London Film Festival 2011

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Bernie Bernie
Bernie and 50/50
50/50 (Country: USA; Year: 2011; Director: Jonathan Levine; Writer: Will Reiser; Stars: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, Anna Kendrick)
An original story of friendship, love and survival - and finding humour in the most unlikely places.
Alps (Country: Greece; Year: 2011; Director: Yorgos Lanthimos; Writer: Yorgos Lanthimos, Efthimis Filippou; Stars: Aggeliki Papoulia, Aris Servetalis, Johnny Vekris, Ariane Labed)
The eagerly anticipated follow-up to Dogtooth from Yorgos Lanthimos.
The Awakening (Country: UK; Year: 2011; Director: Nick Murphy; Writer: Stephen Volk, Nick Murphy; Stars: Rebecca Hall, Dominic West, Imelda Staunton, Lucy Cohu, John Shrapnel, Diana Kent, Richard Durden, Alfie Field, Tilly Vosburgh, Ian Hanmore, Cal Macaninch, Isaac Hempstead Wright, Anastasia Hille, Andrew Havill, Joseph Mawle)
A woman devoted to exposing psychic hoaxes is invited to investigate ghostly sightings at a remote boarding school.
Bernie (Country: US; Year: 2011; Director: Richard Linklater; Writer: Richard Linklater, Skip Hollandsworth; Stars: Jack Black, Matthew McConaughey, Shirley MacLaine)
Based on a true story. Jack Black stars in Richard Linklater's playful treatment of the strange story of a Texan funeral director.
Carnage (Country: France, Germany, Spain, Poland; Year: 2011; Director: Roman Polanski; Writer: Roman Polanski, Yasmina Reza; Stars: Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet, Christoph Waltz, John C Reilly)
The Brooklyn bourgeoisie under the microscope in Roman Polanksi's adaptation of The God of Carnage.
Take Shelter Take Shelter
Take Shelter and Miss Bala
Chicken With Plums (Country: France, Germany, Belgium; Year: 2011; Director: Marjane Satrapi, Vincent Paronnaud; Writer: Marjane Satrapi, Vincent Paronnaud; Stars: Mathieu Amalric, Edouard Baer, Maria De Medeiros, Golshifteh Farahani, Chiara Mastroianni)
The creators of Persepolis follow their terrific debut with an inspired adaptation of another of Marjane Satrapi's award-winning graphic novels.
Crazy Horse (Year: 2011; Director: Frederick Wiseman)
Documentary about famous Parisian cabaret, “Crazy Horse”
Dark Horse (Country: USA; Year: 2011; Director: Todd Solondz; Writer: Todd Solondz; Stars: Jordan Gelber, Selma Blair, Mia Farrow, Christopher Walken, Donna Murphy)
Todd Solondz draws dark comedy from the story of two dysfunctional thirtysomethings planning to marry.
The Exchange (Country: Israel, Germany; Year: 2011; Director: Eran Kolirin; Writer: Eran Kolirin; Stars: Rotem Keinan, Sharon Tal, Dov Navon, Shirili Deshe)
Eran Kolirin's follow up to The Band's Visit is a curious vision full of wit and invention.
Faust (Country: Russia; Year: 2011; Director: Aleksandr Sokurov; Writer: Aleksandr Sokurov, Marina Koreneva; Stars: Johannes Zeiler, Anton Adasinsky, Isolda Dychauk, Georg Friedrich, Hanna Schygulla)
A richly imagined journey of a search for impossible redemption from one of Russia's greatest living directors.
I Wish I Wish
I Wish and Hara-Kiri: Death Of A Samurai
Footnote (Country: Israel; Year: 2011; Director: Joseph Cedar; Writer: Joseph Cedar; Stars: Shlomo Bar Abe, Lior Ashkenazi, Aliza Rosen, Alma Zack, Micah Lewensohn, Yuval Scharf, Daniel Markovich)
Tale of father-son rivalries within the Israeli academic establishment.
The Future (Country: US, Germany; Year: 2011; Director: Miranda July; Writer: Miranda July; Stars: Hamish Linklater, Miranda July, David Warshofsky), Official Site
The offbeat and funny story of a couple whose modern romance starts to change as they wonder about their future.
Hara-Kiri: Death Of A Samurai (Country: Japan; Year: 2011; Director: Takashi Miike; Writer: Kikumi Yamagishi; Stars: Ebizo Ichikawa, Eita, Koji Yakusho, HikariMitsushima)
Takashi Miike follows 13 Assassins with a neo-classical remake of the Yasuhiko Takiguchi story about desperate, impoverished ronin and implacably cruel feudal lords.
Headhunters (Hodejegerne) (Country: Norway; Year: 2011; Director: Morten Tyldum; Writer: Lars Gudmestad, Ulf Ryberg, based on the novel by Jo Nesbø; Stars: Aksel Hennie, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Synnøve Macody Lund, Julie R. Ølgaard)
Adaptation of Jo Nesbo's bestselling Norwegian thriller about a headhunter who moonlilghts as a thief.
Hors Satan (Country: France; Year: 2011; Director: Bruno Dumont; Writer: Bruno Dumont; Stars: David Dewaele, Alexandre Lemâtre, Christophe Bon, Juliette Bacquet, Aurore Broutin, Sonia Barthelemy, Valerie Mestdagh, Dominique Caffier)
Enigmatic drama about the relationship between a woman and a mysterious outsider on Northern France's Opal Coast.
Martha Marcy May Marlene Martha Marcy May Marlene
Martha Marcy May Marlene and Hors Satan
Hunky Dory (Country: UK; Year: 2011; Director: Marc Evans; Writer: Laurence Coriat; Stars: Minnie Driver, Aneurin Barnard, Danielle Branch, Robert Pugh, Haydn Gwynne)
Marc Evans' latest feature is a sweet and sincere paean to the pre-punk 1970s.
I'm Carolyn Parker (Country: USA; Year: 2011; Director: Jonathan Demme)
Jonathan Demme presents a compelling study of a New Orleans woman's five year struggle to return to her home following the post Katrina floods.
Into The Abyss: A Tale Of Death, A Tale Of Life (Country: USA; Year: 2011; Director: Werner Herzog; Writer: Werner Herzog; Stars: None)
Werner Herzog's powerful exploration of violence and its consequences, told through Death Row inmates and others close to their crimes.
I Wish (Kiseki) (Country: Japan; Year: 2011; Director: Hirokazu Kore-eda; Writer: Hirokazu Kore-eda; Stars: Koki Maeda, Ohshirô Maeda, Ryôga Hayashi, Cara Uchida, Kanna Hashimoto, Rento Isobe, Hoshinosuke Yoshinaga, Hiroshi Abe, Yoshio Harada, Isao Hashizume, Kirin Kiki, Masami Nagasawa, Yui Natsukawa, Jô Odagiri, Nene Ohtsuka)
Two brothers hatch a plot to make their reunion wish come true.
Like Crazy (Country: US; Year: 2011; Director: Drake Doremus; Writer: Drake Doremus, Ben York Jones; Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Anton Yelchin, Chris Messina, Felicity Jones, Alex Kingston, Finola Hughes, Charlie Bewley, Keeley Hazell, Jamie Thomas King, Oliver Muirhead, Ben York Jones, Katie Wallack, Kayla Barr, Iris Taylor Cameron)
A British student and an American find their love tested by a long-distance relationship.
This Must Be the Place This Must Be the Place
This Must Be the Place and Into The Abyss: A Tale Of Death, A Tale Of Life
Martha Marcy May Marlene (Country: US; Year: 2011; Director: T Sean Durkin; Writer: T Sean Durkin; Stars: Sarah Paulson, Hugh Dancy, John Hawkes, Brady Corbet, Elizabeth Olsen, Louisa Krause, Maria Dizzia, Julia Garner, Christopher Abbott, Diana Masi, Allen McCullough, Michael Chmiel)
A woman is traumatised after fleeing a cult.
Michael (Country: Austria; Year: 2011; Director: Markus Schleinzer; Writer: Markus Schleinzer; Stars: Michael Fuith, David Rauchenberger)
A look at the day to day life of an unremarkable man who is keeping a ten year old boy prisoner in his basement.
Miss Bala (Country: Mexico; Year: 2011; Director: Gerardo Naranjo; Writer: Mauricio Katz, Gerardo Naranjo; Stars: Stephanie Sigman, Irene Azuela, Miguel Couturier, Gabriel Heads, Noe Hernandez, James Russo, Jose Yenque), Official Site
An aspiring beauty queen finds herself mixed up with a drug lord.
Once Upon A Time In Anatolia (Country: Turkey, Bosnia, Herzegovina; Year: 2011; Director: Nuri Bilge Ceylan; Writer: Ercan Kesal, Ebru Ceylan, Nuri Bilge Ceylan; Stars: Muhammet Uzuner, Yilmaz Erdogan, Taner Birsel, Firat Tanis)
A group of men set out to investigate murder in the steppe.
Oslo, August 31st (Country: Norway; Year: 2011; Director: Joachim Trier; Writer: Eskil Vogt, Joachim Trier, based on the novel Le Feu Folle by Pierre Drieu La Rochell; Stars: Anders Danielsen, Lie Hans Olav Brenner, Ingrid Olava, Petter Width, Kristiansen)
A day in the life of a young man at the end of a drug rehab programme.
Footnote Footnote
Footnote and Terri
Pariah (Country: US; Year: 2011; Director: Dee Rees; Writer: Dee Rees; Stars: Adepero Oduye, Pernell Walker, Aasha Davis, Kim Wayans, Charles Purnell, Sahra Mellesse), Official Site
A teenager juggles conflicting identities and endures heartbreak in a desperate search for sexual expression.
Rampart (Country: US; Year: 2011; Director: Oren Moverman; Writer: James Ellroy, Oren Moverman; Stars: Woody Harrelson, Steve Buscemi, Sigourney Weaver, Robin Wright, Ben Foster, Anne Heche, Ice Cube, Brie Larson, Cynthia Nixon, Jon Bernthal, Jon Foster, Don Creech, Joanna Theobalds, Jobeth Wagner, Matt McTighe)
A dirty cop in LA struggles to keep his job.
Restless (Country: USA; Year: 2011; Director: Gus Van Sant; Writer: Jason Lew; Stars: Henry Hopper, Mia Wasikowska, Ryo Kase, Schuyler Fisk, Jane Adams)
An affecting and delicate teen romance which confirms Gus Van Sant as one of Hollywood's most astute and sensitive chroniclers of American youth.
Sarah Palin - You Betcha! (Country: UK; Year: 2011; Director: Nick Broomfield, Joan Churchill; Writer: None; Stars: None)
Nick Broomfield and Joan Churchill travel to Wasilla, Alaska, on the trail of Sarah Palin.
Sing Your Song (Country: US; Year: 2011; Director: Susanne Rostock; Writer: Susanne Rostock; Stars: Harry Belafonte, Sidney Poitier, Marge Champion, Fran Scott Attaway, Julian Bond, George Schlatter, Adrienne Belafonte-Biesmeyer, Diahann Carroll, Mike Merrick, Julie Robinson, Coretta Scott King, Merv Griffin, Odetta, Gloria Lynne, Robert De Cormier)
Documentary charting the career of Harry Belafonte - singer, actor and political activist.
The Awakening The Awakening
The Awakening and Rampart
Sleepless Nights Stories (Country: USA; Year: 2011; Director: Jonas Mekas; Writer: None; Stars: Marina Abramovic, Louis Garrel, Bjrk, Harmony Korine, Patti Smith)
Jonas Mekas invites viewers on a tour through his nightlife, bringing together twenty-five stories of life, love and friendship.
The Snows of Kilimanjaro (Country: France; Year: 2011; Director: Robert Guediguian; Writer: Robert Guediguian, Jean-Louis Milsi; Stars: Ariane Ascaride, Jean-Pierre, Darroussin, Grard Meylan)
Director Robert Guediguian returns to his old Marseilles stamping ground for an entertaining, politically passionate drama starring the director's ensemble regulars.
Snowtown (The Snowtown Murders) (Country: Australia; Year: 2011; Director: Justin Kurzel; Writer: Shaun Grant, Justin Kurzel; Stars: Daniel Henshall, Lucas Pittaway, Craig Coyne, Richard Green, Louise Harris, Brendan Rock, Anthony Groves, Bob Adriaens, David Walker, Keiran Schwerdt, Frank Cwiertniak, Robert Deeble, Bryan Sellars), Official Site
A vulnerable boy is drawn into the crimes of a charismatic serial killer. Based on a true story.
Take Shelter (Country: US; Year: 2011; Director: Jeff Nichols; Writer: Jeff Nichols; Stars: Michael Shannon, Katy Mixon, Shea Whigham, Jessica Chastain, Kathy Baker, Ray McKinnon, Lisa Gay Hamilton, Robert Longstreet, Guy Van Swearingen, Bart Flynn, Tova Stewart, Charles Moore, Scott Knisley, Sheila Hullihen, Stutz Bearcat)
After experiencing visions of impending catastrophe, an ordinary man takes extraordinary measures - but can he trust the evidence of his own senses?
Terri (Country: US; Year: 2011; Director: Azazel Jacobs; Writer: Patrick Dewitt, Azazel Jacobs; Stars: Jacob Wysocki, John C. Reilly, Creed Bratton, Diane Salinger, Olivia Crocicchia, Bridger Zadina, Jenna Gavigan, Tara Karsian, Jessica D. Stone, Melanie Abramoff, Mary Anne McGarry, Jamie Lee Redmon, Justin Prentice, Curtiss Frisle, Lisa Hoover)
An unhappy, overweight boy with a difficult home life finds inspiration in a deputy headteacher who loves to break the rules.
Sing Your Song Sing Your Song
Sing Your Song and The Snows of Kilimanjaro
This Must Be the Place (Country: Italy, France, Ireland, USA; Year: 2011; Director: Paolo Sorrentino; Writer: Paolo Sorrentino, Umberto Contarello, from a story by Paolo Sorrentino; Stars: Sean Penn, Frances Mc Dormand, Judd Hirsch, Eve Hewson, Kerry Condon, Harry Dean Stanton, Joyce Van Patten, David Byrne, Olwen Fouéré, Shea Whigham, Liron Levo, Heinz Lieven, Simon Delaney)
An oddball retired rock star takes a roadtrip across America inspired by his dead father.
When the Night (Country: Italy; Year: 2011; Director: Cristina Comencini; Writer: Cristina Comencini, Doriana Leondeff; Stars: Filippo Timi, Claudia Pandolfi, Thomas Trabacchi)
Intense bittersweet romantic melodrama about the unusual relationship between a young lonely mother and a mountain guide in the Alps whose family has left him.
Where Do We Go Now? (Et maintenant, on va où?) (Country: Lebanon; Year: 2011; Director: Nadine Labaki; Writer: Rodney Al Haddid, Jihad Hojeily, Nadine Labaki; Stars: Kevin Abboud, Claude Baz Moussawbaa, Julian Farhat, Ali Haidar, Leyla Hakim, Nadine Labaki, Yvonne Maalouf, Claude Moussawbaa, Antoinette Noufaily)
A group of Lebanese women try to ease religious tensions between Christians and Muslims in their village.
Wuthering Heights (Country: UK; Year: 2011; Director: Andrea Arnold; Writer: Andrea Arnold, Olivia Hetreed; Stars: Kaya Scodelario, James Howson, Oliver Milbur,n Nichola Burley, Steve Evets), Official Site
An adaptation of Emily Brontë's famous tale about an isolated family, a trouble outsider, and their destructive passions.
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