BFI London Film Festival Lineup – Including The Pass With Russel Tovey

The BFI London Film Festival is a massive event showing 245 features across 12 days, and we now know the full lineup of films to expect for this year’s outing.

Before we get it into that, BFI also revealed a change in venue, as the Odeon West End closed meaning that the event lost a huge amount of seating capacity. This year, there will be a temporary cinema in Victoria Embankment Gardens which will hold 780 people.

One film I want to give special mention to is The Pass, staring Russell Tovey. This film has been a huge hit with the LGBT community, so be sure to check it out.
Moving swiftly on to the lineup, the films are broken up into Cult, Dare, Debate, Family, Journey, Laugh, Love, Sonic and Thrill with each strand being headlined with a gala.

  • Love: Mirzya, dir. Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra
  • Thrill: Bleed For This, dir. Ben Younger
  • Laugh: Toni Erdmann, dir. Maren Ade
  • Debate: Nocturama, dir. Bertrand Bonello
  • Cult: The Autopsy Of Jane Doe, dir. Andre Ovredal
  • Family: Trolls, dirs. Mike Mitchell, Walt Dohrn
  • Dare: The Handmaiden, dir. Park Chan-wook
  • Journey: Paterson, dir. Jim Jarmusch
  • Sonic: Chi-Raq, dir. Spike Lee

BFI’s 2016 London Film Festival will once again have twelve films competing in the Official Competition for the Best Film Award, whereas the winners of the  First Feature and Documentary Competitions willreceive the Sutherland and Grierson Awards, respectively.

Official Competition Line-up

  • Brimstone, dir. Martin Koolhoven
  • Certain Women, dir. Kelly Reichardt
  • Clash, dir. Mohammad Diab
  • Elle, dir. Paul Verhoeven
  • Frantz, dir. Francois Ozon
  • Goldstone, dir. Ivan Sen
  • Layla M, dir. Mijke de Jong
  • Moonlight, dir. Barry Jenkins
  • Neruda, dir. Pablo Larrain
  • A Quiet Passion, dir. Terence Davies
  • Una, dir. Benedict Andrews
  • Your Name, dir. Makoto Shinkai
The Pass, with Russell Tovey & Arinze Kene.

The Pass, with Russell Tovey & Arinze Kene.

First Feature Competition

  • Chameleon, dir. Jorge Riquelme Serrano
  • A Date For Mad Mary, dir. Darren Thornton
  • Divines, dir. Houda Benyamina
  • The Giant, dir. Johannes Nyholm
  • Hedi, dir. Mohamed Ben Attia
  • Lady Macbeth, dir. William Oldroyd
  • The Levelling, dir. Hope Dickson Leach
  • My Life As A Courgette, dir. Claude Barras
  • Playground, dir. Bartosz M Kowalski
  • Porto, dir. Gabe Klinger
  • Raw, dir. Julia Ducournau
  • What’s In The Darkness, dir. Wang Yichun
  • Wulu, dir. Daouda Coulibaly

Documentary Competition

  • All This Panic, dir. Jenny Gage
  • Chasing Asylum, dir. Eva Orner
  • David Lynch: The Art Life, dirs. Jon Nguyen, Olivia Neergaard-Holm
  • The Graduation, dir. Claire Simon
  • An Insignificant Man, dirs. Khushboo Ranka, Vinay Shukla
  • Lovetrue, dir. Alma Har’el
  • On Call, dir. Alice Diop
  • Safari, dir. Ulrich Seidl
  • The Space In Between – Marina Abramovic And Brazil, dir. Marco Del Fiol
  • Starless Dreams, dir. Mehrdad Oskouei
  • Tower, dir. Keith Maitland
  • The War Show, dirs. Andreas Dalsgaard, Obaidah Zytoon

You can check out the full details of the festival, here.

Clare Stewart, LFF director, had this to say: “We are in a robust position as a festival,” said Clare Stewart. “We have been on a trajectory over the last four or five years of positioning the festival internationally as well as with local audiences, and changing the texture of how that plays out. We have been taking hold of that position we have in the calendar in relation to the awards season window and certainly our headline galas are playing more and more strongly into that.”

“The importance of London to our US Academy and BAFTA-voting audience has really changed the way our gala line-up is viewed internationally. But we have not strayed in pushing that focus from our interest in broadening and reaching wider audiences.”

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The BFI London Film Festival just revealed their full lineup, and it includes the wonderful The Pass starring Russell Tovey.