Empties, fresh from Venice, on London film festival programme


    Empties, a poignant Czech comedy directed by Jan Svěrák, will be on the programme of the Times BFI 51st London Film Festival which opens Oct. 17.

    The programme, announced Thursday, also includes two prize-winners at Cannes from Romania: Cristian Mungiu;s Palme d'Or winner 4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days and Cristian Nemescu's California Dreamin'. Mungiu's film will be one of 12 gala screenings.

    The documentary section will include the film Marcela by Helen Treslikova of the Czech Republic.

    Altogether the festival will host seven world, 29 European and 128 UK premieres.