London Film Festival 2019

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Lynn + Lucy Lynn + Lucy
Lynn + Lucy and By The Grace Of God
The Australian Dream (Country: Australia; Year: 2019; Director: Daniel Gordon; Writer: Stan Grant; Stars: Adam Goodes, Stan Grant, Nova Peris, Gilbert McAdam, Tracey Holmes, Linda Burney, Nicky Winmar, Nathan Buckley, Natalie Goodes, Adam Goodes, Stan Grant, Nova Peris, Gilbert McAdam, Tracey Holmes, Linda Burney)
Documentary about the Australian Rules football star Adam Goodes.
By The Grace Of God (Country: France, Belgium; Year: 2019; Director: François Ozon; Writer: François Ozon; Stars: Melvil Poupaud, Denis Ménochet, Swann Arlaud, Josiane Balasko, Frédéric Pierrot, Éric Caravaca, Hélène Vincent, Bernard Verley, François Marthouret, François Chattot, Aurélia Petit, John Sehil, Jules Gauzelin, Martine Erhel, Olivier Faliez)
When Alexandre learns that the priest who abused him as a boy is still working with children, he and other victims take action against the perpetrator.
Citizen K (Country: UK, US; Year: 2019; Director: Alex Gibney; Writer: Alex Gibney; Stars: Mikhail Khodorkovsky, Vladimir Putin, Leonid Nevzlin, Boris Berezovsky, Igor Malashenko, Anton Drel, Boris Yeltsin, Alexei Navalny, Tatyana Lysova, Maria Logan, Mikhail Khodorkovsky, Vladimir Putin, Leonid Nevzlin, Boris Berezovsky, Igor Malashenko)
The story of Mikhail Khodorkovsky – a man who went from being the wealthiest person in Russia to an unlikely martyr.
Clemency (Country: US; Year: 2019; Director: Chinonye Chukwu; Writer: Chinonye Chukwu; Stars: Alfre Woodard, Richard Schiff, Aldis Hodge, LaMonica Garrett, Wendell Pierce, Noshir Dalal, Vernee Watson, Michael O'Neill, Danielle Brooks, Dennis Haskins, Debbie Pollack, Michelle C. Bonilla, Richard Gunn, Jed Bernard, Anahi Bustillos)
Years of carrying out death row executions have taken a toll on prison warden Bernadine Williams. As she prepares to execute another inmate, Bernadine must confront the psychological and emotional demons her job creates, ultimately connecting her to the man she is sanctioned to kill.
Corpus Christi (Country: Poland; Year: 2019; Director: Jan Komasa; Writer: Mateusz Pacewicz; Stars: Bartosz Bielenia, Aleksandra Konieczna, Eliza Rycembel, Tomasz Zietek, Barbara Kurzaj, Leszek Lichota, Zdzislaw Wardejn, Lukasz Simlat, Anna Biernacik, Lidia Bogacz, Malwina Brych, Bogdan Brzyski, Juliusz Chrzastowski, Radoslaw Ciucias, Mateusz Czwartosz)
Daniel who experiences a spiritual transformation in a Youth Detention Centre. The crime he commits prevents him from applying to the seminary... but Daniel has no intention of giving up his dream.
Clemency Clemency
Clemency and Martin Eden
County Lines (Country: UK; Year: 2019; Director: Henry Blake; Writer: Henry Blake; Stars: Harris Dickinson, Marcus Rutherford, Ashley Madekwe, Clay Milner Russell, Conrad Khan, Chizzy Akudolu, Shauna Shim, Carlyss Peer, Johanna Stanton, Mika Wingate, Stephen Leask, Fen Wilson, Anthony Adjekum, Michael Oku, Sean Berry)
Drama about a boy, 14, who is used as a drugs mule by traffickers.
Desrances (Country: Burkina Faso; Year: 2019; Director: Apolline Traoré; Stars: Jimmy Jean-Louis, Jimmy Jean-Louis)
A family comes under strain as civil war looms.
The Girl With A Bracelet (La Fille Au Bracelet) (Country: France; Year: 2019; Director: Stéphane Demoustier; Writer: Stéphane Demoustier; Stars: Melissa Guers, Roschdy Zem, Anaïs Demoustier, Annie Mercier, Pascal Garbarini, Chiara Mastroianni, Melissa Guers, Roschdy Zem, Anaïs Demoustier, Annie Mercier, Pascal Garbarini, Chiara Mastroianni)
Courtroom drama about a teenager caught up in a murder case.
A Hidden Life (Country: US, Germany; Year: 2019; Director: Terrence Malick; Writer: Terrence Malick; Stars: August Diehl, Valerie Pachner, Michael Nyqvist, Matthias Shoenaerts, Jürgen Prochnow, Bruno Ganz)
The Austrian Franz Jägerstätter, a conscientious objector, refuses to fight for the Nazis in World War II.
Hope Frozen (Country: Thailand; Year: 2018; Director: Pailin Wedel; Writer: Nina Ijäs, Pailin Wedel)
Documentary about a family whose two-year-old was diagnosed with terminal cancer and their efforts to save her, including a turn to cryogenics after her death.
Waiting For The Barbarians Waiting For The Barbarians
Waiting For The Barbarians and Corpus Christi
Luce (Country: US; Year: 2019; Director: Julius Onah; Writer: JC Lee, Julius Onah; Stars: Kelvin Harrison Jr, Octavia Spencer, Naomi Watts, Tim Roth, Norbert Leo Butz, Andrea Bang, Faith Logan, Astro, Christopher Mann, Amanda Troya, Marsha Stephanie Blake, Souleymane Sy Savane, Hannah Cabell, Ian Unterman, Noah Gaynor)
A married couple is forced to reckon with their idealised image of their son, adopted from war-torn Eritrea, after an alarming discovery by a devoted high school teacher threatens his status as an all-star student.
Lynn + Lucy (Year: 2019; Director: Fyzal Boulifa; Writer: Fyzal Boulifa, Scott Meek; Stars: Nichola Burley, Jack Shalloo, Christopher Patrick Nolan, Roxanne Scrimshaw, Samson Cox-Vinell, Shaq B. Grant, Mariia Legun, Nichola Burley, Jack Shalloo, Christopher Patrick Nolan, Roxanne Scrimshaw, Samson Cox-Vinell, Shaq B. Grant, Mariia Legun)
Lynn and Lucy are life-long best friends but after the birth of Lucy's first child, their relationship comes under strain.
Made In Bangladesh (Country: France, Bangladesh, Denmark, Portugal; Year: 2019; Director: Rubaiyat Hossain; Writer: Philippe Barrière, Rubaiyat Hossain; Stars: Rikita Nandini Shimu, Novera Rahman, Parvin Paru, Mayabi Rahman, Shahana Goswami, Mita Rahman, Momena Chowdhury, Shatabdi Wadud, Joyraaj, Samina Lutfa, Mostafa Monwar, Deepanwita Martin, Wahida Mollick Jolly, Mita Chowdhury, Rikita Nandini Shimu)
A seamstress tries to unionise her workplace.
Martin Eden (Country: Italy, France, Germany; Year: 2019; Director: Pietro Marcello; Writer: Maurizio Braucci, Pietro Marcello, based on the novel by Jack London; Stars: Luca Marinelli, Carlo Cecchi, Jessica Cressy, Vincenzo Nemolato, Marco Leonardi, Denise Sardisco, Carmen Pommella, Autilia Ranieri, Savino Paparella, Elisabetta Valgoi, Pietro Ragusa, Giustiniano Alpi, Dario Iubatti, Anna Patierno, Vincenza Modica)
A man struggles to better his circumstances, motivated by his love for a woman from a bourgeois family.
Mr Jones (Country: Poland, UK, Ukraine; Year: 2019; Director: Agnieszka Holland; Writer: Andrea Chalupa; Stars: Vanessa Kirby, James Norton, Peter Sarsgaard, Joseph Mawle, Michalina Olszanska, Kenneth Cranham, Celyn Jones, Beata Poźniak, Julian Lewis Jones, Richard Elfyn, Patricia Volny, Krzysztof Pieczynski, Edward Wolstenholme, Billy Holland, Christopher Bloswick)
Welsh journalist Gareth Jones experiences at first hand the famine in Ukraine in 1933 – a catastrophe triggered by Stalin’s policies.
A Hidden Life A Hidden Life
A Hidden Life and The Report
Noura's Dream (Le Reve De Noura) (Country: Tunisia, Belgium, France; Year: 2019; Director: Hind Boujeema; Stars: Hind Sabri, Lofti Abdelli, Hakim Boumassoudi, Belhassen Harbaoui, lkbal Harbaoui, Jamel Sassi)
While her husband is in jail, Noura meets Lassad. They love each other and want to live together, but when a Jamel gets out of jail and because of a law, Noura just has to get back to normal with him.
Official Secrets (Country: US; Year: 2019; Director: Gavin Hood; Writer: Sara Bernstein, Gregory Bernstein, Gavin Hood; Stars: Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Ralph Fiennes, Matt Smith, Rhys Ifans, Indira Varma, MyAnna Buring, Jack Farthing, Conleth Hill, Tamsin Greig, Hattie Morahan, Shaun Dooley, Ray Panthaki, Monica Dolan, Kenneth Cranham)
The true story of British Intelligence whistleblower Katharine Gun, who prior to the 2003 Iraq invasion leaked a top-secret memo.
Debate gala
The Report (Country: US; Year: 2019; Director: Scott Z Burns; Writer: Scott Z Burns; Stars: Tim Blake Nelson, Adam Driver, Jennifer Morrison, Jon Hamm, Maura Tierney, Michael C Hall, Ted Levine, Annette Bening, Matthew Rhys, Ben McKenzie, Sarah Goldberg, Noah Bean, Carlos Gómez, Daniel London, Linda Powell)
The story of Daniel Jones, lead investigator for the US Senate’s sweeping study into the CIA’s Detention and Interrogation Program, which was found to be brutal, immoral and ineffective. With the truth at stake, Jones battled tirelessly to make public what many in power sought to keep hidden.
Rewind (Country: US; Year: 2019; Director: Sasha Joseph Neulinger)
An unflinching personal narrative that reconstructs the unthinkable story of director Sasha Joseph Neulinger’s boyhood and bravely exposes the dynamics of abuse passed through generations.
Seberg (Country: US, UK; Year: 2019; Director: Benedict Andrews; Writer: Joe Shrapnel, Anna Waterhouse; Stars: Margaret Qualley, Kristen Stewart, Zazie Beetz, Anthony Mackie, Vince Vaughn, Jack O'Connell, James Jordan, Stephen Root, Colm Meaney, Jade Pettyjohn, Sean Bolger, Robin Thomas, Victoria Barabas, Kerry Westcott, Ser'Darius Blain)
Political thriller charting how actress Jean Seberg was targeted by the FBI.
The Street The Street
The Street and The Girl With A Bracelet
A Son (Bik Eneich: Un Fils) (Country: Qatar, Lebanon, France, Tunisia; Year: 2019; Director: Mehdi Barsaoui; Writer: Mehdi Barsaoui; Stars: Sami Bouajila, Najla Ben Abdallah)
After a child is shot and needs a transplant, a family secret is exposed.
Staff Only (Country: Spain, France; Year: 2019; Director: Neus Ballús; Writer: Neus Ballús, Pau Subirós; Stars: Elena Andrada, Sergi López, Madeleine C. Ndong, Diomaye Augustin Ngom, Ian Samsó, Elena Andrada, Sergi López, Madeleine C. Ndong, Diomaye Augustin Ngom, Ian Samsó)
Marta is 17, spanish and wants to discover things off the beaten tourist track in Senegal. But a thoughtless act has serious consequences.
The Street (Country: UK; Year: 2019; Director: Zed Nelson)
Documentary charting the gentrification of a street in London's Hoxton, where locals face being priced out.
Tell Me Who I Am (Year: 2019; Director: Ed Perkins)
Story of a twin who lost his memory after an accident and the brother who was his only link to his memories - and who faced ethical choices as a result.
The Valley (Country: Italy, France; Year: 2019; Director: Nuno Escudeiro; Writer: Nuno Escudeiro, Moritz Bonatti)
Documentary about those in the French Alps giving safe haven to refugees.
A Son A Son
A Son and Luce
Waiting For The Barbarians (Country: Italy, US; Year: 2019; Director: Ciro Guerra; Writer: Ciro Guerra, based on the novel by JM Coetzee; Stars: Johnny Depp, Robert Pattinson, Greta Scacchi, Sam Reid, Harry Melling, Mark Rylance, David Dencik, Bill Milner, David Moorst, Gana Bayarsaikhan, Joseph Long, Clem So, Wil Coban, Faical Elkihel, Nayef Rashed)
A magistrate in a colonial town suffers a crisis of conscience about the regime he works for.
Workforce (Mano De Obra) (Country: Mexico; Year: 2019; Director: David Zonana; Writer: David Zonana; Stars: Horacio Celestino, Luis Alberti, Horacio Celestino, Luis Alberti)
After his brother is killed on a construction job, his brother and widow fight for justice.

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