Social justice can be a “strong theme” of this 12 months’s BFI London Film Festival, organisers stated as they introduced the programme.
With the occasion having to adapt this 12 months resulting from coronavirus restrictions, it’ll have an expanded on-line presence and regional screenings when it takes place in October.
Steve McQueen’s Mangrove – which tells the true story of the Mangrove 9, the group of black activists who clashed with police in London throughout a protest march in 1970 – will open the pageant, whereas Ammonite, Francis Lee’s follow-up to God’s Own Country, starring Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan, will shut.
These can be amongst 13 movies which can display screen at cinemas across the nation, and on the BFI Southbank in London.
Tricia Tuttle, director of BFI Festivals, promised this 12 months’s occasion can be “a different kind of festival” as particulars had been introduced, saying: “Social justice is a strong theme throughout the programme.”
She admitted there will not be the same old glitz and glam of the pink carpets this 12 months, however says movie followers will not be disillusioned.
“We are going to go big and hope to reach lots of people,” she stated.
Other movies on the line-up embrace Supernova, starring Colin Firth and Stanley Tucci as a pair coping with dementia; new Pixar movie Soul, that includes the voice of Jamie Foxx; Shirley, starring Elisabeth Moss; and Mogul Mowgli, starring Riz Ahmed, who additionally co-wrote the script.
July will unveil Kajillionaire, a couple of household of con artists, starring Evan Rachel Wood, Debra Winger, Richard Jenkins and Gina Rodriguez, whereas Bradley will premiere her prize-winning movie Time, a documentary a couple of lady combating for the discharge of her husband who’s serving a 60-year jail sentence.
Also on the line-up is Lee’s American Utopia, a live performance movie adaptation of David Byrne‘s American Utopia.
The pageant has already introduced a brand new devoted strand of XR (prolonged actuality) and immersive artwork, known as LFF Expanded.
It runs from October 7 to 18.