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BFI London Film Festival announces new titles & talks

The 65th BFI London Film Festival has announced that the International Premiere of George Clooney’s much-anticipated THE TENDER BAR has been added to the 2021 programme. Starring Ben Affleck, Tye Sheridan and Lily Rabe, the film will premiere at the Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall with Clooney expected to be in attendance.

Also added to the programme is VENGEANCE IS MINE, ALL OTHERS PAY CASH from Indonesian director Edwin, a dizzying film adaptation of Eka Kurniawan’s acclaimed novel about an impotent aspiring assassin.

The Festival also announces the first of its 2021 Screen Talk line-up, which is supported by The Liberation Initiatives, with acclaimed directors Jane Campion, Ryusuke Hamaguchi and Asghar Farhadi joining SUCCESSION-creator Jesse Armstrong and Norwegian actor Anders Danielsen Lie for a series of in-person talks about the careers of  some of the industry’s key talents, both in front of and behind the camera. Most Screen Talks are expected to take place live at the Festival and then be made available post-event via BFI YouTube, while others are planned as Online-only presentations via YouTube and BFI Social channels.

The Festival is delighted to welcome Academy Award-winner Jane Campion back to London on the occasion of her dark and captivating THE POWER OF THE DOG, this year’s BFI LFF American Express Gala. She’ll cover a number of career highlights with a focus on her latest work. 

Acclaimed British screenwriter and producer Jesse Armstrong joins the Festival to discuss his impressive career in television and film, as well as the upcoming third season of the Emmy award-winning hit SUCCESSION, screening at the Festival on Friday 15 October, and actor Anders Danielsen Lie will join audiences to discuss his work, including two new films in the Festival: Mia Hansen-Løve’s BERGMAN ISLAND and THE WORST PERSON IN THE WORLD, the final part of Joachim Trier’s Oslo trilogy. 

Director Ryusuke Hamaguchi, who helms two of the films in this year’s Festival, WHEEL OF FORTUNE AND FANTASY and DRIVE MY CAR, will take part in a Screen Talk, made available to audiences via YouTube and BFI Facebook, to discuss these Silver Bear and Cannes Best Screenplay-winning films along with his wider filmography and Academy Award-winning director Asghar Farhadi will return to the Festival to explore is captivating Cannes Grand-Prix winner A HERO as part of a wider look at his impressive career. A HERO screens at the Festival on Monday 11 October.

Further Screen Talks will be announced shortly alongside the LFF for Free programme of free events including talks and debates, short film screenings and unique VR experiences.