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            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.

            Ticket are available to buy on the BFI website.

            See the full programme - book now

            Aged 16-25? Click here to find out how to get £5 tickets.


            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

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            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

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            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

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            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

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            Cold Case Hammarskj?ld

            Cold Case Hammarskj?ld 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

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            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

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            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

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            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

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            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

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            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

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            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

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            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

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            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

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            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, Fran?ois Ozon deals very movingly with a real-life case of multiple child abuse.

            Saturday 5 October 5.40pm | Curzon Mayfair

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            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

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            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

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            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

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            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

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            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

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            The Song of Names

            The Song of Names London Film Festival screening

            Starring Tim Roth and Clive Owen, Fran?ois 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

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            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

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            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

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            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

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            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

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            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

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            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

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            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

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            Adolescents

            Adolescents London Film Festival screening

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

            Monday 7 October 8.15pm | Curzon Soho

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            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

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            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

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            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

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            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

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            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

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            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

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            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

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            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

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            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

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            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

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            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

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            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

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            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

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            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

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            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

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            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

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            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

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            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

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            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

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            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

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            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

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            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

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            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

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            The Invisible Life of Eurídice Gusm?o

            The Invisible Life of Eurídice Gusm?o 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

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            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

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            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

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            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

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            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

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            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

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            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

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            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

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            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

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            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

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