This year's London Film Festival will run from October 7 to 18. Due to the pandemic, it will be a hybrid edition, which, for the first time, will screen a number of films widely across the UK. It will open with Steve McQueen's Mangrove and close with Francis Lee's Ammonite.

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The Reason I Jump
The Reason I Jump
Based on the book by Naoki Higashida this immersive film explores the experiences of nonspeaking autistic people around the world.
Another Round
Another Round
Martin and three of his friends, all weary high school teachers, embark on an experiment to maintain a constant level of intoxication throughout the workday.
David Byrne’s American Utopia
David Byrne’s American Utopia
A film of Byrne's acclaimed Broadway show.
Ammonite
Ammonite
In 1840s England, acclaimed but overlooked fossil hunter Mary Anning and a young woman sent to convalesce by the sea develop an intense relationship, altering both of their lives forever.
Shadow Country
Shadow Country
An account of life in a Czech-Austrian border village from the 1930s-1950s.
Never Gonna Snow Again
Never Gonna Snow Again
A masseur from the East enters the lives of the rich residents of a bland, walled off community.
Limbo
Limbo
Omar is a promising young musician. Separated from his Syrian family, he is stuck on a remote Scottish island awaiting the fate of his asylum request. Due to the plaster-cast on his arm, he cannot play his oud and instead wanders the epic landscapes searching for answers to a complex past and daunting future.
Cicada
Cicada
A young man is forced to face past traumas when he embarks on a new relationship.
Kajillionaire
Kajillionaire
Low-stakes grifters, Old Dolio and her parents invite a chipper young woman into their insular clan, only to have their entire world turned upside down.
Undine
Undine
Undine is a city historian on urban development in a Berlin museum, the 'place by the swamp'. When her boyfriend leaves her, she vows to kill the faithless man but soon meets another.
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London Film Festival Features

Painting a dual perspective
Director Benjamin Ree chats about documentary The Painter And The Thief
Two different eyes
Christian Petzold and Heinz Emigholz on German fairy tales
An act of love
Gianfranco Rosi on editing Notturno
London Film Festival highlights
We recommend eight films to catch at this year's hybrid edition
Having a mission
Steve McQueen and Shabier Kirchner on working together in Mangrove
Scoring Nomadland
Chloé Zhao on singer/songwriter Cat Clifford and the music of Ludovico Einaudi
Dressing the part
Steve McQueen, Amarah-Jae St. Aubyn and Micheal Ward on the costumes in Lovers Rock

London Film Festival News

London Film Festival announces hybrid edition
50 virtual festival premieres in programme
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Filming sensations Mathieu Amalric on Pierre Léon, Jeanne Balibar and the sounds and colours of Barbara

Character arc Seth A Smith on filming with a two-year-old and bringing marbling to life in The Crescent

Keeping up appearances Marcello Martinessi on cultural conservatism and filmmaking honesty in The Heiresses

A different space Kelly Macdonald on working with Marc Turtletaub on Puzzle

Out of the past Susanna Nicchiarelli on Trine Dyrholm and the costume design in Nico, 1988

The iconic man Jonathan Baker on Becoming Iconic and Inconceivable

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