65th BFI LONDON FILM FESTIVAL: Joel Coen’s The Tragedy of Macbeth to close 2021 London Film Festival

The 65th BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express is delighted to announce that this year’s closing night gala will be The Tragedy of Macbeth, written and directed by acclaimed filmmaker Joel Coen.

The film will receive its European premiere on Sunday 17 October with Joel Coen expected to attend.

Written and directed by Joel Coen a bold and fierce adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic, a tale of murder, madness, ambition, and wrathful cunning.

“Shakespeare belongs to the world but comes from Britain,” says Coen. “Having borrowed your cultural patrimony, and having had the great good luck to work with a few of your most brilliant actors, I’m honoured to bring this movie to the London Film Festival for its European premiere.”

“We fell in love with Joel Coen’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s Scottish Play,” says Tricia TuttleBFI London Film Festival director. “Poised in a magical space between theatre and cinema, this is a stunning production. Bruno Delbonnel’s silvery monochrome photography captures the moody almost expressionist sets from designer Stefan Dechant and Carter Burwell has written a spell-casting score. And while the ensemble cast – including many UK talents – is thoroughly excellent, Frances McDormand and Denzel Washington mesmerise as the couple whose political ambition proved their fatal downfall. So many of us missed the big screen experience last year, and this a perfect celebration of this art form that’s built on ancient traditions of storytelling but with truly magical powers to convey intimacy and awesome scale and spectacle. It’s such a privilege to be closing the LFF with a film of this extraordinary calibre and welcoming Joel Coen and his collaborators to the festival.”

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