The 65th BFI London Film Festival has announced that this year’s Closing Night Gala will be ‘The Tragedy of Macbeth’ written and directed by acclaimed filmmaker Joel Coen.

The film will receive its European Premiere on Sunday 17 October at the LFF Gala venue the Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, with Joel Coen expected to attend. The film will also have simultaneous preview screenings taking place at LFF partner venues at cinemas across the UK.

Written, directed and produced by Coen, the film features Frances McDormand and Robert Graf in a bold and fierce adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic, a tale of murder, madness, ambition, and wrathful cunning.

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Coen commented; “Shakespeare belongs to the world but comes from Britain.  Having borrowed your cultural patrimony, and having had the great good luck to work with a few of your most brilliant actors, I’m honoured to bring this movie to the London Film Festival for its European premiere.”

The BFI London Film Festival has previously announced that the Opening Night film will be the World Premiere of Jeymes Samuel’s ‘The Harder they Fall’ starring Jonathan Majors, Zazie Beetz, Delroy Lindo, LaKeith Stanfield, Danielle Deadwyler, Edi Gathegi, R.J. Cyler, Damon Wayans Jr. and Deon Cole with Regina King and Idris Elba.  The LFF’s American Express Headline Gala will be Jane Campion’s ‘The Power of the Dog’, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons and Kodi Smit-McPhee.

The 65th BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express takes place from Wednesday 6 October – Sunday 17 October 2021. The LFF Programme Launch will take place on Tuesday 7 September 2021.