I’m going to do a formal piece on the London Film Festival line-up just as soon as I have the programme in hand, but seeing as the programme was announced today I thought it apt to do a brief round-up.
The expected big hitters from Venice and the still unreleased well praised films from Cannes are present; Gravity, 12 Years A Slave, Blue Is The Warmest Colour, Inside Llewelyn Davis, etc. These form the brunt of the Gala strand, and are apt fare for such event cinema. I look forward to each of them.
Other films with much a’buzz about them include Xavier Dolan’s Tom At The Farm, which follows in the footsteps of last year’s festival highlight Laurence Anyways and Jonathan Glazer’s Under The Skin, the follow-up to the remarkable Birth and his first film in 9 years. Both play in competition. The highlight of that particular strand, from an anticipatory perspective at least, is Richard Ayoade’s The Double. Britain is further represented, with the director’s Exhibition too screening.
The main chunk of the programme is a real trove. Kelly Reichardt’s Night Moves, Bruno Dumont’s Camille Claudel 1915, Andrew Bujalski’s Computer Chess, Claire Simon’s Gare du Nord and Lav Diaz’s Norte, The End Of History are all on my radar, while the archives strand offers up Jacques Demy’s Model Shop and Orson Welles’ The Lady From Shanghai amongst others.
The complete line-up can be found here. I’ll be covering the thing daily.