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London Film Festival launch

London Film Festival may not be as glamorous as Cannes or Venice, or as prestigious as Berlinale, but it is undeniable their staff's effort to collaborate internationally. One day after British PM Boris Johnson confirms plans to prorogue Parliament, so to be able to deliver a no-deal Brexit, LFF 2019 programme includes a selection of work from 75 countries. Fourty percent of them were directed or co-directed by women.

Tricia Tuttle, BFI London Film Festival Director, announces The Irishman (Scorsese) as Closing Night Gala.

Much of its themes touches on national subjects: The Personal History of David Copperfield (Armando Ianucci) rescues Charles Dickens' character to tackle the hypocrisy of the ruling class, wisely echoing into the current British challenges. The Irishman (Martin Scorsese) celebrates the genre Scorsese defined reuniting the cast he introduced to the public in the 70s, Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Al Pacino, Harvey Keitel, as well as Bobby Cannavale and Ray Romano. The Street (Zed Nelson) shows the xenophobia and gentrification on Hoxton Street confronting the new owners of coffee shops and art spaces with the local community. The archive special presentation brings back Love, Life and Laughter (George Pearson, 1923), a restoration achievement completed by the BFI National Archive, the Cinemateca di Bologna and the

Susan Sarandon in Blackbird

EYE Filmmuseum.

With 345 films to choose from, it's hard to hand-pick the best ones. But some of them promise hot debates. Amayzing Movies are looking forward to discuss euthanasia (Blackbird, Roger Michell), Brazilian politics (Bacurau, Kléber Mendonça Filho), racism (The Last Black Man in San Francisco, Joe Talbot), music idols (Somebody Up There Likes Me, Mike Figgis) and why not? paranoia (The Lighthouse, Robert Eggers) with our readers.

The BFI London Film Festival runs from October 2 to 13 in various venues.

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