Today is the official opening of the BFI London Film Festival, and here in the World Movies office we’re dreaming about donning our winter coats and spending two weeks by the Thames seeing some of the best new cinema the world has to offer.
Now in its 55th year, the London Film Festival is open to the general public, and also caters to film-making professionals with acclaimed courses and workshops. There’s a steadfast commitment to supporting local British cinema, while the LFF also hand-picks the most exciting upcoming international films and showcases them over a fortnight around the city.
To make our daydreaming a little more pro-active we’ve compiled a list of the films we’re most excited about at this year’s Festival. Check it out and let us know your favourites:
Teaming up for the first time since the brilliant Hunger are director Steve McQueen and the superb Michael Fassbender. This gritty journey through modern-day NYC is replete with all the things required for Oscar buzz – knock-out acting (including it-girl Carey Mulligan), a fascinating anti-hero and all kinds of R-rated content. The film opens in Australia 9th February 2012.
Martha Marcy May Marlene
The Olsen Twins’ sister in a Festival favourite? Elizabeth Olsen was apparently hoarding the talent in the family and is getting much Oscar talk for her incredible performance in this quiet psychological drama. Having just escaped the clutches of a cult, Martha is plunged into an identity crisis as she returns to her long-lost family. Adored at Cannes and Sundance, this gets an Australian release on 19th January, 2012. (Trailer)
In a small south-west town, a man starts having apocalyptic dreams and visions of a storm that slowly turns everyone around him insane. Unsure whether it is a prophecy or the beginning of a psychosis, the man begins building a storm shelter in his backyard to the despair of friends and family. Sounds good, until you add acting powerhouse Michael Shannon into the mix, at which point it sounds irresistible. Lucky for Australia, it’s in cinemas here tomorrow. (Trailer)
Tales of the Night
This film contains a collection of folktales from around the world, realised by French animation maestro Michael Ocelot. Using old school silhouette techniques and translated into glorious colours and 3D, this is well worth a look for a great example of the magical animation happening outside Dreamworks and Pixar. (Trailer)
We Need To Talk About Kevin
This adaptation has been living up to not only the award-winning book that it is based upon, but also the hype surrounding its cast and crew. Featuring Tilda Swinton in an utterly mesmorising role as a woman in exile after her son carries out a high-school massacre, this is one film not to be missed. Only the second feature from director Lynne Ramsay, it opens in Australia on 17th November, 2011. (Trailer)
For other films to make you wish you were there, visit the BFI London Film Festival website.