London Film Festival 2019

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A Thief's Daughter A Thief's Daughter
A Thief's Daughter and Harriet
37 Seconds (Country: Japan; Year: 2019; Director: HIKARI; Writer: HIKARI; Stars: Makiko Watanabe, Shunsuke Daitô, Yuka Itaya, Misuzu Kanno, Mei Kayama, Makiko Watanabe, Shunsuke Daitô, Yuka Itaya, Misuzu Kanno, Mei Kayama)
The story of Yuma, a young Japanese woman who suffers from cerebral palsy. Torn between her obligations towards her family and her dream to become a manga artist, Yuma struggles to lead a self-determined life.
Adolescents (Adolescentes) (Country: France; Year: 2019; Director: Sébastien Lifshitz; Writer: Sébastien Lifshitz)
Documentary about a pair of friends in a provincial French town.
Again Once Again (De Nuevo Otra Vez) (Country: Argentina; Year: 2019; Director: Romina Paula; Writer: Romina Paula; Stars: Ramon Cohen Arazi, Esteban Bigliardi, Mariana Chaud, Denise Groesman, Romina Paula, Monica Rank, Pablo Sigal, Ramon Cohen Arazi, Esteban Bigliardi, Mariana Chaud, Denise Groesman, Romina Paula, Monica Rank, Pablo Sigal)
A mum moves back with her son to her own mother's place as she tries to rediscover who she is.
An Easy Girl (Une fille facile) (Country: France; Year: 2019; Director: Rebecca Zlotowski; Writer: Rebecca Zlotowski, Teddy Lussi-Modeste; Stars: Benoît Magimel, Clotilde Courau, Nuno Lopes, Zahia Dehar, Lise Lomi, Mina Farid, Cédric Appietto, Henri-Noël Tabary, Nico Max Tedeschi)
Naima is 16 years old and lives in Cannes. While she gives herself the summer to choose what she wants to do in life, her cousin Sofi comes to spend the holidays with her. Together, they will spend an unforgettable summer.
Burning Night (Country: Brazil, France, Argentina; Year: 2019; Director: Eryk Rocha; Writer: Fabio Andrade, Julia Ariani, Eryk Rocha; Stars: Fabrício Boliveira, Barbara Colen, Cadu N. Jay, Fabrício Boliveira, Barbara Colen, Cadu N. Jay)
A Rio cab driver copes with loneliness on the night shift as he tries to raise cash to send to his ex-wife and son.
Give Me Liberty Give Me Liberty
Give Me Liberty and The Two Popes
Circus Of Books (Country: US; Year: 2019; Director: Rachel Mason)
How do you explain to your friends that your mum and dad run a gay pornography shop? That is just one question asked in this playful documentary about the titular LA store and its unlikely proprietors.
The Cordillera Of Dreams (La Cordillera De Los Sueños) (Year: 2019; Director: Patricio Guzmán)
Documentary about Chilean history.
Give Me Liberty (Country: US; Year: 2019; Director: Kirill Mikhanovsky; Writer: Alice Austen, Kirill Mikhanovsky; Stars: Maxim Stoyanov, Lauren 'Lolo' Spencer, Chris Galust, Maxim Stoyanov, Lauren 'Lolo' Spencer, Chris Galust)
When a riot breaks out in Milwaukee, America's most segregated city, medical transport driver Vic is torn between his promise to get a group of elderly Russians to a funeral and his desire to help Tracy, a young black woman with ALS.
The Gold-Laden Sheep And The Sacred Mountain (Country: India; Year: 2018; Director: Ridham Janve; Writer: Ridham Janve, Akshay Singh; Stars: Lokendra Gurung, Arjun Pant, Lokendra Gurung, Arjun Pant)
In the remote Himalayas, a shepherd searches for a mythical mountain where a plane has crashed.
Harriet (Country: US; Year: 2019; Director: Kasi Lemmons; Writer: Gregory Allen Howard, Kasi Lemmons, Gregory Allen Howard; Stars: Jennifer Nettles, Joe Alwyn, Cynthia Erivo, Janelle Monáe, Tim Guinee, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Clarke Peters, Leslie Odom Jr., Vondie Curtis-Hall, Deborah Ayorinde, Claire Bronson, Tory Kittles, Omar J Dorsey, Mitchell Hoog, Shiquita James)
The story of freedom fighter Harriet Tubman's escape from slavery and transformation into an American hero.
Again Once Again Again Once Again
Again Once Again and An Easy Girl
The House Of Us (Country: South Korea; Year: 2019; Director: Yoon Ga-eun; Writer: Ga-eun Yoon; Stars: Kim Na-Yeon, Kim Si-ah, Joo Ye-rim, Ahn Ji-ho)
A young girl trying to strike peace with her warring parents becomes attached to a pair of younger girls, whom she befriends.
The Invisible Life of Eruidice Gusmao (A Vida Invisel De Euridice Gusmao) (Country: Brazil; Year: 2019; Director: Karim Aïnouz; Writer: Murilo Hauser, based on the book by Martha Batalha; Stars: Fernanda Montenegro, Carol Duarte, Gregório Duvivier)
Rio de Janeiro in the 1940s, the life of Guida and Euridice Gusmão, raised to be invisible in the eyes of the Brazilian society of that time, like all the other women of that generation.
Monsoon (Country: UK; Year: 2019; Director: Hong Khaou; Writer: Hong Khaou; Stars: Henry Golding, Parker Sawyers, David Tran, Molly Harris, Nguyen Myan, Lâm Vissay, Edouard Leo, Henry Golding, Parker Sawyers, David Tran, Molly Harris, Nguyen Myan, Lâm Vissay, Edouard Leo)
A British Vietnamese man, returns to Saigon for the first time in over 30 years, after fleeing during the Vietnam-American War.
Öndög (Country: Mongolia; Year: 2019; Director: Quan'an Wang; Writer: Quan'an Wang; Stars: Aorigeletu, Dulamjav Enkhtaivan, Norovsambuu, Aorigeletu, Dulamjav Enkhtaivan, Norovsambuu)
A murder case in the Mongolian steppe. A herder is asked to guard the crime scene - a woman who resolutely scares off both wolves and her neighbor. She has her own plans for the future, which are closely linked to the myths of her homeland.
The Orphanage (Parwareshgah) (Year: 2019; Director: Shahrbanoo Sadat; Writer: Shahrbanoo Sadat; Stars: Hasibullah Rasooli, Masihullah Feraji, Qodratollah Qadiri, Sediqa Rasuli)
In the late 1980s, 15-year-old Qodrat lives in the streets of Kabul and sells cinema tickets. He is a big Bollywood fan and he daydreams himself in some of his favourite movie scenes. One day, the Police bring him to the Soviet orphanage. But in Kabul, the political situation is changing. Qodrat and all the children want to defend their home.
The Cordillera Of Dreams The Cordillera Of Dreams
The Cordillera Of Dreams and To The Ends Of The Earth
Perfect 10 (Country: UK; Year: 2019; Director: Eva Riley; Writer: Eva Riley; Stars: Frankie Box, Alfie Deegan, Sharlene Whyte, William Ash, Billy Mogford, Nicola Wright, Emily Gibson, Leia Desseaux, Jenna Goodwin, Mitchell Murphy, Annie Grainger, Lexa Willis-Gray, Georgia Simpson, Frankie Box, Alfie Deegan)
An aspiring gymnast finds her life turned upside down by the arrival of the older half-brother she didn't know she had.
Rialto (Country: Ireland, UK; Year: 2019; Director: Peter Mackie Burns; Writer: Mark O'Halloran; Stars: Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, Tom Glynn-Carney, Monica Dolan, Sophie Jo Wasson, Scott Graham, Michael Smiley, Eileen Walsh, Deirdre Donnelly, Deirdre Molloy, Kervin Soobrayen, Alexandra Smith, Jane McGrath, Pom Boyd, Pat McGrath, Ger Ryan)
A man who is suffering a family and work crisis becomes infatuated with a young man from whom he solicits sex.
Ridge (Säsong) (Country: Sweden; Year: 2019; Director: John Skoog; Writer: Anna Karasinska, John Skoog; Stars: Aron Skoog, Agnieszka Podsiadlik, Billie Åstrand, Gitt Persson, Grzegorz Falkowski, Rolf Andersson, Bosse Andersson, Artur Krajewski, Mateusz Wieclawek, Casper Neiiendam, Felix Neiiendam, Alfred Göransson, Sara Anouni, Katarina Astrand, Naidas Baranauskas)
Documentary focused on a region of Sweden, those who live their and the landscape they occupy.
Run (Country: UK; Year: 2019; Director: Scott Graham; Writer: Scott Graham; Stars: Mark Stanley, Marli Siu, Amy Manson, Anders Hayward.)
In Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire, young men dream of escapism through late-night drag races. Finnie used to be one such lad, but now he works at the fish factory and it’s his son’s turn to dream and race. Until one night when Finnie steals the boy’s car for one last joyride.
Sister (Country: Bulgaria, Qatar; Year: 2019; Director: Svetla Tsotsorkova; Stars: Monika Naydenova, Svetlana Yancheva, Elena Zamyarkova)
A teenage girl’s habitual fantasies have unforeseen consequences.
Run Run
Run and 37 Seconds
A Thief's Daughter (La Hija De Un Ladron) (Country: Spain; Year: 2019; Director: Belén Funes; Writer: Marçal Cebrian, Belén Funes; Stars: Greta Fernández, Eduard Fernández, Àlex Monner, Borja Espinosa, Maria Rodríguez Soto, Frank Feys, Gerard Oms, Ignasi Guasch, Jordi Reverté, Greta Fernández, Eduard Fernández, Àlex Monner, Borja Espinosa, Maria Rodríguez Soto, Frank Feys)
When a woman's father reappears on the scene after a spell in prison, she has a difficult choice to make.
To The Ends Of The Earth (Country: Japan, Uzbekistan, Qatar; Year: 2019; Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa; Writer: Kiyoshi Kurosawa; Stars: Tokio Emoto, Ryo Kase, Atsuko Maeda, Adiz Rajabov, Shôta Sometani, Tokio Emoto, Ryo Kase, Atsuko Maeda, Adiz Rajabov, Shôta Sometani)
A Japanese TV host finds a trip to Uzbekistan to shoot an episode of her reality travel show begins to dissolve her chipper persona.
Transnistra (Country: Sweden, Denmark, Belgium; Year: 2019; Director: Anna Eborn; Stars: Tatyana Lipovskaya, Anatoly Nikolaevich, Alexander Stadnik, Dmitrii Maslov, Denis Shevtsov, Alexander Sasha, Ivan Lipovski, Valentina Petrovskaya, Tatyana Lipovskaya, Anatoly Nikolaevich, Alexander Stadnik, Dmitrii Maslov, Denis Shevtsov, Alexander Sasha, Ivan Lipovski)
Documentary about a group of young people coming of age in the self-proclaimed state of Transnistra
The Two Popes (Country: UK, Italy, Argentina, US; Year: 2019; Director: Fernando Meirelles; Writer: Anthony McCarten; Stars: Jonathan Pryce, Anthony Hopkins, Juan Minujín, Germán de Silva, Sidney Cole, Thomas D Williams, Federico Torre, Pablo Trimarchi, Juan Miguel Arias, Lisandro Fiks, Fabricio Martin, Matthew T. Reynolds, María Ucedo, Sara Pallini)
A struggle, behind Vatican walls, between a cardinal and a Pope.
Strand gala
Us Among The Stones (Country: UK; Year: 2019; Director: Dictynna Hood; Writer: Dictynna Hood; Stars: Laurence Fox, Anna Calder-Marshall, Sinead Matthews, Oliver Cotton, Mika Simmons, Greg Hicks, Bill Thomas, Sophie Brooke, Kristi Bardi, Taru Devani, Jethro Skinner, Elowen Harris, Raia Haidar, Charlie Singh, Laurence Fox)
Resentments bubble up as a family gather at a matriarch's deathbed.

Filming sensations Mathieu Amalric on Pierre Léon, Jeanne Balibar and the sounds and colours of Barbara

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