London Film Festival 2011

Mimi ON Oct 10, 2011 AT 9:05 am

Ralph Fiennes and Gerald Butler in Coriolanus

Ralph Fiennes and Gerald Butler in Coriolanus

The British Film Institute will be kicking off its London Film Festival on 12th October – 27th October and we can’t wait!. This year is the festival’s 55th anniversary, and with films from over 50 countries, the London Film Festival is the UK’s largest public film event. This means major stars spotting for us as they will all be walking the festival’s red carpets as they introduce their newest, most buzzed about movies.

Among the films packing major star power are Coriolanus, A Dangerous Method, The Descendants, The Ides of March, and Shame.

Gerard Butler, Jessica Chastain, Vanessa Redgrave, and Ralph Fiennes star in Coriolanus – Ralph Fiennes’ modern take on Shakespeare’s famous play. In Fiennes’ directorial debut, Coriolanus tells the story of Caius Martius Coriolanus, a Roman hero who, after being banished from his own country, takes revenge on Rome by fighting on the side of its enemy. The film takes place in present day rather than Shakespearean time, and with John Logan as screenwriter, this film is sure to be just as violent and bloody yet equally as entertaining as his past productions of Gladiator and The Last Samurai. Check out the trailer here.

The Ides of March

The Ides of March

Next among the buzz-worthy lineup is A Dangerous Method, which recently showed at the Cannes Film Festival to rave reviews. It stars Michael Fassbender, Keira Knightley, and Viggo Mortensen, and depicts the relationship between Sigmund Freud (Mortensen) and Carl Jung (Fassbender) and their creation of psychoanalysis. Keira Knightley plays Sabina Spielrein, one of the first female psychoanalysts who worked under Jung, and who was also his patient and mistress. The film looks fascinating and ridden with romantic scandal. Watch the trailer here.

George Clooney returns to the big screen in The Descendants and The Ides of March. In the former he plays Matt King, a land baron whose wife suffers a boating accident, forcing him to re-connect with his daughters. In The Ides of March, which also stars Ryan Gosling, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Paul Giamatti, Clooney plays a presidential candidate. Ryan Gosling’s character, Stephen Myers, campaigns for the candidate and finds himself in the middle of some dirty politics. The film is sure to be a hit with two of Hollywood’s biggest hearthrobs sharing the screen. Trailer for The Descendants here. Trailer for The Ides of March can be seen here.

Carey Mulligan and Michael Fassbender in Shame

Carey Mulligan and Michael Fassbender in Shame

The Steve McQueen-directed film, Shame, stars Michael Fassbender as a 30-something sex addict whose life really spirals out of control once his unruly younger sister, played by Carey Mulligan, moves in with him. The erotic drama was well received at the Toronto Film Festival so odds are it’ll be a hit at this year’s London Film Festival as well.

The BFI London Film Festival also plays host to movies that may not boast big Hollywood names, but which are equally as distinguished and exciting as the major films set to debut. Movies such as The Awakening, The Future, Like Crazy, and Martha Marcy May Marlene, are just a few of this year’s highly anticipated films.

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