Leonardo DiCaprio’s Doc ‘Before the Flood’ to Bow in Europe at London Film Festival

Before the Flood

Leonardo DiCaprio‘s climate change doc “Before the Flood” will have its European debut at the BFI London Film Festival. The festival announced the news Monday. The film had its world premiere at Toronto International Film Festival on Sept. 9.

The film will screen as part of the Special Presentations banner on Oct. 15. Ava DuVernay’s doc “The 13th” will also show in the section.

Fisher Stevens directed the film, which follows DiCaprio as he seeks to raise awareness on climate change. DiCaprio talks to world leaders, scientists and more about the dangers and possible solutions to the problem. The Oscar-winning actor also produced the documentary.

In a statement, Director of BFI London Film Festival, Clare Stewart, said:

We are thrilled to be presenting the European premiere of ‘Before the Flood,’ a film that is both an urgent and illuminating update on climate change and a passionate clarion call from Leonardo DiCaprio and Fisher Stevens.

The 12 day fest, which runs Oct. 5-16, revealed its full lineup earlier this month.

The festival is massive, with 193 fiction and 52 documentary features, including 18 World Premieres, eight International Premieres and 39 European Premieres. In addition, there will also be screenings of 144 short films, including documentary, live action and animated works, per the official statement.

“Birth of a Nation” will receive a gala screening at the fest. Other films with that distinction are Damien Chazelle’s “La La Land,” Kenneth Lonergan’s “Manchester by the Sea,” Oliver Stone’s “Snowden,” Denis Villeneuve’s “Arrival,” Tom Ford’s “Nocturnal Animals,” J.A. Bayona’s “A Monster Calls” and Lone Scherfig’s “Their Finest.”

Previously, the festival announced that Amma Asante’s “A United Kingdom” would open the fest, while Ben Wheatley’s “Free Fire” would close.

The films in competition at BFI London Film Festival are:


  • Martin Koolhoven, BRIMSTONE
  • Kelly Reichardt, CERTAIN WOMEN
  • Mohamed Diab, CLASH
  • Paul Verhoeven, ELLE
  • François Ozon, FRANTZ
  • Ivan Sen, GOLDSTONE (European Premiere)
  • Mijke de Jong, LAYLA M. (European Premiere)
  • Barry Jenkins, MOONLIGHT (European Premiere)
  • Pablo Larraín, NERUDA
  • Terence Davies, A QUIET PASSION
  • Benedict Andrews, UNA (European Premiere)
  • Makoto Shinkai, YOUR NAME


  • Jorge Riquelme Serrano, CHAMELEON (International Premiere)
  • Darren Thornton, A DATE FOR MAD MARY
  • Houda Benyamina, DIVINES
  • Johannes Nyholm, THE GIANT
  • Mohamed Ben Attia, HEDI
  • William Oldroyd, LADY MACBETH
  • Hope Dickson Leach, THE LEVELLING (European Premiere)
  • Claude Barras, MY LIFE AS A COURGETTE
  • Bartosz M. Kowalski, PLAYGROUND
  • Gabe Klinger, PORTO
  • Julia Ducournau, RAW
  • Daouda Coulibaly, WÙLU


  • Jenny Gage, ALL THIS PANIC (European Premiere)
  • Eva Orner, CHASING ASYLUM (European Premiere)
  • Jon Nguyen, Olivia Neergaard-Holm, DAVID LYNCH: THE ART LIFE
  • Claire Simon, THE GRADUATION
  • Khushboo Ranka, Vinay Shukla, AN INSIGNIFICANT MAN (European Premiere)
  • Alma Har’el, LOVETRUE
  • Alice Diop, ON CALL
  • Ulrich Seidl, SAFARI
  • Mehrdad Oskouei, STARLESS DREAMS
  • Keith Maitland, TOWER
  • Andreas Dalsgaard, Obaidah Zytoon, THE WAR SHOW


  • Ivete Lucas, Patrick Bresnan, THE SEND OFF
  • Réka Bucsi, LOVE
  • João Paulo Miranda Maria, THE GIRL WHO DANCED WITH THE DEVIL
  • Issa Touma, Thomas Vroe§ge, Floor van der Meulen, 9 DAYS – FROM MY WINDOW IN ALEPPO
  • Patrick Tarrant, THE TREMBLING GIANT
  • Anna Maguire, YOUR MOTHER AND I
  • Kevin Jerome Everson, EARS, NOSE AND THROAT
  • Ena Sendijarevic, IMPORT
  • Amy Nicholson, PICKLE
  • Ali Asgari, Farnoosh Samadi, THE SILENCE
  • Jed Hart, CANDY FLOSS
  • Ana Vaz, THERE IS LAND!

Tell us: What do you think about the BFI London Film Festival lineup? Would you see “Before the Flood” at the fest? Sound off in the comments below!