BFI Film Festival launches in London

Culture vultures will soon be descending on luxury London hotels as the capital hosts the 55th BFI London Film Festival until October 27th.

Visitors to the city can book tickets for top screening by signing up to last-minute alerts and ticket releases on the BFI website, while there are a plethora of quieter, weekday screenings of the big films and unique projects.

"Take a gamble on a film you haven't heard about yet," encourages Time Out London.

"The programmers have been scouring the globe for cinematic brilliance, so trust their choices and discover something obscure (for now) but amazing."

In addition to films, movie lovers can take in talks, panels and master-classes from famed directors, including Miranda July and Michael Winterbottom at BFI Southbank.

Turning up to specific film screenings will see audiences personally introduced movies followed up by Q&A sessions with directors and cast members.

Rare classic films will also be shown on big screens this season, with a wide variety of golden oldies available.

Spread out over 16 days, the festival will screen more than 200 fiction and documentary features, including 13 world premieres, 18 international premieres and 22 European premieres.

Highlights include 360 by Fernando Meirelles, which was written by Peter Morgan and stars Anthony Hopkins, Jude Law and Rachel Weisz.

We Need To Talk About Kevin, Lynne Ramsay's much-anticipated film based on Lionel Shriver's price-winning novel, will also be unveiled, starring Tilda Swinton.

David Cronenberg's A Dangerous Method will also be debuted, with a star-studded cast including Keira Knightley, Viggo Mortensen and Michael Fassbender.

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