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The BFI’s line-up for the London Film Festival 2013 has been announced! What films are you most anticipating this year? Here are some of the most anticipated releases of Youth Arts Online:

‘Gravity’ (November 8) is an upcoming thriller story of two astronauts who are left stranded in space after an accident destroys their Space Shuttle. The film, making full use of how modern CGI can recreate the impossible view, shows us the tense struggle of how two people fighting for the lives 372 miles above the Earth. Starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. Directed and Directed and by Alfonso Cuarón. Co-Written by Jonás Cuarón.

‘Captain Philips’ (October 18) is thriller film based on the true story of the hijacking of a US cargo ship by Somali pirates. Another tense situation grounded heavily in reality. Directed by Paul Greengrass. Adapted for screen by Billy Ray. Starring Tom Hanks.

Another Tom Hanks film, ‘Saving Mr. Banks’ (January 14) is the story how author P.L. Travers and Walt Disney created the well known film of ‘Mary Poppins’, based on Travers’ original novel. This film gives us the opportunity to see how Walt Disney himself injected that Disney magic into the story we all know and love. Directed by John Lee Hancock. Written by Kelly Marcel and Sue Smith. Starring Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks.

Steve Mcqueen reunites with Michael Fassbender to bring us the ’12 Years a Slave’ (January 24) . Based on the 1853 Solomon Northup autobiography, ’12 Years a Slave’ is the story of a free black man who was torn from his family and sold into slavery. The film will recount the twelve years he worked on plantations of Louisiana, before finally being released. Directed by Steve McQueen. Adapted for screen by John Ridley. Starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano, Paul Giamatti, and Sarah Paulson.

From the writers of ‘500 Days of Summer’ comes ‘The Spectacular Now’ is a coming of age comedy-drama centred around the the meeting of two teenagers from different worlds finding each-other, learning about themselves, and living in the moment. Directed by James Ponsoldt. Adapted for screen by Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber. Starring Shailene Woodley and Miles Teller.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s first feature project, ‘Don Jon’ (September 27) is an upcoming comedy about Itallian-American, sex and porn, addict “Don” Jon Martello who inadvertently stumbles upon the love of his life. Unfortunately she isn’t as enthusiastic about his interest in sex and porn as he is. The film will explore how Don learns to see that there’s more to life than sex. Directed, Written, and Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Also Starring Scarlet Johansson and Julianne Moore.

‘Antboy’ (October 13) is a Danish family-comedy film based on the children’s books by Kenneth Bøgh Andersen. Antboy is story of 12 year old Pelle who gets bitten by an ant and develops superpowers. Along with the help of his best friend, Pelle dons a superhero suit and dedicates his life to stopping criminals like his arch-nemesis, the Flea. Directed by Ask Hasselbalch. Adapted for screen by Torbjørn Rafn and Nikolaj Arcel.

Others films we are also looking forward too are ‘We are the Best’, ‘Blue is the Warmest Colour’, ‘The Past’, ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’, and ‘Omar’. What are you most looking forward to seeing? Check out the BFI’s official London Film Festival site for the programme.

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