BFI LONDON FILM FESTIVAL


Knives Out (Rian Johnson, 2019), Lionsgate, USA, DCP, colour, sound, 130 Minutes, Lieutenant Elliott (Lakeith Stanfield), Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig)

KNIVES OUT

Rian Johnson takes aim at modern America in a playful, ingenious murder mystery

The Report (Scott Z. Burns, 2019), Amazon Studios, USA, DCP, colour, sound, 119 minutes, Daniel Jones (Adam Driver)

THE REPORT

The truth will out as Adam Driver takes on the CIA in real-life post-9/11 thriller

Zombi Child (Bertrand Bonello, 2019), MUBI, France, DCP, colour, sound, 103 Minutes, Fanny (Louise Labeque)

ZOMBI CHILD

Teen trifles clash with sacred traditions and powerful voodoo in Bertrand Bonello’s diasporic meditation

Colour Out of Space (Richard Stanley, 2019), USA, DCP, colour, sound, 111 Minutes, Theresa (Joely Richardson), Nathan Gardner (Nicolas Cage)

COLOUR OUT OF SPACE

A family goes berserk in a Lovecraftian horror which you’ll remember for Nicolas Cage milking an alpaca

Family Romance (Werner Herzog, 2019), USA / Germany, DCP, colour, sound, 89 minutes

FAMILY ROMANCE, LLC

Renting out family and friends is the new focus of Herzog’s exploratory lens

Beanpole / Dylda (Kantemir Balagov, 2019), MUBI, Russia, DCP, colour, sound, 130 minutes, Masha (Vasilisa Perelygina), Iya (Viktoria Miroshnichenko)

BEANPOLE

Kantemir Balagov’s second feature tackles issues of motherhood, PTSD, and the strive to bring colour into post-WWII life

Ghost Town Anthology / Répertoire des Villes Disparues (Denis Côté , 2019), Canada, 16mm, colour, sound, 97 minutes, Jimmy Dubé (Robert Naylor)

GHOST TOWN ANTHOLOGY

Tragedy dredges up the spectres of the past in Denis Côté’s chilling community parable

Monos (Alejandro Landes, 2019), Picturehouse, Colombia / Argentina / Netherlands / Germany / Sweden / Uruguay, DCP, colour, sound 102 minutes

MONOS

A stark portrayal of excessive violence and child militance that renders all the comforts of civilisation unimportant

The Peanut Butter Falcon (Tyler Nilson and Michael Schwartz, 2019), Signature Entertainment, USA, DCP, colour, sound, 97 Minutes, Tyler (Shia LaBeouf)

THE PEANUT BUTTER FALCON

A renegade modern-day Huckleberry Finn tale starring Shia LeBeouf and newcomer Zack Gottsagen

Jinn (Nijla Mu’min, 2018), Orion Classics, USA, colour, sound, 93 minutes, Summer (Zoe Renee), Jade (Simone Missick)

JINN

Good intentions backfire in this shallow, sex-shaming film about cultural identity

Sauvage (Camille Vidal-Naquet, 2018), Peccadillo Pictures, France, DCP, colour, sound, 99 minutes, Léo (Félix Maritaud)

SAUVAGE

Sauvage reminds the spectator of the dazzling constellation of sex and sexuality

Roma (Alfonso Cuarón 2018), Cine Canibal, Mexico & USA, 70 mm / D-Cinema , 135 minutes, Cleo (Yalitza Aparicio)

ROMA

Critic-bait cinema at its most specious, narcissistic and self-indulgent

Happy as Lazzaro / Lazzaro felice (Alice Rohrwacher, 2018), Modern Films, Italy, 16 mm, colour, sound, 125 minutes, Lazzaro (Adriano Tardiolo)

HAPPY AS LAZZARO

Alice Rohrwacher works with clay and her directorial alchemy delivers gold

Peterloo (Mike Leigh, 2018), Entertainment One, United Kingdom, DCP, 154 minutes, Henry Hunt (Rory Kinnear)

PETERLOO

Mike Leigh goes for political point-scoring over visuality. In other words: angry in theory, polite in execution

The Guilty / Den Skyldige (Gustav Möller, 2018), Signature Entertainment, Denmark, DCP, colour, sound, 85 minutes, Asger Holm (Jakob Cedergren)

THE GUILTY

A stunning dramatisation of psychological conflict and theological drama

Crystal Swan (Darya Zhuk, 2018), K Films Amerique, Belarus, 93 minutes, Velya (Alina Nasibullina)

CRYSTAL SWAN

Belarusian comedy touches upon the trauma of post-socialist rule

Arctic (Joe Penna, 2018), Signature Entertainment, Iceland, DCP, colour, sound, 97 minutes, Overgård (Mads Mikkelsen)

ARCTIC

Mads Mikkelsen is impeccable in anthem to the strength of Scandinavian men

School’s Out / L'heure de la sortie (Sébastien Marnier, 2018), France, DCP, colour, sound, 103 minutes

SCHOOL’S OUT

Sub-par French thriller explores playground extremism

THELMA

A philosophically ambitious feast for the senses

The Shape of Water (Guillermo del Toro, 2017), 20th Century Fox, USA, DCP, colour, sound,, 123 minutes

THE SHAPE OF WATER

A commentary on the depth of connection that can exist should we be willing to take the plunge

24 Frames (Abbas Kiarostami, 2017), CG Cinéma  Iran, DCP, 116 minutes

24 FRAMES

A testament to truth twenty-four times a second

Last Flag Flying (Richard Linklater, 2017), Artificial Eye, USA, DCP, 164 minutes, Sal Nealon (Bryan Cranston), Reverend Richard Mueller (Laurence Fishburne), Larry 'Doc' Shepherd (Steve Carell)

LAST FLAG FLYING

An effective dramedy that explores Richard Linklater’s favourite topic: time and its passing

Loveless / Nelyubov / Нелюбовь (Andrey Zvaygintsev, 2017), Altitude Film Entertainment, Russia, DCP, 128 minutes, (Boris leksey Rozin)

LOVELESS

A haunting, absurdist work of art from Andrey Zvyagintsev