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iW NEWS | London Film Festival Announces Programme

iW NEWS | London Film Festival Announces Programme

The programme for The 52nd Times BFI London Film Festival, was announced today, and includes a record number of world and international premieres with a total of 189 features and 108 shorts screening alongside special events. The world premiere of Ron Howard‘s “Frost/Nixon” and Danny Boyle‘s “Slumdog Millionaire” were previously announced as the fest’s Opening and Closing Galas. The new additions include Oliver Stone‘s “W.,” Ari Folman‘s “Waltz The Bashir,” Jonathan Demme‘s “Rachel Getting Married,” Kim Jee-Woon‘s “The Good, The Bad, The Weird,” Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck‘s “Sugar,” Steven Soderbergh‘s “Che,” Kelly Reichardt‘s “Wendy and Lucy,” Agnes Varda‘s “The Beaches of Agnes,” Rian Johnson‘s “The Brothers Bloom,” Laurent Cantet‘s “The Class,” Michael Winterbottom‘s “Genova,” and Steve McQueen‘s “Hunger.” Panel events include “Indiewood is Dead… Love Live The New, True Indies,” which will discuss the future of the US Indie scene. Other special events include Peter Morgan and Charlie Kaufman‘s participation in Masterclasses. “We are delighted to be able to present such a diverse and high quality programme of films and events, with an unprecedented number of world, international and European premieres,” said the Festival’s Artistic Director in a statement. “We are excited that London in October will play host to world renowned directors, writers and actors, as well as to some of the most important new voices in international cinema.” The festival runs October 15-30, 2008. [Peter Knegt]

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