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The BFI London Film Festival 2020 Announces Lineup

Film Festivals are just one of many events across the globe that has been affected by the global pandemic. As a result of these unprecedented times, the format for most festivals is changing this year, and the BFI’s London Film Festival is no exception. With a mixture of select physical cinema screenings and virtual premieres online, this year’s LFF looks set to be the most interactive and accessible lineup yet.

The full program of films selected for this year’s festival have been unveiled, and it offers film fans across the country an eclectic mix of 58 films. These are films from all over the world, with films coming for over 40 countries, with new offerings from directors such as Steve McQueen (whose film will open the festival), Spike Lee, Miranda July, Hirokazu Kore-eda, and Francis Lee (whose film, Ammonite, will close the fest).

It will be a new challenge for the dedicated LFF team this year, but one that the BFI Chief Executive Ben Roberts is excited about, as he told The Guardian: ““Although it’s been born out of crisis, this year’s edition of the LFF will be our most accessible yet.”

The festival, which will run from October 7-18, will offer a new hybrid way of participating with the festival. Around 50 films from the program will have virtual premieres, available only to UK audiences. Some of these films will be screened live, with some being made available for 72 hours, although participants will only be able to watch the film once. There will be a small selection available at cinemas that follow social distancing guidelines, but for the most part this year’s LFF is set to be quite different, and it will undoubtedly be intriguing to see how it all plays out.

You can check out the full list of announced films below, as well as the trailer for the festival to whet your appetite. Make sure to head over to the LFF website for more details.

Full list:

180° RULE | Farnoosh Samadi | Iran

200 METERS | Ameen Nayfeh | Palestine

A COMMON CRIME | Francisco Márquez | Argentina, Brazil, Switzerland

A DAY-OFF OF KASUMI ARIMURA | d. Hirokazu Kore-eda | w. Sakura Higa | Japan

AFRICAN APOCALYPSE | Rob Lemkin | UK

AFTER LOVE | Aleem Khan | UK

AMMONITE | Francis Lee | UK

ANOTHER ROUND | Thomas Vinterberg | Denmark

BAD TALES | Fabio D’Innocenzo, Damiano D’Innocenzo | Italy

BLOODY NOSE, EMPTY POCKET | Bill Ross IV, Turner Ross | USA

THE CHEATERS | Paulette McDonagh | Australia

THE CHESS GAME OF THE WIND | Mohammad Reza Aslani | Iran

CICADA | Matt Fifer and Kieran Mulcare | USA

DAYS | Tsai Ming-Liang | Taiwan

DAVID BYRNE’S AMERICAN UTOPIA | Spike Lee | USA

DELIA DERBYSHIRE: THE MYTHS AND LEGENDARY TAPES | Caroline Catz | UK

THE DISCIPLE | Chaitanya Tamhane | India

FAREWELL AMOR | Ekwa Msangi | USA

FRIENDSHIP’S DEATH | Peter Wollen | UK

GENUS PAN | Lav Diaz | Philippines

GOLD FOR DOGS | Anna Cazenave Cambet | France

HERSELF | Phyllida Lloyd | UK

HONEYMOOD | Talya Lavie | Israel

I AM SAMUEL | Pete Murimi | Kenya

IDENTIFYING FEATURES | Fernanda Valadez | Mexico-Spain

IF IT WERE LOVE | Patric Chiha | France

INDUSTRY | d. Lena Dunham, Tinge Krishnan, Ed Lilly | w. Mickey Down, Konrad Kay | UK

THE INTRUDER | Natalia Meta | Argentina-Mexico

KAJILLIONAIRE | Miranda July | USA

LIMBO | Ben Sharrock | UK

MANGROVE | Steve McQueen | UK

MOGUL MOWGLI | Bassam Tariq | UK

NEVER GONNA SNOW AGAIN | Małgorzata Szumowska, Michał Englert | Poland-Germany

NEW ORDER | Michel Franco | Mexico

NOMADLAND | Chloé Zhao | USA

NOTTURNO | Gianfranco Rosi | Italy-Germany-France

ONE MAN AND HIS SHOES | Yemi Bamiro | UK

THE PAINTER AND THE THIEF | Benjamin Ree | Norway

POSSESSOR | Brandon Cronenberg | Canada-UK

THE REASON I JUMP | Jerry Rothwell | UK

RELIC | Natalie Erika James | Australia-USA

ROSE | Jennifer Sheridan | UK

THE SALT IN OUR WATERS | Rezwan Shahriar Sumit | Bangladesh-France

SHADOW COUNTRY | Bohdan Sláma | Czech Republic

SHIRLEY | Josephine Decker | USA

SIBERIA | Abel Ferrara | Italy-Germany-Mexico

SOUL | Pete Docter, Kemp Powers | USA

SOUND FOR THE FUTURE | Matt Hulse | UK-China

STRAY | Elizabeth Lo | USA

STRIDING INTO THE WIND | Wei Shujun | China

SUPERNOVA | Harry Macqueen | UK

THIS IS MY DESIRE (EYIMOFE) | Arie Esiri, Chuko Esiri | Nigeria

TIME | Garrett Bradley | USA

ULTRAVIOLENCE | Ken Fero | UK

UNDINE | Christian Petzold | Germany

WILDFIRE | Cathy Brady | UK-Ireland

WOLFWALKERS | Tomm Moore, Ross Stewart | Ireland-Luxembourg-France

ZANKA CONTACT | Ismaël El Iraki | France-Morocco-Belgium


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