Chiwetel Ejiofor, Kristin Scott Thomas Set for London Film Festival Jury

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Chiwetel Ejiofor

Director and Oscar winner Pawel Pawlikowski will lead the jury.

The upcoming 59th edition of the BFI London Film Festival has a jury.

Organizers revealed on Tuesday that British-Polish director Pawel Pawlikowski, who won this year's BAFTA and Academy Awards for best foreign-language film with Ida, will head up the team.

Pawlikowski will be joined around the decision table by 12 Years a Slave star Chiwetel Ejiofor, Carol producer Christine Vachon, Four Weddings and a Funeral's Kristin Scott Thomas and filmmaker Mabel Cheung, whose latest feature A Tale of Three Cities has its European premiere at the event.

“It is an honor to be jury president for the BFI London Film Festival this year especially as my last film Ida won the best film award in 2013 at the very beginning of its journey," said Pawlikowski.

The films up for the best picture award in the festival's official competition category include:

11 Minutes, Jerzy Skolimowski
Beasts of No Nation, Cary Fukunaga
Cemetery of Splendor, 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

The London Film Festival runs Oct. 7- Oct. 18 and will kick off with the European premiere of Suffragette.


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