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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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La La Land 2016 12

Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone channel old-school Hollywood glamour in this bright and playful romantic musical from director Damien Chazelle (Whiplash).

128 mins USA Director. Damien Chazelle

HEADLINE GALA 2016

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Manchester by the Sea 2016 15

Casey Affleck and Michelle Williams shine in this devastating, Oscar-winning drama from Kenneth Lonergan about a man’s painful hometown return.

137 mins USA Director. Kenneth Lonergan

HEADLINE GALA 2016

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A Monster Calls 2016 12

JA Bayona's visually inventive and deeply moving story about a boy who draws on his expansive imagination to come to terms with impending loss, adapted from Patrick Ness’ hugely popular book.

108 mins Great Britain Director. J.A. Bayona

May Fair Hotel 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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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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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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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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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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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 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

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

DARE GALA 2014

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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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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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