57th BFI London Film Festival Programme Announced

The British Film Institute have announced the full programme for the 57th BFI London Film Festival, 12 days of some of the biggest and most exciting upcoming releases in mainstream, independent, world and experimental cinema. British director Paul Greengrass’ (The Bourne Ultimatum and The Bourne Supremacy) hijack thriller Captain Phillips and Disney’s Saving Mr. Banks (both starring Tom Hanks) had already been announced as the opening and closing films, but amongst the rest of the gala screening include some of 2013’s most popular festival selections including Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity, Steve McQueen’s Twelve Years a Slave and the Coen Brothers Inside Llewyn Davis.

This year’s LFF will screen a total of 234 narrative and documentary features, including 22 World Premieres, 16 International Premieres, 29 European Premieres and 20 Archive films.

Sponsored Gala screenings include Stephen Frears’ Philomena (American Express), Gravity (American Airlines), Twelve Years a Slave (Accenture) and Inside Llewyn Davis (Mayor of London), Jason Reitman’s Labor Day (The May Fair Hotel), Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s Don Jon (Empire), Jim Jarmusch’s Only Lovers Left Alive (Sight & Sound) and Palme d’Or winner Blue is the Warmest Colour (Time Out).

Other gala screenings include Ralph Fiennes 2nd directorial effort, The Invisible Woman, BFI archive gala, The Epic of Everest, Debate Gala is Night Moves, Dare Gala is Alain Guiraudie’s award winning Stranger By The Lake, the Thrill Gala is Mystery Road, Journey Gala is Alexander Payne’s latest film, Nebraska, Sonic gala is We Are The Best! and the Family gala is Foosball.

The following films/talent are to compete in the London Film Festival’s competition strands:

Official Competition
Catherine Breillat’s Abuse of Weakness
Richard Ayoade’s The Double
Pawel Pawlikowski’s Ida
Kore-Eda Hirokazu’s Like Father, Like Son
Ritesh Batra’s The Lunchbox
Jahmil X.T Qubeka’s Of Good Report
Peter Landesman’s Parkland
Ahmad Abdalla’s Rags & Tatters
Clio Barnard’s The Selfish Giant
David Mackenzie’s Starred Up
Xavier Dolan’s Tom at the Farm
John Curran’s Tracks
Jonathan Glazer’s Under The Skin

First Feature Competition
Chika Anadu’s B for Boy
Daniel Patrick Carbone’s Hide Your Smiling Faces
Anthony Chen’s Ilo Ilo
John Krokidas’Kill Your Darlings
Alphan Eseli’s The Long Way Home
Michalis Konstantatos’ Luton
Fabio Grassadonia and Antonio Piazza’s Salvo
Chloé Robichaud’s Sarah Prefers to Run
Rob Brown’s Sixteen
Vivian Qu’s Trap Street
Fernando Franco’s Wounded
Tom Shoval’s Youth

Documentary Competition
Jessica Oreck’s Aatsinki: The Story of Artic Cowboys
Alex Gibney’s The Armstrong Lie
Frederick Wiseman’s At Berkeley
Zachary Heinzerling’s Cutie and the Boxer
Mark Cousins’ Here Be Dragons
Nicolas Philibert’s La Maison de la Radio
Greg Barker’s Manhunt
Rithy Panh’s The Missing Picture
Paul-Julien Robert’s My Fathers, My Mother and Me
Vitaly Mansky’s Pipeline
Matt Wolf’s Teenage
Kitty Green’s Ukraine is Not a Brothel

Best British Newcomer
Conner Chapman – actor, The Selfish Giant
Shaun Thomas – actor, The Selfish Giant
Destiny Ekaragha – director, Gone Too Far!
Rob Brown – director, Sixteen
Jack Fishburn & Muireann Price – producers, Love Me Till Monday
Jonathan Asser – screenwriter Starred Up

The 57th BFI London Film Festival takes place from 9-20 October, 2013

About The Author

Ollie.Charles
Reviews Editor, Contributor and Festival Coordinator

Ollie has written for Front Row Reviews pretty much since its inception about seven years ago whilst still studying Film & Television. Since then, he was trust into the world of independent film distribution and has recently started working with Picturehouse Entertainment in their Marketing Department. Having written and produced two radio series, he is moving hoping to (one day) write a web series/short film/feature (delete as appropriate ;)). His favourite director is David Lynch (which makes him make a lot of sense!) and his favourite films are The Hours, Mulholland Drive, Volver, Blade Runner and Bridget Jones Diary.

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