The BFI London Film Festival has revealed its impressive full 2017 line-up, which includes 242 feature films for its 61st edition.
Taking place in 15 venues across London from October 4 to 15, the celebration of the planet’s most illustrious cinema will screen 28 world premieres, nine international premiers and 34 European premieres.
The festival opens at the Odeon Leicester Square with Breathe, the European Premiere and directorial debut of Andy Serkis starring Andrew Garfield and Claire Foy, and closes with Academy Award winning director Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri as he returns to the event after Seven Psychopaths.
This year’s must-see headline galas include Luca Guadagnino’s Call Me By Your Name, Alexander Payne’s Downsizing, Paul McGuigan’s Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool, Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape Of Water, Dee Rees’ Mudbound, Saul Dibb’s Journey’s End, Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Killing Of A Sacred Deer, Richard Linklater’s Last Flag Flying, and Lynne Ramsay’s You Were Never Really Here.
Laurence Fishburne, Steve Carell and Bryan Cranston in Last Flag Flying
The strand galas are Francois Ozon’s Amant Double (Dare), The Big Bad Fox And Other Tales (Family), Takashi Miike’s Blade Of The Immortal (Thrill), Samuel Maoz’s Foxtrot (Debate), Noah Baumbach’s The Meyerowitz Stories (New And Selected) (Laugh), Dominic Cooke’s On Chesil Beach(Love), Joachim Trier’s Thelma (Cult), and Todd Haynes’ Wonderstruck (Journey).
There will be Q and As with talent such as Cate Blanchett, Julian Rosefeldt, Ian McEwan, David Fincher and Takashi Mike.
The ‘treasures’ strand offers up recently restored cinematic classics such as Dario Argento’s Suspiria (1977), Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange, Franz Osten’s Shiraz: A Romance Of India (1928), Terry Gilliam’s first feature as a solo director, Jabberwocky (1977), Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s A Matter of Life and Death (1946), and Toshio Matsumoto’s Funeral Parade of Roses (1969).
Included in the programme are 46 documentaries, six animations, 14 archive restorations and 16 artists’ moving image features, 128 short films, and 67 countries are represented across short film and features.
For tickets, times and to explore the programme: www.bfi.org.uk/lff