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Festival guests

Filmmakers are the lifeblood of the Festival and we are delighted to welcome our filmmaker guests to attend screenings for introductions and/or Q&A sessions with the audience.

Below is a list of people we are expecting to welcome to talk about their film. Filmmaker schedules are subject to change, and not all our guests are able to attend all their screenings. Whichever screening you attend we hope you enjoy the LFF experience.

Headline Galas
Strand Galas
Special Presentations
Official competition
First Feature competition
Documentary competition

Headline Galas

Opening Night Gala: A United Kingdom
Amma Asante (Belle, A Way of Life) opens the Festival with this impassioned drama depicting an inter-racial romance that changed the world.

  • Amma Asante, Director; Laura Carmichael, Cast; Jack Davenport, Cast; James Northcote, Cast; David Oyelowo, Cast / Producer; Rosamund Pike, Cast

Closing Night Gala: Free Fire
Ben Wheatley (High-Rise, Sightseers) returns to close the Festival with this all-guns-blazing bullet opera, starring Brie Larson, Cillian Murphy and Armie Hammer.

  • Sharlto Copley, Cast; Cillian Murphy, Cast; Jack Reynor, Cast; Ben Wheatley, Director

American Express Gala: Lion
Dev Patel and Nicole Kidman lead the cast in this rousing true tale of a lost Indian child, adopted by Australian parents, searching for home.

  • Iain Canning, Producer; Nicole Kidman, Cast; Dev Patel, Cast

Royal Bank of Canada Gala: Arrival
Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner star as the humans who make first contact with extraterrestrial visitors in this richly textured sci-fi from director Denis Villeneuve.

  • Amy Adams, Cast; Jeremy Renner, Cast

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

  • Damien Chazelle, Director; Marc Platt, Producer

Headline Gala: Manchester by the Sea
Casey Affleck and Michelle Williams shine in this stirring drama from Kenneth Lonergan (Margaret, You Can Count on Me), about a man’s painful hometown return.

  • Casey Affleck, Cast; Kenneth Lonergan, Director; Michelle Williams, Cast

The May Fair Hotel Gala: A Monster Calls
Patrick Ness’ hugely popular book is brought to life, as a young boy’s vast imagination enables him to see wonder beyond his tough circumstances.

  • J.A. Bayona, Director; Lewis MacDougall, Cast; Liam Neeson, Cast; Sigourney Weaver, Cast

Headline Gala: Nocturnal Animals
Tom Ford (A Single Man) returns with a dark and sophisticated vision of marital power games, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Amy Adams.

  • Tom Ford, Director; Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Cast

Headline Gala: Snowden
NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden is given the Oliver Stone treatment in this thrilling dramatic examination of international surveillance, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

  • Eric Kopeloff, Producer; Joely Richardson, Cast; Oliver Stone, Director

The Mayor of London’s Gala: Their Finest
Gemma Arterton sparkles in this witty drama set in the world of propaganda filmmaking during WWII, from director Lone Scherfig (The Riot Club, An Education).

  • Gemma Arterton, Cast; Sam Claflin, Cast; Bill Nighy, Cast; Lone Scherfig, Director; Rachael Stirling, Cast

Strand Galas

The Autopsy of Jane Doe
The director of cult hit Troll Hunter returns with a morgue-set shocker that will have you screaming in the aisles.

  • Fred Berger, Producer; André Øvredal, Director

Bleed For This
The extraordinary true story of Vinny Pazienza, a world championship boxer left with a broken neck after a devastating accident.

  • Ciaran Hinds, Actor

The Handmaiden
Park Chan-wook (Old Boy, Stoker) channels Sarah Waters’ novel Fingersmith, to create a sumptuous twisty psychological thriller, full of erotic intrigue.

  • Park Chan-Wook, Director; Wonjo Jeong, Producer

A compelling Romeo and Juliet-like Indian story of childhood sweethearts whose obsessive love is rekindled just as the heroine is about to be married into royalty.

  • Harshvardhan Kapoor, Lead Cast; Rohit Khattar, Producer; Saiyami Kher, Lead Cast; Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, Director; Art Malik, Cast; Shyam Ps, Co-Producer; Rajiv Tandon, Producer

French director Bertrand Bonello imagines Paris in a state of apocalypse, in a provocative, troubling response to the contemporary age of terror.

  • Amy Adams, Cast; Ellie Bamber, Cast; Bertrand Bonello, Director; Alice Girard, Producer; Armie Hammer, Cast; Finnegan Oldfield, Actor

Toni Erdmann
A lonely prankster father visits his estranged, high-powered consultant daughter, creating a fictional alias to embarrassingly insinuate himself into her stressed corporate life.

  • Maren Ade, Director; Sandra Hüller, Lead Cast; Janine Jackowski, Producer; Trystan Pütter, Lead Cast

The happiest creatures in the world find themselves coming under threat when miserable giants want a bit of joy for themselves in this animated treat.

  • Walt Dohrn, Director; Mike Mitchell, Director; Gina Shay, Producer

Special Presentations

American Honey

Andrea Arnold dazzles with a sun-soaked and tune-filled epic about door-to-door teenage magazine sellers travelling the American highways.

  • Andrea Arnold, Director; Rachel Clark, Camera; Marisa Clifford, Producer; Sasha Lane, Cast; Lucas Ochoa, Producer


Using dazzling images of Mount Fuji from across the history of photography, the mountain inspires the artist on both a philosophical and romantic journey.

  • Fiona Tan, Director

Before the Flood
Leonardo DiCaprio teams up with Fisher Stevens to present an irrefutable and urgent update on the facts about climate change.

  • Fisher Stevens, Director

It’s Only the End of the World
Another emotionally rich and visually sumptuous melodrama from Xavier Dolan, which picked up the Grand Prix at this year’s Cannes.

  • Xavier Dolan, Director

Official Competition

Dakota Fanning is a revelation in this brutal revenge tale about a mute midwife in the old American west.

  • Martin Koolhoven, Director; Els Vandevorst, Producer

Mohamed Diab’s Clash is an unforgettable portrait of Egypt on the brink as rival protestors find themselves locked up in a police van.

  • Mohamed Diab, Director

Isabelle Huppert gives an unforgettable performance in Paul Verhoeven’s provocative thriller about one woman’s unusual response to a violent attack.

  • Paul Verhoeven, Director

François Ozon makes a welcome return to the Festival with this sweeping love story set in the aftermath of World War I.

  • Paula Beer, Lead Cast; François Ozon, Director

Corruption and Aboriginal exploitation are rife in an Outback town, led by reptilian mayor Jacki Weaver, in Ivan Sen’s (Mystery Road) tense new thriller.

  • Ivan Sen, Director

Layla M.
Gripping, powerful and nuanced, Mijke de Jong (Bluebird) unpicks the disillusionment that can trigger radicalisation and the complex web of realities that it represents.

  • Ilias Addab, Cast; Mijke De Jong, Director; Jan Eilander, Screenwriter; Nora El Koussour, Cast

Based on the play ‘In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue’, Moonlight follows Chiron as he finds his identity and sexuality in Miami in the 1980s.

  • Mahershala Ali, Cast; Naomie Harris, Cast; André Holland, Cast; Barry Jenkins, Director; Tarell McCraney, Writer; Janelle Monáe, Cast; Trevante Rhodes, Cast

A Quiet Passion
Terence Davies returns with an elegant and deeply moving biopic of poet Emily Dickinson, played with sensitivity and rebellious spirit by Cynthia Nixon.

  • Roy Boulter, Producer; Terence Davies, Director; Cynthia Nixon, Cast; Sol Papadopoulos, Producer

Adapted from David Harrower’s prize-winning play Blackbird, Rooney Mara and Ben Mendelsohn star in this brilliant and unsettling exploration of a dark and deeply destructive relationship.

  • Benedict Andrews, Director; Kathleen Crawford, Casting Director; Patrick Daly, Producer; Jean Doumanian, Producer; Nick Fenton, Editor; Tara Fitzgerald, Cast; David Harrower, Screenwriter; Tobias Menzies, Cast; Steven Noble, Costume Designer; Ruby Stokes, Cast

Your Name
Teenagers Mitsuha and Taki haven’t met but find their lives intertwined after the arrival of a comet in this emotionally charged anime.

  • Makoto Shinkai, Director

First Feature Competition

Two women are terrorised by an unwanted stranger in this gruelling but stylish bourgeois nightmare.

  • Sandra Del Valle Casals, Producer; Daniel Díaz, Producer; Jorge Riquelme Serrano, Director; Gastón Salgado, Lead Cast

A Date for Mad Mary
Dry, sarcastic, maddening Mary must find a date for her best friend’s wedding in this Irish feel-good hit for misfits everywhere.

  • Seána Kerslake, Cast; Darren Thornton, Director

The gangster genre is given a shrewd feminist makeover in this arresting debut about a young girl embarking on a life of crime.

  • Oulaya Amamra, Cast; Houda Benyamina, Director; Déborah Lukumuena, Cast

The Giant
The tender story of Rikard, a severely deformed autistic man whose life is fueled by dreams of sports victory and imaginary worlds.

  • Johannes Nyholm, Director

This taut, naturalistic, prize-winning drama about a dutiful son on the brink of an arranged marriage speaks volumes about Tunisia today.

  • Mohamad Ben Attia, Director

Lady Macbeth
A defiant, passionate young woman struggles against suffocating societal norms in this exceptional British debut starring the incandescent Florence Pugh.

  • Naomi Ackie, Actor; Alice Birch, Scriptwriter; Fodhla Cronin O'Reilly, Producer; Cosmo Jarvis, Actor; William Oldroyd, Director; Florence Pugh, Actor

The Levelling
Debut writer/director Hope Dickson Leach delivers a hugely impressive first feature about a middle class farming family’s crisis, set against the backdrop of the Somerset floods.

  • Ben Baird, Sound Designer; Kharmel Cochrane, Casting Director; Hutch Demouilpied, Composer; Hope Dickson Leach, Director; Sarah Finlay, Production Designer; Anna Griffin, Co-Producer; Tom Hemmings, Editor; Ellie Kendrick, Lead Cast; Tess Loe, Costume Designer; Rachel Robey, Producer; Nanu Segal, Cinematographer

Two young Polish schoolboys perform acts of extreme violence in this remarkable but incendiary debut feature.

  • Bartosz M. Kowalski, Director; Mirella Zaradkiewicz, Producer

Anton Yelchin and Lucie Lucas star in this elegiac and deeply cinematic lovesong to the pains and pleasures of a brief romantic encounter.

  • Gabe Klinger, Director; Lucie Lucas, Cast

A young woman discovers an insatiable appetite for flesh in this playful coming of age body horror tale.

  • Julia Ducournau, Director; Garance Marillier, Cast

What’s in the Darkness
A killer is on the loose in a small town at the same time as a teenage girl is sussing out how womanhood works.

  • Jack Lee, Producer; Yichun Wang, Director

What happens when a life of crime offers more opportunity than living an honest life? It’s a challenge Ladji faces in this superb drama.

  • Daouda Coulibaly, Director; Inna Modja, Lead Cast

Documentary Competition

All This Panic
Seven New York teens emerge from the turbulent ‘panic’ years into nearly adulthood in this astonishingly intimate documentary.

  • Tom Betterton, Cinematographer; Jenny Gage, Director

Chasing Asylum
This topical and brave documentary reveals the shocking Australian immigration policies and the appalling and inhumane treatments inflicted to refugees who reach its shore.

  • Eva Orner, Director

David Lynch: The Art Life
An exquisitely textured and reflective documentary about idiosyncratic filmmaker David Lynch, narrated by the man himself.

  • Jon Nguyen, Director

The Graduation
A plunge into one of today’s most prestigious school of cinema, La Fémis in Paris. Essential viewing for anyone interested in what lies beneath French cinema.

  • Claire Simon, Director

An Insignificant Man
A rare documentary insight into the birth and rapid growth of a political party whose mantra is to challenge corruption in the world’s largest democracy.

  • Manan Bhatt, Editor; Khushboo Ranka, Director; Vinay Shukla, Director

Following her groundbreaking debut Bombay Beach (2013), director Alma Har’el returns with another genre-bending, visually stunning gem about our perception of love and relationships.

  • Alma Har’El, Director; Christopher Leggett, Producer

On Call
Filmed in a walk-in service for asylum seekers in an hospital near Paris, This timely documentary captures with great humanity dozens of personal stories.

  • Alice Diop, Director

The Space in Between – Marina Abramović and Brazil
A mystical voyage in Brazil in the company of the fearless Serbian artist, Marina Abramović in search of emotional healing. Not for the faint-hearted.

  • Marco Del Fiol, Director

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

  • Megan Gilbride, Producer; Keith Maitland, Director; Josephine McAdam, Lead Cast

The War Show
Charting Syria’s spiraling from peaceful uprisings to armed conflict, through the intimate prism of a group of friends.

  • Miriam Nørgaard, Producer


After Love
Bérénice Bejo and Cédric Kahn are a couple negotiating the difficult final days of a marriage in this terrific drama from the director of Our Children.

  • Joachim Lafosse, Director

The Dreamed Ones
Documentary filmmaker Ruth Beckermann brings contemporary romance to the historical correspondence between postwar poets and lovers Paul Celan and Ingeborg Bachmann.

  • Ruth Beckermann, Director

Ethel & Ernest
Raymond Briggs presents an animated tale about his parents Ethel and Ernest who live through major changes during their 40 years of marriage.

  • Brenda Blethyn, Cast; Raymond Briggs, Writer; Jim Broadbent, Cast; Camilla Deakin, Producer; Peter Dodd, Animation Director; Ruth Fielding, Producer; Roger Mainwood, Director; Richard Overall, Editor; Luke Treadaway, Cast

This contemporary Roman take on Romeo and Juliet, albeit behind bars, makes the most of its gritty setting in exploring the burgeoning love between two inmates.

  • Claudio Giovannesi, Director

The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki
Cannes prize-winning feel-good Finnish boxing biopic. Olli Mäki must decide between the fame and the girl in this gorgeous black and white charmer. A knock-out!

  • Juho Kuosmanen, Director; Jamila Wenske, Producer

I Called Him Morgan
Part thriller, part love story and all-out musical treat. A vivid portrait of legendary hard bop trumpeter Lee Morgan, with contributions from jazz greats including Wayne Shorter and Bennie Maupin, from the director of the acclaimed My Name is Albert Ayler.

  • Kasper Collin, Director

The fascinating tale of two conjoined twins who make their living out of their unique appearance as singers, but one of them longs to live an independent life.

  • De Razza Attilio, Producer; Edoardo De Angelis, Director

The Lives of Thérèse
After appearing in Sébastien Lifshitz's memorable documentary Les Invisibles, Thérèse Clerc, fierce French feminist and activist breaks the last taboo: death.

  • Sébastien Lifshitz, Director

Riley Keough and Jena Malone dazzle in So Yong Kim’s heart-aching exploration of the complex relationship between two women over several years.

  • So Yong Kim, Director

The Reunion
A beautifully performed tale capturing the innocence and exhilaration of first love from Spanish filmmaker Jonás Trueba.

  • Jonás Trueba, Director

The Secret Scripture
Irish filmmaker Jim Sheridan returns to his homeland for this heartfelt adaptation of Sebastian Barry’s award-winning novel, featuring a terrific cast.

  • Rob Quigley, Producer; Vanessa Redgrave, Lead Actress; Jim Sheridan, Director

The Son of Joseph
French writer-director Eugène Green brings his unique vision to this entrancing mix of coming-of-age tale and social satire, as a young man seeks his father.

  • Eugène Green, Director

Isabelle Huppert plays a chanteuse who once tasted Eurovision success, who meets a hunky young boxer while working in a pâté factory.

  • Alexandra Dondelinger, Associate Producer; Alexandra Hoesdorff, Producer

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

  • Martin Ignacio Farina, Director; Lucas Papa, Actor

The Wedding Ring
A nuanced drama that details what life is like for women in rural Niger.

  • Rahmatou Keita, Director; Magaajyia Silberfeld, Lead Cast

You Are My Sunday
Five mates are banned from playing footie on the beach, and emotions run high as they struggle to find a new pitch. A feel-good, buddy-movie from Mumbai.

  • Nakul Bhalla, Lead Cast; Milind Dhaimade, Director; Rajul Dhaimade, Producer; Maanvi Gagroo, Lead Cast; Shahana Goswami, Lead Cast; Vishal Malhotra, Lead Cast; Pia Shah, Producer; Varun Shah, Producer; Sandiip Sikcand, Lead Cast; Barun Sobti, Lead Cast; Avinash Tiwary, Lead Cast; Jay Upadhyay, Lead Cast

You Were Never Lovelier
Fred Astaire and Rita Hayworth perform stunning dance numbers in this vibrant musical with a Latin-American touch.

  • Grover Crisp, Archivist


A Billion Colour Story
A daring and moving story about a inspirational schoolboy who aims to restore his parents’ belief in themselves and in the Indian nation.

  • Satish Kaushik, Producer; Padmakumar Narasimhamurthy, Director; Dhruva Padmakumar, Lead Cast; Vasuki Sunkavalli, Lead Cast

An incisive satire for anyone following the farcical turns in contemporary global politics, or attempting to juggle a career with a personal life.

  • Fanny-Laure Malo, Producer; Chloé Robichaud, Director

A Day for Women
Egyptian director Kamla Abouzekri’s (One-Zero) new film sees worlds collide when Sunday is decreed a day for women at the local swimming pool.

  • Nahed El Sebaee, Cast; Elham Shahin, Actor+Producer

The Day Will Come
Searing drama set in a children’s home scripted by the creator of The Killing, with top-notch Danish cast including Lars Mikkelsen and Sofie Gråbøl.

  • Jesper W. Nielsen, Director

Graduation is a richly crafted family drama, about a father’s temptation to involve his daughter in moral compromise, that resonates long after you’ve seen it.

  • Cristian Mungiu, Director

An outstanding restoration of Frederick Wiseman’s unforgettably gripping documentary portrait of New York’s Metropolitan Hospital.

  • Frederick Wiseman, Director

In the Last Days of the City
A frustrated filmmaker roams the streets of pre-revolution Cairo as a city, and a region, teeters on the brink of exploding.

  • Khalid Abdalla, Producer/Lead Cast; Tamer El Said, Director; Laila Samy, Lead Cast; Cat Villiers, Producer; Verena Von Stackelberg, Associate Producer

Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World
Werner Herzog, the documentarian grandmaster, returns with an idiosyncratic and original examination of the internet in 10 chapters.

  • Werner Herzog, Director

A Moving Image
The ‘bougie’ invasion of London’s Brixton is examined in this probing and stylistically ambitious debut feature.

  • Mdhamiri A Nkemi, Editor; Segun Akinola, Composer; Shola Amoo, Director; Rienkje Attoh, Producer; Tanya Fear, Lead Cast; Felix Schmilinsky, Director Of Photography

On the Other Side
A middle-aged nurse in Zagreb receives an unwelcome phone call in this profound analysis of unspoken fears and disguised trauma.

  • Zrinko Orgesta, Director

Athens’ Olympic Park is now a wasteground, and the teenagers who hang out there engage in dangerous new set of games.

  • Sofia Exarchou, Director; Christos V. Konstantakopoulos, Producer; Amanda Livanou, Producer; Livia Neroutsopoylou, Assistant Editor; Klaudia Smieja, Co-Producer; Eleana Tsakiri, Assistan Producer

The Pass
Two ‘straight’ footballers share a kiss in this powerful chamber piece which opened BFI Flare earlier this year.

  • John Donnelly, Screenwriter; Peter Francis, Production Designer; Kurban Kassam, Producer; Duncan Kenworthy, Producer; Lisa McGrillis, Lead Cast; Nico Mirallegro, Lead Cast; Charles Moore, Producer; Ben Williams, Director; Justine Wright, Editor

Jorge Caballero's deeply moving documentary about a mother caring for her gravely ill daughter in a Colombian hospital.

  • Jorge Caballero, Director

The Revolution Won’t Be Televised
Rama Thiaw’s film taps into an example of grassroots political action in Senegal, where a group of disenfranchised activists decide to campaign against that country’s elite.

  • Rama Thiaw, Director

The Student
Venya’s studies of the Bible set him on a course of conflict with Biology teacher Elena in Kirill Serebrennikov’s scathing satire on fundamentalism.

  • Ilya Stewart, Producer

Ten Years
A dystopian Hong Kong ten years from now is the setting for a provocative series of short stories looking at the territory’s future.

  • Jevons Au, Director

The Unknown Girl
Compelling, complex realist drama from the Dardenne brothers about a doctor investigating the mysterious circumstances of an unseen caller’s death.

  • Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Director; Luc Dardenne, Director

Worldly Girl
A distinct coming-of-age tale set, uniquely, within a Jehovah’s Witness community and detailing a young woman’s relationship with a boy from outside of her community.

  • Marco Danieli, Director; Sara Serraiocco, Lead Cast


The troubled life and very public death of Florida anchorwoman Christine Chubbuck, who committed suicide live on air in the summer of 1974.

  • Michael C Hall, Actor

Dearest Sister
A rich woman in Laos finds that her encroaching blindness gives her strange and frightening visions, in this bold drama from emerging talent Mattie Do.

  • Mattie Do, Director; Helen Lõhmus, Producer; Sten-Kristian Saluveer, Producer; Tambet Tuisk, Actor

The Death of Louis Xiv
The last days of the Sun King, evoked with sombre beauty by Albert Serra. The legendary Jean-Pierre Léaud brings ineffable presence to the title role.

  • Albert Serra, Director

Hema Hema: Sing Me A Song While I Wait
A Bhutanese spiritual getaway shows that anonymity can bring out the strangest of impulses, as masked campers go wild in the jungle.

  • Pawo Choying, Producer

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

  • Edgardo Castro, Director

On the Milky Road
Emir Kusturica’s latest film is a folkloric tale of doomed love set in the aftermath of a civil war.

  • Monica Bellucci, Cast; Aaron Brookner, Producer; Paula Vaccaro, Producer

Ovarian Psycos
Meet the Ovarian Psycos: an East LA bold and unapologetic Riot-Grrrl-meets-Zapatista bike brigade of women of colour.

  • Maryann Aguirre, Documentary Subject; Anocha Suwichakornpong, Director

Personal Shopper
Kristen Stewart continues to impress in this enigmatic fashionista ghost story from acclaimed director Olivier Assayas.

  • Olivier Assayas, Director

Natalie Portman and bright newcomer Lily-Rose Depp star as two psychic sisters in this visually dazzling and stylistically bold drama set in 1930s Paris.

  • Rebecca Zlotowski, Director

The Rehearsal
Alison Maclean (Jesus’ Son and Crush) works from Eleanor Catton’s debut novel to deliver an intimate film about New Zealand drama students struggling to juggle life and coursework.

  • Kerry Fox, Actor; Alison Maclean, Director

Scarred Hearts
Radu Jude's portrait of a young writer confined to a Romanian sanatorium in the late 1930s is a poignant triumph.

  • Radu Jude, Director

The Small World of Sammy Lee
Seedy Soho strip-club compere Sammy (Anthony Newley) races to escape the heavies who hunt him in this gritty, engrossing 1960s London thriller.

  • Julia Foster, Cast

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

  • Nicola Bowen, Producer; Lucian Charles Collier, Lead Cast; Jodie Davidson, Post Production; Alexa Davies, Lead Cast; Tallulah Haddon, Lead Cast; Olivier Kaempfer, Producer; Lara Peake, Lead Cast; Alex Taylor, Director; Lee Twohey, Post Production

The Untamed
Amat Escalante follows up his acclaimed Cannes winner Heli with an arresting social drama cum sci-fi enigma that defies categorisation.

  • Fernanda De La Peza, Producer; Amat Escalante, Director

The Worthy
In a dystopian Arab world, a small group of survivors are infiltrated by two visitors, sparking a deadly game where only one shall be chosen worthy.

  • Ali F. Mostafa, Director

Middle-aged Natasha grows a tail and falls in love in Ivan Tverdovsky’s absurd tale of contemporary Russia.

  • Dmitry Groshev, Lead Actor


Barakah Meets Barakah
A humble government official and rebellious vlog star develop a tentative romance amid strict Saudi Arabian cultural taboos in this warm-hearted, slyly subversive romantic comedy.

  • Fatima Al Banawi, Lead Cast; Zainab Al Mashat, Co-Producer; Hisham Fageeh, Lead Cast; Mahmoud Sabbagh, Director

Don’t Think Twice
A New York improv comedy troupe’s hopes of success and fears of failure are tested when one of their number gets his big TV break.

  • Mike Birbiglia, Director

Houston, We Have a Problem!
An incredible story of Cold War-era international intrigue, the space race, declassified top-secret documents and a clandestine deal between President Kennedy and Yugoslavia’s President Tito.

  • Bostjan Virc, Producer; Ziga Virc, Director

The Last Laugh
Documentary examining whether taboo subjects like the Holocaust are ever acceptable material for comedy, including interviews with famous comedians – Mel Brooks, Sarah Silverman - and survivors alike.

  • Zdenka Fantlova, Documentary Subject; Ferne Pearlstein, Director

Lost in Paris
Beanpole comedy duo Gordon and Abel return in this ingeniously entertaining story of a librarian searching for her aunt. Misunderstandings and delicious sight gags abound.

  • Dominique Abel, Director; Fiona Gordon, Director

An assortment of furry costumed performers battle it out at the World Mascot championships in the new ‘mockumentary’ from Christopher Guest and his regular crew.

  • Christopher Guest, Director

A fading actor can redeem himself by reprising his ‘80s TV role as a sleuth with a robotic truth-telling eye, to catch a deranged killer.

  • Jack Arbuthnott, Producer; Julian Barratt, Screenwriter/Cast; Essie Davis, Cast; Simon Farnaby, Screenwriter; Sean Foley, Director; Laura Hastings-Smith, Producer; Robin Morrissey, Cast; Russell Tovey, Cast

Alice Lowe directs and stars in this riotous tale of a pregnant serial killer, hellbent on revenge.

  • Matteo Bini, Editor; Franki Goodwin, Producer; Will Kane, Producer; Alice Lowe, Director; Sean Richard, Producer; Vaughan Sivell, Producer

Women Who Kill
A commitment-phobic true crime Brooklyn podcaster fears that her new girlfriend might have a murderous past in this darkly witty relationship comedy-thriller.

  • Ingrid Jungermann, Director

The Young Offenders
Two halfwit Irish teenagers get in over their heads when they plot to steal cocaine washed up on the Irish coast in a drugs bust.

  • Peter Foott, Director; Alex Murphy, Lead Cast; Hilary Rose, Lead Cast; Julie Ryan, Producer; Chris Walley, Lead Cast


All of a Sudden
A woman’s mysterious death after an impromptu party sets off a dark drama that expertly combines psychological unease, murky morality and social satire.

  • Emre Erkmen, Cinematographer; Fabian Massah, Producer; Asli Ozge, Director

Beat the Devil
A dazzling ensemble piece, with a Truman Capote script, that manages to be both dauntingly intellectual and effortlessly charming .

  • Angela Allen, Continuity Supervisor; Grover Crisp, Archivist

Le Ciel Flamand
A prostitute with a legal brothel in Flemish-speaking Belgium makes a terrible mistake when circumstances force her to take her little girl to work.

  • Jan De Clercq, Producer; Annemie Degryse, Producer; Peter Monsaert, Director; Sara Vertongen, Cast

City of Tiny Lights
A taut, hardboiled crime thriller set in contemporary multicultural London, from the director of Dredd and starring Riz Ahmed.

  • Riz Ahmed, Actor; Pete Travis, Director

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

  • Steven Cantor, Director

Dog Eat Dog
Three ex-cons have two choices: go straight and stay broke or risk their freedom on one last lucrative job, the kidnapping of a baby.

  • Paul Schrader, Director

The Ghoul
A British indie crime film of great style and ingenuity, executive produced by Ben Wheatley and starring Tom Meeten and Alice Lowe.

  • Jack Guttmann, Producer; Rufus Jones, Lead Cast; Alice Lowe, Lead Cast; Dhiraj Mahey, Producer; Tom Meeten, Lead Cast; Ben Pritchard, Dop; Waen Shepherd, Composer; Gareth Tunley, Director

Hell Drivers
Dodgy goings-on in the macho world of haulage, where adrenaline and testosterone levels run high.

  • Peggy Cummins, Cast

A crime-scene photographer must catch a killer with vampirish tendencies and a penchant for old cameras in this gorgeous Malaysian supernatural thriller.

  • Dain Iskandar Said, Director; Nandita Solomon, Producer

Kills on Wheels
Two disabled boys find fact and fantasy blurring as they collaborate on a comic book about a paraplegic ex-fire-fighter with a secret life as a hitman.

  • Szabolcs Thuróczy, Cast

A middle-aged man diligently and discreetly carries out a job transcribing private telephone calls – until one seems to end in murder.

  • Julie Flament, Producer; Thomas Kruithof, Director; Weber Mathias, Producer; Gast Thibault, Producer

Smoke & Mirrors
Suspense abounds in this electrifying political thriller based on the true story of one of Spain’s most inscrutable secret agents.

  • Francisco Ramos, Producer; Cristina Sutherland, Producer

Trespass Against Us
Brendan Gleason and Michael Fassbender butt heads as father and son in a West Country crime family, to a thrilling soundtrack from The Chemical Brothers.

  • Andrea Calderwood, Producer; Michael Fassbender, Cast; Alastair Siddons, Producer; Adam Smith, Director


Blue Velvet Revisited
A meditative documentary collage of film, photographic and audio materials captured on the set on David Lynch’s iconic masterpiece.

  • Alexander Pecnik, Assistant Director

A struggling voice actor in New York turns to murder in this blackly comic psychodrama from Spanish director Carles Torras.

  • Martin Bacigalupo, Lead Cast; Alice Bocchi, Costume Designer; Carles Torras, Director

A Dark Song
Steve Oram and Catherine Walker excel in this occult chamber piece about a grieving mother attempting to contact her deceased child.

  • David Collins, Producer; Liam Gavin, Director; Eoin O'Faolain, Producer; Steve Oram, Lead Cast; Catherine Walker, Lead Cast

The Eyes of My Mother
A young woman explores her morbid curiosities in this beautifully photographed but exceptionally brutal slice of arthouse exploitation.

  • Nicolas Pesce, Director

I Am Not a Serial Killer
A teenage sociopath come face to face with an evil force in this chilling and darkly humorous adaptation of Dan Wells’ acclaimed cult novel.

  • Avril Daly, Executive Producer; Kate Glover, Producer; James Harris, Producer; Mark Lane, Producer; Christopher Lloyd, Lead Cast; Billy O'Brien, Director; Nick Ryan, Producer

The Noonday Witch
A single mother must protect her daughter from a mysterious spectral figure in this modern retelling of an old Czech folk tale.

  • Matej Chlupacek, Producer; Ben Corrigan, Music Composer; Anna Geislerova, Lead Cast; Michal Samir, Screenwriter

Phantasm: Remastered
A brand new 4K restoration of the 1970’s horror cult classic, brought to us by devoted superfan J.J. Abrams.

  • Don Coscarelli, Director

The Void
Terror unfolds inside a deserted hospital in this nightmarish throwback to old-school creature features and practical monster FX.

  • Daniel Fathers, Actor; Jeremy Gillespie, Director, Screenwriter; Steven Kostanski, Director, Screenwriter; Casey Walker, Producer

Without Name
A land surveyor has an encounter with the uncanny in Lorcan Finnegan’s creeping and imaginative slice of modern rural gothic.

  • James Browne, Lead Cast; Brunella Cocchiglia, Producer; Alan McKenna, Lead Cast; Garret Shanley, Screenwriter


The Bait
Master Indian filmmaker Buddhadeb Dasgupta’s surreal story explores through three intertwining characters the idea of people used as bait for power games.

  • Buddhadeb Dasgupta, Director; Rajeshwari Dasgupta, Assistant Director; Pawan Kanodia, Producer

Daughters of the Dust
Almost 25 years since its production, Daughters remains an urgent and poetic testimony to the emotional power of remembering.

  • Julie Dash, Director

Don’t Blink – Robert Frank
This riotous documentary about the American living-legend photographer, Robert Frank goes far beyond your traditional bio-doc, taking an impassioned look at artist’s creative process.

  • Hal Wilner, Music Supervisor; Alex Bingham, Editor And Art Director; Laura Israel, Director; Melinda Shopsin, Producer

George Best: All By Himself
The acclaimed team behind Hillsborough and The Imposter deliver an epic biopic of George Best, whose football genius was decimated by alcohol and fame.

  • Daniel Gordon, Director

The Innocents
Pregnant nuns, shattered faith and female solidarity: a classy and compelling French drama about a young doctor becoming the sole hope for an isolated convent.

  • Anne Fontaine, Director

Letters From Baghdad
Tilda Swindon narrates the extraordinary journey of Gertrude Bell, singular woman who played a significant – often unrecognised – role in British imperial policy making in Iraq.

  • Mia Bays, Producer; Denise Benmosche, Executive Producer; Elizabeth Chandler, Executive Producer; Ruedi Gerber, Executive Producer; Sabine Krayenbühl, Director; Zeva Oelbaum, Director

Lupe Under the Sun
This neo-realist portrait of a Mexican itinerant worker in California is an empathetic and poetic reflection on the ‘no-man’s land’ of migrant identity.

  • Pau Brunet, Executive Producer; Rodrigo Reyes, Director

Young chess superstar Magnus Carlsen will defend his World Championship title in November 2016. This thrilling documentary charts the path to glory of this unique prodigy.

  • Øyvind Asbjørnsen, Executive Producer; Benjamin Ree, Director

Orange Sunshine
The incredible story of a bunch of free-spirited Californian surfers wanting to bring about World Peace via LSD is recounting in this riveting documentary.

  • William Kirkley, Director

The Ornithologist
A lone scientist in Portugal’s Douro region embarks on an unexpected transcendental journey in this transportive curio from Joao Pedro Rodrigues.

  • João Pedro Rodrigues, Director

The Red Turtle
Studio Ghibli's first co-production is a mature, dialogue free piece about a man getting to grips with life on a desert island.

  • Michael Dudok De Wit, Director

Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guo-Qiang
Super star Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang’s career and body of work are explored in this vibrant documentary by award winning director Kevin MacDonald.

  • Cai Guo-Qiang, Cast; Wendi Murdoch, Producer

Stockholm My Love
Neneh Cherry, director Mark Cousins (I am Belfast) and cinematographer Chris Doyle create an inventive docu-style fiction and a love song to the Swedish city.

  • Mary Bell, Producer; Neneh Cherry, Actress; Mark Cousins, Director; Adam Dawtrey, Producer; Christopher Doyle, Cinematographer; Timo Langer, Editor; Anita Oxburgh, Producer

These Days
A group of female students take a road trip from Italy to Belgrade to find work but discover so much more along the way.

  • Giueseppe Piccioni, Director

Those Who Jump
“I exist because I film” - the compelling first-hand account of an African migrant enduring great hardship to reach Europe and make a better life.

  • Moritz Siebert, Director; Estephan Wagner, Director

A young blind musician embarks on an identity quest that takes him to the heart of collective amnesia about Lebanon’s fractured past.

  • Vatche Boulghourjian, Director

White Colour Black
A young mixed heritage man confronts the psychological complexities of his identity in this essential, truly cinematic discovery for anyone interested in Black British cinema.

  • Joseph Adesunloye, Director; Damian Antochewicz, Producer; Joy Gharoro-Akpojotor, Producer; Dudley O'Shaughnessy, Lead Cast

Who’s Gonna Love Me Now?
A heart-warmer about London-based Sar who is stuggling to reconcile with his Israeli family, while finding a new ‘family’ in London Gay Men’s Chorus.

  • Tomer Heymann, Director; Ali Bodin Saphir, Producer

A Woman’s Life
Judith Chemla offers an unmissable performance in Stéphane Brizé’s compelling adaptation of the Maupassant novel about a woman’s travails in nineteenth-century Normandy.

  • Stéphane Brizé, Director


Jewel’s Catch One
A rousing documentary portrait of LA’s ground-breaking black gay nightclub, featuring interviews from celebrity patrons including Sharon Stone and Madonna.

  • Pat Branch, Producer; C. Fitz, Director; Paul Fitzgerald, Producer; Tracy Mercer, Producer; Carmen Quiros, Producer; Jewel Thais-Williams, Lead Cast

London Town
An uplifting, bittersweet coming-of-age story fuelled by the searing power of the music of The Clash.

  • Derrick Borte, Director; Tom Butterfield, Producer; Daniel Huttlestone, Cast; Natascha McElhone, Cast; Anya McKenna-Bruce, Cast; Dougray Scott, Cast; Sofia Sondervan, Producer; Nell Williams, Cast

The Man from Mo’Wax
The remarkable story of musician and record label owner James Lavelle, one of the most enigmatic yet influential figures in contemporary British culture.

  • Brian A. Hoffman, Producer; Lee Holmes, Head Archive Researcher; James Lavelle, Lead Cast; Henrietta Lee, Archive Researcher; Matthew Jones, Director; M J McMahon, Producer; Alec Rossiter, Editor

Minute Bodies: The Intimate World of Frank Percy Smith
Absorbing, hypnotic cinematic meditation crafted from the work of one Britain’s most important but little-known filmmakers.

  • Stuart Staples, Director / Producer

On the Road: Wolf Alice UK and Ireland Tour 2016
Michael Winterbottom’s tour film captures the excitement of north London band Wolf Alice's thrilling live shows, while revealing insights about backstage life.

  • Dan Coles, Post Production; Alex Gascoigne, Post Production; Melissa Parmenter, Producer; Anthony Wilcox, Producer; Michael Winterbottom, Director

Shot! The Psycho-Spiritual Mantra of Rock
Energetic, psychedelic Rock n Roll documentary that captures the life and times of Mick Rock, creator of images as iconic as his subject matter.

  • Kate Cohen, Producer;
Jean-Francois Destexhe, Producer; Manuel Molina, Producer; Marisa Polvino, Producer

We Are X
The startling story of X Japan, the most influential rock band you may never heard of!

  • Diane Becker, Producer; Robert Brown, Crew; Stephen Kijak, Director; Yoshiki , Documentary Subject


Rock Dog
Bodi knows his role is to protect Himalayan villages from wolves, but ever since he heard it on the radio all he can think about is music.

  • Eddie Izzard, Actor


Born in Flames
Lizzie Borden’s provocative feminist sci-fi returns to our screens and has lost none of its power.

  • Lizzie Borden, Director

Confessions to the Mirror
The re-imagination of the life and work the surrealist Claude Cahun based on her personal memoir, from childhood to imprisonment by the Nazis.

  • Sarah Pucill, Director

Curt McDowell Programme #1: Stinky Wieners and Dreamy Beavers
Don’t miss this special celebration of gay artist Curt McDowell; the first of two programmes, all films newly restored on 16mm by the Academy Film Archive.

  • Mark Toscano, Curator/Preservationist

Curt McDowell Programme #2: Peeing Into the Wind
Don’t miss this special celebration of gay artist Curt McDowell; the second of two programmes, all films newly restored on 16mm by the Academy Film Archive.

  • Mark Toscano, Curator

Dawson City: Frozen Time
American Gold Rush history comes alive through rediscovered silent movies, reconstructed to reveal lost silent movies stars in the layers of decaying nitrate stock.

  • Madeleine Moleneaux, Producer; Bill Morrison, Director

Margaret Salmon’s debut feature is a lyrical homage to classic children’s films, telling the story of a young girl’s real and fantastical adventure.

  • Margaret Salmon, Director; Dino Wiand, Producer

A witty and irreverent documentary telling the story of EXPRMNTL, the legendary experimental film festival and mythic gathering point of the international avant-garde.

  • Xavier Garcia Bardon, Speaker; David Curtis, Speaker; Brecht Debackere, Director; Steven Dhoedt, Producer; Michele Pierson, Speaker

Further Beyond
A deconstructed biopic of the extraordinary Ambrosio O'Higgins, who left Ireland to become the captain general of Chile in the Spanish Empire.

  • Joe Lawlor, Director; Christine Molloy, Director

Have You Seen My Movie?
An enthralling montage of magical moments of cinema-going extracted from across movie history that resonate with our own personal memories of the cinema.

  • Paul Anton Smith, Director / Producer

I Had Nowhere To Go
Artist Douglas Gordon creates a uniquely sensory retelling of filmmaker Jonas Mekas’ exile from his native Lithuania to escape Nazi persecution.

  • Douglas Gordon, Director; Sigrid Hoerner, Producer; Ninon Liotet, Screenwriter; Zeynep Yuecel, Producer

Anja Kirschner’s bold new work about the production of a disintegrating horror film, moving between different moving image technologies, genre, fiction and reality.

  • Anja Kirschner, Director; Maya Lubinsky, Lead Cast; Theo Prodromidis, Producer

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