Join us on the red carpet for our Opening Night, Closing Night and Headline Galas.
Opening Night Gala
Dir Andy Serkis | UK
This year’s Opening Night Gala is a moving true story of courage under profound difficulties, by first-time director and acclaimed British actor Andy Serkis.
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American Express® Gala
Dir Valerie Faris, Jonathan Dayton | USA
Emma Stone and Steve Carell star in this playful true story of the 1970s gender wars played out on the tennis court, while the world watches.
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The Mayor of London’s Gala
Dir Luca Guadagnino | Italy-France
A rapturous study in passion and desire from the director of I Am Love and A Bigger Splash.
Read more about Call Me by Your Name
BFI Patrons’ Gala
Dir Alexander Payne | USA
Smaller doesn’t mean simpler, as Alexander Payne points out in this hilarious satire that manages to keep the laugh rate high while engaging with a wealth of topical issues.
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Dir Saul Dibb | UK
R C Sherriff’s acclaimed First World War drama reaches the screen in this all-star adaptation, directed by Saul Dibb (Bullet Boy).
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Dir Richard Linklater | USA
Richard Linklater’s ruminative comedy finds three men accepting that life isn’t quite what it used to be.
Read more about Last Flag Flying
Royal Bank of Canada Gala
Dir Dee Rees | USA
Director Dee Rees (Pariah) delivers a searing racial drama about two families – one white, one black – set in the Deep South in the 1940s.
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American Airlines Gala
Dir Guillermo del Toro | USA
Master of things that go bump in the night, Guillermo del Toro spins the compelling tale of friendship between a mute woman and an amphibious creature.
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Dir-Scr Lynne Ramsay | UK-USA-France
Lynne Ramsay journeys with Joaquin Phoenix into the mind of an ex-soldier gun-for-hire whose own demons are as brutal as the actions of his adversaries.
Read more about You Were Never Really Here