The BFI London Film Festival is back for its 58th year and we thought we would update you with six of the best films that were part of this year’s festival. This festival is to celebrate and showcase the best in world cinema and is the UK’s largest public film event.This year 248 films were shown between the 8th and 19th of October over 17 different venues with massive stars like Brad Pitt and James McAvoy.
Directed by Damien Chazelle Whiplash is the story of a young jazz drummer, played by Miles Teller who gets a place at one of the most prestigious music schools in the America. He is mentored by a strict musical conductor played by J K Simmons.
2. The Drop
The Drop was written by Dennis Lehane and directed by Michaël R. Roskam and is based on the short story ‘Animal Rescue’. It follows Bob Saginowski, Tom Hardy as a lonely bartender who falls into a robbery that has gone wrong in the underworld of the Brooklyn where seedy bars are not as what they seem. Other cast members include Noomi Rapace, James Gandolfini and Matthias Schoenaerts.
3.The Imitation Game
This thriller film is based on the true story of cryptanalyst Alan Turing played by Benedict Cumberbatch who is part of the expert and top secret team who work for the british government to try and break german codes in the second world war. Keira Knightley is part of this team and played Joan Clarke. The film is based on the biography ‘Alan Turing: The Enigma’ by Andrew Hodges and covers the highly important moments in his life.
Sergeant Wardaddy, Brad Pitt is the commander of a Sherman tank called Fury in April 1945 during the second world war. He has a four man team behind him, this includes, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Pena and Jon Bernthal. It is towards the end of the war and their mission is to go behind enemy lines where they find themselves outnumbered and in a deadly position.
Staring Reese Witherspoon as Cheryl Strayed a woman who uses a 1,100-mile solo hike of the Pacific Crest Trail after go through a divorce, her own personal struggles and the death of her mother. The film is based on the biographical novel ‘Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail’.
Rosewater is based on the memoir Then They Came for Me by Maziar Bahari and Aimee Molloy. Maziar was kept in an Iranian prison for 100 days after being involved in an interview which discussed Iran’s presidential election. He was brutally interrogated while his pregnant fiancé waited for him on the outside. You are probably wondering what this has to do with rosewater? Well the only thing her could tell about his interrogator was that they smelt of rosewater. Maziar is played by Gael Garcia Bernal in a stunning performance.