The London Film Festival on Thursday completed its lineup, unveiling its full slate of headline galas and special presentations after previously setting its competition program.
Among the movies getting new headline galas are the world premiere of Jeymes Samuel’s The Book of Clarence and Bradley Cooper’s Maestro. The special presentations include the likes of The Boy and the Heron from anime legend Hayao Miyazaki, Richard Linklater’s Hit Man, and Priscilla from Sofia Coppola.
Among the filmmakers returning to LFF are also such big names as Martin Scorsese, Yorgos Lanthimos, Sally El Hosaini, Jonathan Glazer, Steve McQueen, Michel Gondry, Ryusuke Hamaguchi, Aki Kaurismäki, Hirokazu Koreeda, Amat Escalante, Ladj Ly, Alex Gibney, and Frederick Wiseman.
The fest, which runs Oct. 4-15, said it will present a “compelling and diverse” program of films, shorts, series, and immersive works from 92 countries, featuring 79 languages, across its 12 days. “This includes 99 works made by female and non-binary filmmakers – 39 percent of the program,” it highlighted.
Among the lineup are 29 world premieres (including 14 feature films, two series, and 13 short films), seven international premieres (six features and one short), and 30 European premieres (22 features, one series, and seven shorts).
“In preparing this 2023 festival, my colleagues and I have been endlessly buoyed by the artistry, ideas, and talented individuals and communities that have come into our orbit,” said Kristy Matheson, BFI London Film Festival director. “It’s now time to share all this wonder, and we can’t wait for audiences to experience it all this October here in London and across the U.K. with LFF on Tour and online at BFI Player.”
Added BFI CEO Ben Roberts: “Cinema has reclaimed its status as a cultural force, an art form that can spark a conversation around the world, and which will resound loudly through the wide-ranging lineup of essential cinema that our 67th edition of the BFI London Film Festival will offer. I am particularly excited that the Festival will be sharing the exhilarating experience of new work from global filmmakers alongside so many debut features from the U.K. this year.”
See the full list of headline galas and special presentations set for the 67th BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express below.
Opening Night Gala – Saltburn (director-screenwriter Emerald Fennell)
Closing Night Gala – The Kitchen (dir. Kibwe Tavares, Daniel Kaluuya)
American Express Gala – One Life (dir. James Hawes)
The Mayor of London’s Gala – Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget (dir. Sam Fell)
Cunard Gala – The Holdovers (USA, dir. Alexander Payne)
All of Us Strangers (dir.-scr. Andrew Haigh)
The Bikeriders (dir. Jeff Nichols)
The Book of Clarence (dir.-scr. Jeymes Samuel)
The Killer (dir. David Fincher)
Killers of the Flower Moon (dir. Martin Scorsese)
Maestro (Bradley Cooper)
May December (dir. Todd Haynes)
Nyad (dir. Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, Jimmy Chin)
Poor Things (dir. Yorgos Lanthimos)
BFI Patron’s Special Presentation – The End We Start From (dir. Mahalia Belo)
Series Special Presentation – Grime Kids (dir. Abdou Cisse)
BFI Flare Special Presentation – Housekeeping for Beginners (dir.-scr. Goran Stolevski)
The Boy and the Heron (dir. Hayao Miyazaki)
Cobweb (dir. Kim Jee-Woon)
Fallen Leaves (dir.-scr. Aki Kaurismäki)
Foe (dir. Garth Davis)
Hit Man (dir. Richard Linklater)
Les Indésirables (dir. Ladj Ly)
Memory (dir.-scr. Michel Franco)
Occupied City (dir. Steve Mcqueen)
Priscilla (dir.-scr. Sofia Coppola)
The Zone of Interest (dir.-scr. Jonathan Glazer)