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Saltburn starring Barry Keoghan and Alison Oliver selected to open 67th BFI London Film Festival
17 Aug 2023 : News Desk
Academy Award winner Emerald Fennell’s new feature film Saltburn starring Barry Keoghan will make its international premiere at the 67th BFI London Film Festival (October 4 – 15), where it will feature as this year’s opening night gala.

Saltburn opens Kristy Matheson’s first festival in her new role as BFI Festivals director, and stars Barry Keoghan, Jacob Elordi, Rosamund Pike, Richard E. Grant, Alison Oliver, Archie Madekwe and Carey Mulligan. The film, which is a beautifully wicked tale of privilege and desire, will receive its international premiere on Wednesday 4 October at the Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall.

Amazon Studios and MGM will release the MRC and LuckyChap Entertainment-produced film exclusively in cinemas on 24 November. There will also be simultaneous preview screenings of the film taking place at multiple cinemas across the UK.

Set in the mid-2000s and shot in a variety of locations around the UK, the story sees student Oliver Quick (Barry Keoghan) struggling to find his place at Oxford University and finding himself drawn into the world of the charming and aristocratic Felix Catton (Jacob Elordi), who invites him to Saltburn, his eccentric family’s sprawling estate, for a summer never to be forgotten. 

“I’m honoured that our film is able to open this year’s BFI London Film Festival,” said Fennell, who wrote, directed and produced Saltburn. “It is a festival that inspired me so much growing up, one that I followed excitedly from my bedroom on the other side of London. It feels extra-special that Saltburn, this very British tale of excess, is able to make its international debut at the wonderful BFI.” 

Matheson added: “As soon as the credits rolled on Saltburn it was clear we’d met our opening night film. Academy Award winner Emerald Fennell returns with an expertly crafted and exhilarating thrill ride of a film that showcases an enormous depth of UK talents in front of and behind the camera. With its exceptional performances, delicious plot twists and a soundtrack of early 21st century pop bangers, this hugely ambitious film immediately stole our hearts and we can’t wait to share it with audiences in London and across the UK this October.”

The film is an Amazon Studios and MGM production, along with MRC and LuckyChap Entertainment. Amazon Studios and MGM will release Saltburn in cinemas on 24 November. 

The 67th BFI London Film Festival takes place from Wednesday, October 4th to Sunday, October 15th, 2023.

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