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London Film Festival Announces Full 2017 Slate, Including ‘Call Me By Your Name,’ ‘Downsizing,’ ‘You Were Never Really Here,’ and More

The starry festival, often viewed as a launchpad for awards contention, will open with Andy Serkis' directorial debut, "Breathe."

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Luca Guadagnino’s “Call Me By Your Name”

The 61st BFI London Film Festival has announced its full program for this year’s festival, featuring a large selection of 242 feature films from both established and emerging talent. This year, the festival will host 29 World Premieres, 8 International Premieres and 34 European Premieres. The 242 features screening at the festival include: 46 documentaries, 6 animations, 14 archive restorations and 16 artists’ moving image features. The festival also includes 128 short films, and 67 countries are represented across short film and features.

As was previously announced, the starry festival, often viewed as a major launchpad for awards contention, will open with Andy Serkis’ much-anticipated true-life directorial debut “Breathe” and close out with Martin McDonagh’s Frances McDormand-starring “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.”

Those exciting titles are now joined by a wealth of other major contenders, including “Call Me By Your Name,” “Mudbound,” and “Last Flag Flying.” Each evening of the festival plays homes to a Headline Gala presentation at Odeon Leicester Square, which this year includes titles from “Breathe” to “Three Billboards,” “Battle of the Sexes” to “Downsizing” and more. The festival will also play home to Lynne Ramsay’s Cannes winner “You Were Never Really Here,” Todd Haynes’ “Wonderstuck,” and Sean Baker’s lauded “The Florida Project.” London will also screen the European Premiere of the first two episodes of “Mindhunter,” David Fincher’s latest procedural thriller.

The festival also boasts a compelling competition section, including Cory Finley’s Sundance hit “Thoroughbred,” Andrew Haigh’s “Lean on Pete,” along with Venice contender “Angels Wear White” and Cannes favorite “120 BPM (Beats Per Minute).”

“It is a delight to welcome some of the most thrilling storytellers from across the world to the Festival – we love to watch and engage with the extraordinary conversations that the Festival brings to our doorstep with every edition,” said Amanda Nevill, Chief Executive, BFI in an official statement. “London has a big heart and this year we are again reminded of the generosity and freedom of this awesome capital city of ours which so readily embraces this multiplicity of cultures and new voices.”

Below are the newest additions to the London Film Festival lineup. Stay tuned for more programming announcements in the days to come and find out more over at the fest’s official site. The 61st BFI London Film Festival runs October 4 – 15 in London.


“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Headline Galas

“Battle of the Sexes”
“Call Me By Your Name”
“Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool”
“Journey’s End”
“The Killing of a Sacred Deer”
“Last Flag Flying”
“The Shape of Water”
“You Were Never Really Here”

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Strand and Festival Galas

“The Florida Project”
“Amant Double”
“The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales”
“Blade of the Immortal”
“The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)”
“On Chesil Beach”
“Shiraz: A Romance of India”

Special Presentations

“Dark River”
“Happy End”
“The Party”
“A Fantastic Woman”
“The Final Year”
“Looking for Oum Kulthum”
“Mindhunter” (first two episodes)

Millicent Simonds Wonderstruck


Official Competition

“120 BPM (Beats Per Minute)”
“Angels Wear White”
“Beyond the Clouds”
“The Breadwinner”
“Good Manners”
“The Guardians”
“Lean on Pete”
“The Lovers”
“Sweet Country”

First Feature Competition

“The Cakemaker”
“I Am Not a Witch”
“Jeune Femme”
“Most Beautiful Island”
“Summer 1993”
“Winter Brothers”
“The Wound”

Haley Lu Richardson and Rory Culkin in Columbus


Elisha Christian/Superlative Films

Documentary Competition

“Before Summer Ends”
“Bobbi Jene”
“Chauka, Please Tell Us the Time”
“The Dead Nation”
“Distant Constellation”
“Ex Libris — The New York Public Library”
“Faces Places”
“Gray House”
“Kingdom of Us”
“The Prince of Nothingwood”

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