It was revealed on Wednesday that the work by the female directors is dominating this time in the BFI London Film Festival’s official competition section. Six out of ten films which are competing for the main competition are directed and co-directed by female directors.
The 63rd edition of the film festival includes a film by Haifa Al-Mansour’s Venice competitor, “The Perfect Candidate”, Alma Har’el’s, “Honey Boy” and many more. The competition represents production and co-productions from 16 different countries. Titles from the Venice also dominate. The four out of 10 films selected are having their world premieres in Venice.
“Honey Boy” is based on the writer and co-star of the film, Shia LaBeouf and will have its European premiere in London. The film will premiere in Toronto next month. It has already been world-premiered on Sundance in January.
The horror film, “Saint Maud” which will be Rose Glass’ debut will also have its European premiere in London.
Besides this, “Fanny Lye Deliver’d,” Thomas Clay’s period drama is also in the competition lineup. It stars Maxine Peake and Charles Dance. The drama is the adoption of Irish drama “Rosie Plays Julie.” It is co-directed by Christine Molloy and Joe Lawlor.
Besides the female directors, for the very first time, a transgender director, Isabel Sandoval, will also compete with her drama in London. Her drama is titled “Lingua Franca.” It receives its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival.
Tricia Tuttle, the festival director said the 10 films are the best in global filmmaking. They have the power to influence and let their viewers ponder.
She said that each filmmaker has a unique and distinctive voice and their films by turns reveal truths about human existence. They explore stories we haven’t seen before or examined familiar ones in new ways along with addressing pressing social and political issues and making audiences feel and think.
The winner will be selected by an official jury. The BFI London Film Festival is set to run from 2nd October to 13th October.