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This site lists films and events from the 2016 BFI London Film Festival. The festival programme for 2017 will be announced later this year.
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Films in Journey

Whether it’s the journey or the destination, films to transport you and shift your perspective.

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  • Paterson


    Adam Driver excels in this effortlessly charming tale of a bus driver poet in New Jersey, filmed with typically groovy élan by Jim Jarmusch.


  • The Bait

    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.

  • Daughters of the Dust

    Daughters of the Dust

    Julie Dash’s groundbreaking Daughters remains urgent and poetic and continues to resonate, most recently inspiring Beyoncé’s Lemonade.

  • Don’t Blink – Robert Frank

    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 the artist’s creative process.

  • Don’t Call Me Son

    Don’t Call Me Son

    Cross-dressing teen Pierre discovers he was abducted at birth and raised by a woman who isn’t his biological mother. From the director of The Second Mother.

  • George Best: All By Himself

    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.

  • The Innocents

    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.

  • A Journey Through French Cinema

    A Journey Through French Cinema

    Bertrand Tavernier presents a treasure trove of a documentary and a masterful exploration of some of the directors, actors and composers who graced French cinema.

  • Letters From Baghdad

    Letters From Baghdad

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

  • Life After Life

    Life After Life

    Produced by Jia Zhangke, this matter-of-fact ghost story follows a father and his son in contemporary China, where spirits sometimes show up unannounced.

  • Lupe Under the Sun

    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.

  • Magnus


    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.

  • Mercenary


    A 19-year-old Pacific Islander is forced to start a new life in France in this riveting sports movie-cum-male melodrama.

  • Mimosas


    A mesmerising combination of travelogue, mysticism and documentary from Spanish director Oliver Laxe, as a young man goes on a mission in the Atlas Mountains.

  • Orange Sunshine

    Orange Sunshine

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

  • The Ornithologist

    The Ornithologist

    João Pedro Rodrigues’ sublime queer odyssey about a scientist in Portugal’s Douro region embarking on an unexpected transcendental journey.

  • The Red Turtle

    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.

  • Richard Linklater – dream is destiny

    Richard Linklater – dream is destiny

    Louis Black and Karen Bernstein’s documentary is a fittingly warm, witty and insightful behind-the-scenes look at America’s beloved indie film pioneer.

  • Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guo-Qiang

    Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guo-Qiang

    Superstar Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang’s career and body of work are explored in this vibrant documentary by award-winning director Kevin MacDonald.

  • Stockholm My Love

    Stockholm My Love

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

  • Sweet Dreams

    Sweet Dreams

    Marco Bellocchio returns to the LFF with this classy and emotionally striking look at how the loss of his mother affects a young man from boyhood to manhood.

  • These Days

    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.

  • Those Who Jump

    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.

  • Tramontane


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

  • Two Lovers and a Bear

    Two Lovers and a Bear

    The director of War Witch delivers a tragic story, with unexpected textures and twists, about two damaged lovers in an icy outpost.

  • Voyage of Time: Life’s Journey

    Voyage of Time: Life’s Journey

    Terrence Malick’s ultimate personal project is a spectacular journey through the origins of the Universe, our present time and beyond.

  • White Colour Black

    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.

  • Who’s Gonna Love Me Now?

    Who’s Gonna Love Me Now?

    A heartwarmer about London-based Saar who is stuggling to reconcile with his Israeli family, while finding a new ‘family’ in London Gay Men’s Chorus.

  • A Woman of the World

    A Woman of the World

    A moral crusader from small town America meets a tattooed countess in this hugely enjoyable vehicle for 1920s screen goddess Pola Negri.

  • A Woman’s Life

    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.

  • The Woman Who Left

    The Woman Who Left

    Deserved winner of Venice’s Golden Lion, Lav Diaz's luminous film explores the emotional burden borne by the Filipino disenfranchised who live in the shadow of colonialism.

Short films programmes

  • To My Mother and My Father

    To My Mother and My Father

    A selection of riveting shorts that explore the relationship between parents and their children.

  • London Calling

    London Calling

    A selection of new shorts from some of the capital’s most exciting upcoming filmmakers.

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