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Journey

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.

Jemma Desai

Journey Gala in association with Sight & Sound

Winter Sleep Winter Sleep

Beautifully performed, scripted and shot, Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s Palme d’Or-winner is an incisive, intimate epic about male foibles and marital tensions.

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6 Desires: DH Lawrence and Sardinia 6 Desires: DH Lawrence and Sardinia

Documentary filmmaker Mark Cousins follows in the footsteps of DH Lawrence in this dazzling road-trip through Sardinia.

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African Metropolis African Metropolis

Six short films about six of Africa’s most exciting cities.

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Charlie’s Country Charlie’s Country

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.

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The Cut The Cut

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.

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Dukhtar Dukhtar

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.

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Electricity Electricity

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.

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Fair Play Fair Play

Sprint champion Anna becomes the unsuspecting victim of a secret ‘medical programme’ in Andrea Sedláčková’s compelling sports drama set in Communist Czechoslovakia.

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Far From Men Far From Men

This gripping existential western – North African style – sees Viggo Mortensen and Reda Kateb play two men battling to survive in 1950s Algeria.

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The Furthest End Awaits The Furthest End Awaits

A beautifully observed and quietly moving portrait of a friendship between two women set against the majestic beauty of the Sea of Japan.

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Germany Pale Mother Germany Pale Mother

Set during the Third Reich and its aftermath, this lyrical, harrowing tale of love and war is a neglected classic of New German cinema.

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Güeros Güeros

This witty and stylish Mexican debut charts the droll adventures of an errant teenager sent to the capital to live with his older brother.

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Jauja Jauja

Viggo Mortensen is a distraught Danish military man searching his fugitive daughter in Lisandro Alonso’s breathtaking drama, set in nineteenth-century Patagonia.

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L for Leisure L for Leisure

A free-form love letter to the pleasures of wasting time, this episodic comedy is a mash-up of 90s nostalgia and arthouse homage.

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Loreak Flowers

A moving and beautifully performed Basque-language feature focusing on interlocking stories of grief from the directors of the acclaimed For 80 Days.

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The Lost Aviator The Lost Aviator

The true-life story of pioneering aviator Bill Lancaster, whose heady career in the 1920s ended with a controversial murder trial.

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Marc Quinn – Making Waves Marc Quinn – Making Waves

Artist Marc Quinn’s life is captured in all its many guises in this fascinating fly-on-the-wall documentary.

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My Darling Clementine My Darling Clementine

Wyatt Earp tames Tombstone in John Ford’s stirring, poetic and visually stunning Western masterpiece.

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My Friend Victoria My Friend Victoria

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.

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My Old Lady My Old Lady

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.

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The Narrow Frame of Midnight The Narrow Frame of Midnight

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.

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Return to Ithaca Return to Ithaca

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.

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The Turning The Turning

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.

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The Vanquishing of the Witch Baba Yaga The Vanquishing of the Witch Baba Yaga

Documentarian Jessica Oreck’s extraordinary, thought-provoking meditation on the nature of civilization, progress, folklore and collective memory.

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Villa Touma Villa Touma

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.

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Walking Under Water Walking Under Water

A magical glimpse at the disappearing world of the Badjao – Borneo sea nomads who live above and below the waves.

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The Wonders The Wonders

Magical coming-of-age drama, where teenage girl, Gelsomina, tries to escape restrictions of her rural family life by entering a TV talent show.

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Short films programme

London Calling London Calling

New shorts from some of the capital’s most exciting new filmmakers, produced through Film London’s short film funds.

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Short films programme

Summer Days Drifting Away Summer Days Drifting Away

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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