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Two-Timing at the London Film Festival this year

26 September 2011

Less than a month to go until Opening night and we look ahead at the actors and filmmakers who will make two outings at this year's BFI London Film Festival.

The 55th BFI London Film Festival (in partnership with American Express) runs from 12th to 27th October

Ticket booking info: (the box office will open to the public from 26th Sept).

Weisz bookending: Rachel Weisz is on a high as she kicks off the 55th BFI London Film Festival with Fernando Meirelles ensemble opus ‘360' and bids us ta ta with Terrence Davies adaptation of ‘The Deep Blue Sea'. Both films take a look at the choices we have in relationships: from clipped 1930s London the metropolitan mainstay of now.









Tipped for Oscar gold, Michael Fassbender does the rounds as Sigmund Freud in ‘A Dangerous Method' and as self-destructive sex addict in Steve McQueen hotly anticipated ‘Shame'. Flanked by Brit belles du jours, Keira Knightley and Carey Mulligan respectively, Fassbender is not shy to praise his ‘wonderful, beautiful' co-stars.


There's plenty George Clooney to go around at this year's festival as hapless Dad in family drama, ‘The Descendants', from the director of ‘Sideways' and as père politique (pictured here with Philip Seymour Hoffman) in self directed, Amex Gala film, ‘The Ides of March', alongside Ryan Gosling.














John C. Reilly trilogy: ‘Carnage' where all the rules of adult behaviour get drowned at the bottom of a whiskey glass; coming of age gem ‘Terri' (pictured above with Jacob Wysocki) in which Reilly plays pedantic but kind hearted vice principal to outsized teen loner and of course, the chilling ‘We need to Talk about Kevin' (with Tilda Swinton) where he plays long suffering father and husband.


Vanguard of experimental collaboration, Jonas Mekas offers two illuminating films on creative relationships: ‘Correspondence' tracking his partnership with fellow filmmaker José Luis Guerí and ‘Sleepless Nights Stories', a journey through the insomniac entries of artists such as Marina.

Genius fairytale magic from favourite Terry Gilliam who presents two shorts: ‘Monster of Nix' with voices from the filmmaker and Tom Waits and ‘The Wholly Family' which follows an American family around Naples under the spell of a cursed doll.

Emerging as a household name of his generation, Michael Shannon serves up two engaging tranches of American life: ‘The Return' where he plays patient husband as his wife returns from combat in the Middle East and in ‘Take Shelter', in which he plays a troubled everyman, plagued by an increasing sense of dread.