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Whether it’s the journey or the destination, films to transport you and shift your perspective.
This year we travel from a small community at the tiny tip of Japan (The Furthest End Awaits) to the urban centres of the world’s second largest continent (African Metropolis). Men are caught between cultures and identity in the Australian Outback (Charlie’s Country) and cruelly separated from family in deserts of Mesopotamia (The Cut), while new alliances are forged on the run in the forests of central Morocco (The Narrow Frame of Midnight) and mountains of Pakistan (Dukhtar). More abstract adventures take in 90s nostalgia (L for Leisure) and the delicate equilibrium of the family (The Wonders); these films collapse exotic and familiar to give fresh perspectives on journeys old and new.
Journey Gala in association with Sight & Sound
Beautifully performed, scripted and shot, Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s Palme d’Or-winner is an incisive, intimate epic about male foibles and marital tensions.
Documentary filmmaker Mark Cousins follows in the footsteps of DH Lawrence in this dazzling road-trip through Sardinia.
Veteran actor David Gulpili both co-wrote and stars in this powerful indictment of Australia’s treatment of Aborigines that is also a heartfelt character study.
Fatih Akin delivers an epic about the Armenian genocide, starring Tahar Rahim in a film that mixes westerns and war films with nods to Ford, Lean and Chaplin.
A mother takes the potentially deadly decision to save her 10-year-old daughter from an arranged marriage to a wizened mountain tribal leader. Mother and daughter make their escape.
Agyness Deyn stars in a powerful story seen through the eyes of a young woman whose epilepsy brings extraordinary hallucinations as she searches for her lost brother.
Sprint champion Anna becomes the unsuspecting victim of a secret ‘medical programme’ in Andrea Sedláčková’s compelling sports drama set in Communist Czechoslovakia.
This gripping existential western – North African style – sees Viggo Mortensen and Reda Kateb play two men battling to survive in 1950s Algeria.
A beautifully observed and quietly moving portrait of a friendship between two women set against the majestic beauty of the Sea of Japan.
Set during the Third Reich and its aftermath, this lyrical, harrowing tale of love and war is a neglected classic of New German cinema.
This witty and stylish Mexican debut charts the droll adventures of an errant teenager sent to the capital to live with his older brother.
Viggo Mortensen is a distraught Danish military man searching his fugitive daughter in Lisandro Alonso’s breathtaking drama, set in nineteenth-century Patagonia.
A free-form love letter to the pleasures of wasting time, this episodic comedy is a mash-up of 90s nostalgia and arthouse homage.
A moving and beautifully performed Basque-language feature focusing on interlocking stories of grief from the directors of the acclaimed For 80 Days.
The true-life story of pioneering aviator Bill Lancaster, whose heady career in the 1920s ended with a controversial murder trial.
Artist Marc Quinn’s life is captured in all its many guises in this fascinating fly-on-the-wall documentary.
Wyatt Earp tames Tombstone in John Ford’s stirring, poetic and visually stunning Western masterpiece.
Adapted from Doris Lessing, Jean-Paul Civeyrac’s haunting drama explores race, class and identity in the story of two young, black Parisian women and their different destinies.
Down-and-out Kevin Kline inherits a gold mine of a Paris apartment, but can’t sell while Maggie Smith’s still living in it.
A sweeping multi-character treatise on love and loss follows an orphaned girl in Morocco at the mercy of a local criminal and his girlfriend.
A group of middle-aged Cubans reunite one evening in Havana to meet an old friend whose life hasn’t quite turned out as he imagined it would.
A host of directors, including a few actors behind the camera for the first time, present a series of dramas based on Tim Winton’s short stories.
Documentarian Jessica Oreck’s extraordinary, thought-provoking meditation on the nature of civilization, progress, folklore and collective memory.
Black comedy about an orphaned teenager goes to stay with her three spinster aunts, who embark on an obsessive quest to find her a husband.
A magical glimpse at the disappearing world of the Badjao – Borneo sea nomads who live above and below the waves.
Magical coming-of-age drama, where teenage girl, Gelsomina, tries to escape restrictions of her rural family life by entering a TV talent show.
Short films programme
New shorts from some of the capital’s most exciting new filmmakers, produced through Film London’s short film funds.
Short films programme
The lazy hazy days of summer means just that; holidays and journeys that lead to lazing on a beach, in the garden, or just soaking up the summer rays and hot heat. And this heat can play with our perception of reality, so we either start dreaming or perhaps we won’t even make the trip in the first place.
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