Wednesday, 12 October 2011

London Film Festival Highlights

I went to Leicester Square to check out the buzzing atmosphere of the London Film Festival Opening Night. Due to the building work there, there was only a narrow space for all the media and passers-by.

I did manage to get past security and watched everything from a restaurant's balcony. Although the Festival is just starting, the most interesting films are already fully booked.

(I know it's a bad picture but she's wearing a gorgeous Lanvin dress!)

It's a shame but you can always queue up for returns on the screening day. Last year I've watched an amazing documentary about the Doors because I've awaited for returns and my patience and perseverance paid off... So you never know, you may get lucky!

But it seems London Film Festival is just for a selected few, maybe they should consider having more screenings at least of the most sought after films. Having said that, there are still many options available so you can still make it!

Check out my highlights of the Festival:

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360 is a dynamic and moving study of love in the 21st century from the director of The Constant Gardener and City of God, Fernando Meirelles. The cast includes Anthony Hopkins, Jude Law and Rachel Weisz.

Madonna at the Venice Film Festival

W.E., directed by Madonna, confronts the consequences of desire through the story of two women, decades apart. One of them is Wallis Simpson who captured the heart of King Edward VIII.

In A Dangerous Method Viggo Mortensen, Michael Fassbender and Keira Knightley star in David Cronenberg's compelling look at the early days of psychoanalysis.

Apart from 360, Rachel Weisz also stars in The Deep Blue Sea, a poetic and sensitive adaptation of Terence Rattigan's play about the unreliable nature of love. Hats off to the woman who married "James Bond"!

Anonymous explores the contested authorship of Shakespeare's works with a star-studded British cast, including Vanessa Redgrave. It's directed by Roland Emmerich.

And last but not least, Shame is Steve MacQueen's frank study of a New York man's sexual compulsion with Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan.

55Th BFI London Film Festival
12-27 October 2011