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LONDON 2020

58 films from around the world to screen at BFI London Film Festival

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- The gathering will open with the European premiere of Steve McQueen’s Mangrove and close with Francis Lee’s Ammonite in a strong year for UK film

58 films from around the world to screen at BFI London Film Festival
Mangrove by Steve McQueen

The 64th BFI London Film Festival (LFF) today announced the full programme for its 2020 offering, which will be delivered both virtually and via physical screenings. Over the 12 days from 7-18 October, the festival will be at its most accessible ever, presenting over 50 virtual premieres and a selection of highly anticipated new feature film previews at BFI Southbank as well as in cinemas across the UK.

With works from more than 40 countries, the programme includes fiction, documentary, animation, artists’ moving image, short film and restored classics from the world’s archives, as well as previews of several episodic or series-based works made for the small screen.

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Every screening will be presented with a digital introduction or Q&A from filmmakers and programmers. The festival also incorporates many ways in which audiences can engage in proceedings for free: LFF opening screenings of Steve McQueen’s Mangrove [+see also:
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in cinemas across the UK, selected features on the BFI Player, an international programme of short films featuring established and breakthrough film talents, Screen Talks with major filmmakers and actors, as well as all online salons and Q&As across the festival, which will give audiences an opportunity to delve more deeply into themes and talking points emerging from the programme. The recently announced LFF Expanded strand of XR and immersive art will also be free to access both virtually and at BFI Southbank for the duration of the event.

Ben Roberts, CEO of BFI, said: “Although it’s been born out of crisis, this year’s edition of the LFF will be our most accessible yet.”

The industry programme includes: the two-day Film London Production Finance Market, which connects filmmakers and financiers from across the globe, and is being hosted as a virtual online market; the BFI NETWORK@LFF talent development programme; a focused programme of Spotlight talks and panel discussions; and a brand-new UK works-in-progress showcase aimed at international buyers, commissioners, producers and programmers.

All films are geo-blocked to the UK, while all of the talks and LFF Expanded are available to experience for free from anywhere in the world.

This year, the awards are in the hands of the audience, who will take the place of the official jury. Viewers engaging with the festival online will be invited to vote on the Virtual LFF Audience Awards in four categories: Best Fiction Feature, Best Documentary Feature, Best Short Film and Best XR. The winners will be announced at a live, online ceremony on the final weekend of the festival.

Here is a list of the European productions or co-productions in the main feature-film section (all virtual screenings except where marked otherwise):

A Common Crime [+see also:
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Francisco Márquez (Argentina/Brazil/Switzerland)
African Apocalypse
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- Rob Lemkin (UK)
After LoveAleem Khan (UK) (virtual and cinema screening)
Ammonite [+see also:
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Francis Lee (UK) (cinema screening)
Another Round [+see also:
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Thomas Vinterberg (Denmark/Sweden/Netherlands) (virtual and cinema screening)
Bad Tales [+see also:
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Fabio D'Innocenzo, Damiano D'Innocenzo (Italy/Switzerland)
Delia Derbyshire: The Myths and Legendary TapesCaroline Catz (UK)
Friendship’s DeathPeter Wollen (UK)
Gold for DogsAnna Cazenave Cambet (France)
Herself [+see also:
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Phyllida Lloyd (Ireland/UK) (virtual and cinema screening)
Identifying Features [+see also:
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Fernanda Valadez (Mexico/Spain)
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Lena Dunham, Tinge Krishnan, Ed Lilly (UK) (series)
Limbo [+see also:
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Ben Sharrock (UK)
Mangrove [+see also:
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Steve McQueen (UK) (cinema screening)
Mogul Mowgli [+see also:
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interview: Bassam Tariq
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Bassam Tariq (UK) (virtual and cinema screening)
Never Gonna Snow Again [+see also:
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Małgorzata Szumowska, Michał Englert (Poland/Germany)
Notturno [+see also:
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interview: Gianfranco Rosi
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Gianfranco Rosi (Italy/Germany/France)
The Painter and the Thief [+see also:
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Benjamin Ree (Norway)
Possessor [+see also:
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Brandon Cronenberg (Canada/UK)
The Reason I Jump [+see also:
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Jerry Rothwell (UK)
RoseJennifer Sheridan (UK)
The Salt in Our WatersRezwan Shahriar Sumit (Bangladesh/France)
Shadow Country [+see also:
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Bohdan Sláma (Czech Republic)
Sound for the Future [+see also:
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Matt Hulse (UK/China)
Supernova [+see also:
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interview: Harry Macqueen
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Harry Macqueen (UK) (virtual and cinema screening)
UltraviolenceKen Fero (UK)
Undine [+see also:
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interview: Christian Petzold
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Christian Petzold (Germany/France) (virtual and cinema screening)
WildfireCathy Brady (UK/Ireland)
Wolfwalkers [+see also:
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Tomm Moore, Ross Stewart (Ireland/Luxembourg/France)
Zanka Contact [+see also:
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- Ismaël El Iraki (France/Morocco/Belgium)

The non-European films screening at the festival are as follows (all virtual screenings except where marked otherwise):

180° Rule - Farnoosh Samadi (Iran)
200 MetersAmeen Nayfeh (Palestine)
A Day-off for Kasumi ArimuraHazu Kirokore-eda (Japan)
Bloody Nose, Empty PocketBill Ross IV, Turner Ross (USA)
The Cheaters - Paulette McDonagh (Australia)
The Chess Game of the WindMohammad Reza Aslani (Iran)
Cicada – Matt Fifer, Kieran Mulcare (USA)
DaysTsai Ming-Liang (Taiwan)
David Byrne’s American Utopia - Spike Lee (USA) (virtual and cinema screening)
The DiscipleChaitanya Tamhane (India)
Farewell AmorEkwa Msangi (USA)
Genus Pan – Lav Diaz (Philippines)
Honeymood ­- Talya Lavie (Israel)
I Am Samuel – Pete Murimi (Kenya)
The IntruderNatalia Meta (Argentina/Mexico)
Kajillionaire – Miranda July (USA)
New OrderMichel Franco (Mexico)
Relic – Natalie Erika James (Australia/USA)
Shirley ­– Josephine Decker (USA)
Soul – Pete Docter, Kemp Powers (USA)
StrayElizabeth Lo (USA)
Striding into the WindWei Shujun (China)
This is My Desire (Eyimofe) – Arie Esiri, Chuko Esiri (Nigeria)
Time – Garrett Bradley (USA) (virtual and cinema screening)

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