The 56th BFI London Film Festival (October 10-21) will feature a worldwide selection of 225 feature films from more than 65 countries including 14 world premieres, 15 international premieres and 34 European premieres. The festival will henceforth have an Official Competition section. From this year, rather than being divided into regional strands, the festival has chosen to introduce themed strands focusing on Love, Debate, Dare, Laugh, Thrill, Cult, Journey, Sonic and Family.
The films in Official Competition are: After Lucia (Michel Franco, Mexico), Lucia (Michael Winterbottom, UK), End Of Watch (David Ayer, US), Fill The Void (Rama Burshtein, Israel), Ginger And Rosa (Sally Potter, UK), It Was The Son (Daniele Cipri, Italy-France), In The House (François Ozon, France), Lore (Cate Shortland, Germany-Australia-UK, pictured), Midnight's Children (Deepa Mehta, Canada-UK), Rust And Bone (Jacques Audiard, France-Belgium), No (Pablo Larraín, Chile-US-Mexico) and Seven Psychopaths (Martin McDonagh, US-UK).
Competing for the Sutherland Award for first feature are: Beasts Of The Southern Wild (Benh Zeitlin, US), Clip (Maja Miloš, Serbia), The Comedian (Tom Shkolnik, UK), Eat Sleep Die (Gabriela Pichler, Sweden), My Brother The Devil (Sally El Hosaini, UK), Neighbouring Sounds (Kleber Mendonça Filho, Brazil), The Samurai That Night (Masaaki Akahori, Japan), Shell (Scott Graham, UK), Ship Of Theseus (Anand Gandhi, India), Sleeper's Wake (Barry Berk, South Africa), Tomorrow (Andrey Gryazev, Russia) and Wadjda (Haifaa Al Mansour, Saudi Arabia-Germany).
The shortlist for Best British Newcomer is: Fady Elsayed actor and Sally El Hosaini director and screenwriter – My Brother The Devil; Rufus Norris director and Eloise Laurence actor – Broken; Chloe Pirrie actor and Scott Graham director and screenwriter – Shell; Tom Shkolnik director and screenwriter The Comedian; and Rowan Athale director/screenwriter Wasteland.
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