London Film Festival 2023

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How To Have Sex How To Have Sex
How To Have Sex and Inshallah A Boy
All Dirt Roads Taste Of Salt (Country: US; Year: 2023; Director: Raven Jackson; Writer: Raven Jackson; Stars: Charleen McClure, Moses Ingram, Kaylee Nicole Johnson, Reginald Helms Jr., Sheila Atim, Chris Chalk)
A decades-spanning exploration of a woman’s life in Mississippi and an ode to the generations of people, places, and ineffable moments that shape us.
The Bride (Country: Portugal; Year: 2022; Director: Sérgio Tréfaut; Writer: Sérgio Tréfaut; Stars: Lola Dueñas, Hugo Bentes, Hussein Hassan Ali, Joana Bernardo)
Drama inspired by the true stories of girls who joined the Islamic State.
The Delinquents (Los Delincuentes) (Country: Argentina, Brazil, Luxembourg, Chile; Year: 2023; Director: Rodrigo Moreno; Writer: Rodrigo Moreno; Stars: Margarita Molfino, Esteban Bigliardi, Cecilia Rainero)
Two bank staff rob their own establishment.
The Echo (El Eco) (Country: Mexico, Germany; Year: 2023; Director: Tatiana Huezo)
In a remote and solitary valley, punished by winter and drought, the children learn to gaze upon death, illness and love.
Expats (Country: US; Year: 2023; Director: Lulu Wang; Writer: Kimi Lee, Alice Bell, Melanie Marnich; Stars: Sarayu Blue, Nicole Kidman, Jack Huston, Brian Tee, Ji-young Yoo, Tiana Gowen, Bodhi del Rosario, Amelyn Pardenilla, Leon Masuda, Jennifer Beveridge, Elizabeth Ng, Sabi Edwards, Kavi Raz, Blessing Mokgohloa, David Eugene Sweat)
The lives of three American expat women intersect against the backdrop of the 2014 Hong Kong protests. TV series.
The Settlers The Settlers
The Settlers and All Dirt Roads Taste Of Salt
Haar (Country: UK; Year: 2023; Director: Ben Hecking; Writer: Ben Hecking; Stars: Kate Kennedy, Jack Morris, Balázs Czukor, Éva Magyar, Claudia Jolly, Fehinti Balogun, Maddie Rice, Will Brown, Grace Chilton, Ágota Dunai)
As a woman runs errands and navigates the dying embers of an ill-advised affair, news from home and a chance encounter prompt her to reassess the relationships.
How To Have Sex (Country: UK; Year: 2023; Director: Molly Manning Walker; Writer: Molly Manning Walker; Stars: Mia McKenna Bruce, Lara Peake, Shaun Thomas, Sam Bottomley, Enva Lewis, Laura Ambler)
We follow three friends who contend with peer pressure in their decision to “do it”.
If Only I Could Hibernate (Country: Mongolia; Year: 2023; Director: Zoljargal Purevdash)
A poor but proud Mongolian teen aspires to win an Academic Olympiad; first, he and his siblings must survive the bitter winter in Ulaanbaatar’s Ger district.
Inshallah A Boy (Inshallah Walad) (Country: Jordan; Year: 2023; Director: Amjad Al Rasheed; Writer: Delphine Agut, Rula Nasser, Amjad Al Rasheed; Stars: Mouna Hawa)
A mother fights for her rights in a partriachal system after her husband's death.
The Lost Boys (Le Paradis) (Country: Belgium, France; Year: 2023; Director: Zeno Graton; Writer: Zeno Graton, Clara Bourreau, Maarten Loix; Stars: Khalil Ben Gharbia, Julien De Saint Jean, Eye Haidara, Jonathan Couzinié, Matéo Bastien, Samuel Di Napoli, Amine Hamidou, Nlandu Lubansu, Terry Ngoga, Audrey D'Hulstère, Laurence Oltuski, David Leclercq, Noémie Van Cauwelaert, Marc-Elie Piedagnel, Marc Gallo)
Two young men find love in a hopeless place – a youth correctional facility.
Ramona Ramona
Ramona and Shayda
The New Boy (Country: Australia; Year: 2023; Director: Warwick Thornton; Writer: Warwick Thornton; Stars: Cate Blanchett, Mezi Atwood, Deborah Mailman)
The story of a nine-year-old Aboriginal orphan boy who arrives in the dead of night at a remote monastery, run by a renegade nun, where his presence disturbs the delicately balanced world.
Ramona (Country: Mexico; Year: 2014; Director: Giovanna Zacarías, Giovanna Zacarías; Writer: Ana Diaz Sesma, Giovanna Zacarías, Giovanna Zacarías; Stars: Columba Domínguez, Gerardo Taracena, Angeles Cruz, Monica del Carmen, Gustavo Terrazas, Xochiquetzal Rodríguez, Mayahuel del Monte)
When a woman announces she is going to die, her neighbours start to give her messages for the dead.
The Settlers (Los Colonos) (Country: Chile, Argentina; Year: 2023; Director: Felipe Gálvez; Writer: Felipe Gálvez)
19th century drama. A man on an expedition is forced to take part in a massacre. Afterwards he forms a bond with the only survivor.
Shayda (Country: Australia; Year: 2023; Director: Noora Niasar; Writer: Noora Niasar; Stars: Zar Amir Ebrahimi, Osamah Sami, Leah Purcell, Jillian Nguyen, Mojean Aria, Selina Zahednia)
Shayda, a brave Iranian mother, finds refuge in an Australian women’s shelter with her six-year-old daughter. Over Persian New Year, they take solace in Nowruz rituals and new beginnings, but when her estranged husband re-enters their lives, Shayda’s path to freedom is jeopardised.
The Spectre Of Boko Haram (Le spectre de Boko Haram) (Country: Cameroon, France; Year: 2023; Director: Cyrielle Raingou; Writer: Cyrielle Raingou; Stars: Falta Souleymane, Ibrahim Alilou, Mohamed Alilou, Lamine Yerima)
Documentary following young children on the frontline of the ongoing Boko Haram insurgency.
The Sweet East (Country: US; Year: 2023; Director: Sean Price Williams)
A picaresque journey through contemporary America, undertaken by a young woman granted access to the strange sects and cults that proliferate in this country by a series of gatekeepers eager to win her over.
That They May Face The Rising Sun (Country: Ireland, UK; Year: 2023; Director: Pat Collins; Writer: Eamon Little, Pat Collins, based on the novel by John McGahern)
Drama about a couple who return to the small rural lakeside hamlet where one of them grew up.

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