Guillermo Del Toro’s Pinocchio to world premiere at London Film Festival

Guillermo Del Toro’s unique take on the story of Pinocchio, a marionette doll come to life, will premiere at the London Film Festival.


As previously announced, the film version of the smash hit stage musical Road Dahl’s Matilda The Musical will open the 66th edition of the BFI London Film Festival in October, while Rian Johnson’s Knives Out sequel, Glass Onion, will close it

The festival has today announced their entire slate of world premieres taking place at the festival. Guillermo Del Toro’s Pinocchio is one of the glitziest titles to have their premiere in London during the festival. 

Del Toro’s Pinocchio, which is produced and distributed by Netflix, looks like it’ll be a completely different take on the classic Disney film. Disney are premiering their own, live-action, adaptation of Pinocchio on Disney+ on September 8 as well. Del Toro’s animated film comes with a handsome voice cast that includes Tilda Swinton, Ewan McGregor and Christoph Waltz. 

Animation studio Cartoon Saloon are also bringing their new animation My Father’s Dragon to the festival and Asif Kapadia’s new, ambitious film Creature will also premiere at the festival. 

London Film Festival is also bringing back their LFF Series strand which showcases the best TV shows and other episodic entertainment. This year’s Series Special Presentation is The English, starring Emily Blunt and Chaske Spencer, whilst Mammals, a fascinating look at marriage and monogamy starring James Corden and Sally Hawkins, can also be found in the programme. 

In total, 15% of the films screening this year are world premieres, up from 11% in 2021. 

Festival director Tricia Tuttle commented on the announcement: “Galas, competitive features, short films – across all sections of the programme, this is perhaps the richest overall selection of world premieres we have had the privilege of hosting at BFI London Film Festival, and we want to give these artists a moment in the sun before the full programme launch.”

The full programme will be announced on September 1, so check back here for the full programme. BFI London Film Festival runs from 5-16 October. 

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