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Never Let Me Go and 127 HoursYesterday, the programme for the 2010 edition of the London Film Festival (runs October 13-28) was announced, accompanied by a hefty 104-page programme that will strike even the most well-informed film fan as daunting. If you've already logged onto the festival website (check it out here) and are puzzling out what to book for, this might make it easier:

Opening and closing nights are always a hot ticket, with many of the seats reserved for invitees and a limited number on sale to the public through a ballot. But if you want to chance your luck, opening night is Mark Romanek's adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro's disturbing novel Never Let Me Go, starring Carey Mulligan, Andrew Garfield (new Spider-Man!) and Keira Knightley. I've seen it, I'm embargoed from writing about it, but just go.

Closing night is 127 Hours, from the director (Danny Boyle) and writer (Simon Beaufoy) of Slumdog Millionaire. James Franco stars as a thrill junkie on a solo climbing expedition whose right arm becomes pinned under a half-tonne boulder for the titular duration. I've not seen it, but the clips they showed looked mighty impressive.

Find out what else is playing at LFF 2010 after the jump... Never Let Me Go and 127 HoursYesterday, the programme for the 2010 edition of the London Film Festival (runs October 13-28) was announced, accompanied by a hefty 104-page programme that will strike even the most well-informed film fan as daunting. If you've already logged onto the festival website (check it out here) and are puzzling out what to book for, this might make it easier:

Opening and closing nights are always a hot ticket, with many of the seats reserved for invitees and a limited number on sale to the public through a ballot. But if you want to chance your luck, opening night is Mark Romanek's adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro's disturbing novel Never Let Me Go, starring Carey Mulligan, Andrew Garfield (new Spider-Man!) and Keira Knightley. I've seen it, I'm embargoed from writing about it, but just go.

Closing night is 127 Hours, from the director (Danny Boyle) and writer (Simon Beaufoy) of Slumdog Millionaire. James Franco stars as a thrill junkie on a solo climbing expedition whose right arm becomes pinned under a half-tonne boulder for the titular duration. I've not seen it, but the clips they showed looked mighty impressive.

Mike Leigh's Another Year, starring Jim Broadbent, Ruth Sheen and Lesley Manville, was one of the highlights of Cannes this year, and is right up there with his very best work (Secrets And Lies, Naked). The London-set family drama has been chosen for the Centrepiece Gala presented by the Mayor of London. Whoever is making choices on behalf of Bo-Jo, they've got good taste.

Also benefiting from a Gala presentation is Lisa Cholodenko's The Kids Are All Right, starring Annette Bening and Julianne Moore as a lesbian couple whose teenage kids decide to track down the man (Mark Ruffalo) who provided the sperm for their conception. I won't say any more, except that it's hilarious, was the best film shown at this year's Sundance Film Festival, and is not to be missed.

Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan, a psychological thriller set in the world of ballet starring Natalie Portman, is enjoying good reports from Venice, where it recently opened the festival. West Is West is the sequel to Brit hit East Is East – the clip they showed yesterday looks very promising. Among non-gala titles, which you may find easier to book for (and the tickets are cheaper!) are the excellent US indie flick Blue Valentine, starring Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams; Let Me In, the US remake of Swedish vampire flick Let The Right One In, starring Kick-Ass's Chloe Moretz and The Road's Kodi Smit-McPhee; and Submarine, the directorial debut of The IT Crowd actor Richard Ayoade. Clip for the latter looks hilarious.

Stayed tuned for our daily blogs at the London Film Festival.