London Film Festival 2019: David Copperfield and The Irishman To Open and Close the Festival

Other | Tuesday 27th August 2019 | Francesco

It is that time of the year in which London is getting ready to welcome the new edition of the London Film Festival! The 63rd BFI LFF takes place from Wednesday 2nd to Sunday 13th of October, and it will include a series of international movies from a variety of directors. At this point we have the first few important names: we know which movie will open the gala, and which one will close it. Iannucci's The Personal History of David Copperfield is the opening gala, Scorsese's The Irishman is the closing!

Produced by Lionsgate, Armando Iannucci’s The Personal History of David Copperfield is a fresh take on Charles Dickens' masterpiece and it includes a marvelous cast. The protagonist is interpreted by Dev Patel and the main characters are played by Tilda Swinton, Hugh Laurie, Peter Capaldi, Ben Whishaw, Paul Whitehouse, and Gwendoline Christie. The movie follows the infancy, adolescence and adulthood of David, amidst difficulties, wickedness and the typical Dickens' tropes, which renders the story a fascinating coming-of-age tale. Iannucci commented: "It’s a huge thrill and honour to be asked to open the fantastic BFI London Film Festival. ‘The Personal History of David Copperfield’ is a film about compassion, humour, generosity and friendship, and I couldn’t have asked for a more welcoming setting in which to premiere it.”

The closing picture is Martin Scorsese's The Irishman, one of the most anticipated movies of the season. Scorsese is directing, Zaillian is adapting Brand't novel I Heard You Paint Houses, The Irishman, a story that explores the influence of organised crime in post-war America. It is told through the eyes of World War II veteran Frank Sheeran, a hustler, and a famous hitman and it will explore the inner workings and rivalries of mobsters and politicians. The cast includes Robert De Niro and Al Pacino. After the festival it will be released in cinemas and on Netflix.


Scorsese commented: "I’m extremely honored to be having the International Premiere of THE IRISHMAN at the closing night of the BFI London Film Festival. This picture was many years in the making. It’s a project that Robert De Niro and I started talking about a long time ago, and we wanted to make it the way it needed to be made. It’s also a picture that all of us could only have made at this point in our lives. We’re all very excited to be bringing THE IRISHMAN to London.”

Have a look at The Irishman trailer below: