BFI London Film Festival 2018 Official Poster - Egypt Today
CAIRO – 10 October 2018: The 62nd edition of London Film Festival is set to run from Oct. 10, to Oct. 21, 2018. The festival is held in Britain’s capital, London.
Numerous movies are expected to participate in the event, and many films will be participating in the London Film Festival for the first time. The American film “Widows” will screen during the opening ceremony of the event.
The program of the festival's 62nd edition is going to consist of 225 feature films; 21 being displayed for the first time in an international festival.
The festival’s 62nd edition program will showcase 46 documentaries, four animation films, nine international movies displayed for the first time outside the countries of origin/production, 18 classic British films, and 160 short movies.
It is worth noting that 77 countries will be participating in the London Film Festival this year. The films will be displayed on a total of 18 large screens, hosted by 13 different cinematic theatres around the English capital.
“Capernaum” (Award Winner in Cannes Film Festival) for Nadine Labaki, is an Arabic film participating in the festival’s 62nd edition.
Egyptian film “Yomeddine”, directed by Abu Bakr Shawky is also participating in the London Film Festival, along with the long documentary titled “The Far Dream” directed by Ramadan Omara and Juana Domka.
Furthermore, “Waladi” (My Son) for director Mohamed Ben Attia and “Omara and the Second Marriage" from Tunisia will participate in the festival.
From Sudan, “Akasha” directed by Hajooj Kuka will participate in the festival's 62nd edition. The Sudanese film was displayed in Venice, during the “Critic’s Week"; it displays the previous civil war in Sudan in a comical way.
The festival's 62nd edition organized several discussion sessions and seminars for audience and concerned individuals in the film industry to discuss the displayed films.
A summit named after British actress Keira Knightley who starred in the movie “Colette” is set to take place after displaying the movie as part of the festival’s program. The movie is a joint production between Hungary and France.
Mexican movie “Rome”, a Golden Lion award winner in Venice Film Festival, is also going to be displayed as part of the 62nd edition of the London Film Festival.
“If Beale Street Could Talk” for American director Barry Jenkins and “Wild Rose” for Tom Harper are two of the films participating in a European festival for the first time.
Also, the movie “Fahrenheit 9/11” for Michael Moore, will participate in a European festival for the first time. The film caused great havoc at the time of its release in 2004.
Three contests are set to take place as part of the festival’s program:
A contest for feature films; the participating countries are France, Britain, USA, Italy, Hungary, China, Austria, Chile and Colombia.
A contest for movies competing for the first time in an international film festival and are the first experience for the filmmakers.
A contest for documentaries; the participating countries are France, Sweden, Argentina, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Britain, Greece and Egypt.