This morning we were lucky enough to be at the launch event for the London Film Festival 2014. This year the festival runs from 8 – 19th October 2014 at cinemas across London. The festival is to showcase 248 feature films from over 70 countries (wowzers!) amongst it’s programme are films which are sure to be be big players in 2015.
The festival is to be bookended by two very different World War Two movies, the Opening Gala, The Imitation Game (Mortem Tyldum) stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightly in a code cracking war film similar vein to Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and Enigma.
The Closing Night Gala being David Ayer’s Fury, set on board a World War Two tank ‘reeking of testosterone, sweat and fear’ starring Brad Pitt, Shia La Beouf and Michael Pena (PEDRO!).
If you don’t think war films are the bomb, there are of course plenty of other films over the main festival strands of Love, Debate, Dare, Laugh, Thrill, Cult, Journey, Sonic, Family, Treasures and Shorts and Experimenta. We’ve pulled out a few of the Gala films from the festival programme which we think The People’s Movies readers will be interested in and will be highlighting more films to whet your appetite in advance of tickets going on sale to BFI members on the 11th September.
American Express Gala – Foxcatcher
The highly anticipated new movie from Money Ball Director Bennett Miller. Starring Steve Carell as you’ve never seen him before with a rather impressive prosthetic nose and Channing Tatum, portraying the real-life story of the ill-fated relationship between wrestling world champions Dave and Mark Shultz.
Virgin Atlantic Gala – Men, Women and Children
Jason Reitman’s (Juno, Up in The Air) new film based on the Chad Kultgen novel is a film about emotional isolation in the age of screen-based technology, starring Adam Sandler, Judy Greer and The Fault in our Stars teen heart-throb Ansel Elgort.
May Fair Hotel Gala – Wild
Reese Witherspoon plays the lead in the Nick Hornby adaptation of Cheryl Strayed’s memoir about making the staggering 1,100 miles hike across the Pacific Crest Trail.
Cult Gala – The White Haired Witch of Lunar Kingdom
Directed by Jacob Cheung and based on Liang Yusheng’s classic novel ‘Baifa Monu Zhuan’. The trailer looks stunning!
London Film Festival tickets go on sale on 18th September (11th September to BFI Members)
Tickets are available from the London Film Festival website.