London Film Festival 2015

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The Lady In The Van The Lady In The Van
The Lady In The Van and Trumbo
Anomalisa (Country: US; Year: 2015; Director: Duke Johnson, Charlie Kaufman; Writer: Charlie Kaufman; Stars: Jennifer Jason Leigh, David Thewlis, Tom Noonan)
Stop-motion tale of a man who struggles to connect with other people.
Surprise film.
The Assassin (Nie Yin Niang) (Country: Taiwan, China, Hong Kong; Year: 2015; Director: Hou Hsiao-hsien ; Writer: Hou Hsiao-hsien, Chu T'ien-wen, Hsieh Hai-meng; Stars: Shu Qi, Chang Chen, Sheu Fang-yi, Hsieh Hsin-ying, Zhou Yun, Juan Ching-tian, Tsumabuki Satoshi)
Action, drama and romance set during the Tang Dynasty.
Journey gala.
Beeba Boys (Country: Canada; Year: 2015; Director: Deepa Mehta; Writer: Deepa Mehta; Stars: Randeep Hooda, Gulshan Grover, Ali Momen, Sarah Allen, Waris Ahluwalia, Steve Dhillon, Gabe Grey, Ali Kazmi, Jag Bal, Gia Sandhu, Paul Gross, Balinder Johal, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Dileep Rao, Samir Amarshi)
Immigrant Sikh gangs battle for supremacy in Vancouver.
Thrill gala.
A Bigger Splash (Country: Italy, France; Year: 2015; Director: Luca Guadagnino; Writer: David Kajganich, based on the story by Alain Page; Stars: Tilda Swinton, Ralph Fiennes, Matthias Schoenaerts, Dakota Johnson, Aurore Clément, Corrado Guzzanti, Lily McMenamy, Elena Bucci)
A rock star's holiday is interrupted by the arrival of her old flame and his daughter.
Love gala.
Black Mass (Country: US; Year: 2015; Director: Scott Cooper; Writer: Mark Mallouk, Jez Butterworth, based on the book by Dick Lehr and Gerard O'Neill; Stars: Johnny Depp, Joel Edgerton, Benedict Cumberbatch, Dakota Johnson, Kevin Bacon, Peter Sarsgaard, Jesse Plemons, Rory Cochrane, Adam Scott, Corey Stoll, David Harbour, Juno Temple, Julianne Nicholson, W. Earl Brown, Brad Carter)
The true story of violent criminal turned FBI informant Whitey Bulger in Boston.
Steve Jobs Steve Jobs
Steve Jobs and Black Mass
Bone Tomahawk (Country: US; Year: 2015; Director: S Craig Zahler; Writer: S Craig Zahler; Stars: Sean Young, Kurt Russell, Patrick Wilson, Lili Simmons, Matthew Fox, Michael Paré, David Arquette, Kathryn Morris, Sid Haig, Richard Jenkins, Jamie Hector, Geno Segers, James Tolkan, Eddie Spears, Zahn McClarnon)
Four men set out in the Wild West to rescue a group of captives from cannibalistic cave dwellers.
Cult gala.
Brand: A Second Coming (Country: UK, US; Year: 2015; Director: Ondi Timoner; Writer: Ondi Timoner; Stars: Simon Amstell, Andrew Antonio, Barbara Brand, Ron Brand, Russell Brand, Shepard Fairey, Noel Gallagher, David Lynch, Stephen Merchant, Matt Morgan, John Noel, James Ohene-Djan, Noreen Oliver, Jeremy Paxman, Katy Perry)
Documentary about comic Russell Brand.
Laugh gala.
Brooklyn (Country: Ireland, UK, Canada; Year: 2015; Director: John Crowley; Writer: Nick Hornby, based on the novel by Colm Tóibín; Stars: Saoirse Ronan, Domhnall Gleeson, Emory Cohen, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent, Fiona Glascott, Jane Brennan, Brid Brennan, Eileen O'Higgins, Michael Zegen, Maeve McGrath, Emily Bett Rickards )
1950s Ireland: Eilis must confront a terrible dilemma — a heartbreaking choice between two men and two countries.
Carol (Country: US; Year: 2015; Director: Todd Haynes; Writer: Phyllis Nagy, based on the book by Patricia Highsmith; Stars: Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Kyle Chandler)
A department-store clerk who dreams of a better life falls for an older, married woman.
The Forbidden Room (Country: Canada; Year: 2015; Director: Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson; Writer: Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson, Robert Kotyk, John Ashbery, Kim Morgan; Stars: Roy Dupuis, Clara Furey, Louis Negin, Udo Kier, Gregory Hlady, Mathieu Amalric, Noel Burton, Geraldine Chaplin, Paul Ahmarani, Caroline Dhavernas, Jacques Nolot, Slimane Dazi, Maria de Medeiros, Charlotte Rampling, Victor Andrés Trelles Turgeon)
A submarine crew, a feared pack of forest bandits, a famous surgeon, and a battalion of child soldiers all get more than they bargained for as they wend their way toward progressive ideas on life and love.
Experimenta special presentation.
Carol Carol
Carol and Brooklyn
Goosebumps (Country: US; Year: 2015; Director: Rob Letterman; Writer: Darren Lemke, Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski, R.L. Stine; Stars: Halston Sage, Jack Black, Odeya Rush, Ken Marino, Amy Ryan, Dylan Minnette, Ryan Lee, Jared Sandler, Kumail Nanjiani, Jillian Bell, Ella Wahlestedt, Karan Soni, Timothy Simons, Steven Krueger, Amanda Lund)
A young adult author's demons are set free in a small town - and a kid steps in to help.
Family gala.
He Named Me Malala (Country: US; Year: 2015; Director: Davis Guggenheim; Stars: Malala Yousafzai, Ziauddin Yousafzai, Toor Pekai Yousafzai, Khushal Yousafzai, Atal Yousafzai)
Documentary about events that led to the Taliban attack on Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai and the aftermath.
Documentary special presentation.
High-Rise (High Rise) (Country: UK; Year: 2015; Director: Ben Wheatley; Writer: Amy Jump, based on the novel by JG Ballard; Stars: Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons, Sienna Miller, Luke Evans, Elisabeth Moss, James Purefoy, Keeley Hawes, Dan Renton Skinner, Sienna Guillory, Enzo Cilenti, Peter Ferdinando, Reece Shearsmith, Augustus Prew, Stacy Martin, Leila Mimmack), Trailer
Class war breaks out in a tower block.
The Idol (Ya Tayr El Tayer) (Country: Occupied Palestinian Territory; Year: 2015; Director: Hany Abu-Assad; Writer: Hany Abu-Assad, Annemarie Jacir, Sameh Zoabi; Stars: Tawfeek Barhom, Ahmed Al Rokh, Hiba Attalah, Kais Attalah, Abdel Kareem Barakeh, Nadine Labaki, Ahmad Qasem, Saber Shreim)
The story of Mohammad Assaf – Gazan winner of Arab Idol.
Sonic gala.
The Lady In The Van (Country: UK; Year: 2015; Director: Nicholas Hytner; Writer: Alan Bennett; Stars: Maggie Smith, James Corden, Dominic Cooper, Jim Broadbent, Frances de la Tour, Roger Allam, Stephen Campbell Moore, Samuel Anderson, Alex Jennings, Eleanor Matsuura, David Calder, Dermot Crowley, Samuel Barnett, Deborah Findlay, Harriet Thorpe)
A man forms an unexpected bond with a transient woman living in her car that's parked on his driveway.
Anomalisa Anomalisa
Anomalisa and Bone Tomahawk
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.
Dare gala.
The Program (Country: UK, France; Year: 2015; Director: Stephen Frears; Writer: John Hodge, based on the book by David Walsh; Stars: Ben Foster, Chris O'Dowd, Jesse Plemons, Guillaume Canet, Dustin Hoffman, Lee Pace, Bryan Greenberg, Elaine Cassidy)
A journalist tries to prove Lance Armstrong is a cheat.
Debate gala.
Shooting Stars (Country: UK; Year: 1928; Director: Anthony Asquith, AV Bramble; Writer: Anthony Asquith, John Orton; Stars: Annette Benson, Brian Aherne, Donald Calthrop, Wally Patch, David Brooks, Ella Daincourt, Chili Bouchier, Tubby Phillips, Ian Wilson, Judd Green, Jack Rawl)
Trouble brews at a silent movie studio.
Archive gala.
Steve Jobs (Country: US; Year: 2015; Director: Danny Boyle; Writer: Aaron Sorkin, based on the book by Walter Isaacson; Stars: Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen, Sarah Snook, Katherine Waterston, Jeff Daniels, Michael Stuhlbarg)
A biopic of the computing entrepeneur.
Suffragette (Country: UK; Year: 2015; Director: Sarah Gavron; Writer: Abi Morgan; Stars: Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter, Meryl Streep, Ben Whishaw, Brendan Gleeson, Romola Garai, Anne-Marie Duff, Samuel West, Clive Wood, Geoff Bell, Morgan Watkins, Lorraine Stanley, Lisa Dillon, Natalie Press, Adrian Schiller)
Story of the early feminist movement.
The Assassin The Assassin
The Assassin and High-Rise
Trumbo (Country: US; Year: 2015; Director: Jay Roach; Writer: John McNamara, Bruce Cook; Stars: Bryan Cranston, Elle Fanning, Diane Lane, Helen Mirren, Alan Tudyk, John Goodman, Roger Bart, Stephen Root, Michael Stuhlbarg, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Louis C.K., Dean O'Gorman, David James Elliott, Dan Bakkedahl, Madison Wolfe)
Story of the career of Hollywood screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, who was blacklisted in 1947.
Truth (Country: US; Year: 2015; Director: James Vanderbilt; Writer: Mary Mapes, James Vanderbilt; Stars: Cate Blanchett, Robert Redford, Elisabeth Moss, Topher Grace, Dennis Quaid, Bruce Greenwood, David Lyons, Toni French, John Benjamin Hickey, Lee Anne Ford, Rachael Blake, Andrew McFarlane, Martin Sacks, Natalie Saleeba, Nicholas Hope)
Docudrama about the journalistic team who probed whether George W Bush had dodged the draft.
Fellowship special presentation.

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