The BFI has unveiled The 66th BFI London Film Festival Line-Up. They are thinking big for UK’s premiere Film festival, a celebration you will enjoy not just in London. But also around the UK, one that will have strong women and retribution.
Like every year we are teased with the details of the opening and closing galas Roald Dahl’s Matilda will be opening Gala and Rian Johnson‘s Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery closing gala. They will be joined by 164 films from around the world. With all films screening to UK audiences for the first time, including 23 World, 6 International, 15 European Premieres.
The number of films on show may not be up there with previous years. After 2021 compact version, the festival can only go one way and that is up. With the likes of Darren Aronofsky, Noah Baumbach, The Dardennes, Mia Hansen-Løve, Joanna Hogg, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Rian Johnson, Ruben Östlund, François Ozon, Park Chan-wook the only is UP!
Some of this year’s highlights include recently announced Guillermo Del Toro’s Pinocchio. A brand new commission AR from acclaimed filmmaker Guy Maddin, Haunted Hotel: A Melodrama In Augmented Reality. International Premieres include She Said, starring Carey Mulligan and Zoe Kazan and based on the booked from New York Times journalists Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey. Major European Premieres include: Empire Of Light from Sam Mendes, Michael Grandage‘s My Policeman starring Emma Corrin, Harry Styles and Rupert Everett.
Netflix announced before it’s world premiere at Venice Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Bardo, False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths. The film will head to London next month for it’s UK Premiere. François Ozon’s Peter Von Kant offers a gender-reversed reworking of a Fassbinder classic, Denis Ménochet excels in a brittle contemplation of the agonies of love and art. Festival favourite Joanna Hogg returns with an enthralling ghost story, The Eternal Daughter, with astonishing central performance by Tilda Swinton. Ruben Östlund’s Palme d’Or winning Triangle Of Sadness is riotously funny, with a barbed wire-sharp wit. Dissecting our dependence on each other, while also examining the dynamics of power and privilege through the prism of beauty, wealth, class and knowledge. Martin McDonagh‘s The Banshees Of Inisherin is a shimmering tale of friendship, feuds and Irish identity starring Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson.
Tricia Tuttle, BFI London Film Festival Director said: “If there is something that unites these brilliant but disparate works, it’s the boldness and ambition of their filmmakers and creators. As we emerge from an unprecedented period of disruption and change – a global health crisis, instability, climate change – artists are our North Star, helping guide us and shape our understanding in a complex and often confusing world. And the work here reminds me again of why we love films, television, visual storytelling of all kinds…it has the power to help us see. We are so grateful to these artists for their incredible films, series and immersive works and can’t wait to share it with audiences.“
You can check out the FULL 2022 BFI London Film Festival programme at BFI Website.
Tickets go on sale 13th September. BFI Members book early on 7th September and American Express®
Cardmembers can access presale from 9th September.
The 66th BFI London Film Festival will take place from Wednesday 5th October until Sunday 16th October.