62nd BFI London Film Festival Line-up Announced

With the Venice Film Festival now in full swing and TIFF to come next month, the 2018 London Film Festival has just announced its full line-up with only 6 weeks to go before the start.

In total there will be 225 feature films which includes 46 documentaries, 4 animations and 18 archive restorations. The festival will also play host to 21 world premières, 9 international premières and 29 European premières.

We already know that Steven McQueen's new film, Widows, will be opening the festival on October 10th and Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly's Stan & Ollie is set to make its world première as the closing film. Director Lenny Abrahamson has been announced as Jury President, with the ten films appearing in competition set to be:

Birds of Passage (Pajaros de Verano), Cristina Gallego, Ciro Guerra
Destroyer, Karyn Kusama
Happy as Lazzaro (Lazzaro Felice), Alice Rohrwacher
Happy New Year, Colin Burstead, Ben Wheatley
In Fabric, Peter Strickland
Joy, Sudabeh Mortezai
The Old Man & The Gun, David Lowery
Shadow (Ying), Zhang Yimou
Sunset (Napszallta), László Nemes
Too Late to Die Young (Tarde Para Morir Joven), Dominga Sotomayor

Outside of the competition we will see the return of the Coen brothers with The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, while Yorgos Lanthimos' The Favourite will also be playing. Steve Carell and Timothee Chalamet play father and son in Beautiful Boy, while Colette features Keira Knightley taking on the role of author Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette.

Paul Dano's Wildlife, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Carey Mulligan plays in the First Feature Competition and Barry Jenkins' highly anticipated follow-up to Moonlight, If Beale Street Could Talk, is another must see. Lee Chang Dong’s fantastic thriller, Burning, should also be added to a very long list this year. Terry Gilliam’s The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, which has taken over 20 years to make, will be eagerly snapped up by his loyal fans.

Jason Reitman's political drama, The Front Runner, will be available to watch, along with Chris Pine as Robert The Bruce in Outlaw King. Luca Guadagnino's remake of Dario Argento's Suspiria will be trying to freak out audiences, and there will also be special presentations for Park-Chan-wook's The Little Drummer Girl, Carol Morley's Out of Blue and Mike Leigh's Peterloo.

Of course, these are just some of the more anticipated films, but there will be a whole host of panels, debates and screenings taking place over the course of the 12 days. We'll be covering the festival in full, so stay tuned for further updates in the coming weeks.

The 62nd London Film Festival starts from Wednesday 10th October through to Sunday 21st October 2018. To see the full programme listing, head over to the BFI website.

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