Revealed this morning the full programme for the 60th BFI London Film Festival: 245 features from 74 countries.
In addition to already announced Opening Night Gala A United Kingdom and Closing Night Gala Free Fire by High Rise director Ben Wheatley (check here our coverage from LFF 2015) and starring last year star Brie Larson, Cillian Murphy (now on Nolan’s set of Dunkirk, check here our coverage from the set) and heartthrob Armie Hammer the others galas are: Lion starring Nicole Kidman as American Express Gala; Arrival starring Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner as Royal Bank of Canada Gala; The Birth of a Nation, Venice huge success La La Land starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, Manchester by the Sea with Casey Affleck and Michelle Williams, Nocturnal Animals by Tom Ford and starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Amy Adams as Headline Galas while Their Finest by The Riot Club (check here our review) director Lone Scherfig and starring Gemma Arteton will be The Mayor of London’s Gala.
12 movies are part of the Official Competition where Neruda, Emily Dickinson, the World War I and Blackbird adaptation Una are the main subjects.
As every year also this year the BFI London Film Festival is showcase for the good Italian cinema. We find Fiore by Claudio Giovannesi and starring Valerio Mastrandrea in the LOVE programme; Wordly Girl (La ragazza del mondo) by Marco Danieli and starring Michele Riondino (here our interview with Michele) in DEBATE.
Valerio Mastrandrea is also the main character of Sweet Dreams (Fai bei Sogni) by Marco Bellocchio from Massimo Gramellini acclaimed novel. Last year, at 59th BFI London Film Festival we had the pleasure to spend a little bit of time with Marco Bellocchio‘s son at one of the London Film Festival Afternoon Tea and there we talked also about Sweet Dreams (you can listen to the interview here).
With Sweet Dreams part of JOURNEY is also Giuseppe Piccioni‘s These Days (Questi Giorni) starring Margherita Buy and Filippo Timi.