The London Film Festival

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The London Film Festival

The London Film Festival

Anyone who's lived in London for a while will be well aware that it's a city in which exciting events are happening all the time. One of the annual highlights is the London Film Festival, which returns every autumn to showcase fine contemporary movies from around the world. This year it runs from October 8th until 19th.

The 2014 itinerary looks just as appealing as always, and you should definitely try to get the most out of it as it's all happening right on your doorstep. Here are some of the most talked-about films that will feature:

The Imitation Game – proceedings kick off with a screening of this World War II drama starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing, the pioneering British mathematician who helped crack the Enigma code.

(9th – 15:15, Odeon West End, Screen 2)

(10th – 20:45, Hackney Picturehouse, Screen 1)

Wild – Reese Witherspoon stars in this true story about a woman who decides to take on the 1,100-mile hike across America's Pacific Crest Trail. This latest effort from the director of the multi-Oscar-winning Dallas Buyers Club is said to be another unmissable true story adaptation, and is showing three times throughout the festival.

(13th – 19:15, Odeon Leicester Square)

(15th – 12:00, Odeon West End, Screen 2)

(16th – 18:15, Vue Cinema Islington, Screen 1)

Mr. Turner – Mike Leigh's account of Romantic period painter J.M.W. Turner's autumn years has already received wide acclaim from critics. Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian called it visually immaculate, and with veteran British screen actor Timothy Spall starring as the title character, it's bound to be a memorable one.

(10th – 18:00, Odeon West End, Screen 2)

(11th – 11:00, Odeon West End, Screen 2)

Foxcatcher from the director of Capote and Moneyball, this wrestling drama was nominated for the coveted Palme d'Or prize at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year.

(16th – 19:15, Odeon Leicester Square)

(17th – 12:00, Odeon West End, Screen 2)

Goodbye to Languagelegendary French-Swiss filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard presents this experimental film, which was shot in 3D and won the Jury Prize at Cannes. If you include his short films and documentaries, this is the 116th movie the 83-year-old director has made.

(13th – 18:30, BFI Imax Waterloo)

An Educational and Social Opportunity

With hundreds of other films showing over the 12 days of the festival, in cinemas big and small across the city, it would definitely be worth attending a screening or two. Whether you're specifically a student of the arts at university or just enjoy a cultured night out, you're sure to find the London Film Festival a worthwhile and unforgettable experience.

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