source: BFI London
published: October 2017
This year’s BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express® will take place from 4-15 October 2017 in venues across London. It’s the first chance to see the best new films from around the world, with red carpet premieres as well as screenings in local cinemas.
The programme is packed full of gems, including:
Director Dee Rees (Pariah) delivers a searing racial drama about two families – one white, one black – set in the Deep South in the 1940s. Adapting Hillary Jordan’s novel, Rees weaves together multiple threads of two family histories: white farmers the McAllans and the Jacksons, black sharecroppers who lease a plot on the McAllans’ land. Stars who will join on the red carpet for the Gala screening include Mary J. Blige, Garrett Hedlund, Jason Mitchell, Carey Mulligan and Director Dee Rees.
BIRDS ARE SINGING IN KIGALI
In this visually striking and perceptive analysis of trauma, Anna and Claudine return to Poland after witnessing the Rwandan massacres. Claudine, the daughter of Anna’s colleague and a victim of the genocide, is accepted as a refugee by the Polish authorities.
A heart-felt coming-of-age tale set in Burkina Faso exploring mixed cultural identity and finding one’s place in the world. A winning combination of witty comedy and sweet natured drama, Wallay finds a young boy coming of age in a different culture.