Thursday, September 11, 2008

52nd London Film Festival

This is one festival that I always want to attend and this year the line-up has 189 features and 108 shorts. The full list can be found here and lists some very interesting films that I’ll be checking them when they have all organized by sections. At their site I suggest you to watch the announcement video as has many scenes from many films that will be showcased.

To read news about the announcement I suggest you go to the Times Online, as they are the title sponsor of the fest. The following are links to some articles that I suggest reading.

London Film Festival line-up unveiled
Cast of anti-heroes to die for at the London Film Festival
Bollywood glamour at the London Film Festival

I believe this excerpt from a Variety article resumes well the ‘spirit’ of this years festival.

Politics, history and James Bond dominate the lineup of the 52nd Times BFI London Film Festival, unveiled Wednesday.

Highlights include Oliver Stone’s George W. Bush biopic “W.,” Steven Soderbergh’s “Che,” Michael Winterbottom’s “Genova” and Ari Folman’s “Waltz With Bashir.” Fest will also host the first public screening of James Bond pic “Quantum of Solace” on Oct. 29, after its world preem in London that same evening.

As well as the previously announced opening and closing night films, Ron Howard’s “Frost/Nixon” and Danny Boyle’s “Slumdog Millionaire,” artistic director Sandra Hebron’s program includes 15 world, 20 European and 119 U.K. preems among its 189 features and 108 shorts.

It has a particularly strong British selection, with Nick Moran’s “Telstar,” Duane Hopkins’ “Better Things,” Gerald McMorrow’s “Franklyn” and Mike Figgis’ “Love Live Long” all receiving U.K. preems.

The site home page is here.

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