The 62nd BFI London Film Festival
If you thought the festival season was already over, we have some good news for you...
After a remarkable summer packed with numerous festivals, like those in Edinburgh and Glasgow and top-tier fashion events like Paris and London Fashion Week or colourful music festivals such as the Sziget festival, we can safely say that autumn offers an equally exciting entertainment program.
First up is the BFI London Film Festival from the 10th to 21st October 2018. So, if you are counting the days until Halloween, and happen to be in London, you can look forward to 225 features, representing 77 countries, shown in 14 cinemas in 12 days- all in one festival!
The festival is organised and sponsored by American Express and the British Film Institute, which was founded 1933 by the Royal Charter to support the English film scene and nurture the development of cinematic art in the United Kingdom. Taking place in various London venues, like the Vue West End, Odeon Tottenham Court Road and many, exactly 12 to be specific, more.
And as the autumnal-festival-season-opener, the BFI London Film Festival has a lot to offer. Be sure to attend the festival’s award ceremonies. The category ‘Best Film’, acknowledges 'inspiring, inventive and distinctive filmmaking,' and offers the ‘Grierson Award’ for films 'with integrity, originality, and social or cultural significance.' Alongside this, ‘Sutherland Award’ is given for 'the most original and imaginative directorial debut' and is given to future stars of the film scene.
If you are interested in filmmaking and want to learn more about what goes on behind the scenes you will be thrilled about the LFF’s talk events. Alfonso Cuarón, Keira Knightley, Lee Chang-Dong and Maggie Gyllenhaal will participate in screen talks to discuss their careers and different issues in the cinematic world. Furthermore, as part of ‘LFF Connects,’ David Hare, Simon Amstell, Boots Riley, Clint Mansell, and Jonas Åkerlund will discuss their latest projects.
Additionally, to the pomp and circumstance of the event, the festival also represents topics, issues and people who normally face discrimination and oppression.
Firstly, the festival offers an arrangement of films in eleven different categories, called ‘strands’, for example, the strand ‘love’ has movies demonstrating the complexity and diversity of love. ‘Dare’ with films 'that will that take you out of your comfort zone' or ‘debate’ with movies approaching extraordinary situations.
Secondly, BFI and its festival represent oppressed groups, societies and topics in its film range. The LGBTQ+ community, or issues connected to the body, like pain, pansexuality, and Afrofuturism, are specifically featured and highlighted not only in the festival’s program but also in the BFI online outlet. Examples of such movies are Golden Bear winner Touch Me Not (strand ‘debate’) by Romanian director Adina Pintilie. Diamantino (strand ‘experimenta’) with Carloto Cotta playing Diamantino, or the documentary Yours in Sisterhood (strand ‘debate’) by director Irene Lusztig. Diving into body politics, is the movie Slumberparty 2018, a contemporary remake of the 1984 Slumberparty movie exploring body and sensuality. Alongside this, is The Startled Fraction by Catherine Sullivan, which demonstrates the consequences of uncompensated work, namely due to unnerving pain, raises body awareness. Thus emphasising the essential connection of body, mind and sensuality for a healthy existence.
So if we have caught your interest, visit BFI’s website for more information, ticket prices, booking details and to discover all this year’s BFI London Film Festival has to offer.
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