OCTOBER 10-21, 2018
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
The first edition of the BFI London Film Festival was conceived by producer-exhibitor James Quinn. It aims to give audiences a chance to see movies that don’t normally release in cinema halls in Britain. While the BFI London Film Festival continues to be a public event, it is attended by large numbers of media personalities, film professionals and journalists from all across the globe. It offers opportunities for everyone to see productions that may not otherwise be screened in the UK, as well as those that will be released in the near future. It is held in cooperation with the British Film Institute.
The 62nd edition of the festival will screen 225 feature films from 77 countries. The event is divided into themes such as Love, Debate, Dare, Thrill, Cult, Journey, Create, Family, Experimenta and Treasures. The jury for this year includes prominent names like Emilia Clarke, Natalie Dormer, Dominic Cooper and Andrea Riseborough.
OPENING NIGHT GALA
Steve McQueen’s directorial feature is set in Chicago and pans in on a group of widows who must finish their husbands’ unfinished business – the men were killed during a botched heist. This one is a contemporary reworking of Lynda La Plante’s 1980s television series and features Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki, Cynthia Erivo and Colin Farrell in prominent roles.
CLOSING NIGHT GALA
Stan & Ollie
This biographical film tells the story of a comedy duo, Stan and Ollie, whose stardom is waning. As they embark on their swan song - a gig tour of British seaside towns and music halls - their popularity is rekindled. Directed by Jon S Baird, the film stars Steve Coogan and John C Reilly.
Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Been So Long
The Man Who Killed Don Quixote
Birds Of Passage
Happy As Lazzaro
First Feature Competition
The Day I lost My Shadow
Namdev Bhau In Search Of Silence
The BFI London Film Festival confers the Best Film Award to inspiring and distinctive filmmaking, the Sutherland Award for the best directorial debut, the Grierson Award to the best documentary with social or cultural significance and the Short Film Award to the short film with the most unique theme.
This segment of the festival will see eminent film personalities such as David Hare, Simon Amstell, Boots Riley, Clint Mansell and Jonas Åkerlund holding exclusive discussions on their respective journeys and the process of making their special projects.
Director Alfonso Cuarón, actress Keira Knightley, director Lee Chang-Dong and actress Maggie Gyllenhaal will grace the event to talk about their careers and their process of work.
Future Film At #LFF
This special event will see LFF filmmakers and special guests providing career insights and creative inspiration to film students.
– Titas Chowdhury