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A Taste Of Italy at the London Film Festival

 Tuesday, October 23--------Having just been in Italy for the past 12 days (a week of vacation in Venice, mainly seeing art and sampling the food and wine, and 5 days in Rome to attend the Rome Film Festival), I've got Italy on the brain these days. Well, coming to London, there is still lots of Italian to appreciate, especially here at the London Film Festival. While it is not exactly an official section of the Festival, there are a good number of superb Italian films to be seen, mainly in the...

Riding The New Wave of Romanian Cinema

 Monday, October 22---------On Saturday, veteran film journalist Nick Roddick led a provocative discussion on the sudden emergence of film gems from what had seemed like a most unlikely source: Romania. 4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS, 2 DAYS (which is screening at the London Film Festival) was the surprise winner of the Palme d'Or at this year's Cannes Film Festival (a first from the cinema of that rather unknown and misunderstood country). Attention is definitely focused on the former Communist state as a ...

Photos from London Festival week end

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Photos from more Festival highlights including The Last Lear, Closing the Ring and The Diving Bell and the Butterfly. Alina Ferrara Amitabh Bachchan Julian Schnabel Richard Attenborough Richard Attenborough and Pete Postlethwaite  Naomi Watts Wei Tang and Ang Lee James Marsden Amy Adams Patrick Dempsey Chris Chase, Barry Josephson, Patrick Dempsey, Amy Adams, James Marsden, Alan Menken and Kevin Lima Nadav Shirmam ...

Julian Schnabel talks about his inspirations and The Diving Bell and The Butterfly

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The director Julian Schnabel talks about films that inspired him and the challenges he faced in adapting the script for The Diving Bell and the Butterfly.Let's start from your new new film, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly. I've read somewhere that it took about 200,000 of Bauby's blinks to write the whole book and writing down each word took approximately 2 minutes. What were your first thoughts when you decided to adapt the script? Well, I didn’t know all those facts, but I know that once...

An interview with the director of The Shadow of the Moon, David Sington.

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Interview with David Sington  Let me begin with your film, The Shadow of the Moon. The film deals with an important event not just in the American, but also world history. You managed to gather together the surviving crew of the Apollo missions and also showed  previously unseen NASA footage. You are also a self-taught filmmaker… All that means is that I didn’t go to film school. When we went to Sundance, I had to fill in this questionnaire ‘Where did you learn filmmaking?’ Well, ...

A Red Carpet Weekend At The London Film Festival

 Sunday, October 21--------It has been a busy weekend on the Red Carpet at the London Film Festival. Friday night saw the UK Premiere of three exciting new films, which could not be more different. First was the Cannes Film Festival Palme d’Or winner 4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS, 2 DAYS, directed by current hot Romanian director Cristian Mungiu. The film, which is the current frontrunner for the Oscar for Best Foreign Film, is a harrowing account about one woman’s odyssey of desperation in 1980s Roman...

Filmmaker Breakfasts Offer A Chance To Network

 Saturday, October 20-------Aside from the glitz and the glamour that every film festival must muster to keep the crowds excited and newspaper editors interested, the London Film Festival is offering filmmakers and producers a number of opportunities to network with film professionals and the international press. While most are somewhat formal seminars and master class talks, the most cozy by far are the Filmmaker Breakfasts, which are held at The Sofitel Hotel in St. James. There are seven of...

Love, drugs and alcohol in All is Forgiven

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A debut feature from the Cahiers du Cinéma critic, Mia Hansen-Løve.  Twenty-something Cahiers du Cinéma critic, Mia Hansen-Løve, makes her feature debut with All Is Forgiven – the film, which depicts the disintegration and restoration of family relationships through snapshots of everyday and past incidents. Lounging would-be writer Victor lives in Vienna with his partner Annette and their six year old daughter Pamela.  Despite being a happy and loving family, there are cracks in its mak...

London Fest opening gala photos

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Opening Gala photosEnjoy our gallery from the opening night gala of Eastern Promises.   BFI Chairman Anthony Minghella and Festival Artistic Director Sandra Hebron Livia Guigglioli, Colin Firth David Cronenberg Naomi Watts  Elle MacPherson Sam Taylor-Wood and Jay Jopling Naomi Watts, David Cronenberg, Vincent Cassel Stephen Frears Terry Gilliam Vincent Cassel...

An interview with the director of Hannah Takes the Stairs, Joe Swanberg

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At a time when vast sums of cash are being hurled at production companies, all too often for the production of rather dull films, the low-budget Hannah Takes the Stairs is a shining gem of a film by Joe Swanberg. Lauded as an example of the new wave of American indie film-making it is refreshing for its raw visual quality and honestly portrayed subject matter. Greta Gerwig plays Hannah, an attractive post-graduate who is starting out in the big world. As the heat of summer intensifies, Hannah fa...

A Conversation With Naomi Watts

 Thursday, October 18----------Naomi Watts, whose film career is suddenly on fire, will appear as a special guest at the TCM Screen Talk tomorrow evening at the London Film Festival. Watts was one of the stars at last night's Opening Night Gala screening of EASTERN PROMISES, the new film from Canadian auteur David Cronenberg, which stars her opposite Viggo Mortenson and Vincent Cassel. The prolific actress also toplines the English-language remake of Austrian director Michael Haneke's FUNNY G...

Interview With LFF Artistic Director Sandra Hebron

Wednesday, October 17---------With the London Film Festival beginning its two week marathon of film premieres, special events, industry gatherings and, of course, parties, iLondon Film Festival Dailies Editor Sandy Mandelberger sat down with London Film Festival Artistic Director Sandra Hebron to get the scoop on this year's festivities. Hebron is the Artistic Director of bfi Film Festivals, responsible for both The Times bfi London Film Festival and the London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival....

Industry Events At The London Film Festival

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Monday, October 15---------The London Film Festival, which opens later this week, is certainly about films, personalities and the love of cinema. However, this year, the Festival has also incorporated a number of exciting industry events to bring more attention to the UK filmmaking community and to give fledgling producers and directors the chance to network with their contemporaries from across the globe.London’s first ever Production Finance Market, launched by Film London in association wit...

In Prison my Whole life to screen at London Fest

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SHOWING AT THE BFI LONDON FILM FESTIVAL IN PRISON MY WHOLE LIFE : Dir. Marc EvansIn short, this film looks at the life of imprisoned political activist and former Black Panther member, Mumia Abu-Jamal, who was found guilty of the murder of a police officer in Philadelphia and sentenced to death. He has been awaiting execution ever since.However, this man’s story cuts far deeper than you may first think. There is much speculation around the legitimacy of Abu-Jamal’s arrest and so many shady c...

Danes Descend On London

Friday, October 12-----------The Danes are coming, the Danes are coming!!!!  Following impressive line-ups in previous years, Danish cinema once again has a strong and diverse presence at The Times bfi 51st London Film Festival 2007. Seven films have been selected as part of this year’s program, including four features, two animated shorts for younger audiences, and one short film. Denmark ’s world-renowned production company Zentropa Films (which launced the Dogme revolution and produced t...

Just a few days left to go until The Times BFI 51st London Film Festival opens

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Just a few days left to go until The Times BFI 51st London Film Festival opens its doors throughout the city for a celebration of cinema with a talent laden guest-list attending the 16 day Festival. Attending the Opening Night Gala on Wednesday 17 October for the UK premiere of the acclaimed EASTERN PROMISES will be director David Cronenberg, accompanied by Naomi Watts, Vincent Cassel and Armin Mueller-Stahl.The Odeon West End will welcome an array of actors and filmmakers attending the premiere...

Film In Focus: BRICK LANE

 Monday, October 8-----One of the most anticipated films of the upcoming London Film Festival, which opens on October 17, is the film adaptation of the international bestseller BRICK LANE by  award-winning novelist Monica Ali. The film is directed by Sarah Gavron, who won a BAFTA TV Award in 2003 as Best New Director for THIS LITTLE LIFE, and is making a highly visible feature directorial debut with the film. The UK Premiere will be a Film on the Square screening on October 26th.BRICK LANE ...

Outdoor Screen in Trafalgar Square for the Times BFI Festival

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The big screen comes to Trafalgar Square with free archive films that celebrate London.Blackmail/Blue Bottles Thu 18 Oct 18:30, Trafalgar Square FREE Blackmail in London in this early Hitchcock thriller.Capital Tales Fri 19 Oct 18:30, Trafalgar Square FREE A whistle-stop journey across 100 years of London.....

Festival Closer Is THE DARJEELING LIMITED

 Wednesday, October 3---------Hopping from its World Premiere at the Venice Film Festival to its Opening Night Gala last Friday at the New York Film Festival, the Wes Anderson film THE DARJEELING LIMITED will close the Times BFI 51st London Film Festival on November 1st. The film will open theatrically in the UK on November 23rd via distributor Twentienth Century Fox. THE DARJEELING LIMITED presents the fractured fable of three American brothers who have not spoken to each other in a year,...

EASTERN PROMISES To Open London Film Festival

 Monday, October 1----------EASTERN PROMISES, the acclaimed new film from legendary Canadian director David Cronenberg, will open the Times BFI 51st  London Film Festival on Wednesday, October 17th. The film, which recently won the Peoples Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival, has received some of the strongest reviews of the year  when it opened theatrically in North America in the past week. Oscar nominations and end-of-the-year critics prizes should be in the offing for ...

Family screenings at Times BFI Fest

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We have eleven great family titles from around the world at the Festival to suit all age ranges and tastes. They are marked in the programme as 'Family Screening'All films subtitled except those marked *Films marked 'Hear the Story' - An actor will read out the subtitles via headphones for younger children. - Family Gala: Bee Movie USA | All ages- Enchanted * USA | All ages- Island of Lost Souls Denmark | Ages 9+- Kidz in da Hood Sweden | Ages 10+ | Hear the Story- Max & Co Switzerland |...

The Times BFI 51st London Film Festival's full programme

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The Times BFI 51st London Film Festival's full programme, announced today by Artistic Director Sandra Hebron, includes 184 features and 133 shorts as well as a host of screen talks, masterclasses and live events. Opening the Festival on Thursday 17 October is the UK premiere of David Cronenberg's Eastern Promises with Viggo Mortensen, Naomi Watts and Vincent Cassel, whilst Wes Anderson closes the Festival on November 1 with the UK premiere of The Darjeeling Limited, starring Jason Schwartz...

Times BFI London Film Festival Announces Opening Night Gala

The 50th edition of the TIMES BFI LONDON FILM FESTIVAL will kick off on October 18th with the European premiere of THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND, directed by Oscar-winning documentary director Kevin Macdonald. Based on the award-winning novel by Giles Foden, the film stars Forest Whitaker as the tyrannical Ugandan President Idi Amin. Shot in Uganda and the UK, the film follows an incredible twist of fate when a Scottish doctor, played by James McAvoy (THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA) becomes irreversibl...

Times BFI London Film Festival Kicks Off 50th Anniversary Celebration

Excitement is building in London, one of the world's great film cities, as details are being revealed for the upcoming Times BFI London Film Festival, which celebrates its milestone 50th anniversary this year. While the Festival doesn't have its official launch until October 18th, the celebrations have already begun this summer, with an ambitious screening of films from the Festival's first 50 years. The National Film Theater, the cinematheque treasure run by the British Film Institute, wh...

BFI London Film Festival Announces 2006 Dates

The BFI London Film Festival, which celebrates its milestone 50th anniversary this year, has announced its dates for its 2006 session. The Festival will have its gala Opening Night on October 18th and run through November 2nd. To celebrate its 50 year anniversary, the Festival is planning a number of special events in September, as an exciting run up to the official Festival program. Special public events around the city of London will be announced in the coming weeks. The Times of London ret...

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