October 12 – 27, 2011
What’s It All About:
The BFI London Film Festival [also called London Film Festival (LFF)] is Europe’s largest public film event and runs for two weeks every autumn. It showcases the best in contemporary cinema from around the world at venues across London.Established in 1933, this film festival is one of the many activities of the British Film Institute (BFI), which promotes an understanding and appreciation of Britain’s rich film and television heritage and culture.This year, the LFF programme – Sandra Hebron’s last as artistic director – features 13 world premieres, 18 international premieres and 22 European premieres, including a host of favourites from Cannes, Venice and Toronto and a strong emphasis on British features.
Watch Out For!
Lynne Ramsay’s We Need To Talk About Kevin, Andrea Arnold’s Wuthering Heights, Steve McQueen’s Shame and Ralph Fiennes’ Coriolanus are among the high-profile British films to be screened.
Feature debuts from British filmmakers include Nick Murphy’s Toronto-bound supernatural drama The Awakening starring Rebecca Hall and Dominic West; Dexter Fletcher’s Wild Bill; and the world premieres of D R Hood’s Wreckers and Tinge Krishnan’s urban drama Junkhearts starring Eddie Marsan.
George Clooney will bring his political thriller The Ides Of March to the fest, while also attending on behalf of Alexander Payne’s The Descendants.
Madonna’s W.E. will screen along with Steve McQueen’s film Shame, while David Cronenberg has been tapped to support A Dangerous Method with Keira Knightley, Viggo Mortensen and Michael Fassbender (who also stars in Shame)
Fernando Meirelles 360 opens the fest, and Terence Davies The Deep Blue Sea closes it. Both star Rachel Weisz.
In between, BFI has programmed 13 world premieres over its 16-day schedule, including Marc Evans’ Hunky Dory (with Minnie Driver), Richard Linklater’s Bernie (with Jack Black) and Jonathan Demme’s documentary I’m Carolyn Parker.
The Indian films to be screened at the festival include:
• Adaminte Makan Abu (Abu, Son of Adam) The film won the 58th National Award for Best Feature Film
• The Noble Thief
• Anhey Ghore Da Daan
• Nouka Dubi
American Express Screen TalksA series of on-stage interviews will offer the chance to learn more about some leading figures in contemporary cinema. This year, Alexander Payne, director of Sideways, About Schmidt and The Decendants; and Michael Winterbottom, director of Trishna, will participate in this event.
A rare chance to hear from some of the industry’s leading film practitioners. Writer Abi Morgan, composer Alexandre Desplat, cinematographer Barry Ackroyd and filmmaker, writer and artist Miranda July will be participating in this segment.In Focus With Time OutIntimate free events will provide a platform for engaging discussions and debates among film professionals.