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The films you need to see at this year’s London Film Festival

Get your diary out and take your pick of our festival highlights

By Time Out Film

The BFI London Film Festival – the biggest, brightest and best event in the capital’s film-going calendar – hits cinemas across the city from October 2-13, 2019. And this year is a good one, with the opportunity to catch films like the Time Out gala selection ‘The Lighthouse’, starring Robert Pattinson, and Oscar-tipped movies such as ‘Marriage Story’. The only tricky thing can be figuring out what to see and when. Fret not, however, as we’ve got you covered with our highlights and picks from the festival. So, get your diary ready and get planning: here’s our London Film Festival 2019 calendar. 

Here’s how to get tickets for the BFI London Film Festival 2019

Monday October 7

Marriage Story
Photo: Courtesy of Netflix

Marriage Story

Film Drama

This comes from Noah Baumbach, so expect another dryly witty relationship drama. Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver star.

Embankment Garden Cinema, 11.15am.

Also screening: 
Sun, Oct 6. Odeon Luxe Leicester Square, 6:45pm. 
Sun, Oct 6. Embankment Garden Cinema, 7:30pm. 
Mon, Oct 7. Odeon Luxe Leicester Square, 2:00pm.
Fri, Oct 11. Odeon Tottenham Court Road, 12:00pm.
Sun, Oct 13. Odeon Tottenham Court Road, 12:30pm.



Mati Diop’s Cannes hit is a hypnotic-looking study of a teen in Senegal. This promises to be a genre-busting treat with boldness to burn.

BFI Southbank, NFT1, 12.10pm.

Also screening: 
Fri, Oct 4. Vue West End, 6:00pm.
Sat, Oct 5. Cine Lumiere, 8:40pm.

Tuesday October 8

Photo: Claire Folger/Lionsgate

Knives Out

Film Thrillers

‘Looper’ director Rian Johnson delivers a murder mystery starring Christopher Plummer, Daniel Craig, Ana de Armas and many more.

Odeon Luxe Leicester Square, 7.30pm.

Also screening: 
Tue, Oct 8. Embankment Garden Cinema, 8:30pm. 
Wed, Oct 9. Embankment Garden Cinema, 11:30am. 
Fri, Oct 11. Odeon Luxe Leicester Square, 11:00am. 
Sun, Oct 13. Empire Haymarket, 2:45pm. 

Wednesday October 9

Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Film Drama

A heart-stopping love story that’s earned comparisons to ‘The Piano’, Céline Sciamma’s painterly film is sure to be a treasure to behold.

Embankment Garden Cinema, 2.30pm.

Also screening: 
Tue, Oct 8. Embankment Garden Cinema, 5:25pm. 

The Two Popes

Film Drama

Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce play popes… sold yet? Director Fernando Meirelles (‘City of God’) oversees the conclave.

Odeon Tottenham Court Road, 3.30pm.

Also screening: 
Mon, Oct 7. Embankment Garden Cinema, 5:20pm.
Tue, Oct 8. Embankment Garden Cinema, 2:20pm.

Thursday October 10

The Aeronauts

Film Action and adventure

Felicity Jones and Eddie Redmayne go ballooning in the story of scientific discovery from director Tom Harper (‘Wild Rose’).

BFI Southbank, NFT1, 2:30pm.

Also screening: 
Mon, Oct 7. Odeon Luxe Leicester Square, 6:20pm. 
Mon, Oct 7. Embankment Garden Cinema, 8:30pm
Tue, Oct 8. Embankment Garden Cinema, 11:15am. 

Friday October 11

Photo: Merrick Morton/20th Century Fox

Le Mans '66

Film Action and adventure

Known as ‘Ford v Ferrari’ in the US, James Mangold’s film features the dream team of Christian Bale and Matt Damon as motor racing stars.

Odeon Luxe Leicester Square, 2pm.

Also screening: 
Thu, Oct 10. Odeon Luxe Leicester Square, 7:15pm.
Thu, Oct 10. Embankment Garden Cinema, 8:05pm.
Sat, Oct 12. Odeon Tottenham Court Road, 8:30pm (AMEX cardmember screening).

Western Stars

Film Documentaries

Bruce Springsteen’s life and work mingle in a docu-memoir in which he performs the whole of his latest release, ‘Western Stars’.

Embankment Garden Cinema, 9pm.

Also screening: 
Sat, Oct 12. Odeon Luxe Leicester Square, 11:30am. 
Sun, Oct 13. Empire Haymarket, 12:30pm. 

Saturday October 12



A London teen tries to bring up her younger brother in this seriously buzzy coming-of-age indie flick from Sarah Gavron (‘Suffragette’).

Embankment Garden Cinema,  2.30pm.

Also screening:
Fri, Oct 11. Odeon Luxe Leicester Square, 6:30pm. 
Sat, Oct 12. BFI Southbank, NFT1, 10:00am (+ Q&A).

A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood

Film Drama

Marielle Heller directs Tom Hanks in a biopic of much-loved US kids’ TV presenter Fred Rogers.

Embankment Garden Cinema, 5.30pm.

Also screening: 
Sat, Oct 12. Odeon Luxe Leicester Square, 6:30pm. 
Sun, Oct 13. Embankment Garden Cinema, 11:30am. 
Sun, Oct 13. Empire Haymarket, 5:45pm. 

Sunday October 13


Film Drama

Stockwell’s own Cynthia Erivo is heading back to London to showcase her new biopic of abolitionist Harriet Tubman.

Embankment Garden Cinema, 2.15pm.

Also screening: 
Fri, Oct 11. Curzon Soho Cinema, 6pm.

The Irishman

The Irishman

Film Drama

Robert De Niro stars in Martin Scorsese’s political mystery that’s also pulled Joe Pesci out of retirement. An epic closing night.

Odeon Luxe Leicester Square, 5.30pm.

Also screening: 
Sun, Oct 13. Curzon Mayfair Cinema, 6:30pm. 


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