The London Film Festival is to show the best of the year’s world cinema to a British audience.

This year’s line-up includes 245 fiction and documentary films. 

Gala features include Damien Chazelle’s musical La La Land, starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone; Kenneth Lonergan’s Manchester By the Sea; Denis Villeneuve’s sci-fi drama Arrival; Tom Ford’s Nocturnal Animals; and Lone Scherfig’s Their Finest, a tale of British wartime film making starring Gemma Arterton and Bill Nighy.

The festival also includes the following films:

A United Kingdom

Directed by Amma Asante, the film is opening this year’s festival. It stars David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike in the true story of an interracial romance between a Botswanan prince and a London office worker that scandalised both their homelands in the 1940s.

It’s the first film by a black female director to open the 60-year-old festival and a symbol of its commitment to encouraging diversity in the film industry.

Queen of Katwe

This Disney-produced drama is based on the true story of a young Ugandan chess champion. 

Directed by Indian-born US filmmaker Mira Nair and starring Oyelowo and Lupita Nyong’o, it’s a family-friendly film made in Africa with an entirely black cast, a first for Disney.

Lion

This film tells the true story of a young man who used Google Earth to track down his birth family in India.

Dev Patel stars alongside Rooney Mara, Nicole Kidman, David Wenham and Sunny Pawar.

The feature, directed by Garth Davis, is based on Saroo Brierley’s touching memoir and has an Oscar-friendly late-November release date. 

A Monster Calls

A moving film based on the hugely popular book by Patrick Ness. 

A young boy’s imagination enables him to see beyond his tough circumstances in this fantasy with Lewis MacDougall in the lead role as 12-year-old Conor. 

The film, directed by JA Bayona, also stars Sigourney Weaver, Felicity Jones, Toby Kebbell, and the melodic and Liam Neeson.

Free Fire

The festival wraps up on 16 October with this high-energy comic thriller from British director Ben Wheatley.

Cillian Murphy and Michael Smiley are two Irishmen in 1970s Boston who attempt to buy a stash of guns, but when shots are fired during the handover a bloody shoot out ensues. Brie Larson co-stars. 


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