by Merlijn Hoek
Catch the best of world cinema at the London Film Festival
Film lovers will be flocking to London this autumn when the UK’s largest public film event takes place at venues across the capital. Now in its 54th year, the London Film Festival is one of the biggest entries on the international film scene, and this year’s programme of events offers something for movie buffs of all interests.
While the London Film Festival is a chance for home-grown talent to make itself known, the international event has a distinctly multicultural flavour that’s very fitting given London’s status as a cosmopolitan city. Across 16-days, from 13 to 28 October, the BFI-hosted festival will screen a combined total of 197 feature films and 112 short films from around 50 countries, including a number of world premieres.
Showcasing the best of world cinema with a focus on challenging and imaginative works, the London Film Festival is the ideal alternative for film lovers looking for something different to the commercialised flicks of Hollywood and large production companies.
That’s not to say the festival only focuses on the obscure though, and attendees of this year’s event can see big-budget films such as Mark Romanek’s Never Let Me Go, starring Keira Knightley, and respected filmmaker Danny Boyle’s 127 Hours, starring James Franco, which open and close the festival respectively.
As well as the chance to see numerous premieres and screenings of contemporary and classic pictures, the festival also gives more to film fans taking flights to London for the occasion, such as the chance to attend lectures hosted by filmmakers and pose questions at Q&A sessions with panels of directors, actors and producers. And, of course, the celebrated awards that recognise the most promising emerging directors as well as established talent making its mark at the festival.
With hundreds of films to choose from, the festival is handily categorised to help audiences track down their interests, so whether you’re eager to see the best of British talent, Francophone flicks or animated films, you can find the venues and times best suited to you. The BFI will also be delving into its extensive archive to unearth forgotten classics, with this year’s Archive Gala feature being The Great White Silence, accompanied by a new, live score by Simon Fisher Turner.
Not only is the London Film Festival a great occasion in its own right, but it’s also an excuse to travel around the UK’s remarkable capital and experience its diverse pleasures. London’s bustling West End is a key festival district, where you’ll have the chance to mingle with the stars and catch the latest theatre shows on your visit, as well as tuck in to international cuisine at some of the country’s finest restaurants.
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