Film

Here’s everything you need to know about London Film Festival 2018

Get ready for the 62nd instalment of BFI's LFF, because it's gonna be a good one.

Gearing up for its latest edition, the BFI London Film Festival has revealed its major line up of 225 feature films. Spanning 77 countries, there will be 21 world premieres, 9 international premieres, 29 European premieres, all representing a diverse range of the cinematic world. Always striving to be more inclusive and representative, this year the BFI have ensured that 38% of the films are directed or co-directed by women, as well as female directors making up 30% of feature film galas.

STEVE MCQUEEN’S FIRST FIRST FILM SINCE 12 YEARS A SLAVE WILL OPEN THE FESTIVAL

Having not released a feature film for 5 years, it’s no wonder that the BFI welcomed Steve McQueen back with open arms. The director’s latest project is entitled Widows, a dark thriller powered by four leading women:  Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki and Cynthia Erivo. Watch the trailer below now…

EXPLORING FORBIDDEN LOVE IN KENYA

Wanuri Kahiu’s Cannes premiered feature film, Rafiki, takes us into the Nairobi neighbourhood and sweeps us into the world of Kena and Ziki. A Flare special presentation, it’s a cultural tale as much as it is an emotional one. See for yourself in the trailer below.

THE LONG AWAITED SUSPIRA GETS A FEMINIST MAKEOVER FROM LUCA GUADAGNINO
ARTIST RACHEL MACLEAN WILL SHOW SECOND FEATURE FILM
COWBOYS À LA COEN BROTHERS
TIMOTHÉE IS BACK (AND BEAUTIFUL)
HEADLINE GALAS

Widows dir. Steve McQueen
Stan & Ollie dir. Jon S. Baird
The Favourite dir. Yorgos Lanthimos
The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs dir. The Coen Brothers
Beautiful Boy dir. Felix Van Groeningen
Can You Ever Forgive Me? dir. Marielle Heller
Colette dir. Wash Westmoreland
The Front Runner dir. Jason Reitman
Life Itself dir. Dan Fogelman
Outlaw King dir. David Mackenzie
A Private War dir. Matthew Heineman
Suspiria dir. Luca Guadagnino

STRAND GALAS

Assassination Nation (Cult) dir. Sam Levinson
Border (Dare) dir. Ali Abbasi
Burning (Thrill) dir. Lee Chang-dong
Capernaum (Debate) dir. Nadine Labaki
The Great Victorian Moving Picture Show (Archive)
If Beale Street Could Talk (Love Gala) dir. Barry Jenkins
The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (Laugh) dir. Terry Gilliam
Mirai (Family) dir. Mamoru Hosoda
ROMA (Journey) dir. Alfonso Cuarón
The White Crow (Create) dir. Ralph Fiennes

SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS

Been So Long dir. Tinge Krishnan
Fahrenheit 11/9 dir. Michael Moore
The Hate U Give dir. George Tillman Jr
The Little Drummer Girl dir. Park Chan-wook
Out Of Blue dir. Carol Morley
Aquarela dir. Viktor Kossakovsky
Make Me Up dir. Rachel Maclean
Rafiki dir. Wanuri Kahiu (BFI Flare Special Presentation)

OFFICIAL COMPETITION

Birds Of Passage dirs. Cristina Gallego, Ciro Guerra
Destroyer dir. Karyn Kusama
Happy As Lazzaro dir. Alice Rohrwacher
Happy New Year, Colin Burstead. dir. Ben Wheatley
In Fabric dir. Peter Strickland
Joy dir. Sudabeh Mortezai
The Old Man & The Gun dir. David Lowery
Shadow dir. Zhang Yimou
Sunset dir. László Nemes
Too Late To Die Young dir. Dominga Sotomayor

FIRST FEATURE COMPETITION

The Chambermaid dir. Lila Avilés
The Day I Lost My Shadow dir. Soudade Kaadan
Dead Pigs dir. Cathy Yan
Girl dir. Lukas Dhont
Holiday dir. Isabella Eklöf
Journey To A Mother’s Room dir. Celia Rico Clavellino
Only You dir. Harry Wootliff
Ray & Liz dir. Richard Billingham
Soni dir. Ivan Ayr
Wildlife dir. Paul Dano

DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION

Bisbee ’17 dir. Robert Greene
Dream Away dir. Marouan Omara And Johanna Domke
Evelyn dir. Orlando Von Einsiedel
John dir. Julien Farau
The Plan That Came From The Bottom Up dir. Steve Sprung
Putin’s Witnesses dir. Vitaly Mansky
What You Gonna Do When The World’s On Fire? dir. Robert Minervini
Young And Alive dir. Matthieu Bareyre

31 August 2018