Golden Lion Winner and Stars of ‘Lion’ Set to Roar at London Film Festival

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Lav Diaz’s Venice winner “The Woman Who Left” has been added to the lineup for the 60th BFI London Film Festival, which also added the new documentary from legendary filmmaker Errol Morris and two new Screen Talks to its program Thursday.

Actors Nicole Kidman and Dev Patel, who co-star in “Lion,” and Korean filmmaker Park Chan-wook will participate in career-retrospective talks at the festival as part of its regular Screen Talks series.

Having Kidman and Patel (pictured), whose new film is receiving a gala premiere at the London fest, take part in a joint Screen Talk is unusual but not unprecedented: At the 2015 festival, directors Walter Salles and Jia Zhang-ke took part in a joint talk tied to the fest’s screening of Salles’ documentary about the Chinese auteur, “Jia Zhang-ke, a Guy from Fenyang.”

Controversial Korean director Park, who will also participate in BAFTA’s Screenwriter Lecture series, presented in partnership with the BFI, later in October, joins a roster of maverick filmmakers giving Screen Talks at the fest. Screen Talks with Werner Herzog, Paul Verhoeven and Ben Wheatley were previously announced. Park’s latest film, “The Handmaiden,” also receives a gala screening, fronting the fest’s Dare strand.

Hot off its Golden Lion win at the Venice Film Festival, Diaz’s “The Woman Who Left” will join Morris’ “The B Side: Elsa Dorfman’s Portrait Photography” as additions to the fest’s lineup. Diaz’s film, nearly four hours long and shot in black and white, tells the story of a schoolteacher who, released after serving 30 years in prison for a crime she did not commit, returns home with vengeance on her mind.

Morris’ documentary, about the life of photographer Elsa Dorfman, will receive its European premiere at the festival, which runs October 5-16.