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London Film Festival full of European charm

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London Film Festival full of European charm

The 55th BFI London Film Festival (October 12-27) is packed with the best of European cinema, as is customary. In all the festival will screen a total of 204 fiction and documentary features, including 13 World Premieres, 18 International Premieres and 22 European Premieres.

As announced earlier, Fernando Meirelles360 [+see also:
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and Terence DaviesThe Deep Blue Sea [+see also:
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will open and close the festival. British highlights include Lynne Ramsay’s We Need To Talk About Kevin [+see also:
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, Michael Winterbottom’s Trishna, Ralph Fiennes’ Coriolanus [+see also:
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, Steve McQueen’s Shame [+see also:
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and Andrea Arnold’s Wuthering Heights [+see also:
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European cinema is the bedrock on which the festival thrives and this year sees a powerful selection of films from the continent. Selections include Roland Emmerich’s Anonymous [+see also:
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(UK/Germany), the Dardenne brothersThe Kid With A Bike [+see also:
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, Roman Polanski’s Carnage [+see also:
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(France/Germany/Poland), Werner Herzog’s Into The Abyss (Germany/Canada), Paolo Sorrentino’s This Must Be The Place [+see also:
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(Italy/Ireland/France), Nanni Moretti’s We Have A Pope [+see also:
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(Italy) and Joachim Trier’s Oslo [+see also:
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(Norway).

France has several selections and a strand dedicated to French cinema. Highlights include Michel HazanaviciusThe Artist [+see also:
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, Dominik Moll’s The Monk [+see also:
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, Mathieu Demy’s Americano, Jean-Marc Moutout’s Early One Morning and Mathieu Kassovitz’s Rebellion.

The festival is a champion of new British cinema and this year’s picks include D.R. Hood’s Wreckers, Tinge Krishnan’s Junkhearts [+see also:
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, Andrew Haigh’s Weekend [+see also:
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, Nirpal Bhogal’s Sket [+see also:
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, Alexandra McGuinnessLotus Eaters [+see also:
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, Frances Lea’s Strawberry Fields [+see also:
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, Richard Jobson’s The Somnambulists, Paul Kelly’s Lawrence Of Belgravia and Daniel Edelsyn’s How To Re-Establish A Vodka Empire [+see also:
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