|WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN and HUNKY DORY announced to premiere at London Film Festival!|
September 7, 2011
Britain's biggest cinema extravaganza, the BFI London film festival, has announced its lineup and as has become customary, is offering the pick of the international festival circuit to British-based filmgoers.
Ballasting the lineup are a slew of films by major British directors, including the Rattigan adaptation The Deep Blue Sea from Terence Davies; Michael Winterbottom's India-set reworking of Tess of the d'Urbervilles, Trishna; Lynne Ramsay's film of the Lionel Shriver novel We Need to Talk About Kevin, Steve McQueen's sex-addiction drama Shame, and Andrea Arnold's version of Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights.
The festival has also picked up a number of high-profile international films that have impressed critics at other festivals. The Kid With the Bike, directed by the Dardenne brothers, won the Grand Prix at Cannes earlier this year, while Michel Hazanavicius's popular French film about the silent-movie era, The Artist, took the best actor award at the same festival for its lead, Jean Dujardin. Carnage, based on a play by Yasmina Reza, has garnered rave reviews for its high-profile cast (which includes Jodie Foster and Kate Winslet), while US indie flick, Natural Selection, won six awards at the cutting edge SXSW festival back in March. On the other hand, Madonna's debut feature, W.E, is scheduled for a screening, allowing British audiences their first look at the much-maligned Wallis Simpson and Edward VIII biopic.
These join the already-announced opening-night film 360, a contemporary adaptation of Schnitzler's La Ronde directed by Fernando Meirelles and starring Rachel Weisz and Anthony Hopkins, which is due to premiere in Toronto on Friday.
World premieres are perhaps thin on the ground, and they are largely confined to the New British Cinema section: these include the girl-gang drama Sket, starring Ashley Walters and Lily Loveless, and Junkhearts, the debut feature from award-winning short film-maker Tinge Krishnan. The Archive Gala is, however, always a special event, and this year the festival is showcasing a restored print of Miles Mander's 1928 silent drama The First Born, starring Madeleine Carroll alongside Mander.
The 2011 event also marks the final year for the festival's distinguished artistic director, Sandra Hebron, who is stepping down after nine years in the post. This followed a reshuffle earlier this at the festival's parent organisation, the British Film Institute, which has taken over the UK Film Council's funding duties alongside its other functions.
Source: The Guardian
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