Blade Runner 2049, the sequel to Ridley Scotts 1982 sci-fi classic, will be the opening film at the 33rd Haifa International Film Festival on October 5.
Harrison Ford will reprise the role of Rick Deckard in the belated sequel, which is directed by Denis Villeneuve. The French-Canadian filmmakers previous films include another sci-fi movie, Arrival (2016), the drug-smuggling thriller Sicario (2015) and crime drama Prisoners (2013).
The plot of the new film, which was made for a reported budget of $185 million, follows Officer K. (Ryan Gosling) of the Los Angeles Police Department, who exposes an old secret that has the potential to plunge whats left of humanity into chaos.
The festival in the northern city will run for 10 days until October 14. Other notable local premieres include films by acclaimed international filmmakers such as Yorgos Lanthimos (The Killing of a Sacred Deer), Andrei Zvyagintsev (Loveless), Agnes Varda (Faces Places), the Taviani brothers (Rainbow – A Private Affair) and Claire Denis (Let the Sunshine In).
Other premieres include Darren Aronofskys latest, mother!, starring Jennifer Lawrence; Tomas Alfredsons serial killer thriller The Snowman, starring Michael Fassbender and based on the best-selling novel by Norwegian novelist Jo Nesbø; Stephen Frears historical drama Victoria & Abdul, starring Judi Dench as Queen Victoria; Jonathan Teplitzkys Churchill, with Brian Cox in the title role; Maudie, starring Sally Hawkins as Canadian folk artist Maud Lewis; and Israeli director Oren Movermans caustic comedy-drama The Dinner, starring Richard Gere, Laura Linney and Steve Coogan.
There will also be two restored classics, both celebrating their 50th anniversaries this year: Luis Buñuels Belle de Jour, starring Catherine Deneuve; and Mike Nichols The Graduate, with Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft and some of the most celebrated scenes of modern American cinema.
There are also some special events. One is a tribute to U.S. filmmaker David Lynch, another a farewell to French legend Jeanne Moreau, who died at age 89 in July.
There are four events in the Lynch celebration, including two Twin Peaks movies (the 1992 prequel Fire Walk With Me and The Missing Pieces, featuring scenes that were cut from the prequel), plus screenings of Eraserhead and Lost Highway.
Tickets go on sale to the general public on September 20.
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