Wednesday, 3 September 2014

BFI London Film Festival 2014 Gala Screenings

The full programme for the London Film Festival has just been announced and there are a huge number of films to be very excited about. First up, the galas are ridiculously exciting. I was lucky enough to see some of these at Cannes this year. Click the titles for my reviews of Mr Turner, Wild Tales and The Salvation. 

Here is the list of galas in full taken from the BFI London Film Festival website, where you will also find the remainder of the programme.

I also saw Foxcatcher at Cannes. It is an unbelievably gripping film with a trio of exceptional performances from Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo and most surprisingly Steve Carrell. My review is coming soon.

The films I’m most excited to see from this list are Whiplash, Mommy and Fury. However, for those who have not yet seen Wild Tales, this film was my favourite from Cannes 2014 and is an absolute must-see!

The life of Alan Turing, the codebreaker who helped turn the tide of WWII. Starring Benedict Cumberbatch.

Closing Night Gala: Fury

David Ayer’s brilliant action drama tells the story of US soldiers and the demons they face down as they drive their tank through occupied Europe during WWII. Great cast!

American Express Gala: Foxcatcher

A riveting, tense and unsettling exploration of the power of money and obsession from the acclaimed director of Capote and Moneyball. Must see for Steve Carrell’s performance!

Accenture Gala: Whiplash

A gifted young drummer finds himself challenged by a brilliant mentor intent on pushing his student to greatness. Stars Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons.

Virgin Atlantic Gala: Men, Women & Children

Jason Reitman explores the way the modern technologies both enhance and hinder our lives and relationships in this cross-generational comedy drama.

May Fair Hotel Gala: Wild

Reese Witherspoon impresses in this moving account of one woman’s attempt to hike the Pacific Crest Trail.

Centrepiece Gala Supported by the Mayor of London: Testament of Youth

Vera Brittain’s extraordinary life during WWII is explored in this magnificent period drama.

Festival Gala In association with Time Out: Mr Turner  

Mike Leigh’s Cannes-winning account of the later years of J. M. W. Turner, brilliantly played by Timothy Spall. Click the title for my review from Cannes 2014.

Archive Gala: The Battles of Coronel and Falkland Islands

This dramatic reconstruction of two decisive naval battles from the First World War is one of the finest films of the British silent era.

Debate Gala: Rosewater

Jon Stewart brilliantly tells the story of Maziar Bahari, the journalist who was detained for 188 days in Iran.

Dare Gala: Mommy

Canadian wunderkind Xavier Dolan impresses again with his latest award-winning exercise in stylistic and imaginative melodrama.

Love Gala: A Little Chaos

Kate Winslet plays a landscape gardener employed by King Louis XIV to transform the gardens at Versailles.

Laugh Gala: Wild Tales (Relatos Salvajes)

Six hilarious short stories combine to form a macabre tango at the gates of madness in this outrageous comedy about the trials of modern life. An absolute must see! Click the title for my review.

Thrill Gala: The Salvation 

Mads Mikkelsen does what a man’s gotta do in the lawless pioneer West in this violent and stylish, smørrebrød western. Check out my review by clicking the title.

Journey Gala in association with Sight & Sound: Winter Sleep 

The Palme d’Or-winner of Cannes 2014.
Cult Gala: The White Haired Witch of Lunar Kingdom 

Sonic Gala: Björk: Biophilia Live

Family Gala: Song of the Sea

What are you excited to see from this list? 

More on the BFI London Film Festival 2014 

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