BFI LONDON FILM FESTIVAL 65TH EDITION: JANE CAMPION, SPENCER, THE TRAGEDY OF MACBETH
Monday 13th September 2021 | Francesco
With its 65th edition, this year the BFI London Film Festival is returning to the streets of London, while covid-19 is still disrupting many festivals and events. After the success of the latest in-person edition of the Venice Film Festival, LFF 2021 includes a list of interesting and much-anticipated movies to be released (159), hopefully, soon with its 2021 physical-virtual hybrid edition.
Let’s have a look at the programme. Netflix's Western The Harder They Fall will open the festival - a film to look for. This year's programme also includes Anderson's The French Dispatch with an incredible cast and it will end with Joel Coen's The Tragedy of Macbeth starring Frances McDormand and Denzel Washington.
To stand out is the much-praised and anticipated new film directed by Pablo Larraín, Spencer with Kristen Stewart starring as a desperate and hopeless Diana. The Power of the Dog marks the return of the Academy Award-winning director, Jane Campion. Benedict Cumberbatch landed the role of the protagonist - the movie has been receiving much buzz from critics and audiences. Maggie Gyllenhaal directs her first feature film, The Lost Daughter with Olivia Colman and Dakota Johnson. Sorrentino is also part of the lineup, he won the Grand Jury Prize in Venice for his new autobiographical movie, The Hands of God. Almodovar returns to London with Madres Paralelas. The list includes the third season premiere of the prestige-HBO drama - Succession.
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’ve had lots of enthusiasm from filmmakers, they want to be here. Where legally possibly we will make it happen, we’re expecting a good turnout, about 80% of filmmakers."
The London Film Festival takes place from 6-17 October. Have a look at the trailer below: