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BFI London Film Festival 2019: Stacked Lineup includes The Lighthouse, The Irishman, The Lodge

by Ben Rolph

The BFI London Film Festival was home to many of last year’s roaring successes, including: The Favourite, Suspiria, Roma and 2018’s surprise film, Green Book. The BFI has now revealed the stacked lineup for this October’s festival run.

As previously announced, The Personal History of David Copperfield will kick off things as the Opening premiere, alongside heavy-hitters like Rian Johnson’s Knives Out and Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman, Scorsese will close off the festival as the closing film. Knives Out sees Rian Johnson back in the director’s chair, directing a stellar cast that includes Chris Evans, Jamie Lee Curtis and Michael Shannon among others. Martin Scorsese’s long-awaited gangster film sees his return to his Goodfellas days with Robert DeNiro, Joe Pesci, Al Pacino and Harvey Keitel.


Additionally, getting a premiere at the festival is Cannes-darling, The Lighthouse. The highly-anticipated second feature from writer/director Robert Eggers, starring Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe. Staying in line with the horror-esc vibe that The Lighthouse has been said to behold, we see The Lodge finding a space in the stacked lineup. The Lodge premiered at Sundance earlier this year to cracking results, it stars Riley Keough (The House That Jack Built) and Jaeden Lieberher (IT).

Marielle Heller is back at the festival with her latest, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, starring Tom Hanks, whilst Timothée Chalamet returns with The King. Additionally, James Mangold’s Le Mans 66 (Ford vs Ferrari) premieres, starring Christian Bale and Matt Damon. Wash Westmoreland also returns after the blazing-success that was Colette last year, he comes with the Netflix-backed Earthquake Bird, starring Alicia Vikander and Riley Keough.


In total there are 229 feature films being shown, the full lineup for the gala premieres, the strand films and the special features are shown below.

BFI London Film Festival 2019 Full Lineup

Headline Galas:

The Personal History Of David Copperfield (opening film)
Dir. Armando Iannucci

Knives Out
Dir. Rian Johnson

The Aeronauts
Dir. Tom Harper

A Beautiful Day In The Neighbourhood 
Dir. Marielle Heller

Dir. Michael Winterbottom

Hope Gap 
Dir. William Nicholson

Jojo Rabbit 
Dir. Taika Waititi

The King
Dir. David Michôd

Le Mans ’66
Dir. James Mangold

Marriage Story 
Dir. Noah Baumbach

The Irishman (closing film)
Dir: Martin Scorsese


Festival Gala:

Dir. Pablo Larraín

Strand Galas:

Abominable (Family strand)
Dir. Jill Culton, Todd Wilderman

Bacurau (Thrill strand)
Dirs. Kleber Mendonça Filho, Juliano Dornelles

The Dude In Me (Laugh strand)
Dirs. Hyo-jin Kang

Judy & Punch (Dare strand)
Dir. Mirrah Foulkes

The Lighthouse (Cult strand)
Dir. Robert Eggers

Official Secrets (Debate strand)
Dir. Gavin Hood

The Peanut Butter Falcon (Love strand)
Dirs. Michael Schwartz, Tyler Nilson

The Two Popes (Journey strand)
Dir. Fernando Meirelles

Western Stars (Create strand)
Dirs. Thom Zimny, Bruce Springsteen


Special Presentations:

Bad Education
Dir. Cory Finley

Dir. Roger Michell

Bombay Rose
Dir. Gitanjali Rao

The Cave 
Dir. Feras Fayyad

First Love
Dir. Takashi Miike

Gösta (Episodes 1,5, 6, and 8) TV series
Dir. Lukas Moodysson

Krabi, 2562 
Dirs. Anocha Suwichakornpong, Ben Rivers

Love, Life And Laughter
Dirs. George Pearson

Our Ladies
Dir. Michael Caton-Jones

Portrait Of A Lady On Fire
Dir. Céline Sciamma

Dir. Sarah Gavron


Official Competition:

Fanny Lye Deliver’d 
Dir. Thomas Clay

Honey Boy 
Dir. Alma Har’el

La Llorona 
Dir. Jayro Bustamente

Lingua Franca
Dir. Isabel Sandoval

Dir. Oliver Hermanus

Dir. Alejandro Landes

The Other Lamb 
Dir. Małgorzata Szumowska

The Perfect Candidate 
Dir. Haifaa Al Mansour

Rose Plays Julie
Dirs. Christine Molloy, Joe Lawlor

Saint Maud 
Dir. Rose Glass

Honey Boy - Still 1

First Feature Competition:

Dir. Mati Diop

Dir. Shannon Murphy

Calm With Horses
Dir. Nick Rowland

House Of Hummingbird 
Dir. Bora Kim

Dir. Halina Reijn

The Last Black Man In San Francisco
Dir. Joe Talbot

Make Up 
Dir. Claire Oakley

Dir. Marikok Minoguchi

Dir. Shahad Ameen


Documentary Competition:

Cold Case Hammarkskjöld 
Dir. Mads Brügger

Coup 53 
Dir. Taghi Amirani

Dir. Alla Kovgan

I Am (Not) A Monster
Dir. Nelly Ben Hayoun-Stépanian

The Kingmaker 
Dir. Lauren Greenfield

Mystify: Michael Hutchence 
Dir. Richard Lowenstein

Dir. Sung-A Yoon

A Pleasure, Comrades! 
Dir. José Filipe Costa

White Riot 
Dir. Rubika Shah


Full Strand Lineup:

Love strand: (A few films to highlight)

The Peanut Butter Falcon
Dir. Michael Schwartz

La Belle Époque
Dir. Nicolas Bedos

Death Will Come and Shall have your Eyes
Dir. José Luis Torres Leiva

Matthias & Maxime
Dir. Xavier Dolan


Debate strand: (A few films to highlight)

Official Secrets
Dir. Gavin Hood

The Report
Dir. Scott Z Burns

A Hidden Life
Dir. Terrance Mallick

Dir. Julius Onah


Laugh strand: (A few films to highlight)

Lucky Grandma
Dir. Sassy Sealy

Rare Beasts
Dir. Billie Piper

Day of the Bagnold Summer
Dir. Simon Bird

The Dude in Me
Dir. Hyo-jin Kang


Dare strand: (A few films to highlight)

Judy & Punch
Dir. Mirrah Foulkes

Eternal Beauty
Dir. Craig Roberts

Family Romance, LLC
Dir. Werner Herzog

Burning Cane
Dir. Phillip Youmans


Thrill strand: (A few films to highlight)

Earthquake Bird
Dir. Wash Westmoreland

Dir. Kleber Mendonça Filho

Guest of Honour
Dir. Atom Egoyan

Dir. Claudio Giovannesi


Cult strand: (A few films to highlight)

The Lighthouse
Dir. Robert Eggers

The Lodge
Dirs. Veronika Franz, Severin Fiala

Little Monsters
Dir. Abe Forsythe

Dir. Babak Anvari


Journey strand: (A few films to highlight)

The Two Popes
Dir. Fernando Meirelles

Dir. Sébastien Lifshitz

Dir. Hong Khaou

An Easy Girl
Dir. Rebecca Zlotowski


Create strand: (A few films to highlight)

Western Stars
Dirs. Thom Zimny, Bruce Springsteen

Sid & Judy
Dir. Stephen Kijak


Family strand: (A few films to highlight)

Dirs. Jill Culton, Todd Wilderman

My Extraordinary Summer with Tess
Dir. Steven Wouterlood


Experimenta strand: (A few films to highlight)

Krabi, 2562
Dirs. Ben Rivers, Anocha Suwichakornpong

The Deathless Woman
Dir. Roz Mortimer


Treasures strand: (A few films to highlight)

The Elephant Man (1980)
Dirs. David Lynch

The Masque of the Red Death (1964)
Dir. Roger Corman


Events Strand:

Surprise Film
The hottest ticket in town, last year’s film was Green Book.

Screen Talk: Rian Johnson
A talk about Johnson’s career and the making of Knives Out

For the rest of the BFI London Film Festival 2019 programme, see here.

Written by Ben Rolph

(Word count: 1019)


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