Tom Hanks, Carey Mulligan and Daniel Radcliffe are among the stars attending this year’s BFI London Film Festival, which begins on October 9. The Festival will show 234 fiction and documentary features including 22 world premieres.
Judi Dench and Steve Coogan are due on the red carpet for the gala screening of Stephen Frears’ film, Philomena.
The festival will also unveil Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave, starring Benedict Cumberbatch.
Cumberbatch stars alongside Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender and Chiwetel Ejiofor in the historical drama based on Solomon Northup’s autobiography of the same name, about a free black man who was kidnapped and sold into slavery.
Hanks will open the festival with his latest film, Captain Phillips, directed by British Bourne Identity filmmaker Paul Greengrass.
The biopic tells the story of Captain Richard Phillips, who was taken hostage by Somali Pirates during the Maersk Alabama hijacking in 2009.
Saving Mr Banks, the untold story of how the Disney classic Mary Poppins made it to the screen – which also stars Hanks alongside Emma Thompson, will close the festival.
Other big hitters to be screened include the sci-fi thriller Gravity, starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock, The Coen Brothers’ Inside Llewyn Davis and the critically acclaimed lesbian drama, Blue is the Warmest Colour.
Thirteen films will compete in the official competition including Jonathan Glazer’s Under The Skin starring Scarlett Johansson as a man-eating alien; Parkland, Peter Landesman’s film about events in Dallas, Texas on the day President John F Kennedy was assassinated; and Starred Up from British director David Mackenzie.
The first feature category includes John Krokidas’s debut, Kill Your Darlings, which stars Radcliffe as Beat poet Allen Ginsberg; and Sixteen, about a former child soldier in the Congo looking for a fresh start in London, starring Rachael Stirling.John Noel’s The Epic Of Everest charts the famous 1924 Everest expedition
The festival will host 16 international premieres and 29 European premieres. There will also be screenings .of 134 live action and animated shorts.
Three forthcoming cinema releases will have UK premieres at the London Film Festival. Xavier Dolan’s TOM AT THE FARM will be in competition at this year’s festival. Sebastian Lelio’s GLORIA and Amat Escalanate’s HELI will be in the “Love” and “Thrill” strands respectively.
Tom At The Farm
Director: Xavier Dolan
Synopsis: Tom, a young advertising copywriter, travels to the country for a funeral. There, he’s shocked to find out no one knows who he is, nor who he was to the deceased, whose brother soon sets the rules of a twisted game. In order to protect the family’s name and grieving mother, Tom now has to play the peacekeeper in a household whose obscure past bodes even greater darkness for his “trip” to the farm. Starring Xavier Dolan and Pierre-Yves Cardinal.
Public LLF Screenings: Friday 11 October 20:30 Odeon West End 2 and Tuesday 15 October 21:00 Curzon Mayfair.
UK Release Date: April 2014
Director: Sebastian Lelio
Synopsis: An inspiring, contemporary comedy-drama about loneliness, self-discovery, relationships, love and female independence. Meet Gloria. As she fills her nights seeking love in ballrooms and making a party out of her solitude, her fragile happiness changes the day she meets Rodolfo (Sergio Hernandez). Gloria gives everything to their intense passion but Rodolfo leaves her dancing between hope and despair. Can she find the strength to realise that all life’s lessons will leave her shining brighter?
Awards: Berlin Film Festival 2013. Silver Bear. Best Actress: Paulina Garcia
Public LLF Screenings: Friday 18 October 21:00 Odeon West End 1 and Saturday 19 October 18:15 Curzon Mayfair.
UK Release Date: 1 November 2013
Director: Amat Escalante
Synopsis: The controversial and violently explicit film follows the attempts of a Mexican family to make some money. Trouble ensues when the youngest child, 12-year-old Estela (Andrea Vergara), starts dating a 17-year-old fledgling special-forces cadet (Juan Eduardo Palacios). He steals some confiscated cocaine so the two of them can get married. But this angers Estela’s older brother, auto plant worker Heli (Armando Espitia), who discards the drugs and they then have to face the corrupt police force they have crossed.
Awards: Best Director. Cannes Film Festival 2013
Public LFF Screenings: Wednesday 16 October 21:00 Vue 7 and Saturday 19 October 21:00 NFT1.
UK Release Date: March 2014
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- Venice Film Review: ‘Tom at the Farm’ (variety.com)