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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

Battle of the Sexes
Emma Stone and Steve Carell star in this playful true story of the 1970s gender wars played out on the tennis court, while the world watches.

  • Valerie Faris, Director; Jonathan Dayton, Director; Andrea Riseborough, Cast; Emma Stone, Cast; Billie Jean King, Special Guest

This year’s Opening Night Gala is a moving true story of courage under profound difficulties, by first-time director and acclaimed British actor Andy Serkis.

  • Andy Serkis, Director; Claire Foy, Cast; Andrew Garfield, Cast

Call Me by Your Name
A rapturous study in passion and desire from the director of I Am Love and A Bigger Splash.

  • Luca Guadagnino, Director; Timothée Chalamet, Cast; Armie Hammer, Cast

Journey’s End
RC Sheriff’s acclaimed First World War drama reaches the screen in this all-star adaptation, directed by Saul Dibb (Bullet Boy).

  • Saul Dibb, Director; Sam Claflin, Cast; Toby Jones, Cast

The Killing of a Sacred Deer
For those who loved the biting satire of Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Lobster, he returns with another electrifying critique of bourgeois values.

  • Yorgos Lanthimos, Director; Colin Farrell, Cast; Barry Keoghan, Cast; Nicole Kidman, Cast

Last Flag Flying
Richard Linklater’s ruminative comedy finds three men accepting that life isn’t quite what it used to be.

  • Richard Linklater, Director; Bryan Cranston, Cast

Director Dee Rees (Pariah) delivers a searing racial drama about two families – one white, one black – set in the Deep South in the 1940s.

  • Dee Rees, Director; Mary J. Blige, Cast; Jason Clarke, Cast; Garrett Hedlund, Cast; Jason Mitchell, Cast; Carey Mulligan, Cast

The Shape of Water
Master of things that go bump in the night, Guillermo Del Toro spins the compelling tale of friendship between a mute woman and an amphibious creature.

  • Guillermo Del Toro, Director; Richard Jenkins, Cast

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Martin McDonagh’s third feature is a scabrously funny drama about the battle between a grieving mother and the local head of law enforcement.

  • Martin McDonagh, Director; Peter Dinklage, Cast; Woody Harrelson, Cast; Frances McDormand, Cast; Sam Rockwell, Cast

You Were Never Really Here
Lynne Ramsay journeys with Joaquin Phoenix into the mind of an ex-soldier gun-for-hire whose own demons are as brutal as the actions of his adversaries.

  • Lynne Ramsay, Director; Joaquin Phoenix, Cast

Strand Galas

Amant Double
François Ozon has done the maths. Double the danger = double the fun.

  • François Ozon, Director; Marine Vacth, Cast

The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales
This hilarious trio of farmyard tales features some of the wisest cracking animals that you ever could hope to meet.

  • Patrick Imbert, Director

Blade of the Immortal
Cult favourite Takashi Miike slices and slashes his way through this stunning swordplay adventure, the 100th title in the director’s extraordinary body of work.

  • Takashi Miike, Director

The Florida Project
Sean Baker follows his incredible Tangerine with another visionary take on the wild ups and dangerous downs of life in America’s underbelly.

  • Sean Baker, Director; Valeria Cotto, Cast; Brooklynn Kimberly Prince, Cast; Bria Vinaite, Cast

Expanding from the claustrophobic confines of his award-winning Lebanon, Samuel Maoz presents a provocative portrait of the mind-set of generations subject to Israeli military conscription.

  • Samuel Maoz, Director

The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)
Master of the urban comedy drama, Noah Baumbach presents a study of a dysfunctional family par excellence, ruled over by Dustin Hoffman’s shambolic patriarch.

  • Noah Baumbach, Director; Dustin Hoffman, Cast; Adam Sandler, Cast; Emma Thompson, Cast

On Chesil Beach
Be warned – this film will break your heart.

  • Dominic Cooke, Director; Billy Howle, Cast; Saoirse Ronan, Cast

From the Oscar-winning director of The Artist, a brilliantly realised portrait of France’s maestro director Jean-Luc Godard spiralling into philosophical and romantic crisis.

  • Michel Hazanavicius, Director; Bérénice Bejo, Cast; Louis Garrel, Cast; Stacy Martin, Cast

A teenage girl taps into some long-dormant powers, in this chiller from Joachim Trier (Oslo, August 31st).

  • Joachim Trier, Director

Part children’s coming-of-age tale, part homage to silent cinema, entirely wonderful.

  • Todd Haynes, Director; Oakes Fegley, Cast; Jaden Michael, Cast

Special Presentations

Dark River
Clio Barnard (The Arbor, The Selfish Giant) adapts Rose Tremain’s Trespass, relocating the action to Yorkshire, where two siblings come into conflict over a family inheritance.

  • Clio Barnard, Director; Mark Stanley, Cast; Ruth Wilson, Cast

A Fantastic Woman
A transwoman’s quest for a little respect gives us one of 2017’s standout performances in this invigorating Chilean drama from Sebastian Lelio (Gloria).

  • Daniela Vega, Cast

The Final Year
Greg Barker’s excellent observational documentary examines, with great intimacy, the final year in Obama’s foreign policy administration as an election looms.

  • Greg Barker, Director; Ambassador Samantha Power, Special Guest

Looking for Oum Kulthum
An exiled Iranian woman begins making a film about ‘the voice of Egypt’, Oum Kulthum, who was loved by the people and manipulated by politicians.

  • Shirin Neshat, Director; Shoja Azari, Co-Director

David Fincher returns to television with a Zodiac-style police procedural, based on the men who first coined the phrase ‘serial killer’.

  • David Fincher, Director; Jonathan Groff, Cast; Holt McCallanay, Cast

The Party
Sally Potter’s satire, written just prior to the 2015 British General Election, is a monochrome deconstruction of class and political values, as a small group of friends meet for dinner.

  • Sally Potter, Director; Bruno Ganz, Cast; Cherry Jones, Cast; Cillian Murphy, Cast; Timothy Spall, Cast; Kristin Scott Thomas, Cast 

A political western-cum-existentialist epic from the one of Latin America’s boldest filmmakers, Zama offers an incisive and visually arresting examination of the abuses of colonialism.

  • Lucrecia Martel, Director

Official Competition

120 BPM (Beats Per Minute)
A riveting and invigorating account of AIDS activist organisation ACT UP-Paris.

  • Robin Campillo, Director

Angels Wear White
One night in a hotel room has catastrophic consequences in this piercing drama that takes a young female perspective on corruption and sexual exploitation.

  • Vivian Qu, Director

Beyond the Clouds
Acclaimed Iranian auteur Majid Majidi relocates to Mumbai to tell a fast-paced coming-of-age story about a teenager who sets out to save his sister.

  • Majid Majidi, Director; Ishaan Khattar, Cast; Malavika Mohanan, Cast

The Breadwinner
This exceptional animated film about a girl’s struggles in Afghanistan is based on the bestselling novel by Deborah Ellis.

  • Nora Twomey, Director; Saara Chaudry, Cast

Good Manners
Rule-breaking filmmaking at its most compelling and imaginative.

  • Marco Dutra, Director; Juliana Rojas, Director

The Guardians
A superbly involving French rural drama from Xavier Beauvois, with Nathalie Baye magnificent as a matriarch struggling to run the land when war breaks out.

  • Xavier Beauvois, Director; Laura Smet, Cast

Lean on Pete
Andrew Haigh’s ravishing and mournful fourth feature sees a boy and a horse embark on a Huckleberry Finn-esque journey across America in search of home.

  • Andrew Haigh, Director; Charlie Plummer, Cast

Andrey Zvyagintsev (The Return, Leviathan) takes a caustic look at contemporary Russian values as a couple going through a divorce deal with their son’s disappearance.

  • Andrey Zvyagintsev, Director

The Lovers
Tracy Letts and Debra Winger play a married couple poised to break up in Azazel Jacobs crackingly funny and heart-wrenching look at long term love.

  • Azazel Jacobs, Director

Sweet Country
Australian director Warwick Thornton (Samson and Delilah) brings a vital Indigenous perspective and great cinematic vision to this effective, revisionist epic.

  • Warwick Thornton, Director

Taut, tense and deliciously nasty – my little pony this ain’t.

  • Cory Finley, Director; Olivia Cooke, Cast

An estranged father-son relationship in the vibrant city of Nazareth makes for an immensely entertaining drama by Palestinian director Annemarie Jacir.

  • Annemarie Jacir, Director

First Feature Competition

Written and directed by a former Jehovah’s Witness, this gripping debut depicts a family struggling with a cruel choice: devotion to one another or to their faith.

  • Daniel Kokotajlo, Director

A bold and inventive coming-of-age tale with a difference.

  • Léa Mysius, Director

The hunt for a Jersey serial killer sparks a dangerous awakening in a young woman in this astonishing psycho-sexual thriller, which sets all the senses aflame.

  • Michael Pearce, Director

The Cakemaker
A gay German baker and an Israeli widow find comfort in their shared grief, in this tale of loneliness, complex desire, and lots of cakes.

  • Ofir Raul Graizer, Director

Tensions erupt when three sons are forced to take over a failing family fisheries business in this dark and compelling North Sea drama.

  • Gilles Coulier, Director

I Am Not a Witch
Welsh-raised, Zambian born Rungano Nyoni delivers a dazzlingly debut with this dark satirical fairy tale about a little girl accused of being a witch.

  • Rungano Nyoni, Director

Jeune femme
Paula is a one-woman riot of tangled emotion and self-destructive tendencies. Paris is a city for lovers. The cat of divorce is in a cardboard box.

  • Léonor Sérraille, Director; Laetitia Dosch, Cast

Most Beautiful Island
Searing social realism with a bold genre twist.

  • Ana Asensio, Director; Caprice Benedetti, Cast; Natasha Romanova, Cast; Joshua Youngerman, Cast

Summer 1993
Bereavement is seen through the eyes of a six-year-old girl in this assured, visually arresting debut from Catalan filmmaker Carla Simón.

  • Carla Simón, Director

Winter Brothers
Two quarry-worker brothers are swept into a vicious feud in this intensely performed and aesthetically distinctive debut, featuring House of Cards’ Lars Mikkelsen.

  • Hlynur Palmason, Director, Writer, Producer

The Wound
A tough and complex tale of closeted sexuality in South Africa.

  • John Trengove, Director; Nakhane Touré, Cast

Documentary Competition

Before Summer Ends
Three young Iranian men hit the South of France in Maryam Goormaghtigh’s intimate road movie, mixing documentary and improvised fiction to enjoyable, unpredictable effect.

  • Maryam Goormaghtigh, Director

Bobbi Jene
A fascinating documentary about contemporary dancer Bobbi Jene, whose ambition and physicality will in turn impress and mesmerise.

  • Elvira Lind, Director; Bobbi Jene Smith, Cast

Chauka, Please Tell Us the Time
An urgent and compelling account of life inside a detention centre for asylum seekers trying to reach Australia.

  • Arash Kamali Sarvestani, Director

The Dead Nation
Romanian life prior to the outbreak of the Second World War is the subject of Radu Jude’s fascinationg archive documentary.

  • Radu Jude, Director

Distant Constellation
Residents of a retirement home in Istanbul share their memories in this arresting and artful documentary.

  • Shevaun Mizrahi, Director

Ex Libris – The New York Public Library
An immersive journey into the New York Public Library with great documentarian Frederick Wiseman.

  • Frederick Wiseman, Director

Gray House
A spell-binding exploration of the human experience, visually dazzling, combining documentary and video art.

  • Matthew Booth, Director/Photography; Austin Lynch, Director

An extraordinary and inspiring journey into the life of British primatologist Jane Goodall, with never-seen-before archive footage and a beautiful Phillip Glass score.

  • Brett Morgen, Director

Kingdom of Us
A powerful documentary exploring the collective recovery of a family following the father’s suicide.

  • Lucy Cohen, Director

Documentary filmmaker Emmanuel Gras’ gloriously cinematic portrait of a coal producer in rural Congo, which deservedly won the Grand Prize in Cannes’ Critics Week.

  • Emmanuel Gras, Director

The Prince of Nothingwood
A rousing behind-the-scenes account of the life of Salim Shaheen, Afghanistan’s most prolific actor/director, and a one-man charisma-bomb.

  • Sonia Kronlund, Director


Ana, mon amour
Therapy, dreams and Nietzsche all play into this Romanian drama from the director of Child’s Pose, where an intense relationship is put under the microscope.

  • Diana Cavallioti, Cast

Anchor and Hope
A smart, funny, London film about love and its discontents as a lesbian couple’s relationship is tested when a friend comes to stay.

  • Carlos Marques-Marcet, Director

The Boy Downstairs
The spirit of Norah Ephron is channelled in this smart and sassy Manhattan-set relationship drama.

  • Sophie Brooks, Director

British by the Grace of God screening in the short films programme Like a Heartbeat Drives You Mad
Middle-aged Irene doesn’t have an easy life with her emotionally cold husband and reclusive son. Still she tries to make the best of her situation. Featuring Kate Dickie.

  • Sean Dunn, Director

A subtle and surprising Japanese family drama that places a transwoman’s desire for motherhood at its core, with bittersweet results.

  • Naoko Ogigami, Director

The Full Story screening in the short films programme Like a Heartbeat Drives You Mad
Memories of a father’s affair, family break-up and sibling rivalry come back full force in this life-size animation from Oscar®-nominated and BAFTA-winning director, Daisy Jacobs.

  • Daisy Jacobs, Director; Christopher Wilder, Co-Director

Goddess screening in the short films programme Like a Heartbeat Drives You Mad
Rebellious young Tara flirts with her maid Devi. Faced with contemporary India’s strict social norms, their attraction redefines who they both are.

  • Karishma Dube, Director

Going West
Mum’s gone. Work’s gone tits up. Dad’s got his dress on. It’s time to hit the road.

  • Henrik Martin Dahlsbakken, Director

Golden Exits
Chloë Sevigny, Adam Horovitz and Jason Schwartzman head the cast of Alex Ross Perry’s finely tuned drama with a sting in its tail.

  • Alex Ross Perry, Director

How to Talk to Girls at Parties
Nicole Kidman is punk svengali Queen Boadicea and Elle Fanning is an intergalactic megababe in this cosmic Neil Gaiman adaptation directed by John Cameron Mitchell.

  • John Cameron Mitchell, Director

In White screening in the short films programme Like a Heartbeat Drives You Mad
Lara returns to Beirut for her father’s funeral to find her controlling mother displeased with her love and life choices.

  • Dania Bdeir, Director; Maria Achkar, Cast

Paddy Considine’s boxing melodrama is an emotional knockout.

  • Paddy Considine, Director; Jodie Whittaker, Cast

A Moment in the Reeds
The world’s troubles recede, at least for a moment, in this intimate drama about an affair between a Finnish man and a Syrian immigrant.

  • Mikko Makela, Director; Janne Puustinen, Cast; Boodi Kabbani, Cast

Resurrecting Hassan
A family of blind buskers in Montreal attempt to come to terms with the loss of a loved one in this poignant award-winning documentary.

  • Carlo Guillermo Proto, Director

Roller Dreams
The trailblazers of Venice Beach’s roller-dancing scene give an exhilarating glimpse into a stone-cold awesome moment in history, and the system attempting to crush it.

  • Kate Hickey, Director; Terrell Ferguson, Cast; Sara Messenger, Cast

Saturday Church
New York queer and trans teens of colour find love, music and happiness in Damon Cardasis’ heart-warming lo-fi musical.

  • Damon Cardasis, Director

Slap Happy screening in the short films programme Like a Heartbeat Drives You Mad
A couple constantly push the line between being comfortable with and abusive towards each other, resulting in an unexpected outcome.

  • Dusty Mancinelli, Director; Madeleine Sims-Fewer, Director

A rousing story of strength and survival from acclaimed filmmaker David Gordon Green.

  • Jake Gyllenhaal, Cast

Three Peaks
Diverging ideas on love and fatherhood drive this captivating thriller, as a mountainside vacation designed for family bonding descends into a fight for survival.

  • Jan Zabeil, Director


Aamir screening in the short films programme Distilled Identities
Separated from his family, young Aamir is left to fend for himself in a European refugee camp. When befriended by volunteer Kaitlyn, his hope is restored.

  • Vika Evdokimenko, Director

Birds are Singing in Kigali
In this visually striking and perceptive analysis of trauma, Anna and Claudine return to Poland after witnessing the Rwandan massacres.

  • Joanna Kos-Krauze, Director

The Climb
Leave your fear of heights at home before venturing to this exhilarating documentary, where six women take part in some vertiginous direct action.

  • Michael Woodward, Director

The Forgiven
Forest Whittaker and Eric Bana are extraordinary as Desmond Tutu and Piet Blomfeld in this tense political drama.

  • Roland Joffé, Director

Homeland screening in the short films programme Distilled Identities
In a quiet, sheltered neighbourhood in Belgium, the locals offer their perspectives on issues that pose a threat to their way of living.

  • Sam Peeters, Director

A haunting, deeply moving documentary set among terminally ill cancer patients.

  • Steven Eastwood, Director

The Light of the Moon
Stephanie Beatriz stars in this powerful and involving portrait of a confident New Yorker trying to regain control of her life after a sexual assault.

  • Jessica M Thompson, Director

A Mother Brings Her Son to Be Shot
Five years in the making, this brave and level-headed documentary exposes paramilitary activity in present day Northern Ireland during a supposed time of peace.

  • Sinéad O’Shea, Director

Scaffold screening in the short films programme Distilled Identities
We join the daily interactions of two Bosnian-Canadian builders as they carefully make repairs. Under the watchful eye of the homeowner, they reminisce about home.

  • Kazik Radwanski, Director

The Venerable W.
Barbet Schroeder’s documentary about a Buddhist monk espousing anti-Muslim hatred is a frighteningly resonant account of racist and nationalist rhetoric leading to horrendous violence.

  • Barbet Schroeder, Director


Bad Lucky Goat
A Colombian coming-of-age comedy set on a gloriously eccentric Caribbean island where two squabbling siblings must cover their tracks after an unforeseen accident.

  • Samir Oliveros, Director

Comeback Kid screening in the short films programme Gits and Shiggles
The dark humour of reincarnation portrayed as a man comes back, bug-eyed and bludgeoned, to avenge his masculinity.

  • Ian Robertson, Director

Funny Cow
In 1970s and ’80s Northern England, a woman rises above abusive relationships and crass sexist audiences to become a female stand-up comedian.

  • Adrian Shergold, Director; Alun Armstrong, Cast; Corinne Bailey Rae, Cast; John Bishop, Cast; Lindsey Coulson, Cast; Richard Hawley, Cast; Jim Moir, Cast; Maxine Peake, Cast; Tony Pitts, Cast

In Between Takes screening in the short films programme Gits and Shiggles
Home videos are even funnier here as the cameraman – the director’s own father – was unaware he was filming.

  • Alexei Dmitriev, Director

Ingrid Goes West
An emotionally unstable young woman moves to California to stalk her social media idol and insinuates herself into her picture-perfect life.

  • Matt Spicer, Director; Aubrey Plaza, Cast

Restored by the BFI from the original camera negative, Terry Gilliam’s first film as a solo director is a beautifully crazed landmark in British cinema.

  • Terry Gilliam, Director; Annette Badland, Cast; Michael Palin, Cast

King of Peking
Genial comedy about a Chinese film projectionist who starts a bootleg DVD operation with his movie-obsessed son.

  • Sam Voutas, Director

Lots of Kids, a Monkey and a Castle
From actor Gustavo Salmerón comes a documentary portrait of his wickedly funny septuagenarian mother Julia and her gloriously idiosyncratic approach to life.

  • Gustavo Salmerón, Director

Masterpiece screening in the short films programme Gits and Shiggles
Perfectly comical #BlackBoyJoy as a group of young men try to interpret their friend’s art so they can save face and show support.

  • Runyararo Mapfumo, Director

Mordechai screening in the short films programme Gits and Shiggles
Daniel, an ultra-orthodox Jew, hasn’t seen his identical twin brother Mordechai in years. A funny and touching fable about family, faith and the roles we play.

  • Benjamin Bee, Director

The Nightmare on Deskteeth Street screening in the short films programme Gits and Shiggles
Harold Miller is having a seriously bad day when he wakes to find his Little Reds gone. He’s on a mission to be reunited.

  • Dylan Holmes Williams, Director

Person to Person
A cinematic breath of fresh air, this New York City ensemble drama is like 1970s Robert Altman seen through a distinctly 2017 lens.

  • Dustin Guy Defa, Director

Pipe Dreams screening in the short films programme Gits and Shiggles
Self-help turns to self-love when Helen can’t find a decent plumber or a decent man and she discovers all she needs is confidence to fix her blockage and her doubts.

  • Christa Jarrold, Director

Quality Time
A singular take on masculinity defines this strange and innovative comedy.

  • Daan Bakker, Director

Smear screening in the short films programme Gits and Shiggles
The awkward reality of a first-time smear test made funny by one woman’s crushing femininity.

  • Kate Herron, Director

Wave screening in the short films programme Gits and Shiggles
Gasper Rubicon awakes from a coma to a world he can’t communicate with. After falling prey to internet trolls, he gets to experience the other side of social media.

  • Benjamin Cleary, Director; Tj O'Grady Peyton, Director

Word of God
When your dad (also known as ‘God’) is weighing up whether to call his autobiography ‘Mein Kampf’ you know things have got pretty f***ed up.

  • Henrik Ruben Genz, Director; Søren Malling, Cast


From the director of Blancanieves comes a wacky women’s melodrama with some absurdist supernatural digressions and a fabulous central performance from Maribel Verdú.

  • Pablo Berger, Director

April’s Daughter
The mother of all thrillers.

  • Michel Franco, Director

Beach Rats
Coney-Islander Frankie juggles his dangerous double life: showing off his heteronormative masculine prowess with friends by day, cruising for gay hook-ups at night.

  • Eliza Hittman, Director

Tensions and rivalries on the set of a Fassbinder remake fuel sharp observations on truth and performance in Nicolas Wackerbarth’s probing drama.

  • Nicolas Wackerbarth, Director

The Door screening in the short films programme My Loneliness is Killing Me
Shutting the world out, if just for a few moments, is not a privilege all enjoy. Minu decides she deserves to get a few moments alone.

  • Anisa Mukerjea Ganguli, Director

-everyman screening in the short films programme My Loneliness is Killing Me
A man, drunk and desperate, searches for a connection. A field recording, dramatised.

  • John Angus Stewart, Director

Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool
The true story of the love affair between Gloria Grahame and young, aspiring actor Peter Turner, produced by the Bond franchise’s Barbara Broccoli.

  • Paul McGuigan, Director; Jamie Bell, Cast; Annette Bening, Cast;

From the Basque directors of Loreak (LFF 2014) comes an unsettling tale of sibling rivalry based on the true story of the world’s tallest man.

  • Aitor Arregi, Director; Jon Garaño, Director

Mankind faces extinction in this stunningly-realised widescreen dystopian fiction about ecological disaster.

  • Semih Kaplanoğlu, Director; Nike Maria Vassil, Cast

Have Heart screening in the short films programme My Loneliness is Killing Me
A looping GIF has an existential crisis.

  • Will Anderson, Director

The Hungry
This UK-India co-production employs Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus as the source of its story about a ruthless businessman whose world is threatened by an evil act.

  • Bornila Chatterjee, Director

Joy in People screening in the short films programme My Loneliness is Killing Me
Where there’s people, there’s joy. Where there’s more people, there’s more joy. A short film about happiness, nations and massive football crowds.

  • Oscar Hudson, Director; Meredith Colchester, Cast

The L-Shaped Room
An unmarried mother-to-be finds companionship among a gallery of warm and eccentric characters when she comes to London to have her child.

  • Leslie Caron, Cast

Laws of the Game screening in the short films programme My Loneliness is Killing Me
The epic story of a Surinamese female referee fighting for her place in the world of men’s football.

  • Aegina Brahim, Director

Life Guidance
Happiness is an emotion shared by all in this world, but when one man questions his existence, the penalty can be deadly.

  • Ruth Mader, Director

Little Crusader
In southern Italy, a knight searches for his son who has joined the Children’s Crusade in this unusual, visually evocative take on the Middle Ages.

  • Václav Kadrnka, Director; Karel Roden, Cast

Mademoiselle Paradis
An enthralling account of the life of a blind pianist whose partially restored sight witnessed a loss in her musicality.

  • Barbara Albert, Director

Not Required Back screening in the short films programme My Loneliness is Killing Me
A portrait of a recently redundant contractor in the declining Scottish oil industry.

  • Peter Marsden, Director; Jamie Robson, Cast

Salt & Sauce screening in the short films programme My Loneliness is Killing Me
A film about battered sausages and trying to figure out what the hell you’re doing with your life.

  • Alia Ghafar, Director

Sicilian Ghost Story
True life Mafia Kidnap story, re-fashioned as bravura modern fairytale, from the makers of Salvo.

  • Fabio Grassadonia, Director; Antonio Piazza, Director

Six God Alphabet Peter screening in the short films programme My Loneliness is Killing Me
Please wake up, Peter. Please wake up. You need to learn your alphabet now, Peter.

  • Peter Millard, Director

A Skin So Soft
Body-builders as you’ve never seen them before, in all their vulnerability and away from artificial glamour.

  • Denis Côté, Director

So Help Me God
A darkly funny and unsettling behind-the-scenes glimpse at the work of a rather unusual Belgian judge.

  • Yves Hinant, Director; Jean Libon, Director; Anne Gruwez, Cast

Tiger Girl
There’s an anti-capitalist vigilante on the streets of Berlin and she’s looking for a protégé in this witty, ultra-violent, female-focused fight-fest.

  • Jakob Lass, Director

Masculine tensions reaching boiling point in this sizzling, brilliantly observed western, where migrant German construction workers are pitched against villagers in remotest Bulgaria.

  • Valeska Grisebach, Director


When the violent leader of an Australian motorcycle gang gets out of prison, his deputy has to choose between loyalty and family.

  • Stephen McCallum, Director

1745 screening in the short films programme The Thrill of the Chase
In the year of the Jacobite rising, two slave sisters escape into the Scottish wilderness.

  • Gordon Napier, Director; Moyo Akande, Cast

6 Days
In April 1980 six gunmen seized the Iranian Embassy in London. This is the story of the SAS operation in the six days that followed.

  • Jamie Bell, Cast; Mark Strong, Cast

Bad Genius
Taking you straight back to the night before your GCSEs, this is an adrenaline-fueled, edge-of-the-desk exam-heist thriller like you’ve never seen before.

  • Nattawut Poonpiriya, Director

‘Fame costs’. That old cliché is often so painfully true. Testament to this is prima ballerina Darling. How much is she willing to sacrifice for her art?

  • Birgitte Stærmose, Director; Danica Curcic, Cast; Astrid Grarup Elbo, Cast

Los Angeles gleams in this neo-Noir about a personal assistant (Lola Kirke) who turns amateur detective when tragedy strikes her Hollywood starlet boss (Zoe Kravitz).

  • Aaron Katz, Director

Good Time
Robert Pattinson stars as a scuzzy bank robber in this nerve-jangling heist thriller.

  • Josh Safdie, Director; Robert Pattinson, Cast

Hot and Cold screening in the short films programme The Thrill of the Chase
One meeting between two women, made in one shot. Two complete strangers bump into each other. One needs money, the other wants to take revenge on her husband.

  • Marta Prus, Director

For mountain lovers and adrenaline junkies alike, this documentary is a cinematic feast.

  • Jennifer Peedom, Director

Oksijan screening in the short films programme The Thrill of the Chase
The true story of a seven-year-old Afghan boy who finds himself trapped in a refrigerated truck with 14 other refugees as they are smuggled into the UK. Featuring Ella Purnell.

  • Edward Watts, Director

A Prayer Before Dawn
The true story of Billy Moore, a British drug-dealer sent to a violent Thai prison where he learns kick-boxing as a means to survive.

  • Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire, Director; Joe Cole, Cast

Racer and the Jailbird
Adèle Exarchopoulos and Matthias Schoenaerts are lovers entangled in a world of crime in this tough, twisty thriller-romance from Bullhead director Michaël R Roskam.

  • Michaël R. Roskam, Director

Small Town Crime
An alcoholic ex-cop gets a shot at redemption in this shambling-gumshoe delight, which sees John Hawkes channelling a drunk Colombo.

  • Eshom Nelms, Director; Ian Nelms, Director; Michelle Lang, Cast; Jeremy Ratchford, Cast

Seven years after a shocking murder, a killer strikes in the town of Martfű. Is it a copycat? Or is the wrong man in jail?

  • Árpád Sopsits, Director

Till One Cries screening in the short films programme The Thrill of the Chase
Hanna meets Tim. They push each other to their limits.

  • Benjamin Leichtenstern, Director

Wrath of Silence
A Touch of Sin meets Spaghetti Western in this contemporary Chinese arthouse thriller following a mute man’s search for his missing son.

  • Yukun Xin, Director


Crack open the chocolate syrup, Mrs Bates is coming to stay.

  • Alexandre O. Philippe, Director

Body World screening in the short films programme Strange Worlds
A fully grown new born woman is birthed into a hazy summer’s garden. A rose daemon emerges from the bushes.

  • Kitty Faingold, Director

Brawl in Cell Block 99
Vince Vaughan does time in this devilishly unexpected prison thriller.

  • S. Craig Zahler, Director; Vince Vaughn, Cast

The Cured
Ellen Page stars in one of the most original and innovative zombie films in recent memory.

  • David Freyne, Director

The Endless
Come with an open mind. And prepare to have it blown.

  • Justin Benson, Director; Aaron Moorhead, Director

Ghost Stories
You say you don’t believe in ghosts? Well, think again...

  • Jeremy Dyson, Director; Andy Nyman, Director/Screenwriter/Lead Cast

Hagazussa - A Heathen’s Curse
This dark tale will put you under its spell.

  • Lukas Feigelfeld, Director; Aleksandra Cwen, Cast

Homing In screening in the short films programme Strange Worlds
Joan is startled when she finds a strange man in her house, but the situation becomes all-too-familiar.

  • Parker Hill, Director

Let the Corpses Tan
Gun-toting showdowns have rarely looked so beautiful.

  • Hélène Cattet, Director; Bruno Forzani, Director

Lucky screening in the short films programme Strange Worlds
Lucky is looking for happiness. What does luck mean for an individual? Is failure the only possibility?

  • Ines Christine Geißer, Director; Kirsten Carina Geißer, Director

Maneki Neko screening in the short films programme Strange Worlds
An unexpected encounter between two strangers finds them sharing a cab to the city. The ride becomes an anatomy of a relationship through dreams and nightmares.

  • Manolis Mavris, Director

My Friend Dahmer
Ever wondered what it would be like to meet a serial killer in the making?

  • Marc Meyers, Director

Neverlanding screening in the short films programme Strange Worlds
A ‘Bad Thriller’. We crawl into the mind of the world’s worst King of Pop impersonator, ending with a lot of blood on the dance floor.

  • Wim Reygaert, Director

Real Gods Require Blood screening in the short films programme Strange Worlds
Troubled Alice is roped into babysitting for her neighbour, whose children claim to feed a nightly visitor from Hell.

  • Moin Hussain, Director

A haunting tale of the ghosts of relationships past.

  • Erlingur Thoroddsen, Director

Santa Ana screening in the short films programme Strange Worlds
There is a link between evil and the famed Santa Ana winds in Southern California.

  • César Pesquera, Director


A kaleidoscopic personal documentary in the vein of Sarah Polley’s Stories We Tell, exploring family dynamics, emerging sexuality and Pakistani-Canadian identity.

  • Arshad Khan, Director

A teenager is drawn into the past life of his neighbour in this delicate, poetic work from Brazilian filmmakers Joao Dumans and Affonso Uchoa.

  • Affonso Uchoa, Director

Baby Gravy screening in the short films programme London Calling
Brona believes she is four sleeps away from a hot flush and a friend called Pam. Just how far is she willing to go to make sure she doesn’t miss her chance?

  • Marley Morrison, Director; Jade Anouka, Cast; Sophia Di Martino, Cast

Bustling with African hair salons, this is a sprightly-paced drama set in the working-class area of Paris around the Chateau d’Eau metro station.

  • Modi Barry, Director; Cédric Ido, Director; Jacky Ido, Cast

The Drummer and the Keeper
In this warm, witty Irish drama, a rock drummer with bipolar disorder builds an unusual friendship with a goalie who has Asperger syndrome.

  • Nick Kelly, Director; Niamh Algar, Cast; Dermot Murphy, Cast

Tough, gripping drama about a committed, principled priest taking on the Mafia and risking his life in a poverty-stricken parish in Naples.

  • Vincenzo Marra, Director

Fighter screening in the short films programme London Calling
In the tense minutes before a boxing match, a boxer with Down’s syndrome fights for his right to get in the ring.

  • Bugsy Steel, Director

Fry-Up screening in the short films programme Heading for that Adult Crash
An intimate portrayal of a family’s last day together.

  • Charlotte Regan, Director

His Wake screening in the short films programme London Calling
A young man attempts to discover more about his deceased father by interviewing friends and family during the man’s wake.

  • Jamie Noel, Director; Aaron Thomas Ward, Cast

The Journey
Iraqi filmmaker Mohamed Al-Daradji takes us into the mind of a potential female suicide bomber in this unforgettable drama.

  • Mohamed Al-Daradji, Director; Ameer Ali Jabarah, Cast

Kara screening in the short films programme London Calling
An art school student goes on a journey to make a film about her estranged alcoholic father.

  • Deepa Keshvala, Director

Lebanon Factory
A portmanteau feature that is an often laugh-out-loud portrait of Lebanon and all its myriad charms and idiosyncrasies.

  • Lucie La Chimia, Director

Harry Dean Stanton gives the performance of a lifetime as an irascible nonagenarian maverick in a New Mexican town, grappling with his mortality.

  • John Carroll Lynch, Director

Lunch Time screening in the short films programme Heading for that Adult Crash
A 16-year-old girl has come to the hospital to identify the body of her mother, but the people in charge won’t let her into the morgue.

  • Alireza Ghasemi, Director

Maybe It’s Me screening in the short films programme London Calling
I remember everything. The summers, the house, the sea, the sound of the cicadas. My fears.

  • Dimitris Simou, Director

My Generation
The Swinging sixties narrated and presented by Michael Caine himself and featuring an era-defining soundtrack.

  • David Batty, Director; Michael Caine, Cast

Aidan Gillen stars – as not-quite-himself – in a playful comedy about an actor struggling to keep things real after his divorce.

  • Jamie Thraves, Director; Aidan Gillen, Cast

Pop Aye
A disaffected, middle-aged Thai architect is reunited with an elephant from his childhood in this gently surrealistic and boldly visual debut from Kirsten Tan.

  • Kirsten Tan, Director

The Rabbit Hunt screening in the short films programme Heading for that Adult Crash
Pahokee, Florida. An initiation rite is practised here for boys on the cusp of manhood.

  • Patrick Bresnan, Director

Samira’s Party screening in the short films programme London Calling
The bonds between 14-year-old Samad and his mum are put to the test on a trip to the supermarket.

  • Bijan Sheibani, Director

A Season in France
Mahamat-Saleh Haroun’s compassionate and sincere film observes a troubled soul struggling to survive in an apathetic world.

  • Sandrine Bonnaire, Cast

Sheikh Jackson
Sheikh Jackson follows a hardline Islamist preacher who yearns to moonwalk again after the death of singer Michael Jackson.

  • Amr Salama, Director

Relaxed and insightful British drama with a mumblecore edge.

  • Tupaq Felber, Director; Jon Foster, Cast; Robyn Isaac, Cast; Simon Meacock, Cast; Jamie Zubairi, Cast

To Wendy Who Kicked Me When I Said I Love You screening in the short films programme London Calling
A strange romance about two lost souls. Wendy (one good eye) and Sid are trying to connect in a mid-range hotel near an airport.

  • Dan Castella, Director

A film about nothing is one of the year’s finest documentaries, and a lyrical tribute to its late director, Michael Glawogger.

  • Monika Willi, Director

V screening in the short films programme London Calling
A 16-year-old vampire reconsiders her past relationships.

  • Jimmy Dean, Director

A heart-felt coming-of-age tale set in Burkina Faso exploring mixed cultural identity and finding one’s place in the world.

  • Berni Goldblat, Director

The White Girl
Debut director Jenny Suen collaborates with Christopher Doyle for this gorgeous Hong Kong-based drama, set to delight dreamers, outcasts and sensualists.

  • Jenny Suen, Director; Christopher Doyle, Co-Director

Work screening in the short films programme Heading for that Adult Crash
A 17-year-old dancer attempts to contain her growing contempt towards an unjust world.

  • Aneil Karia, Director

Wren Boys screening in the short films programme London Calling
On the day after Christmas, a Catholic priest from Cork drives his nephew to prison.

  • Harry Lighton, Director

You Know Where screening in the short films programme Heading for that Adult Crash
A young skater looks for a place to skate in a small Mid-Western town and encounters two outsiders in dire need of someone to talk to.

  • Jackson Kroopf, Director


It’s man versus machine in this absorbing documentary chronicling the epic contest between Google’s DeepMind computer AlphaGo and reigning Go world champion Lee Sedol.

  • Greg Kohs, Director; Demis Hassabis, Cast; Fan Hui, Cast; Dave Silver, Cast

The Ancestors Came screening in the short films programme Hoping. Fearing. Dreaming
Faith Ringgold, an African-American civil rights activist famous for her quilted narrations, recounts the stories of her past.

  • Cecile Emeke, Director

Antonio Lopez 1970: Sex, Fashion & Disco
Meet the man who injected sensuality, transgression and fun into the 1970s NYC and Paris fashion scenes.

  • James Crump, Director

Paul Wright (For Those in Peril) constructs a beautiful paean to the land, set to a soundtrack by Will Gregory and Adrian Utley.

  • Paul Wright, Director; Will Gregory, Cast; Adrian Utley, Cast

The Ballad of Shirley Collins
A moving story of an important voice lost and found – one that makes us reflect on the value and meaning of heritage and ancestry.

  • Rob Curry, Director; Tim Plester, Director

David Stratton: A Cinematic Life
A galaxy of Aussie stars pay tribute to Australia’s leading film critic, as David Stratton takes us on a journey through the nation’s cinema.

  • Sally Aitken, Director

Dear Mr. Shakespeare screening in the short films programme Hoping. Fearing. Dreaming
Journey through Shakespeare’s Othello in a historical and contemporary setting.

  • Shola Amoo, Director

Actor and director Sandrine Bonnaire paints an intimate and tender portrait of cultural icon Marianne Faithfull’s burning creativity and incredible life story.

  • Sandrine Bonnaire, Director

This Berlin Film Festival Grand Jury Prize-winner weaves a story around a resilient Kinshasa singer who has to fight for her child’s survival.

  • Alain Gomis, Director; Véro Tshanda Beya Mputu, Cast

A fascinating account of working alongside Stanley Kubrick – by one of his closest collaborators.

  • Tony Zierra, Director

Here to be Heard: The Story of The Slits
The hitherto overlooked story of one of British music’s most influential and game-changing bands.

  • William Badgley, Director; Palmolive, Cast; Tessa Pollitt, Cast

Hip Hop Cafe screening in the short films programme Hoping. Fearing. Dreaming
An ensemble slice of life in a diner, where rap lyrics become part of the drama.

  • Robbie Samuels, Director

Loving Vincent
The first ever fully painted feature film takes us through the last days of Vincent Van Gogh.

  • Dorota Kobiela, Director; Hugh Welchman, Director; Douglas Booth, Cast; Aidean Turner, Cast

Cate Blanchett gives a tour-de-force performance in this kaleidoscopic trip through the art manifestos of the 20th century.

  • Julian Rosefeldt, Director; Cate Blanchett, Cast

Nico, 1988
Danish actress and singer Trine Dyrholm astounds as iconic performer Nico in this fascinating biopic.

  • Susanna Nicchiarelli, Director; Trine Dyrholm, Cast

Professor Marston & the Wonder Women
The incredible story of the man behind Wonder Woman and the women in his life.

  • Angela Robinson, Director

Reinventing Marvin
Finnegan Oldfield stars as a young gay man desperate to break away, in this stirring drama from director Anne Fontaine (The Innocents).

  • Anne Fontaine, Director

Robot & Scarecrow screening in the short films programme Hoping. Fearing. Dreaming
A uniquely modern fairytale about love with Jack O’Connell and Holliday Grainger.

  • Kibwe Tavares, Director

Shogun screening in the short films programme Hoping. Fearing. Dreaming
Shogun is an unsigned grime MC, with a determination to put Scottish rap on the map.

  • Emily McDonald, Director

Song of Granite
A formally audacious account of the life and times of traditional Irish folk singer Joe Heaney, combining ‘fictional’ drama, documentary footage and musical sequences.

  • Pat Collins, Director


Catherine screening in the short films programme Animated Shorts for Younger Audiences
Catherine doesn’t have a great track record when it comes to her pets; hopefully Kitty will be okay.

  • Britt Raes, Director

The Day My Father Became a Bush
A displaced girl must escape her home town when it becomes caught up in a civil war.

  • Nicole van Kilsdonk, Director

Ivan Tsarevitch and the Changing Princess
These exquisite animated tales are alive with monsters, golden fruit and pirates. Each one is enchanting and features witty dialogue and crafted visuals.

  • Michel Ocelot, Director

Jazzoo screening in the short films programme Animated Shorts for Younger Audiences
A colourful meeting of animals and jazz.

  • Adam Marko-Nord, Director

Vividly beautiful animation brings to life a story created by group of orphans in Swaziland, in this documentary hybrid executive produced by Thandie Newton.

  • Aaron Kopp, Director; Amanda Kopp, Director; Shofela Coker, Art Director

Odd is an Egg screening in the short films programme Animated Shorts for Younger Audiences
Odd stops worrying about danger when he befriends a girl who is like a bee.

  • Kristin Ulseth, Director


22:22 screening with Lek and the Dogs
A performance of static apnoea (holding one’s breath under water) to access heightened psychological states, revealing contradictions between withdrawing from life and actively performing within it.

  • Charlotte Ginsborg, Director

A Blemished Code
Experimental documentary considering the life and work of pioneering holographer Margaret Benyon.

  • Anne-Marie Copestake, Director; Esther Congreave, Cast

Dead the Ends
Benedict Seymour’s experimental feature is an urgent, engaging journey into the London riots and our current political situation via imagery from dystopian science fiction.

  • Ben Seymour, Director; Rachel Baker, Cast

Elegy screening in the short films programme Surface Tensions
Ecclesiastical material is made abstract though film and light.

  • Paul Bush, Director

Erase and Forget
Investigative portrait of famous Vietnam vet, ‘Bo’ Gritz, the inspiration for Rambo, that exposes the complexities of how America creates its own reality.

  • Andrea Luka Zimmerman, Director

Films to Break Projectors screening in the short films programme Surface Tensions
Colourful animated collages of film pay homage to the qualities of 35mm.

  • Tim Grabham, Director

Fishing Is Not Done on Tuesdays screening in the short films programme Surface Tensions
A mysterious edifice is suspended over the Ghanaian coast, between sea and jungle.

  • Lukas Marxt, Director

Le Fort des fous
A powerful meditation on colonial power and its legacy, from Algerian filmmaker Narimane Mari.

  • Narimane Mari, Director; Michel Haas, Cast

Frantz Fanon: Black Skin White Mask
World premiere of the new digitally-remastered 2K version of Isaac Julien and Mark Nash’s celebrated experimental documentary about the Afro-Caribbean psychiatrist and revolutionary.

  • Isaac Julien, Director; Colin Salmon, Cast

Highview screening in the short films programme Surface Tensions
Celluloid images dance on screen as vibrant visions emerge and then fade.

  • Simon Liu, Director

Hijacked screening in the short films programme Excavating Loss
Airplane space is inhabited by characters for whom ‘escape’, one of the promises of airplane technology, proves elusive.

  • Shambhavi Kaul, Director

How Can I Ever Be Late screening with Tonsler Park
A real cool recreation of Sly and the Family Stone accompanied by their famous smooth song.

  • Kevin Jerome Everson, Director

Lek and the Dogs
Andrew Kötting returns with an emotionally affecting and politically resonant multi-genre adaptation of Hattie Naylor’s play.

  • Andrew Kötting, Director; Catherine Tchili, Cast; Louise Tchili, Cast; Xavier Tchili, Cast

Life Imitation
Cutting edge artist Chen Zhou fuses documentary, chat apps and Grand Theft Auto to build a mind-bending picture of queer lives on the edge.

  • Chen Zhou, Director

The Mærsk Opera
Superflex create an operatic interpretation of the building of Copenhagen’s famous performance space, one of Europe’s most controversial buildings.

  • Superflex, Directors

No Trace of Accelerator
Jarman Award winner Wardill gets Brechtian on the true story of a series of seemingly unconnected fires that suddenly combusted in an isolated French town in the 1990s, evoking an uncanny sense of the troubling emotions the fires unleashed in the community.

  • Stephen Fewell, Cast

Olly Olly Oxen Free screening in the short films programme Surface Tensions

  • Julia Dogra-Brazell, Director

Phantom screening in the short films programme Surface Tensions
Ancient footage of an old tale hauntingly re-emerges.

  • David Leister, Director

Sakhisona screening in the short films programme Excavating Loss
An experimental narrative of the Bengali folk tale of ‘Sakhisona’. A film about love, nature, memories, myths and their remains.

  • Prantik Basu, Director

Snow screening in the short films programme Surface Tensions
A dynamic intervention into the nature documentary creates a different kind of monster.

  • Stuart Pound, Director

Spell Reel
Filipa César’s documentary following the rediscovery of the revolutionary cinema of Guinea-Bissau and its role in reclaiming national memory.

  • Filipa Cesar, Director

Spite Your Face
Rachel Maclean’s captivating baroque reworking of Pinocchio that exposes modern greed through phallic mockery, plus Gabriel Abrantes’ playful artificial intelligence comedy.

  • Rachel Maclean, Director

Tonsler Park
The functioning, or malfunctioning, of US democracy on Election Day 2016 as seen through the operations of polling stations in Charlottesville, Virginia.

  • Kevin Jerome Everson, Director

Tripoli Cancelled
The modern migrant experience as expressed through one man’s struggle to survive, trapped in an abandoned airport for a decade.

  • Naeem Mohaiemen, Director; Vassilis Koukalani, Cast

Urth screening with The Pure Necessity
The last woman on earth is locked in a constructed hostile environment. Filmed inside Biosphere 2 in Arizona, the film considers how constructed worlds may affect the future of humankind.

  • Ben Rivers, Director

Weed Killer screening with Ouroboros
On survival and transformation inspired by Catherine Lord’s memoir The Summer of Her Baldness, this is a moving and irreverent account of her experience of breast cancer.

  • Patrick Staff, Director

The Welfare of Tomás Ó Hallissy screening with A Blemished Code
Portrait of a society on the brink of irreversible change, inspired by anthropological studies into the huge incidence of mental illness in 1960s rural Ireland.

  • Duncan Campbell, Director

What Time Is Made Of screening in the short films programme Surface Tensions
Found footage that inspired the learning of language.

  • Diana Vidrascu, Director

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