Every October, stars from across the globe descend upon England’s capital to showcase their new films in the BFI London Film Festival. This year, illustrious directors Martin Scorsese and Taika Waititi will have their films screened, and many stars are set to walk the red carpet. As the official trailer for the BFI London Film Festival has been released, we reveal how you can get your hands on tickets and what movies to look out for.
How can I get tickets for the BFI London Film Festival?
Public booking for the festival opens on Thursday, September 12, and can be booked through various means.
Fans can go online to the BFI website to book, or call on 020 7928 3232 to make bookings.
All the films screening at the festival and when they are on is available on the websites well, while brochures will be available to pick up from various venues throughout the festival itself.
The BFI London Film Festival runs at venues across London from Wednesday, October 2, and Sunday, October 13.
Venues participating in the festival include the Odeon Leicester Square, recently renamed The Dolby Cinema, Prince Charles Cinema, Curzon Mayfair, BFI Southbank and the Ciné Lumière in South Kensington.
What films are on at the BFI London Film Festival?
This year, there are 229 feature films screening at the LFF, including 41 documentaries, seven animations, 13 archive restorations and seven artists’ moving image features, as well as 116 short films.
The festival is opening with The Personal History of David Copperfield, an adaptation of Charles Dickens’s classic directed by well-loved British director Armando Iannucci, and starring BAFTA winner Dev Patel in the title role.
At the end of the festival, Martin Scorcese’s hotly anticipated The Irishman will be screened, which reunited Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci in an epic examining the influence of organised crime in post-war America.
Alongside these juggernauts, the trailer reveals more British talent which will sparkle on screen, including Christian Bale’s portrayal of sports car engineer Ken Miles, Matthew Rhys’s turn as a cynical journalist opposite Tom Hanks in A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood, and young star Roman Griffin Davis’ portrayal of a young Nazi boy in Jojo Rabbit.
William Shakespeare’s Henry IV Parts One and Two and Henry V are adapted in new Netflix film The King, starring rising star Timothée Chalamet, alongside British actors Robert Pattinson and Sean Harris.
While grand scale epic The Aeronauts reunites British stars Felicity Jones and Eddie Redmayne to dramatise a version of one of the highest balloon flights in history.
More British talent can be seen in Michael Winterbottom’s Greed, starring Steve Coogan as a high-street retail tycoon, Hope Gap, a divorce drama starring Bill Nighy, Annette Being and Josh O’Connor and Knives Out, a tribute to Agatha Christie murder mysteries starring Daniel Craig.
Also coming to the big screen at the festival, including Noah Baumbach’s Marriage Story, starring Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson, Lupita Nyong’o’s new film Little Monsters.
Of course, alongside the galas are the “strands,” where smaller, lesser known films are shown, focusing in on particular issues and falling into categories such as Love, Debate, Journey and Cult.
Among these is The Lighthouse, from filmmaker Robert Eggers, which stars Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson, as well as The Two Popes, starring Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Price.
And music fans will be happy to see Bruce Springsteen on the red carpet, as the European premiere of his docufilm Western Stars takes place during the festival.
BFI London Film Festival tickets are available on Thursday, September 2 and the festival takes place from Wednesday, October 2, and Sunday, October 13
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