As the largest and grandest international showcase of cinematic art is here, get ready to be blown away by a spectacular hurricane of ingenuity and imagination. Bringing the best cinema to the United Kingdom, the London Film Festival screens as many as 300 features, shorts and documentaries from nearly 50 countries. The festival showcases the finest contemporary transnational cinema from the reputable as well as emerging film-makers. Presently in its 58th year, the festival runs under the aegis of British Film Institute and combines artistic power with red carpet glamour in a stupendous manner.
Here’s a sneak peek at some of the most beautiful films you need to see at the upcoming festival running from October 8, 2014 to October 19, 2014.
The Imitation Game
Directed by Morten Tyldum, The Imitation Game opens this year’s festival. Starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley, this challenging and influential film is a biopic of the renowned codebreaker Alan Turing. A disturbed mathematical genius, he was the man who was essential in cracking the code used by Nazi Germany during the Second World War. Opens in cinemas on November 14, 2014.
Directed by David Ayer, here’s a roaring World War II action flick. The film stars the terrific Brad Pitt as a tank commander on a deadly mission and does seem to be a hard-hitting drama. In cinemas from October 24, 2014.
Official release date is October 24, Friday.
Starring Miles Teller and JK Simmons, this thunderous semibiographical drama focusses on Andrew, the young drummer who is the under the guidance of Terence Fletcher. Directed by Damien Chazelle, this one is a big hit on the festival circuit. Official release date is January 16, 2015.
Directed by Bennett Miller, Foxcatcher is a psychological thriller starring Channing Tatum and Steve Carell. The film recounts the disturbing true events surrounding Olympic gold medal-winning wrestler Mark Schultz, his brother Dave and their terrible relationship with John du Pont. Official release date is January 9, 2015.
The film, directed by Mike Leigh, tells the tale of JMW Turner, a grouchy art icon whose excellent work redefined British painting. The stormy final years of his life, as imagined by Mike, have been showcased in this film. Watch out for the breathtaking cinematography and outstanding performances. Starring Dorothy Atkinson, Timothy Spall and Paul Jesson. Official release date October 31, 2014.
Men, women and Children
Directed by Jason Reitman, the film offers an unconventional spin on the social media age. It brilliantly digs into the lives of teenagers and their parents in a world where status updates on Facebook mean a lot and are sometimes considered more important than verbal communication. Starring AnselElgort, Adam Sandler and Jennifer Garner. Opens in cinemas on October 24, 2014.
Directed by Andrey Zvyaginstev, this powerful drama provides an insight into the Russian psyche. Set in Kola Peninsula in Russia, Leviathan discovers the conflict between the fraudulent local regimen and one man. Starring EkebaLyadova and Alexey Serabryakov, it throws light on the small-town problems together with those of the larger world.
The festival screenings are taking place at numerous venues across London such as British Film Institute, Curzon Chelsea, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Vue Islington, Vue West End, Rich Mix, Empire Leicester Square, Hackney Picture house and CinéLumiére to name a few. With the immense popularity of the London Film Festival and people coming in from almost all parts of the world, accommodation can be a major problem. After all, who wouldn’t want to stay close to these venues? Ratedapartments bring to you an extensive selection of serviced apartments in Soho, Piccadilly, Covent Garden, West End and South Bank. Simply pick the place of your taste and bask in the glory of cinema.