The 65 British Film Institute (BFI) London Film Festival has announced its full program and the top choice of gala include various films that have been increasing fame recently. Films from 77 countries will be screened at the Film Festival, as Britain’s governing cinema shows welcomes mass audiences back to movie cinemas after a pandemic-affected year.
The festival schedule, confirmed on Tuesday, comprises 158 features, lower than 225 during its previous pre-pandemic edition in 2019. The 2020 festival was a curtailed assemblage of 58 films, most of which were screened online. However, this year the full -capacity audience is invited with mask-wearing to attend gala screenings at London’s riverside Southbank Centre, with numerous of the premieres screened together at movie theaters across the U.K.
The festival unwraps Oct. 6 with the world premiere of “The Harder They Fall” — from British director Jeymes Samuel with a Black-led actors — and wraps up Oct. 17 with the European premiere of Joel Coen’s “The Tragedy of Macbeth,” featuring Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand as Shakespeare’s murderous Scottish royals.
The lineup features 21 world premieres along with the prize-winning and headline-grabbing movies from the Cannes and Venice film festivals, comprising Jane Campion’s Montana-set Western “The Power of the Dog” and Edgar Wright’s swinging-60s horror romp “Last Night in Soho,” both of which premiered in Venice earlier this month. Similarly, French director Julia Ducournau’s techno-sexual thriller “Titane” — which was winner of Cannes’ top prize, the Palme d’Or. Moreover, Paul Verhoeven’s lesbian nun drama “Benedetta” and Wes Anderson’s whimsical “The French Dispatch,” both where however premiered at the French Riviera festival.
The London festival will also feature Maggie Gyllenhaal’s Elena Ferrante adaptation “The Lost Daughter”; Reinaldo Marcus Green’s “King Richard,” which stars Will Smith as the father of Venus and Serena Williams; Kenneth Branagh’s homage to his home town, “Belfast”; Jacques Audiard’s “Paris, 13th District” and Todd Haynes’ music documentary “The Velvet Underground.” Another highlight is Chilean director Pablo Larrain’s “Spencer” — a film whose first publicity shot of Kristin Stewart as Princess Diana was enough to set off a frenzy of anticipation.
Eight films will be in the festival’s official competition, comprising the titles like Paolo Sorrentino’s The Hand of God, Justin Kurzel’s Nitram, Harry Wootliff’s True Things, Belle from Mamoru Hosoda, Michelangelo Frammartino’s Il Buco, Panah Panahi’s Hit the Road, Michel Franco’s Sundown and Lingui, The Sacred Bonds from Mahamat-Saleh Haroun.