More than 200 feature films will be screened during the festival, showcasing work from 78 countries around the world.
Don’t miss the BFI London Film Festival – 2-13 October
Whether you’re a total film buff or just enjoy the odd movie, get the popcorn ready for the 63rd BFI London Film Festival. Britain’s leading cinema event launches on 2 October bringing 12 days of previously unseen films from big-name directors and emerging talent to the capital.
More than 200 feature films will be screened during the festival, showcasing work from 78 countries around the world. Along with drama, there will be documentaries, animation and short films with events happening in cinemas across London.
The festival’s gala opening will be The Personal History of David Copperfield, a take on Dickens’ classic by comedy genius, Armando Iannucci (The Thick of It). The film stars Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire) in the title role, alongside British greats, Tilda Swinton, Hugh Laurie and Peter Capaldi.
In Knives Out, the latest film from Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson, detective Daniel Craig leads an investigation into the death of a famous crime writer.
Iconic American indie director, Noah Baumbach’s Marriage Story takes a forensic look at the divorce process, with strong performances from Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson.
Quirky World War II film Jojo Rabbit by Thor: Ragnarok director, Taika Waititi gets its European premier. It tells the story of a young German boy and his imaginary friend … Hitler.
Steve Coogan stars in the latest from British director Michael Winterbottom (24 Hour Party People). Called Greed, it is a satire on the times we live in and centres around a high-street retail tycoon’s Roman-themed party.
The closing event sees Martin Scorsese once more team up with Robert De Niro for The Irishman. Also starring Al Pacino and Joe Pesci, this new gangster epic follows the relationship between hitman Frank Sheeran and union leader Jimmy Hoffa. If you can’t get into the red-carpet screening in Leicester Square, it will be simultaneously broadcast in cinemas across the UK.
Find out more about all events on the BFI London Film Festival