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Festival GALAS

Make the weather and spread the word. That's what our festival galas do.

Global acclaim and major awards often follow, as they did for this selection of red carpet favourites featuring some of the world's best-known names on both sides of the camera.

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Festival GALAS
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A United Kingdom 2016 12

Amma Assante (Belle) directs this impassioned drama starring David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike depicting an interracial romance that changed the world.

101 mins United Kingdom Director. Amma Asante

OPENING NIGHT GALA 2016

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Arrival 2016 12

Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner star as the humans who make first contact with extra-terrestrial visitors in this richly textured sci-fi from director Denis Villeneuve.

116 mins USA Director. Denis Villeneuve

ROYAL BANK OF CANADA GALA 2016

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High-Rise 2015 15

Ben Wheatley's savage and brilliant adaptation of JG Ballard's dystopian satire, starring Tom Hiddleston.

120 mins United Kingdom Director. Ben Wheatley

FESTIVAL GALA IN ASSOCIATION WITH EMPIRE 2015

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High-Rise Director and Cast Q&A 2015

Director Ben Wheatley talks about adapting this sci-fi satire by J.G. Ballard, alongside Tom Hiddleston, Sienna Miller and Elizabeth Moss.

15 mins United Kingdom

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Brooklyn 2015 12

Saoirse Ronan shines as a woman who journeys from post-war small-town Ireland to New York, in Nick Hornby’s adaptation of Colm Tóibín’s best-selling novel.

112 mins United Kingdom Director. John Crowley

THE MAY FAIR HOTEL GALA 2015

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Brooklyn Introduction with Director John Crowley 2015

The director and actor Saoirse Ronan introduce their adaptation of Colm Tóibín’s novel about a young Irish woman who journeys to New York.

3 mins United Kingdom

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Carol 2014 15

Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara illuminate Todd Haynes’ intoxicating adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s beloved novel.

119 mins United Kingdom Director. Todd Haynes

AMERICAN EXPRESS GALA 2015

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Carol introduction with Todd Haynes and Cate Blanchett 2015

The actor joins her co-star Rooney Mara, director Todd Haynes and producer Elizabeth Karlsen to introduce their acclaimed 50s-set drama.

7 mins United Kingdom

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A Bigger Splash 2015 15

Ralph Fiennes delivers a sensational performance as one of four passionate souls sharing a villa in the Sicilian sunshine, with jealousy, intrigue and violence simmering beneath the surface.

125 mins Italy Director. Luca Guadagnino

LOVE GALA 2015

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A Bigger Splash Q&A with Ralph Fiennes 2015

The actor reflects on making this provocative film, alongside director Luca Guadagnino, following its Love Gala festival screening.

12 mins United Kingdom

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Trumbo 2015 15

Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad, Argo) gives a cracking performance as Dalton Trumbo, the Oscar-winning screenwriter who became a Hollywood outcast.

124 mins USA Director. Jay Roach

ACCENTURE GALA 2015

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Trumbo introduction with Bryan Cranston 2015

Actors Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, John Goodman, Helen Mirren and Bryan Cranston introduce their biopic of blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo.

8 mins United Kingdom

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Anthony Asquith's (A Cottage on Dartmoor, Underground), fabulous silent film set in a British movie studio in the 1920s.

103 mins United Kingdom Director. Anthony Asquith

ARCHIVE GALA 2015

A fabulous silent film from Anthony Asquith.

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The Lobster 2014 15

Colin Farrell, Ben Whishaw and Rachel Weisz star in this bleakly hilarious dystopian drama from Yorgos Lanthimos (Dogtooth).

112 mins Ireland Director. Yorgos Lanthimos

DARE GALA 2015

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The Lobster Q&A with Rachel Weisz and Colin Farrell 2015

The stars are joined by writer-director Yorgos Lanthimos to talk about animals, romance and their roles in this dystopian love story.

7 mins United Kingdom

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The Assassin 2015 12

Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s mesmerising, visually stunning tale of love and honour was Sight and Sound magazine’s best film of 2015.

120 mins Taiwan Director. Hou Hsiao-Hsien

JOURNEY GALA

Hou Hsiao-Hsien's mesmerising first foray into martial arts.

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The Forbidden Room 2015 12

Gleeful and hypnotic, Guy Maddin and Evan Johnson’s phantasmagoric opus reworks improvised rushes into a demented homage to B-movies.

119 mins Canada Director. Evan Johnson, Guy Maddin

EXPERIMENTA SPECIAL PRESENTATION

in Association with Sight & Sound

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The Program 2015 15

Ben Foster is Lance Armstrong in this kinetic account of the cyclist who fell from grace, from acclaimed director Stephen Frears.

103 mins France Director. Stephen Frears

DEBATE GALA

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The Program Q&A with Cast and Crew 2015

The cast of the controversial film about cyclist Lance Armstrong join director Stephen Frears and screenwriter John Hodge to discuss their project.

15 mins United Kingdom

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Brand: A Second Coming 2015 15

Russell Brand ponders his political awakening and messianic tendencies in Ondi Timoner’s perceptive and very funny documentary.

104 mins USA Director. Ondi Timoner

LAUGH GALA

Russell Brand ponders his political awakening in this lively doc that doesn’t forget to be funny.

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Foxcatcher 2014 15

Steve Carell and Channing Tatum deliver stunning performance in the story of the strange relationship between two Olympic wrestlers and their millionaire benefactor.

130 mins USA Director. Bennett Miller

AMERICAN EXPRESS GALA 2014

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Wild Tales 2014 15

This Oscar-nominated, Almodóvar-produced anthology of six tales of ordinary madness is the most riotously enjoyable portmanteau film since Pulp Fiction.

122 mins Argentina Director. Damian Szifron

LAUGH GALA 2014

Six hilarious short stories combine to form a macabre tango at the gates of madness

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The Imitation Game 2014 12

Benedict Cumberbatch’s roundly acclaimed performance anchors the incredible, Oscar-winning story of code-breaker Alan Turing.

114 mins USA Director. Morten Tyldum

OPENING NIGHT GALA 2014

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The Imitation Game Red Carpet Highlights 2014

Highlights from the red carpet for the star-studded Opening Night Gala film, The Imitation Game.

3 mins United Kingdom

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Mommy 2014 15

With stylish and charged intensity, Xavier Dolan charts the fractious relationship between an uncontrollable teen and his fun-loving mother.

138 mins Canada Director. Xavier Dolan-Tadros

DARE GALA 2014

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Xavier Dolan introduces Mommy 2014

The director discusses his award-winning film about a widowed mother struggling to raise her troubled son.

24 mins United Kingdom

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Mr. Turner 2014 12

Mike Leigh’s Cannes-winning account of the later years of J. M. W. Turner, brilliantly played by Timothy Spall.

140 mins United Kingdom Director. Mike Leigh

FESTIVAL GALA 2014

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Mr. Turner Red Carpet Highlights 2014

At its festival premiere, director Mike Leigh, Timothy Spall and producer Georgina Lowe discuss their life of the great Romantic painter J.M.W. Turner.

3 mins United Kingdom

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Winter Sleep 2014 15

Modern master filmmaker Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s Palme d’Or winner: an extraordinary, epic drama.

196 mins Director. Nuri Bilge Ceylan

JOURNEY GALA 2014

Nuri Bilge Celyan’s Palme d’Or winner: an epic drama that recalls Chekhov and Bergman at their most incisive

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