The line-up for this year’s BFI London Film Festival has officially been announced and it’s another good’un, with the UK’s biggest fest back to its expansive, UK-wide pre-pandemic self.
Among the 164 feature films on the programme are 24 world premieres, including a bow for Guillermo del Toro’s new stop-motion take on ‘Pinocchio’.
Sam Mendes’s ode to Britain’s cherished local cinemas, ‘Empire of Light’, takes its place on a line-up of gala screenings that also includes Darren Aronofsky’s ‘The Whale’, Chinonye Chukwu’s ‘Till’, Alejandro Iñárritu’s ‘Bardo, Chronicle of a Handful of Truths’, Sarah Polley’s first directorial effort for a decade, ‘Women Talking’, and the Harry Styles-starring LGBTQ+ romance ‘My Policeman’.
Time Out’s gala is Ruben Östlund’s Palme d’Or-winning satire ‘Triangle of Sadness’.
Look out, too, for screen talks, digital screenings, a whole XR programme and some restored classics, including a BFI 4K restoration of Gary Oldman’s classic London drama ‘Nil By Mouth’.
For a festival that prides itself on championing the widest possible spectrum of voices, the fact that female and non-binary filmmakers make up 41 percent of the line-up represents another welcome step towards parity.
This year’s LFF runs from Wednesday October 5 to Sunday October 16. Tickets go onsale to the general public on September 13, while BFI members can get booking on September 7.
Head to the official LFF site for full programme info and ticket prices.