The Times BFI 53rd London Film Festival - the UK's largest film festival - is almost upon us and, as ever, it would appear that a plethora of top class movies are on the menu. Throw into that mix 15 world premieres, a host of swish red carpet events and some big name stars and you have a potentially memorable film fortnight. So stick it in your diaries - 15 to 29 October - and let us guide you through what to expect. img hspace="4" border="1" align="middle" vspace="4" alt="Matt Damon and George Clooney" src="http://www.blogcdn.com/blog.moviefone.com/media/2009/09/damon-clooney-split_414x275.jpg" />
The Times BFI 53rd London Film Festival - the UK's largest film festival - is almost upon us and, as ever, it would appear that a plethora of top class movies are on the menu. Throw into that mix 15 world premieres, a host of swish red carpet events and some big name stars and you have a potentially memorable film fortnight. So stick it in your diaries - 15 to 29 October - and let us guide you through what to expect.
In total, 191 feature films and 113 shorts are set to be aired at LFF with Wes Anderson's new take on the classic Roald Dahl children's story, Fantastic Mr Fox, opening the ceremony (Sam Taylor-wood's biopic of a young John Lennon, Nowhere Boy, will close it). Other highlights include new films from Steven Soderbergh, Ang Lee and Joel and Ethan Coen plus the very first UK screening of Toy Story 2 in 3D.
Elsewhere, Jane Campion's Bright Star (about the poet John Keats), The White Ribbon (winner of the Palme d'Or at Cannes) and The Road (an adaptation of the Cormac McCarthy novel) will be among a few movies set to receive gala screenings.
As for celebrity spotting, well, George Clooney looks a dead cert to make an appearance - not least because of three of his films will be playing (The Men Who Stare at Goats, Up in the Air and Fantastic Mr Fox). The likes of Bill Murray, Meryl Streep, Clive Owen, Julianne Moore and Ray Winstone are all set to appear too as well as directors including Ang Lee and Jane Campion.
More highlights from this year's event will be a 20th anniversary celebration of Wallace and Gromit with a career interview with their creator, animator Nick Park. And - for the first time ever - an award will be handed out for the festival's best film.
All in all, and in the words of Wallace and Gromit, it looks set to be a cracking two weeks. We intend to keep you updated with all the latest from the event but, for now, here's the films we've already started queuing to see at LFF.
Five to watch at LFF
The Men Who Stare At Goats
Starring George Clooney and Ewan McGregor, this is inspired by Jon Ronson's non fiction bestseller about the bizarre activities of a secret unit in the US military. There are strong rumours suggesting that Clooney will nab an Oscar nomination for this.
A Serious Man
Joel and Ethan Coen's latest film stars Michael Stuhlbarg in this 60s-set black comedy about a professor who watches his life unravel when his wife prepares to leave him because his inept brother won't move out of the house.
A post-apocalyptic tale of a man and his son trying to survive by any means possible. This is the eagerly anticipated adaptation of the Cormac McCarthy's Pulitzer Prize winning novel starring Viggo Mortensen, Charlize Theron and Guy Pearce.
Matt Damon stars in this Steven Soderbergh film telling the story of the highest-ranking corporate whistleblower in US history. Damon piled on 30 pounds to play the role, feasting on - in no particular order - crisps, dark beer, McDonald's value meals and Doritos.
Fantastic Mr Fox
The strange world of Roald Dahl meets the even stranger world of Wes Anderson. We've been buzzing about this one for ages. Along with Clooney, Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzman and Meryl Streep add their vocal talents to the mix.
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