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BFI London Film Festival Announces Full Lineup; ‘Under the Skin’ and ‘Tracks’ Among Additions

BFI London Film Festival Announces Full Lineup; 'Under the Skin' and 'Tracks' Among Additions

Set to run October 9 through 20, the BFI London Film Festival has just revealed the full roster of cinematic selections that will be playing at the event, which is now in its 57th year and will play host to some 234 fiction and documentary features, including 22 world premieres. As previously announced, the festival will seemingly be bookended by Tom Hanks, who appears in both the Opening and Closing Night Gala selections, which are respectively “Captain Phillips” and “Saving Mr. Banks.”

Check out competition selections below and go here for the full lineup.


The sophomore Official Competition line-up, recognizing inspiring, inventive and distinctive filmmaking, includes the following:

·         Catherine Breillat’s Abuse of Weakness

·         Richard Ayoade’s The Double

·         Pawel Pawlikowski’s Ida

·         Kore-Eda Hirokazu’s Like Father, Like Son

·         Ritesh Batra’s The Lunchbox

·         Jahmil X.T Qubeka’s Of Good Report

·         Peter Landesman’s Parkland

·         Ahmad Abdalla’s Rags & Tatters

·         Clio Barnard’s The Selfish Giant

·         David Mackenzie’s Starred Up

·         Xavier Dolan’s Tom at the Farm

·         John Curran’s Tracks

·         Jonathan Glazer’s Under The Skin



Titles in consideration for the Sutherland Award in the First Feature Competition recognising an original and imaginative directorial debut are:

·         Chika Anadu’s B for Boy

·         Daniel Patrick Carbone’s Hide Your Smiling Faces

·         Anthony Chen’s Ilo Ilo

·         John Krokidas’ Kill Your Darlings

·         Alphan Eseli’s The Long Way Home

·         Michalis Konstantatos’ Luton

·         Fabio Grassadonia and Antonio Piazza’s Salvo

·         Chloé Robichaud’s Sarah Prefers to Run

·         Rob Brown’s Sixteen

·         Vivian Qu’s Trap Street

·         Fernando Franco’s Wounded

·         Tom Shoval’s Youth



The Grierson Award in the Documentary Competition category recognises documentaries with integrity, originality, and social or cultural significance. This year the Festival is screening:

·         Jessica Oreck’s Aatsinki: The Story of Artic Cowboys

·         Alex Gibney’s The Armstrong Lie

·         Frederick Wiseman’s At Berkeley

·         Zachary Heinzerling’s Cutie and the Boxer

·         Mark Cousins’ Here Be Dragons

·         Nicolas Philibert’s La Maison de la Radio

·         Greg Barker’s Manhunt

·         Rithy Panh’s The Missing Picture

·         Paul-Julien Robert’s My Fathers, My Mother and Me

·         Vitaly Mansky’s Pipeline

·         Matt Wolf’s Teenage

·         Kitty Green’s Ukraine is Not a Brothel



Closing the Awards section is the prize for Best British Newcomer which highlights new British talent and is presented to an emerging writer, actor, producer or director. This year’s nominees are:

1.      Conner Chapman – actor The Selfish Giant

2.      Shaun Thomas – actor The Selfish Giant

3.      Destiny Ekaragha – director Gone Too Far!

4.      Rob Brown – director Sixteen

5.      Jack Fishburn & Muireann Price – producers Love Me Till Monday

6.      Jonathan Asser – screenwriter Starred Up

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