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    Jeremy Thomas, James McAvoy, Sally Hawkins & More on London Film Fest Jury

    The London Film Festival has announced that BFI Fellow and former Chair Jeremy Thomas will serve as Official Competition Jury President. Producer Luc Roeg, writer/director/producer Sophie Fiennes and producer Finola Dwyer will preside over First Feature, Documentary and Best British Newcomer juries ...

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    London Film Festival to Feature New Works from Susanne Bier, Céline Sciamma, Debra Granik

    Also recent festival favorites like Naomi Kawase, Sophie Barthes, Jen McGowan, and Tinatin Karjrishvili.

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    How Did 'Birdman,' 'Gone Girl,' 'Inherent Vice' and 'Imitation Game' Land Key Fall Festival Slots?

    Everyone in Hollywood reads the industry tea leaves, the probable truth behind every announcement and its attendant spin. As the awards season takes shape, three major releases are jockeying for position: "Gone Girl," "Inherent Vice" and "Birdman." The Hollywood studios, indie distributors, Oscar ca...

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    The 5 Best Films Of The 2013 BFI London Film Festival

    With AFI and Rome the only major festivals left in the calendar, the close of the 57th BFI London Film Festival last night with the world premiere of "Saving Mr. Banks" signals the winding down of festival season. I'm starting to just about recover from a twelve-day binge of movies (although thanks ...

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    BFI London Film Festival Diary Day 8: '12 Years A Slave,' 'The Past,' 'Only Lovers Left Alive' & More

    I'm a defender of the Oscar season in general—it's a rare chance to shift the conversation away from superheroes and talking cartoon animals, and onto films made for actual grown-up human beings. But it does also have the unfortunate side-effect of often framing the movies as nothing but competitors...

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    LFF Interview with Flora Lau - Director of Bends

    The title of Flora Lau's debut feature film, Bends, refers to the winding river that separates Hong Kong from the Chinese mainland.

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    Ralph Fiennes Explains Why He Now Prefers Directing To Acting At London Film Festival Talk

    In his recent transition from acting to directing, Ralph Fiennes was able to surprise many with the sheer audacity of his modern day, Middle East-set take on Shakespeare's "Coriolanus" in his 2011 directorial debut. Now, just two years later, Fiennes has returned to directing with "The Invisible Wom...

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    LFF Women Directors: Meet Chloe Ruthven

    Chloe Ruthven's first feature, Mario and Nini, followed two nine-year-old boys over five years, as she struggled to help them find alternatives to a life of crime. The film premiered at Sheffield Documentary Festival in 2008, and bought by Sky 1, where it was widely reviewed.

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    BFI London Film Festival Review: 'Saving Mr. Banks' With Tom Hanks & Emma Thompson

    Though the general public doesn't always share their enthusiasm, Hollywood loves making movies about itself. Whether fictional or based in reality, it's rare for a year to pass without some kind of film about filmmaking, from classics like "Sunset Boulevard" and "Mulholland Drive" to, uh, not-classi...

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    Tom Hanks Talks His 'Life in Pictures,' Hair-Raising 'Captain Phillips' and Sugar-Coating Walt Disney at London Film Festival (CLIPS)

    During his 33-year career Tom Hanks has branched into writing, directing and producing, both in film and television. But it was as an actor that he was in London this month, performing a rare double as his films "Captain Phillips" and "Saving Mr. Banks" opened and closed the London Film Festival, re...

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