BFI London Film Festival 2019

Discover the world's best new films.

The 63rd BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express returns to Curzon this October.

Featuring the best new features, documentaries, short films and special events, the London Film Festival is your chance to see the year's most anticipated films from around the world - right on your doorstep.

London Film Festival 2019 is now over. Hope you had a good time and we'll see you again for the best of cinema in the capital.


Beanpole

Beanpole London Film Festival screening

Two women who survive active service in the Second World War try to reconstruct their lives in post-war Leningrad, in Kantemir Balagov’s extraordinary award-winning second feature.

Thursday 3 October 6.00pm | Curzon Soho

 


Citizen K

Citizen K London Film Festival screening

Multiple award-winning documentarian Alex Gibney returns with a fascinating exploration of the contemporary Russian political landscape and a portrait of oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky.

Thursday 3 October 6.00pm | Curzon Mayfair

 


Matthias & Maxime

Matthias & Maxime London Film Festival screening

A kiss between two childhood friends has dramatic repercussions in the eighth film from Xavier Dolan.

Thursday 3 October 8.50pm | Curzon Mayfair

 


The Warden

The Warden London Film Festival screening

In an ambitious follow up to his award-winning Melbourne, Nima Javidi’s thrilling second feature is as astutely crafted as it is suave and seductive.

Thursday 3 October 9.00pm | Curzon Soho

 


Cold Case Hammarskjöld

Cold Case Hammarskjöld London Film Festival screening

This wild, stranger-than-fiction documentary depicts the most disturbing true-crime investigation you’re likely to have seen in recent years.

Friday 4 October 6.00pm | Curzon Soho

 


The Last Black Man in San Francisco

The Last Black Man in San Francisco London Film Festival screening

Director Joe Talbot and writer-performer Jimmie Fails create a gorgeous, inventive meditation on art, architecture, black culture and gentrification in California’s Bay Area.

Friday 4 October 6.00pm | Curzon Mayfair

 


Mystify: Michael Hutchence

Mystify: Michael Hutchence London Film Festival screening

Capturing his rise to super-stardom and subsequent tragic fall, Mystify gives remarkable insight into INXS lead singer Michael Hutchence and a truth he took to the grave.

Friday 4 October 8.45pm | Curzon Mayfair

 


Make Up

Make Up London Film Festival screening

The debut feature from acclaimed short filmmaker Claire Oakley is a riveting psycho-sexual drama in which nothing is quite what it seems.

Friday 4 October 9.00pm | Curzon Soho

 


LFF Connects: William Nicholson

LFF Connects: William Nicholson London Film Festival screening

Celebrated screenwriter (Shadowlands, Gladiator, Les Misérables), playwright, novelist and filmmaker William Nicholson joins us to discuss his career and the making of Hope Gap, his second feature film as writer and director.

Saturday 5 October 11.00am | Curzon Soho

 


Mystify: Michael Hutchence

Mystify: Michael Hutchence London Film Festival screening

Capturing his rise to super-stardom and subsequent tragic fall, Mystify gives remarkable insight into INXS lead singer Michael Hutchence and a truth he took to the grave.

Saturday 5 October 12.45pm | Curzon Soho

 


The Climb

The Climb  London Film Festival screening

The vertiginous ups and downs in two men’sfriendship spans several years and outrageousevents in this award-winning US indie comedy

Saturday 5 October 12.45pm | Curzon Mayfair

 


Arab Blues

Arab Blues London Film Festival screening

In this provocative culture clash comedy, Golshifteh Farahani (About Elly, Paterson) plays a Parisian psychoanalyst attempting to set up a practice in a post-Arab Spring Tunis.

Saturday 5 October 3.15pm | Curzon Mayfair

 


Shooting the Mafia

Shooting the Mafia London Film Festival screening

Acclaimed documentary filmmaker Kim Longinotto (Dreamcatcher) sketches a captivating portrait of defiant Sicilian photographer Letizia Battaglia, whose extraordinary work recorded the Mafia’s violent crimes.

Saturday 5 October 3.30pm | Curzon Soho

 


By the Grace of God

By the Grace of God London Film Festival screening

In one of his (seemingly) most straightforward but finest films yet, François Ozon deals very movingly with a real-life case of multiple child abuse.

Saturday 5 October 5.40pm | Curzon Mayfair

 


Instinct

Instinct London Film Festival screening

Carice van Houten flirts with danger in this confrontational interrogation of desire and consent.

The introduction and Q&A will be BSL interpreted.

Saturday 5 October 6.15pm | Curzon Soho

 


Sid & Judy

Sid & Judy London Film Festival screening

Beyond the Yellow Brick Road, Judy Garland’s post-MGM triumphs and tragedies are vividly recalled in a revelatory documentary that utilises her impresario husband Sidney Luft’s memoirs.

Saturday 5 October 8.45pm | Curzon Mayfair

 


White Riot

White Riot London Film Festival screening

Revolution rock! Rubika Shah’s vital documentary profiles punky reggae protest movement Rock Against Racism, from grassroots beginnings through to a major multicultural event.

Saturday 5 October 8.50pm | Curzon Soho

 


Days of the Bagnold Summer

Days of the Bagnold Summer London Film Festival screening

Simon Bird’s directorial debut is a warm and witty graphic novel adaptation about a single librarian trying to reconnect with her introverted, metalhead teenage son.

Sunday 6 October 12.45pm | Curzon Mayfair

 


The Sharks

The Sharks London Film Festival screening

An intriguing coming-of-age tale is presented through the allegorical prism of an environmental incident.

Sunday 6 October 1.00pm | Curzon Soho

 


The Song of Names

The Song of Names London Film Festival screening

Starring Tim Roth and Clive Owen, François Girard’s riveting period drama is a musical odyssey and historical detective story set against the backdrop of the Holocaust.

Sunday 6 October 3.00pm | Curzon Mayfair

 


Hope Gap

Hope Gap London Film Festival screening

Annette Bening and Bill Nighy star as a couple on the rocks in this witty divorce drama directed by celebrated screenwriter William Nicholson (Gladiator, Shadowlands, Les Misérables).

Sunday 6 October 3.15pm | Curzon Soho

 


Mr. Jones

Mr. Jones London Film Festival screening

James Norton stars as Welsh journalist Gareth Jones whose 1930s visit to Soviet Ukraine uncovered the truth of Stalin’s state-sponsored famine and reputedly inspired George Orwell’s 'Animal Farm'.

Sunday 6 October 5.45pm | Curzon Mayfair

 


Shorts: When you Think You Know How It Ends

Shorts: When you Think You Know How It Ends London Film Festival screening

Featured shorts:

  • What Do You Know About The Water And The Moon
  • Be Still My Beating Heart
  • Rain, Rain, Run Away
  • Roadkill
  • White Girl
  • Suicide By Sunlight
  • Nimic

Sunday 6 October 5.50pm | Curzon Soho

 


Babyteeth

Babyteeth London Film Festival screening

This feverish Australian drama about falling in love for the first time features a super performance by Sharp Objects breakout star Eliza Scanlen.

Sunday 6 October 8.30pm | Curzon Soho

 


Don’t Look Down

Don’t Look Down London Film Festival screening

Olivier Ducastel and Jacques Martineau return with an elegant and intimate drama about love and revenge, crafted with dramatic intensity and visual dazzle.

Sunday 6 October 8.30pm | Curzon Mayfair

 


The Kingmaker

The Kingmaker London Film Festival screening

The matriarch of the Marcos dynasty hopes to see her maternal delusions validated and political power restored, while Philippine activists fight for transparency and democracy.

Monday 7 October 5.45pm | Curzon Soho

 


The Friend

The Friend London Film Festival screening

Jason Segel, Dakota Johnson and Casey Affleck star in this intensely moving and beautifully mounted drama detailing how a friend saved a family after a young mother's diagnosis with terminal cancer.

Monday 7 October 6.00pm | Curzon Mayfair

 


Adolescents

Adolescents London Film Festival screening

This captivating coming-of-age documentary follows best friends Anaïs and Emma for five years of teenagehood.

Monday 7 October 8.15pm | Curzon Soho

 


Calm with Horses

Calm with Horses London Film Festival screening

Cosmo Jarvis (Lady Macbeth) gives a visceral performance as the hired muscle for a crime family in rural Ireland.

Monday 7 October 8.45pm | Curzon Mayfair

 


Tell Me Who I Am

Tell Me Who I Am London Film Festival screening

UK-based director Ed Perkins follows his Oscar-nominated documentary short Black Sheep with a potent and troubling exploration of trauma, identity and redemption.

Tuesday 8 October 6.20pm | Curzon Soho

 


Nocturnal

Nocturnal London Film Festival screening

A teenage girl forms a mysterious relationship with an older man in this atmospheric debut from director Nathalie Biancheri.

Tuesday 8 October 6.30pm | Curzon Mayfair

 


Vivarium

Vivarium London Film Festival screening

Imogen Poots and Jesse Eisenberg play a pair of first-time buyers who get more than they bargained for in this twisted fable about the horrors of suburban living.

Tuesday 8 October 8.40pm | Curzon Soho

 


Wet Season

Wet Season London Film Festival screening

Anthony Chen follows his First Feature Award-winning Ilo Ilo (LFF 2013) with this hugely satisfying portrait of a woman on a journey to rediscover herself.

Tuesday 8 October 8.45pm | Curzon Mayfair

 


It Must Be Heaven

It Must Be Heaven London Film Festival screening

Acclaimed Palestinian filmmaker Elia Suleiman returns with another deadpan take on life in exile with the typically assured and moving It Must Be Heaven.

Wednesday 9 October 6.15pm | Curzon Mayfair

 


Scales

Scales London Film Festival screening

The story of a fishing village in thrall to mysterious sea creatures makes for a spellbinding feature debut from Shahad Ameen.

The introduction and Q&A will be BSL interpreted.

Wednesday 9 October 6.30pm | Curzon Soho

 


Walking with Shadows

Walking with Shadows London Film Festival screening

In coming to terms with his sexuality, Adrian is forced to choose between a compromised existence and the life that he would like to lead.

Wednesday 9 October 8.45pm | Curzon Soho

 


The Whistlers

The Whistlers London Film Festival screening

Under surveillance by his own force, a corrupt Romanian cop becomes involved in a plot to spring a money-laundering businessman from police custody.

Wednesday 9 October 8.45pm | Curzon Mayfair

 


It Must Be Heaven

It Must Be Heaven London Film Festival screening

Acclaimed Palestinian filmmaker Elia Suleiman returns with another deadpan take on life in exile with the typically assured and moving It Must Be Heaven.

Thursday 10 October 6.00pm | Curzon Soho

 


Rare Beasts

Rare Beasts London Film Festival screening

Billie Piper stars in her own directorial debut, a no-holds-barred anti-romcom about a modern woman’s struggles in work and love.

Thursday 10 October 6.30pm | Curzon Mayfair

 


Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool

Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool London Film Festival screening

All that jazz (and so much more): 20th century music’s trumpet-playing prince of darkness receives the candid documentary his controversial genius deserves.

Thursday 10 October 8.30pm | Curzon Soho

 


Lost Lives

Lost Lives London Film Festival screening

This poignant testament to the physical and emotional cost of war, centres on the Troubles in Northern Ireland.

Thursday 10 October 8.45pm | Curzon Mayfair

 


Harriet

Harriet London Film Festival screening

Cynthia Erivo (Widows) gives a show-stopping and star-making turn as the American revolutionary anti-slavery heroine Harriet Tubman in Kasi Lemmons' Harriet.

Friday 11 October 6.00pm | Curzon Soho

 


La Belle Époque

La Belle Époque London Film Festival screening

Daniel Auteuil’s illustrator is given the chance to visit a different era to re-evaluate his life in this resplendent slice of Westworld-style speculative fiction.

Friday 11 October 6.15pm | Curzon Mayfair

 


Two of Us

Two of Us London Film Festival screening

The love between two older women is threatened by illness and secrecy in a moving French drama that features Barbara Sukowa at her very best.

Friday 11 October 8.50pm | Curzon Soho

 


Yves Saint Laurent: The Last Collections

Yves Saint Laurent: The Last Collections  London Film Festival screening

Withheld from release for nearly 20 years, this exquisitely crafted and moving documentary observes the last few years in the company of style icon Yves Saint Laurent.

Friday 11 October 9.00pm | Curzon Mayfair

 


So Long, My Son

So Long, My Son London Film Festival screening

Sixth Generation director Wang Xiaoshuai offers an absorbing family chronicle that unfolds modern Chinese history with the rich insightfulness of a novel.

Saturday 12 October 12.15pm | Curzon Soho

 


I Lost My Body

I Lost My Body London Film Festival screening

A severed hand searches for its owner in this striking animation, which grabbed the Grand Prize at the Cannes Critics' Week.

Saturday 12 October 12.45pm | Curzon Mayfair

 


Shorts: Push the Button

Shorts: Push the Button London Film Festival screening

Featured shorts:

  • Humblebrag
  • Olla
  • Funfair
  • End-O
  • Memoirs of a Geeza
  • Breast Friends
  • The Lamb
  • GUO4
  • I N T E R S T I C E

Saturday 12 October 3.00pm | Curzon Mayfair

 


Bombay Rose

Bombay Rose London Film Festival screening

This animated feature is both epic and personal, and a glorious love letter to life and love in Mumbai.

The introduction and Q&A will be BSL interpreted.

Saturday 12 October 4.00pm | Curzon Soho

 


Ordinary Love

Ordinary Love London Film Festival screening

Liam Neeson and Lesley Manville star in this intimate and sensitively-handled drama about a couple dealing with breast cancer.

Saturday 12 October 5.30pm | Curzon Mayfair

 


Circus of Books

Circus of Books London Film Festival screening

Imagine discovering that your parents have been running a gay adult book store for most of their lives…

Saturday 12 October 6.30pm | Curzon Soho

 


The Invisible Life of Eurídice Gusmão

The Invisible Life of Eurídice Gusmão London Film Festival screening

A deserving winner of Cannes’ Un Certain Regard prize, this sumptuous tale of two sisters cruelly separated by family and fate makes for deeply moving drama.

Saturday 12 October 8.10pm | Curzon Mayfair

 


The Australian Dream

The Australian Dream London Film Festival screening

A thought-provoking documentary about the Australian Rules football star Adam Goodes that raises crucial questions about casual racism.

Saturday 12 October 8.45pm | Curzon Soho

 


So Long, My Son

So Long, My Son London Film Festival screening

Sixth Generation director Wang Xiaoshuai offers an absorbing family chronicle that unfolds modern Chinese history with the rich insightfulness of a novel.

Sunday 13 October 11.45pm | Curzon Soho

 


Incitement

Incitement London Film Festival screening

This slow-burn study of religious obsession tries to fathom what drove a young law student to assassinate Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.

Sunday 13 October 12.30pm | Curzon Mayfair

 


Vitalina Varela

Vitalina Varela London Film Festival screening

Portuguese maestro Pedro Costa returns with another poetic portrait of Lisbon’s Cape Verdean community, focusing on one woman’s sorrows and survivor spirit.

Sunday 13 October 3.30pm | Curzon Soho

 


Circus of Books

Circus of Books London Film Festival screening

Imagine discovering that your parents have been running a gay adult book store for most of their lives…

Sunday 13 October 3.30pm | Curzon Mayfair

 


Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday London Film Festival screening

Family relations unravel to wonderfully excruciating comic and dramatic effect in this all-star ensemble piece from versatile French writer-director and here, co-star, Cédric Kahn.

Sunday 13 October 6.20pm | Curzon Soho

 


The Irishman

The Irishman London Film Festival screening

Martin Scorsese’s ninth collaboration with Robert De Niro finds the master filmmaker returning to the genre he has helped define, with a mystery that has never been solved.

Sunday 13 October 6.30pm | Curzon Mayfair

 


The Irishman + LFF closing gala broadcast

The Irishman + LFF closing gala broadcast London Film Festival screening

London Film Festival Closing Night red carpet footage from Leicester Square and interviews with the film’s creators is to be beamed by satellite in advance of a special preview of The Irishman.

Sunday 13 October 7.00pm | Aldgate | Bloomsbury | Canterbury | Colchester | Knutsford | Oxford | Richmond | Ripon | Sheffield | Victoria | Wimbledon

 


The Lodge

The Lodge London Film Festival screening

Goodnight Mommy directors Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala take us to a remote cabin in the woods for their spine-chilling sophomore feature.

Sunday 13 October 8.50pm | Curzon Soho