Films in Debate
Riveting films that amplify, scrutinise, argue and surprise.
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Dir Gavin Hood | UK-USA
Gavin Hood follows up Eye in the Sky with a sharp political thriller about a key moment in the history of the Iraq conflict.
Read more about Official Secrets
Dir Daniel Gordon | Australia
A thought-provoking documentary about the Australian Rules football star Adam Goodes that raises crucial questions about casual racism.
Read more about The Australian Dream
Dir-Scr François Ozon | France
In one of his (seemingly) most straightforward but finest films yet, François Ozon deals very movingly with a real-life case of multiple child abuse.
Read more about By the Grace of God
Dir-Scr Alex Gibney | USA-UK
Multiple award-winning documentarian Alex Gibney returns with a fascinating exploration of the contemporary Russian political landscape and a portrait of oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky.
Read more about Citizen K
Dir-Scr Chinonye Chukwu | USA
Alfre Woodard is quietly devastating as a weary prison warden presiding over her twelfth execution, in this Sundance-winning death row drama.
Read more about Clemency
Dir-Scr Henry Blake | UK
Drawing on real-life cases, this is a controlled and disquieting drama about a 14-year-old London boy being used as a mule by nationwide drug traffickers.
Read more about County Lines
Dir-Scr Apolline Traoré | Burkina Faso
Civil war looms in Abidjan and relations begin to fray within a family in this tense and atmospheric thriller.
Read more about Desrances
Dir-Scr Stéphane Demoustier | France-Belgium
Family relations and social expectations are compellingly picked apart in this French courtroom drama about a teenager caught in the spotlight of a murder case.
Read more about The Girl with a Bracelet
Dir-Scr Terrence Malick | Germany-USA
Terrence Malick returns with a call for grace in this Second World War-set true story exploring the importance of unsung resistance.
Read more about A Hidden Life
Dir-Prod Pailin Wedel | Thailand-USA
Pailin Wedel’s award-winning documentary is an emotional chronicle of parents doing what they believe is best for their child, no matter what the cost.
Read more about Hope Frozen
Dir Destin Daniel Cretton | USA
Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Foxx excel in this powerful and impassioned death row drama based on real events.
Read more about Just Mercy
Dir Julius Onah | USA
This gripping psychological thriller about subjectivity and code-switching in modern America marks Julius Onah (The Cloverfield Paradox) as one of cinema’s most thrilling emerging voices.
Read more about Luce
Dir-Scr Fyzal Boulifa | UK
A lifelong friendship is tested by tragedy in this atmospheric and intense first feature from acclaimed British shorts director Fyzal Boulifa.
Read more about Lynn + Lucy
Dir Rubaiyat Hossain | Bangladesh-France-Denmark-Portugal
How do you learn to speak out when everyone expects you to be silent? In a Bangladeshi factory, a determined young woman discovers the possibilities of activism.
Read more about Made in Bangladesh
Dir Pietro Marcello | Italy-France-Germany
An original, stylistically dazzling and ambitious Italian adaptation of Jack London’s autobiographical novel about a self-taught and outspoken working-class writer who climbs the ranks of society.
Read more about Martin Eden
Dir Agnieszka Holland | Poland-Ukraine-UK
James Norton stars as Welsh journalist Gareth Jones whose 1930s visit to Soviet Ukraine uncovered the truth of Stalin’s state-sponsored famine and reputedly inspired George Orwell’s Animal Farm.
Read more about Mr. Jones
Dir-Scr Hinde Boujemaa | Tunisia-Belgium-France-Qatar
Noura and Lassad’s delicate love story turns into a nightmare when Noura’s husband Sofiane is unexpectedly released from prison, days before their divorce is finalised.
Read more about Noura’s Dream
Dir-Scr Scott Z Burns | USA
The American government takes a long hard look at itself in this politically urgent drama starring Adam Driver.
Read more about The Report
Dir Sasha Joseph Neulinger | USA
Through unflinching interviews and home video footage, Sasha Joseph Neulinger’s powerful and frank film investigates the history of his childhood trauma.
Read more about Rewind
Dir Benedict Andrews | USA
Kristen Stewart shines as an idealistic yet fragile Jean Seberg in this impressive new work from Una (LFF 2016) director Benedict Andrews.
Read more about Seberg
Dir-Scr Mehdi M Barsaoui | France-Tunisia-Lebanon-Qatar
Challenging your emotions at every turn, Mehdi M Barsaoui’s debut is a riveting ride in which the euphoria of a family trip quickly turns into a nightmare.
Read more about A Son
Dir Neus Ballús | Spain-France
Neus Ballús’ second feature (after docudrama The Plague) follows a Spanish teenager who is forced to consider her whiteness on a family holiday in Senegal.
Read more about Staff Only
Dir-Prod Zed Nelson | UK
The working-class community of Hoxton Street face the upheavals of gentrification, austerity and the eruption of Brexit, in this portrait of a rapidly changing London.
Read more about The Street
Dir Ed Perkins | UK
UK-based director Ed Perkins follows his Oscar-nominated documentary short Black Sheep with a potent and troubling exploration of trauma, identity and redemption.
Read more about Tell Me Who I Am
Dir Nuno Escudeiro | Italy-France
On the idyllic mountainous border of France and Italy, local residents are self-organising in order to help refugees, while law enforcers adopt underhand methods to intervene.
Read more about The Valley
Dir-Scr Olivier Assayas | France-Brazil-Spain-Belgium
Olivier Assayas takes us deep into the world of Cuban spies in Florida, in this 1990s-set espionage drama with a sting in its tail.
Read more about Wasp Network
Dir-Scr David Zonana | Mexico
Produced by Michel Franco, this gripping tale focuses on construction site workers who take matters into their own hands when their bosses ignore their requests.
Read more about Workforce
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