Awards Buzz Titles To Cross The Pond For 58th London Film Festival

BAFTA and London-based Academy members will have no shortage of likely awards season contenders to see at the BFI London Film Festival next month. The lineup was unveiled today with 245 fiction and documentary features, including 16 World Premieres. As previously announced, The Imitation Game, which just screened in Telluride, will open the fest in its European Premiere. The European Premiere of Fury with Brad Pitt will close the Festival. Headline Galas include Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher; Sundance hit Whiplash; Jason Reitman’s Men, Women & Children; Wild with Reese Witherspoon; Mike Leigh’s Cannes pleaser Mr Turner; and Testament Of Youth in its World Premiere and starring Alicia Vikander, Kit Harington, Hayley Atwell, Emily Watson and Dominic West. Also appearing are Jon Stewart’s Rosewater; Alan Rickman’s A Little Chaos; Xavier Dolan’s Mommy; Damián Szifron’s Argentine smash Wild Tales; Kristian Levring’s western The Salvation; Chinese blockbuster The White Haired Witch Of Lunar Kingdom; Palme d’Or winner Winter Sleep; Silent Storm with Andrea Riseborough and Damian Lewis; Susanne Bier’s long delayed Serena; and James Gandolfini’s last film, The Drop. Jeffrey Katzenberg will deliver the keynote speech as part of the festival’s salute to DreamWorks Animation’s 20th anniversary. The festival runs October 8-19. Following is the Competition lineup:

Dearest, dir: Peter Ho-Sun Chan
The Duke Of Burgundy, dir: Peter Strickland
The Falling, dir: Carol Morley
A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night, dir: Ana Lily Amirpour
Girlhood, dir: Céline Sciamma
The Keeping Room, dir: Daniel Barber
Leviathan, dir: Andrey Zvyagintsev
The New Girlfriend, dir: François Ozon
Phoenix, dir: Christian Petzold
The President, dir: Mohsen Makhmalbaf
Son Of A Gun, dir: Julius Avery
Timbuktu, dir:ì Abderrahmane Sissako

’71, dir: Yann Demange
Butter On The Latch, dir: Josephine Decker
Catch Me Daddy, dirs: Daniel Wolfe, Matthew Wolfe
Difret, dir: Zeresenay Berhane Mehari
Gente De Bien, dir: Franco Lolli
The Goob, dir: Guy Myhill
Labour Of Love, dir: Adityavikram Sengupta
Macondo, dir: Sudabeh Mortezai
Second Comiing, dir: Debbie Tucker Green
Something Must Break, dir: Ester Martin Bergsmark
Theeb, dir: Naji Abu Nowar
The Tribe, dir: Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy

The Green Prince, dir: Nadav Schirman
Guidelines, dir: Jean-François Caissy
Hockney, dir: Randall Wright
The Immortalists, dirs: Jason Sussberg, David Alvarado
In The Basement, dir: Ulrich Seidl
Maidan, dir: Sergei Loznitsa
National Gallery, dir: Frederick Wiseman
Ne Me Quitte Pas, dirs: Sabine Lubbe Bakker, Niels van Koevorden
The Possibilities Are Endless, dirs: Edward Lovelace, James Hall
Silvered Water, Syria Self-Portrait, dirs: Ossama Mohammed, Wiam Simav Bedirxan
Stray Dog, dir: Debra Granik
Tender, dir: Lynette Wallworth

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