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56th BFI London Film Festival

56th BFI London Film Festival

10 Oct 201218 Oct 2012

We are proud to be partner venue of the 56th BFI London Film
Festival where you can experience this year’s best new films first.

The BFI London Film Festival champions creativity, originality, vision and imagination by annually showcasing the best of contemporary world cinema, documentaries, shorts, animation and experimental film. The festival is a highly regarded and anticipated event in Europe’s cultural calendar, attracting leading international filmmakers, industry professionals and the media together with large public audiences to London for a 12 day celebration of cinema.

Tickets for London Film Festival screenings can be purchased through the BFI and BFI Box Office 020 7928 3232 (9.30am-8.30pm daily) or the London Film Festival website: bfi.org.uk/lff

  • Still: Dir. Luke Fowler, UK 2012.

    LFF Experimenta: The Poor Stockinger, the Luddite Cropper and the Deluded Followers of Joanna Southcott

    10 Oct 2012

    Turner Prize nominee Luke Fowler explores the role played by left wing intellectuals in the working class communities of post-war Yorkshire.

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  • Still: Breaking the Frame, Dir-Prod-Scr. Marielle Nitoslawska, with Carolee Schneemann, Canada 2012.

    LFF Experimenta: Breaking the Frame

    10 Oct 2012

    The first feature-length documentary on Carolee Schneemann, an artist whose pioneering work has transformed discourses on the body, sexuality and gender.

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  • Still: Mosaik Im Vertrauen, Dir. Peter Kubelka, Austria 1955

    LFF Experimenta: Peter Kubelka: The Essence of Cinema

    11 Oct 2012

    The seven films made by Peter Kubelka between 1955 and 2003 are an extraordinary demonstration of cinematic possibilities.

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  • Still: Austerity Measures, Dir. Ben Russell & Guillaume Cailleau, Greece-Germany 2012.

    LFF Experimenta: Occupy The Cinema

    11 Oct 2012

    Protest and survive: Karen Mirza and Brad Butler’s ambitious new film screens with two equally powerful works by Russell/Cailleau and Ken Jacobs.

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  • Still: My Amityville Horror, Dir. Eric Walter, USA 2012.

    LFF: My Amityville Horror

    12 Oct 2012

    In January 1976, the Lutz family fled the infamous 112 Ocean Drive, claiming to have endured an onslaught of poltergeist activity. This documentary offers what might be the most compelling insight yet into what really took place.

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  • Still: I’m Going to Change My Name, Dir-Scr. Maria Saakyan,  Armenia, Russia, Denmark, Germany 2012.

    LFF: I’m Going to Change My Name (Alaverdy)

    12 Oct 201214 Oct 2012

    Maria Saakyan’s poetic and inventive new film focuses on 14-year-old Evridika, experiencing the first extremes of adolescent emotion, and her private world of internet chat rooms and mobile conversations.

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  • Still: What Is Love, Dir. Ruth Mader, Austria 2012.

    LFF: What Is Love

    12 Oct 2012

    Ruth Mader’s contemplation of relationships between families, husbands and wives or with God, taking place in different strata of society, makes for an exquisite film.

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  • Still: The Dream and the Silence, Dir. Jaime Rosales, Spain 2012.

    LFF: The Dream and the Silence

    12 Oct 201214 Oct 2012

    Framed by two sequences featuring Miquel Barceló at work, one of Spain’s leading painters, Jaime Rosales explores the devastation that hits a family following a shocking bereavement.

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  • Still: Fragments of Kubelka, Dir. Martina Kudlácek, Austria 2012.

    LFF: Fragments of Kubelka

    13 Oct 2012

    In this extended portrait, Peter Kubelka speaks at length about his life, work and interests, drawing on a vast range of knowledge and experience.

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  • Still: Austerity Measures, Dir. Ben Russell & Guillaume Cailleau, Greece-Germany 2012.

    LFF: The Patience Stone (Syngué Sabour)

    13 Oct 2012

    A beautiful Afghan woman tends to her fighter husband in their bombshelled bedroom. The fighting rages outside while she clings desperately to the hope that one day he will wake up and recover consciousness.

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  • Still: Key of Life, Dir-Scr. Kenji Uchida, Japan 2012.

    LFF: Key of Life (Kagi-Dorobou No Method)

    13 Oct 2012

    Deliciously funny, not to mention brilliantly timed riff on Trading Places, acted with relish by the all-star cast.

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  • Still: Tango Libre, Dir. Frédéric Fonteyne, France, Belgium, Luxembourg 2012

    LFF: Tango Libre

    14 Oct 2012

    An offbeat slammer pic such as you’ve never seen. Director Fonteyne has crafted an intense, intelligent and affecting character piece that never quite goes where you expect.

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  • Still: The Stoning of Saint Stephen, Dir. Pere Vilà Barceló, Spain, France 2012.

    LFF: The Stoning of Saint Stephen (La Lapidation de Saint Étienne)

    14 Oct 2012

    From Catalan director Pere Vilà Barceló comes an austere, almost Bressonian French-language study of a family in conflict.

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  • Still: Room 237, Dir. Rodney Ascher, USA, 2012.

    LFF: Room 237

    15 Oct 2012

    Rodney Ascher explores the cult following Stanley Kubrick's The Shining has garned in the 30 years since its release, including a number who insist that Kubrick implanted ideas about history and the world we live in throughout the film, littering it with codes to decipher.

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  • Still: Dir. Brian M Cassidy and Melanie Shatzky, 2012.

    LFF: Francine

    15 Oct 2012

    A small wonder of a film, a spare, wildy original and elegiac character study that carries integrity and emotional weight.

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  • Still: Beautiful 2012, Dir. Kim Tae-yong, Tsai Ming-liang, Ann Hui & Gu Changwei, Hong Kong 2012.

    LFF: Beautiful 2012 (Mei Hao 2012)

    15 Oct 201216 Oct 2012

    This superb package of shorts by leading East Asian directors offers four kinds of pleasure.

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  • Still: With You, Without You, Dir. Prasanna Vithanage, Sri Lanka, India 2012.

    LFF: With You, Without You (Oba Nathuwa Oba Ekka)

    15 Oct 2012

    Akin to The English Patient, this Sri Lankan independent film is set in the months after war and deftly explores the emotional fall-out of such trauma on the lives of ordinary people.

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  • Still: Death of a Man in the Balkans, Dir-Prod-Scr Miroslav Momcilovic, Serbia 2012.

    LFF: Death of a Man in the Balkans (Smrt čoveka na Balkanu)

    16 Oct 2012

    Inspired by his own experience – a neighbour was found dead – director Miroslav Momcilovic has produced a compelling commentary on an absurd reality.

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  • Still: Four, Dir. Joshua Sanchez, USA 2012.

    LFF: Four

    16 Oct 2012

    Adapted from a stage play by Christopher Shinn, the debut feature from Joshua Sanchez is a provocative rumination on race and sexuality.

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  • Still: Peddlers, Dir-Scr. Vasan Bala, India 2012.

    LFF: Peddlers (Halahal)

    16 Oct 2012

    Fresh from Cannes success, this compelling multi-strand film noir tells of ace narcotics investigation cop Ranjit.

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  • Still: Museum Hours, Dir-Scr. Jem Cohen, Austria, USA 2012.Still: Museum Hours, Dir-Scr. Jem Cohen, Austria, USA 2012.

    LFF: Museum Hours

    17 Oct 2012

    A charming rumination on art and observation featuring strikingly beautiful images that appeared to have been captured casually.

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  • Still: 10 + 10, Dir. Hou Hsiao-Hsien and 19 others, Taiwan 2011.

    LFF: 10 + 10 (Shi jia shi)

    17 Oct 201218 Oct 2012

    Twenty of the top directors in Taiwan contribute five-minute vignettes on the uniqueness of their homeland. They rise to the occasion with a varied range of mini-documentaries, mini-fictions and mini-drama docs, some of them touching, many darkly amusing.

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  • Still: Boy Eating The Bird's Food, Dir. Ektoras Lygizos, Greece 2012.

    LFF: Boy Eating The Bird\'s Food (To Agori Troi to Fagito Tou Pouliou)

    17 Oct 2012

    A provocative character study shot with vérité styling in claustrophobic close-up on handheld camera, and an urgent parable for Greece’s economic meltdown.

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  • Still: Solar Eclipse, Dir-Scr. Martin Marecek, Czech Republic 2011.

    LFF: Solar Eclipse (Pod Sluncem Tma)

    17 Oct 2012

    Martin Marecek’s film analyses the course of events with an ironic perspective that raises uncomfortable issues around the clash of cultures.

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  • Still: Blancanieves, Dir-Scr. Pablo Berger, Spain-France 2012.

    LFF: Blancanieves

    18 Oct 2012

    Taking its inspiration from the Brothers’ Grimm story, Pablo Berger offers a gothic, black & white treatment of the myth of Snow White.

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  • Still: Tall as the Baobab Tree, Dir. Jeremy Teicher, Senegal-USA 2012.

    LFF: Tall as the Baobab Tree

    18 Oct 2012

    Torn between loyalty to her elders and her dreams for the future, Columba hatches a secret plan to rescue her young sister from being sold into an arranged marriage.

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  • Still: Silence, Dir. Pat Collins, Ireland 2012.

    LFF: Silence

    18 Oct 2012

    Renowned for his documentary work, Pat Collins has delivered a remarkable first fiction feature with Silence, a simple, haunting and poetic vision of Ireland which brings to mind few precedents and defies easy categorisation.

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