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BFI London Film Festival 2017


October 4, 2017
October 15, 2017 (All day)
Various London Venues   View map

See the world’s newest films. First.

The festival will take place in 15 venues across London in West End cinemas and we will see the return of the Embankment Garden Cinema after last year’s success. It’s going to be smashing 242 films, 28 world premieres, nine international premieres and 34 European premieres, 46 documentaries, six animations, 14 archive restorations and 16 artists’ moving image features,128 short films, and 67 countries represented.


See our selection of the best happenings:


TAKE EVERY WAVE: The Life of Laird Hamilton
This hugely cinematic and exhilarating documentary recounts the incredible life and career of the big wave surfing pioneer. Fans of Riding Giants (the cult surfing doc that featured Hamilton) rejoice! Take Every Wave is another thrilling ride into the unique and transcendent world of surfing. Digging into a wealth of…[Read More]





Devil’s Freedom
The Mexican drug war is seen from a new angle in this gripping film that finds victims and perpetrators confronting us with their nightmarish stories. In the past five years, this barbaric war has claimed a staggering 100,000 lives. Where violence has become normalised, corruption endemic and life so cheap that it…[Read More]





The Florida Project
That The Little Rascals is an inspiration for Sean Baker’s magical, magnificent and madcap follow-up to Tangerine (LFF2015) makes perfect sense when you see this story of childhood, set against the backdrop of America’s failed economy. Six-year-old Moonee (the astonishingly good Brooklynn Kimberly Prince) lives with her mother…[Read More]





Roller Dreams
Beneath palm trees and dusty pink orange sunsets, the rock stars of 1980s Venice Beach spin, glide and break-dance to R&B, hip hop and disco. Welcome to ‘Disco Alley’, a dynamic subculture that transformed the identity of California’s ‘slum by the sea’ and fuelled skate movies such as Xanadu, Skatetown, U.S.A. and Roller Boogie…[Read More]





Beach Rats
Eliza Hittman returns with a gripping investigation of repressed sexual desire in a hyper-masculine environment. British newcomer Harris Dickinson crackles with energy as the enigmatic Frankie, a virulently macho Brooklyn teen. In a tale of two worlds destined to collide, he spends days with friends, hanging around the beach…[Read More]





Acclaimed filmmaker Joachim Trier switches gear for this supernaturally-tinged tale of a young woman’s macabre coming of age. Known for his trio of astute human dramas (Reprise, Oslo, August 31st and Louder Than Bombs), a horror film might seem a bold departure for Trier. Yet this subtle shocker is every bit the kind of…[Read More]





Five Fingers For Marseilles
A deftly-constructed, Western-inspired drama, whose thrilling and intensely raw tone is made more breathtaking by the stunning backdrop it unfolds against. The vast landscape of South Africa’s Eastern Cape, with its rugged rural terrain and surrounding mountains, provides the spectacular setting for this story of five young…[Read More]





Bad Lucky Goat
Two bickering teenagers are forced to put their differences aside when they accidentally hit a goat while running an errand for their father. Corn (Honlenny Huffington) and Rita (Kiara Howard) are in big trouble. Not only do they have to dispose of a dead goat, they also need to find a quick way of sorting out the damage to their…[Read More]




Short Film Award Programme 2
The Short Film Award recognises short form works with a unique cinematic voice and a confident handling of chosen theme and content…[Read More]


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