London film festival opens as a ‘symbol of resistance’

The capital’s movie showcase starts as Covid-19 is closing cinemas, but its director still has hope

This year’s BFI London film festival is a symbol of resistance for an industry that has been “absolutely battered” by the Covid-19 crisis, according to its director, who said cinema may change forever because of the pandemic.

Tricia Tuttle, the London film festival’s director since 2018, said this year’s edition had taken on a greater “symbolic significance” because of the impact of the pandemic.

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