The Closing Night Gala at the 63rd BFI London Film Festival will be Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman.
Starring Academy Award winners Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci, The Irishman will be having its international premiere on Sunday 13 October in London, with Scorsese and cast expected to attend. The BFI London Film Festival has also announced that simultaneous preview screenings of The Irishman will be taking place in cinemas across the UK.
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 examines the influence of organised crime in post-war America. Told through the eyes of World War II veteran Frank Sheeran (De Niro), a hustler and hitman who worked alongside some of the most notorious figures of the 20th century. Spanning decades, the film chronicles one of the greatest unsolved mysteries in American history – the disappearance of legendary Union President Jimmy Hoffa – and offers a journey through the hidden corridors of organised crime: its inner workings, rivalries and connections to mainstream politics.
Director Martin Scorsese commented: “I’m extremely honoured 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.”
The 63rd BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express takes place from Wednesday 2 October to Sunday 13 October 2019. The full festival programme will be announced on Thursday 29 August 2019.