Mr Turner

Mr Turner

The BFI London Film Festival 2014 is just a few weeks away, and this morning the full programme was announced.

We already knew that The Imitation Game, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, and Fury, starring Brad Pitt, would open and close the festival and Foxcatcher was also confirmed.

This morning it was revealed that Whiplash, Men, Women & Children, Wild, Testament of Youth and Mr Turner are the other big gala moves that will feature.

Whiplash lit up the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, while Men, Women, & Children and Wild will both receive their European Premieres at the festival.

Testament of Youth and Mr Turner will showcase some of Britain's finest acting talent, with the likes of Kit Harington, Hayley Atwell, Emily Watson, and Timothy Spall all set to star.

The nine programme strands are each headlined with a gala and those movie include A Little Chaos from Alan Rickman, Jon Stewart's Rosewater, Mommy, Wild Tales, The Salvation, The White Haired Witch of Lunar Kingdom, Song of the Sea, Winter Sleep, and Björk: Biophilia Live.

The Official Competition is also an exciting one this year, as the festival recognises inspiring and inventive filmmaking. The line-up includes:

- Peter Ho-Sun Chan, Dearest

- Peter Strickland, The Duke Of Burgundy (European Premiere)

- Carol Morley, The Falling (World Premiere)

- Ana Lily Amirpour, A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night

- Céline Sciamma, Girlhood

- Daniel Barber, The Keeping Room (European Premiere)

- Andrey Zvyagintsev, Leviathan

- François Ozon, The New Girlfriend

- Christian Petzold, Phoenix

- Mohsen Makhmalbaf, The President

- Julius Avery, Son Of A Gun (European Premiere)

- Abderrahmane Sissako, Timbuktu

The Festival will screen a total of 245 fiction and documentary features, including 16 World Premieres, 9 International Premieres, 38 European Premieres and 19 Archive films including 2 Restoration World Premiere’s.

There will also be screenings of 148 live action and animated shorts.

The 2014 BFI London Film Festival runs from 8-19 October.

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