Ultimately it’s a celebration of cinema and British cinematic culture, it’s the place to find exciting new talents whose stars are on the rise, and enjoy the latest from established and innovative directors.
Tonight the stars turned out as London felt the first chill of Autumn and Wes Anderson, resplendent in a Mr Fox suit, along with the stars of his festival opening film Fantastic Mr Fox. You can check out some of the films we’re looking forward to after the jump.
The Men who Stare at Goats.
Jon Ronson’s curious take on the US military’s delving into the use of paranormal and psychological warfare, including training their best men to stare at goats. Until they die. George Clooney’s second festival film (out of three – see below) also stars Ewan McGregor, Kevin Spacey and a goat and looks like being a bizarre entry in the festival line up.
Up in the Air
Jason Reitman’s follow up to the epically successful Juno is based on the 2001 novel by Walter Kirn about a corporate downsizer (George Clooney, again) flying from place to place firing hapless employees and loving the life he leads, in permanent transience. It’s a philosophical deconstruction of the lives we pull around ourselves, and should benefit enormously from a great cast including Jason Bateman, Sam Elliott and J.K. Simmons.
Director John Hillcoat brings the celebrated novel by Cormac McCarthy to the big screen and has received high praise indeed from earlier screenings. Telling the post apocalyptic journey of a father and a son (Viggo Mortensen and Kodi Smit-McPhee) to find shelter, other survivors, safety and a hopeful future. The book is a heart breaking work and all indications are that this film will sit well alongside The Coens’ own McCarthy adaptation No Country for Old Men.
Other films we’re looking forward to are the Coens’ latest A Serious Man, the unrelenting French prison drama A Prophet, Michael Haneke’s Palme d’Or winning The White Ribbon as well as the festival’s closing film, the John Lennon biopic Nowhere Boy the feature debut of Sam Taylor-Wood.
It’s an exciting time in London, and HeyUGuys will be there to celebrate the festival. If you’re not already following us on Twitter you should click here to get our latest updates from the silver screen in the Big Smoke.
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