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Wild Tales
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Wild Tales 2014 15

This Oscar-nominated, Almodóvar-produced anthology of six tales of ordinary madness is the most riotously enjoyable portmanteau film since Pulp Fiction.

122 mins Director. Damian Szifron

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The Duke of Burgundy
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The Duke of Burgundy 2014 18

Peter Strickland’s visually and aurally intoxicating tale of sadomasochistic power-play is a daringly erotic sensory feast.

104 mins United Kingdom Director. Peter Strickland

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Paddington 2014 PG

The marmalade-loving bear from Peru returns to the screens in a new incarnation that will enrapture children and adults alike.

95 mins France Director. Paul King

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Palm Sunday Celebrations
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Palm Sunday Celebrations 1916

Palms and fanfare ahead of Easter - a salient event in the Christian calendar is captured with crisp clarity.

1 mins United Kingdom

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Sam Goes Shopping
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Sam Goes Shopping 1939

Stanley Holloway recounts the exploits of Sam Small, whose wife sends him shopping for... what was it again?

6 mins United Kingdom

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Alexandra Rose Day in Sheffield
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Alexandra Rose Day in Sheffield 1915

A rare film of Sheffield in 1915 with well-to-do women of the city out selling flowers on the streets to raise money for Alexandra Rose Day, and visiting recently wounded soldiers.

5 mins United Kingdom


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Broken Gardenias

Broken Gardenias 2014 15

The quirky lesbian road movie is available to watch on BFI Player for the duration of BFI Flare festival.

90 mins USA Director. Kai Alexander

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Mel Brooks Receives BFI Fellowship (Interview)
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Mel Brooks Receives BFI Fellowship (Interview) 2015

The great comedian-director reveals how he once quit Blazing Saddles (1974), and what he plans to do with the BFI’s highest honour.

6 mins United Kingdom

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Mr. Turner
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Mr. Turner 2014 12A

Mike Leigh’s Cannes-winning account of the later years of J. M. W. Turner, brilliantly played by Timothy Spall.

140 mins United Kingdom Director. Mike Leigh

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The Imitation Game
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The Imitation Game 2014 12

Benedict Cumberbatch’s roundly acclaimed performance anchors the incredible, Oscar-winning story of code-breaker Alan Turing.

114 mins USA Director. Morten Tyldum

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Winter Sleep
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Winter Sleep 2014 15

Modern master filmmaker Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s Palme d’Or winner: an extraordinary, epic drama.

196 mins Director. Nuri Bilge Ceylan

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Goodbye to Language
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Goodbye to Language 2014 15

Jean-Luc Godard’s typically innovative and playful meditation on technology, love and language was acclaimed one of the best films of 2014.

70 mins France Director. Jean-Luc Godard

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'71 2014 15

A young British squaddie is caught behind enemy lines in bomb-torn Belfast, in Yann Demange’s riveting suspense thriller.

99 mins United Kingdom Director. Yann Demange

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The Way He Looks
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The Way He Looks 2014 12A

A blind student’s relationship with his best friend is tested when he falls for the new boy in school, in Daniel Ribeiro’s beautifully realised romance.

96 mins Director. Daniel Ribeiro

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Eastern Boys
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Eastern Boys 2012 15

A gay pick-up turns into a dangerous game of betrayal and violence in this slyly subversive and compelling thriller.

128 mins France Director. Robin Campillo

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Baby 2000 15

A teenager (Ben Whishaw) pays a sexually charged visit to the swimming pool.

11 mins United Kingdom Director. Wiz

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Test 2013 15

A wonderfully evocative period drama exploring the telling details of gay life in San Francisco in 1985 with a fantastically upbeat 80s soundtrack.

89 mins USA Director. Chris Mason Johnson

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King of Escape
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King of Escape 2009 18

A film about tractors, aphrodisiacs and forbidden love from Alain Guiraudie, the Cannes award-winning director of Stranger by the Lake.

93 mins France Director. Alain Guiraudie


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Wheel in Britain
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Wheel in Britain 1953

Speeding round Britain by bike: taking in the scenery in a 1,600-mile competitive tour.

28 mins United Kingdom

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We Went to Wonderland
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We Went to Wonderland 2008

British-Chinese filmmaker Xiaolu Guo follows her ageing parents' journey to the West as they visit Europe. A rare chance to see one of Guo’s most personal films.

United Kingdom Director. Xiaolu Guo

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The Crane
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The Crane 1993

Jude Law makes his film debut in this unusual short as a man who loses his job, his home and his fiancée, all in the space of one day.

16 mins United Kingdom Director. Philip O'Shea

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Turn Out of the Wigan Fire Brigade
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Turn Out of the Wigan Fire Brigade 1902

Wet weather fails to dampen a thrilling show of horse-drawn fire wagons.

2 mins United Kingdom

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Peasantry around Smyrna before the War
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Peasantry around Smyrna before the War 1915

Spellbinding scenes of peasant life in the remote and rural villages of Western Anatolia, modern-day Turkey.

6 mins United Kingdom

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From Antwerp to Ostend
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From Antwerp to Ostend 1914

On the brink of invasion, holidaymakers promenade while refugees shelter in beach huts on the Belgian coastline in 1914.

7 mins United Kingdom

BFI FLARE Collection

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We Once Were Tide
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We Once Were Tide 2011

Anthony and Kyle spend their last night together in this quietly moving short set on a windswept Isle of Wight.

18 mins United Kingdom Director. Jason Bradbury

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You and the Night
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You and the Night 2013 18

Eric Cantona and Beatrice Dalle star in an outrageous erotic fever dream about a couple who invite four diverse guests to their midnight orgy.

98 mins France Director. Yann Gonzalez

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Uncle David
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Uncle David 2009 18

Celebrated cabaret artist David Hoyle’s debut film is a typically acerbic drama about the disturbing relationship between an uncle and his nephew.

98 mins United Kingdom Director. David Hoyle, Mike Nicholls, Gary Reich

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An Afternoon

An Afternoon 2014

Mathias and Frederick hang out after school. But does Mathias have the courage to tell his friend how he really feels?

9 mins Denmark Director. Søren Green

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Chance 2015

A chance meeting between Trevor and Amir stirs up unexpected passions. An inspiring story of inter-racial romance and overcoming adversity.

16 mins United Kingdom Director. Jake Graf

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True Wheel

True Wheel 2014

Welcome to Fender Bender, a bicycle workshop collective for the queer, trans and women’s communities of Detroit.

9 mins USA Director. Nora Mandray

Award Season

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Lilting 2013 15

Ben Whishaw stars in an intimate portrait of two strangers brought together by the common language of grief.

United Kingdom Director. Hong Khaou

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20,000 Days on Earth
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20,000 Days on Earth 2014 15

The myths and minutiae of musician Nick Cave are explored in the course of this fictional portrait, following 24 hours in the life of a cultural icon.

93 mins United Kingdom Director. Iain Forsyth, Jane Pollard

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The Lunchbox
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The Lunchbox 2013 PG

Mismatched lunchboxes lead to an unlikely romance in this exquisite Indian drama, brimful of tantalising food and elegantly delivered wisdom.

104 mins Director. Ritesh Batra

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Under the Skin
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Under the Skin 2013 15

An alien Scarlett Johansson prowls the streets of Glasgow in Jonathan Glazer’s astonishing, mind-bending mixture of existential sci-fi and inner-city realism.

108 mins United Kingdom Director. Jonathan Glazer

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Ida 2013 12A

The Best Film winner at the 2013 BFI London Film Festival is an exquisitely shot, moving drama about a Polish nun exploring her family's past, from UK-based director Pawel Pawlikowski.

81 mins Director. Pawel Pawlikowski

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Two Days, One Night
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Two Days, One Night 2014 15

Academy Award-winner Marion Cotillard’s collaboration with Cannes Festival-favourites Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne is a stunning, tense drama about a woman’s race against time to save her job.

95 mins Director. Luc Dardenne, Jean-Pierre Dardenne


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