3 BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI announced as BFI London Festival closing night gala film

Seven Film4 titles selected for Toronto, Venice to World Premiere two

Toronto International Film Festival this week announced that I AM NOT A WITCH would be the closing night film of their Discovery section, completing a line-up of seven Film4 titles selected to screen at the festival, two of which will unspool first at the 74th Venice International Film Festival.

Venice International Film Festival (August 30-September 9) will hold the World Premieres of Martin McDonagh’s darkly comic drama THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI starring Frances McDormand, Sam Rockwell and Woody Harrelson, and Andrew Haigh’s poignant modern day western LEAN ON PETE, featuring Steve Buscemi, Chloe Sevigny and Charlie Plummer.

Toronto International Film Festival (September 7-17) will stage World Premieres of Clio Barnard’s powerful family drama DARK RIVER starring Ruth Wilson, Mark Stanley and Sean Bean; DISOBEDIENCE, the English language debut of acclaimed Chilean director Sebastián Lelio, starring Rachel Weisz, Rachel McAdams and Alessandro Nivola; and BEAST, the debut feature from award-winning writer-director Michael Pearce, which features rising stars Jessie Buckley and Johnny Flynn. Also screening at TIFF will be THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER from director Yorgos Lanthimos and Rungano Nyoni’s debut feature I AM NOT A WITCH, both of which screened at the Cannes Film Festival in May, plus THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI and LEAN ON PETE following their bows at Venice.

It was also announced this week that THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI will be the closing night gala of this year’s BFI London Film Festival (October 4-15), the second consecutive year a Film4 title has closed the festival, following Ben Wheatley’s FREE FIRE in 2016.

Director of Film4 Daniel Battsek commented: “Everyone at Film4 is incredibly proud to enter autumn festival season with no fewer than seven movies appearing at one or more of these prestigious venues. This rich and varied crop of films represents a great mix of established filmmakers as well as those making their debuts. We look forward to audiences in Venice, Telluride, Toronto and London getting their first look at these exciting projects.” 

For further information:
Phil Cairns
Film4 Press & Publicity Manager
Tel: +44 (0)20 7306 1049
www.film4productions.com (opens in a new window)

About Film4
Film4 is Channel 4 Television’s feature film division, which develops and co-finances films and has an established track record for working with the most distinctive and innovative talent in UK and international filmmaking. Film4 has developed and/or co-financed many of the most successful UK films of recent years - Academy Award-winners such as Lenny Abrahamson’s Room, Alex Garland’s Ex Machina, Asif Kapadia’s Amy, Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave, Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire and Phyllida Lloyd’s The Iron Lady, in addition to critically-acclaimed award-winners such as Lynne Ramsay’s You Were Never Really Here, Yorgos Lanthimos’s The Killing of a Sacred Deer, Andrea Arnold’s American Honey, Todd Haynes’ Carol, Andrew Haigh’s 45 Years, Mike Leigh’s Mr. Turner, Shane Meadows’ This is England, Yann Demange’s 71, Clio Barnard’s The Selfish Giant, Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin and David Mackenzie’s Starred Up.

Currently in production:

  • THE LITTLE STRANGER (Lenny Abrahamson)
  • PETERLOO (Mike Leigh)
  • MARADONA (Asif Kapadia)
  • COUNTRY MUSIC (Tom Harper)
  • Currently in post-production:
  • WIDOWS (Steve McQueen)
  • THE FAVOURITE (Yorgos Lanthimos)
  • BEEN SO LONG (Tinge Krishnan)
  • COLD WAR (Pawel Pawlikowski)
  • JOURNEYMAN (Paddy Considine)
  • OLD BOYS (Toby MacDonald)
  • MARY MAGDALENE (Garth Davis)
  • AMERICAN ANIMALS (Bart Layton)
  • FIGHTING WITH MY FAMILY (Stephen Merchant)

Coming soon:

  • HOW TO TALK TO GIRLS AT PARTIES (John Cameron Mitchell)
  • UNA (Benedict Andrews)
  • THE OATH (Baltasar Kormákur)
  • Other recent projects include:
  • FREE FIRE (Ben Wheatley)
  • T2 TRAINSPOTTING (Danny Boyle)
  • AMERICAN HONEY (Andrea Arnold)
  • OUR KIND OF TRAITOR (Susanna White)
  • HIGH-RISE (Ben Wheatley)
  • ROOM (Lenny Abrahamson)

August 26, 2017 6:46am ET by Channel 4  

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