Armando Iannucci’s David Copperfield to open BFI London Film Festival

Armando Iannucci’s adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic Victorian novel David Copperfield will open the BFI London Film Festival in October (19).
The movie, The Personal History of David Copperfield, features an all-star British cast, including Dev Patel in the title role, Tilda Swinton, Hugh Laurie, Peter Capaldi, Ben Whishaw, and Armando’s frequent collaborator Paul Whitehouse.
The film will receive its European premiere on 2 October at the Odeon Lux cinema in London’s Leicester Square, opening the prestigious British industry event.
A delighted Armando said in a press release: “It’s a huge thrill and honour to be asked to open the fantastic BFI London Film Festival. The Personal History of David Copperfield is a film about compassion, humour, generosity and friendship, and I couldn’t have asked for a more welcoming setting in which to premiere it.”
David Copperfield, which is often regarded as Charles Dickens’ masterpiece and features some semi-autobiographical details, follows its main character David from childhood to adulthood, as well as through love and loss.
The new project is the Scottish filmmaker’s follow-up to his acclaimed satire The Death of Stalin, which debuted back in 2017.