Next month, The BFI London Film Festival will take place across the capital, showcasing some of the coming year’s most talked-about films, documentaries and more. It’s set to be the event’s biggest edition yet, with art-house indie flicks showing alongside the big-hitters that could potentially dominate awards season in 2017. Tickets go on sale this Thursday (September 15) for all showings, and we’ve picked out some of the festival’s most unmissable screenings.
Who: Brie Larson, Armie Hammer, Shartlo Copey and Cillian Murphy. Directed by Ben Wheatley.
What: Before Oscar winner Brie Larson suits up fro Captain Marvel, she plays the lead in this British action-thriller directed by Ben Wheatley (High-Rise, Doctor Who). In it, Larson organises an arms deal that goes tits up, with a thrlling, funny and bloody shootout ensuing in an abandoned warehouse. Leonardo DiCaprio pops up for a cameo, while Martin Scorsese acts as executive producer on the film, which won’t get a nationwide release until March 2017.
Where: October 16, 19:00, Odeon Leicester Square / 20:00, Embankment
For fans of: High-Rise, Reservoir Dogs
La La Land
Who: Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, John Legend, J.K. Simmons. Directed by Damien Chazelle.
What: After acclaimed turns together in Crazy Stupid Love and Gangster Squad, Stone and Gosling are reunited in this musical romantic drama as two lovers trying to achieve their dreams. Expect laughter, tears, some twinkling piano and the likelihood that J.K. Simmons will steal the show, as always.
Where: October 7, 18:00, Odeon Leicester Square / October 9, 10:30, Odeon Leicester Square / October 16, 20:30, Mayfair
For fans of: The Artist, Singin’ In The Rain
Manchester By The Sea
Who: Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler. Directed by Kenneth Lonergan.
What: A gritty, emotional drama that sees Lee (Affleck) reluctantly return to his hometown following the death of his older brother Joe (Chandler). He later discovers that he has unexpectedly been made legal guardian to his nephew and must deal with the challenging new role in his already troubled life. Critics have called his performance “career-defining” and he’s been tipped for several big awards already.
Where: October 8, 18:00 Odeon Leicester Square/ October 9, 11:00, Odeon Leicester Square / October 11, 20:45, Cine Lumiere
For fans of: Room, Gone Baby Gone
Who: Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Isla Fisher, Michael Shannon. Directed by Tom Ford.
What: As Susan’s (Adams) marriage falls apart, she’s sent a mysterious novel by her ex-husband (Gyllenhaal) about a man whose reckless lifestyle puts his family danger. She interprets this as a veiled threat and the film flits between her real life and her growing obsession with the story. It’s an unconventional thriller that has been winning over critics since its premiere at Venice Film Festival and a Best Screenplay nod could well be on the cards.
When: October 14, 18:00 Odeon Leicester Square / October 15, 11:30, Odeon Leicester Square / October 16, 15:30, Cine Lumiere
For fans of: Nightcrawler, Gone Girl
Who: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Zachary Quinto, Shailene Woodley. Directed by Oliver Stone.
What: Snowden is the first Hollywood movie based on the story of real-life whistleblower Edward Snowden (Gordon-Levitt), who leaked to the press the news that the NSA were unlawfully monitoring regular citizens in the US. The film, directed by Oliver Stone, follows both Snowden’s life leading up to the revelations and the complex fallout from the former soldier’s actions.
When: October 15, 18:00 Odeon Leicester Square / October 16, 11:30, Odeon Leicester Square
For fans of: The Fifth Estate, All The President’s Men
Bleed For This
Who: Miles Teller, Aaron Eckhart, Ciarán Hinds. Directed by Ben Younger.
What: Teller stars as Vinny ‘Paz’ Panzienza, the former world champion whose boxing career was cut short after he was involved in a near-fatal car accident. The film tells the true story of Paz and follows his recovery from a spinal injury with the help of his trainer (Eckhart) and his unflinching desire to get back in the ring.
When: October 9, 17:30 Embankment / October 10, 11:30, Embankment / October 12, 20:30, Hackney
For fans of: Raging Bull, The Fighter
Who: Directed by Ava DuVernay.
What: In this feature-length documentary, Selma director Ava DuVernay explores racial inequality in the US. It opens with an address from Barack Obama and uses interviews and archival footage to explore whether the disproportionate incarceration of black men in the US represents a modern-day form of slavery.
When: October 6, 18:00, NFT1, October 6, 20:45, NFT2
For fans of: Bowling For Columbine, The Central Park Five