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The Times BFI 51st London Film Festival

Date posted: 17.10.2007

Film London, in conjunction with the Mayor of London, the London Development Agency and London Unlimited, is again providing support for The Times BFI 51st London Film Festival which opens today and runs through to 1 November.

David Cronenberg’s much-anticipated Eastern Promises is screening at Odeon Leicester Square this evening. He said: "“I’m very excited to be returning to the scene of the crime."

Other highlights of this year’s festival line-up include Tamara Jenkins introducing The Savages with Laura Linney, who will also be the subject of an onstage Screen Talk. Masterclass guest Steve Buscemi presenting the premiere of Interview with Sienna Miller. The Mister Lonely cast, Anita Pallenberg, James Fox and Samantha Morton, introducing the film with director Harmony Korine.

Paul Greengrass will also be the subject of an onstage interview and the recipient of the Variety UK Achievement in Film Award, while David Lynch and Donovan host a unique evening discussing meditation, consciousness and creativity. 

Additional key events include:

  • Film in the City - taking the festival films out of the West End to local cinemas across the capital.
  • London Thrills Me - bringing rarely seen archive films to Trafalgar Square.
  • The Mayor of London’s Gala - Lust, Caution is a tale of espionage and passion from renowned director Ang Lee. 
  • Think-Shoot-Distribute - hosted by Skillset, Film London and the festival, this five-day programme provides 25 film-makers with creative and business training in key areas of the pre-production process.
  • London Calling - a selection of short films showcasing some of the best of new London talent supported by Film London production schemes.
  • Power to the Pixel - a one day forum connecting the UK film industry with key innovators in the international digital revolution.

Film London, in association with the festival, is also launching the capital’s first ever Production Finance Market, taking place on 22 and 23 October.

A selection of artists’ films will also be screening – find out more on the Film London Artists’ Moving Image Network website.

On Thursday 1 November, director Wes Anderson, actor/screenwriter Jason Schwartzman and producer/screenwriter Roman Coppola will be joined by actors Amara Karan and Camilla Rutherford at the Closing Night Gala of The Darjeeling Limited, bringing the 51st festival celebrations to a close.

Find a full programme breakdown on the BFI website.

Read the full press release.

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