BFI London Film Festival 64th (Hybrid) Edition: Steve McQueen, Nomadland, Supernova, etc.
Thursday 8th October 2020 | Francesco
With its 64th edition, this year the BFI London Film Festival is still happening, despite covid-19 has delayed or cancelled many festivals and events. After the success of the "pandemic edition" of the Venice Film Festival, LFF 2020 includes a list of interesting and much-anticipated movies to be released, hopefully, soon with its 2020 physical-virtual hybrid edition. With 58 features, LFF has a smaller slate of films from 40 countries.
Let’s have a look at the programme. Steve McQueen’s Mangrove has opened the festival - a film to look for. This year's programme also includes Pixar’s Soul, Mogul Mowgli starring Riz Ahmed, the German Undine, and the Italian movie Favolacce/ Bad Tales!
To stand out is the much-praised and anticipated new film directed by Chloe Zhao, Nomadland with Francis McDormand. Shirley with Elizabeth Moss, Francis Lee’s Ammonite with Kate Winslet and Harry Macqueen’s Supernova with Stanley Tucci and Colin Firth are also receiving much buzz from critics and audiences. Ammonite will close the festival. From God’s Own Country director, it is a story set in 1840, in which an impoverished palaeontologist starts a passionate love affaire with Saoirse Ronan’s Charlotte.
The festival is also maintaining the same thematic strands it has used in previous editions: Love, Debate, Dare, Laugh, Cult, Journey, Create, Experiment, Family, and Treasures.
Discussing the current status of cinemas and festivals, Tricia Tuttle, BFI London Film Festival director declared that: “We all want to be back in cinemas, seeing films on the big screen, together, immersed. But we also want to keep seeing new cinematic storytelling from all parts of the world, hearing different voices and perspectives; this version of LFF delivers on both of those aims.”
The London Film Festival takes place from 7-18 October. Have a look at the trailer below: