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This film was last shown on 13 October 2019

On Sunday 13th October, BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express is delighted to present a live satellite broadcast of the LFF’s Closing Night Gala, The Irishman, with thanks to distributor Netflix.

Audiences around the UK have the exclusive chance to see Closing Night red carpet footage from Leicester Square and interviews with the film’s creators, beamed by satellite into their local cinema and followed by a special preview of The Irishman.

Martin Scorsese’s ninth collaboration with Robert De Niro finds the master filmmaker returning to the genre he has helped define, with a mystery that has never been solved.

Who killed Jimmy Hoffa? A labour leader and the infamous head of the Teamsters union, whose connections with organised crime were wide ranging, his career ended with a conviction for jury tampering, attempted bribery and fraud, but he was pardoned by President Nixon in 1971. Not long after, he disappeared. Declared legally dead in 1982, various theories have circulated as to what happened to him. Few are as convincing as that told by Frank ‘The Irishman’ Sheeran.

Presented through Sheeran’s (De Niro) memories of his criminal past, the film uses state-of-the-art visual effects to ‘de-age’ the cast from their 70s through their 30s. The seamless post-production allows Scorsese to bring together a favoured megawatt cast, all on exceptional form: the former Goodfellas pairing of De Niro and Joe Pesci (out of retirement here for Scorsese), alongside Harvey Keitel, Stephen Graham, Anna Paquin, Jesse Plemons, Bobby Cannavale and Ray Romano. Al Pacino, appearing for the first time in a Scorsese film, gives a performance as Jimmy Hoffa so good you’ll want to watch it again straight away, not least the many scenes with Pacino’s Hoffa and De Niro’s Irishman Sheeran, whose friendship forms the heart of the film.

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Director
Martin Scorsese
Duration
3 hours 45 minutes
Cast
Al Pacino, Harvey Keitel, Joe Pesci, Robert De Niro

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