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61st London Film Festival
4-15 OCTOBER 2017
at cinemas across London

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2 0 1 7   F E S T I V A L
2 0 1 7   A W A R D S :
Best Film:
LOVELESS
Doc (Grierson Award): KINGDOM OF US
First Feature (Sutherland Award): THE WOUND
BFI Fellowship: Paul Greengrass

Opening film: BREATHE
Closing film:
THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI
Surprise film: LADY BIRD
Galas: BATTLE OF THE SEXES.
CALL ME BY YOUR NAME. DOWNSIZING.
FILM STARS DON'T DIE IN LIVERPOOL.
JOURNEY'S END. THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER.
LAST FLAG FLYING. MUDBOUND.
THE SHAPE OF WATER.
YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE.
RICH'S BEST OF THE FEST 2016:
  1. A FANTASTIC WOMAN
  2. YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE
  3. THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI
  4. CALL ME BY YOUR NAME
  5. 120 BEATS PER MINUTE
  6. LOVELESS
  7. LAST FLAG FLYING
  8. LEAN ON PETE
  9. THE FLORIDA PROJECT
  10. CUSTODY
Special mention: THE PARTY. WONDERSTRUCK.
STRONGER. LET THE SUN SHINE IN
THE WOUND. THE SHAPE OF WATER. FOXTROT.
ANGELS WEAR WHITE. I AM NOT A WITCH. NICO, 1988.
A L L   T H E   2 0 1 7   F I L M S
1% (McCallum, Aus)
120 BEATS PER MINUTE (Campillo, Fr)
24 FRAMES (Kiarostami, Irn)
6 DAYS (Fraser, UK)
78/52 (Philippe, US)
9 FINGERS (Ossang, Fr)
A CIAMBRA (Carpignano, It)
ABRACADABRA (Berger, Sp)
ABU (Khan, Can)
ADRIANA'S PACT (Orozco, Chl)
ALPHAGO (Kohs, US)
ANA, MON AMOUR (Netzer, Rom)
ANCHOR AND HOPE (Marques-Marcet, Sp)
ANGELS WEAR WHITE (Qu, Chn)
ANTONIO LOPEZ 1970: SEX FASHION & DISCO (Crump, US)
APOSTASY (Kokotajlo, UK)
APRIL'S DAUGHTER (Franco, Mex)
ARABY (Uchoa/Dumans, Br)
ARCADIA (Wright, UK)
AVA (Mysius, Fr)
AZMAISH: A JOURNEY THROUGH THE SUBCONTINENT (Sumar, Pak)
BAD GENIUS (Poonpiriya, Thai)
BAD LUCKY GOAT (Oliveros., Col)
THE BALLAD OF SHIRLEY COLLINS (Curry/Plester, UK)
BAMSEOM PIRATES SEOUL INFERNO (Jung, Kor)
BATTLE OF THE SEXES (Faris/Dayton, US)
BEACH RATS (Hittman, US)
BEAST (Pearce, UK)
BEAUTY AND THE DOGS (Ben Hania, Tun)
BECOMING WHO I WAS (Moon/Jin, Kor)
BEFORE SUMMER ENDS (Goormaghtigh, Fr)
BEYOND THE CLOUDS (Majidi, Ind)
THE BIG BAD FOX AND OTHER TALES (Renner/Imbert, Fr)
BIG FISH & BEGONIA (Xuan/Chun, Chn)
BIRDS ARE SINGING IN KIGALI (Kos-Krauze/Krauze, Pol)
BLADE OF THE IMMORTAL (Miike, Jpn)
A BLEMISHED CODE (Copestake, UK)
BOBBI JENE (Lind, Den)
THE BOY DOWNSTAIRS (Brooks, US)
BRAWL IN CELL BLOCK 99 (Zahler, US)
THE BRAWLER (Kashyap, Ind)
THE BREADWINNER (Twomey, Can)
BREATHE (Serkis, UK)
BRIGSBY BEAR (McCary, US)
THE CAKEMAKER (Graizer, Isr)
CALL ME BY YOUR NAME (Guadagnino, It)
CARGO (Coulier, Bel)
CASTING (Wackerbarth, Ger)
CHATEAU (Barry/Ido, Fr)
CHAUKA, PLEASE TELL US THE TIME (Sarvestani/Boochani, Ned)
THE CLIMB (Woodward, UK)
CLOSE-KNIT (Ogigami, Jpn)
CLOUDBOY (Clinckspoor, Bel)
COLUMBUS (Kogonada, US)
THE CURED (Freyne, Ire)
CUSTODY (Legrand, Fr)
DARK RIVER (Barnard, UK)
DARLING (Staermose, Den)
DAVID STRATTON: A CINEMATIC LIFE (Aitken, Aus)
THE DAY MY FATHER BECAME A BUSH (van Kilsdonk, Ned)
THE DEAD NATION (Jude, Rom)
DEAD THE ENDS (Seymour, UK)
DEVIL'S FREEDOM (Gonzalez, Mex)
DISTANT CONSTELLATION (Mizrahi, Tur)
DOLORES (Bratt, US)
THE DOUBLE LOVER [L'Amant Double] (Ozon, Fr)
DOWNSIZING (Payne, US)
THE DRUMMER AND THE KEEPER (Kelly, Ire)
THE DUMB GIRL OF PORTICI (Weber, US)
THE ENDLESS (Benson/Moorhead, US)
EQUILIBRIUM (Marra, It)
ERASE AND FORGET (Zimmerman, UK)
EX LIBRIS: THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY (Wiseman, US)
FACES PLACES (Varda/JR, Fr)
FAITHFULL (Bonnaire, Fr)
A FANTASTIC WOMAN (Chl)
FELICITE (Gomis, Fr)
FILM STARS DON'T DIE IN LIVERPOOL (McGuigan, UK)
FILMWORKER (Zierra, US)
THE FINAL YEAR (Barker, US)
FIVE FINGERS FOR MARSEILLES (Matthews, SA)
THE FLORIDA PROJECT (Baker, US)
THE FORGIVEN (Joffe, SA)
LE FORT DES FOUS (Mari, Fr)
FOXTROT (Maoz, Isr)
FUNERAL PARADE OF ROSES (Matsumoto, Jpn)
FUNNY COW (Shergold, UK)
G FUNK (Gill, US)
GEMINI (Katz, US)
GHOST STORIES (Dyson/Nyman, UK)
GIANT (Garano/Arregi, Sp)
GOING WEST (Dahlsbakken, Nor)
GOLDEN EXITS (Perry, US)
GOOD MANNERS (Rojas/Dutra, Br)
GOOD TIME (Safdie/Safdie, US)
GRAIN (Kaplanoglu, Tur)
GRAY HOUSE (Lynch/Booth, US)
THE GROWN-UPS (Alberdi, Chl)
THE GUARDIANS (Beauvois, Fr)
HAGAZUSSA: A HEATHEN'S CURSE (Feigelfeld, Ger)
HAPPY END (Haneke, Fr)
HAVE A NICE DAY (Liu, Chn)
HEMLOCK FOREST (Davey, US)
HERE TO BE HEARD: THE STORY OF THE SLITS (Badgley, UK)
HOW TO TALK TO GIRLS AT PARTIES (Mitchell, UK)
THE HUNGRY (Chatterjee, UK)
I AM NOT A WITCH (Nyoni, UK)
INGRID GOES WEST (Spicer, US)
ISLAND (Eastwood, UK)
ISRAFIL (Panahandeh, Irn)
IVAN TSAREVITCH AND THE CHANGING PRINCESS (Ocelot, Fr)
JAILBREAK (Henderson/Te, Cam)
JANE (Morgen, US)
JEUNE FEMME (Serraille, Fr)
THE JOURNEY (Al-Daradji, Irq)
JOURNEY'S END (Dibb, UK)
JOURNEYMAN (Considine, UK)
THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER (Lanthimos, UK)
KING OF PEKING (Voutas, Chn)
KINGDOM OF US (Cohen, UK)
THE L-SHAPED ROOM (Forbes, UK)
LADY BIRD (Gerwig, US)
LAST FLAG FLYING (Linklater, US)
LEAN ON PETE (Haigh, US)
LEBANON FACTORY (Ghossein/La Chimia/etc, Leb)
LEK AND THE DOGS (Kotting, UK)
LET THE CORPSES TAN (Cattet/Forzani, Bel)
LET THE SUN SHINE IN (Denis, Fr)
LIFE GUIDANCE (Mader, Aut)
LIFE IMITATION (Chen, Chn)
THE LIGHT OF THE MOON (Thompson, US)
LITTLE CRUSADER (Kadrnka, Cz)
LITTLE VERONIKA: INNOCENCE (Land, Aut)
LIYANA (Kopp/Kopp, Swa)
LOOKING FOR OUM KULTHUM (Neshat, Leb)
LOTS OF KIDS, A MONKEY AND A CASTLE (Salmeron, Sp)
LOVELESS (Zvyagintsev, Rus)
THE LOVERS (Jacobs, US)
LOVING VINCENT (Kobiela/Welchman, UK)
LU OVER THE WALL (Yuasa, Jpn)
LUCIA (Solas, Cub)
LUCKY (Lynch, US)
MADEMOISELLE PARADIS (Albert, Aut)
THE MAERSK OPERA (Superflex, Den)
MAKALA (Gras, Fr)
MAN HUNT (Woo, Jpn)
MANIFESTO (Rosefeldt, Ger)
EL MAR LA MAR (Bonnetta/Sniadecki, US)
MEMOIR OF A MURDERER (Won, Kor)
THE MEYEROWITZ STORIES (NEW AND SELECTED) (Baumbach, US)
MINDHUNTER (Fincher, US)
A MOMENT IN THE REEDS (Makela, Fin)
MOST BEAUTIFUL ISLAND (Asensio, Sp)
A MOTHER BRINGS HER SON TO BE SHOT (O'Shea, Ire)
MOUNTAIN (Peedom, Aus)
MUDBOUND (Rees, US)
MUTAFUKAZ (Run/Nishimi, Jpn)
MY FRIEND DAHMER (Meyers, US)
MY GENERATION (Batty, UK)
NICO, 1988 (Nicchiarelli, It)
THE NILE HILTON INCIDENT (Saleh, Swe)
NO STONE UNTURNED (Gibney, US)
NO TRACE OF ACCELERATOR (Wardill, Nor)
THE NOTHING FACTORY (Pinho, Por)
OH, SUN! (Hondo, Mau)
OM DAR-B-DAR (Swaroop, Ind)
ON CHESIL BEACH (Cooke, UK)
ON THE BEACH AT NIGHT ALONE (Sangsoo, Kor)
ONE THOUSAND ROPES (Tamasese, NZ)
OUR TIME WILL COME (Hui, Chn)
OUROBOROS (Alsharif, Pal)
THE PARTY (Potter, UK)
PERSON TO PERSON (Defa, US)
PICKUPS (Thraves, UK)
POP AYE (Tan, Sin)
A PRAYER BEFORE DAWN (Sauvaire, UK)
THE PRINCE OF ADVENTURERS (Volkoff, Fr)
THE PRINCE OF NOTHINGWOOD (Kronlund, Fr)
PRINCESS CYD (Cone, US)
PROFESSOR MARSTON AND THE WONDER WOMEN (Robinson, US)
PROMISED LAND (Jarecki, US)
THE PURE NECESSITY (Claerbout, Bel)
QUALITY TIME (Bakker, Ned)
RACER AND THE JAILBIRD (Roskam, Bel)
RAVENS (Assur, Swe)
RAZZIA (Ayouch, Fra)
REDOUBTABLE (Hazanavicius, Fr)
REINVENTING MARVIN (Fontaine, Fr)
RESURRECTING HASSAN (Proto, Chl)
THE RIDER (Zhao, US)
RIFT (Thoroddsen, Ice)
ROLLER DREAMS (Hickey, Australia-US)
SALESMAN (Maysles/Maysles/Zwerin, US)
SATURDAY CHURCH (Cardasis, US)
THE SHAPE OF WATER (del Toro, US)
A SEASON IN FRANCE (Haroun, Fr)
SHEIKH JACKSON (Salama, Egy)
SHIRAZ: A ROMANCE OF INDIA (Osten, Ind)
SICILIAN GHOST STORY (Grassadonia/Piazza, It)
A SKIN SO SOFT (Cote, Can)
SMALL TOWN CRIME (Nelms/Nelms, US)
SO HELP ME GOD (Libon/Hinant, Fr)
SONG OF GRANITE (Collins, Ire)
THE SONG OF SCORPIONS (Singh, Swi)
A SORT OF FAMILY (Lerman, Arg)
SPELL REEL (Cesar, Por)
SPITE YOUR FACE (Maclean, UK)
SPOOR (Holland, Pol)
STRANGLED (Sopsits, Hun)
STRONGER (Green, US)
SUMMER 1993 (Simon, Sp)
THE SUMMIT (Mitre, Arg)
SWEET COUNTRY (Thornton, Aus)
TAKE EVERY WAVE: THE LIFE OF LAIRD HAMILTON (Kennedy, US)
TENEREZZA: HOLDING HANDS (Amelio, It)
THELMA (Trier, Nor)
THIS IS OUR LAND (Belvaux, Fr)
THOROUGHBREDS (Finley, US)
THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI (McDonagh, US)
THREE PEAKS (Zabeil, Ger)
TIDES (Felber, UK)
TIGER GIRL (Lass, Ger)
TONSLER PARK (Everson, US)
TRIPOLI CANCELLED (Mohaiemen, Gr)
UNTITLED (Glawogger/Willi, Aut)
THE VENERABLE W (Schroeder, Fr)
VERONICA (Plaza, Sp)
WAJIB (Jacir, Pal)
WALK WITH ME (Francis/Pugh, UK)
WALLAY (Goldblat, BF)
WESTERN (Grisebach, Ger)
THE WHITE GIRL (Suen, Chn)
WINTER BROTHERS (Palmason, Den)
WONDERSTRUCK (Haynes, US)
WORD OF GOD (Genz, Den)
THE WOUND (Trengove, SA)
WRATH OF SILENCE (Xin, Chn)
YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE (Ramsay, UK)
ZAMA (Martel, Arg)
lff site
60th London Film Festival
5-16 OCTOBER 2016
at cinemas across London

Opening film:
A UNITED KINGDOM
Closing film:
FREE FIRE
Surprise Film:
SULLY
Headline Galas: THE BIRTH OF A NATION. LA LA LAND. MANCHESTER BY THE SEA. NOCTURNAL ANIMALS. SNOWDEN.

2 0 1 6   A W A R D S :
Best Film:
CERTAIN WOMEN
Doc (Grierson Award):
STARLESS DREAMS
First Feature (Sutherland Award): Julia Ducournau (RAW)
BFI Fellowship: Steve McQueen
R E V I E W E D   2 0 1 6   F I L M S
AFTER LOVE (Lafosse, Fr)
AFTER THE STORM (Kore-eda, Jpn)
ALL THIS PANIC (Gage, US)
AMERICAN HONEY (Arnold, US)
ARRIVAL (Villeneuve, US)
BEING 17 (Techine, Fr)
THE BIRTH OF A NATION (Parker, US)
BLEED FOR THIS (Younger, US)
BRIMSTONE (Koolhoven, Ned)
CERTAIN WOMEN (Reichardt, US)
CHI-RAQ (Lee, US)
CHRISTINE (Campos, US)
CITY OF TINY LIGHTS (Travis, UK)
DANCER (Cantor, UK)
A DARK SONG (Gavin, Ire)
DAVID LYNCH: THE ART LIFE (Nguyen/Barnes/Neergaard-Holm, US)
THE DEATH OF LOUIS XIV (Serra, Fr)
DOG EAT DOG (Schrader, US)
THE EAGLE HUNTRESS (Bell, UK)
ELLE (Verhoeven, Fr)
ETHEL & ERNEST (Mainwood, UK)
THE EYES OF MY MOTHER (Pesce, US)
FRANTZ (Ozon, Fr)
FREE FIRE (Wheatley, UK)
THE GHOUL (Tunley, UK)
GRADUATION (Mungiu, Rom)
THE HANDMAIDEN (Park, Kor)
THE HAPPIEST DAY IN THE LIFE OF OLLI MAKI (Kaurismaki, Fin)
HEAL THE LIVING (Quillevere, Fr)
HERMIA & HELENA (Pineiro, Arg)
I AM NOT A SERIAL KILLER (O'Brien, Ire)
INDIVISIBLE (De Angelis, It)
THE INNOCENTS (Fontaine, Pol)
INTO THE FOREST (Marchand, Fr)
IT'S ONLY THE END OF THE WORLD (Dolan, Can)
KING COBRA (Kelly, US)
LA LA LAND (Chazelle, US)
LADY MACBETH (Oldroyd, UK)
THE LAST LAUGH (Pearlstein, US)
THE LEVELLING (Leach, UK)
LION (Davis, Aus)
LO AND BEHOLD, REVERIES OF THE CONNECTED WORLD (Herzog, US)
LONDON TOWN (Borte, UK)
MA' ROSA (Mendoza, Ph)
MANCHESTER BY THE SEA (Lonergan, US)
MASCOTS (Guest, US)
MINDHORN (Foley, UK)
MIRZYA (Mehra, Ind)
A MONSTER CALLS (Bayona, UK)
MOONLIGHT (Jenkins, US)
MY LIFE AS A COURGETTE (Barras, Fr)
NERUDA (Larrain, Chl)
LA NOCHE (Castro, Arg)
NOCTURNAL ANIMALS (Ford, US)
ON THE MILKY ROAD (Kusturica, Ser)
ON THE ROAD (Winterbottom, UK)
THE ORNITHOLOGIST (Rodrigues, Por)
THE PASS (Williams, UK)
PATERSON (Jarmusch, US)
PERSONAL SHOPPER (Assayas, Fr)
PLANETARIUM (Zlotowski, Fr)
PORTO (Klinger, Por)
PREVENGE (Lowe, UK)
QUEEN OF KATWE (Nair, SA)
A QUIET PASSION(Davies, UK)
THE RED TURTLE (de Wit, Fr)
THE REHEARSAL (Maclean, NZ)
THE SALESMAN (Farhadi, Irn)
SCRIBE (Kruithof, Bel)
SNOWDEN (Stone, US)
SOUVENIR (Defurne, Bel)
SPACESHIP (Taylor, UK)
STAYING VERTICAL (Guiraudie, Fr)
THE STUDENT (Serebrennikov, Rus)
SULLY (Eastwood, US)
SWEET DREAMS (Bellocchio, It)
TAEKWONDO (Berger, Arg)
THEIR FINEST (Scherfig, UK)
THESE DAYS (Piccioni, It)
13TH (DuVernay, US)
TONI ERDMANN (Ade, Ger)
TRESPASS AGAINST US (Smith, UK)
TROLLS (Mitchell, US)
UNA (Andrews, UK)
A UNITED KINGDOM (Asante, SA)
THE UNTAMED (Escalante, Mex)
VOYAGE OF TIME (Malick, US)
WHO'S GONNA LOVE ME NOW (Heymann/Heymann, Isr)
THE WOMAN WHO LEFT (Diaz, Ph)
A WOMAN'S LIFE (Brize, Fr)

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