I’ve just returned hotfoot from the press launch of this year’s Times BFI London Film Festival, clutching a copy of the hefty programme. It’s over a hundred pages, so it will take me a while to get to grips with the 15 world premieres, 20 European premieres and 119 UK premieres that are going to be showcased in cinemas across London from 15th – 30th October. In the meantime, here are some of the films that caught my eye during the 30-minute clip reel introduced by festival director Sandra Hebron at the Odeon West End this morning.
Vicky Cristina Barcelona – Woody Allen’s latest comedy drama, starring Scarlett Johanssen, Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem. Fingers crossed that it’s a return to form after the dismal Cassandra’s Dream. (Tue 21 & Sat 25 Oct)
Of Time and the City – Terence Davies’ lyrical and deeply personal documentary collage of archive footage of Liverpool, made to mark the city’s status as European Capital of Culture. (Sat 18 & Tue 21 Oct)
More on the festival next week, after I’ve pored over the programme.