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BFI London Film Festival Full Line-Up: Beasts of No Nation, Tangerine, Son of Saul in Competition

Beasts of No Nation roars into the BFI London Film Festival
Beasts of No Nation roars into the BFI London Film Festival

 

The 59th BFI London Film Festival has revealed its full lineup of In Competition and First Feature films with Oscar contenders Son of Saul and Beasts of No Nation leading the way. Also in competition is the trans indie Tangerine from Sean Baker and Cannes entry Cemetary of Splendor from Apitchatpong Weerasethakul. Previously announced were the opening and closing night films; Sarah Gavron’s Suffragette, starring Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter, and Meryl Streep and Danny Boyle’s Steve Jobs starring Michael Fassbender and Kate Winslet, respectively. Each will be European premieres.

In total, the festival will show 238 fiction and documentary features, including 16 world premieres, 8 international premieres, 40 European premieres and 11 Archive films including 5 Restoration world premieres.

The festival runs October 7-18.

In Competition:

11 Minutes – Jerzy Skolimowski
Beasts of No Nation – Cary Fukunaga
Cemetery of Splendor – Apichatpong Weerasethakul
Chevalier – Athina Rachel Tsangari
The Daughter – Simon Stone
Desierto – Jonás Cuarón
Evolution – Lucile Hadžihalilović
Office – Johnnie To
Room – Lenny Abrahamson
Son of Saul – László Nemes
Sunset Song – Terence Davies
Tangerine – Sean Baker
Very Big Shot – Mir-Jean Bou Chaaya

Titles in consideration for the Sutherland Award in the First Feature Competition are:

3000 Nights – Mai Masri
Bang Gang (A Modern Love Story) – Eva Husson
The Here After – Magnus von Horn
Krisha – Trey Edward Shults
Lamb – Yared Zeleke
Light Years – Esther May Campbell
Partisan – Ariel Kleiman
Paula – Eugenio Canevari
Tanna – Bentley Dean, Martin Butler
The Wait – Piero Messina
Wedding Doll – Nitzan Gilady
The Witch – Robert Eggers

Galas:

Carol – Todd Haynes
Trumbo – Jay Roach
Black Mass – Scott Cooper
Brooklyn– John Crowley
The Lady in the Van – Nicholas Hynter
High-Rise – Ben Wheatley

About Erik Anderson

Erik thanks his mother for his love of all things Oscar, having watched the Academy Awards together since he was in the single digits; making lists, rankings and predictions throughout the show. This led him down the path to obsessing about awards. Much later, he found himself at GoldDerby, led by Tom O’Neill and then migrated over to Oscarwatch (now AwardsDaily), headed up by Sasha Stone before breaking off to create AwardsWatch. He is a member of the International Cinephile Society, GALECA (The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics), the International Press Academy and is the founder/owner of AwardsWatch.

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