This is something of a groundhog day article for Tropolis (no, they’re not screening that film) in that we say pretty much the same thing every year, but the LFF really is a first-class way to get lost down the rabbit hole for a few weeks and take a virtual holiday from the confines of a comfy cinema seat.
Last year’s ‘pathways’ format of organising the programme remains: navigate via themes such as Love, Journey, Dare. Thrill, Debate etc. The expansion of the venues out of central London also continues; new for this year is the rather lovely and overlooked Curzon Chelsea.
And the films? Well, that’s down to your own taste, but our preference is to forego the galas and high profile flicks for some gem that may never grace a British cinema screen again (look for a lack of distributor in the programme notes).
That said, this is a chance to get an early-doors viewing of Jonathan ‘Sexy Beast’ Glazer’s adaptation of Under the Skin: Scarlett Johansson as an alien prowling Scotland picking up hitch-hikers for food? Tick! Time to wield the highlighter and plan your journey through the world of film…
The 57th London Film Festival, 9th – 20th October 2013. Public bookings open midday Friday 20th September
Images top to bottom: Under The Skin / Exhibition / Borgman / It Felt Like Love