Joel Coen’s The Tragedy Of Macbeth To Close BFI London Film Festival

The BFI announce Joel Coen‘s The Tragedy Of Macbeth is set to be this year’s Closing Night Gala for the 65th BFI London Film Festival.

The film will receive its European Premiere on Sunday 17th October with the Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, with Joel Coen expected to attend. There is the added bonus that there will also be simultaneous preview screenings of the film taking place at cinemas across the UK.

The film is described as a bold and fierce adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic, a tale of murder, madness, ambition, and wrathful cunning.

The BFI has previously announced that the Opening Night film will be the World Premiere of Jeymes Samuel’s The Harder They Fall starring Jonathan Majors, Zazie Beetz, Delroy Lindo, LaKeith Stanfield, along with Regina King and Idris Elba. Jane Campion’s The Power Of The Dog, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons and Kodi Smit-McPhee will receive it’s UK Premiere at the festival..

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Joel Coen, commented : “Shakespeare belongs to the world but comes from Britain. Having borrowed your cultural patrimony, and having had the great good luck to work with a few of your most brilliant actors, I’m honoured to bring this movie to the London Film Festival for its European premiere.”

Tricia Tuttle, BFI London Film Festival Director said: “We fell in love with Joel Coen’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s Scottish Play. Poised in a magical space between theatre and cinema, this is a stunning production. Bruno Delbonnel’s silvery monochrome photography captures the moody almost expressionist sets from designer Stefan Dechant and Carter Burwell has written a spell-casting score. And while the ensemble cast – including many UK talents – is thoroughly excellent, Frances McDormand and Denzel Washington mesmerise as the couple whose political ambition proved their fatal downfall. So many of us missed the big screen experience last year, and this a perfect celebration of this art form that’s built on ancient traditions of storytelling but with truly magical powers to convey intimacy and awesome scale and spectacle. It’s such a privilege to be Closing the LFF with a film of this extraordinary calibre and welcoming Joel Coen and his collaborators to the Festival.”

The Tragedy Of Macbeth also stars Bertie Carvel, Alex Hassell, Corey Hawkins, Harry Melling, Brendan Gleeson and Kathryn Hunter. The film is also set for release on Apple TV+, launch date still to be announced.

If you’re wondering what else will be playing at the festival, The BFI will launch the full programme on 7th September. We will bring you that programme when we get it,  The 65th BFI London Film Festival  takes place from Wednesday 6th October  until Sunday 17th October.