London festival

Western produced by Jay-Z to open London festival

Idris Elba, star of Jay-Z’s new western The Harder They Fall, which will open the London Film Festival. AFP

The London Film Festival will return to the big screen next month with the world premiere of The more they fall, a western co-produced by Jay-Z and starring Idris Elba, organizers confirmed on Tuesday.

The British capital’s annual cinema showcase, largely forced online last year due to the pandemic, will open on October 6 with the highly anticipated Western, featuring a predominantly black cast that also includes Regina King .

The Netflix movie is directed by Londoner Jeymes Samuel, who made his directorial debut with the 2013 Western They die at dawn.

London’s 12-day festival, now in its 65th year, will close with Joel Coen’s Macbeth’s tragedy, starring the Oscar-winning wife of acclaimed director Frances McDormand and her Oscar-winning colleague Denzel Washington.

Hollywood star Kristen Stewart’s portrait of Princess Diana, Spencer, will also screen at the festival, having premiered at the Venice Film Festival earlier this month.

The London lineup of 159 films also includes Kenneth Branagh’s autobiographical film. Belfast and The power of the dog, with Benedict Cumberbatch.

Other starred participants include king richard, starring Will Smith as the father of tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams and Mothering Sunday, starring The crown actors Olivia Colman and Josh O’Connor.

Meanwhile, the first two episodes of the third series of the hit HBO show Succession will receive their European premiere as part of an expanded list of television entries.

“Across the program, artists explore a range of serious themes: the impact of the global pandemic, the climate emergency, racial and wealth inequalities,” said festival director Tricia Tuttle as she unveiled the lineup. complete.

“And like the rest of us, filmmakers and artists are looking for answers to impossible questions.”

Organizers announced earlier this year that the biggest premieres of the 2021 festival will travel from Leicester Square to the Royal Festival Hall on London’s South Bank.

A selection of films will also be screened at 10 locations in towns and cities across the UK, in what Tuttle said was an effort to ‘remove geographic barriers’ and introduce’ better access and freer ways to travel. to hire “.