The Opening Night Film is an important choice for any festival, particularly amongst the handful on the major festival circuit – namely, Sundance, Venice, Tiff, SXSW, Cannes, Lff, and so on. With just over two months left on the clock, the BFI London Film Festival have announced that Paul Greengrass
’ highly anticipated Captain Phillips
has been chosen as the Opening Night Gala, kicking off the festival on 9th October at the Odeon Leicester Square.
The movie, which debuted its first trailer a few months back, will have its European premiere at the festival, having recently been set to open the New York Film Festival at the end of September as well.Tom Hanks
is front and centre on this true-story thriller, and smart money says that he’ll be an Oscar contender for Best Actor for the first time since his nomination in 2001 for Cast Away
’ action-thriller Captain Phillips