Love a good film? Then you absolutely can’t miss the BFI London Film Festival 2019, which kicks off on 2nd October. The festival is set to host a line-up of exciting premieres for the some of the biggest upcoming releases, so you can expect great things. To give you an idea of the scale, last year’s showcase included The Favourite and Roma which both went on to win Oscars in the biggest categories. The best part? Screenings are open to the public, so you can watch the films months before they are released in cinemas. Discover the thirteen films we can’t wait to see and book your tickets now…
1. The Aeronauts
Following their successful partnership in The Theory of Everything, Felicity Jones and Eddie Redmayne are set to reunite on screen this winter. In The Aeronauts, the pair portray aerial explorers who embark on a breathless adventure in a hot air balloon…
2. Knives Out
If you’re a fan of murder mysteries, you’re in for a treat. Starring Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Jamie Lee Curtis, Toni Collette and Katherine Langford, Knives Out tells the story of a murder mystery novelist who turns up murdered himself. Who in his family has a motive?
3. Portrait of a Lady on Fire
After receiving fantastic reviews at Cannes, director Céline Sciamma’s new film is headed to LFF. It follows a female portrait painter who falls in love with her subject in 1760 – but is much more than your average love story against impossible social and cultural barriers…
Directed by female director Sarah Gavron, this is a vibrant and hugely engaging portrait of female friendship and growing up in London. Rocks features non-actors who were cast through schools in London, making it a real and raw depiction of London’s youth.
5. Our Ladies
Feeling nostalgic about the ’90s? Our Ladies is a comedy set in your favourite decade (complete with a true ’90s soundtrack) and follows six Catholic teenage choirgirls cutting loose in Edinburgh. This adaptation of Alan Warner’s novel The Sopranos is a pure joy.
6. The King
At this point, any movie starring Timothée Chalamet is a guaranteed hit – but The King has lots more reasons to get excited for. Get ready for Netflix’ visceral portrait of Henry V., which also features Timmy’s girlfriend Lily-Rose Depp and Robert Pattinson.
7. Marriage Story
Marriage Story depicts the gradual unravelling of a marriage, with great pleasure and agony to be found in the details. Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver star as a creative married couple who begin to discover the dissimilarities in their desires.
This feverish Australian drama about falling in love for the first time features a must-see performance by Sharp Objects breakout star Eliza Scanlen. Scanlen portrays a seriously ill girl who falls in love with the local drug dealer, to the obvious dismay of her parents…
9. The Peanut Butter Falcon
This effortlessly charming buddy movie about a young man with Down’s Syndrome in pursuit of his dreams is what everyone will be talking about. Directed by Michael Schwartz and Tyler Nilson it stars Shia LaBeouf, Dakota Johnson and Zack Gottsagen.
10. Rare Beasts
English actress Billie Piper stars in her own directorial and screenwriting debut Rare Beasts, which we just can’t wait to see. Expect a no-holds-barred anti-romcom about a modern woman and single mom’s struggles in work and love.
11. Honey Boy
Alma Har’el is one of the amazing female filmmakers set to make waves this LFF. Her debut film is an artful and soul-baring examination of the lingering effects of emotional abuse and features none other than Shia LeBeouf and Oscar nominee Lucas Hedges.
Kristen Stewart shines as an idealistic yet fragile Jean Seberg. Returning to the US as Europe’s it-girl after her breakout success, Seberg finds herself a target of J Edgar Hoover’s FBI when she becomes romantically involved with a Black Panther…
13. Judy & Punch
A fairy tale with a feminist twist sound good to you? Us too. Female writer and director Mirrah Foulkes delivers an audaciously brilliant first feature, which is a vivid, darkly comic fable – part revenge story, part fantasy epic – and stars Mia Wasikowska.
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Tickets for BFI London Film Festival are now available at Bfi.org.uk/lff.
If you are 25 & Under special £5 tickets can are bookable in advance at bfi.org.uk/lff/25-and-under for ROCKS and OUR LADIES.