7 Films to See at the BFI London Film Festival 2019

The 2019 BFI London Film Festival is now underway with the 11-day festival filled to the brim with dramas, documentaries and everything else in between from all around the globe.

But with more than 200 films to choose from, it can be hard to know where to start. That’s where we come in! Here’s our rundown of seven films you won’t want to miss at the BFI London Film Festival 2019:

The Personal History of David Copperfield

Director: Armando Iannucci
Cast: Dev Patel, Tilda Swinton, Hugh Laurie, Peter Capaldi, Ben Whishaw, Benedict Wong, Gwendoline Christie

One of the UK’s great comic minds, Armando Iannucci is back with new film The Personal History of David Copperfield. Set in the 1840s, the film chronicles the life of its iconic title character (Dev Patel) as he navigates a chaotic world to find his elusive place within it. The cast is stacked with greats like Tilda Swinton, Hugh Laurie and Peter Capaldi joined by Ben Whishaw, Benedict Wong and Gwendoline Christie.

When: Wednesday 2 Octiber, Thursday 3 October and Saturday 5 October


Knives Out

Director: Rian Johnson
Cast: Daniel Craig, Christopher Plummer, Chris Evans, Ana De Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Don Johnson, Michael Shannon, Toni Collette, LaKeith Stanfield

Written and directed by Rian Johnson, murder-mystery Knives Out sees Daniel Craig join an all-star cast as the suave southern detective Benoit Blanc. He’s tasked with solving the murder of acclaimed crime novelist Harlan Thrombey (played Christopher Plummer) after his 85th birthday and everyone is a suspect. From Harlan’s dysfunctional family to his devoted staff, Blanc must sift through a web of red herrings and self-serving lies to uncover the truth behind the untimely death.

When: Tuesday 8 October, Wednesday 9 October, Friday 11 October and Sunday 13 October


The Irishman

Director: Martin Scorsese
Cast: Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, Bobby Cannavale, Harvey Keitel, Stephen Graham

Martin Scorsese teams up with Robert De Niro for the ninth time and once again delves into the criminal underworld of post-war America with a gangster epic. The Irishman is being shown at the closing night gala before its theatrical release on 8 November. The Netflix production follows the relationship between hitman Frank Sheeran (De Niro) and union leader Jimmy Hoffa (Pacino), exploring Sheeran’s ties with the Bufalino crime family and involvement in Hoffa’s disappearance in the mid-70s.

When: Sunday 13 October


Jojo Rabbit

Director: Taika Waititi
Cast: Roman Griffin Davis, Scarlett Johansson, Taika Waititi, Sam Rockwell, Rebel Wilson, Stephen Merchant

A new Taika Waititi film should always be on your radar, and the Hunt For The Wilderpeople, What We Do In The Shadows and Thor: Ragnarok director is back with something a little different. Jojo Rabbit centres around a Jojo “Rabbit” Betzler, a 10-year old boy living during World War II who’s imaginary friend is none other than Adolf Hitler played by Waititi himself.

When: Saturday 5 October, Sunday 6 October and Monday 7 October


Marriage Story

Director: Noah Baumbach
Cast: Scarlett Johansson, Adam Driver, Laura Dern, Alan Alda, Ray Liotta

Mumblecore pioneer Noah Baumbach’s latest film might be his highest profile yet, with Star Wars lead Adam Driver starring along Scarlett Johansson is this gruelling tale about a stage director and an actress struggling through a divorce that pushes them to their personal and creative extremes. This one’s not for the faith-hearted.

When: Saturday 6 October, Monday 7 October, Friday 11 October and Sunday 13 October


The King

Director: David Michôd
Cast: Robert Pattinson, Timothée Chalamet, Joel Edgerton, Sean Harris, Ben Mendelsohn, Thomasin McKenzie, Lily-Rose Depp

Based on Shakespeare’s ‘Henriad’ of plays (mainly Henry IV and Henry V), The King sees a young, rogue prince (Timothée Chalamet) become king when his brother dies. Not wanting the role in the first place, he learns how to fight for crown and country among political turmoil and bloodshed. Chalamet in the lead role is reason enough to go out of your way here.

When: Thursday 3 October, Friday 4 October and Sunday 6 October


Le Mans ’66

Director: James Mangold
Cast: Matt Damon, Christian Bale, Jon Bernthal, Caitriona Balfe, Tracy Letts

Known as Ford v Ferrari in the US, James Mangold’s film follows an eccentric, determined team of American engineers and designers, led by automotive visionary Carroll Shelby (Matt Damon) and his British driver, Ken Miles (Christian Bale), who are tasked with the mission of building the Ford GT40, a new racing car with the potential to finally defeat the perennially dominant Ferrari racing team at the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans race in France.

When: Thursday 10 October, Friday 11 October and Saturday 12 October


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