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‘Testament of Youth’ to World Premiere at London Film Festival

LONDON — James Kent’s “Testament of Youth” will world premiere at the BFI London Film Festival, where it plays as the Mayor of London’s Centerpiece Gala screening.

The pic, which is based on Vera Brittain’s memoir of World War I, stars Alicia Vikander, Kit Harington, Hayley Atwell, Emily Watson and Dominic West.

The film is one of 16 world premieres at the fest, which also include Carol Morley’s “The Falling,” Randall Wright’s “Hockney: A Life in Pictures” and Tom Harper’s “War Book.”

Among the Headline Gala screenings are the thriller “Whiplash,” about a young jazz drummer under the tutelage of a ruthless maestro, starring Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons, Jason Reitman’s “Men, Women & Children,” starring Adam Sandler and Ansel Elgort with a voiceover by Emma Thompson, and real-life drama “Wild,” starring Reese Witherspoon, adapted for the screen by Nick Hornby from Cheryl Strayed’s account of her 1,100-mile solo hike along the Pacific Crest Trails.

Other Gala screenings include Alan Rickman’s “A Little Chaos,” Jon Stewart’s “Rosewater,” Xavier Dolan’s “Mommy” and Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s “Winter Sleep.”

Alongside “The Falling,” the Official Competition lineup includes Peter Strickland’s “The Duke of Burgundy,” Daniel Barber’s “The Keeping Room,” Francois Ozon’s “The New Girlfriend,” Christian Petzold’s “Phoenix,” Mohsen Makhmalbaf’s “The President” and Julius Avery’s “Son of a Gun.”

As previously announced, the fest opens with “The Imitation Game,” starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley, and ends with “Fury, which stars Brad Pitt.

OFFICIAL COMPETITION
“Dearest,” Peter Ho-Sun Chan
“The Duke of Burgundy,” Peter Strickland (European Premiere)
“The Falling,” Carol Morley (World Premiere)
“A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night,” Ana Lily Amirpour
“Girlhood,” Celine Sciamma
“The Keeping Room,” Daniel Barber (European Premiere)
“Leviathan,” Andrey Zvyagintsev
“The New Girlfriend,” Francois Ozon
“Phoenix,” Christian Petzold
“The President,” Mohsen Makhmalbaf
“Son of a Gun,” Julius Avery (European Premiere)
“Timbuktu,” Abderrahmane Sissako

FIRST FEATURE COMPETITION
“’71,” Yann Demange
“Butter on the Latch,” Josephine Decker
“Catch Me Daddy,” Daniel Wolfe, Matthew Wolfe
“Mehari Difret,” Zeresenay Berhane
“Gente De Bien,” Franco Lolli
“The Goob,” Guy Myhill
“Labor of Love,” Adityavikram Sengupta
“Macondo,” Sudabeh Mortezai
“Green Second Coming,” Debbie Tucker
“Something Must Break,” Ester Martin Bergsmark
“Nowar Theeb,” Naji Abu
“The Tribe,” Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy

 

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