London Film Festival 2021

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Passing Passing
Passing and A River Runs, Turns, Erases, Replaces
Citizen Ashe (Year: 2021; Director: Rex Miller, Sam Pollard; Writer: TJ Volgare; Stars: Johnnie Ashe, Stephanie Cookie Carson, Donald Dell, Harry Edwards, Victor Ellis, Billie Jean King, John McEnroe, Ej McGorda, Tiana Melvina, Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe, Lenny Simpson)
Documentary about tennis ace Arthur Ashe's life and career.
The Crossing (La Traversee) (Country: France, Czech Republic, Germany; Year: 2021; Director: Florence Miailhe; Writer: Marie Desplechin, Florence Miailhe)
Fleeing their village, two children are separated from their parents and embark on a heroic journey.
Fires (Country: Australia; Year: 2021; Director: Michael Rymer, Ana Kokkinos, Kim Mordaunt; Writer: Tony Ayres, Belinda Chayko, Belinda Chayko; Stars: Hunter Page-Lochard, Shareena Clanton, Sotiris Tzelios, Ameshol Ajang, Steve Bastoni, Charlotte Best, Ian Bliss, Kate Box, Nyawuda Chuol, Stacy Clausen, Taylor Ferguson, Damien Fotiou, Josh Hayes, Noni Hazlehurst, Daniel Henshall)
Drama miniseries set across the backdrop of Australia's Black Summer due to fires.
Freda (Country: Haiti, Benin, France, Qatar; Year: 2021; Director: Gessica Geneus; Writer: Gessica Geneus)
A family running a street food shop in Haiti struggles with financial precarity and daily violence, prompting dreams of a better life elsewhere.
Holgut (Country: Belgium; Year: 2021; Director: Liesbeth De Ceulaer; Writer: Liesbeth De Ceulaer; Stars: Semyon Grigoriev, Kyym Skrybykin, Roman Skrybykin)
Hybrid film about Yakutia, the far Russian state where the Siberian permafrost is melting.
Luzzu Luzzu
Luzzu and The Wolf Suit
Luzzu (Country: Malta; Year: 2021; Director: Alex Camilleri; Writer: Alex Camilleri; Stars: Michaela Farrugia, Jesmark Scicluna, Michaela Farrugia, Jesmark Scicluna)
A struggling Maltese fisherman faces tough choices about the future.
Mothers Of The Revolution (Country: New Zealand; Year: 2021; Director: Briar March; Writer: Brendan Donovan, Bryn Evans, Briar March; Stars: Georgie Oulton, Amelia Reynolds, Jacque Drew, Jocelyn Christian, Bronwyn Ensor, Cameron Rhodes, Elizabeth McRae, Freya Finch, Donna Brookbanks, Kerynn Walsh, Charles Pierard, Kate Elliott, Glenda Jackson)
Documentary about the Greenham Common Peace Camp.
Mr Bachmann and His Class (Herr Bachmann und seine Klasse) (Country: Germany; Year: 2021; Director: Maria Speth)
Documentary about a teacher and his pupils.
Nudo Mixteco (Country: Mexico; Year: 2021; Director: Ángeles Cruz; Writer: Ángeles Cruz; Stars: Sonia Couoh, Noé Hernández, Myriam Bravo, Eileen Yañez, Aida López, Jorge Doal)
Triptych of stories centred on indigenous women in the fictional location of San Mateo, a small Mixtec town in the province of Oaxaca.
Passing (Country: US; Year: 2021; Director: Rebecca Hall; Writer: Rebecca Hall, Nella Larsen; Stars: Tessa Thompson, Ruth Negga, André Holland, Alexander Skarsgård, Bill Camp)
Two African-American women who can "pass" as white choose to live on opposite sides of the colour line in 1929 New York in an exploration of racial and gender identity, performance, obsession and repression.
Mothers Of The Revolution Mothers Of The Revolution
Mothers Of The Revolution and Holgut
A River Runs, Turns, Erases, Replaces (Year: 2021; Director: Shengze Zhu)
A Wuhan-set documentary that focuses on the Yangtze River.
The Sea Ahead (Country: France, Lebanon, Belgium; Year: 2021; Director: Ely Dagher)
After a long time gone, Jana, a young woman, suddenly returns to Beirut. She finds herself reconnecting with the familiar yet strange life she once left.
Sediments (Country: Spain; Year: 2021; Director: Adrian Silvestre; Writer: Adrian Silvestre; Stars: Alicia de Benito, Lena Brasas, Cristina Millán)
Just as the Earth is, our inner selves are made up of many layers that make up our identity and tell the story of our existence.
The Wolf Suit (Year: 2021; Director: Sam Firth)
The filmmaker considers the act of remembering as she takes an emotional journey into her own past.
Wood And Water (Country: Germany; Year: 2021; Director: Jonas Bak; Writer: Jonas Bak; Stars: Anke Bak, Theresa Bak, Ricky Yeung, Anke Bak, Theresa Bak, Ricky Yeung)
A German woman (played by the filmmaker’s own mother) dreams of spending time with her grown children, including her uncommunicative and elusive son.

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