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Brad Pitt's Fury to close 58th BFI London Film Festival


Story by Jack Foley

BRAD Pitt’s World War II drama Fury is to close the 58th BFI London Film Festival.

The film will be receiving its European premiere on Sunday, October 19, 2014, at the Odeon Leicester Square, with leading man Pitt confirmed to be in attendance along with writer-director David Ayer, whose film End of Watch screened in LFF Official Competition 2012.

A cinecast from the red carpet and simultaneous screenings will take place at cinemas across the UK.

Fury stars Pitt as Don “Wardaddy” Collier, Shia LaBeouf as Boyd Swan, Logan Lerman as Norman Ellison, Michael Peña as Trini Garcia and Jon Bernthal (The Wolf of Wall Street) as Grady Travis.

In Fury, it is April, 1945. As the Allies make their final push in the European Theatre, a battle-hardened army sergeant named Wardaddy (Brad Pitt) commands a Sherman tank and her five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines.

Outnumbered and outgunned, and with a rookie soldier thrust into their platoon, Wardaddy and his men face overwhelming odds in their heroic attempts to strike at the heart of Nazi Germany.

Clare Stewart, BFI London Film Festival Director, commented: “Fury is a resounding cinematic achievement. Rarely is a film so successful at balancing the human drama of war with such thrilling action sequences. We look forward to welcoming LFF alumni David Ayer and Brad Pitt to London as we draw the 58th BFI London Film Festival to a monumental close.”

Director David Ayer added: “It is a great honoyr for our film to be chosen for the Closing Night celebration of the BFI London Film Festival – one of the leading festivals in Europe. It’s a true pleasure to be returning to England, where we shot the film – the fields of Oxfordshire and Bovingdon Airfield in Hertfordshire were our home for 12 weeks last year, so it’s something of a homecoming for us to present the movie at its European premiere.

“I’m thrilled that Festival audiences will be among the first in Europe to see it.”

Sony Pictures Releasing (UK) will release the film in UK cinemas on October 24, 2014.

The 58th BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express runs from Wednesday, October 8, 2014, to Sunday, October 19. The full programme for the Festival will be announced on Wednesday, September 3.