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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 Love

Sweet, passionate, tough – love is a complex and many-splendoured thing.

Love Gala

  • Mirzya


    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.


  • After Love

    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.

  • After the Storm

    After the Storm

    As typhoons buffet Tokyo, consummate miniaturist Kore-eda Hirokazu examines a broken family and the father’s dogged attempts to glue it back together.

  • Aquarius


    Sonia Braga shines in this transfixing drama about one woman making a stand against avaricious property developers in modern-day Brazil.

  • The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman’s Portrait Photography

    The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman’s Portrait Photography

    Errol Morris (The Fog Of War) profiles legendary photographer Elsa Dorfman whose subjects included Allen Ginsberg and Bob Dylan with insight and affection.

  • Being 17

    Being 17

    Hormonal aggression sparks an intense enmity between two 17-year-old schoolboys in the snowy Pyrenees, until the true connection between them surprises everyone.

  • The Dreamed Ones

    The Dreamed Ones

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

  • Ethel & Ernest

    Ethel & Ernest

    A charming animated love story based on Raymond Briggs’ autobiographical book about his parents Ethel and Ernest who lived through major changes during their 40 years of marriage, voiced by Brenda Blethyn and Jim Broadbent.

  • Fiore


    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.

  • Gleason


    Inspiring and hugely emotional doc about American football star Steve Gleason’s battle against neuro-muscular disease ALS – the ultimate story of resilience and fatherly love.

  • The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki

    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!

  • Heal the Living

    Heal the Living

    Katell Quillévéré (Love Like Poison, Suzanne) directs a superb ensemble cast in this gripping, complex ensemble drama about lives connected by an organ transplant case.

  • Hermia & Helena

    Hermia & Helena

    From Buenos Aires to New York, Matías Piñeiro sets his savvy young cast on an artistic and romantic adventure, riffing on A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

  • I Called Him Morgan

    I Called Him Morgan

    Part true-crime tale, part love story, this vivid portrait of legendary hard bop trumpeter Lee Morgan is an all-out musical treat.

  • Indivisible


    A vivid, neo-gothic fairy-tale about two conjoined twins who make their living as singers, but one of them longs to live an independent life.

  • The Lives of Thérèse

    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.

  • Lovesong


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

  • Manhattan


    Woody Allen’s rapturous paean to New York features beautiful monochrome cinematography, is funny as hell, and is all wrapped up in the music of Gershwin.

  • Rara


    Rooted in exceptional performances from its young cast, Rara blends an adroit coming-of-age tale with incisive social observation in this exploration of modern (LGBT) family dynamics.

  • The Reunion

    The Reunion

    A beautifully performed tale capturing the innocence and exhilaration of first love from Spanish filmmaker Jonás Trueba, the director of The Romantic Exiles (LFF2015).

  • Santi – Vina

    Santi – Vina

    A Thai Buddhist melodrama with echoes of Douglas Sirk. A film lost for decades, this restoration revels in the beauty of the Thai landscape.

  • The Secret Scripture

    The Secret Scripture

    Irish filmmaker Jim Sheridan returns to his homeland for this heartfelt adaptation of Sebastian Barry’s award-winning novel, featuring Rooney Mara, Eric Bana and Vanessa Redgrave.

  • The Son of Joseph

    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.

  • Souvenir


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

  • Taekwondo


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

  • United States of Love

    United States of Love

    Channeling the spirit of Fassbinder, Tomasz Wasilewski’s third feature is a visually striking portrait of women seeking happiness in the aftermath of the Soviet Union’s collapse.

  • The Wedding Ring

    The Wedding Ring

    A female-directed and rare film from Niger, about a privileged young woman who comes back home, in the sultanate of Zinder, after studying in Paris to discover the truth of the relationships between women and men in her society.

  • You Are My Sunday

    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.

  • You Were Never Lovelier

    You Were Never Lovelier

    Fred Astaire and Rita Hayworth perform stunning dance numbers in this vibrant musical with a Latin-American touch.

Short films programme

  • Love in a Void

    Love in a Void

    Expressions of love can take on many different forms: passion, desire, selflessness and generosity. All are heartfelt, if occasionally misguided.

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