London Film Fest Full Lineup Includes 'Black Mass,' Bryan Cranston's 'Trumbo'
Stephen Frears' Lance Armstrong film 'The Program' and Cannes competition title The Lobster are other high-profile additions.
The BFI London Film Festival has unveiled the full selection of titles for its 2015 edition, offering up its serving of films that could be heading into awards season with some added fire under their bellies.
Having already revealed its opening and closing night gales in Suffragette and Steve Jobs, respectively, along with Cannes-pleaser Carol, other major presentations at the 59th installment of the annual British event will include Johnny Depp-starring crime drama Black Mass, Trumbo, with Bryan Cranston playing the blacklisted Hollywood screenwriter and High-Rise, from rising British name Ben Wheatley.
Elsewhere, there will be gala screenings of Maggie Smith vehicle The Lady in the Van, Sundance buzzer Brooklyn, Stephen Frears’ Lance Armstrong drama The Program, Cannes competition title The Lobster, and The Idol, Hany Abu-Assad’s biopic bout the Palestinian Arab Idol winner Mohammed Assaf.
Names expected to attend including Meryl Streep, Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hiddleston and Colin Farrell. Cate Blanchett, who with Carol and Truth has two films in the program, is set to received the BFI’s highest honor, the BFI Fellowship, at the event.
At the official unveiling on Tuesday, festival artistic director Clare Stewart called the 2015 London Film Festival the "year of the strong woman," pointing to the strong lineup of female stars and 45 films directed by women. "But this is just 20 percent of the program," she said, adding that she was "simply trying to address the balance."
The main London Film Festival lineup is as follows:
11 Minutes (Jerzy Skolimowski)
Beasts of No Nation (Cary Fukunaga)
Cemetery of Splendour (Apichatpong Weerasethakul)
Chevalier (Athina Rachel Tsangari)
The Daughter (Simon Stone)
Desierto (Jonás Cuarón)
Evolution (Lucile Hadžihalilović)
Office (Johnnie To)
Room (Lenny Abrahamson)
Son of Saul (László Nemes)
Sunset Song (Terence Davies)
Tangerine (Sean Baker)
Very Big Shot (Mir-Jean Bou Chaaya)
Suffragette (Sarah Gavron)
Steve Jobs (Danny Boyle)
Carol (Todd Haynes)
Trumbo (Jay Roach)
Black Mass (Scott Cooper)
The Lady in the Van (Nicholas Hytner)
High-Rise (Ben Wheatley)
Shooting Stars (A.V. Bramble, Anthony Asquith)
A Bigger Splash (Luca Guadagnin)
The Program (Stephen Frears)
The Lobster (Yorgos Lathimos)
Brand: A Second Coming (Ondi Timoner)
Beeba Boys (Deepa Mehta)
Bone Tomahawk (Craig Zahler)
The Assassin (Hou Hsiao-Hsien)
The Idol (Hany Abu-Assad)
Goosebumps (Rob Letterman)
The Forbidden Room (Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson)
He Named Me Malala (Davis Guggenheim)
Truth (James Vanderbilt)
First Feature Competition
3000 Nights (Mai Masri)
Bang Gang (Eva Husson)
The Here After (Magnus von Horn)
Krisha (Trey Edward Shults)
Lamb (Yared Zeleke)
Lights Years (Esther May Campbell)
Partisan (Ariel Kleiman)
Paula (Eugenio Canevari)
Tanna (Bentley Dean, Martin Butler)
The Wait (Piero Messina)
Wedding Doll (Nitzan Gilady)
The Witch (Robert Eggers)
The London Film Festival will run Oct 7-18