The 56th BFI London Film Festival will screen a total of 225 fiction and documentary features, 111 live action and animated shorts, including 14 World Premieres, 15 International Premieres, and 34 European Premieres. Tim Burton's 3-D animated "Frankenweenie" will open the festival and Mike Newell's dramatic adaptation of "Great Expectations" with Helena Bonham Carter and Ralph Fiennes will close the 11 day event, which runs from October 10 to the 21st.
Highlights of the festival include the world premiere of Bret Morgan's "Crossfire Hurricane," a documentary spanning fifty years of the Rolling Stones, who are rumored to attend the festival. London will also host Cannes entry Apichatpong Weerasethakul's "Mekong Hotel," Dustin Hoffman's Toronto directorial debut, "Quartet," and author Salman Rushdie, whose Telluride title "Midnight's Children" is in the Festival's inaugural Official Competition, will speak at the festival's Screen Talks program. Other competition European premieres include Michael Winterbottom’s "Everyday," Sally Potter’s "Ginger & Rosa," and Martin McDonagh’s "Seven Psychopaths."
In addition to unique programming this year, the BFI Festival attempts an entirely different festival structure by clustering their films around various themes: Love, Debate, Dare, Laugh, Thrill, Cult, Journey, Sonic, Family, and Experimental. A catalogue of films screened at the festival posted below. (Here's Timeout guide.)
UK premieres are:
· Michel Franco’s After Lucia
· David Ayer’s End of Watch
· Rama Burshtein’s Fill the Void
· Daniele Ciprì’s It Was the Son
· François Ozon’s In the House
· Cate Shortland’s Lore
· Pablo Larraín’s No
· Jacques Audiard’s Rust and Bone
Titles in consideration for the First Feature Competition recognising an original and imaginative directorial debut are: