58th BFI London Film Festival

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See the world's best films in London as part of the 57th BFI London Film Festival.

A two-week showcase of the world's best new films, the BFI London Film Festival is one of the most anticipated events in London's cultural calendar.

The 12-day celebration of cinema includes screenings of 234 fiction and documentary features, including 22 world premieres and 29 European premieres. There will also be screenings of 134 live action and animated shorts.

A stellar line-up of directors, cast and crew will take part in career interviews, master classes and other special events.

The festival opens on 9 October with the European premiere of Captain Phillips, the new film from director Paul Greengrass (United 93, The Bourne Supremacy) starring Tom Hanks. The film explores the 2009 hijacking of the U.S container ship Maersk Alabama by a crew of Somali pirates.

Highlights include screenings of 3D sci-fi thriller Gravity starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney; Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave starring Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch and Brad Pitt; and Coen Brothers' Inside Llewyn Davis starring Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan and Justin Timberlake.

Saving Mr. Banks, the untold story of how Mary Poppins was brought to the screen, will close this year’s BFI London Film Festival on Sunday 20 October at the Odeon Leicester Square. The film stars two-time Academy Award-winner Emma Thompson as Mary Poppins author P.L. Travers, while Walt Disney is played by double Oscar-winner Tom Hanks.

The festivals screenings are at venues across the capital, from West End cinemas, such as Odeon Leicester Square, to local cinemas, such as Ritzy Brixton and Hackney Picturehouse

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