London Film Festival 2016 – the Overview

The 60th BFI London Film Festival took place 5-16 October 2016. London Film Festival has become one of the world’s most important film festivals, playing a vital role in the UK’s culture, positioning London as one of the world’s top creative cities and top cultural destinations.

BFI London Film Festival showcased 380 features and shorts from 74 countries. The films’ selection was rich and diverse including screenings of Andrea Arnold’s ‘American Honey‘, Damian Chazelle’s ‘La La Land‘, Denis Villeneuve’s film  ‘Arrival’Tom Ford’s ‘Nocturnal Animals’Nate Parker’s ‘The Birth Of A Nation’, Mira Nair’s ‘Queen Of Katwe’Oliver Stone’s ‘Snowden’JA Bayona’s ‘A Monster Calls’Barry Jenkins’Moonlight’ (Oscar winner – update).

The 60th BFI London Film Festival was opened with the European Premiere of a British drama ‘A United Kingdom‘  directed by Amma Assante, starring Rosamund Pike and David Oyelowo. Whilst Ben Wheatley‘s much-anticipated filmFree Fireclosed the BFI London Film Festival.

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A United Kingdom Press Conference: Jack Davenport, Rosamund Pike, Amma Assante ©hautecultureuk
Cillian Murphy, Ben Wheatley and Sharlto Copley at BFI Closing Gala 'Free Fire' ©BFI
Cillian Murphy, Ben Wheatley and Sharlto Copley at BFI Closing Gala ‘Free Fire’ ©BFI

First press conference of the 60th Film Festival took place at the May Fair Hotel and presented ‘A United Kingdom‘ film by Amma Assante. Followed by another exciting conference of Denis Villeneuve‘s film ‘Arrival‘ at the Corinthia hotel.

Jeremy Renner and Amy Adams at the press conferecnce for 'Arrival" @theupcoming
Jeremy Renner and Amy Adams at the press conference for ‘Arrival” @theupcoming

The BFI London Film Festival celebrated its 60th birthday by building a temporary 780-seats cinema in the Victoria Embankment Gardens on the Thames for the Strand Gala screenings and Official Competition. HauteCultureUK visited the new theatre as well as the red carpet/screenings of the two new exciting and shocking dramas – ‘Elle‘ by Paul Verhoeven starring Isabelle Huppert and the ‘Brimstone‘ by Martin Koolhoven.

Paul Verhoeven © hautecultureuk.com
Paul Verhoeven © hautecultureuk.com
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Isabelle Huppert © hautecultureuk.com

Premier Events team and the BFI Press team managed gala red carpets taking place each night in Leicester Square and Embankment Garden. London Film Festival hosted many stars such as Casey Affleck, Dev Patel, Michelle Williams, Amy Adams, Gemma Arterton, Nicole Kidman, Liam Neeson, Lupita Nyong, Sigourney Weaver and many more arriving every day to London in support of their films.

Michelle Williams at the BFI European Premiere of 'Manchester by the Sea' © hautecultureuk.com
Michelle Williams at the BFI European Premiere of ‘Manchester by the Sea’ © hautecultureuk.com
Sigourney Weaver attends the May Fair Hotel Gala screening of A Monster Calls at Odeon Leicester Square ©BFI
Nicole Kidman attends the American Express Gala screening of Lion at Odeon Leicester Square ©BFI
Nicole Kidman attends the American Express Gala screening of Lion at Odeon Leicester Square ©BFI

British film industry engages with creative industries including music, art, television, games, and technology.  BFI holds “LFF Connects‘ – the high-impact talk and networking events, featuring an exciting line-up of guest speakers, including  Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones (TV creators), David Cage (games writer), Liam Young (speculative architect), DJ Yoda (hip hop turntablist) and many more. One event HauteCultureUK found the most exciting was dedicated to music in films. The talk and networking event featured Marc Robinson (Globe), Ilcan Eshkeri (composer) and Natasha Badwin (Group President Creative and Marketing, Imagem Music Group) and focused on the complex process of implementing music in the films.

BFI London Film Festival offered press an exciting opportunity to visit the ‘Filmmakers Afternoon Tea’ and to interview the stars and newcomers. HauteCultureUK was honoured to speak to and to interview Steven Cantor, Darren Thornton, Houda Benyamina, Justin Kelly and Gabe Klinger.

Amongst special events and appearances that the BFI London Festival is also famous for, the most notable was of Leonardo DiCaprio, Academy Award-winning actor, environmental activist and U.N. Messenger of Peace, presenting his new passion project ‘Before the Flood‘, a riveting account of the dramatic changes now occurring around the world due to climate change  directed by Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Fisher Stevens. The film follows DiCaprio as he travels to five continents and the Arctic speaking to scientists, world leaders, activists and local residents to gain a deeper understanding of this complex issue and investigate concrete solutions to the most pressing environmental challenge of our time.

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Clare Stewart , Leonardo DiCaprio, Fisher Stevens © JPEG Library

After the Festival, BFI launched the UK’s biggest season of film and tv ‘Black Star‘ to celebrate diversity, culture, versatility, and talent of the actors as well as to highlight the difficulties that the black actors face.

In many ways, the BFI London Film Festival acts as a barometer of world concerns. For its 60th anniversary event, the London Film Festival put diversity at the heart of its programme, to show, reflect and celebrate diversity not only of the actors but the diverse audiences in society as well. The Festival focused on and celebrated strong women in the film industry, multiculturalism, and LGBT as diversity is a source of creativity and inspiration, economic growth and energy to reach unity and peace. The Festival was looking for a fair reflection of people from different backgrounds, aiming to introduce new voices and untold stories from across the UK and the rest of the world.

OFFICIAL COMPETITION 

BRIMSTONE, Martin Koolhoven,

CERTAIN WOMEN, Kelly Reichardt (winner)

CLASH, Mohamed Diab

ELLE, Paul Verhoeven

FRANTZ, François Ozon

GOLDSTONE, Ivan Sen

LAYLA M., Mijke de Jong

MOONLIGHT, Barry Jenkins

NERUDA, Pablo Larraín

A QUIET PASSIO, Terence Davies

UNA, Benedict Andrews

YOUR NAME, Makoto Shinkai

FIRST FEATURE COMPETITION

CHAMELEON, Jorge Riquelme Serrano

A DATE FOR MAD MARY, Darren Thornton

DIVINES, Houda Benyamina

THE GIANT, Johannes Nyholm,

HEDI, Mohamed Ben Attia,

LADY MACBETH, William Oldroyd

THE LEVELLING, Hope Dickson Leach

MY LIFE AS A COURGETTE, Claude Barras

PLAYGROUND, Bartosz M. Kowalski

PORTO, Gabe Klinger

RAW, Julia Ducournau  (winner)

WHAT’S IN THE DARKNESS, Wang Yichun

WÙLU, Daouda Coulibaly


DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION

ALL THIS PANIC, Jenny Gage

CHASING ASYLUM, Eva Orner,

DAVID LYNCH: THE ART LIFE, Jon Nguyen, Olivia Neergaard-Holm

THE GRADUATION, Claire Simon

AN INSIGNIFICANT MAN, Khushboo Ranka, Vinay Shukla

LOVETRUE, Alma Har’el

ON CALL, Alice Diop,

SAFARI, Ulrich Seidl

THE SPACE IN BETWEEN – MARINA ABRAMOVIC AND BRAZIL, Marco Del Fiol,

STARLESS DREAMS, Mehrdad Oskouei (winner)

TOWER, Keith Maitland

THE WAR SHOW, Andreas Dalsgaard, Obaidah Zytoon

SHORT FILM AWARD

THE SEND OFF, Ivete Lucas, Patrick Bresnan,

LOVE, Réka Bucsi

THE GIRL WHO DANCED WITH THE DEVIL, João Paulo Miranda Maria,

9 DAYS – FROM MY WINDOW IN ALEPPO, Issa Touma, Thomas Vroe§ge, Floor van der Meulen (winner)

THE TREMBLING GIANT, Patrick Tarrant

YOUR MOTHER AND I, Anna Maguire

EARS, NOSE AND THROAT, Kevin Jerome Everson,

IMPORT, Ena Sendijarevic,

PICKLE, Amy Nicholson

THE SILENCE, Ali Asgari, Farnoosh Samadi

CANDY FLOSS, Jed Hart

THERE IS LAND!, Ana Vaz

 

 

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