and anticipated US, international and UK features, many of which have already gone down a storm at other autumn festivals.
Among the big hitters newly announced today at the London launch are Gravity, Inside Llewyn Davis, 12 Years a Slave, Labor Day, The Invisible Woman, Blue is the Warmest Colour, Under the Skin and Night Moves.
A total of 13 films will compete in the official competition, including Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin, Richard Ayoade’s The Double, Ritesh Batra’s The Lunchbox, Peter Landesman’s Parkland, Clio Barnard’s The Selfish Giant, David Mackenzie’s Starred Up and John Curran’s Tracks.
The documentary competition includes Alex Gibney’s The Armstrong Lie, Frederick Wiseman’s At Berkeley and Marc Cousins’ Here Be Dragons.
The festival continues its thematic categorisation with strands dedicated to Love, Debate, Dare, Thrill, Cult, Journey, Sonic, Family, Experimenta and Treasures.
Films in these sections include The Past, Child’s Pose, Gloria, Adore, new films from Andrzej Wajda (Walesa, Man of Hope), Jafar Panahi and Mohammad Rasoulof, Stranger By The Lake, An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker, A Touch of Sin, Exhibition, As I Lay Dying, Hello Carter, Don Jon, Enough Said, Drinking Buddies, All is Lost, Omar, Kon-Tiki, Only Lovers Left Alive, Jodorowsky’s Dune, The Zero Theorem, Nebraska, Short Term 12, Locke, We are the Best! and Broadway Idiot.
‘Sonic Events’ includes a live performance from Michael Nyman while Experimenta includes A Spell to Ward off the Darkness by Ben Rivers and Ben Russell and Treasures features archive films The Epic of Everest, The Lady From Shanghai, Victim, La Belle et La Bete and Gaslight.
The Best British Newcomer category will be contested by five talents including The Selfish Giant actors Conner Chapman and Shaun Thomas and Starred Up writer Jonathan Asser.
The festival will screen a total of 234 fiction and documentary features, including 22 world premieres, 16 international premieres and 29 European premieres and 20 archive films. Other than John Noel’s The Epic Of Everest, none of the gala screenings or competition films are world premieres.
As previously announced, the festival opens with Paul Greengrass’ Captain Phillips and closes with Disney’s Saving Mr Banks. Stephen Frears’ Philomena gets a gala screening.
The industry programme includes Think-Shoot-Distribute, the festival’s feature film talent development programme, the PFM - a two-day event that focuses on facilitating face-to-face meetings between producers and financiers from the international arena – and The Cross-Media Forum 2013, in partnership with Power to the Pixel.
There will also be screenings of 134 live action and animated shorts.
Attendees are due to include Paul Greengrass, Tom Hanks, Emma Thompson, Stephen Frears, Judi Dench and Steve Coogan, Steve McQueen, Chiwetel Eijofor, Alfonso Cuaron, David Heyman, Sandra Bullock, Joel and Ethan Coen, Carey Mulligan, Oscar Isaac, Ralph Feinnes, Abdellatif Kechiche, Lea Seydoux, Adele Excharchopoulos, Alexander Payne and Lukas Moodysson.
Venues include Odeon West End, Vue West End, Odeon Leicester Square, Cineworld Haymarket, the BFI Southbank, the ICA, Curzon Mayfair, Ciné Lumière, Ritzy Brixton, Hackney Picturehouse, Renoir, Everyman Screen on the Green and Rich Mix. Additional screenings and events take place at the Curzon Chelsea, BFI London IMAX and Village Underground.
Films not announced today include August Osage County, Fruitvale Station, The Fifth Estate, Dallas Buyers Club, Dom Hemingway, Joe, The Butler and Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.
Others, providing they were ready, include The Monuments Men, American Hustle, The Wolf of Wall Street, The Counselor and Foxcatcher.