There are 314 films showing at this year’s London Film Festival, but we’ve narrowed them down to the 10 we’re most excited about…
The Ides of March
Directed by: George Clooney
Starring: Ryan Gosling, George Clooney, Paul Giamatti
How delicious does this look? Idealistic staffer Ryan Gosling and presidential candidate George Clooney delve into the darker side of politics while on the campaign trail. It’s based on the play Farragut North, which is itself based on the real-life primary campaign of Democrat Howard Dean in 2004.
Directed by: Alexander Payne
Starring: George Clooney, Shailene Woodley, Beau Bridges
More Clooney, this time subtle and grounded at the heart of this quirky-sad domestic drama, which explores similar emotional territory to director Alexander Payne’s Sideways and About Schmidt, but with a more forgiving (but still very funny) tone. Looks like a serious Oscar contender to us.
Directed by: Michel Hazanavicius
Starring: Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Bejo, John Goodman
Delightful period movie from the point where Hollywood really started to roar in the roaring 20s, as megastar George Valentin (Jean Dujardin) scorns all this new-fangled ‘talkie’ technology, while his starlet ingenue Peppy Miller (Bérénice Bejo) is primed for the big time.