'Birth of a Nation' Joins London Film Festival Lineup, Nate Parker Expected to Attend

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'The Birth of a Nation'

The October event has unveiled its full lineup, including 'La La Land,' 'Snowden' and 'Nocturnal Animals.'

A raft of films have been added to the schedule for the upcoming BFI London Film Festival, which on Thursday revealed its full lineup.

Fresh from their world premieres in Venice, La La Land, Snowden and Arrival will be given special gala screenings, as will Sundance hits The Birth of a Nation and Manchester by the Sea. Birth of a Nation's Nate Parker, whose planned Q&A at the AFI was recently canceled over a growing controversy over a 1999 rape allegation, is expected to be among the directors attending the event.

Other headline titles include Nocturnal Animals, A Monster Calls and Their Finest, alongside previously announced Lion and Queen of Katwe. The fest is set to open Oct. 5 with Amma Asante’s A United Kingdom and close Oct. 16 with Free Fire from Ben Wheatley.

Four films will be given special presentations at the festival, which is celebrating its 60th year: Cannes winners American Honey from Andrea Arnold and It's Only the End of the World from Xaviar Dolan, plus Ava DuVernay's The 13th and Fiona Tan’s Ascent.

Other major titles in the 240-film strong schedule include Miles Teller-starring boxing biopic Bleed for This, Werner Herzog's internet doc Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World and the comedy Mascot from Christopher Guest.

The festival also will be erecting a special temporary cinema — the 780-seat Embankment Garden Cinema — on the bank of the Thames in central London.

Here is the London Film Festival official competition lineup:

Brimstone, directed by Martin Koolhoven
Certain Women, directed by Kelly Reichardt
Clash, Mohamed Diab
Elle, directed by Paul Verhoeven
Frantz, directed by Francois Ozon
Goldstone, directed by Ivan Sen
Layla M., directed by Mikje De Jong
Moonlight, directed by Barry Jenkins
Neruda, directed by Pablo Larrain
A Quiet Passion, directed by Terence Davies
Una, directed by Benedict Andrews
Your Name, directed by Makoto Shinkai

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