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Headline Galas

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

  • Opening Night Gala

    Widows

    Dir Steve McQueen | UK-USA

    Academy Award® winner and BFI Fellow Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave, Hunger, Shame) opens the Festival in pulsating style with this female-fuelled heist thriller that features a cast to die for.

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  • Closing Night Gala

    Stan & Ollie

    Dir Jon S Baird | UK

    Steve Coogan and John C Reilly give delightfully bang-on-target performances as comedy’s most famous double act as they enter their twilight years.

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  • American Express Gala

    The Favourite

    Dir Yorgos Lanthimos | Ireland-UK-USA

    His third English-language film in four years sees Yorgos Lanthimos (The Lobster, The Killing of a Sacred Deer) on rollicking, virtuoso form with Olivia Colman, Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz revelling in the wit of his royal court life.

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  • American Airlines Gala

    The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

    Dir-Scr Joel Coen, Ethan Coen | USA

    This anthology of a half-dozen Western tales is a six-shooting delight from the Coen brothers.

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  • Headline Gala

    Beautiful Boy

    Dir Felix van Groeningen | USA

    Steve Carell and Timothée Chalamet give blistering performances as a father and son in this gripping story of a family dealing with addiction over many years.

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  • Headline Gala

    Can You Ever Forgive Me?

    Dir Marielle Heller | USA

    Melissa McCarthy gives a powerhouse performance as audacious literary forger and caustic wit Lee Israel in this darkly humorous biopic from director Marielle Heller.

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  • BFI Patrons’ Gala

    Colette

    Dir Wash Westmoreland | UK-Hungary-France

    Forget what you know about costume dramas. This witty, Belle Époque-era biopic stars Keira Knightley and Dominic West as literary couple Colette and Willy, whose relationship rewrote social and gender rules.

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  • The May Fair Gala

    The Front Runner

    Dir Jason Reitman | USA

    Hugh Jackman leads this pulsing political drama from director Jason Reitman (Tully, Juno, Up in the Air) detailing a watershed moment for the American press in its coverage of political life.

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  • Royal Bank of Canada Gala

    Life Itself

    Dir-Scr Dan Fogelman | USA

    The heartrending complexities of life are embraced in a multi-layered love story from This Is Us creator Dan Fogelman.

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  • Headline Gala

    Outlaw King

    Dir David Mackenzie | UK

    Scotland battles for its soul against England, as David Mackenzie’s gutsy historical drama brings underdog Robert the Bruce thrillingly to life.

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  • The Mayor of London’s Gala

    A Private War

    Dir Matthew Heineman | Jordan-UK

    Matthew Heineman (Cartel Land, City of Ghosts) makes a striking dramatic debut with this pulse-racing biopic of The Sunday Times war correspondent Marie Colvin (Rosamund Pike), killed in 2012 whilst reporting from Syria.

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  • Headline Gala

    Suspiria

    Dir Luca Guadagnino | Italy

    Luca Guadagnino (I Am Love, Call Me by Your Name) pays homage to Dario Argento’s horror classic with this delicious feminist update.

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  • Festival Gala

    Wild Rose

    Dir Tom Harper | UK

    This delightful and infectiously joyous film finds a young woman balancing her dreams of being a country music star with the responsibilities of motherhood.

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