The BFI London Film Festival has long been considered the UK’s most reputable film festival, introducing thousands of people year after year to future awards contenders, critically acclaimed arthouse offerings, short films by future A-List filmmakers, and some of the most popular feature films of the year, time and time again. In 2020, LFF was more accessible than ever, expanding beyond its usual confines of central London to offer public screenings in several of the UK’s most populous cities whilst making a large amount of its films available digitally for the first time. Studio offerings, streaming exclusives and certified independents were screened side by side, each vying to follow in the footsteps of some of the festival’s previous competition winners and memorable inclusions – films like The Irishman and Portrait of a Lady on Fire. In 2020, the festival’s Best Film award was won by Thomas Vinterberg’s Danish drama Another Round (Druk) starring Mads Mikkelsen, whilst Best Documentary Feature went to The Painter and the Thief, a likely inclusion on many European film awards shows in the coming months. Here at The Film Magazine we reviewed upwards of twenty of the festival’s feature selection, and watched many more of the films on offer, all with the intention of providing the most comprehensive coverage possible and putting together the most insightful list of promising feature films we could.
That’s why, in this Movie List, we’ve put together the thoughts and opinions of Charlie Gardiner, Leoni Horton and Joseph Wade to present our selection of the festival’s best: the 10 Most Exciting Movies Coming Out of LFF 2020.
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1. One Night In Miami
Director: Regina King
Screenwriter: Kemp Powers
Starring: Kingsley Ben-Adir, Eli Goree, Aldis Hodge, Leslie Odom Jr
“King’s eye as a woman makes space to humanise and expose the vulnerabilities of these men. In their searching discussions, King punctures their masculinity and uses visible emotion to give urgency to their words and weight to their frustrations.” – Leoni Horton
Directors: Tomm Moore, Ross Stewart
Screenwriter: Will Collins
Starring: Honor Kneafsey, Eva Whittaker, Sean Bean
“From titles such as the classic Disney animation Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) to Don Bluth animations such as The Secret of the NIMH (1982) and An American Tail (1986), Wolfwalkers is indebted to the trail such classics have blazed, though it promptly works to establish itself as a worthy peer for each of them, not only in story but in terms of visuals too.” – Charlie Gardiner