London Film Festival 2017

This is a list of movies I have seen from The London Film Festival 2017 in chronological viewing order. Films start on my LFF interest list and move here as I see them.

I saw #1 to #24 before the festival and then #25 to #48 in London itself.
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1.
Brigsby Bear (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Brigsby Bear Adventures is a children's TV show produced for an audience of one: James. When the show abruptly ends... (97 mins.)
Director: Dave McCary
“ Originally seen at Sundance 2017 ” - Col Needham
 
2.
The Nile Hilton Incident (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A maid witnesses a murder at an upscale hotel and a policeman is assigned to the case, but it soon becomes clear that important people don't want the case solved. (106 mins.)
Director: Tarik Saleh
“ Originally seen at Sundance 2017 ” - Col Needham
 
3.
78/52 (2017 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
An unprecedented look at the iconic shower scene in Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho, the "man behind the curtain", and the screen murder that profoundly changed the course of world cinema. (91 mins.)
“ Originally seen at Sundance 2017 ” - Col Needham
 
4.
Ingrid Goes West (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
An unhinged social media stalker moves to LA and insinuates herself into the life of an Instagram star. (98 mins.)
Director: Matt Spicer
“ Originally seen at Sundance 2017 ” - Col Needham
 
5.
Golden Exits (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
An intersectional narrative of two families in Brooklyn and the unraveling of unspoken unhappiness that occurs when a young foreign girl spending time abroad upsets the balance on both sides. (94 mins.)
Director: Alex Ross Perry
“ Originally seen at Sundance 2017 ” - Col Needham
 
6.
Beach Rats (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A Brooklyn teenager spends his days experimenting with drugs and looking online for older men to meet with. (98 mins.)
Director: Eliza Hittman
“ Originally seen at Sundance 2017 ” - Col Needham
 
7.
Wonderstruck (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
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 ago as they both seek the same mysterious connection. (116 mins.)
Director: Todd Haynes
“ Originally seen at Cannes 2017 ” - Col Needham
 
8.
The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Steven, a charismatic surgeon, is forced to make an unthinkable sacrifice after his life starts to fall apart, when the behavior of a teenage boy he has taken under his wing turns sinister. (121 mins.)
“ Originally seen at Cannes 2017 ” - Col Needham
 
9.
Happy End (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A drama about a family set in Calais with the European refugee crisis as the backdrop. (107 mins.)
Director: Michael Haneke
“ Originally seen at Cannes 2017 ” - Col Needham
 
10.
The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
An estranged family gathers together in New York for an event celebrating the artistic work of their father. (112 mins.)
Director: Noah Baumbach
“ Originally seen at Cannes 2017 ” - Col Needham
 
11.
Loveless (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A couple going through a divorce must team up to find their son who has disappeared during one of their bitter arguments. (127 mins.)
“ Originally seen at Cannes 2017 ” - Col Needham
 
12.
Redoubtable (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
During the making of one of his films, French film director Jean-Luc Godard falls in love with 17-year old actress Anne Wiazemsky and later marries her. (107 mins.)
“ Originally seen at Cannes 2017 ” - Col Needham
 
13.
BPM (Beats Per Minute) (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
120 BPM. The average heart rate. The protagonists of 120 battements par minute are passionate about fighting the indifference that exists towards AIDS. (140 mins.)
Director: Robin Campillo
“ Originally seen at Cannes 2017 ” - Col Needham
 
14.
How to Talk to Girls at Parties (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
An alien touring the galaxy breaks away from her group and meets two young inhabitants of the most dangerous place in the universe: the London suburb of Croydon. (102 mins.)
“ Originally seen at Cannes 2017 ” - Col Needham
 
15.
6 Days (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
In April 1980, armed gunmen stormed the Iranian Embassy in Princes Gate, London and took all inside hostage... (94 mins.)
Director: Toa Fraser
“ Seen at a special preview ” - Col Needham
 
16.
Last Flag Flying (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Thirty years after they served together in Vietnam, a former Navy Corpsman Larry "Doc" Shepherd re-unites with his old buddies, former Marines Sal Nealon and Reverend Richard Mueller, to bury his son, a young Marine killed in the Iraq War. (124 mins.)
“ Seen at a special preview ” - Col Needham
 
17.
On Chesil Beach (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A drama set in the early 1960s and centered on a young couple on their honeymoon. (105 mins.)
Director: Dominic Cooke
“ Originally seen at Toronto 2017 ” - Col Needham
 
18.
Zama (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Based on the novel by Antonio Di Benedetto written in 1956, on Don Diego de Zama, a Spanish officer of the seventeenth century settled in Asunción, who awaits his transfer to Buenos Aires. (115 mins.)
Director: Lucrecia Martel
“ Originally seen at Toronto 2017 ” - Col Needham
 
19.
The Shape of Water (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
An other-worldly fairy tale, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1962. In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa (Sally Hawkins) is trapped in a life of isolation. Elisa's life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer) discover a secret classified experiment. (119 mins.)
“ Originally seen at Toronto 2017 ” - Col Needham
 
20.
Brawl in Cell Block 99 (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A former boxer-turned-drug runner lands in a prison battleground after a deal gets deadly. (132 mins.)
Director: S. Craig Zahler
“ Originally seen at Toronto 2017 ” - Col Needham
 
21.
Faces Places (2017 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Director Agnes Varda and photographer/muralist J.R. journey through rural France and form an unlikely friendship. (89 mins.)
Director: JR, Agnès Varda
“ Originally seen at Toronto 2017 ” - Col Needham
 
22.
Professor Marston and the Wonder Women (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
The story of psychologist William Moulton Marston, the polyamorous relationship between his wife and his mistress, the creation of his beloved comic book character Wonder Woman, and the controversy the comic generated. (108 mins.)
Director: Angela Robinson
“ Originally seen at Toronto 2017 ” - Col Needham
 
23.
Beast (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A troubled woman living in an isolated community finds herself pulled between the control of her oppressive family and the allure of a secretive outsider suspected of a series of brutal murders. (107 mins.)
Director: Michael Pearce
“ Originally seen at Toronto 2017 ” - Col Needham
 
24.
Dark River (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Following the death of her father, Alice (Ruth Wilson) returns to her home village for the first time in 15 years, to claim the tenancy to the family farm she believes is rightfully hers. (89 mins.)
Director: Clio Barnard
“ Originally seen at Toronto 2017 ” - Col Needham
 
25.
Filmworker (2017 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
It's a rare person who would give up fame and fortune to toil in obscurity for someone else's creative vision... (94 mins.)
Director: Tony Zierra
 
26.
Wrath of Silence (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
In 21 Century, a small town in Northern China. There are rich mineral resources in endless mountains... (119 mins.)
Director: Yukun Xin
 
27.
Breathe (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
The inspiring true love story of Robin and Diana Cavendish, an adventurous couple who refuse to give up in the face of a devastating disease. Their heartwarming celebration of human possibility marks the directorial debut of Andy Serkis. (118 mins.)
Director: Andy Serkis
 
28.
Mudbound (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
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. (134 mins.)
Director: Dee Rees
 
29.
Racer and the Jailbird (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Set against the background of a brutal crime gang in Brussels, a tragic love story between Gigi (Matthias Schoenaerts), a high-flying gangster, and Bibi (Adèle Exarchopoulos), a young racing driver with very upper-class roots. (130 mins.)
 
30.
Amant Double (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Chloé, a fragile young woman, falls in love with her psychoanalyst, Paul. A few months later she moves in with him, but soon discovers that her lover is concealing a part of his identity. (107 mins.)
Director: François Ozon
 
31.
Lean on Pete (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A teenager gets a summer job working for a horse trainer and befriends the fading racehorse, Lean on Pete. (121 mins.)
Director: Andrew Haigh
 
32.
Journey's End (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Set in a dugout in Aisne in 1918, it is the story of a group of British officers, led by the mentally disintegrating young officer Stanhope, variously awaiting their fate. (107 mins.)
Director: Saul Dibb
 
33.
April's Daughter (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Valeria is 17 and pregnant. She lives in Puerto Vallarta with Clara, her half sister. Valeria has not wanted her long-absent mother... (103 mins.)
Director: Michel Franco
 
34.
Battle of the Sexes (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
The true story of the 1973 tennis match between World number one Billie Jean King and ex-champ and serial hustler Bobby Riggs. (121 mins.)
 
35.
Good Time (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
After a heist goes awry, a bank robber spends a night trying to free his mentally ill brother from being sent to Riker's Island prison. (101 mins.)
 
36.
Blade of the Immortal (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Manji, a highly skilled samurai, becomes cursed with immortality after a legendary battle. Haunted by the brutal murder of his sister, Manji knows that only fighting evil will regain his soul. He promises to help a young girl named Rin avenge her parents, who were killed by a group of master swordsmen led by ruthless warrior Anotsu. The mission will change Manji in ways he could never imagine - the 100th film by master director Takashi Miike. (140 mins.)
Director: Takashi Miike
 
37.
Call Me by Your Name (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
In Northern Italy in 1983, seventeen year-old Elio begins a relationship with visiting Oliver, his father's research assistant, with whom he bonds over his emerging sexuality, their Jewish heritage, and the beguiling Italian landscape. (132 mins.)
Director: Luca Guadagnino
 
38.
Thoroughbreds (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Two upper-class teenage girls in suburban Connecticut rekindle their unlikely friendship after years of growing apart. Together, they hatch a plan to solve both of their problems-no matter what the cost. (90 mins.)
Director: Cory Finley
 
39.
1% (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
1% is set within the primal underworld of outlaw motorcycle club gangs. It follows the heir to the throne of a motorcycle club who has to betray his president to save his brother's life. (92 mins.)
 
40.
Columbus (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A Korean-born man finds himself stuck in Columbus, Indiana, where his architect father is in a coma. The man meets a young woman who wants to stay in Columbus with her mother, a recovering addict, instead of pursuing her own dreams. (100 mins.)
Director: Kogonada
 
41.
Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A romance sparks between a young actor and a Hollywood leading lady. (105 mins.)
Director: Paul McGuigan
 
42.
Sweet Country (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Australian western set on the Northern Territory frontier in the 1920s, where justice itself is put on trial when an aged Aboriginal farmhand shoots a white man in self defense and goes on the run as posse gathers to hunt him down. (110 mins.)
 
43.
Angels Wear White (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
In a small seaside town, two schoolgirls are assaulted by a middle-aged man in a motel. Mia, a teenager who was working on reception that night... (107 mins.)
Director: Vivian Qu
 
44.
Downsizing (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A social satire in which a guy realizes he would have a better life if he were to shrink himself. (135 mins.)
Director: Alexander Payne
 
45.
The Florida Project (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Set over one summer, the film follows precocious 6-year-old Moonee as she courts mischief and adventure with her ragtag playmates and bonds with her rebellious but caring mother, all while living in the shadows of Disney World. (111 mins.)
Director: Sean Baker
 
46.
The Lovers (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Debra Winger and Tracy Letts play a long-married, dispassionate couple who are both in the midst of serious affairs. But on the brink of calling it quits, a spark between them suddenly reignites, leading them into an impulsive romance. (97 mins.)
Director: Azazel Jacobs
 
47.
You Were Never Really Here (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
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. (85 mins.)
Director: Lynne Ramsay
 
48.
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
In this darkly comic drama, a mother personally challenges the local authorities to solve her daughter's murder, when they fail to catch the culprit. (115 mins.)
Director: Martin McDonagh
 
49.
The Party (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Janet hosts a party to celebrate her new promotion, but once the guests arrive it becomes clear that not everything is going to go down as smoothly as the red wine. (71 mins.)
Director: Sally Potter
 
50.
Western (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A group of German construction workers start a tough job at a remote site in the Bulgarian countryside... (119 mins.)
 
51.
A Fantastic Woman (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Marina, a waitress who moonlights as a nightclub singer, is bowled over by the death of her older boyfriend. (104 mins.)
 
52.
The Rider (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
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. (104 mins.)
Director: Chloé Zhao