BFI London Film Festival Releases Programme

The BFI London Film Festival has announced its programme for the forthcoming festival, due to take place across London from 13th October 2010.

According to the BFI website the 15 day event is scheduled to present over 300 films from “established and emerging talent from around the world.”

It is difficult, and a little unfair, to project undue focus onto just a few of the 300+ films showcased, but I’m going to do it anyway.

A couple of initial highlights on the roster include Matt Reeves’s cautiously anticipated, Let Me In, the US remake of Swedish cult vampire classic, Let The Right One In (Tomas Alfredson), and Palme d’Or winner, Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (Apichatpong Weerasethakul), a film that shone at an unusually lethargic Cannes Film Festival.

Mark Romanek’s Never Let Me Go and Danny Boyle’s 127 Hours –which has reportedly caused a few faint-hearted patrons to collapse during screenings- head the British contingent this year and are supported by the likes of northern based indie film, The Arbor, a portrayal of the life of Bradford sweetheart and writer of Rita, Sue and Bob Too, Andrea Dunbar.

George Clooney’s Italian-based assassination thriller, The American will have its UK debut at the festival. It is directed by Anton Corbijn, responsible for the accomplished and tender biopic of Joy Division front-man, Ian Curtis.

The other films set to provide the familiar faces include Derek Cianfrance’s, Blue Valentine, starring Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams and Dan Rush’s Everything Must Go, which sees comic actor Will Ferrell pull a Robin Williams by ‘doing serious.’  There is also a ‘Surprise Feature’ due to be announced closer to the event.

Of course, the above features are only a narrow taster of the programme; Jean Luc Goddard’s  Film Socialsme appears, as does Howl (Robert Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman), a film about Ginsberg’s epic poem of the same name starring James Franco. There are to be some 112 short films, several classics (from David Lean’s The Bridge On The River Kwai to GW Pabst’s silent classic Pandora’s Box) and plenty of ‘talks’, ‘masterclasses’ and ‘special events.’

The festival will also feature, for the second time in as many years, the BFI London Film Festival Awards.

To take a look at the guide visit the website

Alternatively, download a full calendar

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