London Film Festival 2008

Leicester Square extravaganzas, which generally see the stars grace the red carpet.

View other London Film Festival Films by strand: Cinema Europa, Experimenta, Film On The Square, French Revolutions, New British Cinema, Short Cuts And Animation, Treasures from the Archives, World Cinema

Quantum Of Solace Quantum Of Solace
Quantum Of Solace and The Class
The Brothers Bloom (Country: US; Year: 2008; Director: Rian Johnson; Writer: Rian Johnson; Stars: Rachel Weisz, Adrien Brody, Mark Ruffalo, Rinko Kikuchi, Robbie Coltrane, Maximilian Schell, Ricky Jay, Zachary Gordon, Max Records, Andy Nyman, Noah Segan, Nora Zehetner, Ram Bergman, Craig Johnson, Dubravko Jovanovic)
Swindling siblings lure an eccentric heiress into their elaborate scheme.
Che: Guerilla (Che: Part Two) (Country: France/Spain; Year: 2008; Director: Steven Soderbergh; Writer: Peter Buchman, Benjamin A. van der Veen; Stars: Benicio Del Toro, Franka Potente, Santiago Cabrera, Demián Bichir, Kahlil Mendez, Rodrigo Santoro, Yamil Adorno, Jorge Alberti, Marisé Alvarez, Ricardo Alvarez, Fernando Arroyo), Official Site, Trailer
Second episode in Soderbergh's meditation on the Argentine-born revolutionary, focussing on his time in Bolivia.
Che: The Argentine (Che: Part One) (Country: France, Spain, USA; Year: 2008; Director: Steven Soderbergh; Writer: Peter Buchman, based on writings by Ernesto 'Che' Guevara; Stars: Benicio Del Toro, Santiago Cabrera, Demián Bichir, Kahlil Mendez, Rodrigo Santoro, Yamil Adorno, Jorge Alberti, Marisé Alvarez, Ricardo Alvarez, Fernando Arroyo), Official Site, Trailer
First part of Soderbergh's epic, sees the revolutionary take on Batista.
The Class (Entre les murs) (Country: France; Year: 2008; Director: Laurent Cantet; Writer: François Bégaudeau, Robin Campillo, Laurent Cantet; Stars: François Bégaudeau, Wei Huang, Esmeralda Ouertani, Franck Keita)
Quasi-documentary about a group of Parisian school kids.
Cupcake (Country: US; Year: 2008; Director: Sean McPhillips ; Writer: Sean McPhillips ; Stars: Kinna McInroe, Michael Consolmagno, Yin Yue, Clare Cook, Christina Noel Reaves, Lori Byargeon ), Official Site
Discover if Candi gets to have her cake and eat it too. (N)
Genova Genova
Genova and Slumdog Millionaire
Easy Virtue (Country: UK; Year: 2008; Director: Stephan Elliott; Writer: Stephan Elliott, Sheridan Jobbins, based on the play by Noel Coward; Stars: Jessica Biel, Ben Barnes, Kristin Scott Thomas, Colin Firth, Kimberley Nixon, Katherine Parkinson, Kris Marshall, Christian Brassington, Charlotte Riley, Jim McManus, Pip Torrens), Official Site
When a young Englishman takes his American bride to meet his family sparks soon fly.
Frost/Nixon (Frost Nixon) (Country: US; Year: 2008; Director: Ron Howard; Writer: Peter Morgan; Stars: Frank Langella, Michael Sheen, Sam Rockwell, Kevin Bacon, Rebecca Hall, Matthew Macfadyen, Max Elliott Slade, Oliver Platt, Toby Jones, Jenn Gotzon, Holly Weber)
Timely restaging of the Frost/Nixon televised interview and duel of wits.
Genova (Country: UK; Year: 2008; Director: Michael Winterbottom; Writer: Laurence Coriat, Michael Winterbottom; Stars: Colin Firth, Catherine Keener, Perla Haney-Jardine, Willa Holland, Hope Davis, Demetri Goritsas)
In a foreign city, a young girl begins to catch glimpses of the mother she lost in a car crash.
Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson (Country: US; Year: 2008; Director: Alex Gibney; Writer: Alex Gibney, featuring the writings of Hunter S Thompson)
A documentary tribute to the legendary creator of gonzo journalism.
Hunger (Country: UK; Year: 2008; Director: Steve McQueen; Writer: Steve McQueen, Enda Walsh; Stars: Michael Fassbender, Liam Cunningham, Stuart Graham, Liam McMahon, Brian Milligan), Official Site, Trailer
Examination of the events leading up to and during Bobby Sands' 1981 hunger strike. Winner of the Camera d'Or at Cannes.
Hunger Hunger
Hunger and Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson
The Other Man (Country: US, UK; Year: 2008; Director: Richard Eyre; Writer: Richard Eyre, Charles Wood, based on the short story by Bernhard Schlink; Stars: Antonio Banderas, Abigail Canton, Amanda Drew, Romola Garai, Laura Linney, Liam Neeson, Laurence Richardson)
When Peter (Liam Neeson) discovers that his loving wife of 20 years (Laura Linney) may have been cheating, he decides to track down and uncover the truth about the mysterious other man (Antonio Banderas).
Quantum Of Solace (James Bond 22) (Country: UK, USA; Year: 2008; Director: Marc Forster; Writer: Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, Paul Haggis, based on characters by Ian Fleming; Stars: Daniel Craig, Mathieu Amalric, Judi Dench, Gemma Arterton, Olga Kurylenko, Giancarlo Giannini, Jeffrey Wright, Stana Katic), Trailer
Bond is back... and this time it's personal.
The Secret Of Moonacre (Country: Hungary, UK, France; Year: 2009; Director: Gabor Csupo; Writer: Graham Alborough, Lucy Shuttleworth, based on the novel by Elizabeth Goudge; Stars: Ioan Gruffudd, Dakota Blue Richards, Tim Curry, Natascha McElhone, Juliet Stevenson, Augustus Prew, Andy Linden, Michael Webber, Zoltán Barabás Kis, George Mendel, Sandor Istvan Nagy)
Based on the popular children’s novel The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge, acclaimed director Gabor Csupo’s latest offering follows Maria Merryweather (Dakota Blue-Richards), an orphan who inherits a book that provides a key to a past world and may answer the riddles of Moonacre Manor.
Slumdog Millionaire (Country: UK, US; Year: 2008; Director: Danny Boyle; Writer: Simon Beaufoy, based on the novel by Vikas Swarup; Stars: Dev Patel, Anil Kapoor, Irfan Khan, Madhur Mittal, Freida Pinto, Ayush Mahesh Khedekar, Azharuddin Mohammed Ismail, Rubiana Ali, Tanay Hemant Chheda, Ashutosh Lobo Gajiwala, Tanvi Gunesh Lonkar, Saurabh Shukla, Mahesh Manjrekar)
Tale of love and longing across the decades, seen through a streetkid growing up in India.
Vicky Cristina Barcelona (Country: Spain, US; Year: 2008; Director: Woody Allen; Writer: Woody Allen; Stars: Rebecca Hall, Scarlett Johansson, Penelope Cruz, Christopher Evan Welch, Chris Messina, Patricia Clarkson, Kevin Dunn, Julio Perillán, Juan Quesada, Richard Salom, Maurice Sonnenberg, Javier Bardem), Official Site
Two young American girls on holiday in Barcelona become romantically involved with a Spanish painter.
The Brothers Bloom The Brothers Bloom
The Brothers Bloom and Che: The Argentine
W. (Country: US, Hong Kong; Year: 2008; Director: Oliver Stone; Writer: Stanley Weiser; Stars: Elizabeth Banks, Josh Brolin, Thandie Newton, Jesse Bradford, Richard Dreyfuss, James Cromwell, Scott Glenn, Ellen Burstyn, Ioan Gruffudd, Noah Wyle, Rob Corddry)
George W Bush biopic from the controversial Oliver Stone.
Waltz With Bashir (Country: Israel, Germany, France; Year: 2008; Director: Ari Folman; Writer: Ari Folman; Stars: Voices of: Ron Ben-Yishai, Ronny Dayag, Ari Folman, Dror Harazi, Yehezkel Lazarov, Mickey Leon, Ori Sivan, Zahava Solomon), Official Site, Trailer
Animated documentary exploring the psychological aftermath of the First Lebanon War.

Filming sensations Mathieu Amalric on Pierre Léon, Jeanne Balibar and the sounds and colours of Barbara

Character arc Seth A Smith on filming with a two-year-old and bringing marbling to life in The Crescent

Keeping up appearances Marcello Martinessi on cultural conservatism and filmmaking honesty in The Heiresses

A different space Kelly Macdonald on working with Marc Turtletaub on Puzzle

Out of the past Susanna Nicchiarelli on Trine Dyrholm and the costume design in Nico, 1988

The iconic man Jonathan Baker on Becoming Iconic and Inconceivable

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