London Film Festival 2016

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Aquarius Aquarius
Aquarius and Let's Be Evil
After Love (L’économie Du Couple) (Country: France, Belgium; Year: 2016; Director: Joachim Lafosse; Writer: Fanny Burdino, Joachim Lafosse, Mazarine Pingeot, Thomas van Zuylen; Stars: Bérénice Bejo, Marthe Keller, Cédric Kahn, Catherine Salée, Tibo Vandenborre, Margaux Soentjens, Jade Soentjens, Francesco Italiano, Annick Johnson, Philippe Jeusette, Ariane Rousseau, Pascal Rogard)
After they split, a couple continue to share a house because of financial constraints.
After The Storm (Umi yori mo mada fukaku) (Country: Japan; Year: 2016; Director: Hirokazu Kore-eda; Writer: Hirokazu Kore-eda; Stars: Kirin Kiki, Hiroshi Abe, Rirî Furankî, Yôko Maki, Sôsuke Ikematsu, Satomi Kobayashi, Isao Hashizume, Taiyô Yoshizawa)
A writer tries to reconnect with his family.
Aquarius (Country: Brazil; Year: 2016; Director: Kleber Mendonça Filho; Writer: Kleber Mendonça Filho; Stars: Sonia Braga, Jeff Rosick, Irandhir Santos, Maeve Jinkings, Julia Bernat, Carla Ribas, Fernando Teixeira, Rubens Santos, Humberto Carrão)
A retired music critic is the last resident of a building targeted by developers - she becomes engaged in a cold war of sorts with the company.
Being 17 (Quand On A 17 Ans) (Country: France; Year: 2016; Director: André Téchiné; Stars: Sandrine Kiberlain, Kacey Mottet Klein, Corentin Fila, Alexis Loret)
Damien and Thomas, sworn enemies at school, find themelves living under the same roof.
The Dreamed Ones (Die Geträumten) (Country: Austria; Year: 2016; Director: Ruth Beckermann; Writer: Ingeborg Bachmann, Paul Celan, Ina Hartwig, Ruth Beckermann; Stars: Anja Plaschg, Laurence Rupp)
Documentary about correspondence between postwar poets and lovers Paul Celan and Ingeborg Bachmann.
Heal The Living Heal The Living
Heal The Living and After Love
Ethel & Ernest (Country: UK; Year: 2016; Director: Roger Mainwood; Writer: Raymond Briggs, Roger Mainwood; Stars: Pam Ferris, Jim Broadbent, Brenda Blethyn, Luke Treadaway, Roger Allam, Peter Wight, Virginia McKenna, June Brown, Simon Day, Duncan Wisbey, Alex Jordan, Harry Collett, Gillian Hanna, Karyn Claydon)
Animation, based on the life and times of Raymond Briggs' parents.
Fiore (Country: Italy; Year: 2016; Director: Claudio Giovannesi; Writer: Claudio Giovannesi; Stars: Aniello Arena, Daphne Scoccia, Josciua Algeri, Laura Vasiliu, Valerio Mastandrea)
Romance blooms in a juvenile detention centre.
The Happiest Day In The Life Of Olli Mäki (Hymyilävi Mies) (Country: Finland; Year: 2016; Director: Juho Kuosmanen; Writer: Juho Kuosmanen, Mikko Myllylahti; Stars: Eero Milonoff, Joonas Saartamo, Oona Airola, Jarkko Lahti, Marko Wilskman, Juha Mäkinen, Tuomo Kemppainen, John Bosco Jr.)
Finland, 1962. Boxer Olli Mäki is 26 years old and in love. Expected to win a bout against an American, but he would rather be with his girlfriend than train.
Heal The Living (Réparer les vivants) (Country: France, Belgium; Year: 2016; Director: Katell Quillévéré; Writer: Katell Quillévéré and Gilles Taurand, based on the book by Maylis De Kerangal; Stars: Tahar Rahim, Emmanuelle Seigner, Anne Dorval, Bouli Lanners, Kool Shen, Monia Chokri, Alice Taglioni, Karim Leklou, Finnegan Oldfield, Théo Cholbi, Alice de Lencquesaing, Gabin Verdet, Galatéa Bellugi, Titouan Alda, Andranic Manet)
Drama about lives connected by an organ transplant.
Hermia And Helena (Hermia & Helena) (Country: Argentina; Year: 2016; Director: Matías Piñeiro)
A struggling young theatre director receives a series of mysterious postcards from a stranger, leading her on a strange journey.
Manhattan Manhattan
Manhattan and Indivisible
Indivisible (Country: Italy; Year: 2016; Director: Edoardo De Angelis; Writer: Nicola Guaglianone, Nicola Guaglianone, Barbara Petronio, Edoardo De Angelis; Stars: Antonia Truppo, Massimiliano Rossi, Angela Fontana, Marco Mario de Notaris, Peppe Servillo, Gianfranco Gallo, Antonio Pennarella, Marianna Fontana, Toni Laudadio, Gaetano Bruno)
Conjoined twin sisters make a living as singers but the news that they could be safely separated changes everything.
I Called Him Morgan (Country: US, Sweden; Year: 2016; Director: Kasper Collin; Writer: Kasper Collin)
Documentary about jazz musician Lee Morgan and his partner Helen More.
Let's Be Evil (Country: US; Year: 2016; Director: Martin Owen; Writer: Elizabeth Morris, Martin Owen, Jonathan Willis; Stars: Kara Tointon, Isabelle Allen, Elliot James Landridge, Helene Wilson, Elizabeth Morris)
Three people are recruited to act as supervisors in an institute for gifted children, but things don't go as they expected.
The Lives Of Thérèse (Les Vies De Thérèse) (Year: 2016; Director: Sebastien Lifshitz)
Consideration of the life of feminist Therese Clerc.
Lovesong (Country: US; Year: 2016; Director: So Yong Kim; Writer: Bradley Rust Gray, So Yong Kim; Stars: Jena Malone, Riley Keough, Brooklyn Decker, Ryan Eggold, Rosanna Arquette, Amy Seimetz, Marshall Chapman, Jessie Ok Gray, Sky Ok Gray, Juliet Fitzpatrick, Neal Huff, William Tyler, Justin Tarrents, Rick Duvall, Karen Kaforey)
Neglected by her husband, Sarah embarks on an impromptu road trip with her young daughter and her best friend, Mindy. Along the way, the dynamic between the two friends intensifies before circumstances force them apart. Years later, Sarah attempts to rebuild their intimate connection in the days before Mindy’s wedding.
The Happiest Day In The Life Of Olli Mäki The Happiest Day In The Life Of Olli Mäki
The Happiest Day In The Life Of Olli Mäki and I Called Him Morgan
Manhattan (Country: US; Year: 1979; Director: Woody Allen; Writer: Woody Allen, Marshall Brickman; Stars: Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Michael Murphy, Mariel Hemingway, Meryl Streep, Anne Byrne Hoffman, Karen Ludwig, Michael O'Donoghue, Victor Truro, Tisa Farrow, Helen Hanft)
Woody Allen falls for his best friend's mistress, but is he really more in love with New York itself?
Mirzya (Country: India; Year: 2016; Director: Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra; Writer: Gulzar; Stars: Harshvardhan Kapoor, Saiyami Kher, Art Malik, Anuj Choudhry, Om Puri, K.K. Raina)
Romeo and Juliet style love story of childhood sweethearts whose love is rekindled as the heroine is about to be married to someone else.
Love gala screening.
Rara (Country: Chile, Argentina; Year: 2016; Director: Pepa San Martín; Writer: Pepa San Martín, Alicia Scherson; Stars: Julia Lübbert, Emilia Ossandon, Mariana Loyola, Agustina Muñoz, Coca Guazzini, Daniel Muñoz, Sigrid Alegría, Micaela Cristi, Nicolás Vigneaux)
Since their parents split up, Sara and her younger sister live with their mother, whose new partner is a woman. Everyday life for the four of them is very similar to that of other families. But not everyone sees it that way.
The Reunion (La Reconquista) (Country: Spain; Year: 2016; Director: Jonás Trueba; Writer: Jonás Trueba; Stars: Itsaso Arana, Francesco Carril, Aura Garrido, Pablo Hoyos, Candela Recio)
Manuela and Olmo meet in a future as they had promised 15 years earlier as teenagers, in the flush of first love.
Santi - Vina (Country: Thailand; Year: 1954; Director: Thavi Na Bangchang; Writer: Thavi Na Bangchang, Robert G North, Vichit Khunavud; Stars: Poonpun Rangkhavorn, Rayvadi Siriwilai)
Thai Buddhist melodrama that was lost for decades.
Lovesong Lovesong
Lovesong and Fiore
The Secret Scripture (Country: Ireland; Year: 2016; Director: Jim Sheridan; Writer: Sebastian Barry, Johnny Ferguson, Jim Sheridan; Stars: Rooney Mara, Aidan Turner, Theo James, Eric Bana, Jack Reynor, Vanessa Redgrave, Susan Lynch, Omar Sharif Jr., Pauline McLynn, Brian Fortune, Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, Antony Acheampong, Nika McGuigan, Elva Trill, Laurence O'Fuarain)
A woman keeps a diary of her extended stay at a mental hospital.
The Son Of Joseph (Le Fils De Joseph) (Country: France, Belgium; Year: 2016; Director: Eugène Green; Writer: Eugène Green; Stars: Victor Ezenfis, Natacha Régnier, Fabrizio Rongione, Mathieu Amalric, Maria de Medeiros, Julia Gros de Gasquet, Jacques Bonnaffé, Christelle Prot, Adrien Michaux, Louise Moaty, Claire Lefilliâtre, Vincent Dumestre, Tom Gaspar, Oleg Ossina, Félix Debraux)
A teen goes on a quest to find out who is dad is.
Souvenir (Country: Germany; Year: 2014; Director: André Siegers)
Alfred D. is fond of travelling, a veritable collector of countries. While on his travels, he films the world and himself.
Taekwondo (Country: Argentina; Year: 2016; Director: Marco Berger, Martín Farina; Writer: Marco Berger; Stars: Gabriel Epstein, Lucas Papa, Nicolás Barsoff, Francisco Bertín, Arturo Frutos, Andrés Gavaldá, Juan Manuel Martino, Darío Miño, Gaston Re)
A boys-only vacation sees sexual boundaries begin to blur.
United States Of Love (Zjednoczone Stany Miłości) (Country: Poland, Sweden; Year: 2016; Director: Tomasz Wasilewski; Stars: Julia Kijowska, Magdalena Cielecka, Dorota Kolak, Marta Nieradkiewicz, Łukasz Simlat )
Four Lonely women in a small Polish town contemplate their circumstances and what life has to offer.
The Lives Of Thérèse The Lives Of Thérèse
The Lives Of Thérèse and After The Storm
The Wedding Ring (Zin'naariya!) (Country: Niger; Year: 2016; Director: Rahmatou Keïta; Stars: Aïchatou Lamine Fofana, Aïchatou Moussa, Magaajyia Silberfeld)
A privileged young woman who comes back to her village after studying in Paris to discover the truth of the relationships between women and men in her society.
You Are My Sunday (Tu Hai Mera Sunday) (Country: India; Year: 2016; Director: Milind Dhaimade; Stars: Meher Acharia-Dar, Suhaas Ahuja, Pallavi Batra, Nakul Bhalla, Maanvi Gagroo, Shahana Goswami, Rama Joshi, Vishal Malhotra, Sandiip Sikcand, Barun Sobti, Shiv Subramaniam, Avinash Tiwary, Jay Upadhyay)
Five football playing mates struggle to find a pitch to play on.
You Were Never Lovelier (Country: US; Year: 1942; Director: William A Seiter; Writer: Michael Fessier, Ernest Pagano, Delmer Daves, Carlos A. Olivari, Sixto Pondal Ríos; Stars: Fred Astaire, Rita Hayworth, Adolphe Menjou, Isobel Elsom, Leslie Brooks, Adele Mara, Gus Schilling, Barbara Brown, Douglas Leavitt, Xavier Cugat and His Orchestra, Kirk Alyn, Larry Arnold, Stanley Brown, George Bunny, Catherine Craig)
A nightclub dancer who winds up working in a hotel when his money runs out, experiences romantic complications with the daughter of the owner.
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