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THE TIMES BFI 51ST LONDON FILM FESTIVAL

17TH OCTOBER - 1ST NOVEMBER

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Naomi Watts in 'Eastern Promises', the opening fim of the Times Bfi 51st London Film FestivalThe Times BFI 51st London Film Festival’s full programme, announced this week by Artistic Director Sandra Hebron, includes 184 features and 133 shorts as well as a host of screen talks, masterclasses and live events.

Opening the Festival on Thursday 17 October is the UK premiere of David Cronenberg’s EASTERN PROMISES with Viggo Mortensen, Naomi Watts and Vincent Cassel, whilst Wes Anderson closes the Festival on November 1 with the UK premiere of THE DARJEELING LIMITED, starring Jason Schwartzman, Owen Wilson and Adrien Brody.

Hosting 7 World, 29 European and 128 UK premieres, the Festival welcomes both familiar faces and newcomers, showcasing established and emerging talent throughout the 16 day cinematic celebration. The programme includes the latest work from Venice Film Festival’s Golden Lion winner Ang Lee (LUST, CAUTION), Alexander Sokurov (ALEXANDRA), Abdellatif Kechiche (THE SECRET OF THE GRAIN), Jan Sverák (EMPTIES), François Ozon (ANGEL), Sean Penn (INTO THE WILD), Ermanno Olmi (ONE HUNDRED NAILS), Michael Haneke (FUNNY GAMES), Adoor Gopalakrishnan (FOUR WOMEN), Takeshi Kitano (GLORY TO THE FILMMAKER!), Andrew Dominik (THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD), Todd Haynes (I’M NOT THERE) and Nobuhiro Yamashita (THE MATSUGANE POTSHOT AFFAIR). Audiences will also discover debut feature directors including: Céline Sciamma (WATER LILIES), Rodrigo Plá (LA ZONA), Shivajee Chandrabhushan (FROZEN) and Marjane Satrapi & Vincent Paronnaud (PERSEPOLIS).

British filmmaking talent is strongly represented by Penny Woolcock (EXODUS), Garth Jennings (SON OF RAMBOW: A HOME MOVIE), Nick Broomfield (BATTLE FOR HADITHA), Asif Kapadia (FAR NORTH), Richard Attenborough (CLOSING THE RING) as well as by newcomers Simon Welsford (JETSAM) and Joanna Hogg (UNRELATED), and a selection of documentaries and shorts.

Cinema-goers will also be transported around the globe with films from 43 countries including Israel, Lebanon, China and Korea, and with a special event ROMANIAN CINEMA: THE NEXT NEW WAVE?, exemplified by Cristian Mungiu’s Palme d’Or winner 4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS, 2 DAYS and Cristian Nemescu’s CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’ (ENDLESS). Spain’s Iciar Bollain directs MATAHARIS while Hungary’s ISKA’S JOURNEY is directed by Csaba Bollók and Austrian IMPORT EXPORT comes from Ulrich Seidl. Argentinian double-bill: COPACABANA by Martín Rejtman with STARS by directing duo Federico León & Marcos Martínez, sits alongside a strong Japanese presence including Masayuki Suo’s I JUST DIDN’T DO IT and Cannes Grand Prix winner THE MOURNING FOREST by Naomi Kawase while Jia Zhangke’s WU YONG (USELESS) hails from China.

The French Revolutions strand offers 14 of the country’s latest exports including Samuel Benchetrit’s I ALWAYS WANTED TO BE A GANGSTER and CAPTAIN AHAB from Philippe Ramos, and French co-productions with Israel and Lebanon respectively bring Eran Kolirin’s THE BAND’S VISIT and Nadine Labaki’s CARAMEL. A brilliantly eclectic slate from the US includes Terry George’s RESERVATION ROAD, Kevin Lima’s ENCHANTED, SHOTGUN STORIES from Jeff Nichols and Kasi Lemmons’ TALK TO ME.

Documentary fans have a wealth of choice including Kim Longinotto’s HOLD ME TIGHT LET ME GO, Nicolas Philibert’s BACK TO NORMANDY, Helena Trestikova’s MARCELA from the Czech Republic, ZOO by Robinson Devor, WE WANT ROSES TOO by Alina Marazzi and Israeli Nadav Schirman’s THE CHAMPAGNE SPY. Marc Evans directs IN PRISON MY WHOLE LIFE and DOES YOUR SOUL HAVE A COLD? comes from Mike Mills.

Celebrating restorations from archives around the world, Treasures from the Archives showcases features and shorts including: the magnificent ENAMORADA, A CLOCKWORK ORANGE and extraordinary, neglected classic KILLER OF SHEEP. The big screen will also come to Trafalgar Square for two nights, ablaze with archive films that celebrate London as one of the world’s great cinematic cities, including Alfred Hitchcock’s BLACKMAIL.

Taking to the stage to discuss their careers and work will be Wes Anderson, Laura Linney, Steve Buscemi, Harmony Korine, Robert Rodriguez and Paul Greengrass, while David Lynch and Donovan will be ‘Catching the Big Fish’ together. Other expected guests include David Cronenberg, Naomi Watts, Cristian Mungiu, Sienna Miller, Andrew Dominik, Tang Wei, Ang Lee, Jason Schwartzman, Julian Schnabel, Tom Cruise, Robert Redford, Meryl Streep, Jan Sverák, Michael Moore, Asif Kapadia, Halle Berry, Susanne Bier, Sean Penn, Michael Pitt, Todd Haynes, Casey Affleck, Tamara Jenkins, Carlos Reygadas, Esther Robinson, Amy Adams, James Marsden, Jason Reitman and Kevin Lima.

Commenting on the Festival line-up, Sandra Hebron said: “In a very strong year for world cinema, we are delighted to be able to present such a wide ranging and high quality programme of films and special events, in which work by internationally renowned directors sits comfortably alongside that from many exciting new talents. We look forward to welcoming filmmakers, audiences and press and industry delegates alike to our two week celebration of the best, most creative and original films of the year.”

Robert Thomson, Editor, The Times, added: "The list of works gathered for The Times BFI London Film Festival is a tribute to the organisers and an indication that the country's lovers of film will be very busy in late October and early November. There will be the famous and the infamous, the stars and the hangers-on, but there will also be many a film whose intrinsic worth will broaden the mind and bring a smile to the face."
The Times BFI 51st London Film Festival runs from October 17– November 1.

Tickets can be booked online at www.lff.org.uk or by telephone on: 020 7928 3232 from Saturday 29 September.

BFI members booking opens on Wednesday 26 September.

Programmes are distributed throughout London from Monday 17 September.

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GALA PRESENTATIONS

LIONS FOR LAMBS The Times Gala
Director and actor Robert Redford helms this complex contemporary thriller, scripted by Matthew Michael Carnahan, exploring the consequences of war. With a cast including Tom Cruise and Meryl Streep, three stories are increasingly entwined across Afghanistan, California and Washington DC, revealing their profound impact on each other and the world at large.

LUST, CAUTION The Mayor of London Gala
Venice Golden Lion winning director Ang Lee, returns to his roots with this espionage thriller set amidst a fascinating and troubled period in 1940’s China. Bringing together cinema icon Tony Leung Chiu-Wai and dazzling newcomer Tang Wei with the ever excellent Joan Chen, the film is based on a short story by celebrated Chinese author Eileen Chang. Lee captures the nuances of suppressed passion amidst everyday subterfuge, with emotionally devastating results.

I’M NOT THERE Centrepiece Gala
Six actors portray Bob Dylan in Todd Haynes’ unconventional journey into the life and times of the man, weaving together a rich, multi-layered portrait of this ever-elusive icon. Performances by Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Marcus Carl Franklin, Richard Gere, Heath Ledger and Ben Whishaw are set against music from the man himself, as well as cover versions from a wealth of musicians including Cat Power, Tom Verlaine and Sonic Youth.

JUNO Film on the Square Gala
Jason Reitman’s second feature follows a bright teenager with a fine line in sardonic wit, who has the misfortune to find herself pregnant after having sex for the first and only time. With a screenplay from ‘Pussy Ranch’ blogger Diablo Cody, titular Juno MacGuff is the ultimate cool-if-slightly-weird chick role model, deftly performed by Ellen Page, in a film with a whip smart surface and heartwarming depth.

THINGS WE LOST IN THE FIRE American Airlines Gala
In her first English language project, Susanne Bier directs a film which builds a genuine sense of loss and redemption. Halle Berry shines in the challenging role of Audrey Burke, a woman who has it all until her husband, played by David Duchovny, is killed in a random incident. Hoping to turn her life around, she turns to her husband’s childhood best friend and long-term addict, Jerry. With an extraordinary performance by Benicio Del Toro, Bier explores how lives are transformed by dramatic events and the feelings that emerge in the aftermath.

INTO THE WILD Kyoto Planet Gala
Adapted and directed by Sean Penn from Jon Krakauer’s best-selling book, the film follows the true life story of 22-year-old Christopher McCandles, who walked out of his privileged life in search of adventure. On a journey across America to Alaska, he became an enduring symbol for people in search of truth and happiness. American auteur cinema at its best, Penn combines artistry with an outstanding performance from Emile Hirsch and flawless support from a cast including Catherine Keener, William Hurt and Marcia Gay Harden.

THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD Tiscali Gala
Australian director Andrew Dominik bases his haunting, poetic western on Ron Hansen’s novel. Venice award winner Brad Pitt has rarely been better than as the ‘gentleman outlaw’ who became an American icon, in a film that delights in questioning the myth and confounding expectations. Casey Affleck creates a complex Ford, youthful and naïve but with hidden depths of his own.

THE DIVING BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY Time Out Special Screening
Director Julian Schnabel’s interpretation of Jean-Dominique Bauby’s memoir and international bestseller excels at bringing the author’s interior monologue to the screen. Having suffered a massive stroke leading to ‘locked-in-syndrome’ at the age of 43, Bauby is depicted subtly and intelligently by Mathieu Amalaric, showing him as a flawed man, but droll and irreverent too.

4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS, 2 DAYS Sight & Sound Special Screening
Cristian Mungiu’s superb arthouse nail-biter, an odyssey of desperation set in 1980’s Romania, won him the Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Taking place during one night, Gabita has organised an illegal abortion for herself. However when she relies on her friend, Otila, to sort things out, the other woman has to pay her own price to make sure it happens. Anamaria Marinca delivers a piercing performance as Otila in this excruciatingly tense drama.

SICKO Documentary Gala
Filmmaker Michael Moore returns with his funniest and most moving film to date, examining the very unfunny fact that the USA is the only developed nation which lacks a universal health care system. Making comparisons with health services in England (one interviewee is Tony Benn), France, Canada and Cuba, he points out the irony that Guantanamo Bay detainees receive better medical care than 9/11 volunteers. There is no denying the acuteness and scale of the problem Moore identifies, and the skill with which he attacks it.

SILENT LIGHT World Cinema Gala
Carlos Reygadas directs this contemplative study of morality and spiritual crisis set in a Menonite community in the outskirts of Chihuahua, Mexico. Johan, a husband and father, breaks the rules of his community by falling in love and having an affair, and his inner turmoil is played out against the everyday habits and rituals which punctuate the day. Reygadas’ control and mastery of image and sound leave no doubt that we are watching cinema at its most carefully and artfully constructed.

BEE MOVIE Family Gala
Dreamworks bring Jerry Seinfeld’s first film script to the big screen, in this smart family 3-D animation with a sting in its tale. Seinfeld also lends his voice to Barry B Benson, your average ‘bee next door’ who becomes infatuated with New York florist Vanessa, voiced by Renée Zellweger. The smalltown bee becomes a celebrity in his own world in a film with plenty for both adults and children to enjoy.

Short:

HOTEL CHEVALIER Wes Anderson USA

See pages 14 - 20 of the Festival brochure for further details.


FILM ON THE SQUARE

The most anticipated new titles from around the world, in the heart of the West End.

ALEXANDRA Alexander Sokurov RUSSIA, FRANCE
ANGEL François Ozon FRANCE UK, BELGIUM
BAND'S VISIT, THE Eran Kolirin ISRAEL, FRANCE
BANISHMENT, THE Andreï Zviaguintsev RUSSIA
CARAMEL Nadine Labaki FRANCE, LEBANON
CHAOS Youssef Chahine EGYPT, FRANCE
CITY OF MEN Paulo Morelli BRAZIL
CLOSING THE RING Richard Attenborough UK, CANADA
COOL SCHOOL, THE Morgan Neville USA
DON'T TOUCH THE AXE Jacques Rivette FRANCE, ITALY
EDGE OF HEAVEN, THE Fatih Akin GERMANY, TURKEY
ENCHANTED Kevin Lima USA
EXODUS Penny Woolcock UK
FAR NORTH Asif Kapadia FRANCE, UK
FLIGHT OF THE RED BALLOON Hou Hsiao-Hsien FRANCE, TAIWAN
FUNNY GAMES Michael Haneke USA, FRANCE, GERMANY, ITALY
GARAGE Lenny Abrahamson IRELAND
GLORY TO THE FILMMAKER! Takeshi Kitano JAPAN
GRACE IS GONE James C. Strouse USA
IMPORT EXPORT Ulrich Seidl AUSTRIA
INTERVIEW Steve Buscemi USA
LAST MISTRESS, THE Catherine Breillat FRANCE
MISTER LONELY Harmony Korine UK, FRANCE, IRELAND, USA
MY BROTHER IS AN ONLY CHILD Daniele Luchetti ITALY, FRANCE
MY KID COULD PAINT THAT Amir Bar-Lev USA
PERSEPOLIS Marjane Satrapi & Vincent Paronnaud FRANCE
PLANET TERROR Robert Rodriguez USA
REDACTED Brian De Palma USA
RESCUE DAWN Werner Herzog USA
RESERVATION ROAD Terry George USA
SAVAGE GRACE Tom Kalin USA
SAVAGES, THE Tamara Jenkins USA
SHOTGUN STORIES Jeff Nichols USA
SON OF RAMBOW: A HOME MOVIE Garth Jennings UK
SUMMER RAIN Antonio Banderas SPAIN
SURPRISE FILM
TALK TO ME Kasi Lemmons USA
YOU, THE LIVING Roy Andersson SWEDEN, GERMANY, DENMARK, FRANCE, NORWAY

Shorts:

NEWS Ursula Ferrara ITALY
See pages 22 - 31 of the Festival brochure for further details.


NEW BRITISH CINEMA

The best new drama and documentary features from UK filmmakers.


BATTLE FOR HADITHA Nick Broomfield UK
BOY A John Crowley UK
ENGLISH SURGEON, THE Geoffrey Smith UK
HOLD ME TIGHT LET ME GO Kim Longinotto UK
IN PRISON MY WHOLE LIFE Marc Evans UK
IN THE SHADOW OF THE MOON David Sington UK
JETSAM Simon Welsford UK
UNRELATED Joanna Hogg UK

Shorts:

SOULJAH Rikki Beadle-Blair UK
DOG ALTOGETHER Paddy Considine UK
TAXI FOR THE COMEDIAN Simon Antoine UK
MAUDE James Hughes UK

See pages 34 – 35 of the Festival brochure for further details.

FRENCH REVOLUTIONS

Fact and fiction, fable and fantasy, the best in new French cinema.

ALL IS FORGIVEN Mia Hansen-Løve FRANCE
BACK TO NORMANDY Nicolas Philibert FRANCE
BEFORE I FORGET Jacques Nolot FRANCE
CAPTAIN AHAB Philippe Ramos FRANCE
HEARTBEAT DETECTOR Nicolas Klotz FRANCE
I ALWAYS WANTED TO BE A GANGSTER Samuel Benchetrit FRANCE
I DO Eric Lartigau FRANCE
IN YOUR WAKE David Oelhoffen FRANCE
SECRET, A Claude Miller FRANCE
SECRET OF THE GRAIN, THE Abdellatif Kechiche FRANCE
SUBSTITUTE Fred Poulet & Vikash Dhorasoo FRANCE
TERROR'S ADVOCATE Barbet Schroeder FRANCE
VERY WELL THANK YOU Emmanuelle Cuau FRANCE
WATER LILIES Céline Sciamma FRANCE

See pages 38 - 41 of the Festival brochure for further details.


CINEMA EUROPA

A cinematic journey across the continent.

ANDRES AND ME Andrea Adriatico ITALY
AT THE RIVER Eva Neymann UKRAINE
CALIFORNIA DREAMIN' (ENDLESS) Cristian Nemescu ROMANIA
CARGO 200 Alexey Balabanov RUSSIA
CHAOTIC ANA Julio Medem SPAIN
DAYS AND CLOUDS Silvio Soldini ITALY
DON'T THINK ABOUT IT Gianni Zanasi ITALY
ECHO Anders Morgenthaler DENMARK
EMPTIES Jan Sverák CZECH REPUBLIC, UK, DENMARK
FRIENDS OF JESUS Antonio Muñoz De Mesa SPAIN
HORSE THIEVES Micha Wald BELGIUM, FRANCE, CANADA
HOUNDS Ann-Kristin Reyels GERMANY
INFLUENCIA, LA Pedro Aguilera SPAIN
IN MEMORY OF ME Saverio Costanzo ITALY
ISKA'S JOURNEY Csaba Bollók HUNGARY
ISLAND OF LOST SOULS Nikolaj Arcel DENMARK
JAR CITY Baltasar Kormákur ICELAND, DENMARK, GERMANY
KIDZ IN DA HOOD Ylva Gustavsson & Catti Edfeldt SWEDEN
LIGHTHOUSE, THE Maria Saakyan RUSSIA
MAN'S JOB, A Aleksi Salmenperä FINLAND
MARCELA Helena Trestikova CZECH REPUBLIC
MATAHARIS Iciar Bollain SPAIN
MAX & CO Samuel Guillaume & Frederic Guillaume SWITZERLAND BELGIUM, UK, FRANCE
MOSQUITO PROBLEM & OTHER STORIES , THE Andrey Paounov BULGARIA
ONE HUNDRED NAILS Ermanno Olmi ITALY
OPIUM- DIARY OF A MADWOMAN János Szász HUNGARY, GERMANY
RETURN TO GOREE Pierre-Yves Borgeaud SWITZERLAND, LUXEMBOURG
SATURNO CONTRO Ferzan Ozpetek ITALY
SAVIOR'S SQUARE Joanna Kos-Krauze & Krzysztof Krauze POLAND
SUBSTITUTE, THE Ole Bornedal DENMARK
THIEVES Jaime Marqués SPAIN
TRAP, THE Srdan Golubovic SERBIA, GERMANY, HUNGARY
UNPOLISHED, THE Pia Marais GERMANY
VALZER Salvatore Maira ITALY
WE WANT ROSES TOO Alina Marazzi ITALY, SWITZERLAND
WITH YOUR PERMISSION Paprika Steen DENMARK
WOLFSBERGEN Nanouk Leopold NETHERLANDS, BELGIUM
ZONA, LA Rodrigo Plá SPAIN, MEXICO

Shorts:

ALMOST NOTHING Ursula Ferrara ITALY
ASYMMETRICAL Ursula Ferrara ITALY
PAST FUTURE Ursula Ferrara ITALY
KIBERA KID Nathan Collett KENYA
AS PEOPLE Ursula Ferrara ITALY
LUCIDI FOLLI Ursula Ferrara ITALY
MATCH, THE Ursula Ferrara ITALY
FIVE ROOMS Ursula Ferrara ITALY

See pages 44 – 53 of the Festival brochure for further details


WORLD CINEMA

The best new films from around the globe.

3 DAYS TO FOREVER Riri Riza INDONESIA
BAD HABITS Simón Bross MEXICO
BANO DEL PAPA, EL Enrique Fernandez & Cesar Charlone URUGUAY, FRANCE, BRAZIL
BLACK, WHITE & GRAY: A Portrait of Sam Wagstaff and Robert Mapplethorpe James Crump USA
CHAMPAGNE SPY, THE Nadav Schirman ISRAEL, GERMANY
CHOP SHOP Ramin Bahrani USA
COPACABANA
Double-bill with STARS Martín Rejtman ARGENTINA
DESERT DREAM Zhang Lu KOREA, FRANCE
DOES YOUR SOUL HAVE A COLD? Mike Mills USA, JAPAN
DOL - THE VALLEY OF TAMBOURINES Hiner Saleem AUTONOMOUS REGION OF KURDISTAN, FRANCE, GERMANY
EXTE - HAIR EXTENSIONS Sion Sono JAPAN
EZRA Newton I. Aduaka FRANCE-NIGERIA-AUSTRIA
FAY GRIM Hal Hartley USA
FOSTER CHILD Brillante Mendoza PHILIPPINES
FOUR WOMEN Adoor Gopalakrishnan INDIA
FROZEN Shivajee Chandrabhushan INDIA
GREAT WORLD OF SOUND, THE Craig Zobel USA
HANNAH TAKES THE STAIRS Joe Swanberg USA
I JUST DIDN'T DO IT Masayuki Suo JAPAN
JELLYFISH Etgar Keret & Shira Geffen ISRAEL, FRANCE
LAST LEAR, THE Rituparno Ghosh INDIA
LET'S FINISH!!! Whang Cheol-Mean KOREA
MA WU JIA Zhao Ye CHINA
MAHEK K. Kanade INDIA
MATSUGANE POTSHOT AFFAIR, THE Nobuhiro Yamashita JAPAN
MID-AFTERNOON BARKS Zhang Yuedong CHINA
MOURNING FOREST, THE Naomi Kawase JAPAN, FRANCE
MUKHSIN Yasmin Ahmad MALAYSIA
MUNYURANGABO Lee Isaac Chung RWANDA, USA
MUTUM Sandra Kogut FRANCE, BRAZIL
NIGHT TRAIN Diao Yinan CHINA, HONG KONG, FRANCE, USA
NO MERCY FOR THE RUDE Park Chul-Hee SOUTH KOREA
OTRO, EL Ariel Rotter ARGENTINA, FRANCE, GERMANY
PLOY Pen-ek Ratanaruang THAILAND
REDEMPTION Kunle Afolayan & Biodun Aleja NIGERIA
SANKARA Prasanna Jayakody SRI LANKA
SECRET SUNSHINE Lee Chang-Dong SOUTH KOREA
STARS
Double-bill with COPACABANA Federico León & Marcos Martínez ARGENTINA
STATE LEGISLATURE Frederick Wiseman USA
THREAD OF LIFE Razam Hijazi SYRIA
TUYA'S MARRIAGE Wang Quan’An CHINA
UNFORESEEN, THE Laura Dunn USA
UPA! AN ARGENTINE FILM Santiago Giralt & Camila Toker & Tamae Garateguy ARGENTINA
VEXILLE Fumihiko Sori JAPAN
VOYEURS, THE Buddhadeb Dasgupta INDIA
WORLD UNSEEN, THE Shamim Sarif UK, SOUTH AFRICA
WU YONG (USELESS) Jia Zhangke CHINA, FRANCE
YOBI, THE FIVE-TAILED FOX Sung-Kang Lee SOUTH KOREA
ZOO Robinson Devor USA

Shorts:

AREA BOYS Omelihu Nwanguma UK, NIGERIA
OUR TEN YEARS / TEN YEARS Jia Zhangke CHINA

See pages 58 – 69 of the Festival brochure for further details.


EXPERIMENTA

Cutting edge cinema, artists’ films and video and the avant-garde.

BRAND UPON THE BRAIN! Guy Maddin CANADA, USA
CASTING A GLANCE James Benning USA
MILKY WAY Benedek Fliegauf HUNGARY
WALK INTO THE SEA: Danny Williams and the Warhol Factory, A Esther Robinson USA
SEVEN EASY PIECES BY MARINA ABRAMOVIC Babette Mangolte USA

MYSTERIOUS EMULSION
BLUE MONET Carl E Brown CANADA
WATER SPELL Sandy Ding USA

OVER LAND AND SEA
IVALO RIVER DELTA, THE Patrick Beveridge UK
AT SEA Peter Hutton USA

CAROLEE SCHNEEMANN
FUSES Carolee Schneemann USA
KITCH'S LAST MEAL Carolee Schneemann USA

DAVID GATTEN WORKSHOP

STUDIO PROGRAMME/"PROGRESS"
CAPITALISM: CHILD LABOR Ken Jacobs USA
NOW WAIT FOR LAST YEAR Rachel Reupke UK, CHINA

EXPERIMENTA SHORTS

THE 'I' AND THE 'WE'
I JUST WANTED TO BE SOMEBODY Jay Rosenblatt USA
JE SUIS UN BOMBE Elodie Pong SWITZERLAND
PART TIME HEROES Mara Mattuschka & Chris Haring AUSTRIA
REGARDING THE PAIN OF SUSAN SONTAG (NOTES ON CAMP) Steve Reinke CANADA
SEEING RED Su Friedrich USA

PAST IMPERFECT
CATALOGUE OF BIRDS: Book 3 Jayne Parker UK
DANGEROUS SUPPLEMENT Soon-Mi Yoo USA, KOREA
HELENES (APPARITION OF FREEDOM) Christoph Draeger SWITZERLAND
HIS EYE ON THE SPARROW Bruce Conner USA
HYSTERIA* Christina Battle CANADA
MARGUERITE DURAS / ALAIN RESNAIS (0.65,0.85,1.0 fps) David Dempewolf USA

THE PERCIPIENT IMAGE
BREATH, THE Minyong Jang KOREA
CROSSING, THE Timoleon Wilkins USA
DISCOVERIES ON THE FOREST FLOOR 1-3 Charlotte Pryce USA
PITCHER OF COLORED LIGHT Robert Beavers USA, SWITZERLAND
SKY WALKS ME HOME, THE Allen D. Glass II USA, CHINA

THE ANAGOGIC CHAMBER
FILM FOR INVISIBLE INK, CASE NO:71: Base-Plus-Fog David Gatten USA
FUGITIVE L(i)GHT Izabella Pruska-Oldenhof CANADA
OBJECT WHICH THINKS US: OBJECT 1, THE Samantha Rebello UK
SHADOW TRAP Greg Pope UK, NORWAY
SICK SERENA AND DREGS AND WRECK AND WRECK Emily Wardill UK
TODAY! David Gatten & Jessie Stead USA
VICTORY OVER THE SUN Michael Robinson USA

See pages 74 - 77 of the Festival brochure for further details.

TREASURES FROM THE ARCHIVES

Recently restored and re-discovered classics from archives around the world.

ASPHALT Joe May GERMANY
BARKER, THE George Fitzmaurice USA
BITTER TEA OF GENERAL YEN, THE Frank R. Capra USA
BLIND HUSBANDS Erich von Stroheim USA
CLOCKWORK ORANGE, A Stanley Kubrick UK
DRUMS ALONG THE MOHAWK John Ford USA
ENAMORADA Emilio Fernández MEXICO
EVE Joseph Losey FRANCE, ITALY
JIMMY THE GENT Michael Curtiz USA
KILLER OF SHEEP Charles Burnett USA
STRANGE ONE, THE Jack Garfein USA
TONIGHT AND EVERY NIGHT Victor Saville USA

Shorts:

SCREEN SNAPSHOTS SERIES 12, NO. 2 USA

EVERYBODY'S BUSINESS IWM Programme
EVERYBODY'S BUSINESS UK
WOMAN'S PORTION, THE UK
U-TUBE, THE UK
SECRET, THE Henry Edwards UK

VITAPHONE VARIETIES
ADELE ROWLAND - STORIES IN SONG USA
DICK RICH AND HIS SYNCO-SYMPHONISTS USA
EARL BURTNETT AND HIS BILTMORE HOTEL ORCHESTRA (1927) USA
EARL BURTNETT AND HIS BILTMORE HOTEL ORCHESTRA (1928) USA
J C. FLIPPEN IN THE HAM WHAT AM USA
JACK WHITE AND HIS MONTREALERS USA
JANS & WHELAN 'TWO GOOD BOYS GONE WRONG' USA
JIMMY CLEMONS IN DREAM CAFE USA
MORRISSEY AND MILLER NIGHT CLUB REVUE, THE USA
REVELERS, THE USA
SHAW AND LEE IN GOING PLACES USA

Trafalgar Square Outdoor Screenings:

CAPITAL TALES
OLD LONDON STREET SCENES UK
SUNSHINE IN SOHO UK
THE FUGITIVE FUTURIST UK

LONDON THRILLS ME
BLACKMAIL Alfred Hitchcock UK
BLUE BOTTLES Ivor Monytagu UK

See pages 80 - 83 of the Festival brochure for further details.
See page 9 of the Festival brochure for Trafalgar Square details.


SHORT CUTS & ANIMATION

Short & Sweet: live action, animation and family films. See pages 86 - 90 of the Festival brochure.

ME & YOU. YOU & ME focuses on films examining personal relationships including the visually stunning LEFT. In POWER, CORRUPTION & LIES, Paul McGann & Richard E Grant are reunited onscreen for the first time since WITHNAIL AND I, in Duncan Wellaway's ALWAYS CRASHING IN THE SAME CAR. In the same programme, real-life husband and wife Maggie Gyllenhaal and Peter Sarsgaard appear together onscreen as married couple with secrets in HIGH FALLS.

WHO ARE YOU is about Identity and includes I AM BOB starring Sir Bob Geldof who puts in a terrifically authentic performance as himself. Freaky, funny, disturbing and educational, MONDO MAYHEM includes WELCOME TO THE BLACK PARADE, a re-working of the My Chemical Romance video by Beirut-based skateboarders and graffiti artists.

DEATH TO SHORT FILM 2 follows on from last year’s programme of international films that transcend the short film genre, including FRIENDS FOREVER, while GLOBAL JOURNEYS IN THE 21ST CENTURY explores the migratory nature of the human race.

Two animation programmes showcase the best of new international and UK animation, as well as a programme specifically aimed at younger audiences, while LONDON CALLING is a collection of recent shorts from some of the capital’s most exciting new filmmakers.


ME & YOU. YOU & ME
AFTER ALL Alexis Fortier Gauthier CANADA
CATHARSIS Daniel Chamorro SPAIN
CAUGHT OUT Eugene Grobler UK
DEEP BREATHS PJ Dillon IRELAND
LEFT Alexandre O Philippe USA
PARTUS Mikkel Munch-Fals DENMARK
SECOND ANNIVERSARY Alvaro Brechner SPAIN, URUGUAY

POWER, CORRUPTION & LIES
RIP-OFF, THE Kun Chang CANADA
ALWAYS CRASHING IN THE SAME CAR Duncan Wellaway UK
HIGH FALLS Andrew Zuckerman USA
INTELLIGENCE Allen Martinez USA
MACAU TWILIGHT Tony Shyu HONG KONG, USA

WHO ARE YOU
SCREENING Anthony Green CANADA, USA
FAMILY REUNION Isold Uggadottir ICELAND
I AM BOB Donald Rice UK
INSEPARABLE Nick White UK
LONELY LIGHTS. THE COLOR OF LEMONS., THE Benjamin M Piety USA
SLIPPIN' Mike Forshaw UK

MONDO MAYHEM
DRAGONFLY Kim Albright UK
MOUTH TO ANUS Adam Lieber UK
MY BROWN FRIEND Steven Spencer UK
RED RECIPE TO COOK CRUSTACEANS, A A-Eun-hee Ihm MEXICO
AGNIESZKA 2039 Martin Gauvreau UK
ANÉMONE Nathalie Teirlinck BELGIUM
HELP IS COMING Ben Mor USA
LADY JANE Camilla Robinson UK
MAMMAL Astrid Rieger GERMANY
TASTE OF KREAM Deanna Russo USA
THANKS ANYWAY Mischa Leinkauf & Matthias Wermke GERMANY
TOES Rob Munday UK
WELCOME TO THE BLACK PARADE Yasmine Abboud LEBANON

DEATH TO SHORT FILM 2
FRIENDS FOREVER Marcel Fores UK
HINTERLAND Geoffrey Boulangé FRANCE
PORN Jan Wagner POLAND
ROTTEN APPLE Ralitza Petrova UK
WAKE UP Hagar Ben Asher ISRAEL
GUITAR LESSON, THE Martin Rit FRANCE

GLOBAL JOURNEYS IN THE 21ST CENTURY
CARGO Leo Woodhead NEW ZEALAND, CZECH REPUBLIC
HOME Paul Negoescu ROMANIA
NYAMAN 'GOUACOU (YOUR MOTHER'S MEAT) Laurent Sénéchal FRANCE
TOLYA Rodeon Brodsky ISRAEL
AT WORK Roberto Anjari-Rossi GERMANY
HOTEL PARADIJS Jan Krueger GERMANY

INTERNATIONAL ANIMATION PANORAMA
EVEN IN DREAMS Alice Taylor FRANCE
MADAME TUTLI-PUTLI Chris Lavis & Maciek Szczerbowski CANADA
MARATON / MARATHON Kaspar Jancis ESTONIA
MILK TEETH Tibor Banoczki UK
NOTHING HAPPENED TODAY Reka Gacs UK
QUEUE DE LA SOURIS, LA Benjamin Renner FRANCE
THEIR FIRST JOURNEY Gregoire Sivan FRANCE
TONGUE OF THE HIDDEN, THE David Alexander Anderson UK

ANIMATED SHORTS FOR YOUNGER AUDIENCES
CHESS Pernilla Hindsefelt SWEDEN*
HAVING A BROTHER Esben Toft Jacobsen DENMARK
HUSH! Peter Hausner & Snobar Azedien DENMARK
NORABBITS' MINUTES Eps. 4 & 5 Yuichi Ito JAPAN
POISON ARROW FROGS Johan Hagelbäck SWEDEN
WILLY AND WILD RABBIT Ylva-Li Gustafsson & Lennart Gustafsson SWEDEN

LONDON CALLING
CHERRIES Tom Harper UK
GIRLS, THE Sebastian Godwin UK
MONKEY NUT TALES Jo Ho UK
N.O.R.A. Amy Engles UK
PETER AND BEN Pinny Grylls UK
WISH Matthew Day UK
BORDER WORK Tom Wright UK
EDDIE PROCTOR Susanna Wallin UK

TCM SCREEN TALKS, CLOSE UP WITH TIME OUT & SPECIAL EVENTS

The Festival presents the TCM SCREEN TALKS with BAFTA and Academy Award™ nominee, writer, director and producer Wes Anderson (THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS; THE LIFE AQUATIC WITH STEVE ZISSOU); two-time Academy Award™ nominee, actress Laura Linney (YOU CAN COUNT ON ME; MYSTIC RIVER; THE SQUID AND THE WHALE) and cult director Robert Rodriguez (FROM DUSK TILL DAWN, SIN CITY, DESPERADO).

Award-winning director David Lynch and legendary folk-rock-pop troubadour Donovan will host an event to discuss David’s new book Catching the Big Fish: Meditation, Consciousness, and Creativity. CLOSE UP WITH TIME OUT marks the publication’s 5th year in collaboration with the Festival to present a series of free events, each providing a platform for engaging discussion amongst filmmakers, industry professionals and audiences alike, including debates on the director / editor relationship, and the challenges of filming in a foreign land. Long-term Festival partner The Script Factory and the NFTS host two masterclasses with two key Festival filmmakers, Steve Buscemi (TREES LOUNGE; LONESOME JIM) and Harmony Korine (GUMMO; JULIEN DONKEY-BOY).

Questions of national cinema, using Romania as an example, will be the focus of ROMANIAN CINEMA: THE NEXT NEW WAVE? presented in association with Sight & Sound, the Romanian Cultural Centre London and the Ratiu Family Charitable Foundation. The panel will include Cristian Mungiu (director of Palme d’Or winner 4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS, 2 DAYS) alongside other panellists, while the condition and direction of ethical documentary filmmaking will be examined by director Amir Bar-Lev (MY KID COULD PAINT THAT) and producer Livia Firth (IN PRISON MY WHOLE LIFE), with others in THE DOCUMENTARY DILEMMA, presented in association with BAFTA.

As a companion to A WALK INTO THE SEA, the Esther Robinson documentary about the life and death of filmmaker Danny Williams, four of Williams’ rare short films will be presented in DANNY WILLIAMS: FACTORY FILMS, three in silence and the fourth accompanied by live music from composer T Griffin alongside his The Quavers’ bandmember Catherine McRae. The Festival is also delighted to welcome four distinctive directors in conversation, Carlos Reygadas (SILENT LIGHT), Penny Woolcock (EXODUS), Ramin Bahrani (CHOP SHOP) and Nadine Labaki (CARAMEL), discussing their work in THE NEW AUTEURS.

Director Paul Greengrass (UNITED 93; THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM) will be the subject of an exclusive extended on-stage interview, as well as the recipient of The Variety UK Achievement in Film Award. Elsewhere in the Festival, the inaugural Fido Awards will be honouring the best canine performances across the Festival programme, and movie lovers will be invited to submit their top 10 film favourites in LISTMANIA! a fun free event presented in association with Faber and Faber.

In addition to the public screenings, the Festival also runs 40 educational events for schools and families; and its Industry Office presents a range of activities including sales screenings, training programmes, filmmaker discussions and networking events.

For events updates please visit www.lff.org.uk/events

Special industry events can be found at www.lff.org.uk/industry

See pages 94 - 97 of the Festival brochure for further details.

AWARDS

The Times BFI London Film Festival annually presents prizes to the winners of four major awards at the Closing Night Gala, Thursday 1 November.

The Sutherland Trophy is awarded by an invited jury to the maker of the most original and imaginative first feature screening in the Festival. Last year Andrea Arnold was presented this award for RED ROAD.

The 12th Annual Satiyajit Ray Award is awarded to a first time feature director whose film best captures Satiyajit Ray’s vision of artistry, compassion and humanity. Last year Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck received this prize for his film THE LIVES OF OTHERS.

In its fourth year, The UK Film Talent Award Sponsored by Alfred Dunhill celebrates and supports the achievements of new and emerging British writers, directors and producers who have shown great skill and imagination in bringing originality and verve to filmmaking. Last year producer Mark Herbert received the award.

The 10th FIPRESCI International Critics Award is awarded to a first or second feature director, rewarding talent and advancing the art of cinema. Last year this Award went to LOLA by Javier Rebollo.

In its third year, The Times BFI London Film Festival Grierson Award is given for the best documentary feature, presented at the main evening performance of the winning film. Lauren Greenfield was presented the award last year for THIN.

The 8th TCM Classic Shorts Award is one of the most prestigious short film awards open to filmmakers from the UK, Europe, Middle East and Africa. A screening of the six short listed films will take place at the BFI Southbank on Thursday 25 October.

See page 98 of the Festival brochure for further details.

FESTIVAL VENUES

BFI Southbank Odeon West End Odeon Leicester Square
South Bank, London SE1 40 Leicester Square WC2 24-26 Leicester Square WC2
www.bfi.org.uk/whatson/southbank
www.odeon.co.uk

ICA Cinema Ciné Lumiére Tricycle Cinema
The Mall SW1 Institut Français 296 Kilburn High Road NW6
www.ica.org.uk 17 Queensbury Place SW7 www.tricycle.co.uk
www.institut-francais.org.uk
Ritzy Cinema
Brixton Oval, Coldharbour Lane SW2
www.ritzycinema.co.uk

FILM IN THE CITY

Film in the City returns for a fourth year with an expanded programme thanks to support from the London Development Agency, Creative London and the Mayor of London through Film London and media support from BBC London.

Rio: Genesis: David Lean Cinema:
DOL–THE VALLEY OF TAMBORINES CITY OF MEN I DO
TUYA’S MARRIAGE TALK TO ME MY BROTHER IS AN ONLY CHILD

Phoenix Cinema: Odeon Greenwich: Waterman’s Arts Centre:
THE BAND’S VISIT PLANET TERROR SANKARA
MATAHARIS FAY GRIM FROZEN

Rich Mix:
FAR NORTH
BATTLE FOR HADITHA

See page 8 of the Festival brochure for further details.

FESTIVAL INFORMATION & TICKET BOOKINGS

Tickets go on sale to the public on Saturday 29 September:

Telephone Bookings: 020 7928 3232 between 11:00 – 20:30
Online: www.lff.org.uk: no booking or postal fee
In Person: BFI Southbank Box Office: 11:00 – 20:30
Leicester Square Ticket Booth: 16 Oct – 1 Nov daily 12:00 – 21:00
BFI Members receive priority booking – join at www.bfi.org.uk

And at all Festival venues on the day of the screenings only.

See page 6 of the Festival brochure for further details.

THE TIMES BFI 51st LONDON FILM FESTIVAL SPONSORS

The Times BFI 51st London Film Festival is very pleased to continue its ongoing relationship with The Times, now in their fifth consecutive year as Title Sponsor. 

The Festival is also delighted to welcome three new main sponsors: HP, Kyoto Planet and American Airlines, who are also sponsoring three of the Gala films.

The Festival welcomes returning sponsors TCM (Turner Classic Movies), who are celebrating 8 years of TCM Classic Shorts as well as sponsoring the TCM SCREEN TALKS, TV5Monde who sponsor the French Revolutions strand, and Tiscali, who are also sponsoring a Gala film.

Thanks to the Festival’s generous in-kind Sponsors: new Official Festival Car Supplier Toyota and new photography sponsor Getty Images. The Festival is also delighted to welcome new Festival wine, beer and water sponsors: Rosemount Estate, Cobra Beer and Icelandic Glacial. Also many thanks to Carlton Screen Advertising, Soho House, White Star Line (Marco Pierre White Restaurants), Odeon, Midnite Express, Sofitel St. James London, Green & Black’s Organic, the Picture Production Company, CBS Outdoor, The Hospital Impact Distribution and Transport for London for their continued support.

The Festival would also like to thank Alfred Dunhill, who supports the UK Film Talent Award in association with the UK Film Council. The Festival is pleased to welcome back Broadcast Partners MTV and BBC London. Thanks also goes to Media Partners Empire, Time Out, Sight & Sound and MySpace for continuing to provide invaluable media support, and new Media Partner Grazia.


 
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