London Film Festival 2010

Red carpet films, including the hotly-anticipated Surprise Movie.

View other London Film Festival Films by strand: Cinema Europa, Experimenta, French Revolutions, Galas and Special Screenings, New British Cinema, Treasures from the Archives, World Cinema

Poetry Poetry
Poetry and Route Irish
13 Assassins (Jûsan-nin no shikaku) (Country: Japan, UK; Year: 2010; Director: Takashi Miike; Writer: Kaneo Ikegami, Takashi Miike, Daisuke Tengan; Stars: Kôji Yakusho, Takayuki Yamada, Yûsuke Iseya, Gorô Inagaki, Masachika Ichimura, Mikijiro Hira, Hiroki Matsukata, Ikki Sawamura, Arata Furuta, Tsuyoshi Ihara, Masataka Kubota, Sosuke Takaoka, Seiji Rokkaku, Yûma Ishigaki, Kôen Kondô), Official Site, Trailer
A retired samurai has to assemble a squad of assassins and set a town-sized trap.
Abel (Country: Mexico; Year: 2010; Director: Diego Luna; Writer: Diego Luna and Augusto Mendoza; Stars: Christopher Ruíz-Esparza, Karina Gidi, Gerardo Ruíz-Esparza, José María Yazpik)
A peculiar young boy, blurring reality and fantasy, assumes the responsibilities of a family man in his father's absence.
The American (Country: US, UK; Year: 2010; Director: Anton Corbijn; Writer: Rowan Joffe, based on the novel by Martin Booth; Stars: George Clooney, Irina Björklund, Lars Hjelm, Johan Leysen, Paolo Bonacelli, Giorgio Gobbi, Silvana Bosi, Thekla Reuten, Guido Palliggiano, Samuli Vauramo, Antonio Rampino, Violante Placido, Filippo Timi, Ilaria Cramerotti, Angelica Novak), Official Site
An assassin tries to escape his past.
Amigo (Country: US; Year: 2010; Director: John Sayles; Writer: John Sayles; Stars: Chris Cooper, DJ Qualls, Garret Dillahunt, Yul Vazquez, Lucas Neff, James Parks, Dane DeHaan, Stephen Taylor, Bill Tangradi, Joel Torre, Rio Locsin, Bembol Roco, Irma Adlawan, Ronnie Lazaro, Pen Medina), Official Site
Set during the American-Philippine war as the head of a bario has to answer to both the Americans and the Filipino patriots, with deadly consequences.
Archipelago (Country: UK; Year: 2010; Director: Joanna Hogg; Stars: Tom Hiddleston, Kate Fahy, Lydia Leonard, Andrew Lawson, Amy Lloyd, Christopher Baker)
Fractures appear in a family during an idyllic getaway.
Meek's Cutoff Meek's Cutoff
Meek's Cutoff and Waste Land
Aurora (Country: Romania, France, Switzerland, Germany; Year: 2010; Director: Cristi Puiu; Writer: Cristi Puiu; Stars: Cristi Puiu, Clara Voda, Catrinel Dumitrescu, Luminita Gheorghiu, Valentin Popescu, Gheorghe Ifrim)
Exploration of the life of a troubled divorcee.
Blue Valentine (Country: US; Year: 2010; Director: Derek Cianfrance; Writer: Derek Cianfrance, Joey Curtis, Cami Delavigne; Stars: Ryan Gosling, Michelle Williams, Mike Vogel, John Doman, Ben Shenkman, Liam Ferguson, Maryann Plunkett, Faith Wladyka, Samii Ryan, Tamara Torres, Carey Westbrook, Eileen Rosen, Michael J. Kraycik), Official Site
A couple love and lose.
Boxing Gym (Country: US; Year: 2010; Director: Frederick Wiseman; Stars: Richard Lord)
Study of a Texas gym.
Carancho (Country: Argentina, Chile, France, South Korea; Year: 2010; Director: Pablo Trapero; Writer: Alejandro Fadel, Martín Mauregui, Santiago Mitre, Pablo Trapero; Stars: Ricardo Darín, Martina Gusman, Carlos Weber, José Luis Arias, Loren Acuña, Gabriel Almirón, José Manuel Espeche), Official Site, Trailer
An ambulance-chasing lawyer forms a relationship with a young doctor.
Carlos The Jackal (Carlos) (Country: France, Germany; Year: 2010; Director: Olivier Assayas; Writer: Olivier Assayas, Dan Franck; Stars: Édgar Ramírez, Alexander Scheer, Nora von Waldstätten, Christopher Bach, Ahmad Kabour, Rodney El-Haddad, Julia Hummer, Rami Farah, Zeid Hamdan, Talal El-Jordi, Fadi Abi Samra, Aljoscha Stadelmann, Katharina Schüttler, Razan Jamal)
A biopic of the mercenary soldier and assassin Carlos the Jackal, his shifting interests in politics and money and his bid to go down in history as a hero.
Somewhere Somewhere
Somewhere and Amigo
Dhobi Ghat (Country: India; Year: 2010; Director: Kiran Rao; Writer: Kiran Rao; Stars: Aamir Khan, Prateik Babbar, Monica Dogra, Kriti Malhotra, Danish Hussain, Jehan Manekshaw, Kitu Gidwani, Ashok Varma, Sanjivani Oagle, Aasha Pawar, Jyoti Pawar, Babita Sehgal, Jitendra Shinde, Nafisa Amin Khan, Rohit Tiwari)
Four people's lives interconnect in a tale of unrequited love in modern Mumbai.
Essential Killing (Year: 2010; Director: Jerzy Skolimowski; Writer: Eva Piaskowska, Jerzy Skolimowski; Stars: Vincent Gallo, Emmanuelle Seigner, Stig Frode Henriksen, Nicolai Cleve Broch, David L. Price, Zach Cohen, Torgrim Ødegård, Varg Strande, Eirik Daleng, Phillip Goss, Lars Markus Verpeide Bakke, Niklas Nygaard, Tracy Spencer Shipp, Dariusz Juzyszyn, Thomas Berg)
An interrogated man goes on the run.
Everything Must Go (Country: US; Year: 2010; Director: Dan Rush; Writer: Raymond Carver, Dan Rush; Stars: Will Ferrell, Rebecca Hall, Laura Dern, Stephen Root, Michael Peña, Glenn Howerton, Shannon Whirry, Christopher Jordan Wallace, Jason Spisak, Todd Bryant, Leslea Fisher, J. Lyle Johnson, Torin Sixx, Annie Boon, Scott Takeda)
Tale of a middle-aged suburbanite whose life is crumbling.
Film Socialisme (Country: France; Year: 2010; Director: Jean-Luc Godard; Writer: Jean-Luc Godard; Stars: Catherine Tanvier, Christian Sinniger, Jean-Marc Stehlé, Patti Smith, Robert Maloubier, Alain Badiou, Nadège Beausson-Diagne, Élisabeth Vitali, Eye Haidara, Quentin Grosset, Olga Riazanova, Marine Battaggia, Marie-Christine Bergier, Agatha Couture, Dominique Devals), Official Site
A group of passengers on a cruise ship wrestle with existential questions.
Heartbeats (Les Amours Imaginaires) (Country: Canada; Year: 2010; Director: Xavier Dolan; Writer: Xavier Dolan; Stars: Xavier Dolan, Niels Schneider, Monia Chokri, Anne Dorval, Marie-Christine Cormier, Louis Garrel, Perrette Souplex), Official Site, Trailer
Two close friends find the bond between them tested when both fall in love with the same man.
How I Ended This Summer How I Ended This Summer
How I Ended This Summer and Surviving Life
Howl (Country: US; Year: 2010; Director: Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman; Writer: Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman; Stars: James Franco, Mary-Louise Parker, Jon Hamm, Jeff Daniels, Alessandro Nivola, David Strathairn, Treat Williams, Aaron Tveit, Bob Balaban, Jon Prescott, Todd Rotondi, Andrew Rogers, Cecilia Foss, William Fowle, Anna Kuchma)
The story of Allen Ginsberg’s ground-breaking poem is told through a mixture of reconstruction and animation.
How I Ended This Summer (Kak Ya Provel Etim Letom, How I Ended The Summer) (Country: Russia; Year: 2010; Director: Aleksei Popogrebsky; Writer: Aleksei Popogrebsky; Stars: Grigoriy Dobrygin, Sergei Puskepalis)
A youngster on a remote Arctic research station engages in a series of deadly deceptions.
Inside Job (Country: US; Year: 2010; Director: Charles Ferguson; Writer: Chad Beck, Adam Bolt; Stars: Matt Damon), Official Site
Documentary examining the US economic meltdown, which suggests it was no accident.
It's Kind Of A Funny Story (Country: US; Year: 2010; Director: Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck; Writer: Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck, Ned Vizzini; Stars: Keir Gilchrist, Zach Galifianakis, Emma Roberts, Aasif Mandvi), Official Site
A New York teenager with suicidal tendencies strikes up friendships when he finds himself placed on the hospital’s adult psychiatric ward.
Kaboom (Country: US, France; Year: 2010; Director: Gregg Araki; Writer: Gregg Araki; Stars: Thomas Dekker, Juno Temple, Haley Bennett, Chris Zylka, Roxane Mesquida. Nicole LaLiberte), Official Site
Sexual awakening and conspiracy in southern California.
Carlos The Jackal Carlos The Jackal
Carlos The Jackal and Submarino
Let Me In (Country: UK, US; Year: 2010; Director: Matt Reeves; Writer: Matt Reeves, based on the book by John Ajvide Lindqvist.; Stars: Chloë Grace Moretz, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Richard Jenkins, Elias Koteas, Cara Buono, Dylan Minette, Jimmy Jax Pinchak, Nicolai Dorian, Brett DelBuono, Ritchie Coster)
A lonely boy meets a strange girl with a dark secret.
Loose Cannons (Mine vaganti) (Country: Italy; Year: 2010; Director: Ferzan Ozpetek; Writer: Ferzan Ozpetek, Ivan Cotroneo; Stars: Riccardo Scamarcio, Nicole Grimaudo, Alessandro Preziosi, Lunetta Savino, Ennio Fantastichini, Elena Sofia Ricci, Ilaria Occhini, Bianca Nappi, Daniele Pecci, Carolina Crescentini, Massimiliano Gallo, Paola Minaccioni, Giorgio Marchesi, Matteo Taranto, Carmine Recano)
Tomasso, a reluctant soon-to-be-partner in his wealthy family’s pasta business, has plans to come out—and hopefully get out of his familial obligation. But when his plans are thwarted by his brother, Tomasso gets stuck on the path that he was desperately trying to avoid. In Italian with English subtitles.
Meek's Cutoff (Country: US; Year: 2010; Director: Kelly Reichardt; Writer: Jonathan Raymond; Stars: Paul Dano, Bruce Greenwood, Shirley Henderson, Neal Huff, Zoe Kazan, Tommy Nelson, Will Patton, Rod Rondeaux, Michelle Williams)
Drama tracks a wagon train on the 1840s Oregon Trail.
Outside The Law (Hors-la-loi) (Country: France; Year: 2010; Director: Rachid Bouchareb; Writer: Rachid Bouchareb; Stars: Jamel Debbouze, Roschdy Zem, Sami Bouajila, Chafia Boudraa, Bernard Blancan, Sabrina Seyvecou, Assaad Bouab, Thibault de Montalembert, Samir Guesmi, Jean-Pierre Lorit, Ahmed Benaissa, Larbi Zekkal, Mourad Khen, Mohamed Djouhari, Mustapha Bendou), Official Site
The story of three Algerian brothers and their fight for their country's freedom.
Poetry (Shi) (Country: South Korea; Year: 2010; Director: Lee Chang-dong; Writer: Lee Chang-dong; Stars: Yoon Jeong-hee, Ahn Nae-sang, Lee Da-wit, Kim Yong-taek)
A grandmother discovers poetry and begins to reassess the world around her.
Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale
Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale and The American
The Princess Of Montpensier (La Princesse De Montpensier) (Country: France; Year: 2010; Director: Bertrand Tavernier; Writer: Jean Cosmos, François-Olivier Rousseau, Bertrand Tavernier; Stars: Mélanie Thierry, Lambert Wilson, Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet, Gaspard Ulliel, Raphaël Personnaz, Anatole de Bodinat, Eric Rulliat, Samuel Theis, Michel Vuillermoz, Judith Chemla, Philippe Magnan, César Domboy, Jean-Pol Dubois, Florence Thomassin, Christine Brücher), Official Site
A story of forbidden love set against the religious wars between Catholics and Protestants in the 16th century. Plus, read our with Bertrand Tavernier.
Puzzle (Rompecabezas) (Country: Argentina, France; Year: 2009; Director: Natalia Smirnoff; Writer: Natalia Smirnoff; Stars: María Onetto, Gabriel Goity, Arturo Goetz)
A middle aged woman discovers a new zest for life after finding that she has a passion for puzzles.
Le Quattro Volte (Country: Italy, Germany, Switzerland; Year: 2010; Director: Michelangelo Frammartino; Writer: Michelangelo Frammartino; Stars: Giuseppe Fuda, Bruno Timpano, Nazareno Timpano), Official Site
A shepherd find himself in the bodies of a baby goat, a tree and a lump of coal as his soul makes its final journey.
Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (Sjaldgæfir Útflutningar) (Country: Finland, Norway, France, Sweden; Year: 2010; Director: Jalmari Helander; Writer: Jalmari Helander, Juuso Helander; Stars: Onni Tommila, Tommi Korpela, Per Christian Ellefsen, Jorma Tommila, Jonathan Hutchings, Risto Salmi, Peeter Jakobi, Ilmari Järvenpää, Rauno Juvonen), Official Site
A mysterious excavation awakens something sinister in the vicinity of an isolated northern Finnish settlement.
Robinson In Ruins (Country: UK; Year: 2010; Director: Patrick Keiller; Stars: Vanessa Redgrave)
A journey through the south of England.
Film Socialisme Film Socialisme
Film Socialisme and Everything Must Go
Route Irish (Country: UK; Year: 2010; Director: Ken Loach; Writer: Paul Laverty; Stars: Mark Womack, John Bishop, Andrea Lowe), Official Site
One man’s search for the truth behind the death of his best friend leads him into the murky underworld of contracted military mercenaries in Iraq.
A Screaming Man (Country: France, Belgium, Chad; Year: 2010; Director: Mahamat-Saleh Haroun; Writer: Mahamat-Saleh Haroun; Stars: Youssouf Djaoro, Dioucounda Koma, Emile Abossolo M'bo, Hadje Fatime N'Goua, Marius Yelolo, Djénéba Koné, Heling Li, Rémadji Adèle Ngaradoumbaye, John Mbaiedoum, Sylvain Mbaikoubou, Abdou Boukar, Fatimé Nguenabaye, Gérard Ganda Mayoumbila, Mahamat Choukou, Tourgoudi Oumar)
A father betrays his son in war-torn Chad.
A Somewhat Gentle Man (Country: Norway; Year: 2010; Director: Hans Petter Moland; Writer: Kim Fupz Aakeson; Stars: Stellan Skarsgård, Bjørn Floberg, Gard B. Eidsvold, Jorunn Kjellsby, Bjørn Sundquist, Jon Øigarden, Kjersti Holmen, Jan Gunnar Røise, Julia Bache-Wiig, Aksel Hennie, Henrik Mestad, Jannike Kruse, Ane H. Røvik Wahlen, Sverre Horge)
An ex-con returns to his hometown to try to reconnect with his son, but finds escaping his past is easier said than done.
Somewhere (Country: US; Year: 2010; Director: Sofia Coppola; Writer: Sofia Coppola; Stars: Elle Fanning, Michelle Monaghan, Stephen Dorff, Chris Pontius, Laura Ramsey, Robert Schwartzman, Eliza Coupe, Karissa Shannon, Angela Lindvall, Becky O'Donohue, Alden Ehrenreich, Caitlin Keats, Laura Chiatti, Kristina Shannon, Jo Champa), Official Site
An actor finds his booze-laden life transformed by the arrival of his estranged young daughter.
Submarine (Country: UK; Year: 2010; Director: Richard Ayoade; Writer: Richard Ayoade, Joe Dunthorne; Stars: Craig Roberts, Yasmin Paige, Sally Hawkins, Paddy Considine, Noah Taylor)
An imaginative 15-year-old is as interested in losing his virginity as he is in saving his parents’ marriage. Plus read our interview with Richard Ayoade.
13 Assassins 13 Assassins
13 Assassins and Kaboom
Submarino (Country: Denmark; Year: 2009; Director: Thomas Vinterberg; Writer: Jonas T. Bengtsson, Tobias Lindholm, Thomas Vinterberg; Stars: Jakob Cedergren, Peter Plaugborg, Gustav Fischer Kjærulff, Patricia Schumann, Helene Reingaard Neumann, Morten Rose, Kate Kjølbye, Lisbeth H. Pedersen, Dar Salim, Henrik Strube, Elias Ehlers, Sebastian Bull Sarning, Mads Broe Andersen, Finn Bergh), Official Site
Two men struggle to escape a childhood of neglect.
Surviving Life (Country: Czech Republic; Year: 2010; Director: Jan Svankmajer; Writer: Jan Svankmajer; Stars: Václav Helsus, Klára Issová, Zuzana Kronerová, Daniela Bakerova, Emília Doseková, Marcel Nemec, Jan Pocepický, Jana Olhová, Pavel Nový, Karel Brozek)
Eugene prefers a life of dreams to everyday reality in surrealist animator Jan Švankmajer's extension of one of his own dreams.
Tabloid (Country: US; Year: 2010; Director: Errol Morris; Writer: Errol Morris; Stars: Joyce McKinney, Jackson Shaw, Peter Tory, Troy Williams, Kent Gavin, Dr Hong)
A documentary about a former beauty queen alleged to have raped a Mormon missionary with whom she was infatuated.
Waste Land (Country: UK, Brazil; Year: 2010; Director: Lucy Walker)
Portrait of garbage pickers in Rio who participated in a project with artist Vik Muniz.
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