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10 Movies To Get Excited About At The London Film Festival
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The 57th BFI London Film Festival – from the people who brought you London Film Festivals 1 to 56 – could be the sequel of the summer. It’s a 12-day filmic fête that will deliver cinematic splendour to your very doorstep from October 9. Unless, of course, your doorstep is in darkest Peru, in which case you’ll miss the shiny galas, sparkly new feature films, shorts and documentaries on offer. But fear not, Peruvian pals! You’ll be able to follow all the filmy action here over the next month, beginning with this must-see guide to 10 of the LFF’s most exciting highlights.

For the full London Film Festival schedule and to book tickets visit www.bfi.org.uk/lff.

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1. 12 Years A Slave

With his name no longer followed around by an annoying ‘No, Not That One’ tag, Steve McQueen has proved himself a craftsman behind the camera with the dazzling, Michael Fassbender-filled double of Hunger and Shame. He returns to the LFF with his third feature, already a hit in Toronto, depicting the casual brutality of the antebellum South with his usual sophistication. The artist-turned-filmmaker has fast become a darling of the festival circuit, but here he’s assembled a cast that could probably open a movie on the moon. An Oscar-buzzy Chiwetel Ejiofor plays Solomon Northup, a free man kidnapped and sold into slavery, while Benedict Cumberbatch, Brad Pitt, Quvenzhané Wallis and Fassbender – pants largely on this time – also appear.

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1 Did you guys look into the programme properly?
Your list of 10 films contains 6 films from the list of 18 Galas. There are obver 200 films showing at the LFF yet 60% of your must see list is plucked from less than 10% of the film population...............lazy feature I think. Might I also add that they are all English language films too...............so are non of the foreign language films worth watching then? I am one of the lucky BFI members who managed to get tickets and I haven't booked any of your selections because I decided to look at films where the LFF would likely be the only oppotunity that I will get to see them. More

Posted by MadMikeWow on Monday September 23, 2013, 13:41

2 Did you guys actually look into the film progrannme properly.............
...............the list of Galas. More

Posted by MadMikeWow on Monday September 23, 2013, 13:34

3 winner
i hope 12 years will win the festival....it's the best film of this event. More

Posted by MarsKK on Saturday September 21, 2013, 13:40

4 No public tickets this year
I was all set refreshing as tickets went on sale and they we're instantly sold out so they can't even have kept seats for the general public this year. I was looking forward to a triple bill on Sunday of the double, under the skin and the zero theorum (the second two of which, how are they not in this list). More

Posted by Wozza31 on Saturday September 21, 2013, 10:23

5 all sold out
all very well, but main ones are all sold out, so no chance unless your a bfi member or live in london More

Posted by palmerantony on Friday September 20, 2013, 12:06

6 Awful adverts
Great Selection, but the adverts between each are just painful. I would have thought that a magazine as prestigious as empire would be able to take a stand against the bane of todays cinema experience. Don't force feed me adverts for "shit we don't need". I'll go elsewhere. More

Posted by drduvel on Friday September 20, 2013, 11:51

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