London Film Festival 2015

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Take Me To The River Take Me To The River
Take Me To The River and Queen Of Earth
Arabian Nights (Country: Portugal, France, Germany, Switzerland; Year: 2015; Director: Miguel Gomes; Writer: Miguel Gomes, Mariana Ricardo, Telmo Churro; Stars: Crista Alfaiate, Dinarte Branco, Carloto Cotta, Adriano Luz, Rogério Samora, Maria Rueff, Cristina Carvalhal)
Stories based on the 1001 Nights but transplanted to the present day. The film is split into three parts.
Babai (Country: Germany, Kosovo, Republic of Macedonia, France; Year: 2015; Director: Visar Morina; Writer: Visar Morina; Stars: Val Maloku, Astrit Kabashi, Adriana Matoshi, Enver Petrovci, Xhevdet Jashari)
The story of ten-year-old Nori plays out in Kosovo, in Germany, and on the road between the two countries. His father Gezim dominates his entire world, however, one day he leaves for work in the “West” and Nori won’t be placated concerning his sudden disappearance.
Blood Of My Blood (Sangue del mio sangue) (Country: Italy, France, Switzerland; Year: 2015; Director: Marco Bellocchio; Writer: Marco Bellocchio; Stars: Alba Rohrwacher, Federica Fracassi, Filippo Timi, Toni Bertorelli, Roberto Herlitzka, Ivan Franek, Pier Giorgio Bellocchio, Lidiya Liberman, Fausto Russo Alesi, Elena Bellocchio, Sebastiano Filocamo, Alberto Cracco, Patrizia Bettini, Bruno Cariello, Alberto Bellocchio)
An inspector discovers a prison is inhabited by a mysterious lord... who only comes alive at night.
Body (Country: Poland; Year: 2015; Director: Malgorzata Szumowska; Writer: Malgorzata Szumowska; Stars: Janusz Gajos, Maja Ostaszewska, Justyna Suwala)
A police officer struggles with his daughter's anorexia.
Chemsex (Country: UK; Year: 2015; Director: William Fairman, Max Gogarty)
Documentary about the chemsex sub-scene in London’s gay community.
Der Nachtmahr Der Nachtmahr
Der Nachtmahr and Madonna
The Chosen Ones (Las Elegidas) (Country: Mexico; Year: 2015; Director: David Pablos; Writer: David Pablos, based on the book by Diego Luna)
A teenager being taught to groom girls into prostitution by his father falls in love with one of his marks.
Closet Monster (Country: Canada; Year: 2015; Director: Stephen Dunn; Writer: Stephen Dunn; Stars: Connor Jessup, Aaron Abrams, Isabella Rossellini, Joanne Kelly, Aliocha Schneider, Sofia Banzhaf, Jack Fulton, Mary Walsh, Marthe Bernard, James Hawksley, Paula Morgan, Igor Pugdog, Jonathan Watton)
A sexually confused teenager drifts into a fantasy world where his anxieties take physical shape.
Copycat (Country: UK; Year: 2015; Director: Charlie Lyne; Writer: Charlie Lyne; Stars: Rolfe Kanefsky)
In the summer of 1990, a teenage filmmaker successfully raises $100,000 to shoot a pioneering horror film. 25 years later, he tells the story of a cult classic that never was.
Der Nachtmahr (Country: Germany; Year: 2015; Director: Akiz; Writer: Akiz; Stars: Carolyn Genzkow, Sina Tkotsch, Wilson Gonzalez Ochsenknecht, Arnd Klawitter, Julika Jenkins)
When she finds herself ostracised because of her visions of a strange creature, a lonely teenager decides to befriend it.
The Endless River (Country: South Africa, France; Year: 2015; Director: Oliver Hermanus; Writer: Oliver Hermanus; Stars: Crystal-Donna Roberts, Nicolas Duvauchelle, Denise Newman, Darren Kelfkens, Carel Nel)
A young waitress welcomes her husband home to the small South African town of Riviersonderend, after four years he spent in jail... but can their relationship remain the same?
Happy Hour Happy Hour
Happy Hour and Entertainment
Entertainment (Country: US; Year: 2015; Director: Rick Alverson; Writer: Rick Alverson, Rick Alverson, Tim Heidecker, Gregg Turkington, Gregg Turkington; Stars: Michael Cera, John C. Reilly, Tye Sheridan, Lotte Verbeek, Dean Stockwell, Amy Seimetz, Tim Heidecker, Mariann Gavelo, Kalia Prescott, Tonantzin Carmelo, Waymond Lee, Gregg Turkington, David Yow, Ashley Atwood, Dustin Guy Defa)
En route to meeting with his estranged daughter, a broken, ageing comedian plays a string of dead-end shows in the Mojave Desert.
Flapping In The Middle Of Nowhere (Dap cánh giua không trung) (Country: Vietnam; Year: 2014; Director: Diep Hoang Nguyen; Stars: Thuy Anh Nguyen)
When a couple discover one of them is pregnant, they go on two quests to raise money for an abortion.
Flocking (Flocken) (Country: Sweden; Year: 2015; Director: Beata Gårdeler; Writer: Emma Broström; Stars: Malin Levanon, Ville Virtanen, Henrik Dorsin, Eva Melander, Jakob Öhrman, Julia Grönberg, Fatime Azemi, Ayeling Naylin, John Ristu)
After a teenage girl reports a rape, her village ostracises her and her family.
From Afar (Desde allá) (Country: Venezuela; Year: 2015; Director: Lorenzo Vigas; Writer: Guillermo Arriaga, Lorenzo Vigas, Lorenzo Vigas, Lorenzo Vigas; Stars: Alfredo Castro, Luis Silva, Jericó Montilla, Catherina Cardozo, Jorge Luis Bosque, Greymer Acosta, Auffer Camacho, Ivan Peña, Joretsis Ibarra, Yeimar Peralta, Scarlett Jaimes, Ernesto Campos, Marcos Moreno, Armando Volcanes, Jesús Las Rosas)
Armando, aged 50, looks for young men in the streets of Caracas and pays them to come back to his house with him. He also regularly spies on an older man with whom he seems to have ties from the past. One day he meets Elder, aged 17, leader of a small band of thugs...
Happy Hour (Country: Japan; Year: 2015; Director: Ryusuke Hamaguchi; Writer: Ryusuke Hamaguchi, Tadashi Nohara; Stars: Yasunobu Tanabe, Rira Kawamura, Hiromi Demura, Shuhei Shibata, Shoko Fukanaga)
The lives of three married friends are turned upside down when their friend, just divorced, disappears. Are they really living the lives they want?
Arabian Nights Arabian Nights
Arabian Nights and Body
Homesick (Country: Germany, Austria; Year: 2015; Director: Jakob M Erwa; Writer: Jakob M Erwa; Stars: Heike Hanold-Lynch, Ralph Kretschmar, Tatja Seibt, Hermann Beyer, Eric Bouwer, Barbara Sotelsek, Karim Cherif, Lutz Blochberger, Esther Maria Pietsch, Janusz Cichocki, Matthias Lier, Johannes Richard Voelkel, Aline Eydam, Lucia Luciano)
Life and imagination start to blur for an under-pressure cello student.
Kothanodi (The River of Fables) (Country: India; Year: 2015; Director: Bhaskar Hazarika; Writer: Bhaskar Hazarika, Arupa Patangia-Kalita; Stars: Adil Hussain, Seema Biswas, Urmila Mahanta, Zerifa Wahid, Asha Bordoloi)
Four folk tales from Assam re-imagined as a narrative about four mothers, each facing demons of her own.
The Lobster (Country: Greece, UK, Ireland, Netherlands, France; Year: 2015; Director: Yorgos Lanthimos; Writer: fthymis Filippou, Yorgos Lanthimos; Stars: Colin Farrell, Léa Seydoux, Rachel Weisz, Ben Whishaw, John C Reilly, Olivia Coleman)
In a dystopian near future, single people are obliged to find a matching mate in 45 days or are transformed into animals and released into the woods.
Lucifer (Country: Belgium; Year: 2014; Director: Gust Van Den Berghe; Writer: Gust Van Den Berghe; Stars: María Acosta, Jeronimo Soto Bravo, Norma Pablo, Gabino Rodríguez)
An angel falling from heaven to hell unexpectedly lands in a Mexican village where his presence affects the villagers in surprising ways.
Madame Courage (Country: France; Year: 2015; Director: Merzak Allouache)
Story of a drug-addicted teenager.
Chemsex Chemsex
Chemsex and Neon Bull
Madonna (Country: South Korea; Year: 2015; Director: Shin Su-won; Writer: Shin Su-won; Stars: Seo Young-Hee, Byun Yo-han)
When a Jane Doe is marked for heart transplant a nurse tries to find out about her life.
A Monster With A Thousand Heads (Un monstruo de mil cabezas) (Country: Mexico; Year: 2015; Director: Rodrigo Plá; Writer: Laura Santullo; Stars: Daniel Giménez Cacho, Emilio Echevarría, Sebastián Aguirre, Harold Torres, Marisol Centeno, Marco Antonio Aguirre, Noé Hernández, Jana Raluy, Ivan Cortes, Úrsula Pruneda, Hugo Albores)
A woman takes desperate measures to combat an insurance company and acquire treatment for her husband.
Neon Bull (Country: Brazil, Uruguay, Netherlands; Year: 2015; Director: Gabriel Mascaro; Writer: Gabriel Mascaro; Stars: Juliano Cazarré, Maeve Jinkings, Vinícius de Oliveira, Alyne Santana, Josinaldo Alves, Carlos Pessoa, Samya De Lavor)
Story of a bull handler who dreams of a career in the world of fashion.
Nicola Costantino: The Artefacta (Country: Argentina; Year: 2015; Director: Natalie Cristiani; Writer: Nicola Costantino, Natalie Cristiani; Stars: Nicola Costantino)
Documentary about the controversial Latin American visual artist.
Notfilm (Country: US, UK; Year: 2015; Director: Ross Lipman; Writer: Ross Lipman; Stars: Buster Keaton, Billie Whitelaw, James Karen, Haskell Wexler, Leonard Maltin, Samuel Beckett, Boris Kaufman, Kevin Brownlow, Alan Schneider, Barney Rosset, S.E. Gontarski, Mark Nixon, Judith Douw, J. Schneider, Barnett L. Rosset)
Experimental essay - its author Samuel Beckett, its star Buster Keaton.
The Lobster The Lobster
The Lobster and Women In Love
Old Czech Legends (Country: Czechoslovakia; Year: 1953; Director: Jirí Trnka; Writer: Alois Jirásek, Jirí Brdecka, Milos Václav Kratochvíl, Jirí Trnka; Stars: Zdenek Stepánek, Eduard Kohout, Karel Höger, Rùzena Nasková, Václav Vydra)
Restored stop-motion animation telling six stories.
One Floor Below (Un Etaj Mai Jos) (Country: Romania; Year: 2015; Director: Radu Muntean; Writer: Alexandru Baciu, Radu Muntean, Razvan Radulescu; Stars: Teodor Corban, Iulian Postelnicu, Tatiana Iekel, Ionut Bora)
A witness to a crime is faced with a philosophical dilemma.
Parabellum (Country: Argentina, Austria, Uruguay; Year: 2015; Director: Lukas Valenta Rinner; Writer: Ana Godoy, Esteban Prado, Lukas Valenta Rinner; Stars: Eva Bianco, Pablo Seijo, Martín Shanly)
Apocalypse tourists take a vacation to prepare for the end of the world.
Poet On A Business Trip (Country: China; Year: 2015; Director: Anqi Ju; Writer: Anqi Ju; Stars: Xianbo Hou)
A black and white lo-fi hybrid documentary that sees a grungy poet hit the road in China in 2002.
Queen Of Earth (Country: US; Year: 2015; Director: Alex Ross Perry; Writer: Alex Ross Perry; Stars: Elisabeth Moss, Katherine Waterston, Patrick Fugit, Kate Lyn Sheil, Kentucker Audley, Keith Poulson)
Following her father's suicide and breaking up with her boyfriend, Catherine seeks refuge with her friend Virginia, but the young woman's shaky grasp on reality strains their relationship to breaking point.
Closet Monster Closet Monster
Closet Monster and One Floor Below
Schneider Vs. Bax (Country: Netherlands; Year: 2015; Director: Alex van Warmerdam; Writer: Alex van Warmerdam; Stars: Tom Dewispelaere, Alex van Warmerdam, Maria Kraakman, Gene Bervoets, Annet Malherbe)
A hitman is persuaded to take on a rush job - the assassination of a writer - but things get increasingly complicated as he tries to finish up in time to help his wife hold her birthday dinner party.
Sunrise (Arunoday) (Country: India, France; Year: 2014; Director: Partho Sen-Gupta; Writer: Yogesh Vinayak Joshi, Partho Sen-Gupta; Stars: Adil Hussain, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Gulnaaz Ansari, Komal Gupta, Esha Amlani, Ashalata Wabgaonkar, Hridaynath Jadhav, Chinmay Kambli, Nandini Bora, Komal Gawade, Ramdas Jadhav, Swapnaneel Jaykar, Tauqeer Alam Khan, Sumant Mastkar, Rakesh Mehra)
Social Service officer Lakshman Joshi is led on a chase through the dark gutters and rain-soaked back alleys of Mumbai by a shadowy figure. His pursuit leads him to Paradise, a seedy nightclub seemingly at the center of the kidnapping ring he is investigating. Joshi's hunt brings back memories of his own kidnapped daughter, as his past and current reality converge.
Take Me To The River (Country: US; Year: 2015; Director: Matt Sobel; Writer: Matt Sobel; Stars: Josh Hamilton, Robin Weigert, Azura Skye, Richard Schiff, Ursula Parker, Elizabeth Franz, Logan Miller, Ashley Gerasimovich, Seth Young, Amy Hostetler)
A teenager pressured into keeping his homosexuality a secret at a family gathering finds himself accused of assaulting a young girl.
Under Electric Clouds (Pod elektricheskimi oblakami) (Country: Russia, Ukraine, Poland; Year: 2015; Director: Aleksey German; Writer: Aleksey German; Stars: Lui Frank, Merab Ninidze, Viktoria Korotkova, Chulpan Khamatova, Piotr Gasowski)
An album of interralated stories about the country where the past, present and future had connected together in a paradoxial way.
Wave Vs Shore (vlna vs. břeh) (Country: Czech Republic, Slovak Republic,; Year: 2014; Director: Martin Štrba)
Documentary about the 1980s Slovak New Wave.
Notfilm Notfilm
Notfilm and Flapping In The Middle Of Nowhere
Women In Love (Country: UK; Year: 1969; Director: Ken Russell; Writer: Larry Kramer, based on the novel by D H Lawrence; Stars: Glenda Jackson, Oliver Reed, Alan Bates, Jennie Linden, Eleanor Bron, Michael Gough, Alan Webb)
Two sisters in a mining town in the 20s fall in love with two contrasting men.

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