This year’s BFI London Film Festival (LFF) will host the UK premiere of George Clooney’s latest movie The Ides of March.
The movie is a political drama about the betrayals which take place during a US presidential campaign.
Clooney plays Governor Mike Morris, a Democratic presidential candidate opposite Philip Seymour Hoffman who plays Morris’ campaign manager.
Last month it was announced that the festival will open with the European premiere of 360, the newest movie from director Fernando Meirelles.
The film, billed as a story of interconnected love and relationships written by Peter Morgan (The Queen, Frost/ Nixon), features an ensemble cast including Jude Law, Rachel Weisz and Sir Anthony Hopkins.
The festival, which gets under way on Wednesday 12th October, will also feature screenings of The Descendants, which also stars Clooney, Trishna, Coriolanus and Anonymous.
Organisers say this year’s event will host 13 world premieres, 18 international premieres and 22 european premieres as well as interviews and masterclasses with some of the cast and crew behind featured titles.
Archive films to be shown include The Caine Mutiny starring Humphrey Bogart and George Sidney’s Bye Bye Birdie.
Expected guests during the two-week festival include Ralph Fiennes, David Cronenberg, Roland Emmerich and ichael Fassbender.
The Festival will also feature the world premiere of a new BFI restoration of 1928 British move The First Born which will screen at Queen Elizabeth Hall on Thursday 20th October.
Heather Stewart, Creative Director, BFI said, “The BFI London Film Festival Archive Gala gives us an opportunity to showcase important restorations from the BFI National Archive.
“These enable us to highlight lesser known or previously unavailable works which deserve to be widely seen and The First-Born is a tour-de-force of late silent film-making. New restoration techniques and digital technology give us the chance to give a new lease of life to the rich heritage of British cinema.”
Tickets for the Festival go on sale to the general public on 26 September, BFI members receive priority booking (join here).
How to book:
Telephone Bookings: 0207 928 3232 between 09.30 – 20.30
Online: www.bfi.org.uk/lff (no booking or postal fee)
In person: BFI Southbank Office: 11.30 – 20.30