African Odysseys

Inspirational films by and about the people of Africa, from archive classics to new cinema and docs.

Night of the Kings + intro and panel discussion with Tony Warner

Philippe Lacôte creates a hallucinatory, disturbing and richly poetic tale combining storytelling and performance.

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Io Capitano + intro and discussion

In this epic drama from the director of Gomorrah, two Senegalese teenagers attempt to travel across land and sea to Europe.

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Experimenta

Convention-breaking artist film and alternative moving-image culture.

Snakeskin + intro by by Hyun Jin Cho, BFI London Film Festival programmer

Singaporean history is the backdrop for this multi-strand narrative exploring identity.

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Film Wallahs

Showcasing new South Asian and world cinema, from documentary to drama.

Bhagwan Bharose + Q&A with director Shiladitya Bora

A riveting, visually rich and engaging South Asian tale of an eight-year-old’s journey through faith and self-discovery.

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Projecting the Archive

Rediscovered British features from the BFI National Archive.

Murder in the Family + intro by Josephine Botting, BFI National Archive Curator

Jessica Tandy and Evelyn Ankers starred in this neat British crime drama before they were snapped up by Hollywood.

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Action for Slander + intro by Josephine Botting, BFI National Archive Curator

Ann Todd gives a compelling performance as a betrayed wife who stands by her husband when he’s accused of cheating at cards.

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Restored

Masterpieces and recent discoveries from around the world, newly restored.

The Lighthouse + intro by Giulia Saccogna, Programme & Research Coordinator

A poetic and bold directorial debut set against the backdrop of the Caucasus wars of the early 1990s.

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Seniors

Free and paid matinees, and talks for the over-60s.

Seniors’ Free Matinee: The Lavender Hill Mob + intro

Enduringly funny caper follows an anonymous bank employee and his ingenious attempt to rob the Bank of England.

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Seniors’ matinee: Àma Gloria + intro

Six-year-old Cléo spends a final summer with her beloved nanny Gloria, in this profoundly moving story of chosen family, duty and innocence lost.

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Silent Cinema

Bringing you the best silent film from the BFI and around the world with live accompaniment.

The Light of Asia + intro by Cary Rajinder Sawhney, Director of London Indian Film Festival

A beautiful and moving Indian silent about the early life of the Buddha.

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Woman with a Movie Camera

We celebrate women’s contribution to cinema and spotlight female stories.

Woman with a Movie Camera Preview: The Nature of Love

During a potential mid-life crisis, a woman finds herself torn between her values and romantic impulses in this terrific, biting romantic comedy.

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