LFF 2017: 20 Must See Films

LFF 2017

By Orla Smith.

The 2017 London Film Festival will run from October 4th to October 15th, showcasing a range of approximately 250 exciting new films ― many of which will figure in the upcoming awards season. Tickets are now on sale, and so in honour of this year’s fest we have picked out 20 must-see titles on the programme.

You can find the full programme here.

Battle of the Sexes


DIRECTOR: Valerie Faris & Jonathan Dayton

STARRING: Emma Stone, Steve Carell, Andrea Riseborough, Sarah Silverman, Elisabeth Shue, Alan Cumming

SYNOPSIS: The true story of the 1973 tennis match between world number one Billie Jean King and ex-champ and serial hustler Bobby Riggs.

UK RELEASE DATE: 24th November

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Call Me By Your Name


DIRECTOR: Luca Guadagnino

STARRING: Timothée Chalamet, Armie Hammer, Michael Stuhlbarg

SYNOPSIS: A seventeen year old boy is enamoured by an American student who comes to study and live with his family in Italy. Together they share an unforgettable summer full of music, food, and romance that will change them forever.

UK RELEASE DATE: 27th October

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Ex Libris – The New York Public Library


DIRECTOR: Frederick Wiseman

SYNOPSIS: A documentary look within the walls of the New York Public Library.


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Faces, Places


DIRECTOR: Agnès Varda & J.R.

SYNOPSIS: Director Agnès Varda and photographer/muralist J.R. journey through rural France and form an unlikely friendship.


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A Fantastic Woman


DIRECTOR: Sebastián Lelio

STARRING: Daniela Vega

SYNOPSIS: Marina, a waitress who moonlights as a nightclub singer, is bowled over by the death of her older boyfriend.

UK RELEASE DATE: 2nd March 2018

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The Florida Project


DIRECTOR: Sean Baker

STARRING: Willem Dafoe, Brooklynn Prince, Valeria Cotto, Caleb Landry Jones, Macon Blair

SYNOPSIS: Over one summer, a precocious 6-year-old Moonee courts mischief and adventure with her ragtag playmates ― all while living in the shadows of Disney World.

UK RELEASE DATE: 10th November

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I Am Not a Witch

I Am Not a Witch

DIRECTOR: Rungano Nyoni

STARRING: Maggie Mulubwa

SYNOPSIS: In a Zambian village, a small, silent girl is accused of being a witch. Her choice: join a travelling witch camp or become a goat.

UK RELEASE DATE: 20th October

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Jeune Femme

Jeune Femme

DIRECTOR: Léonor Serraille

STARRING: Laetitia Dosch

SYNOPSIS: Broke, and with nothing but her cat, Paula is back in Paris after a long absence. She is determined to make a fresh start.

UK RELEASE DATE: 18th May 2018

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The Killing of a Sacred Deer


DIRECTOR: Yorgos Lanthimos

STARRING: Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Barry Keoghan, Alicia Silverstone, Raffey Cassidy

SYNOPSIS: When the behaviour of a teenage boy he has taken under his wing turns sinister, Steven ― a charismatic surgeon ― is forced to make an unthinkable sacrifice.

UK RELEASE DATE: 3rd November

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Lean On Pete

Lean on Pete

DIRECTOR: Andrew Haigh

STARRING: Charlie Plummer, Steve Buscemi, Travis Fimmel, Chloë Sevigny, Thomas Mann, Steve Zahn, Amy Seimetz

SYNOPSIS: A homeless fifteen-year-old boy befriends a racehorse named Lean on Pete.

UK RELEASE DATE: 16th February 2018

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Let the Sunshine In

Let the Sunshine In

DIRECTOR: Claire Denis

STARRING: Juliette Binoche, Gérard Depardieu, Xavier Beauvois

SYNOPSIS: Isabelle ― a Parisian artist and divorced mother ― looks for true love.

UK RELEASE DATE: 20th April 2018

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STARRING: Jason Mitchell, Garrett Hedlund, Mary J. Blige, Carey Mulligan, Jason Clarke, Jonathan Banks

SYNOPSIS: Two men return home from World War II to work on a farm in rural Mississippi, where they struggle to deal with racism and adjusting to life after war.

UK RELEASE DATE: 17th November

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120 BPM (Beats Per Minute)


DIRECTOR: Robin Campillo

STARRING: Nahuel Pérez Biscayart, Arnaud Valois, Adèle Haenel

SYNOPSIS: An account of AIDS activist group ACT UP-Paris in the 1990s.

UK RELEASE DATE: 6th April 2018

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Professor Marston & the Wonder Women


DIRECTOR: Angela Robinson

STARRING: Luke Evans, Rebecca Hall, Bella Heathcote, Connie Britton, Oliver Platt

SYNOPSIS: The true story of William Moulton Marston and the polyamorous relationship that inspired the creation of his comic book character Wonder Woman.

UK RELEASE DATE: 10th November

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The Rider

The Rider

DIRECTOR: Chloé Zhao

STARRING: Brady Jandreau

SYNOPSIS: After suffering a near fatal head injury, a young cowboy undertakes a search for new identity and what it means to be a man in the heartland of America.


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The Shape of Water


DIRECTOR: Guillermo del Toro

STARRING: Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Michael Stuhlbarg, Richard Jenkins, Octavia Spencer, Doug Jones

SYNOPSIS: Against the backdrop of Cold War era America, a lonely, mute worker falls in love with a strange creature.

UK RELEASE DATE: 16th February 2018

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DIRECTOR: Joachim Trier

STARRING: Eili Harboe, Okay Kaya

SYNOPSIS: A woman begins to fall in love, only to discover that she has fantastic powers.

UK RELEASE DATE: 3rd November

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Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri


DIRECTOR: Martin McDonagh

STARRING: Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, Abbie Cornish, Peter Dinklage, Caleb Landry Jones, Lucas Hedges, John Hawkes

SYNOPSIS: When they fail to catch the culprit, a mother personally challenges the authorities to solve her daughter’s murder.

UK RELEASE DATE: 12th January 2018

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DIRECTOR: Todd Haynes

STARRING: Millicent Simmonds, Oakes Fegley, Jaden Michael, Julianne Moore, Michelle Williams, Tom Noonan

SYNOPSIS: The story of a young boy in the Midwest is told simultaneously with a tale about a young girl in New York from fifty years before, as they both seek the same mysterious connection.


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You Were Never Really Here


DIRECTOR: Lynne Ramsay

STARRING: Joaquin Phoenix, Ekaterina Samsonov

SYNOPSIS: A missing teenage girl. A brutal and tormented enforcer on a rescue mission. Corrupt power and vengeance unleash a storm of violence that may lead to his awakening.


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