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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 Treasures

Revived and restored from the world’s archives – find these treasures throughout the programme.

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  • The Informer

    The Informer

    An early, silent adaptation of Liam O’Flaherty’s 1925 novel about betrayal amid the political and revolutionary environment of the newly independent Ireland of 1922.

Features

  • Adieu Bonaparte

    Adieu Bonaparte

    Youssef Chahine is simultaneously a historian and prophet in this unforgettable and beautifully restored film set during the French occupation of Egypt.

  • Beat the Devil

    Beat the Devil

    A dazzling ensemble piece, with a Truman Capote script, that manages to be both dauntingly intellectual and effortlessly charming.

  • Born in Flames

    Born in Flames

    Lizzie Borden’s provocative feminist sci-fi returns to our screens and has lost none of its power.

  • Curt McDowell Programme #1: Stinky Wieners and Dreamy Beavers

    Curt McDowell Programme #1: Stinky Wieners and Dreamy Beavers

    Don’t miss this special celebration of gay artist Curt McDowell; the first of two programmes, all films newly restored on 16mm by the Academy Film Archive.

  • Curt McDowell Programme #2: Peeing Into the Wind

    Curt McDowell Programme #2: Peeing Into the Wind

    Don’t miss this special celebration of gay artist Curt McDowell; the second of two programmes, all films newly restored on 16mm by the Academy Film Archive.

  • Daughters of the Dust

    Daughters of the Dust

    Almost 25 years since its production, Daughters of the Dust remains an urgent and poetic testimony to the emotional power of remembering.

  • Hell Drivers

    Hell Drivers

    Dodgy goings-on in the macho world of haulage, where adrenaline and testosterone levels run high.

  • Hospital

    Hospital

    An outstanding restoration of Frederick Wiseman’s unforgettably gripping documentary portrait of New York’s Metropolitan Hospital.

  • Junoon

    Junoon

    Shashi Kapoor stars as a man obsessed with a young Anglo-Indian woman in Shyam Benegal's classic drama set during the Indian Mutiny.

  • King of Jazz

    King of Jazz

    Described by David Pierce and James Layton as “an unparalleled cinematic interpretation of jazz music and stage spectacle,” this is a significant film restoration that shouldn’t be missed.

  • Manhattan

    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.

  • Memories of Underdevelopment

    Memories of Underdevelopment

    A mesmerising film from one of Cuba’s greatest directors, showing, in the words of Walter Salles, “that filmic precision and radical experimentation could go hand in hand”.

  • One-Eyed Jacks

    One-Eyed Jacks

    The first and only film directed by Marlon Brando is a captivatingly off-beat, slow-burn revenge western of great beauty and vision.

  • Phantasm: Remastered

    Phantasm: Remastered

    A brand new 4K restoration of the 1970s horror cult classic, brought to us by devoted superfan J.J. Abrams.

  • Private Property

    Private Property

    Warren Oates delivers his first great screen performance in this low-budget gem, unseen for decades - a major rediscovery for noir and crime fans.

  • 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 Small World of Sammy Lee

    The Small World of Sammy Lee

    Seedy Soho strip-club compere Sammy (Anthony Newley) races to escape the heavies who hunt him in this gritty, engrossing 1960s London thriller.

  • This Is Colour

    This Is Colour

    Eclectic and enchanting colour shorts from archives worldwide: the rare, the restored and the merely ravishing.

  • 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.

  • 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.


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