The programme for the 58th BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express has been released, with Festival Director Clare Stewart presenting this year’s rich and diverse selection of films and events. As one of the world’s longest-standing film festivals and as one of the UK’s most significant events in the film calendar, the BFI London Film Festival introduces the finest new British and international films to an expanding London and UK-wide audience.
Offering a compelling combination of red carpet glamour, engaged audiences and vibrant exchange, the Festival provides an essential profiling opportunity for films seeking global success at the start of the Awards season. It promotes the careers of British and international filmmakers through its industry activities and awards line-up, while positioning London as the leading creative city.
2014’s programme features a total of 245 fiction and documentary films, including 16 world premieres, nine international premieres, 38 European premieres and 19 archive films with two restoration world premieres. This outstanding line-up presents emerging talent while also giving fresh perspective to classic works. There will also be screenings of 148 live action and animated shorts.
Alongside screenings, directors, cast and crew will take part in career interviews, masterclasses, Q&As and other special events – presenting opportunities for audiences to gain industry insights on working in the film sector today. These events and the film screenings run over 12 days at various venues across the capital.
Festival locations include West End cinemas – Odeon West End, Vue West End and the iconic Odeon Leicester Square; BFI Southbank, Odeon Covent Garden, the ICA, Curzon Mayfair, Curzon Soho and Ciné Lumière; and local cinemas – Ritzy Brixton, Hackney Picturehouse, Vue Islington and Rich Mix. Additional screenings and events will take place at the Odeon BFI IMAX, Empire Leicester Square, Curzon Chelsea and Queen Elizabeth Hall. Audiences across the UK can enjoy the Festival via simultaneous screenings in their local cinemas.
Highlights of the event include the Opening and Closing night galas. The Festival opens with the European premiere of The Imitation Game, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley. Director Morten Tyldum returns to the Festival with a film about Alan Turing, one of the world’s greatest innovators and pioneer of modern-day computing, who is credited with cracking the German Enigma code.
The European premiere of Fury will close the Festival, directed by David Ayer whose End of Watch appeared in LFF Official Competition in 2012, this Second World War epic stars Brad Pitt as Wardaddy, a battle-hardened army sergeant who commands a Sherman tank and her five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Both Opening and Closing events will have a cinecast from the red carpet and simultaneous screenings taking place at cinemas across the UK.
The Best Film Award will again be handed out in Official Competition; the Sutherland Award in the First Feature Competition and the Grierson Award in Documentary Competition. Each section is open to international and British films.
58th BFI London Film Festival, in partnership with American Express, various venues, London, UK, 8-19 October 2014. For more information visit www.bfi.org.uk/lff.
1. The Salvation (2014). Courtesy BFI London Film Festival.
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