BFI London Film Festival 2019 LAUNCH
Report by Carlie Newman
The full programme for the London Film Festival 2019 has been launched. The Festival runs from 2 -13 October 2019. You can see 229 feature films from some of the world’s greatest filmmakers and emerging talent. The LFF will celebrate the full landscape of international cinema.
There are a number of Gala presentations and films in Official Competition at cinemas in and near Leicester Square as well as the 800-seat Embankment Garden Cinema, a bespoke temporary venue which was first set up in 2016 and continues today. Most of the films take place around the Leicester Square area.
This October, the Festival will present 28 World Premieres, 12 International Premieres and 28 European Premieres, welcoming an impressive line up of first-class filmmakers and acting talent. 78 countries are represented across short films and features, with 40% of all films directed or co-directed by women. The 229 feature films screening include: 41 documentaries, 7 animations, 13 archive restorations and 7 artists’ moving image features. The programme also includes 116 short films.
The Competitive sections serve to recognise creative achievements from British and international filmmakers. Winners are selected by juries across four categories: Official Competition, First Feature, Documentary and Short Film.
Once again, the Festival will show a range of new world cinema in sections Love, Debate, Laugh, Dare, Thrill, Cult, Journey, Create, Experimenta and Family. In addition there is an Education Programme and the famous Screen Talks with directors Rian Johnson, Kim Longinotto and Lukas Moodysson already announced and more to be announced nearer the Festival.
Cinemagoers across the UK will have the opportunity to be part of the closing night celebrations, with simulcast screenings of Martin Scorsese’s THE IRISHMAN, staring Robert De Niro and Al Pacino. This year’s Opening Night gala will be the European premiere of THE PERSONAL HISTORY OF DAVID COPPERFIELD, directed by Armando Iannucci and starring BAFTA Award winner Dev Patel as David Copperfield.
Other films to look out for include: KNIVES OUT; JOJO RABBIT; MARRIAGE STORRY; THE TWO POPES; THE KING; A HIDDEN LIFE; BELLBIRD; BOMBAY ROSE; PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE; EMA; HOPE GAP and so many more…
With documentaries, appearances by film luminaries and many other special film showings and events, you need to get hold of the Programme booklet or go online as quickly as possible and get booking!