Joel Coen’s ‘THE TRAGEDY OF MACBETH’ to close 65th BFI London Film Festival!

The 65th BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express has this morning announce that this year’s Closing Night Gala will be THE TRAGEDY OF MACBETH, written and directed by Joel Coen, and from Apple Original Films and A24

THE TRAGEDY OF MACBETH will receive its European Premiere on Sunday 17 October 2021 at LFF Gala venue the Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, with Joel Coen expected to attend.

The 65th BFI London Film Festival has also announced that there will be simultaneous preview screenings of THE TRAGEDY OF MACBETH taking place at LFF partner venues across the UK.  


Joel Coen comments:

“Shakespeare belongs to the world but comes from Britain.  Having borrowed your cultural patrimony, and having had the great good luck to work with a few of your most brilliant actors, I’m honoured to bring this movie to the London Film Festival for its European premiere.”


Written and directed by Joel Coen and produced by Joel Coen, Frances McDormand and Robert Graf, this bold and fierce new adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic stars Denzel Washington as Macbeth, Frances McDormand as Lady Macbeth, and Corey Hawkins as Macduff.


Tricia Tuttle, BFI London Film Festival Director said:

“We fell in love with Joel Coen’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s Scottish Play. Poised in a magical space between theatre and cinema, this is a stunning production. Bruno Delbonnel’s silvery monochrome photography captures the moody almost expressionist sets from designer Stefan Dechant and Carter Burwell has written a spell-casting score. And while the ensemble cast – including many UK talents – is thoroughly excellent, Frances McDormand and Denzel Washington mesmerise as the couple whose political ambition proved their fatal downfall. So many of us missed the big screen experience last year, and this a perfect celebration of this art form that’s built on ancient traditions of storytelling but with truly magical powers to convey intimacy and awesome scale and spectacle. It’s such a privilege to be Closing the LFF with a film of this extraordinary calibre and welcoming Joel Coen and his collaborators to the Festival.”


The 65th BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express takes place from Wednesday 6 October to Sunday 17 October, 2021. The LFF Programme Launch will take place on Tuesday 7 September 2021.

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