SAUNDERS 1865 TEAM RECOMMENDATION: The BFI Celebrates Film at the 57th London Film Festival
With the closing of the Toronto International Film Festival earlier this month, it’s safe to say that the 2014 Oscar race is poised to start with a bang. Films such as 12 Years a Slave, Gravity, and The Dallas Buyers Club appeared at the internationally renowned festival to high praise and stirred buzzing throughout the film community about the impending award’s season. If you’re a fan of cinema, itching to see some of the most anticipated and talked about films (or the lesser known, small budget independents) of this year or just looking for something to do in October, then you’re in luck. The BFI London Film Festival starts selling tickets to the general public for the annual London Film Festival today (20 September).
Although the BFI Film Festival, which runs from the 9-20 October, is not akin to the Toronto International Film Festival or Cannes in fame, it has gradually been gaining prestige and notoriety, garnering more attention and big name films and celebrities as guests. This year, you can buy tickets to see 12 Years a Slave, Gravity, Kill Your Darlings, Blue is the Warmest Colour, Under the Skin, and Nebraska. Opening and closing the festival are two of Tom Hanks’s latest films Captain Phillips and Saving Mr. Banks, respectively; also at the festival will be the Hanks-produced Parkland.
Held at various locations across London, the films will be playing throughout the festival at different London cinemas and will also play host to a number of Screentalks and Masterclasses with industry insiders such as Alfonso Cuaron, Clint Mansell, Ralph Fiennes, and Catherine Breillat. Also available to festival goers will be Sonic Cinema, which touts itself as a chance to see the connection between music and film, and a series of Talks including ‘British Cinema – Home Grown and All Grown Up’ and ‘William Faulkner: Film Noir and Nobel Prizes.’
To learn more about what’s on, the awards competition, and about the talks and events happening throughout the festival or to buy tickets, check the BFI London Film Festival’s website for more information.
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