The 63rd BFI London Film Festival (LFF) in partnership with American Express kicks off Thursday October 2nd.

Featuring 345 films from some of the world’s greatest filmmakers and emerging talent. For 12 days from 2-13 October 2019 LFF will celebrate the diverse landscape of international cinema, showcasing films set to entertain and inspire, provoke debate and tackle the urgent issues of our time.

As usual, TBB pulls out the films we’re most excited about …

Jamie Foxx & Michael B Jordan Just Mercy

JUST MERCY

Michael B Jordan and Jamie Foxx excel in this powerful and impassioned death row drama based on real events.

Saturday 05 October 2019 14:45 – Vue West End – 7 Sold out! (check the venue for on the day returns) | Wednesday 09 October 2019 14:15 – ODEON Luxe Leicester Square – Book Tickets here.





Harriet

HARRIET

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 2019 18:00 – Curzon Soho Cinema | Sunday 13 October 2019 14:15 – Embankment Garden Cinema. Book tickets here.




Rocks

ROCKS

A vibrant and hugely engaging portrait of female friendship and growing up in London from director Sarah Gavron (Brick Lane, Suffragette).

Friday 11 October 2019 18:30 – ODEON Luxe Leicester Square Sold out! (Check the venue for on the day returns) | Saturday 12 October 2019 14:30 – Embankment Garden Cinema. Book Tickets here.




The Last Black Man of San Francisco

THE LAST BLACK MAN IN SAN FRANCISCO

Jimmie (Jimmie Fails) dreams of reclaiming the beautiful late 19th century home his grandfather built in the heart of the city, before harder times and changing demographics forced his family out.

Friday 04 October 2019 18:00 – Curzon Mayfair Cinema – Sold out! | Saturday 05 October 2019 15:15 – ODEON Tottenham Court Road – Sold out! | Friday 11 October 2019 20:30 – BFI Southbank, NFT2 – Sold out!
(Check all venues for on the day returns)




Premature

PREMATURE

Budding writer Ayanna’s life is transformed over the course of one hot Harlem summer, when a handsome and mysterious stranger walks into her life.

Saturday 05 October 2019 21:00 – Vue West End | Monday 07 October 2019 15:45 – Vue West End Book tickets here.





Real

REAL

Aki Omoshaybi’s debut explores the love between two people who work hard to keep their romance on track while struggling to manage personal hardship.

Sunday 06 October 2019 18:15 – Vue West End – Sold out! (Check the venue for on the day returns) | Tuesday 08 October 2019 15:45 – ODEON Tottenham Court Road. Book tickets here





Clemency

CLEMENCY

Alfre Woodard is quietly devastating as a weary prison warden presiding over her twelfth execution in this Sundance-winning death row drama.

Chinonye Chukwu became the first black female filmmaker to win the top prize at Sundance Film Festival with this unsentimental death row drama.

Friday 11 October 2019 20:30 – ICA Cinema Sold out! | Wednesday 02 October 2019 18:00 – Vue West End Sold out! (Check venues for on the day returns)





Luce

LUCE

A gripping psychological thriller, starring Octavia Spencer, Tim Roth, Naomi Watts, Julius Onah and Kelvin Harrison Jr, set around the character of Luce, a former refugee, a child soldier from a war-torn African country.

Sunday 06 October 2019 17:30 – Vue West End – Sold out! | Sunday 06 October 2019 18:00 – Vue West End – Sold out! | Monday 07 October 2019 20:30 – ODEON Tottenham Court Road – Sold out! (Check all venues for on the day returns)





Burning Cane

BURNING CANE

19 year old Phillip Yousman, is the first African-American director to win the Founders Prize at Tribeca Film Festival 2019 for his contemporary Southern gothic Burning Cane. Yousman wrote, shot, directed and edited the film at age 17.

Friday 11 October 2019 20:50 – BFI Southbank – Book tickets here. | Saturday 12 October 2019 16:30 – Vue West End – Sold out! (Check the venue for on the day returns).





Give Me Liberty

GIVE ME LIBERTY

Kirill Mikhanovsky’s anarchic look at disability and race in working-class America.

Sunday 13 October 2019 19:45 – BFI Southbank | Friday 11 October 2019 18:00 – Vue West End – Book tickets here.





Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool

MILES DAVIS: BIRTH OF THE COOL

Veteran documentarian Stanley Nelson takes on the multifaceted creativity and myriad contradictions of Miles Davis in a mere two hours. This detailed, textured chronology offers something for all, from jazz newbies to viewers who’ve long been drowning in the ocean of genre-expanding music that poured from the musician’s magically muted trumpet.

Thursday 10 October 2019 20:30 – Curzon Soho Cinema – Sold out! | Saturday 12 October 2019 12:30 – Prince Charles Cinema – Sold out!
(Check venues for on the day returns)





Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project

RECORDER: THE MARION STOKES PROJECT

The taped crusader: VHS nerds, media scholars and archive enthusiasts will appreciate this documentary about the African-American activist who recorded 30 years of TV news.

Wednesday 02 October 2019 21:10 – Vue West End | Friday 04 October 2019 12:45 – BFI Southbank. Book tickets here.





Say Amen, Somebody

SAY AMEN, SOMEBODY

Exuberant, joyous and deeply moving, this acclaimed documentary celebrates American gospel music, spotlighting giants of the business Willie Mae Ford Smith and Thomas A. Dorsey.

Monday 07 October 2019 18:15 – BFI Southbank – Book tickets here | Wednesday 09 October 2019 20:30 – BFI Southbank – Sold out! (Check the venue for on the day returns).





Synchronic

SYNCHRONIC

Anthony Mackie and Jamie Dornan star as a pair of paramedics traversing the nocturnal streets of New Orleans. More than just colleagues, the duo enjoy a long-standing friendship, supporting each other through the difficulties they face in their increasingly complicated personal lives.

Sunday 06 October 2019 20:50 – Empire Haymarket – Book tickets here | Monday 07 October 2019 15:30 – Prince Charles Cinema – Book tickets here | Tuesday 08 October 2019 12:50 – Vue West End – Sold out! (Check the venue for on the day returns).





Overtures

OUVERTURES

Reflecting on the legacy of Haitian revolutionary Toussaint L’Ouvertures follows a collective’s process of translating Édouard Glissant’s play Monsieur Toussaint from French to Creole.

Saturday 05 October 2019 17:30 – BFI Southbank | Sunday 13 October 2019 15:00 – ICA Cinema. Buy tickets here.





Atlantics

ATLANTICS

Directorial debut from acclaimed actress Mati Diop, this is a hypnotic portrait of a girl’s awakening in Senegal.

Ada and Souleiman are in love. But Souleiman is tired of labouring without pay on the gleaming towers of Dakar. He sets out across the sea with friends, leaving Ada to face impending marriage to another man. But as the women gather in the bar where the men used to drink, it seems that something has returned after all. Employing mystical symbolism and an evocative synth score by Fatima Al Qadiri, the film flows from social drama into supernatural waters and makes lyrical use of the figure of the djinn to process a harrowing reality.

Mati Diop, known to many for her acting collaborations with Claire Denis, follows a string of fascinating short films with this bold feature debut that not only poses, but answers, the question: to whom does the future belong?

Saturday 05 October 2019 20:40 – Cine Lumiere | Friday 04 October 2019 18:00 – Vue West End | Monday 07 October 2019 12:10 – BFI Southbank. Book tickets here.





Walking With Shadows

WALKING WITH SHADOWS

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. A depiction of queer Nigeria presented with care and incisive observation.

Ebele Njoko (Ozzy Agu) has been running all his life. A search for acceptance and love from his family has led him to recreate himself as Adrian – respected father, husband and brother. When his mask is cruelly stripped away, Adrian’s world rapidly unravels. Adapted from Jude Dibia’s award-winning and critically acclaimed novel, Aoife O’Kelly’s articulate and sensitive film deftly discards the sensational for a depiction of queer Nigeria presented with care and incisive observation. The film is anchored by heartfelt performances from Ozzy Agu and Zainab Balogun as Ada, Adrian’s wife. Together, they explore a painful rift in a loving bond. Adrian’s quiet resilience throughout underlines the necessity for one to be self-loving, despite the cost.

Wednesday 09 October 2019 20:45 – Curzon Soho Cinema | Thursday 10 October 2019 20:40 – Vue West End. Book tickets here.




DESRANCES

Civil war looms in Abidjan (The Ivory Coast) and relations begin to fray within a family in this tense and atmospheric thriller.

Thursday 03 October 2019 18:10 – Vue West End | Saturday 05 October 2019 12:20 – Vue West End. Book tickets here.





The Lost Okoroshi

THE LOST OKOROSHI

A man who wakes up to discover he has undergone a transformation takes a revelatory journey to see if ancestral tradition has a place in modern Nigerian life. Abba Makama’s sharp satire pulls apart the threads of Nigerian society, reaching back to the nation’s rich history as a way of addressing its potentially bleak future.

Saturday 05 October 2019 15:30 – ICA Cinema | Thursday 03 October 2019 20:40 – Vue West End. Book tickets here.





The Man Who Cuts Tattoos

THE MAN WHO CUTS TATTOOS

Across two crucial periods in Nigerian history, two young women must ponder the painful sacrifices they are forced to make for love. To mark the beginning of adulthood and prepare for marriage, a young girl in an Edo village must undergo a painful rite of passage through scarification.

Tuesday 08 October 2019 18:30 – BFI Southbank | Wednesday 09 October 2019 18:40 – Vue West End. Book tickets here.





Vitalina Varela

VITALINA VARELA

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

Saturday 12 October 2019 17:45 – ICA Cinema | Sunday 13 October 2019 15:30 – Curzon Soho Cinema. Book tickets here.





My Friend Fela

MY FRIEND FELA

An outstanding documentary that unravels with skill and precision the life of Fela Kuti, an extraordinary man whose myth and music has endured long after his death.

Friday 04 October 2019 20:45 – BFI Southbank – Sold out! | Saturday 05 October 2019 12:45 – BFI Southbank – Sold out! | Sunday 06 October 2019 14:45 – Vue West End – Sold out! (Check all venues for on the day returns).





Talking About Trees

TALKING ABOUT TREES

This beautifully shot feature debut, winner of the of the Berlinale Best Documentary Award, is a cinephile’s dream. Set in Sudan in a state of political and cultural instability, the documentary follows Ibrahim Shadad, Manar Al Ahilo, Suleiman Mohammed Ibrahim and Altayeb Mahdi, four veteran members of the Sudanese Film Club.

Tuesday 08 October 2019 20:45 – ICA Cinema | Wednesday 09 October 2019 15:40 – BFI Southbank. Book tickets here.





Muna Moto

MUNA MOTO

A welcome restoration of a classic social realist African masterpiece that champions the ideals of Third Cinema aesthetics.

Sunday 13 October 2019 20:30 – BFI Southbank | Saturday 12 October 2019 15:10 – BFI Southbank. Book tickets here.





Little Monsters

LITTLE MONSTERS

Lupita Nyong’o shines in a delirious zom-com that guarantees you’ll never listen to Taylor Swift in the same way again.

Saturday 05 October 2019 18:00 – BFI Southbank | Monday 07 October 2019 15:30 – Vue West End. Book tickets here. | Tuesday 08 October 2019 18:15 – ICA Cinema. Sold out! (Check venue for on the day returns).





County Lines

COUNTY LINES

Drawing on real-life cases, this is a controlled and disquieting drama about a 14-year-old London boy being used as a mule by nationwide drug traffickers.

Wednesday 09 October 2019 20:45 – BFI Southbank. Sold out! (Check the venue for returns) | Tuesday 08 October 2019 18:30 – Vue West End. Sold out! (Check the venue for returns)| Sunday 13 October 2019 20:30 – Vue West End. Book tickets here.





Zombi Child

ZOMBI CHILD

The latest provocation from Bertrand Bonello (Nocturama, LFF 2016) splices Haitian history and folklore with contemporary life at an elite girls’ boarding school in Paris.

Monday 07 October 2019 20:40 – Cine Lumiere | Sunday 06 October 2019 18:20 – Empire Haymarket | Friday 11 October 2019 15:30 – Prince Charles Cinema. Book tickets here.




Bacurau

BACURAU

This brazen Brazilian weird western snatched the Cannes Jury Prize and is coming for your mind next!

Friday 04 October 2019 21:15 – ODEON Luxe Leicester Square – Sold out! | Saturday 05 October 2019 11:30 – ODEON Luxe Leicester Square – Sold out!
(Check venue for on the day return tickets).





Burning Night

BURNING NIGHT

Eryk Rocha’s edgy, impressionistic chronicle of the nocturnal encounters of a Rio cab driver vividly captures the strange unpredictability of a rapidly changing world.

Thursday 03 October 2019 18:20 – BFI Southbank | Saturday 05 October 2019 20:30 – Vue West End. Book tickets here.