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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 Official Competition

The Best Film Award recognises inspiring, inventive and distinctive filmmaking.

  • Brimstone


    Dakota Fanning is a revelation in this brutal revenge tale about a mute midwife in the old American west.

  • Certain Women

    Certain Women

    Kelly Reichardt delivers an impeccably quiet study of the lives of Montana women, starring Michelle Williams, Laura Dern, Kristen Stewart and newcomer Lily Gladstone.

  • Clash


    Mohamed Diab’s Clash is an unforgettable portrait of Egypt on the brink as rival protestors find themselves locked up in a police van.

  • Elle


    Isabelle Huppert gives an unforgettable performance in Paul Verhoeven’s provocative thriller about one woman’s response to a violent attack.

  • Frantz


    François Ozon makes a welcome return to the Festival with this sweeping love story set in the aftermath of World War I.

  • Goldstone


    Corruption and Aboriginal exploitation are rife in an Outback town, led by reptilian mayor Jacki Weaver, in Ivan Sen’s (Mystery Road) tense new thriller.

  • Layla M.

    Layla M.

    The gripping and powerful story of a young girl’s path towards radicalisation from director Mijke de Jong (Bluebird).

  • Moonlight


    Based on the play ‘In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue’, Moonlight follows Chiron as he finds his identity and sexuality in Miami in the 1980s.

  • Neruda


    Described by director Pablo Larraín as an ‘anti-bio’, this bold, inventive detective thriller offers an electrifying contemplation of Neruda’s life on the run in the late 1940s.

  • A Quiet Passion

    A Quiet Passion

    Terence Davies returns with an elegant and deeply moving biopic of poet Emily Dickinson, played with sensitivity and rebellious spirit by Cynthia Nixon.

  • Una


    Adapted from David Harrower’s prize-winning play Blackbird, Rooney Mara and Ben Mendelsohn star in this brilliant and unsettling exploration of a dark and deeply destructive relationship.

  • Your Name

    Your Name

    Teenagers Mitsuha and Taki haven’t met but find their lives intertwined after the arrival of a comet in this emotionally charged anime.

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