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Rich Cline has covered the festival every year since 1996

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59th London Film Festival
7-18 OCTOBER 2015
at cinemas across London

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2 0 1 5   F E S T I V A L
Opening film:
SUFFRAGETTE
Closing film:
STEVE JOBS
Centrepiece Gala:
THE LADY IN THE VAN
Surprise Film:
ANOMALISA
2 0 1 5   A W A R D S :
Best Film:
CLEVALIER
Doc (Grierson Award): SHERPA
First Feature (Sutherland Award): THE WITCH
BFI Fellowship: Cate Blanchett
BFI Ambassador: Tom Hiddleston
RICH'S BEST OF THE FEST 2015:
  1. CAROL
  2. ROOM
  3. VICTORIA
  4. TANGERINE
  5. STEVE JOBS
  6. TAXI TEHRAN
  7. TRUMBO
  8. OUR LITTLE SISTER
  9. THE CLUB
  10. A BIGGER SPLASH
Special mention: FROM AFAR. THE WITCH.
THE LOBSTER. THE ENDLESS RIVER. TRUMAN.
YOUTH. QUEEN OF EARTH. SUFFRAGETTE.
THE FORBIDDEN ROOM. HE NAMED ME MALALA.
A L L   T H E   2 0 1 5   F I L M S
11 MINUTES
160 CHARACTERS
21 NIGHTS WITH PATTIE
3000 NIGHTS
ABOVE
ADAMA
AFERIM!
ALIGARH (Mehta, Ind)

THE AMERICAN EPIC SESSIONS
AN
ANOMALISA (Kaufman/Johnson, US)
THE APOSTATE
ARABIAN NIGHTS (Gomes, Por)
ARIANNA
THE ASSASSIN (Hou, Chn)
ASSASSINATION
AYANDA
BALCONY
* BANG GANG: A MODERN LOVE STORY
BEASTS OF NO NATION (Fukunaga, US)
BEEBA BOYS (Mehta, Can)
BEING EVEL
(BE)LONGING
BIG BUSINESS
A BIGGER SPLASH (Guadagnino, It)
BLACK MASS (Cooper, US)
BLOOD OF MY BLOOD (Bellocchio, It)
BODY
BONE TOMAHAWK (Zahler, US)
BOROM SARRET
BOX
THE BOY
THE BOY AND THE BEAST
THE BRAND NEW TESTAMENT (Van Dormael, Bel)
BRAND: A SECOND COMING (Timoner, UK)
BROOKLYN (Crowley, Ire)
BURN BURN BURN
A CANINE SHERLOCK HOLMES
CAROL (Haynes, US)
CELESTIAL CAMEL
CEMETERY OF SPLENDOUR
CENSORED VOICES
CHEMSEX (Fairman/Gogarty, UK)
CHEVALIER
THE CHOSEN ONES
CHRONIC (Franco, US)
CLOSET MONSTER (Dunn, Can)
THE CLUB (Larrain, Chl)
THE COMB
THE CORPSE OF ANNA FRITZ
COUPLE IN A HOLE (Geens, UK)
COWBOYS
CRONIES
DANNY SAYS
* THE DAUGHTER
DEGRADE
* DEPARTURE
DER NACHTMAHR
* DESIERTO
DHEEPAN (Audiard, Fr)
DOG LADY
DON'T GROW UP
DON'T THINK I'VE FORGOTTEN
DOUBLE WHOOPEE
ELEPHANT DAYS
ELSTREE 1976
* EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT
THE END OF THE TOUR
THE ENDLESS RIVER (Hermanus, SA)
ENTERTAINMENT
EVENT FOR A STAGE
EVOLUTION
EXOTICA, EROTICA, ETC
FATHER
THE FEAR OF 13 (Sington, UK)
FIFTY
FLAPPING IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE
FLOCKING
THE FORBIDDEN ROOM (Maddin, Can)
FRAME BY FRAME
FRANCOFONIA
FRESH DRESSED
FROM A TO B (Mostafa, UAE)
FROM AFAR (Vigas, Ven)
THE GARBAGE HELICOPTER
GAYBY BABY
GHOST THEATER
THE GIRL IN THE DRESS
GOLD COAST (Dencik, Den)
GOOSEBUMPS (Letterman, US)
GRANDMA (Weitz, US)
GREEN ROOM (Saulnier, US)
GUILTY
HAND GESTURES
HAPPY HOUR
THE HARD STOP
HE NAMED ME MALALA (Guggenheim, US)
HEART OF A DOG
HEATED GLOVES
THE HERE AFTER
HIGH-RISE (Wheatley, UK)
HITCHCOCK/TRUFFAUT (Jones, Fr)
HOMESICK
THE HOST
HOT SUGAR'S COLD WORLD
I AM BELFAST (Cousins, UK)
THE IDOL
IN ABSENTIA
IN JACKSON HEIGHTS
IN THE ROOM
INGRID BERGMAN IN HER OWN WORDS
INVENTION
THE INVISIBLE BOY
THE INVITATION (Kusama, US)
IXCANUL
JACKED
JAMES WHITE (Mond, US)
JANIS: LITTLE GIRL BLUE
JAPANESE SAMURAI SWORD
JIA ZHANGKE, A GUY FROM FENYANG
KING JACK
KOTHANODI
KRISHA
THE LADY IN THE VAN (Hytner, UK)
LAMB
LAND OF MINE
LATIN LOVER
LEGACY
LIGHT YEARS
LISTEN TO ME MARLON (Riley, UK)
LIVE FROM NEW YORK! (Nguyen, US)
THE LOBSTER (Lanthimos, Ire)
LOST IN MUNICH
LOVE AND PEACE
LUCIFER
MADAME COURAGE
MADONNA
THE MEASURE OF A MAN
MEDITERRANEA
MEN & CHICKEN (Jensen, Den)
A MONSTER WITH A THOUSAND HEADS
MOUNTAINS MAY DEPART
MR GAGA
MUCH LOVED
THE MUD WOMAN
MUNE
MURMUR OF THE HEARTS
MY GOLDEN DAYS
MY LOVE, DON'T CROSS THAT RIVER
MY NAZI LEGACY
MY SCIENTOLOGY MOVIE
MY SKINNY SISTER (Lenken, Swe)
NASTY BABY (Silva, US)
NECKTIE YOUTH
NEON BULL
THE NEW CLASSMATE
NICOLA COSTANTINO: THE ARTEFACTA
NOTFILM
OBSERVANCE
OFFICE
ONE FLOOR BELOW
THE ONES BELOW (Farr, UK)
OSCAR WILDE'S THE NIGHTINGALE AND THE ROSE
OUR LITTLE SISTER (Kore-Eda, Jpn)
PARABELLUM
PARK LANES
PARTISAN (Kleiman, Aus)
PAULA
PAULINA
THE PEARL BUTTON
THE PEOPLE VS FRITZ BAUER
A PERFECT DAY (de Aranoa, Sp)
PETTING ZOO
POET ON A BUSINESS TRIP
THE PROGRAM (Frears, UK)
PUBLIC HOUSE
QUAY
QUEEN OF EARTH (Perry, US)
RAINBOW PARTY
* RATTER
RATTLE THE CAGE
RED LEAVES
REMAINDER
REMEMBER
RETRIBUTION
RIGHT NOW, WRONG THEN
THE ROMANTIC EXILES
ROOM (Abrahamson, Ire)
RUBEN GUTHRIE (Cowell, Aus)
RUINED HEART
RYUZO AND HIS SEVEN HENCHMEN
SAILING A SINKING SEA
SCHNEIDER VS BAX
SCRAPBOOK
SEMBENE!
SHERPA (Peedom, Aus)
THE SKY TREMBLES AND THE EARTH IS AFRAID AND THE TWO EYES ARE NOT BROTHERS
SOMETHING BETTER TO COME
SON OF SAUL (Nemes, Hun)
SONGS MY BROTHERS TAUGHT ME
STEVE JOBS (Boyle, US)
STEVE MCQUEEN: THE MAN & LE MANS
STREET OF CROCODILES
SUFFRAGETTE (Gavron, UK)
SUNRISE
SUNSET SONG (Davies, UK)
THE SURVIVALIST (Fingleton, UK)
SWORN VIRGIN
TAKE ME TO THE RIVER (Sobel, US)
TAKLUB
A TALE OF THREE CITIES
TANGERINE (Baker, US)
TANNA
TAXI TEHRAN (Panahi, Irn)
(T)ERROR
THEY WILL HAVE TO KILL US FIRST
THIRST
TITLE FIELD
TRUMAN (Gay, Sp)
TRUMBO (Roach, US)
TRUTH (Vanderbilt, US)
UNDER ELECTRIC CLOUDS
VALLEY OF LOVE
VERY BIG SHOT
VIAJE
VICTORIA (Schipper, Ger)
VIRGIN MOUNTAIN
THE WAIT
THE WAVE (Uthaug, Nor)
WAVE VS SHORE
WEDDING DOLL
WEDNESDAY 04:45
WHAT WE BECOME
WHEN MARNIE WAS THERE
WHO KILLED NELSON NUTMEG?
THE WITCH (Eggers, US)
YAKUZA APOCALYPSE
YOUTH (Sorrentino, It)
YOU'RE DARN TOOTIN'
lff site 58th London Film Festival
8-19 OCTOBER 2014
at cinemas across London

Opening film:
THE IMITATION GAME
Closing film:
FURY
Centrepiece Gala:
TESTAMENT OF YOUTH
Surprise Film:
BIRDMAN

2 0 1 4   A W A R D S

Best Film:
LEVIATHAN
Doc (Grierson Award):
SILVERED WATER,
SYRIA SELF-PORTRAIT
First Feature (Sutherland Award):
THE TRIBE
British Newcomer:
Sameena Jabeen Ahmed
(CATCH ME DADDY)
BFI Fellowship:
Stephen Frears

R E V I E W E D   2 0 1 4   F I L M S
'71 (Demange, UK)
10,000 KM (Marques-Marcet, Sp)
1001 GRAMS (Hamer, Nor)
3 HEARTS (Jacquot, Fr)
ALTMAN (Mann, US)
APPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR (Akhavan, US)
BIRDMAN (Inarritu, US)
BJORK: BIOPHILIA LIVE (Fenton/Strickland, UK)
BLACK COAL, THIN ICE (Diao, Chn)
BYPASS (Hopkins, UK)
CATCH ME DADDY
CHARLIE'S COUNTRY (de Heer, Aus)
CITIZENFOUR (Poitras, Ger)
CUB (Govaerts, Bel)
THE CUT (Akin, Ger)
THE DEAD LANDS (Fraser, NZ)
DEAR WHITE PEOPLE (Simien, US)
THE DROP (Roskam, US)
THE DUKE OF BURGUNDY (Strickland, Hun)
EDEN (Hansen-Love, Fr)
ELECTRIC BOOGALOO: THE WILD, UNTOLD STORY OF CANNON FILMS (Hartley, Aus)
ELECTRICITY (Higgins, UK)
THE FACE OF AN ANGEL (Winterbottom, UK)
THE FALLING (Morley, UK)
FOXCATCHER (Miller, US)
FREE FALL(Palfi, Hun)
FURY (Ayer, UK)
GENTE DE BIEN (Lolli, Col)
A GIRL AT MY DOOR (Jung, Kor)
A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT (Amirpour, US)
GIRLHOOD (Sciamma, Fr)
THE GOOB (Myhill, UK)
THE GREAT MUSEUM (Aut)
HOCKNEY (Wright, UK)
THE IMITATION GAME (Tyldum, UK)
IT FOLLOWS (Mitchell, US)
JAMIE MARKS IS DEAD (Smith, US)
JAUJA (Alonso, Arg)
THE KEEPING ROOM (Barber, UK)
KILL ME THREE TIMES (Stenders, Aus)
LEVIATHAN (Zvyagintsev, Rus)
LISTEN UP PHILIP (Perry, US)
A LITTLE CHAOS (Rickman, UK)
LOVE IS STRANGE (Sachs, US)
MAIDAN (Loznitsa, Ukr)
MEN, WOMEN & CHILDREN (Reitman, US)
METAMORPHOSES (Honore, Fr)
MOMMY (Dolan, Can)
MR TURNER (Leigh, UK)
THE MULE (Mahony/Sampson, Aus)
MY OLD LADY (Horovitz, UK)
THE NEW GIRLFRIEND (Ozon, Fr)
NEXT TO HER (Korman, Isr)
EL NIÑO (Monzon, Sp)
PASOLINI (Ferrara, It)
PRESIDENT (Makhmalbaf, Geo)
QUEEN & COUNTRY (Boorman, UK)
RETURN TO ITHACA (Cantet, Cub)
ROBOT OVERLORDS (Wright, UK)
ROSEWATER (Stewart, US)
THE SALVATION (Levring, Den)
A SECOND CHANCE (Bier, Den)
SECOND COMING (Tucker Green, UK)
SERENA (Bier, US)
SNOW IN PARADISE (Hulme, UK)
SOMETHING MUST BREAK (Bergsmark, Swe)
SON OF A GUN (Avery, Aus)
SONG OF THE SEA (Moore, Ire)
TESTAMENT OF YOUTH (Kent, UK)
THEEB (Abu Nowar, Jor)
TIMBUKTU (Sissako, Mrt)
THE TOWN THAT DREADED SUNDOWN (Gomez-Rejon, US)
THE TRIBE (Slaboshpitsky, Ukr)
THE TURNING (various, Aus)
WAR BOOK (Harper, US)
THE WAY HE LOOKS (Ribeiro, Br)
WHIPLASH (Chazelle, US)
WHITE BIRD IN A BLIZZARD (Araki, US)
THE WHITE HAIRED WITCH OF LUNAR KINGDOM (Cheung, Chn)
WILD (Vallee, US)
WILD LIFE (Kahn, Fr)
WILD TALES (Szifron, Arg)
WINTER SLEEP (Ceylan, Tur)
X+Y (Matthews, UK)

* reviews coming

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