The 59th BFI London Film Festival – 3 week countdown!

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We are on the cusp of the 59th BFI London Film Festival which will run from the 7th to the 18th October and showcase, as we’ve come to expect, a myriad of ‘big’ and ‘small’ films, homegrown and international, UK and world premiers alike. At GOF we are all over it like marmite on hot buttery toast.

Two of the big gala screeners from the 59th LFF are both period pieces looking at gender issues. Packing a hefty dose of Girlpower, Carey Mulligan will be SUFFRAGETTEing (directed by Sarah Gavron) in her bonnet in the opening night gala. SUFRAGETTE looks into the struggles, the mental and physical abuse, that ordinary women faced in order to have an equal say in society. Starring Mulligan (aka love of my life), Helena Bonham Carter and Meryl ‘Probably-gonna-win-an-Oscar’ Streep, this film looks set to cause a few shakes and shed a few tears. The women’s movement currently simmering at the moment makes this film not only relevant but necessary. Makes you wonder why it has taken the industry so long to make a movie about a story so integral to the female experience.

Cate Blanchett is due to receive the BFI Fellowship award this year, and you can catch her at the UK premiere of the hotly anticipated CAROL about a young woman who falls for an older woman trapped in a loveless marriage. Deeply romantic and emotive, this film adapts Patricia Highsmith’s provocative 1952 novel ‘The Price of Salt’ and has already generated praise galore when it was shown at Cannes this year.

Closing the festival is Danny Boyle’s STEVE JOBS (starring Michael Fassbender) delving into the professional and personal life of one of the most influential men of the last 50 years. A nice bookending of our democratic past and technology-obsessed present.

There’s so much to see, hear and do, but here’s the stuff we’re most looking forward to witnessing:

TANGERINE (Sean Baker) – Official Competition

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What?  A warm, hectic race around with two transsexual hookers on Santa Monica Boulevard.

Why? As you’ve probably heard rumours of, it was shot on two iPhone 5s and yet it’s glowing with neon-urban beauty.

When? Showing on the 9th and 10th of October.

THE WITCH (Robert Eggers) – First Feature Competition

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What? A boundary-breaking journey into the nightmarish folklore of 17th-century New England that follows a devout Christian family trying to rebuild a humble life after being banished from their plantation.

Why? Everyone – but EVERYONE – is whispering about the meticulous construction of this pre-Salem witch trials world, which plummets you straight down to hellish levels of horror. Bring it on!

When? Showing on the 12th and 14th October.

THE LOBSTER (Yorgos Lanthimos) – GALAS

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What? A dystopian black comedy taking place in the formidable, mysterious Hotel which transforms singletons into an animal of their choice.

Why? The cast is simply delicious, and THE LOBSTER is sure to deliver a totally unique story to sink our claws into.

When? Showing on the 13th and 15th of October.

Check the full line-up and all the info HERE.

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