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Top Movies to see at the BFI 53rd London Film Festival

BY Boon Koh
Published 28 September 2009

BFI 53rd London Film Festival Logo Although the London Film Festival pales in comparison when compared to the Cannes Film Festival or the one in Toronto, nevertheless there are some independent film gems that is shown in London and goes on to become a massive success worldwide. But from all the films to choose from, which ones are must-watch and the top picks of this year’s festival?

The London Insider team has scanned and reviewed through the lengthy list this year and shortlisted our top anticipated films. We’re not film critics, but here is our selection of the top choices:

Fantastic Mr. Fox

Fantastic Mr Fox movie poster

As a massive Roald Dahl fan when I was a kid, I remember reading Fantastic Mr. Fox over and over again. Now, this classic story is being adapted into an animated feature by Wes Anderson in his first foray into animation. However, its not just any animation; it is stop-motion animation, similar to Coraline and Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas. Stop-motion animation is not as flashy or “cool” as pure digital animation, but it has a certain “real” quality to it that many people, myself included, enjoy.

The film features voices from George Clooney, Meryl Streep, and Owen Wilson, and is showing in the Odeon, Empire, and Vue at Leicester Square.

Trailer for Fantastic Mr. Fox available here.

A Serious Man

A serious man movie poster

The Coen brothers are back again! After their Oscar award winning No Country for Old Men, they return with this droll story of a man in the 1960’s whose whole life just seems to go wrong all at once. With a bit of dark humor and full of irony, this promises to be a typical Coen brothers work and is well watching as it is sure to get bigger and bigger as Oscar fever starts to heat up!

Trailer for A Serious Man available here.

Up in the Air

Up In The Air movie poster

Another famous director, Jason Reitman, has a movie in this year’s BFI London Film Festival. For those who don’t know Reitman, he directed the wildly random movie Juno which somehow managed to touch the audience’s hearts through a random story about a knocked up teenager. Now, Reitman returns his focus to corporate America, and has recruited George Clooney to play the lead role in the movie. Somewhat of a romantic comedy and somewhat a jab against sprawling corporations and business traveling, this movie promises to entertain all, except maybe the kids.

Trailer for Up In The Air available here.

To book tickets for the film festival, visit the official 53rd London Film Festival website here. The film festival runs from the 14th to the 29th October 2009.

Well, those are my three picks for the upcoming 53rd BFI London Film Festival! Which will be the winner of the London Film Festival? Only time will tell! What are your favourite picks? Feel free to post a comment below!