<b>Lawrence Of Arabia is one of the festival's classic highlights</b> Lawrence Of Arabia is one of the festival's classic highlights

The London Film Festival returns for its 56th edition from October 10 to 21 with an exciting line-up of films and events. It includes some of the most highly anticipated movies of the year, from the stunning fantasy of Beasts Of The Southern Wild to the challenging social commentary of The Reluctant Fundamentalist and the sinister, controversial true story Compliance. The festival will open with the European premiere of Frankenweenie and close with Mike Newell's spectacular new version of Great Expectations, starring Helena Bonham Carter and Ralph Fiennes.

Alongside the new films, there's a chance to see classics brought back to the big screen, with legendary rivals Bette Davis and Joan Crawford facing off in Whatever Happened To Baby Jane? and little-seen early Hitchcock gem The Manxman getting its moment in the limelight. Festival guests will include Salman Rushdie, there to talk about the adaptation of his celebrated novel Midnight's Children, and Alex Gibney, introducing his latest work Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence In The House Of God. As always, we'll be bringing you all the latest news, reviews and exclusive features here at Eye For Film.

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Zarafa
Zarafa
A young boy, a prince and a balloonist escort a young giraffe halfway across the world, having adventures on the way.
Painless
Painless
Gothic horror entwining the story in 1930s Catalonia of a group of children who cannot feel pain, with a man searching for his biological parents in the present day.
Silence
Silence
A sound recordist returns home to Ireland to record locations away from man-made sound, and in the process finds himself inexorably drawn into his own past.
Violeta Went To Heaven
Violeta Went To Heaven
A biopic of the Chilean folk singer, composer, ethnomusicologist and painter Violeta Parra.
Museum Hours
Museum Hours
A museum attendant shows a Canadian visitor the sights of Vienna and in the process falls in love with it all over again.
Kelly And Victor
Two people trying to survive in difficult circumstances embark on a passionate affair
Wadjda
Wadjda
A young Saudi girl who will stop at nothing to earn enough money to buy the bicycle she craves.
Citadel
Citadel
A bereaved, agoraphobic single father is beseiged by hooded teenagers who may not be quite human.
Les Invisibles
Les Invisibles
Exploring the lives of 11 gay, lesbian and bisexual men and women over the age of 70.
Everybody Has A Plan
Everybody Has A Plan
Twin brothers - one a beekeeper with a criminal history, one a doctor - are drawn together into dangerous confrontations in the Argentinian swamplands.
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London Film Festival Features

Awakening sleeping beauties
Marco Bellocchio on real life and fairy tales in Dormant Beauty.
Maison d'être
Director François Ozon on In The House, teachers and falling in love.
Inside Shell
Scott Graham on his dad/daughter drama.
Man in the No
We talk to Pablo Larraín about his Oscar-nominated film.
Carnage and Caravanning
Steve Oram, Alice Lowe and Ben Wheatley talk about the blackly comic Sightseers.
A devil in the making
Filmmaker Sally El Hosaini talks about love, authenticity and persistence in her debut feature My Brother The Devil.
Great Expectations as London Film Festival wraps up
Stars come out for gala screening of Mike Newell's adaptation.
On the road with Javier Rebollo
The director on The Dead Man And Being Happy and the importance of dogs, accents, freedom and tenderness in film.
Every dog has his day
Tim Burton talks about the 28-year journey of Frankenweenie, while Martin Landau says there were no hitches with Hitchcock.

London Film Festival News

Captain Phillips to open London Film Festival
European premiere announced as gala screening
Underground and Japan In A Day added to LFF schedule
WikiLeaks drama and earthquake remembrance documentary join line-up
London line-up is looking good
Full festival programme announced.
News

Casey Affleck liberated by ghosts Star talks Oscars, Rooney Mara and hiding under a sheet

In the city of the world's desire Ceyda Torun on KEDi, cats, femininity and the soul of Istanbul.

A nice cup of tea and a murder Jamie McKeller on The Book Club, legalising murder, serial killers and cake.

Completing the trip Bertrand Tavernier on Jacques Becker, Claude Sautet, Jean-Pierre Melville and his Journey Through French Cinema.

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