London Film Festival 2013: A Guide

'Story of My Death'Somehow, faster than we could realise, the BFI London Film Festival is about to be upon us once again. What is especially exciting, though, is that the 57th edition is packed with the year’s most anticipated titles. Make no mistake, this is the strongest festival lineup to grace London in years. And if the raves currently coming from Toronto about these films are anything to go by, cinephiles as well as more casual cinemagoers are in for many a treat next month.

The #LFF runs October 9-20 at venues across the capital. Priority booking opens to BFI members at 9.30am tomorrow (12 September) and public booking opens at 12pm on 20 September. You can find more details at the festival’s homepage: http://www.bfi.org.uk/lff.

Below is our day-by-day guide to what to catch. Time is precious and money’s scarce, so we’ve whittled things down to the 24 tickets you need at this year’s festival. We’ve also aimed for a variety and balance, between those big films that everyone else is going to be talking about, and those alternative choices for people seeking something a little more adventurous. Either way, Golden Bears, Golden Leopards and Golden Palms abound. Click on a title to be taken to its festival notes.

More importantly, though, what are you most looking forward to? What have we missed out? Tell us! Let us know in the Comments section below or via our Twitter page @frontrowreviews.

Wed, 9 Oct
La Belle et la Bête
NFT1 / 6pm
Jean Cocteau :: 1946 :: France

Story of My Death
NFT2 / 6pm
Albert Serra :: 2013 :: Spain/France

Thu, 10 Oct
Child’s Pose
Odeon West End 2 / 12.15pm
Poziţia Copilului :: 2013 :: Romania

Gravity
Odeon Leicester Sq. / 7.15pm
Alfonso Cuarón :: 2013 :: USA

Fri, 11 Oct
Vic + Flo Saw a Bear

NFT1 / 12.45pm
Denis Côté :: 2013 :: Canada

The Strange Colour of Your Body’s Tears
Vue 5 / 8.45pm
Hélène Cattet / Bruno Forzani :: 2013 :: Belgium/France/Luxembourg

Sat, 12 Oct
At Berkeley
ICA 1 / 11.30am
Frederick Wiseman :: 2013 :: USA

Enough Said
Odeon West End 2 / 6pm
Nicole Holofcener :: 2013 :: USA

Sun, 13 Oct
The Double
Vue 7 / 12.45pm
Richard Ayoade :: 2013 :: UK

Under the Skin
Odeon West End 2 / 6pm
Jonathan Glazer :: 2013 :: USA/UK

Mon, 14 Oct
Here Be Dragons
Vue 7 / 3.15pm
Mark Cousins :: 2013 :: UK

Blue Is the Warmest Colour
Curzon Chelsea / 7.45pm
Abdellatif Kechiche :: 2013 :: France/Belgium/Spain

Tue, 15 Oct
Short Term 12
Vue 7 / 6.15pm
Destin Cretton :: 2013 :: USA

Night Moves
Odeon West End 2 / 9pm
Kelly Reichardt :: 2013 :: USA

Wed, 16 Oct
Eastern Boys
Vue 7 / 3.15pm
Robin Campillo :: 2013 :: France

The Chase
NFT1 / 9pm
Arthur D. Ripley :: 1946 :: USA

Thu, 17 Oct
People and Polis
NFT3 / 6.30pm
various :: 2012-2013 :: UK/USA/France

Gloria
Odeon West End 1 / 8.30pm
Sebastián Lelio :: 2013 :: Chile/Spain

Fri, 18 Oct
The Epic of Everest

Odeon West End 2 / 6.15pm
Captain John Noel :: 1924 :: UK

Locke
Odeon West End 1 / 21.20pm
Steven Knight :: 2013 :: UK

Sat, 19 Oct
Anthology Film Archives presents: Artist Film Restorations from the USA
NFT3 / 4pm
various :: 1975-1990 :: USA

Exhibition
Curzon Mayfair / 6.15pm
Joanna Hogg :: 2013 :: UK

Sun, 20 Oct
The Last of the Unjust
Cine Lumiere / 12pm
Claude Lanzmann :: 2013 :: France/Austria

Together in Electric Dreams: 80s Artist Film Restorations from the UK
NFT3 / 3.45pm
various :: 1983-1985 :: USA

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