What you need to know
- Apple Original FIlms' The Tragedy of Macbeth will close out the 65th BFI London Film Festival.
- Writer and director Joel Cohen is expected to put in an appearance.
Apple TV+ original 'The Tragedy of Macbeth' will close the 65th BFI London Film Festival, it has been confirmed. Writer and director Joel Cohen is expected to make an appearance.
Announced via press release, cinema-goers can also visit one of a handful of preview screenings that will be taking place across the UK.
The 65th BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express is delighted to announce that this year's closing night gala will be The Tragedy of Macbeth, written and directed by acclaimed filmmaker Joel Coen, and from Apple Original Films and A24. The film will receive its European premiere on Sunday 17 October at LFF Gala venue the Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall, with Joel Coen expected to attend.
"Shakespeare belongs to the world but comes from Britain," Coen said in a quote in the press release. "Having borrowed your cultural patrimony, and having had the great good luck to work with a few of your most brilliant actors, I'm honoured to bring this movie to the London Film Festival for its European premiere."
"We fell in love with Joel Coen's adaptation of Shakespeare's Scottish Play," says Tricia Tuttle, BFI London Film Festival Director. "Poised in a magical space between theatre and cinema, this is a stunning production. Bruno Delbonnel's silvery monochrome photography captures the moody almost expressionist sets from designer Stefan Dechant and Carter Burwell has written a spell-casting score. And while the ensemble cast – including many UK talents – is thoroughly excellent, Frances McDormand and Denzel Washington mesmerise as the couple whose political ambition proved their fatal downfall. So many of us missed the big screen experience last year, and this a perfect celebration of this art form that's built on ancient traditions of storytelling but with truly magical powers to convey intimacy and awesome scale and spectacle. It's such a privilege to be closing the LFF with a film of this extraordinary calibre and welcoming Joel Coen and his collaborators to the festival."
Those keen to take in a preview screening will have to visit one of a limited number of cinemas including sites in London, Sheffield, Newcastle, and Nottingham. A full rundown of the cinemas is available online.
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