London Film Festival 2009

Join the stars in Leicester Square and be the first to see one of our special selections of films.

View other London Film Festival Films by strand: Cinema Europa, Experimenta, Film On The Square, French Revolutions, New British Cinema, Short Cuts & Animation, Treasures From The Archives, World Cinema

Fantastic Mr. Fox Fantastic Mr. Fox
Fantastic Mr. Fox and Chloe
An Education (Country: UK; Year: 2009; Director: Lone Scherfig; Writer: Nick Hornby, based on a memoir by Lynn Barber; Stars: Carey Mulligan, Peter Sarsgaard, Alfred Molina, Cara Seymour, Emma Thompson, Sally Hawkins, Rosamund Pike, Dominic Cooper, Olivia Williams, Matthew Beard), Trailer
A 16-year-old - and her family - are swept off their feet by a debonair older man.
The Boys Are Back (Country: Australia, UK; Year: 2009; Director: Scott Hicks; Writer: Allan Cubitt, from a memoir by Simon Carr; Stars: Clive Owen, Emma Booth, Laura Fraser, George MacKay, Nicholas McAnulty, Julia Blake, Chris Haywood, Erik Thomson, Natasha Little, Lewis Fitz-Gerald), Official Site, Trailer
A wisecracking sportswriter is forced into single parenthood by the tragic death of his wife.
Bright Star (Country: UK, Australia, France; Year: 2009; Director: Jane Campion; Writer: Jane Campion; Stars: Abbie Cornish, Ben Whishaw, Paul Schneider, Kerry Fox, Edie Martin, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Claudie Blakley, Gerard Monaco, Antonia Campbell-Hughes, Samuel Roukin, Amanda Hale, Lucinda Raikes, Samuel Barnett, Jonathan Aris, Olly Alexander), Official Site, Trailer
The poet John Keats meets the woman who is to become the love of his life.
Chloe (Country: US, Canada; Year: 2009; Director: Atom Egoyan; Writer: Erin Cressida Wilson; Stars: Amanda Seyfried, Julianne Moore, Liam Neeson, Max Thieriot), Trailer
When a wife hires a prostitute to test her husband's fidelity, trouble isn't far behind.
Father Of My Children (Le père de mes enfants) (Country: Germany, France; Year: 2009; Director: Mia Hansen-Løve; Writer: Mia Hansen-Løve; Stars: Chiara Caselli, Louis-Do de Lencquesaing, Alice de Lencquesaing, Michaël Abiteboul, Manelle Driss, Sandrine Dumas, Eric Elmosnino, Dominique Frot, Alice Gautier, Libertad Gills, Valerie Lang, Harald Leander, Igor Hansen Love, Antoine Mathieu, Patrick Mimoun), Official Site
A French producer struggles to balance completing his roster of films with the demands of his young family.
A Prophet A Prophet
A Prophet and Nowhere Boy
Fantastic Mr. Fox (Country: US; Year: 2009; Director: Wes Anderson; Writer: Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach, based on the book by Roald Dahl.; Stars: Voices of George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Wally Wolodarsky, Eric Anderson, Michael Gambon, Willem Dafoe, Adrien Brody, Owen Wilson, Jarvis Cocker, Wes Anderson, Karen Duffy, Robin Hurlstone, Hugo Guinness, Helen McCrory, Roman Coppola, Juman Malouf, Brian Cox), Official Site, Trailer
Animated version of Roald Dahl's tale about a wily fox.
Micmacs (Micmacs à tire-larigot) (Country: France; Year: 2009; Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet; Writer: Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Guillaume Laurant; Stars: Dany Boon, André Dussollier, Nicolas Marié, Jean-Pierre Marielle, Yolande Moreau, Julie Ferrier, Omar Sy, Dominique Pinon, Michel Crémadès, Marie-Julie Baup, Urbain Cancelier, Patrick Paroux, Jean-Pierre Becker, Stéphane Butet, Philippe Girard), Trailer
Satire on the arms trade, tracking one man's plan to blow up arms manufacturers.
The Men Who Stare At Goats (Country: US, UK; Year: 2009; Director: Grant Heslov; Writer: Peter Straughan, based on the book by Jon Ronson; Stars: George Clooney, Jeff Bridges, Kevin Spacey, Ewan McGregor, Robert Patrick, Stephen Lang, Stephen Root), Official Site, Trailer
A reporter stumbles on the story of a lifetime when he meets a former 'psychic soldier'.
Nowhere Boy (Country: UK; Year: 2009; Director: Sam Taylor-Wood; Writer: Matt Greenhalgh, based on the book by Julia Baird; Stars: Aaron Johnson, Kristin Scott Thomas, Anne-Marie Duff, Thomas Brodie Sangster, David Morrissey, David Threlfall, Josh Bolt, Andrew Buchan), Trailer
Biopic of John Lennon's younger years.
A Prophet (Un prophète) (Country: France, Italy; Year: 2009; Director: Jacques Audiard; Writer: homas Bidegain and Jacques Audiard, based on an original screenplay by Abdel Raouf Dafri and Nicolas Peufaillit; Stars: Tahar Rahim, Niels Arestrup, Adel Bencherif, Reda Kateb, Hichem Yacoubi, Jean-Philippe Ricci, Gilles Cohen, Antoine Basler, Leïla Bekhti, Pierre Leccia, Foued Nassah, Jean-Emmanuel Pagni, Frédéric Graziani, Slimane Dazi), Official Site, Trailer
An illiterate teenager struggles when he is sent to jail, but after embarking on a series of "missions" for a gang leader, he begins to hatch plans of his own.
The White Ribbon The White Ribbon
The White Ribbon and Toy Story 2
The Road (Country: US; Year: 2009; Director: John Hillcoat; Writer: Joe Penhall, based on the novel by Cormac McCarthy; Stars: Charlize Theron, Viggo Mortensen, Garret Dillahunt, Guy Pearce, Robert Duvall, Molly Parker, Michael K. Williams, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Brenna Roth, Bob Jennings, Jeremy Ambler, David August Lindauer, Jack Erdie, Nick Pasqual, Jared Pfennigwerth), Official Site, Trailer
An unnamed father and son travel through a post-apocalyptic America in this adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's Pulitzer Prize winning novel.
A Serious Man (Country: US; Year: 2009; Director: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen; Writer: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen; Stars: Michael Stuhlbarg, Richard Kind, Fred Melamed, Sari Lennick, Simon Helberg, Adam Arkin, Amy Landecker, Aaron Wolff, Jessica McManus)
Black comedy about a professor whose life starts to unravel.
Toy Story 2 (Toy Story 2 (3D)) (Country: UK/US; Year: 1999; Director: John Lasseter; Writer: Andrew Stanton, Rita Hsiao, Doug Chamberlin, Chris Webb; Stars: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Kelsey Grammer, Don Rickles, Jim Varney, Wallace Shawn, John Ratzenberger, Annie Potts, Wayne Knight, John Morris, Jonathan Harris)
Living toys take on a shady collector in excellent sequel. To be shown in 3D at London Film Festival.
Underground (Country: UK; Year: 1928; Director: Anthony Asquith; Writer: Anthony Asquith; Stars: Brian Aherne, Elissa Landi, Cyril McLaglen, Norah Baring)
Story of love, treachery and murder on the London underground. Restored and presented with a live performance of Neil Brand's new score by the Prima Vista Social Club.
Up In The Air (Country: US; Year: 2009; Director: Jason Reitman; Writer: Jason Reitman, Sheldon Turner, based on the novel by Walter Kirn; Stars: George Clooney, Vera Farmiga, Anna Kendrick, Jason Bateman, Danny McBride, Melanie Lynskey, Sam Elliott, JK Simmons), Official Site, Trailer
George Clooney stars a corporate downsizing expert who, faced with being grounded, makes one last trip in a bid to convince his employers to keep him in the air.
Father Of My Children Father Of My Children
Father Of My Children and The Road
The White Ribbon (Das weiße Band Eine deutsche Kindergeschichte) (Country: Austria, Germany, France, Italy; Year: 2009; Director: Michael Haneke; Writer: Michael Haneke; Stars: Ernst Jacobi, Christian Friedel, Susanne Lothar, Leonie Benesch, Ulrich Tukur, Ursina Lardi, Burghart Klaussner, Rainer Bock, Josef Bierbichler, Branko Smarovski), Official Site, Trailer
Tensions in a German town on the eve of the First World War.

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