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INTRODUCTION In these globally tumultuous times, filmmakers around the world have increasingly urgent stories to tell and more reasons than ever to reimagine our reality. This year’s BFI London Film Festival programme is rich with opportunity – to stay informed, be challenged, feel the pleasure of escape and see the world differently. While our outlook is decidedly international, our beating heart is definitively British and we are excited to premiere Breathe (Opening Night), Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool, Journey’s End, The Killing of a Sacred Deer, On Chesil Beach, Dark River and The Party across our Galas and Special Presentations. It’s also a strong year for British filmmakers working internationally with new films from Martin McDonagh (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Closing Night), Lynne Ramsay (You Were Never Really Here) and Andrew Haigh (Lean on Pete, Official Competition). Showcasing new discoveries is a hugely rewarding part of what we do and this year is particularly strong for emerging British talent with three films up for the Sutherland Award – Daniel Kokotajlo’s Apostasy, Michael Pearce’s Beast and Rungano Nyoni’s I Am Not a Witch. We reflect London’s position as the world’s leading creative city with our new programme section CREATE, celebrating artistic expression in all its forms. And continue our LFF Connects talks series with artists working at the intersection of film and other creative industries, with this year’s line-up including director Julian Rosefeldt and actor Cate Blanchett (Manifesto), director David Fincher (MINDHUNTER) and novelist and screenwriter Ian McEwan (On Chesil Beach). This year’s BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival commemorated the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales and we’re proud the LFF has such a powerful LGBT line-up including American Express® Gala Battle of the Sexes, The Mayor of London’s Gala Call Me by Your Name and BFI Flare Special Presentation A Fantastic Woman. After the Festival, the BFI embarks on the UK-wide season BFI Thriller exploring how the genre reflects societal upheavals, fears and anxieties. It’s a cracking year for global thrill seekers at LFF too, with particularly strong showing from East Asia, including our Thrill Gala Blade of the Immortal (Japan), Bad Genius (Thailand), Memoir of a Murderer (South Korea) and Wrath of Silence (China). After a hugely successful first year, we’re delighted to continue our purpose-built venue at Victoria Embankment Gardens, the screening home for Official Competition premieres, Strand Galas and some of our Special Presentations. I echo Amanda’s thanks to our partners for all their support and I thank and congratulate the filmmakers who entrust us with their work. It is a privilege to bring your films to London audiences and to share our city with you. Clare Stewart Festival Director, BFI London Film Festival BATTLE OF THE SEXES I AM NOT A WITCH CALL ME BY YOUR NAME BEAST APOSTASY WRATH OF SILENCE 4 @BFI #lff Photo: Udall Evans


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