Posted Aug 31 2017
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BFI LFF 2017 - London Announces

We knew that Andy Serkis’ Breathe was opening it. We knew that Martin McDonagh’s brilliantly sweary Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri was closing it. But until this morning, we didn’t know much else.

The full programme for this year’s BFI London Film Festival (their 61st by the way) has just been announced in the plush surroundings of the Odeon, Leicester Square – as is tradition. Amongst the lashings of tea, coffee, pastries and speeches, here’s some of the information that was dropped –

Galas, i.e. the “Biggies,” were confirmed as – Battle Of The Sexes taking the American Express Gala slot;

Alexander Payne’s just-acclaimed-at-Venice Downsizing, Barbara Broccoli’s Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool, with Annette Bening and Jamie Bell, Sundance hits Call Me By Your Name and Mudblood, Del Toro coming to town for The Shape Of Water, The Killing Of A Sacred Deer, WW1 drama Journey’s End with Sam Claflin, Asa Butterfield and Toby Jones, the long awaited adaptation of Ian McEwan’s On Chesil Beach, The Florida Project, and Lynne Ramsay’s Cannes winner You Were Never Really Here.

Richard Linklater is also showing up with Bryan Cranston for their Last Flag Flying, Francois Ozon gets Hitchcockian for Amant Double, the Family Gala is The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales, Noah Baumbach returns to London with The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected), Todd Haynes will also be on hand to show Wonderstruck, Michael Haneke gives us his idea of a Happy End, the Documentary Special Presentation looks at Obama’s last few months in The Final Year, Sally Potter gets The Party started, and Takeshi Milke unsopols his 100th film, Blade Of The Immortal.

And – as a special treat – David Fincher is coming to do a talk and preview the first two episodes of his new Mindhunter series.

The likes of 120 BPM and Lean On Pete can be found in the Official Competition, which runs alongside the Documentary Competition and the First Feature Competition.

As has become the form in recent years, the Festival is divided into numerous strands – Love, Dare, Thrill, Laugh etc, and some of the expected highlights here include – Paddy Considine’s second film as director, Journeyman, Juliette Binoche in Let The Sunshine In, Chloe Sevigny in Golden Exits, Forest Whitaker as Desmond Tutu in The Forgiven (alongside Eric Bana), Barbet Schroeder’s The Venerable W, Elle Fanning learning How To Talk To Girls At Parties, and The UK debut of Wonder Woman origin flick Professor Marston & The Wonder Women.

 

This year’s LFF is a place where a Brigsby Bear can meet a Funny Cow, a Tiger Girl, or even Lots Of Kids, A Monkey And A Castle. Ingrid Goes West is on show and Terry Gilliam’s Jabberwocky is restored, (as is A Matter of Life and Death, Mildred Pierce, The L-Shaped Room, Argento's Suspiria ahead of its remake, the perless Staurday Night Fever, and Scarface – the Muni, not the Pacino.)  

Jamie Bell pops up again in Iranian Embassy siege drama 6 Days, whilst Robert Pattinson will be having a Good Time (not really by the look of it), and Lola Kirke and Zoe Kravitz head up the dark thriller Gemini.

All in all there will be 243 features screened over the Festival’s 12 day run. Michael Caine will walk and talk us through the days of swinging London in the new doc My Generation, John Carroll Lynch directs Harry Dean Stanton in Lucky, Albert & David Maysles’ doc Salesman gets a new breath of life, Aiden Gillen – late of GoT – has a laugh in Pickups, both Shirley Collins and (Marianne) Faithfull get the bio-doc treatment, (as do The Slits in Here To Be Heard), Snoop Dogg, Warren G and Nate Dogg bring the G Funk, Leon Vitali shares his memories of working with Kubrick in Filmworker, whilst Loving Vincent brings oil painting to life and the Brawl In Cell Block 99 comes to the capital.

 

So, something – literally – for everybody. Here’s the technical stuff – the BFI London Film Festival runs from October 4-15. More details on programme and booking can be found @ https://whatson.bfi.org.uk/lff/Online/

 We’ll see you there!

 

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