London Film Festival 2017

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The Rider The Rider
The Rider and Ravens
Abu (Father) (Country: Japan, Canada, Thailand, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia; Year: 2017; Director: Arshad Khan; Writer: Arshad Khan, Arshad Khan)
The filmmaker, who is gay, examines his troubled relationship with his devout Muslim father.
Arábia (Araby) (Country: Brazil; Year: 2017; Director: João Dumans, Affonso Uchoa; Writer: João Dumans, Affonso Uchoa; Stars: Aristides de Sousa, Murilo Caliari, Gláucia Vandeveld, Renata Cabral, Renan Rovida)
The story of ex-con and eternal optimist Cristiano, as he journeys across Brazil in search of work and self-knowledge.
Chateau (Country: France; Year: 2017; Director: Modi Barry, Cédric Ido; Writer: Modi Barry, Cédric Ido, Joseph Denize; Stars: Jacky Ido, Tatiana Rojo, Jean-Baptiste Anoumon)
Life near the Château d’Eau metro station as seen through the eyes of hairdressers making a living there.
The Drummer And The Keeper (Country: Ireland; Year: 2017; Director: Nick Kelly; Writer: Nick Kelly; Stars: Niamh Algar, Peter Coonan, Phelim Drew, Olwen Fouere, Jane Herbert, Adrian Hudson, Tiny James, Beibhinn Jones, Charlie Kelly, Dale Leadon Bolger, Hannah Mamalis, Jacob McCarthy, Aoibhinn McGinnity, Dermot Murphy, Ally Ni Chiarain)
An unlikely bond forms between a bipolar drummer and an institutionalised teenager who has Asperger's.
Equilibrium (l'equilibrio) (Country: Italy; Year: 2017; Director: Vincenzo Marra; Writer: Vincenzo Marra; Stars: Mimmo Borrelli, Roberto del Gaudio, Lucio Giannetti, Giuseppe D'Ambrosio, Francesca Zazzera, Autilia Ranieri, Paolo Sassanelli, Astrid Meloni, Francesco Pio Romano, Sergio Del Prete)
When a priest gets a transfer to his home region, he discovers some uncomfortable truths about where he has come to live.
Pop Aye Pop Aye
Pop Aye and Lucky
The Journey (Country: UK, Iraq, France, Qatar, Netherlands; Year: 2017; Director: Mohamed Al-Daradji; Writer: Mohamed Al-Daradji, Isabelle Stead)
Thriller that tackles what might just be the final moments of a potential suicide bomber’s life.
Lebanon Factory (Country: France; Year: 2017; Director: Ahmad Ghossein, Lucie La Chimia, Shirin AbuShaqra, Manuel Maria Perrone, Una Gunjak, Rami Kodeih, Mounia Akl, Neto Villalobos; Writer: Ahmad Ghossein, Lucie La Chimia, Shirin AbuShaqra, Manuel Maria Perrone, Una Gunjak, Rami Kodeih, Mounia Akl, Neto Villalobos)
Portmanteau film about Lebanon.
Lucia (Country: Cuba; Year: 1968; Director: Humberto Solas)
The history of Cuba as illustrated by three episodes in the life of one woman, who is betrayed by the man she loves.
Lucky (Country: US; Year: 2017; Director: John Carroll Lynch; Writer: Logan Sparks, Drago Sumonja; Stars: Harry Dean Stanton, David Lynch, Ron Livingston, Ed Begley Jr., Tom Skerritt, Beth Grant, James Darren, Barry Shabaka Henley, Yvonne Huff, Hugo Armstrong, Bertila Damas, Ana Mercedes, Sarah Cook, Amy Claire, Ulysses Olmedo)
The spiritual journey of a 90-year-old atheist.
My Generation (Country: UK; Year: 2017; Director: David Batty; Writer: Dick Clement, Ian La Frenais; Stars: Michael Caine, Joan Collins, Lulu, Paul McCartney, Twiggy, Roger Daltrey, Marianne Faithfull, Terry O'Neill, David Puttnam, David Bailey, Sandie Shaw, Penelope Tree, Mary Quant, Bárbara Hulanicki)
The story of Michael Caine's personal journey through Sixties London.
Salesman Salesman
Salesman and Wonderstruck
One Thousand Ropes (Country: New Zealand; Year: 2016; Director: Tusi Tamasese; Writer: Tusi Tamasese)
Story about a man trying to face his past, his daughter - and his inner ‘demons’.
Our Time Will Come (Ming yue ji shi you) (Country: Hong Kong, China; Year: 2017; Director: Ann Hui; Writer: Jiping He; Stars: Xun Zhou, Eddie Peng, Wallace Huo, Deannie Yip, Tony Ka Fai Leung, Siu-Fai Cheung, Joman Chiang, Stanley Sui-Fan Fung, Tao Guo, Zhi-zhong Huang, Wenli Jiang, Sam Lee, Jessie Li, Candy Lo, Ray Lui)
A woman is drawn into Hong Kong’s underground resistance movement.
Pickups (Country: UK; Year: 2017; Director: Jamie Thraves; Writer: Aidan Gillen, Jamie Thraves; Stars: Antonia Campbell-Hughes, Amy De Bhrún, Sophia Del Pizzo, Echo, Charlotte Gascoyne, Aidan Gillen, Paul Goodwin, Chris Howitt, Francisco Javier Diaz Izquierdo, Elaine Kennedy, Johnny Lamb, Nick Lee, Berry Murphy, Joe Murphy, Camille O'Sullivan)
Comedy about an actor in the wake of his divorce.
Pop Aye (Country: Thailand, Singapore; Year: 2017; Director: Kirsten Tan; Writer: Kirsten Tan; Stars: Thaneth Warakulnukroh, Penpak Sirikul, Yukontorn Sukkijja, Chaiwat Khumdee)
A disenchanted architect goes on a road trip with an elephant.
Promised Land (Country: US; Year: 2017; Director: Eugene Jaracki)
Lucia Lucia
Lucia and Arábia
Ravens (Korparna) (Country: Sweden; Year: 2017; Director: Jens Assur; Writer: Jens Assur, based on the novel by Tomas Bannerhed; Stars: Reine Brynolfsson, Jacob Nordström, Maria Heiskanen)
A troubled farmer and his family struggle with the hardships of their lives.
The Rider (Country: US; Year: 2017; Director: Chloé Zhao; Writer: Chloé Zhao; Stars: Brady Jandreau, Tim Jandreau, Lilly Jandreau, Cat Clifford, Terri Dawn Pourier, Lane Scott, Tanner Langdeau, James Calhoon, Derrick Janis)
A young cowboy tries to carve out a new identity.
Salesman (Country: US; Year: 1969; Director: Albert Maysles, David Maysles, Charlotte Zwerin)
Following four door-to-door salesmen around the States in the late Sixties.
A Season In France (Country: France; Year: 2017; Director: Mahamat-Saleh Haroun; Stars: Sandrine Bonnaire, Eriq Ebouaney)
An African teacher flees his war-torn country for France, where he falls in love.
Sheikh Jackson (Country: Egypt; Year: 2017; Director: Amr Salama; Writer: Amr Salama, Omar Khaled; Stars: Basma, Ahmad El-Fishawi, Amina Khalil, Ahmed Malek, Maged El Kedwany, Dorra Zarrouk, Mahmoud El-Bezzawy)
An Islamic cleric has a crisis of faith when he hears his childhood idol, Michael Jackson, has died.
Tides (Country: UK; Year: 2017; Director: Tupaq Felber; Writer: Tupaq Felber, Jon Foster, Simon Meacock, Jamie Zubairi; Stars: Simon Meacock, Dinah Stabb, Amanda Rawnsley, Jon Foster, Jamie Zubairi, Roderick Hill, Robyn Isaac)
Men go on a boat trip after a devastating loss.
Untitled (Country: Austria, Germany; Year: 2017; Director: Michael Glawogger, Monika Willi; Writer: Michael Glawogger, Monika Willi)
“This film is intended to show an image of the world that can only be created when one does not pursue any subject, or make any value judgement or follow any objective. When one lets one’s self be carried along by nothing more than one’s own curiosity and intuition.”
Walk With Me (Country: UK; Year: 2017; Director: Marc J. Francis, Max Pugh; Writer: Marc J. Francis, Max Pugh; Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Brother Pháp De, Brother Pháp Dung, Thich Nhat Hanh, Brother Pháp Huu, Sister Chân Không, Brother Pháp Linh, Sister Dang Nghiêm, Sister Dinh Nghiêm, Brother Pháp Siêu)
Documentary about the art of mindfulness.
Wallay (Country: France, Burkina Faso; Year: 2017; Director: Berni Goldblat; Stars: Makan Nathan Diarra, Ibrahim Koma, Hamadoun Kassogué, Mounira Kankolé, Joséphine Kaboré)
A French teenager verging on delinquency is sent to his father's hometown of Burkina Faso.
The White Girl (Country: Hong Kong; Year: 2017; Director: Jenny Suen; Writer: Jenny Suen; Stars: Joe Odagiri, Angela Yuen, Jeff Yiu)
The lives of a fisherman and his daughter, an artist and a street kid intersect.
Wonderstruck (Country: US; Year: 2017; Director: Todd Haynes; Writer: Brian Selznick, based on his novel; Stars: Amy Hargreaves, Michelle Williams, Julianne Moore, Oakes Fegley, Tom Noonan, Cory Michael Smith, James Urbaniak, Marko Caka, Damian Young, Hays Wellford, Morgan Turner, Ekaterina Samsonov, Brian Berrebbi, Michael Wren Gucciardo, Jaden Michael)
Ben and Rose are children from two different eras who secretly wish their lives were different. Both set out on quests.
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