MEDIA-funded Great Expectations to close 56th BFI London Film Festival

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Great Expectations © Lionsgate

The programme has been announced for the 56th BFI London Film Festival (LFF) and the Closing Night Gala film has been named as Mike Newell’s Great Expectations. The film received support as part of a MEDIA Development - Slate funding grant awarded to Number 9 Films in 2009, and features a stellar European cast including Ralph Fiennes and Helena Bonham Carter.

The Love Gala, in association with Time Out, is Michael Haneke’s Palme d’Or winning Amour (Love), which received MEDIA funding for its European distribution outside its home territory of Austria. Thomas Vinterberg’s Jagten (The Hunt), which was supported by MEDIA’s Development, Automatic Distribution and i2i Audiovisual (facilitates access to financing) schemes is one of the films in the Debate strand of the festival. Mads Mikkelsen won the award in Cannes for Best Actor for his role in the film.

The latest films from up-and-coming European directors Jacques Audiard and Cristian Mungiu are also featured. De rouille et d'os (Rust & Bone), directed by Jacques Audiard, is screening in Official Competition at LFF and has so far received over €350,000 in MEDIA funding for its theatrical distribution across Europe.

One of the films in LFF's Documentary Competition strand is Village At The End of The World, directed by Sarah Gavron, which tells the story of life in a remote settlement in Greenland. This UK film has its world premiere at LFF, and received MEDIA Development - Slate funding in 2010. Producer Al Morrow from Met Film Production says: ”The development funding Village At The End of The World received from MEDIA allowed the filmmakers Sarah Gavron and David Katznelson to go and shoot on location in Greenland. It was the extraordinary footage that they came back with that gave us confidence to move forward into production. Without MEDIA support we simply wouldn’t have made the film.

The Family Gala film is also MEDIA-funded: The animation Ernest et Célestine (Ernest & Celestine), directed by Stéphane Aubier, Vincent Patar and Benjamin Renner received development support.

This year's festival will run from 10 to 21 October. BFI Champion Members can book festival screening tickets from 12 September, BFI Members can book from 13 September, and public bookings open on 24 September. Tickets are available on the BFI website.

Publication date: 11 Sep 2012

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