BFI London Film Festival Kicks Off With ‘Captain Phillips’
our editor recommends ‘Captain Phillips’: Tom Hanks Reflects on Somali Culture at L.A. Premiere The movie, which stars Hanks as the titular captain of a U.S. container shipthat was hijacked off the Somali coast in 2009, heralded the beginning ofthe 12-day movie jamboree from the British capital. At the opening ceremony, which was beamed around the U.K. to 30 screens live from London’s Odeon Leicester Square, autograph hunters gathered to cheer Hanks, who was accompanied by his wifeRita Wilsonoutside the theater.BFI chief executive Amanda Nevill welcomed the guests and thanked sponsors for their financial support for the festival.Clare Stewart, marking her sophomore edition as the BFI’s head of exhibitionand distribution, took to the stage to welcome Greengrass and company. PHOTOS:On Board With ‘Captain Phillips’: Exclusive Portraits of Tom Hanks and Barkhad Abdi With Hanks starring in both the opening and closing film,Saving Mr. Banks, and the fact he is a producer on Parkland,which will have its own LFF gala — Stewart joked about how next year’s festival may have to create a “Hanks” sidebar. Along with thanking producersDana Brunetti and Michael De Luca, Stewart also thanked Sony for bringing CaptainPhillips to the festival.Stewart introduced Greengrass to the stage with the director immediately bringing Hanks up to applause. “If tonight goes well, I’ll come back,” promised Hanks, who also gave a shout out to the cast and crew in the audience and producers Scott Rudin, de Luca and Brunetti.”We all survived a trip on the SS Greengrass,” Hanks quipped. Greengrass, a Londoner, thanked his dad who was “somewhere in the audience” as the movie began. The 57th BFI London Film Festival, in partnerhship with American Express,will welcome over 500 guests for the 12 day event including over 150directors with over 110 actors in tow for the 235 feature films set to unspool. VIDEO:’Captain Phillips’ Trailer: Tom Hanks Negotiates With Pirates Talent expected to show for the various gala events and festival shindigs includes Kate Winslet, Josh Brolin, Jason Reitman, Tom Hiddleston, Jesse Eisenberg, John Curran, Dane DeHaan, Alex Gibney, Greg Wise, Robin Wright, Ari Folman, Anna Kendrick, Emily Mortimer, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Charlie Cox, Jodie Whittaker, Christian Cooke, Annabelle Wallis, Tahar Rahim, David Thewlis and Terry Gilliam. The event will also play host to its usual mix of career interviews,masterclasses, and other special events with cast, crew and filmmakers. The festival will close with the world premiere of John LeeHancock’s Saving Mr.
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