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BFI London Film Fest: Full Program Launches First Competition Plus Rolling Stones Doc "Crossfire Hurricane'

Thompson on Hollywood By Maggie Lange | Thompson on Hollywood September 5, 2012 at 1:43PM

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.
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'Mekong Hotel'
'Mekong Hotel'


 
3 European premieres
·         Masaaki Akahori’s The Samurai that Night
·         Anand Gandhi’s Ship of Theseus
·         Barry Berk’s Sleeper’s Wake
 
and 9 UK premieres
·         Benh Zeitlin’s Beasts of the Southern Wild
·         Tom Shkolnik’s The Comedian
·         Maja Miloš’ Clip
·         Gabriela Pichler’s Eat Sleep Die
·         Sally El Hosaini’s My Brother the Devil
·         Kleber Mendonça Filho’s Neighbouring Sounds
·         Scott Graham’s Shell
·         Andrey Gryazev’s Tomorrow
·         Haifaa Al Mansour’s Wadjda
 
In the Documentary Competition category, in partnership with the Grierson Trust, recognising documentaries with integrity, originality, and social or cultural significance, the Festival is screening:
 
4 World Premieres
·         Charlie Paul’s For No Good Reason
·         Nick Ryan’s The Summit
·         Sarah Gavron’s Village at the End of the World
·         Greg Olliver’s Turned Towards the Sun
 
1 International Premiere
·         Sébastien Lifshitz’s Les Invisibles
 
4 European Premieres
·         Jay Bulger’s Beware of Mr Baker
·         Shola Lynch’s Free Angela and All Political Prisoners
·         Alex Gibney’s Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God
·         Amy Berg’s West of Memphis
 
3 UK Premieres
·         Katja Gauriloff’s Canned Dreams
·         Ken Burns, David McMahon and Sarah Burns’ The Central Park Five
·         Ulises Rosell’s The Ethnographer
 

 FILM GUESTS
Guests expected to attend include: Alex Gibney, Alice Englert, Alice Lowe, Allison Abbate, Barnaby Southcombe, , Ben Wheatley, Benh Zeitlin, Benjamin Renner, Billy Connolly, Brandon Cronenberg, Cate Shortland, Catherine O’Hara, Charlie Paul,Charlie Watts, Charlotte Rampling, Chris O’Dowd, Cristian Mungiu, David Walliams, David Nicholls, David Wasco, Deepa Mehta, Dustin Hoffman, Eddie Marsan, Elle Fanning, François Ozon, Gabriel Byrne, Hayley Atwell, Helena Bonham Carter, Ian Neil, Jacques Audiard, Jake Schreier, Jeremy Irvine, Julian Roman Pölsler , Keith Richards,Liz Garbus, Marion Cotillard, Martin McDonagh, Martina Gedeck, Martin Landau, Martin Short, Matthias Schoenaerts, Melvil Poupaud, Michael Haneke, Michael Palin, Mick Jagger,Mike Newell, Nick Murphy, Paolo Taviani, Pablo Larraín, Paul Andrew Williams, Pauline Collins, Quvenzhanée Wallis, Ronnie Wood, Rufus Norris, Sally EI Hosaini, Sally Potter, Salman Rushdie, Rodney Ascher, Sandy Reynolds Wasco, Saskia Rosendahl, Slavoj Žižek, Sophie Fiennes, Steve Oram, Suzanne Cléement,Tamzin Outhwaite, Terry Jones, Thomas Bidegain, Tim Burton, Tom Courtenay, Winona Ryder.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.