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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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La La Land 2016 12

Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone channel old-school Hollywood glamour in this bright and playful romantic musical from director Damien Chazelle (Whiplash).

128 mins USA Director. Damien Chazelle

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A Monster Calls 2016 12

JA Bayona's visually inventive and deeply moving story about a boy who draws on his expansive imagination to come to terms with impending loss, adapted from Patrick Ness’ hugely popular book.

108 mins Great Britain Director. J.A. Bayona

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Spaceship 2016 15

British teen cinema gets an injection of hallucinogenic imagination, plus a few unicorns and aliens, in Alex Taylor’s unclassifiable debut feature.

87 mins United Kingdom Director. Alex Taylor

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Manchester by the Sea 2016 15

Casey Affleck and Michelle Williams shine in this devastating, Oscar-winning drama from Kenneth Lonergan about a man’s painful hometown return.

137 mins USA Director. Kenneth Lonergan

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The Levelling 2016 15

Hope Dickson Leach's hugely impressive first feature about a middle class farming family’s crisis, set against the backdrop of the Somerset floods.

83 mins United Kingdom Director. Hope Dickson Leach

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The Eagle Huntress 2016 U

Daisy Ridley narrates this inspiring documentary about a girl who causes a stir in her tribe in Mongolia by embracing the traditionally male role of Eagle Hunter.

101 mins USA Director. Otto Bell

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Toni Erdmann - Watch Trailer (Online 29th May) 2016 15

The riotous comedy about a lonely prankster who tries to upend the precision life of his high-powered consultant daughter; winner of a Cannes prize and Oscar-nominated.

162 mins Germany Director. Maren Ade

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Tower 2016

An emotionally gripping and visually stunning account of the first American mass school shooting, in Texas in 1966, blending archive, animation and contemporary interviews.

96 mins USA Director. Keith Maitland

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Taekwondo 2016 18

A gorgeously photographed, teasingly libidinous exercise in latent homoeroticism set over a long hot summer in Buenos Aires.

112 mins Argentina Director. Marco Berger

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Arrival
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Arrival 2016 12

Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner star as the humans who make first contact with extra-terrestrial visitors in this richly textured sci-fi from director Denis Villeneuve.

116 mins USA Director. Denis Villeneuve

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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

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Paterson 2016 15

Adam Driver excels in this effortlessly charming tale of a bus driver poet in New Jersey, filmed with typically groovy elan by Jim Jarmusch.

118 mins USA Director. Jim Jarmusch

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A United Kingdom 2016 12

Amma Assante (Belle) directs this impassioned drama starring David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike depicting an interracial romance that changed the world.

101 mins United Kingdom Director. Amma Asante

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American Honey 2016 15

Andrea Arnold dazzles with a sun-soaked and tune-filled epic about door-to-door teenage magazine sellers (led by Shia LeBeouf) traversing the American highways.

163 mins United Kingdom Director. Andrea Arnold

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Dancer 2016 12

The rise, fall and rise again of the bad boy of ballet, Ukrainian prodigy Sergei Polunin is captured in this swirling doc with a rocking soundtrack.

86 mins United Kingdom Director. David Lachapelle, Steven Cantor

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The Pass 2015 15

Russell Tovey stars as a Premier League footballer who shares a fumbled pass (of the sexual kind) with a teammate (Arinzé Kene), changing everything - both on and off the pitch.

88 mins United Kingdom Director. Ben A. Williams

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Neruda 2016 15

Pablo Larraín's bold, inventive detective thriller offers an electrifying contemplation of the Chilean poet's life on the run in the late 1940s.

107 mins Chile Director. Pablo Larraín

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Who's Gonna Love Me Now? 2016 15

A heartfelt exploration of one man’s struggle to reconcile with his Israeli family, while finding a new ‘family’ in London Gay Men’s Chorus.

85 mins United Kingdom Director. Barak Heymann, Tomer Heymann

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La Noche 2016 18

A gritty journey through the sexual underbelly of Buenos Aires, with graphic depictions of the highs and lows in one man’s quest for intimacy.

135 mins Great Britain Director. Edgardo Castro

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The Space in Between – Marina Abramović and Brazil 2016

A bold and unsettling mystical voyage in the company of the fearless Serbian artist, as she travels Brazil in search of spiritual healing.

86 mins Brazil Director. Marco Del Fiol

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I Am Not a Serial Killer 2016 15

A teenage sociopath comes face to face with an evil force in this chilling and darkly humorous adaptation of Dan Wells’ acclaimed cult novel.

104 mins Ireland Director. Billy O'Brien

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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

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The Space in Between – Marina Abramović and Brazil 2016

A bold and unsettling mystical voyage in the company of the fearless Serbian artist, as she travels Brazil in search of spiritual healing.

86 mins Brazil Director. Marco Del Fiol

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Chevalier 2015 15

Athina Rachel Tsangari's biting and hilarious dissection of the male ego was awarded Best Film at the 2015 BFI London Film Festival.

105 mins Greece Director. Athina Rachel Tsangari

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The Sky Trembles and the Earth Is Afraid and the Two Eyes Are Not Brothers 2015 12

Britain’s brilliant experimental filmmaker Ben Rivers (Two Years at Sea) presents this haunting desert parable which follows a filmmaker’s abduction and ritual humiliation.

95 mins United Kingdom Director. Ben Rivers

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La Noche 2016 18

A gritty journey through the sexual underbelly of Buenos Aires, with graphic depictions of the highs and lows in one man’s quest for intimacy.

135 mins Great Britain Director. Edgardo Castro

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I Am Not a Serial Killer
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I Am Not a Serial Killer 2016 15

A teenage sociopath comes face to face with an evil force in this chilling and darkly humorous adaptation of Dan Wells’ acclaimed cult novel.

104 mins Ireland Director. Billy O'Brien

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Dancer
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Dancer 2016 12

The rise, fall and rise again of the bad boy of ballet, Ukrainian prodigy Sergei Polunin is captured in this swirling doc with a rocking soundtrack.

86 mins United Kingdom Director. David Lachapelle, Steven Cantor

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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