The 66th BFI London Film Festival, in partnership with American Express, is delighted to announce that the UK premiere of Luca Guadagnino’s BONES AND ALL has been added to the 2022 programme, screened at a special presentation at the Royal Festival Hall in the Southbank Centre. . Starring Timothée Chalamet, Taylor Russell and Mark Rylance, BONES AND ALL is the tender story of a first love between Maren (Russell), a young woman learning to survive on the margins of society, and Lee (Chalamet), an intense and deprived of his rights. , as they embark on a thousand-mile odyssey through Reagan’s America.

Also joining the lineup is the highly anticipated BROS from the fiercely comical mind of Billy Eichner, who co-wrote and stars alongside Luke Macfarlane in the first major-studio romantic comedy about two maybe-maybe gay men. to be, probably, stumbling towards loving. Maybe. They are both very busy. Directed and co-written by Nicholas Stoller (Bad Neighbours, Forgetting Sarah Marshall) and produced by Stoller alongside hitmaker Judd Apatow (The King of Staten Island, Trainwreck, The Big Sick), BROS is a smart, swooning, heartfelt comedy about how difficult it is to find another tolerable human being to live with.

The Festival is delighted to screen NO BEARS by the daring Iranian author Jafar Panahi, depicting two parallel love stories with lovers troubled by hidden and inevitable obstacles, the force of superstition and the mechanisms of power. Starring Panahi, Naser Hashemi, Vahid Mobaseri, the film was shot in secret in Iran and won the Special Jury Prize at this year’s Venice Film Festival, with jurors and industry guests in Venice joining the International Coalition of Filmmakers in Danger (ICFR) for a demonstration of solidarity with Jafar Panahi, and to demand the release of the filmmaker detained in Tehran since July.

The Festival also announces its 2022 Screen Talk lineup with acclaimed Mia Hansen-Løve directors Alejandro G. Iñárritu and Noah Baumbach joining award-winning musician and actress Janelle Monáe, as well as acclaimed actors Bill Nighy and Aubrey Plaza, in a series of live talks. person on the careers of some of the industry’s key talent, on and off camera.

The Festival is delighted to once again welcome director and screenwriter Mia Hansen-Løve to discuss her career and her latest film, the poignant ONE FINE MORNING with Léa Seydoux. Hansen-Løve joins an impressive list of acclaimed filmmakers, including prolific writer-director Noah Baumbach to discuss his extraordinary career alongside his latest feature WHITE NOISE, a gripping adaptation of Don DeLillo’s acclaimed novel, and writer-director -producer Alejandro González Iñárritu who will discuss his monumental career as well as his ambitious new work BARDO, FALSE CHRONICLE OF A FISTFUL OF TRUTHS.

Bill Nighy joins LFF for one of his finest performances, a deeply moving portrayal of an old man reflecting on his life, in LIVING by Olivier Hermanus. Musician, actor, author and activist Janelle Monáe will discuss her career as well as her latest role in our closing film, GLASS ONION: A KNIVES OUT MYSTERY and the Festival is delighted to also welcome acclaimed actor and producer Aubrey Plaza to talk about her role in EMILY LA CRIMINELLE, and her career on the big and small screen.

Further Screen Talks will be announced shortly, along with the LFF for Free program of free events including talks and debates, short film screenings, DJ nights and family events.


Special presentation:
Director Luca Guadagnino. Producers Luca Guadagnino, Theresa Park, Marco Morabito, David Kajganich, Francesco Melzi d’Eril, Lorenzo Mieli, Gabriele Moratti, Peter Spears, Timothée Chalamet. Screenwriter David Kajganich. With Taylor Russell, Timothée Chalamet, Mark Rylance. USA 2022. 130min. UK distribution Warner Bros. Pictures.
Timothée Chalamet and Taylor Russell star as sweet and tender cannibalistic young lovers in this finger-licking ’80s road movie from Luca Guadagnino. Shy teenager Maren (Russell, dazzling again after Waves) isn’t like her classmates. She eats flesh; a fact that her beleaguered single father is finding it increasingly difficult to hide — and deal with. Forced to go on her own, Maren sets off in search of the mother she never knew, encountering other strangers – other “nurturers” – on the highways and dusty paths. Some encounters are less savory, like the deliciously creepy turns of Mark Rylance and Michael Stuhlbarg. But little Lee (Chalamet at his megawatt best) helps her settle into her deviance and feel less alone. Cinematographer Arseni Khachaturan and designer Elliott Hostetter create an early American Reaganite that is worn and broken down, but also nostalgically moving and full of humanity. And as befits the filmmaker behind such contrasting delights as Call Me By Your Name and Suspiria, Guadagnino deftly combines cartilage, blood and gore with an achingly tender, melancholy story of a young love that’s good enough to eat.

Projection in the LOVE section:
Director Nicholas Stoller. Producers Judd Apatow, Nicholas Stoller, Joshua Church. Screenwriters Nicholas Stoller, Billy Eichner. With Billy Eichner, Luke Macfarlane, Guy Branum. USA 2022. 115min. UK Distribution Universal Pictures International Language English.
The first-ever gay rom-com from a major studio and featuring an almost entirely LGBTQIA+ cast, this heartwarming hilarious was well worth the wait. On the career side, Bobby Lieber has it all figured out. Not only did the lovable misanthropic podcaster win the prestigious Cis White Gay Man of the Year award, but he’s also a board member of a queer culture museum. But when it comes to matters of the heart, Bobby has no idea. Always the groomsman, never the groom, Bobby avoids emotional introspection with self-deprecating humor, proudly displaying his celibacy as a badge of honor. But then he meets the all-American dream ship Luke, and the unthinkable happens – there’s a spark. Starring and co-written by Billy Eichner, the sardonic mind behind frenetic quiz show Billy on the Street, one would expect a scathing subversion of rom-com convention. But while it effectively (and happily) positions same-sex relationships as distinct from heterosexual relationships, Bros is at heart a proud graduate of the Nora Ephron school of romance, reveling in tropes of trust and basking in the warm embrace of familiarity. Check your inbox, you have a man.
FRI 14 OCT 20:50 NFT1
SAT 15 OCT 21:00 NFT1

Screening in the DARE stream:
Director-Producer-Screenwriter Jafar Panahi. With Jafar Panahi, Naser Hashemi, Mina Kavani. Iran 2022. 107min. UK distribution Picturehouse Entertainment. Farsi, Azeri, Turkish languages. With English subtitles.
Over the past decade, Jafar Panahi has made a series of bold and inventive statements challenging the Iranian government’s ban on him being an active filmmaker. As he faces six years in prison, his latest film is a testament to how art and protest can find inspiration in the very restrictions he and other creative voices face. Panahi plays himself, a filmmaker trying to lead a cast and crew in Turkey, who is forced to stay in an Iranian village near the border. As its actors act out their own story of attempted escape to Europe, Panahi comes face to face with suspicion and local traditions. Arguably the filmmaker’s richest and most complex work to date, No Bears is a witty, serio-comic self-portrait, and a resounding act of artistic and political expression.
MON 10 OCT 18:00 NFT1

Tickets on sale for Late Additions and Screen Talks Thursday, September 22 at 11:30 a.m. for BFI Patrons and BFI Champions, 12:30 p.m. for BFI Members and on general sale at 4:00 p.m.

The 66th BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express runs from Wednesday October 5 to Sunday October 16, 2022.