London Film Festival line-up announced

55th edition to feature 13 world premieres.

by Amber Wilkinson

The programme for the 55th BFI London Film Festival has been announced today and will feature 13 world premieres across its 16-day run from October 12 to 27.

The festival - which marks the last year that director Sandra Hebron will take the helm - will screen 204 fiction and documentary features, which will also include 18 international premieres and 22 European premieres. In addition, the festival will screen 110 shorts.

Jude Law and Rachel Weisz in 360
Jude Law and Rachel Weisz in 360
The festival will open with Fernando Meirelles' 360 and close with Terence Davies' The Deep Blue Sea - both of which feature Rachel Weisz.

Among the other hotly anticipated films are the George Clooney helmed political thriller The Ides Of March and Alexander Payne's latest The Descendants.

Other British features to loook out for include Lynne Ramsay’s We Need To Talk About Kevin, starring Tilda Swinton, John C. Reilly and Ezra Miller and Michael Winterbottom’s reworking of Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the D’Urbervilles, Trishna.

Steve McQueen's Shame, David Cronenberg's A Dangerous Method and Roland Emmerich's Anonymous will also screen.

To accompany the screenings, the festival will present an extensive programme of public events. This year’s Screen Talks feature directors Michael Winterbottom and Alexander Payne. The Masterclasses, presented in partnership with Swarovski, feature celebrated writer Abi Morgan, writer-director Miranda July, award-winning composer Alexandre Desplat and cinematographer Barry Ackroyd.

We'll be bringing you the full programme soon. You can read our coverage of previous London Film Festivals here. For details of this year's line-up visit the official site.

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