Scorsese’s The Irishman to close this year’s London Film Festival

The film is now confirmed for a second big screening date

The BFI announced this morning that Martin Scorsese’s highly anticipated new film, The Irishman, is set to close the 63rd London Film Festival this October. After revealing it will make its premiere at the New York Film Festival on September 27, we got a first look at the film with the release of the trailer last week.

Speaking about the film’s appearance at the London Film Festival, Scorsese said: “I’m extremely honoured to be having the International Premiere of The Irishman at the closing night of the BFI London Film Festival. This picture was many years in the making. It’s a project that Robert De Niro and I started talking about a long time ago, and we wanted to make it the way it needed to be made. It’s also a picture that all of us could only have made at this point in our lives. We’re all very excited to be bringing The Irishman to London.”

The Irishman is an adaptation of Charles Brandt’s non-fiction book I Heard You Paint Houses, which tells the story of hitman Frank Sheeran who killed 25 people for the mob, including Jimmy Hoffa. It stars Al Pacino as Hoffa, Robert De Niro as Sheeran and Joe Pesci as Russell Bufalino, with support from the likes of Harvey Keitel, Anna Paquin, Bobby Cannavale, Stephen Graham, Ray Romano and Jim Norton.

No official release date for The Irishman has been set just yet, but it will get a small cinema run and arrive on Netflix later this year.

The 63rd BFI London Film Festival in partnership takes place from Wednesday October 2 to Sunday 13 October 2019. The full Festival programme will be announced on Thursday 29 August 2019.

Steven Sheehan

Updated: Aug 05, 2019

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