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BFI London Film Festival 2015 Programme Announcement

This is pretty much the adult equivalent of Christmas morning for the Menagerie, as the programme for this years LFF was announced and my initial assimilation of the bounty on offer has me ecstatic with joy. All my most anticipated movies are here, including Yorgos Lanthimo’s The Lobster, Pablo Larrain’s The Club, Todd Hayne’s Carol, László Nemes Son Of Saul, Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s The Assassin and Weerasethakul’s Cemetery of Splendour, all prologued  with a gala European premiere of this;

There are also some surprises including a gala premiere of the new anticipated Steve Jobs bio-pic, Sundance horror favourite The Witch, new Kore-eda Our Little Sister,  Takeshi Kitano’s latest comedy Ryuzo & His Seven Henchmen, S. Craig Zahler’s ‘gloriously demented’ cult hit Bone Tomahawk (Kurt Russell’s in it) Takashi Miike’s (of course) Yakuza Apocalypse and most excitedly for genre fans Ben Wheatley’s High-Rise which I think will be a European premiere after TiFF – that’s a big deal as people were eagerly waiting for that since it didn’t appear at Cannes. Also, Johnny Depp is back in the crime field;

If there was one oversight it’s the new Malick but his films never come to London anyway, and this has already been picked up for European distribution and a January 2016 release. There has also been some slight changes and rebranding to my esteemed Canadian colleagues site as you will soon see, more on that later. The press application is in so fingers crossed, now all I have to do is negotiate some time off from the day job to give this a herculean push – I’ve got a real ravenous appetite for the festival this year as I couldn’t make it to Venice. I haven’t got time for any further analysis today as I’m actually off to a double bill at the BFI tonight, more soon….

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