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BFI London Film Festival


Running with both live and virtual premieres across 12 days in Octobe: 7-18 October 2020



Festival thoughts from Yorgos Lanthimos, the director of Dogtooth.

Greek provocateur Yorgos Lanthimos stirred up controversy and stunned audiences at Cannes this year with Dogtooth, ultimately walking away with the Un Certain Regard prize. UK audiences can now discover this truly unique film for themselves as it makes its LFF debut on Friday. My time will be spent… watching films, walking the streets of London. You really should see my film because… you saw images of it or you read about it and found it interesting. The first thing that s...

Interview with Martin Pieter Zandvliet the director of Applause.

Image: Martin Pieter Zandvliet (right) with his leading lady Paprika Steen Applause, the impressive debut feature from Danish director Martin Pieter Zandvliet, tells the story of Thea, an acclaimed actress attempting to reconnect with her two young sons whilst recovering from alcoholism. Atmospherically shot and admirably economical in its storytelling, the film is anchored by a stunning lead performance from veteran actress Paprika Steen (Festen, Open Hearts, The Idiots). We caught up ...

Day 4 of the London Film Festival Vodcast.

Highlights from last night include • John Hurt and director Malcolm Venville interview at the 44 Inch Chest premiere & Q&A • The French Gala screening of “Father of My Children” with an interview with Louis-Do de Lencquesaing.   Official London Film Festival vodcast - Day 4 - kewego Catch up with all the action from Day 4 from The Times BFI 53rd London Film Festival.   ...

London Fest Day 3 video ambiance

Official London Film Festival vodcast - Day 3 - kewego Catch up with all the action from Day 3 from The Times BFI 53rd London Film Festival. ...

London Festival Day 2 Video ambiance

Official London Film Festival vodcast - Day 2 - kewego Catch up with all the action from Day 2 from The Times BFI 53rd London Film Festival. ...

Trafalgar Square hosts free film screening for London Film Fest

  Moving around London has never been this fun: Trafalgar Square hosts free film screening for all while a new Archive Gala shows London in a whole new light! For the sixth consecutive year, Trafalgar Square will play host to an evening of free screenings on Thursday 22 October. The LONDON MOVES ME event, presented in association with Film London, is a celebration of transport in London as captured on film, and will be set to a live music accompaniment. Screening on Thursday 22 w...

London Film Festival Opening - Red Carpet video ambiance

Sandra Hebronn Festival Artistic Director at the Festival opening.   Official London Film Festival vodcast - Day 1 - kewego We talk to the people behind the festival and the cast and crew at the Opening Night Gala of Fantastic Mr Fox. Keywords: bfi lff london film festival Video from moviebeat ...

Interview with Marc Fitoussi

Following an actor, writer and would-be chanteuse on their solitary quests for fame and glory, Marc Fitoussi’s La Vie d’artiste bristles with sharp observations and unpalatable truths about creative pursuit, artistic compromise and personal disappointment. La Vie d’artiste concerns a singer, an actress and a writer in pursuit of recognition. Are there any parallels with your experiences as a filmmaker? How did you come up with this story? I wrote it when I was not re...

Interview with Donald Mugisha

Donald Mugisha is a founding member of Ugandan film-making collective Yes! That’s Us. Their debut feature Divizionz is a refreshingly authentic portrait of African inner city slum life, centred around a group of young friends striving to make it in the city as musicians. Donald Mugisha Could you start by talking a bit about your film-making collective Yes! That's Us - how you formed, how you work together, and how you came to make this feature? We're a guerrilla filmmak...

Interview with the makers of Sunshine Barry and the Disco Worms

Sunshine Barry and the Disco Worms is an enormously fun new animated film from Denmark, about an earthworm who harbours a desire to escape his dull existence and form the world's greatest disco band! We caught up with the film's director Thomas Borch Nielson, along with co-directors Tonni Zinck and Daniel Silwerfeldt. Thomas Borch Nielson Could you start by talking about the animation process used for the film? Were there any unexpected challenges? Tonni Zinck: I was i...

Interview with Giles Borg

Equally at home filming Death in Vegas on stage or Tom Jones for a commercial, there isn’t much musically that Giles Borg hasn’t captured on film. He’s won acclaim worldwide for his short films, showing at major festivals around the globe, and now you can catch his charming feature debut. 1 2 3 4 follows bespectacled cardigan-wearer Stevie as he learns rock 'n' roll doesn't always come with the sex and drugs attached…  How has the London Film Festival been going for y...

LFF - Incendiary

Saturday evening saw two premiers, Sandra’s new boots (shiny, heeled, might have been a buckle) and Incendiary, Sharon Maguire’s take on Chris Cleave’s novel. The film stars Michelle Williams (with an uncanny London accent) as the Young Mother, Ewan McGregor as ambitious journalist Jasper Black and Matthew Macfadyen as chief of anti-terrorism and caravan fan, Terrance. The movie deals with the aftermath of a massive terrorist attack in London in which Williams’ husband and son are kill...

LFF - American Teen

American Teen is Nanette Burstein’s look at American teens (obviously) through the eyes of the senior year at a high school in Warsaw, Indiana. Or possibly a mockumentary homage to John Hughes, if you belief the IMDB posts! What Burstein has either discovered, or cleverly edited to discover, is that those clichés you have seen in every teen movie since The Breakfast Club, are actually true. We have the Megan the popular bitch (with hidden darkness of her own), Colin the local basketball sta...

LFF - 1234

The people at the LFF want you to believe that 1234 is going to be the next big cult British movie and they might be right. It contains all the elements of cool that could catapult it to Trainspotting status; largely unknown but excellent cast, fantastic soundtrack, of the moment fashion and a rock ‘n roll plot. In fact 1234 is really a rock ‘n roll movie, in which Ian Bonar forms a band with best-mate and classic simpleton drummer, Matthew Baynton, unstable/alcoholic guitarist Kieran Bew ...

LFF - Dean Spanley

The premier of Dean Spanley on Friday began with some controversy on my row, when the woman sat next to me pointed out that Sandra’s patent heeled boots were the same pair that she had worn last year. I put her mind at rest by confirming that I had seen Sandra in a new pair the day before. As someone else sagely pointed out, there is a credit crunch on and those boots aren’t cheap.   So, once we had that cleared up, onto the movie.   It’s difficult to give you a synopsi...

SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE will be Closing Night Gala of The Times BFI 52nd London Film Festival

The Closing Night Gala of The Times BFI 52nd London Film Festival will be the European Premiere of Danny Boyle's SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE. SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE is the story of Jamal Malik, an 18 year-old orphan from the slums of Mumbai, who finds himself  just one question away from winning a staggering 20 million rupees on India's ‘Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?'.  Arrested on suspicion of cheating, Jamal tells the police the incredible story of his life on the streets, and of the girl he love...

LFF - Miracle at St Anna

 Last night saw the LFF screening of Spike Lee's World War II epic, Miracle at St Anna, which follows the story of four black US soldiers who get trapped in a Tuscan village deep in Nazi territory with a marble head and a strange young boy for company. Without giving too much away, the film opens with a mystery and then travels back in time to unravel the mystery. It’s not so much a who-done-it, as a why-done-it.  There are outstanding performances from the four leads, in particular O...

Victoire Terminus, winner of this year's Grierson Award

The day after the opening of The Times BFI 52nd London Film Festival, the BFI is pleased to announce that Victoire Terminus, the powerful new documentary from Renaud Barret and Florent De La Tullaye, has been unanimously selected as the winner of this year's Grierson Award. The Grierson Award is awarded annually for the best feature-length documentary screened at the Festival and this year will be presented at the film's UK premiere on Sunday 26 October at the Ritzy in Brixton. Set in the ...

Galas and Special Screenings at London Fest

The Brothers Bloom 27 & 28 October A fresh and warm hearted take on the con man movie, with fast and funny dialogue and impeccable performances. Che (Part 1 & Part 2) 25 October Steven Soderbergh's audacious studies of Che Guevara's campaigns in Cuba and Bolivia. Che Part 1 27 October A chronicle of Che Guevara's role in the successful uprising in Cuba, and a riveting depiction of the realities of struggle. Che Part 2 29 Oct...

London Film Festival: It's A Wrap!!!

 Friday, November 2--------This was my first time at the London Film Festival, a storied event that just concluded its 51st edition, making it one of the oldest and most venerated film festivals in the world. London is a great city and it does have a great film event that delivers an equal measure of star power and filmmaker discoveries, includes intimate special events and gala premieres, and also serviced the professional industry and aspiring filmmakers. The series of market...

Awards Announced At London Film Festival Closer

 Thursday, November 1---------At the Closing Gala of the 51st Times bfi London Film Festival, a host of awards were announced. While the Festival does not have a Competition Section per se, films screening in its various sections are eligible for some special awards.The Sutherland Trophy is awarded to the director of the most original and imaginative first feature film screened at Festival. The winners were the French directing team of Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud for the animated film...

THE DARJEELING LIMITED Closes 51st London Film Festival

 Thursday, November 1---------Hopping from its World Premiere at the Venice Film Festival to its Opening Night Gala last month at the New York Film Festival, the Wes Anderson film THE DARJEELING LIMITED closes the Times BFI 51st London Film Festival tonight.  The film will open theatrically in the UK on November 23rd via distributor Twentienth Century Fox. THE DARJEELING LIMITED presents the fractured fable of three American brothers who have not spoken to each other in a year, who set o...

Director Paul Greengrass Honored At LFF

 Wednesday, October 31--------Truth be told, I left the London Film Festival on Monday morning, October 29th (also my birthday in case anyone wants to send me a belated box of chocolates). So, unfortunately, I missed an event that I truly wanted to cover. But through the art of the press release, I am able to report that on that same Monday evening (when I was blowing out I won't tell you how many candles), the Times BFI London Film Festival along with trade publication Variety presented the 20...

Final Filmmaker Breakfast At LFF

Wednesday, October 31----------The London Film Festival hosted its final Filmmaker Breakfast this morning, giving attending press and distributors a chance to get up close and personal with invited film directors from all over the world. The Breakfast initiative is a welcome one, giving journalists and distribution execs a chance to meet with filmmakers in a normal, non-chaotic zone (as opposed to the Red Carpet or the madly crowded theater lobby). This is an approach that other film festivals s...

Pioneers Of The Digital Revolution

 Tuesday, October 30----“We realized pretty quickly that the existing system was not going to work in our benefit… we decided it was easier to create a new alternative rather than battle the system that was in place”, filmmaker Lance Weiler declared at the Power To The Pixel Conference last Friday at the London Film Festival. And thus, the gauntlet was launched, as a new generation of filmmakers, distributors and marketers discussed the myriad ways that the digital revolution is upend...


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