BFI Film Festival London: Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman” Announced As Closing Film

The Irishman First Images
5th August 2019

The Movie Gets Its International Premiere On The 13th October

Great news from the BFI Film Festival London. They just announced that “The Irishman” from director Martin Scorsese will be this year’s Closing Night Gala on Sunday the 13th of October. It’s also the international premiere of the movie.

Martin Scorsese and cast expected to attend the red carpet event. There’s even more good news for people who can’t be there in person. There will be simultaneous preview screenings of “The Irishman” taking place at cinemas across the UK on that evening.

According to director Scorsese, he’s: “extremely honored to be having the International Premiere of The Irishman at the closing night of the BFI London Film Festival. This picture was many years in the making. It’s a project that Robert De Niro and I started talking about a long time ago, and we wanted to make it the way it needed to be made. It’s also a picture that all of us could only have made at this point in our lives. We’re all very excited to be bringing The Irishman to London.”

Tricia Tuttle, BFI London Film Festival Director said “What an immense cinephile thrill it is to close the 63rd BFI London Film Festival with the International Premiere of Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman. British Film Institute Fellow Scorsese is one of the true greats of cinema – as both a creator and a tireless champion of preservation and film history – and here he and his creative team have delivered an epic of breathtakingly audacious scale and complexity, exploring relationships of trust and betrayal, regret and remorselessness, which dominated a period of American history. This is a major occasion for film lovers and I cannot wait to share this film with UK audiences.”

See first look images of The Irishman here.

The BFI Film Festival takes place from Wednesday 2nd October until Sunday 13th October 2019. The full festival programme will be announced on Thursday 29 August 2019.

(Images courtesy of Netflix)

Reuniting Scorsese with his Gangs of New York screenwriter Steve Zaillian, who adapts from Charles Brandt’s novel I Heard You Paint Houses, The Irishman is a grand scale epic examining the influence of organised crime in post-war America. Told through the eyes of World War II veteran Frank Sheeran (De Niro).

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