Headline Galas

Join us on the red carpet for our Opening Night, Closing Night and Headline Galas.

  • Opening Night Gala

    The Personal History of David Copperfield

    Dir Armando Iannucci | UK

    Armando Iannucci brings David Copperfield fizzing to life with all-star collaborators in this exuberant, entertaining and sharply pertinent adaptation.

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  • Closing Night Gala

    The Irishman

    Dir Martin Scorsese | USA

    Martin Scorsese’s ninth collaboration with Robert De Niro finds the master filmmaker returning to the genre he has helped define, with a mystery that has never been solved.

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  • American Express Gala

    Knives Out

    Dir-Scr Rian Johnson | USA

    Rian Johnson (Looper, Star Wars: The Last Jedi) delivers a delight for film fans with his witty, cine-literate and devilishly entertaining new crime caper.

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  • Mayor of London’s Gala

    The Aeronauts

    Dir Tom Harper | UK

    The sky is no limit for Felicity Jones and Eddie Redmayne’s aerial explorers in this heart-racing and breathless adventure story about flight and scientific discovery.

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  • BFI Patrons’ Gala

    A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

    Dir Marielle Heller | USA

    Director Marielle Heller and star Tom Hanks offer the perfect antidote for uneasy times, in a film destined to capture even the most world-weary heart.

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  • Headline Gala


    Dir-Scr Michael Winterbottom | UK

    Steve Coogan dazzles as the ‘da Vinci of deal-making’ in Michael Winterbottom’s sharp-tongued satire on corporate greed.

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  • Headline Gala

    Hope Gap

    Dir-Scr William Nicholson | UK

    Annette Bening and Bill Nighy star as a couple on the rocks in this witty divorce drama directed by celebrated screenwriter William Nicholson (Gladiator, Shadowlands, Les Misérables).

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  • Headline Gala

    Jojo Rabbit

    Dir-Scr Taika Waititi | USA

    Taika Waititi delivers an exuberant and irreverent comedy about challenging dogma and hate.

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  • American Airlines Gala

    The King

    Dir David Michôd | UK-Hungary-Australia

    David Michôd explores a different kind of animal kingdom, with Timothée Chalamet starring in this stunning, visceral portrait of Henry V.

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  • Headline Gala

    Le Mans ’66

    Dir James Mangold | USA-France

    Matt Damon and Christian Bale give an acting masterclass in James Mangold’s (Logan, Walk the Line) study of a friendship that shaped 1960s motor racing.

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  • The May Fair Hotel Gala

    Marriage Story

    Dir-Scr Noah Baumbach | USA

    In a career full of remarkable highpoints (The Squid and the Whale, Frances Ha, The Meyerowitz Stories…), here is another dizzying high from Noah Baumbach. It’s also his most personal yet.

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