BFI London Film Festival
October 10, 2012 by staff
BFI London Film Festival, The BFI London Film Festival opens later with the European premiere of Tim Burton’s stop-motion 3D animation Frankenweenie, in Leicester Square. The black and white film tells the story of a boy who tries to bring his pet dog Sparky back to life. The 12-day film festival will showcase some 225 features and documentaries from around the world.
It closes on 21 October with Mike Newell’s adaptation of the classic Dickens novel Great Expectations. Scripted by One Day author David Nicholls, the film features Helena Bonham Carter as Miss Havisham and Ralph Fiennes as Magwitch. Shortly before the festival’s opening gala on Wednesday, it was announced that both Bonham Carter and her partner Tim Burton will be presented with the BFI’s highest honour, the BFI Fellowship, at this year’s awards ceremony on 20 October.
Other gala screenings during the festival include Dustin Hoffman’s directorial debut, Quartet, which stars Maggie Smith in the story of a group of aging opera stars; Ben Affleck’s Iran hostage thriller Argo; and Notting Hill director Roger Michell’s Hyde Park on Hudson, a comedy-drama starring Bill Murray as Franklin D Roosevelt.
Also being screened is The Sessions, which stars John Hawkes as a polio patient in an iron lung who enlists a sex surrogate (Helen Hunt) in order to lose his virginity.
Among the 14 world premieres are Crossfire Hurricane, a documentary about the Rolling Stones that coincides with the band’s 50th anniversary. The Stones are expected to walk the red carpet for the premiere on 18 October.
Other films have already been seen on the festival circuit at Sundance, Cannes, Venice and Toronto – such as Michael Haneke’s Cannes Palme d’Or winner Amour, Thomas Vinterberg’s The Hunt and Mira Nair’s The Reluctant Fundamentalist.
Ralph Fiennes in festival closer Great Expectations
Several of the bigger titles in London – including Frankenweenie – are being screened at the same time as the premieres in dozens of cinemas across the UK.
New features from Michael Winterbottom, Sally Potter, Martin McDonagh and Jacques Audiard are among the 12 titles competing for the festival’s best film award.
The winner will be decided by a jury chaired by playwright, film and theatre director, Sir David Hare.
His fellow jurors are Hong Kong film producer Nansun Shi, Argentine director Pablo Trapero, President of Jagged films and director Crossfire Hurricane Victoria Pearman, and British actress Romola Garai.
This year’s festival, the 56th, is four days shorter than in 2011. The festival’s new director, Clare Stewart, has opted for a more streamlined approach with the film programme divided into themes such Love, Laugh, Cult, Thrill and Debate.
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