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From Sarah Palin to Pop Punk, This Year's London Film Fest Has Something for Everyone

October 6, 2011 at 2:05 PM | by | ()

London's Southbank will be even more buzzy during this year's BFI Film Festival

From pre-punk pop to Sarah Palin, the films screening at this year's BFI London Film Festival run the gamut from playful to grave to "You betcha!" sunny in tone, sating cinephiles of all tastes. Running from October 12-27, the festival is a celebration of everything silver screen-related, with a focus on the country's rich film industry and entire program dedicated to New British Cinema.

As events like this go, BFI fest is overwhelming in its scope and offerings. Events and screenings sell out (many already have, including said Sarah Palin documentary), so not doing your share of forward planning could result in not attending full stop. To help you sort through the extensive list of movies playing, director's talks, galas, and more, we've rounded up three notable (and not yet fully booked) events below:

· Screen Talk: Michael Winterbottom

If you attend only one of the scheduled Screen Talks this year, make it the one-on-one with Michael Winterbottom. The director is known for forgoing structure in favor of improvisation, his use of hand-held cameras, and tackling difficult, controversial content. It's a rare opportunity to get inside the creative mind of the provocateur in person, and not simply by listening to DVD Director's Commentary.

· Film in Focus: We Need to Talk About Kevin:

We Need to Talk About Kevin has generated a hearty amount of buzz on the festival circuit, garnering heaps of praise at Cannes and beyond. Film in Focus is a series of free talks that give in-depth insight into films and filmmakers, and this event features writer-director Lynne Ramsay, co-writer Rory Kinnear, and producer Luc Roeg in candid conversation about the movie that just might claim Oscar gold come spring.

· The YouTube Interview with Seth Rogen and Will Reiser

In a sign of the times, this interview with 50/50 writer Will Reiser and actor Seth Rogen will be guided almost entirely by questions submitted in video or text form via—you guessed it—YouTube. We promise that no viral clips of cats or moody teenagers begging the public to "Leave Britney Alone!" will make an appearance on-screen.

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