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BFI London Film Festival Presents

A place to meet the world's top films and their creators, the London Film Festival represents global cinema at its deep, diverse best.

Discovery is central to the London Film Festival: finding talent, revealing rarities and chancing upon documentaries, shorts, classics or restorations. This Collection, taken from the last five years of premieres, shows the depth of excellence in cinema. It also features candid, exclusive interviews with writers, directors and others who discuss their contributions to the art of filmmaking.

"Film festivals at their best, I think, are a window and also a mirror. A window through which we can see the world and a mirror in which we can see ourselves."

Paul Greengrass

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BFI London Film Festival Presents

2016 FESTIVAL

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Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World 2016 12

Legendary filmmaker Werner Herzog explores the past, present and future of the Internet in this extraordinary documentary.

98 mins USA Director. Werner Herzog

"The latest of Herzog's heady explorations of what it means to be human (and even post-human), rendered in his characteristically personal, decidedly analog style."

- Justin Chang, Variety

Premiered in the Debate strand at the 2016 BFI London Film Festival.

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Court 2014 PG

Hailed as a modern classic channelling the spirit of Satyajit Ray, Chaitanya Tamhane's film is an absurdist portrait of injustice in contemporary India.

116 mins India Director. Chaitanya Tamhane

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The Here After 2015 15

A teenager attempts to integrate back into society following a spell in prison, but the community is unwilling to forgive him.

114 mins Poland Director. Magnus von Horn

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The Hard Stop 2015 15

The story of Mark Duggan, who was shot and killed in Tottenham in 2011, is brought to the screen in this humane, thought-provoking and topical documentary.

85 mins United Kingdom Director. George Amponsah

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Brand New Testament 2015 15

Catherine Deneuve and Benoît Poelvoorde head the cast in Jaco Van Dormael’s wildly inventive comedy, in which God’s daughter decides to rewrite the rules.

113 mins Belgium Director. Jaco van Dormael

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Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words 2015 PG

An illuminating portrait of the pioneering actress, crafted from her unique personal archive of home-movie footage, letters and diary extracts.

114 mins Sweden Director. Stig Björkman

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Elstree 1976
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Elstree 1976 2015 12

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, ten actors landed small roles in a mysterious project called Star Wars. This is the story of how their lives changed forever.

90 mins United Kingdom Director. Jon Spira

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Light Years 2015 12

Beth Orton stars in a wonderfully subtly and nuanced drama that explores the toll of physical and mental illness on a family. This first feature is poignant and poetic while offering dazzling fractured moments to savour.

89 mins United Kingdom Director. Esther May Campbell

2015 Highlights

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My Scientology Movie 2015 15

Louis Theroux investigates the secretive world of the Church of Scientology, armed with his characteristic deadpan wit.

109 mins United Kingdom Director. John Dower

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The Assassin 2015 12

Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s mesmerising, visually stunning tale of love and honour was Sight and Sound magazine’s best film of 2015.

120 mins Taiwan Director. Hou Hsiao-Hsien

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Trumbo 2015 15

Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad, Argo) gives a cracking performance as Dalton Trumbo, the Oscar-winning screenwriter who became a Hollywood outcast.

124 mins USA Director. Jay Roach

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The Lobster 2014 15

Colin Farrell, Ben Whishaw and Rachel Weisz star in this bleakly hilarious dystopian drama from Yorgos Lanthimos (Dogtooth).

112 mins Ireland Director. Yorgos Lanthimos

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Tangerine 2015 15

A big-hearted film shot on a small phone, this LA tale of two transgender working girls out for vengeance fizzes with wild energy.

88 mins USA Director. Sean Baker

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The Pearl Button 2015 12

Patricio Guzmán’s lyrical, illuminating follow-up to Nostalgia for the Light explores the fateful role played by water in Chile’s tragic history.

82 mins France Director. Patricio Guzmán

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High-Rise 2015 15

Ben Wheatley's savage and brilliant adaptation of JG Ballard's dystopian satire, starring Tom Hiddleston.

120 mins United Kingdom Director. Ben Wheatley

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The Forbidden Room 2015 12

Gleeful and hypnotic, Guy Maddin and Evan Johnson’s phantasmagoric opus reworks improvised rushes into a demented homage to B-movies.

119 mins Canada Director. Evan Johnson, Guy Maddin

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Shooting Stars 1928 PG

Anthony Asquith's (A Cottage on Dartmoor, Underground), fabulous silent film set in a British movie studio in the 1920s.

103 mins United Kingdom Director. Anthony Asquith

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