LFF

BFI London Announces the Official Line Up For This Year’s Film Festival

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The 61st BFI London Film festival has just been announced it’s 2017 lineup for the upcoming festival.  The festival runs October 4-16 and will screen 242 films, including 29 world premieres.  Of those films, 8 are international premieres and 34 are European premieres.  In addition to all these films premiering, there will be on stage Q&A with some of the actors including Julian Rosefeldt, Cate Blanchett, David Fincher, Ian McEwan and Takashi Miike.

The opener will be Breather, and the closing film will be Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri.  In addition to these movies, gala slots will go to Call Me By Your Name, Downsizing, Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool, Journey’s End, The Killing of a Sacred Deer, Last Flag Flying, Mudbound, The Shape of Water and You Were Never Really Here.  

You can choose to explore the festival through one of the carefully cultivated strand.  Each of the festivals themed strands will have its own gala.  Which includes:

On chesil beach

  • Love – Sweet, passionate, tough – love is a complex and many splendoured thing. Film: On Chesil Beach
  • Debate – Riveting films that amplify, scrutinize, argue and surprise. Film: Foxtrot
  • Laugh – From laugh out loud to dry and understated – humour in all its forms.  Film: The Meyerowitz Stories
  • Dare – In your face, up front and arresting: films that take you out of your comfort zone.  Film: Amant Double
  • Thrill – Nerve shredders that will get your adrenaline pumping and keep you on the edge of your seat. Film: Blade of the Immortal
  • Cult – From mind altering and unclassifiable to fantasy, sci-fi and horror. Film: Thelma
  • Journey – Whether it’s the journey or the destination, films to transport you and shift your perspective. Film: Wonderstruck
  • Create – Films that channel the electricity of the creative process, celebrating artistic expression in all its forms.  Film: Redoubtable
  • Family – Films for the young and young at heart.  Film: The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales

Here is the official line up.  It looks pretty amazing, so I’m a bit jealous that I won’t be attending.

lean on pete

OFFICIAL COMPETITION

  • Robin Campillo, 120 BPM (BEATS PER MINUTE)
  • Vivian Qu, ANGELS WEAR WHITE
  • Majid Majidi, BEYOND THE CLOUDS (World Premiere)
  • Nora Twomey, THE BREADWINNER (European Premiere)
  • Juliana Rojas, Marco Dutra, GOOD MANNERS
  • Xavier Beauvois, THE GUARDIANS (European Premiere)
  • Andrew Haigh, LEAN ON PETE
  • Andrey Zvyagintsev, LOVELESS
  • Azazel Jacobs, THE LOVERS (European Premiere)
  • Warwick Thornton, SWEET COUNTRY
  • Cory Finley, THOROUGHBRED (International Premiere)
  • Annemarie Jacir, WAJIB

summer 1993

FIRST FEATURE COMPETITION

  • Daniel Kokotajlo, APOSTASY
  • Léa Mysius, AVA
  • Michael Pearce, BEAST (European Premiere)
  • Ofir Raul Graizer, THE CAKEMAKER
  • Gilles Coulier, CARGO
  • Kogonada, COLUMBUS
  • Rungano Nyoni, I AM NOT A WITCH
  • Léonor Serraille, JEUNE FEMME
  • Ana Asensio, MOST BEAUTIFUL ISLAND
  • Carla Simón, SUMMER 1993
  • Hlynur Pálmason, WINTER BROTHERS
  • John Trengove, THE WOUND

Before summer ends

DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION

  • Maryam Goormaghtigh, BEFORE SUMMER ENDS
  • Elvira Lind, BOBBI JENE
  • Arash Kamali Sarvestani, Behrouz Boochani, CHAUKA, PLEASE TELL US THE TIME (International Premiere)
  • Radu Jude, THE DEAD NATION
  • Shevaun Mizrahi, DISTANT CONSTELLATION
  • Frederick Wiseman, EX LIBRIS – THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY
  • Agnès Varda, JR, FACES PLACES
  • Austin Lynch, Matthew Booth, GRAY HOUSE
  • Brett Morgen, JANE (European Premiere)
  • Lucy Cohen, KINGDOM OF US (World Premiere)
  • Emmanuel Gras, MAKALA
  • Sonia Kronlund, THE PRINCE OF NOTHINGWOOD

laws of the game

SHORT FILM AWARD

  • Gabriel Abrantes, THE ARTIFICIAL HUMORS
  • Phil Collins, DELETE BEACH
  • Billie Pleffer, FYSH (International Premiere)
  • Anna Cazenave Cambet, GABBER LOVER
  • Karishma Dube, GODDESS
  • Aegina Brahim, LAWS OF THE GAME
  • Jonathan Vinel, MARTIN CRIES
  • Patrick Bresnan THE RABBIT HUNT
  • Moin Hussain, REAL GODS REQUIRE BLOOD
  • Kibwe Tavares, ROBOT & SCARECROW
  • Kazik Radwanski, SCAFFOLD
  • Harry Lighton, WREN BOYS (World Premiere)