The lineup for the 67th BFI London Film Festival, which will take place in London over 12 days in October has been officially unveiled.
Comprising 252 entries, including full-length films, short movies, immersive XR experiences, and series, there will be films from 92 different nations to watch.
Ben Roberts, CEO, BFI said in an official press release:
Cinema has reclaimed its status as a cultural force, an art-form that can spark a conversation around the world, and which will resound loudly through the wide-ranging line-up of essential cinema that our 67th edition of the BFI London Film Festival will offer.
I am particularly excited that the festival will be sharing the exhilarating experience of new work from global filmmakers alongside so many debut features from the UK this year.
From Scorsese to Gustafson: A cinematic feast
From October 4 to 15 , the BFI London Film festival returns to its iconic venues in the heart of London – BFI Southbank and the Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, which will host Galas, Special Presentations and Official Competition.
As well as major alumni filmmakers - such as Martin Scorsese, Yorgos Lanthimos, Sally El Hosaini, Jonathan Glazer, Steve McQueen, and Michel Gondry — making a return, audience will also get to discover emerging voices such as Mika Gustafson, Raven Jackson, and Erica Tremblay. There will be 47 debut features in total.
Opening film: Saltburn
Saltburn, directed by Emerald Fennell, will open the festival, which explores an Oxford University student compelled by the life of an aristocrat, who welcomes him to his family's estate. It’s a great chance to watch the movie before it hits cinemas on November 17.
Every feature film and series presented at the festival will have its UK premiere. ‘The Kitchen’, directed by Kibwe Tavares and featuring Daniel Kaluuya, will close the festival. This dystopian drama explores the gap between the rich and poor, and centres around a community called The Kitchen which refuses to leave the place they consider home.
'One Life' by James Hawes. Photo by Courtesy of Prime - © Amazon Content Services LLC
Other European premieres to look forward to include James Hawes' ‘One Life’ starring Anthony Hopkins, Lulu Wang's ‘Expats’ starring Nicole Kidman, and Lukas Moodyson's ‘Together 99’.
As an Art de Vivre subscriber, explore more film festivals such as the highly-acclaimed Venice Film Festival.
Credits for the Main photo: Barry Keoghan and Archie Madekwe in Saltburn (2023). Photo by Courtesy of Prime - © Amazon Content Services LLC