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A place to meet the world's top films and their creators, the BFI London Film Festival represents global cinema at its deep, diverse best.

Discovery is central to the BFI London Film Festival: finding talent, revealing rarities and chancing upon documentaries, shorts, classics or restorations. This Collection, taken from the last five years of premieres, shows the depth of excellence in cinema. It also features candid, exclusive interviews with writers, directors and others who discuss their contributions to the art of filmmaking.

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The Personal History of David CopperfieldThe Personal History of David Copperfield

Drama2019120 minsDirector: Armando Iannucci

Armando Iannucci brings David Copperfield fizzing to life with all-star collaborators in this exuberant, entertaining and sharply pertinent adaptation.

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RunRun

Drama201876 minsDirector: Scott Graham

Mark Stanley plays the petrol-head who never left town, in this Bruce Springsteen-inspired tale of thwarted dreamers.

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RealReal

Romance201978 minsDirector: Aki Omoshaybi

Aki Omoshaybi’s earnest debut explores the love between two people who work hard to keep their romance on track while struggling to manage personal hardship.

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ClemencyClemency

Drama2019112 minsDirector: Chinonye Chukwu

Alfre Woodard is quietly devastating as a weary prison warden presiding over her twelfth execution, in this Sundance-winning death row drama.

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Eternal BeautyEternal Beauty

Drama201994 minsDirector: Craig Roberts

Sally Hawkins gives a standout performance as a fragile young woman in Craig Roberts’ humane depiction of mental illness.

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WavesWaves

Drama2019136 minsDirector: Trey Edward Shults

Trey Edward Shults (It Comes at Night) continues to impress with one of the year's most dazzling cinematic achievements, a study of a family's dramatic unravelling and redemption.

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NocturnalNocturnal

Drama201984 minsDirector: Nathalie Biancheri

A teenage girl forms a mysterious relationship with an older man in this atmospheric debut from director Nathalie Biancheri.

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You Don't NomiYou Don't Nomi

Documentary201992 minsDirector: Jeffrey McHale

Paul Verhoeven’s much-maligned masterpiece is placed under the microscope in this fascinating rumination on the one and only Showgirls.

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SebergSeberg

Drama2019103 minsDirector: Benedict Andrews

Kristen Stewart shines as an idealistic yet fragile Jean Seberg in this stylish drama that packs a punch.

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Dogs Don't Wear PantsDogs Don't Wear Pants

Drama2019105 minsDirector: Jukka-Pekka Valkeapää

In this playful, dark comedy a dominatrix offers a widower an unexpected chance for sexual and psychological release.

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The Painted BirdThe Painted Bird

Drama2019169 minsDirector: Vaclav Marhoul

Based on Jerzy Kosiński’s 1965 novel and a long time in the making, Václav Marhoul’s extraordinary The Painted Bird finds a lone Jewish boy on a dark odyssey towards home during wartime.

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A White, White DayA White, White Day

Drama2019109 minsDirector: Hlynur Pálmason

Iceland’s finest actor Ingvar Sigurðsson gives a heart-breaking and Cannes award-winning performance as widowed cop who becomes increasingly obsessed with his wife’s death.

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The TraitorThe Traitor

Crime2019152 minsDirector: Marco Bellocchio

Italian maestro Marco Bellocchio’s bravura gangster odyssey dramatises the extraordinary real life story of the first major Mafia boss to turn state’s informant.

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Family Romance, LLC.Family Romance, LLC.

Drama201989 minsDirector: Werner Herzog

Werner Herzog is on typically thought-provoking form, dramatising the work of a ‘rent-a-relative’ service, in this Tokyo-set meditation on contemporary alienation.

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The LighthouseThe Lighthouse

Drama2019109 minsDirector: Robert Eggers

Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson star in this hypnotic fusion of beauty and brutality from Robert Eggers, director of The Witch.

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Days of the Bagnold SummerDays of the Bagnold Summer

Comedy201986 minsDirector: Simon Bird

Simon Bird’s directorial debut is a warm and witty graphic novel adaptation about a single librarian trying to reconnect with her introverted, metalhead teenage son.

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Perfect 10Perfect 10

Drama201984 minsDirector: Eva Riley

An aspiring teen gymnast’s world is turned upside down with the arrival of the half-brother she never knew she had.

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Fanny Lye Deliver'dFanny Lye Deliver'd

Drama2019112 minsDirector: Thomas Clay

The wife of a puritanical farmer seems resigned to her lot, until she has her head turned by the arrival of a young couple in Thomas Clay’s provocative period drama.

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Fire Will ComeFire Will Come

Drama201986 minsDirector: Oliver Laxe

A pyromaniac returns to his mother’s farm in Oliver Laxe’s visually jaw-dropping study of the Galician landscape.

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Krabi, 2562Krabi, 2562

Drama-documentary201990 minsDirector: Ben Rivers

Observing locals and visitors creates a highly original portrait of the Thai tourist town of Krabi in this collaboration between award-winning directors Anocha Suwichakornpong and Ben Rivers.

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The Australian DreamThe Australian Dream

Documentary2019105 minsDirector: Daniel Gordon

A thought-provoking documentary about the Australian Rules football star Adam Goodes that raises crucial questions about casual racism.

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Calm with HorsesCalm with Horses

Drama2019100 minsDirector: Nick Rowland

Cosmo Jarvis (Lady Macbeth) gives a visceral performance as the hired muscle for a crime family in rural Ireland.

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MonosMonos

Drama2019103 minsDirector: Alejandro Landes

The winner of Best Film at the 2019 BFI London Film Festival is a hallucinogenic, intoxicating thriller about child soldiers.

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End of the CenturyEnd of the Century

Romance201984 minsDirector: Lucio Castro

A chance encounter reconnects two men in this heart-breaking lament on love, lust and missed opportunities.

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Knives OutKnives Out

Thriller2019130 minsDirector: Rian Johnson

Daniel Craig is the Kentucky Fried Poirot with all-star suspects - Chris Evans, Ana de Armas and Toni Collette among them - in this nimble and brilliant crime caper.

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Pink WallPink Wall

Drama201981 minsDirector: Tom Cullen

Six scenes, six years: from first sparks to the fading embers of a love affair, in this intense relationship study by British actor-turned-director Tom Cullen.

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Mr. JonesMr. Jones

Drama2019119 minsDirector: Agnieszka Holland

James Norton stars as Welsh journalist Gareth Jones whose 1930s visit to Soviet Ukraine uncovered the truth of Stalin’s state-sponsored famine and reputedly inspired George Orwell’s Animal Farm.

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System CrasherSystem Crasher

Drama2019120 minsDirector: Nora Fingscheidt

An intensive drama about a pre-pubescent girl who actually crashes Germany’s child and welfare system whilst on her quest for love and security.

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VivariumVivarium

Science Fiction201998 minsDirector: Lorcan Finnegan

Imogen Poots and Jesse Eisenberg play a pair of first-time buyers who get more than they bargained for in this twisted fable about the horrors of suburban living.

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The Perfect CandidateThe Perfect Candidate

Drama2019105 minsDirector: Haifaa Al-Mansour

Celebrated Saudi director Haifaa Al Mansour (Wadjda) returns with an inspiring drama about a young doctor unexpectedly becoming an electoral candidate.

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The KingmakerThe Kingmaker

Documentary2019101 minsDirector: Lauren Greenfield

The matriarch of the Marcos dynasty hopes to see her maternal delusions validated and political power restored, while Philippine activists fight for transparency and democracy, in this captivating study by Lauren Greenfield (The Queen of Versailles).

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CunninghamCunningham

Documentary201993 minsDirector: Alla Kovgan

This eye-popping portrait of great American choreographer Merce Cunningham celebrates the centenary of his birth.

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Long Day's Journey Into NightLong Day's Journey Into Night

Drama2018138 minsDirector: Bi Gan

Bi Gan's ‘destroyed film noir' is a dazzling dive into an immersive dreamscape.

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The StreetThe Street

Documentary201995 minsDirector: Zed Nelson

The working-class community of Hoxton Street face the upheavals of gentrification, austerity and the eruption of Brexit, in this portrait of a rapidly changing London.

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Talking about TreesTalking about Trees

Documentary201994 minsDirector: Suhaib Gasmelbari

Beautifully shot documentary about four members of the 'Sudanese Film Club' who decide to revive an old cinema.

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Official SecretsOfficial Secrets

Thriller2018112 minsDirector: Gavin Hood

Gripping political thriller with Keira Knightley as the intelligence officer who discovers a plot to rig a UN vote on the eve of the Iraq war.

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First LoveFirst Love

Comedy2019108 minsDirector: Takashi Miike

A terminally-ill boxer, a runaway call girl, a double-crossing drugs heist and a gang war; Takashi Miike doesn’t do things by halves.

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Out of BlueOut of Blue

Crime2018109 minsDirector: Carol Morley

Carol Morley (Dreams of a Life, The Falling) returns with a wonderfully stylised, offbeat noir thriller about a murder investigation and multiple realities.

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The Peanut Butter FalconThe Peanut Butter Falcon

Comedy201997 minsDirector: Michael Schwartz

Effortlessly charming buddy movie about a young man with Down's syndrome (Zack Gottsagen) in pursuit of his dreams, with Shia LaBeouf.

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PrematurePremature

Drama201990 minsDirector: Rashaad Ernesto Green

Budding writer Ayanna’s life is transformed over the course of one hot Harlem summer, when a handsome and mysterious stranger walks into her life.

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The FightThe Fight

Drama201891 minsDirector: Jessica Hynes

Jessica Hynes’ directorial debut is a life-affirming lesson in the importance of learning to stand up for yourself.

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Mystify: Michael HutchenceMystify: Michael Hutchence

Documentary2019102 minsDirector: Richard Lowenstein

Capturing his rise to super-stardom and subsequent tragic fall, Mystify gives remarkable insight into INXS lead singer Michael Hutchence and a truth he took to the grave.

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I Am (Not) a MonsterI Am (Not) a Monster

Documentary201998 mins

In this thought-provoking and playful documentary, ebullient director Nelly Ben Hayoun-Stépanian (Disaster Playground) takes you on a journey to find the origins of knowledge.

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The Man Who Killed Don QuixoteThe Man Who Killed Don Quixote

Fantasy2017133 minsDirector: Terry Gilliam

Two decades in the making, Terry Gilliam’s wildly imaginative Cervantes adaptation is finally with us, and it’s everything we have come to expect from this visionary filmmaker.

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Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic SoundMaking Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound

Documentary201995 minsDirector: Midge Costin

Faders on stun: Hollywood sound editor Midge Costin’s immersive, educational and hugely enjoyable documentary exploring the power of sound in cinema.

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LadyworldLadyworld

Thriller201894 minsDirector: Amanda Kramer

Welcome to Ladyworld, a shadowy dwelling where tensions run high and nothing is ever quite what it seems.

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Chained for LifeChained for Life

Drama201891 minsDirector: Aaron Schimberg

Aaron Schimberg’s dextrous, darkly comedic discourse on physical difference makes you think about cinematic representation without offering simple resolutions.

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Ordinary LoveOrdinary Love

Drama201892 minsDirector: Lisa Barros D'Sa

Liam Neeson and Lesley Manville star in this intimate and sensitively-handled drama about a couple dealing with breast cancer.

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Support the GirlsSupport the Girls

Drama201890 minsDirector: Andrew Bujalski

Andrew Bujalski serves up a big-hearted comedy with his day-in-the-life look at Double Whammies – a Hooters-style bar and its tight-knit, all-female staff.

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Papi ChuloPapi Chulo

Comedy201899 minsDirector: John Butler

Delightfully unexpected buddy movie about a heartbroken TV weatherman's relationship with a migrant worker.

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Sometimes Always NeverSometimes Always Never

Comedy201891 minsDirector: Carl Hunter

Bill Nighy, Sam Riley and Alice Lowe star in this stylish and heartfelt comedy-drama about a Scrabble-obsessed tailor searching for a lost son.

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ConsequencesConsequences

Drama201895 minsDirector: Darko Štante

A teenage tearaway is forced to face up to his actions and confront his burgeoning sexuality, in this provocative Slovenian coming-of-age tale.

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HolidayHoliday

Thriller201888 minsDirector: Isabella Eklöf

A lavish trip to the Turkish Riviera goes horribly awry in this disturbing tale of power, exploitation and complicity from the writer of Border.

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CapernaumCapernaum

Drama2018126 minsDirector: Nadine Labaki

Acclaimed Lebanese filmmaker Nadine Labaki delivers her most assured and affecting work yet, with this astonishing and heart-wrenching depiction of life in the shadows.

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The White CrowThe White Crow

Biopic2019127 minsDirector: Ralph Fiennes

Dance perfection meets political defection in director Ralph Fiennes’ intoxicating account of the young life of Rudolf Nureyev.

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Dragged Across ConcreteDragged Across Concrete

Crime2018159 minsDirector: S. Craig Zahler

As brutal and uncompromising as its title would suggest, the third feature from S. Craig Zahler (Bone Tomahawk, Brawl in Cell Block 99) is another instant classic crime drama.

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Stan & OllieStan & Ollie

Biopic201898 minsDirector: Jon S. Baird

Steve Coogan and John C Reilly give delightfully bang-on-target performances as comedy’s most famous double act as they enter their twilight years.

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ColetteColette

Biopic2017112 minsDirector: Wash Westmoreland

This witty, Belle Époque-era biopic stars Keira Knightley and Dominic West as literary couple Colette and Willy, whose relationship rewrote social and gender rules.

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Happy as LazzaroHappy as Lazzaro

Drama2018128 minsDirector: Alice Rohrwacher

Alice Rohrwacher follows The Wonders with a delightfully singular, time and genre-bending rumination on the fate of innocence when faced with corruption and greed.

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HarrietHarriet

Drama2019125 minsDirector: Kasi Lemmons

Cynthia Erivo gives a show-stopping turn as the American revolutionary anti-slavery heroine Harriet Tubman in Kasi Lemmons' biopic.

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The Kindergarten TeacherThe Kindergarten Teacher

Drama201897 mins

Maggie Gyllenhaal gives a career-best performance as a kindergarten teacher who finds herself in an ethical quagmire after discovering the poetic talents of a precocious student.

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Thunder RoadThunder Road

Comedy201890 minsDirector: Jim Cummings

Following the death of his mother, an emotionally unstable cop sees his life slowly unravel in this extraordinary tragicomedy.

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The Hummingbird ProjectThe Hummingbird Project

Thriller2018111 minsDirector: Kim Nguyen

Jesse Eisenberg and Alexander Skarsgård are sensational as scheming cousins on a lucrative but ethically dubious mission, in this fast, funny and topical technological caper.

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DiamantinoDiamantino

Comedy201897 minsDirector: Gabriel Abrantes

Diamantino, Portugal’s (the world’s!) top football player, becomes embroiled in a genetic experiment and a conspiracy to leave the EU, in this joyful, postmodern political fantasy.

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John McEnroe: In The Realm Of Perfection John McEnroe: In The Realm Of Perfection

Documentary201895 minsDirector: Julien Faraut

Mastery, showmanship and the art of filming tennis are laid bare in an entertaining, innovative archive documentary that’s like no sports film you’ve seen. 

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Ray & LizRay & Liz

Drama2018104 minsDirector: Richard Billingham

In this astonishingly personal film, artist Richard Billingham delves into his Black Country upbringing to recreate visceral family memories and desperate living in Thatcher’s Britain.

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Ash Is Purest WhiteAsh Is Purest White

Drama2018136 minsDirector: Jia Zhangke

Heartbreak and resilience fuel Jia Zhangke's quietly epic saga, in which one woman’s fortitude and knack for crime carry her through a rapidly changing China.

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BurningBurning

Thriller2018148 minsDirector: Lee Chang-dong

Lee Chang-dong (Poetry) returns with this spellbinding, richly complex thriller about obsession, class conflict and suppressed male rage.

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Wild RoseWild Rose

Drama2018101 minsDirector: Tom Harper

This delightful and infectiously joyous film finds a young woman balancing her dreams of being a country music star with the responsibilities of motherhood.

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A Private WarA Private War

Drama2018110 mins

Matthew Heineman (Cartel Land, City of Ghosts) makes a striking dramatic debut with this pulse-racing biopic of The Sunday Times war correspondent Marie Colvin (Rosamund Pike), killed in 2012 whilst reporting from Syria.

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MariMari

Drama201895 minsDirector: Georgia Parris

Modern dance is an evocative narrative tool in Georgia Parris’ debut, which investigates a young woman’s identity and the complex relationship she has with her mother and sister.

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Beautiful BoyBeautiful Boy

Drama2018121 minsDirector: Felix Van Groeningen

Steve Carell and Timothée Chalamet give blistering performances as a father and son in this gripping story of a family dealing with addiction over many years.

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DestroyerDestroyer

Thriller2018121 minsDirector: Karyn Kusama

Nicole Kidman is astonishing – and almost unrecognisable – as a jaded police detective haunted by her past in Karyn Kusama’s brooding thriller.

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If Beale Street Could TalkIf Beale Street Could Talk

Drama2018119 minsDirector: Barry Jenkins

Barry Jenkins follows his Oscar®-winning Moonlight with an audacious, distinctive and assured adaptation of James Baldwin’s account of love, injustice and racism in America.

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DonbassDonbass

Drama2018121 minsDirector: Sergei Loznitsa

This disturbing new black comedy from Sergei Loznitsa (In the Fog) examines the civil conflict in Ukraine through the prism of the absurd.

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WildlifeWildlife

Drama2016105 minsDirector: Paul Dano

Carey Mulligan and Jake Gyllenhaal play a couple on the rocks in Paul Dano’s directorial debut, an elegant 1950s-set melodrama.

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LizzieLizzie

Crime2017105 minsDirector: Craig William Macneill

Chloë Sevigny and Kristen Stewart captivate in this bodice-ripping retelling of the strange and fascinating case of Lizzie Borden.

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RosieRosie

Drama201886 minsDirector: Paddy Breathnach

A moving and fiercely gripping response to Ireland’s current housing crisis, Rosie tells the story of a Dublin family seeking a roof for the night.

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BenjaminBenjamin

Comedy201886 minsDirector: Simon Amstell

In Simon Amstell’s affecting, bittersweet comedy, a rising young filmmaker is thrown into emotional turmoil by a burgeoning romance and the upcoming premiere of his second feature.

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ArcticArctic

Action and Adventure201898 minsDirector: Joe Penna

Mads Mikkelsen astounds in this gripping tale of one man’s gruelling fight for survival against the elements.

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The RaftThe Raft

Documentary201898 minsDirector: Marcus Lindeen

Imagine Big Brother at sea, but with no evictions. Director Marcus Lindeen innovatively uncovers the human stories behind a 1970s social experiment, salaciously dubbed ‘The Sex Raft’.

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LovelessLoveless

Drama2017127 minsDirector: Andrey Zvyagintsev

Andrey Zvyagintsev (Elena, Leviathan) delivers a masterpiece in this caustic look at contemporary Russian society, a failed marriage and the disappearance of a child. A major prize winner at both Cannes and BFI London Film Festival.

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RafikiRafiki

Drama201883 minsDirector: Wanuri Kahiu

Romantic sparks fly between the daughters of two opposing politicians in Wanuri Kahiu’s neon-bright story of forbidden love in Kenya.

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The RiderThe Rider

Drama2017103 minsDirector: Chloé Zhao

Chloé Zhao's luminous and enthralling study of a young South Dakotan cowboy’s struggle following a rodeo injury.

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