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12 Must-See Movies at the 63rd BFI London Film Festival

October is the best month of the year. It begins with the first signs of autumn. It closes with Halloween. And in between is the BFI London Film Festival.

2019’s 63rd LFF delivers a stellar line-up of the year’s finest movies. Sure, there are surprising omissions: if they are holding back Bong Joon-ho’s Palme D’or winning Parasite for the Surprise Film we’ll be ticked off. But, between opening film The Personal History of David Copperfield and closing film The Irishman are a wealth of cinematic treasures.

Noah Baumbach’s Marriage Story, Pablo Larraín’s Ema, his follow-up to 2016’s Jackie, Judy and Punch starring Mia Wasikowska, The Two Popes with Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce, Takashi Miike’s First Love and Shia LaBeouf’s part-autobiographical Honey Boy...

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The Lodge (2019)

Director: Severin Fiala, Veronika Franz

Writers: Sergio Casci, Severin Fiala, Veronika Franz

Cast: Riley Keough, Jaeden Lieberher, Lia McHugh, Richard Armitage, Alicia Silverstone

Producers: Aliza James, Simon Oakes, Aaron Ryder

Music: Danny Bensi, Saunders Jurriaans

Cinematography: Thimios Bakatakis

Editors: Michael Palm

Cert: 15 (TBC)

Running time: 100mins

Year: 2019



What’s the story: The teenage Aidan (Lieberher) and his younger sister Mia (McHugh) spend the run-up to Christmas in an isolated lodge with their dad’s new partner, Grace (Keough). Strange events soon begin to take a psychological toll.

What’s the verdict: Filmmaking duo Severin Fiala and Veronika Franz’s follow their 2014 cult hit Goodnight Mommy with anothe...

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The Peanut Butter Falcon

Directors: Tyler Nilson, Mike Schwartz

Writers: Tyler Nilson, Mike Schwartz

Cast: Shia LaBeouf, Zack Gottsagen, Dakota Johnson, John Hawkes, Thomas Haden Church, Bruce Dern, Jon Bernthal, Yelawolf, Jake Roberts, Mick Foley

Producers: Albert Berger, Christopher Lemole, Lije Sarki, David Thies, Ron Yerxa, Tim Zajaros

Music: Zachary Dawes, Noam Pikelny, Jonathan Sadoff, Gabe Witcher

Cinematography: Nigel Bluck

Editors: Nat Fuller, Kevin Tent

Cert: 12 (TBC)

Running time: 97mins

Year: 2019



What’s the story: Zak (Gottsagen), a young man with Down’s Syndrome, escapes his care home with dreams of becoming a wrestler. To reach his destination, he embarks on an epic river journey with Tyler (LaBeouf), a fisherman fleeing his own troubles.

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Little Monsters (2019)

Director: Abe Forsythe

Writer: Abe Forsythe

Cast: Lupita Nyong’o, Alexander England, Josh Gad, Diesel La Torraca

Producers: Jessica Calder, Keith Calder, Steve Hutensky, Jodi Matterson, Bruna Papandrea

Music: Piers Burbrook de Vere

Cinematography: Lachlan Milne

Editors: Jim May, Drew Thompson

Cert: 15 (TBC)

Running time: 94mins

Year: 2019



What’s the story: After a zombie outbreak at a US military base, a kindergarten teacher and the uncle of one of the kids must protect her class as flesh-eaters descend on a New South Wales petting zoo.

What’s the verdict: Understandable if the arrival of another zombie comedy creates a chorus of undead-like groans...

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Waiting for the Barbarians

Director: Ciro Guerra

Writer: J.M. Coetzee (script, based on his novel)

Cast: Mark Rylance, Johnny Depp, Robert Pattinson, Gana Bayarsaikhan

Producers: Monika Bacardi, Michael Fitzgerald, Andrea Iervolino, Olga Segura

Music: Giampiero Ambrosi

Cinematography: Chris Menges

Editor: Jacopo Quadri

Cert: 15 (TBC)

Running time: 112mins

Year: 2019



What’s the story: In a desert outpost of an unnamed empire, the local Magistrate (Rylance) watches in horror as Colonel Joll (Depp) begins persecuting neighbouring tribespeople on suspicion of plotting insurrection.

What’s the verdict: All that is required for evil to flourish is for good men to do nothing, so the saying goes...

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Monos

Director: Alejandro Landes

Writers: Alejandro Landes, Alexis dos Santos

Cast: Sofia Buenaventura, Moises Arias, Julianne Nicholson, Laura Castrillón, Karen Quintero, Julian Giraldo

Producers: Fernando Epstein, Alejandro Landes, Cristina Landes, Santiago A. Zapata

Music: Mica Levi

Cinematography: Jasper Wolf

Editors: Ted Guard, Yorgos Mavropsaridis, Santiago Otheguy

Cert: 15 TBC

Running time: 102mins

Year: 2019



What’s the story: In the South American mountains, a squad of child soldiers kill time while holding an American engineer hostage.

What’s the verdict: A journey into the wild hearts of child soldiers, Alejandro Landes’ third feature in twelve years is riveting, frustrating, hallucinogenic and astonishing.

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