London Film Festival 2017

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Giant Giant
Giant and Funeral Parade Of Roses
9 Fingers (Country: France, Portugal; Year: 2017; Director: FJ Ossang; Writer: FJ Ossang; Stars: Damien Bonnard, Diogo Dória, Elvire, Pascal Greggory, Paul Hamy, Lisa Hartmann, Susana Afonso Lopes, Alexis Manenti, Lionel Tua, Gaspard Ulliel)
A man on the run falls in with a gang - becoming their hostage and accomplice.
Abracadabra (Country: Spain, France, Belgium; Year: 2017; Director: Pablo Berger; Writer: Pablo Berger; Stars: Maribel Verdú, Antonio de la Torre, Priscilla Delgado, Javier Antón, Bea de la Cruz, Rocío Calvo, José Mota, Nacho Marraco, Paco Churruca, Victoria Sáez, Fabia Castro, Mario Alonso, Josep Maria Pou, Malena Gutiérrez, Janfri Topera)
A housewife struggles after her husband becomes possessed by a ghost.
April's Daughter (Country: Mexico; Year: 2017; Director: Michel Franco; Writer: Michel Franco; Stars: Emma Suárez, Hernán Mendoza, Joanna Larequi, Enrique Arrizon, Ivan Cortes)
After a teenager falls pregnant, her half-sister calls their long-absent mother, sparking trouble.
Beach Rats (Country: US; Year: 2017; Director: Eliza Hittman; Writer: Eliza Hittman; Stars: Harris Dickinson, Madeline Weinstein, Kate Hodge, Neal Huff)
A Brooklyn teen struggles with his sexuality.
Casting (Country: Germany; Year: 2017; Director: Nicolas Wackerbarth; Writer: Johannes Held, Nicolas Wackerbarth; Stars: Andrea Sawatzki, Ursina Lardi, Andreas Lust, Corinna Kirchhoff, Markus von Lingen, Marie-Lou Sellem, Stephan Grossmann, Milena Dreißig, Victoria Trauttmansdorff, Toby Ashraf, Judith Engel)
Drama about the casting of a Fassbinder remake.
So Help Me God So Help Me God
So Help Me God and Beach Rats
The Ciambra (A Ciambra) (Country: France; Year: 2017; Director: Jonas Carpignano; Writer: Jonas Carpignano; Stars: Pio Amato, Koudous Seihon, Damiano Amato, Francesco Pio Amato, Iolanda Amato, Patrizia Amato, Rocco Amato, Susanna Amato)
A teenager faces choices as he comes of age.
The Double Lover (L'Amant Double) (Country: France; Year: 2017; Director: François Ozon; Writer: François Ozon; Stars: Jacqueline Bisset, Marine Vacth, Jérémie Renier)
A fragile young woman falls for her psychotherapist.
Strand gala
El Mar La Mar (Country: US; Year: 2017; Director: Joshua Bonnetta, JP Sniadecki)
The Sonoran Desert between Mexico and the USA: 16mm footage of vegetation, weather phenomena, animals, people and the traces they leave behind merge with a polyphonic soundtrack to create a panoramic study of a highly politicised landscape.
Funeral Parade Of Roses (Bara No Sôretsu) (Country: Japan; Year: 1969; Director: Toshio Matsumoto; Writer: Toshio Matsumoto; Stars: Shotari Akiyama, Kiyoshi Awazu, Emiko Azuma, Chieko Kobayashi, Don Madrid, Osamu Ogasawaro, Yoshio Tsuchiya, Furamenko Umeji)
Sixties Japanese avante garde take on the Oedipus legend.
Giant (Handia) (Country: Spain; Year: 2017; Director: Aitor Arrewgi, Jon Garano; Writer: Aitor Arrewgi, Jon Garano; Stars: Eneko Sagardoy, Joseba Usabiaga, Iñigo Aranburu, Ramon Agirre, Aia Kruse)
Two brothers find their relationship tested after one of them becomes a magnet for attention because of his gigantism.
The Ciambra The Ciambra
The Ciambra and The Double Lover
Grain (Bugday) (Country: Turkey, Germany, France, Sweden; Year: 2017; Director: Semih Kaplanoglu; Writer: Leyla Ipekci, Semih Kaplanoglu; Stars: Jean-Marc Barr, Ermin Bravo, Grigoriy Dobrygin, Lubna Azabal, Cristina Flutur, Mila Böhning, Hal Yamanouchi, Jarreth J. Merz, Nike Maria Vassil, Rainer Steffen, Hoji Fortuna, Garrett Thierry, Brett Storm, LaTrallo Presley, Mehmet Yilmaz Ak)
In a dystopian future, mankind faces extinction.
Have A Nice Day (Hao ji le) (Country: China; Year: 2017; Director: Liu Jian)
A bag containing a million yuan draws several people from diverse backgrounds with different personal motives into a bloody conflict.
The Hungry (Country: India; Year: 2017; Director: Bornila Chatterjee; Writer: Bornila Chatterjee, Tanaji Dasgupta, Kurban Kassam, Ashish Verma; Stars: Naseeruddin Shah, Tisca Chopra, Antonio Aakeel, Neeraj Kabi, Sayani Gupta, Arjun Gupta, Suraj Sharma, Karan Pandit, Jayant Kripalani, Savita Rani)
Adaptation of Titus Andronicus set in modern New Delhi.
Life Guidance (Country: Austria; Year: 2017; Director: Ruth Mader; Stars: Kristina Bangert, Rainer Egger, Arno Frisch, Nicolas Jarosch, Fritz Karl, Peter Knaack, Katharina Lorenz, Alfons Mensdorff-Pouilly, Petra Morzé, Martin Niedermair, Johann Adam Oest, Udo Samel, Alexander Stecher, Alexander Strobele, Florian Teichtmeister)
The film is set in the near future, in a world of perfect capitalism. Society is sustained by a class of top achievers; meanwhile, so-called minimum recipients live under sedation in Fortresses of Sleep. But one day, one man begins to rebel.
Little Crusader (Křižáček) (Country: Czech Republic, Slovak Republic, Italy; Year: 2017; Director: Václav Kadrnka)
Little Jan, the only descendant of the knight Bořek (Karel Roden), has run away from home. His anxious father sets out to find him but his despair at the fruitless search gradually starts to overpower him.
Western Western
Western and Mademoiselle Paradis
The L-Shaped Room (Country: UK; Year: 1962; Director: Bryan Forbes; Writer: Lynne Reid Banks, Bryan Forbes; Stars: Leslie Caron, Anthony Booth, Avis Bunnage, Patricia Phoenix, Verity Edmett, Tom Bell, Cicely Courtneidge, Harry Locke, Ellen Dryden, Emlyn Williams, Jennifer White, Brock Peters, Gerry Duggan, Joan Ingram, Mark Eden)
A young pregnant woman finds companionship in a seedy London boarding house.
Mademoiselle Paradis (Licht) (Country: Germany, Austria; Year: 2017; Director: Barbara Albert; Writer: Kathrin Resetarits, Alissa Walser; Stars: Susanne Wuest, Maria-Victoria Dragus, Devid Striesow, Stefanie Reinsperger, Lukas Miko, Theresa Martini, Sascha Merényi, Katja Kolm, Thomas Anton, Julia Pointner, Attila Beke)
A blind pianist in 18th century Vienna faces a quandry as she tries to regain her sight.
Mutafukaz (Country: Japan, France; Year: 2017; Director: Shoujirou Nishimi, Guillaume Renard; Writer: Guillaume Renard)
Anime about a pizza delivery guy leaving in Dark Meat City.
The Nothing Factory (A Fábrica De Nada) (Country: Portugal; Year: 2017; Director: Pedro Pinho; Writer: Tiago Hespanha, Luisa Homem, Leonor Noivo, Pedro Pinho, Jorge Silva Melo; Stars: Carla Galvão, Dinis Gomes, Américo Silva, José Smith Vargas)
One night, a group of workers realizes that the administration is stealing machines and raw materials from their own factory, forcing the staff to take a stand.
Sicilian Ghost Story (Country: Italy, France, Switzerland; Year: 2017; Director: Fabio Grassadonia, Antonio Piazza; Writer: Fabio Grassadonia, Antonio Piazza)
When a boy disappears, a young girl goes looking for him in the dark world that has swallowed him.
Sicilian Ghost Story Sicilian Ghost Story
Sicilian Ghost Story and The Nothing Factory
A Skin So Soft (Ta peau si lisse) (Country: Canada; Year: 2017; Director: Denis Côté; Writer: Denis Côté; Stars: Jean-François Bouchard, Cédric Doyon, Benoit Lapierre, Maxim Lemire, Alexis Légaré, Ronald Yang)
Documentary about body builders.
So Help Me God (Ni juge, ni soumise) (Country: France, Belgium; Year: 2017; Director: Yves Hinant, Jean Libon; Writer: Yves Hinant, Jean Libon; Stars: Anne Gruwez)
The extraordinary, offbeat judge Anne Gruwez takes us behind the scenes of real life criminal investigations.
Tiger Girl (Country: Germany; Year: 2017; Director: Jakob Lass; Writer: Jakob Lass, Eva-Maria Reimer, Ines Schiller, Nicholas Woche; Stars: Ella Rumpf, Maria-Victoria Dragus, Enno Trebs, Orce Feldschau, Benjamin Lutzke, Franz Rogowski, Ulrik Bruchholz, Lana Cooper, Robert Gwisdek, Robert Maaser, Joshua Grothe, Eskindir Tesfay, Lucas Englander, Kristin Suckow, Franziska Arnold)
Margarete’s life is turned upside down when tough girl Tiger appears and starts saving her from pushy men... but things soon turn criminal.
Western (Country: Germany; Year: 2017; Director: Valeska Grisebach; Writer: Valeska Grisebach; Stars: Meinhard Neumann, Reinhardt Wetrek, Waldemar Zang, Detlef Schaich)
A group of German construction workers on a job in Bulgaria begin to compete for the approval of the locals.

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