BFI LFF 2019: Marriage Story, The King and 5 Other Movies You Need to Watch

Other | Monday 2nd September 2019 | Francesco

The BFI London Film festival is coming back to the streets of London. The British Film Institute London Film Festival is an annual film festival held in London, running in the first half of October with cooperation from the British Film Institute. 

On August 29th, the BFI London Film Festival launched the new edition of the LFF, which takes place in London from 2nd to 13th October. With the program out, we discuss which movies to look forward to.

The opening and closing nights are assigned to Iannucci's The Personal History of David Copperfield and Scorsese's The Irishman. They are both much-anticipated, the former tells the story of the classic Dickens' masterpiece and includes a cast of stars such as Dev Patel, who plays the protagonist, and Tilda Swinton, Hugh Laurie, Peter Capaldi, Ben Whishaw, Paul Whitehouse, and Gwendoline Christie as the main characters. The movie follows the infancy, adolescence and adulthood of David. 

Directed by Scorsese, The Irishman is 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.

But our pick of the most interesting movies of this year's LFF goes on. One of the most praised films by the critics is the new movie directed by Noah Baumbach. He is a visionary indie director and will present Marriage Story at the festival, a partially autobiographical story of an ill-fated couple who are married and have a son. Arguably Baumbach's most personal film to date, Marriage Story explores with hilarity the implosion of a marriage. Have a look at the trailer below:

Another must-watch is The Lighthouse. The movie is this year's Cult Gala and it's a mix of beauty and brutality. With excellent performances by Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe, the story delves into the dynamics between a downtrodden lackey and baiting slave driver at the begrimed lighthouse where they have been assigned to cooperate for 28 days. Netflix's The King is also creating much buzz: Timothée Chalamet stars in David Michod's portrait of Shakespeare's Henry V. The movie explores the life of the transformation of the prince into a powerful monarch. The cast includes Robert Pattinson, Joel Edgerton and Lily-Rose Depp, daughter of Johnny Depp. Have a look at the trailer below:

The last two movies we have to mention are Ema and Portrait of a Lady on Fire. In the new Larrarraín’s film, Ema, the cast is top-notch and includes Gael García Bernal and the newcomer Mariana Di Girolamo. The movie is a character study of talented contemporary street/reggaeton dancer and teacher Ema. The critics are defining the movie as explosive, with intoxicating scenes of dance amidst dramatic moments.

Portrait of a Lady on Fire tells the story of a female portrait painter, who falls in love with her subject. In Céline Sciamma's film, the viewer is a witness to a devasting story of love and impossible social and cultural barriers. Have a look at the trailer below:

You can find the line-up here: