October 2008: 52nd London Film Festival-13 October 2008
by Elizabeth Menon

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The Times BFI 52ND London Film Festival

It’s that time of the year when the rest of the world come to you! The Times BFI 52ND London Film Festival brings best films from around the world to you and I hope you have a great time at the festival this year!

“Something so powerful as films should be celebrated and understood”: Anthony Minghella’s famous words come alive during the two weeks in October when London is buzzing with films from around the world and the people who rush to see them. Directors and actors get to see the people who make their dreams a reality; and it’s also the venue that the public gets the unique opportunity to see the celebrities!

The festival opens on 15th October with Ron Howard’s Frost/Nixon:Wed 15 Oct 19:00 Odeon Leicester Squire/ Sat18 Oct12:30 OWE2.

It's a screen adaptation of the historic encounter between David Frost and Richard Nixon.

The closing gala on the 30th October shows Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire: Thu 30 Oct 19:00 Odeon Leicester Square.

It's the story of an 18 year-old orphan from the slums of Mumbai appearing on India’s ‘Who wants to be a Millionaire’, both galas being screened at the Odeon Leicester Square.

There are around 13 gala screenings at the Odeon West End, including Steven Soderbergh’s Che (part 1 and part 2), dealing with Che Guevara’s campaigns in Cuba: Benicio Del Toro as ‘Che’ must be something to look forward to!

There are five films from India, but no Malayalam films this year; however there is Ketan Mehta’s Colours of Passion: Sun 26 Oct 14:00 –Watermans and on Thu 30 Oct 18:30 OWE1.

This film depicts the life of the great artist from Kerala, Raja Ravi Varma and it’s also an insight into a turning point in Indian history.

Nandita Das’s Firaaq: Thu 16 Oct 13:30 NFT1 and on Sun 19 Oct 13:30 OWE1.

Shashank Ghosh’s Tamil film, Quick Gun Murugan: Thu 16 Oct 20:30 NFT2 and on Sun 19 Oct 14:30 ICA.

Santosh Sivan’s (‘Anantha Bhadram’ fame) TahaanA Boy with a Grenade: Thu 30 Oct 16:15 NFT1 and Thu 30 Oct 21:00 NFT1.

It shows an eight-year old boy’s experience in a war zone in Kashmir.

Shyam Benegal’s Welcome to Sajjanpur: Sat 25 Oct 12:45 OWE1 and on Sun 26 Oct 16:45 Watermans.

An enchanting comedy, complete the entries from India. There are films from around the world to cater for different tastes!

Whether you are a regular visitor or a newcomer to the festival, there are film guides and notes written by experts, to help you to choose your films. One can browse through the festival booklet, visit the festival website at http://www.bfi.org.uk/lff/films and watch trailers and read film reviews, among a whole lot of other facilities to help you choose!

You can book online, by telephone at 0207 928 3232 or in person at the BFI Southbank Box Office, Leicester Square Ticket booth and Festival Venues; tickets are also available on the day from 30 minutes before the first screening.

Enjoy one of the foremost cultural events of the year and ‘Good Luck’ in getting the tickets!

Bye for now,


© E Menon



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