Global film festivals kick off in London this week

Cinema fans are never short of something to get excited about in London, with the capital being home to a fantastic selection of indie and arthouse movie theatres showing all manner of underground and international films.

This is, of course, in addition to the huge number of more mainstream cinemas to be found throughout the city, where film fans can catch all the very latest blockbusters.

It is therefore no coincidence that London also plays host to a variety of different film festivals, and this week sees several fantastic events kick off.

Among those set to take place is the London French Film Festival, which begins today (November 7th) with a gala screening of Attila Marcel by Sylvain Chomet at Cine Lumiere in South Kensington.

With this year marking the 21st edition of the festival, organisers have gone all out to put together a truly fantastic programme of screenings, with more than 30 UK premieres being staged. Among the highlights of this year's line-up is a brilliantly restored version of Jacques Demy's classic film Lola.

As if that wasn't enough, the London Korean Film Festival also gets underway this week, with Londoners being given the chance to experience the latest offerings from one of the world's most up-and-coming film industries.

Korean cinema is currently in vogue, with a Hollywood remake of Park Chan-Wook's 2003 classic Oldboy about to be released. Among those starring in the English language version are the likes of Samuel L Jackson, Josh Brolin and Elizabeth Olsen.

Before seeing the new version of Oldboy, though, you may want to check out some more Korean films, with a whole host of excellent movies set to feature in the festival.

Films will be screened around London, at venues such as the Odeon West End in Leicester Square, the Odeon Covent Garden and the Korean Cultural Centre.

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