London Film Festival

The London Film Festival opens today. Running until 20 October at BFI and in various venues across London, the event features numerous film screenings, specialist masterclasses, Screentalks and a programme from Sonic Cinema who take a look at the link between film and music. For the first time since 2006, the Opening Night Gala includes a film from a British director, Paul Greengrass, who will present the European Premiere of Captain Phillips. At the end of the festival Emma Thompson will close proceedings in the European Premiere of Saving Mr. Banks. There will also be screenings of the Coen brothers’ Inside Llewyn Davis, Ralph Fiennes’ The Invisible Woman, Captain John Noel’s majestic The Epic of Everest and many more outstanding films.

In the general programme Child’s Pose by Calin Peter Netzer is screened 11 October. Winner of the Golden Bear at this year’s Berlin International Film Festival, the film is a touching piece about how parents can suffocate children with maternal love, considering the marks that parents leave on their offspring’s personalities. Another outstanding film is Cedric Klapisch’s Chinese Puzzle, a comedy on love and friendship.

The specialist masterclasses running across the event come from industry experts and include presentations from cinematographer Barry Ackroyd, composer Clint Mansell and director Alfonso Cuarón with VFX Supervisor Tim Webber. The Screentalks programme brings world class directors to the stage and features Ralph Fiennes, Catherine Breillat and Hirokazu Kore-eda.

London Film Festival, 9-20 October, BFI, London, for more information visit

1. Chinese Puzzle, Cedric Klapisch, courtesy of StudioCanal.