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The 66th BFI London Film Festival (LFF) announced the full programme line-up

BFI London Film Festival 2022 – 5 to 16 October 2022


Opening with the World Premiere of ROALD DAHL’S MATILDA THE MUSICAL

Closing with European Premiere of Rian Johnson’s GLASS ONION: A KNIVES OUT MYSTERY

American Express Gala is the European Premiere of Sam Mendes’ EMPIRE OF LIGHT


The Festival also announces:

  • A dynamic and vibrant programme of 164 feature films from around the world (with all films screening to UK audiences for the first time, including 23 World, 6 International, 15 European Premieres)
  • In cinemas and venues across central London plus 10 LFF partner cinemas across the UK
  • A curated programme of 20+ features and 15 free short films available digitally across the whole of the UK on BFI Player until 23 October
  • 41% of the programme is from female and non-binary directors/creators or co-directors/creators with 34% made by ethnically diverse directors/creators
  • Line up includes LFF Expanded, a programme of 20 new Immersive Art and Extended Realities strand, now in its third year
  • And for the second year, LFF Series, a showcase of international work made for television or digital platforms in series form, with 8 new works from 8 countries, including 3 World Premieres
  • LFF for Free offers audiences a vibrant wide-ranging programme of short films, immersive art works and talks, alongside imaginative, playful events, and filmmaker Q&A’s, both in-person at BFI Southbank and online across BFI Player, BFI YouTube and social media – all completely free of charge
  • Major alumni filmmakers returning to LFF include Johnson and Mendes as well as Darren Aronofsky, Noah Baumbach, the Dardennes, Mia Hansen-Løve, Joanna Hogg, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Sebastián Lelio, Tobias Lindholm, Guy Maddin, Ruben Östlund, François Ozon, Park Chan-wook, Laura Poitras, Sarah Polley, Guillermo del Toro, Lars von Trier and Nora Twomey




London, embargoed until Thursday 1 September, 11.00am.

The 66th BFI London Film Festival (LFF) in partnership with American Express today announces the full programme line-up, which will be presented in cinemas and online, across the UK. Over twelve days from 5 – 16 October, the LFF will return to its fantastic flagship venues in the heart of London – BFI Southbank and the Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, which between them host Galas, Special Presentations and Official Competition. Films and series from all strands of the Festival screen in many of central London’s iconic cinemas with a curated selection of features showcased at 10 partner venues across the UK.


The full programme features films, series and immersive art works from over 63 countries with 41% of the programme made by female and non-binary directors/creators or co-directors/creators and 34% made by ethnically diverse directors/creators.


An impressive number of major alumni filmmakers return to LFF including: Darren Aronofsky, Noah Baumbach, James Benning, Marco Bellocchio, Bertrand Bonello, Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, Richard Eyre, Kevin Jerome Everson, Patricio Guzmán, Mani Haghighi, Mia Hansen-Løve, Joanna Hogg, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Rian Johnson, Asif Kapadia, Joe Lawlor and Christine Molloy, Sebastián Lelio, Sébastien Lifshitz, Tobias Lindholm, Edward Lovelace, Martin McDonagh, Santiago Mitre, Michel Ocelot, Ruben Östlund, François Ozon, Park Chan-wook, Alexandre O. Philippe, Laura Poitras, Sarah Polley, Lucía Puenzo, João Pedro Rodrigues, Jerzy Skolimowski, Paolo Taviani, Guillermo del Toro, Lars von Trier, Nora Twomey. Major emerging alumni returning to LFF with new features include: Ali Abassi, Fyzal Boulifa, Lukas Dhont, Alice Diop, Sally El Hosaini, Soudade Kaadan, Hlynur Pálmason, with the Festival also introducing audiences to a thrilling new generation of international filmmakers with 39 debut features in LFF.


Every feature and series screens to audiences in the UK for the very first time, with many shown publicly to for the first time ever anywhere in the world. Premieres include 23 feature film and 3 series World Premieres, 6 feature film International Premieres and 15 feature film and 2 series European Premieres. As previously announced the LFF Expanded programme of Immersive Art features 6 World Premieres. World Premieres from filmmakers and artists include: GUILLERMO DEL TORO’S PINOCCHIO; a new series from television auteur Hugo Blick, THE ENGLISH, starring Emily Blunt and a brand new commission AR from acclaimed filmmaker Guy Maddin, HAUNTED HOTEL: A MELODRAMA IN AUGMENTED REALITY. International Premieres include SHE SAID, starring Carey Mulligan and Zoe Kazan and based on the booked from New York Times journalists Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey, and award-winning documentary filmmaker Ondi Timoner’s LAST FLIGHT HOME. Major European Premieres include: EMPIRE OF LIGHT from Sam Mendes; GLASS ONION: A KNIVES OUT MYSTERY from Rian Johnson; MY POLICEMAN, directed by Michael Grandage and starring Emma Corrin, Harry Styles and Rupert Everett; Chinonye Chukwu’s TILL, starring Danielle Deadwyler and Whoopi Goldberg; ALLELUJAH, directed by Richard Eyre adapted from Alan Bennett’s play, with stars including Judi Dench and Jennifer Saunders; Frank Berry’s AISHA starring Letitia Wright and Josh O’Connor, and LADY CHATTERLEY’S LOVER, directed by Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre and also starring Emma Corrin alongside Jack O’Connell. LFF will host the European Premieres of several major new filmmaking voices: Sundance award-winner Nikyatu Jusu with NANNY; acclaimed theatre director Lila Neugebauer’s CAUSEWAY starring Jennifer Lawrence and Brian Tyree Henry and photographer and documentarian Elegance Bratton’s THE INSPECTION.


Audiences will enjoy a rich programme of fiction, documentary, animation, artists’ moving image, short film, newly restored classics from the world’s archives, and exciting international works made in immersive and episodic forms. LFF for Free will return to BFI Southbank with a programme of in-person events and screenings as well as a programme of free short films and events that will be available across the UK virtually. The Festival will also be accessible UK-wide via a specially curated programme of feature and short films on BFI Player, which viewers will be able to enjoy for a full week after the Festival (from 14 – 23 October). 


Ben Roberts, CEO, BFI said: “I’m immensely proud of the BFI London Film Festival and the talented team who take it from strength to strength every year. They continue to find creative ways of reaching new audiences across the UK, including through our free programme and a wider range of work, including our Series and VR and immersive works. The LFF provides a vital platform for global filmmakers to showcase their work and I’m excited to see such a bold and expansive range of films, more World Premieres than ever and an incredible range of debuts from UK directors. We couldn’t do it without our loyal supporters, including our principal partner of 13 years American Express, so huge thanks to them and our many other sponsors, funders, partners, including the UK Government and the UK’s National Lottery players who do so much to enable both the Festival and our work throughout the year.”


Tricia Tuttle, BFI London Film Festival Director said: “If there is something that unites these brilliant but disparate works, it’s the boldness and ambition of their filmmakers and creators. As we emerge from an unprecedented period of disruption and change - a global health crisis, instability, climate change - artists are our North Star, helping guide us and shape our understanding in a complex and often confusing world. And the work here reminds me again of why we love films, television, visual storytelling of all kinds…it has the power to help us see. We are so grateful to these artists for their incredible films, series and immersive works and can’t wait to share it with audiences.“



The LFF is delighted to invite audiences once again to its London hubs on the South Bank and in the West End, with both areas remaining at the heart of the BFI London Film Festival experience. Each night, a Gala will screen at the Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall on an 18-metre screen with full high-spec 7.1 channel surround sound, ensuring every seat in the over-2000-seater venue is the best in the house. The BFI’s iconic flagship venue BFI Southbank, will host the prestigious Competition Titles, the LFF Series programme, Screen Talks and LFF For Free Events. A host of London cinemas will also screen titles from the programme including: Odeon Luxe West End, the Prince Charles Cinema, ICA, Curzon Soho and Curzon Mayfair, each of them welcoming special guests to present their work to audiences across London’s West End. 


The LFF is one of the world’s leading film festivals, with a programme that offers audiences the chance to be among the first to see hotly anticipated films from the most exciting new and established filmmakers from around the globe. The LFF competitive sections will recognise remarkable creative filmmaking achievements, and be presented in a digital ceremony, open to all on the final evening of the LFF. A soon-to-be announced set of juries will select the winners across five categories: Official Competition, First Feature, Documentary, Immersive Art and XR and Short Film. The LFF Audience Award, introduced in 2021, allows Festival-goers to vote for their favourite feature, while a new category, Audience Award – Best Short Film, is also introduced this year.


As previously announced, LFF Expanded is presented in partnership with the National Theatre, and returns in 2022 for its third year, and features ground-breaking work from artists and creative teams working in immersive media including virtual, augmented and mixed reality, from across the UK and internationally. The programme takes place across multiple venues on London’s South Bank; 26 Leake Street, the award-winning venue located in the Leake Street graffiti tunnel, National Theatre and at BFI Southbank. This programme includes the World Premiere, commissioned by the LFF, of Guy Maddin’s HAUNTED HOTEL: A MELODRAMA IN AUGMENTED REALITY. Presented at BFI Southbank, this evocative, immersive exhibition transports the audience into a surreal paper world, created from an eclectic selection of clippings drawn from Maddin’s own personal archive, set to an intricate soundscape by acclaimed composer Magnus Fiennes.


Following last year’s incredibly successful debut, the LFF Series strand returns to showcase some of the best in new episodic programming from around the world, including three World Premieres at this year’s festival. Audiences can enjoy screenings of some of the most anticipated and exciting new series presented across a number of the LFF strands. The Series programmed is headlined by the World Premiere of Western THE ENGLISH starring Emily Blunt and Chaske Spencer, and includes the long-awaited third season of Lars von Trier’s The Kingdom trilogy, THE KINGDOM EXODUS; SEÑORITA 89, from director and showrunner Lucía Puenzo and producers Pablo and Juan de Dios Larraín, and the previously announced espionage thriller A SPY AMONG FRIENDS and comedy-drama MAMMALS.


The Festival aims to be inclusive, accessible and welcoming and includes many ways audiences can engage outside of the Official Selection: through LFF for Free, Screen Talks with major filmmakers and actors and virtual Q&As across the Festival. Young cinema goers, Audiences aged 16-25 and emerging professionals can also enrich their engagement of the Festival in a number of key ways: our 25 & Under £5 tickets, available across selected titles in the Festival; our FAMILY screenings, our education programmes, and via events and screenings for young aspiring professionals presented with BFI Film Academy and the BFI Future Film Festival.


A full programme of events and screenings is available for professional and press delegates across the Festival.





  • Opening Night Gala – ROALD DAHL’S MATILDA THE MUSICAL (UK, dir. Matthew Warchus)
  • Closing Night Gala – GLASS ONION: A KNIVES OUT MYSTERY (USA, dir.-scr. Rian Johnson)
  • American Express Gala – EMPIRE OF LIGHT (UK-USA, dir.-scr. Sam Mendes)
  • American Airlines Gala – THE BANSHEES OF INISHERIN (Ireland-UK-USA, dir.-scr. Martin McDonagh)
  • BARDO, FALSE CHRONICLE OF A HANDFUL OF TRUTHS (Mexico, dir. Alejandro G. Iñárritu)
  • DECISION TO LEAVE (South Korea, dir.-prod. Park Chan-wook)
  • LIVING (UK, dir. Oliver Hermanus)
  • GUILLERMO DEL TORO’S PINOCCHIO (USA, dir. Guillermo del Toro, Mark Gustafson)
  • SHE SAID (USA, dir. Maria Schrader)
  • THE SON (UK, dir. Florian Zeller)
  • The Mayor of London’s Gala – TILL (USA, dir. Chinonye Chukwu)
  • BFI Patrons’ Gala – THE WHALE (USA, dir. Darren Aronofsky)
  • WHITE NOISE (USA, dir.-scr. Noah Baumbach)
  • THE WONDER (UK-Ireland, dir. Sebastián Lelio)



  • ALLELUJAH (UK, dir. Richard Eyre)
  • CAUSEWAY (USA, dir. Lila Neugebauer)
  • Series Special Presentation – THE ENGLISH (UK-Spain, dir.-scr. Hugo Blick)
  • THE ETERNAL DAUGHTER (UK-USA, dir.-scr. Joanna Hogg)
  • HOLY SPIDER (Denmark-Germany-Sweden-France, dir. Ali Abbasi)
  • MY IMAGINARY COUNTRY (Chile-France, dir.-scr. Patricio Guzmán)
  • MY POLICEMAN (UK, dir. Michael Grandage)
  • NANNY (USA, dir.-scr. Nikyatu Jusu)
  • NIL BY MOUTH (UK, dir.-scr. Gary Oldman)
  • THE SWIMMERS (UK, dir. Sally El Hosaini)
  • TRIANGLE OF SADNESS (Sweden-Germany-France-UK, dir.-scr. Ruben Östlund) – in association with Time Out
  • WOMEN TALKING (USA, dir.-scr. Sarah Polley)
  • BFI Flare Special Presentation – THE INSPECTION (USA, dir.-scr. Elegance Bratton)
  • Experimenta Special Presentation – PIAFFE (Germany, dir. Ann Oren)





  • ARGENTINA, 1985 (Argentina, dir.-scr. Santiago Mitre)
  • BROTHER (Canada, dir.-scr. Clement Virgo)
  • CORSAGE (Austria-Luxembourg-Germany-France, dir.-scr. Marie Kreutzer)
  • LES DAMNÉS NE PLEURENT PAS (France-Belgium-Morocco, dir.-scr. Fyzal Boulifa)
  • ENYS MEN (UK, dir.-scr. Mark Jenkin)
  • GODLAND ( Denmark-Iceland-France-Sweden, dir.-scr. Hlynur Pálmason)
  • NEZOUH (UK-Syria-France, dir.-scr. Soudade Kaadan)
  • SAINT OMER (France, dir.-scr. Alice Diop)



  • 1976 (Chile-Argentina-Qatar, dir. Manuela Martelli)
  • BLUE JEAN (UK, dir.-scr. Georgia Oakley)
  • JEONG-SUN (South Korea, dir.-scr. Jeong Ji-hye)
  • JOYLAND (Pakistan, dir. Saim Sadiq)
  • MEDUSA DELUXE (UK, dir.-scr. Thomas Hardiman)
  • OUR LADY OF THE CHINESE SHOP (Angola, dir.-scr. Ery Claver)
  • ROBE OF GEMS (Argentina-Mexico, dir.-scr. Natalia López Gallardo)
  • RODEO (France, dir. Lola Quivoron)



  • ALL THAT BREATHES (India-UK-USA, dir. Shaunak Sen)
  • CASA SUSANNA (France-USA, dir. Sébastien Lifshitz)
  • THE FUTURE TENSE (Ireland-UK, dir.-scr. Christine Molloy, Joe Lawlor)
  • KANAVAL: A PEOPLE’S HISTORY OF HAITI IN SIX CHAPTERS (Haiti-UK, dir.-scr. Leah Gordon, Eddie Hutton Mills)
  • LYNCH/OZ (USA, dir.-scr. Alexandre O. Philippe)
  • NAME ME LAWAND (UK, dir.-scr. Edward Lovelace)
  • WHAT ABOUT CHINA? (USA-China-Singapore, dir.-scr. Trinh Minh-ha)



  • ALL UNSAVED PROGRESS WILL BE LOST (France, Lead Artist - Mélanie Courtinat)
  • APPARATUS LUDENS (UK-Sweden, Lead Artist - Untold Garden)
  • AS MINE EXACTLY (UK, Lead Artist - Charlie Shackleton)
  • THE CHOICE (Canada-Poland, Lead Artist - Joanne Popinska)
  • DIGITAL MOTIONS (Germany, Lead Artists - Helge Letonja, Marcel Karnapke, Björn Lengers, Anke Euler, Music Florian Tippe)
  • FRAMERATE: PULSE OF EARTH (UK, Lead Artists - Matthew Shaw, William Trossell, ScanLAB Projects)
  • IN PURSUIT OF REPETITIVE BEATS (UK, Lead Artist – Darren Emerson)
  • THE INFINITE LIBRARY (India-Germany-Czech Republic, Lead Artist - Mika Johnson)
  • INTRAVENE (UK-Canada, Lead Artists – Darkfield, Crackdown, Brenda Longfellow)
  • THE LAST TIME I SAW SNOW (UK, Lead Artists - Isobel Mascarenhas-Whitman, Alex Tennyson)
  • LINE OF CONTACT (Netherlands-UK-Ukraine, Lead Artist – Dani Ploeger)
  • MISSING PICTURES EPISODE 3: THE MONKEY WRENCH GANG (France-UK-Taiwan-Luxembourg-South Korea, Lead Artist – Clément Deneux, with – Catherine Hardwicke)
  • MONOLITHS (UK, Lead Artists - Lucy Hammond, Hannah Davies, Asma Elbadawi, Carmen Marcus)
  • ON THE MORNING YOU WAKE (TO THE END OF THE WORLD) (UK-France-USA, Lead Artists - Jamaica Heolimeleikalani Osorio, Mike Brett, Steve Jamison, Arnaud Colinart, Pierre Zandrowicz)
  • PAN + TILT (UK, Lead Artists - Ruth Gibson, Bruno Martelli)
  • PLANET CITY (USA-China, Lead Artists - L Liam Young, Kayvan Boudai, Elliot Ordower, James Clark)
  • WALZER (The Netherlands, Lead Artists - Frieda Gustavs, Leo Erken)  



  • AN AVOCADO PIT (Portugal, dir.-scr. Ary Zara)
  • CHECOSLOVAQUIA (Peru, dir.-scr. Dennis Perinango)
  • DROP OUT (UK, dir. Ade Femzo)
  • I HAVE NO LEGS, AND I MUST RUN (China, dir.-scr. Yue Li)
  • IT’S RAINING FROGS OUTSIDE (Philippines, dir.-scr. Maria Estela Paiso)
  • THE RITUAL TO BEAUTY (USA, dir. Maria Marrone, Shenny de Los Angeles)
  • ROSEMARY A.D. (AFTER DAD) (USA, dir.-scr. Ethan Barrett)
  • A SOD STATE (Ireland-Netherlands, dir.-prod. Eoghan Ryan)
  • TRANSPARENT (UK, dir. Siobhan Davies)


As in previous years, the feature film programme is organised by strand to encourage discovery and to open up the Festival to new audiences. These are: Love, Debate, Laugh, Dare, Thrill, Cult, Journey, Create, Experimenta, Family and Treasures. Audiences can also find a new and exciting Series programming in many of the strands.



  • AFTERSUN (UK-USA, dir.-scr. Charlotte Wells)
  • BLUE BAG LIFE (UK, dir. Lisa Selby, Rebecca Hirsch Lloyd-Evans, Alex Fry)
  • THE BLUE CAFTAN (France-Morocco-Belgium, dir.-scr. Maryam Touzani)
  • CLOSE (Belgium-France-Netherlands, dir. Lukas Dhont)
  • THE CLOUD MESSENGER (India, dir.-scr. Rahat Mahajan)
  • LADY’S CHATTERLEY’S LOVER (UK, dir. Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre)
  • LAST FLIGHT HOME (USA, dir. Ondi Timoner)
  • LOVE LIFE (Japan-France, dir.-scr. Kôji Fukada)
  • MALINTZIN 17 (Mexico-Switzerland, dir. Eugenio Polgovsky, Mara Polgovsky)
  • MAMMALS (UK, dir. Stephanie Laing)
  • MAYA NILO (LAURA) (Sweden, dir. Lovisa Sirén)
  • MORE THAN EVER (France-Germany-Luxembourg-Norway, dir. Emily Atef)
  • ONE FINE MORNING (France-Germany, dir.-scr. Mia Hansen-Løve)
  • PRETTY RED DRESS (UK, dir.-scr. Dionne Edwards)
  • A ROOM OF MY OWN (Georgia-Germany, dir. Ioseb ‘Soso’ Bliadze)
  • SHE IS LOVE (UK, dir.-scr. Jamie Adams)
  • TORI AND LOKITA (Belgium-France, dir.-scr. Jean Pierre and Luc Dardenne)
  • WINTER BOY (France, dir.-scr. Christophe Honoré)


  • BLAZE (Australia, dir. Del Kathryn Barton)
  • BLUE ISLAND (Hong Kong (S.A.R of China)-Japan-Taiwan, dir. Chan Tze-woon)
  • BOBI WINE: GHETTO PRESIDENT (Uganda, dir. Moses Bwayo, Christopher Sharp)
  • BRAINWASHED: SEX-CAMERA-POWER (USA, dir.-prod.-scr. Nina Menkes)
  • CALL JANE (USA, dir. Phyllis Nagy)
  • DECLARATION (India, dir.-scr. Mahesh Narayanan)
  • EXTERIOR NIGHT (Italy-France, dir. Marco Bellocchio)
  • HIDDEN LETTERS (China-USA-Norway-Germany, dir. Violet Du Feng, Zhao Qing)
  • IF THE STREETS WERE ON FIRE (UK, dir. Alice Russel)
  • KLONDIKE (Ukraine, dir.-scr. Maryna Er Gorbach)
  • NEXT SOHEE (South Korea, dir.-scr. July Jung)
  • STONEWALLING (Japan, dir.-scr. Huang Ji, Ryuji Otsuka)
  • THE STORE (Sweden-Italy, dir.-scr. Ami-Ro Sköld)



  • CHEE$E (Trinidad and Tobago-USA, dir.-scr. Damian Marcano)
  • THE ESTATE (USA, dir.-scr. Dean Craig)
  • FAST & FEEL LOVE (Thailand, dir.-scr. Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit)
  • I LOVE MY DAD (USA, dir.-scr. James Morosini)
  • KLOKKENLUIDER (UK-USA, dir.-scr. Neil Maskell)
  • THE MIDDLE AGES (Argentina, dir. Luciana Acuña, Alejo Moguillansky)
  • RIMINI (Austria-France-Germany, dir. Ulrich Seidl)
  • SICK OF MYSELF (Norway-Sweden, dir.-scr. Kristoffer Borgli)



  • BUTTERFLY VISION (Ukraine-Czech Republic-Croatia-Sweden, dir. Maksym Nakonechnyi)
  • COMA (France, dir.-scr. Bertrand Bonello)
  • DE HUMANI CORPORIS FABRICA (France, dir. Lucien Castaing-Taylor, Verena Paravel)
  • EO (Poland-Italy, dir. Jerzy Skolimowski)
  • HORSEPLAY (LOS AGITADORES) (Argentina, dir.-scr. Marco Berger)
  • INLAND (UK, dir.-scr. Fridtjof Ryder)
  • INTO THE ICE (Denmark-Germany, dir.-scr. Lars Henrik Ostenfeld)
  • MANTICORE (Spain, dir.-scr. Carlos Vermut)
  • PACIFICTION (France-Spain-Germany-Portugal, dir.-scr. Albert Serra)
  • SHTTL (Ukraine-France, dir.-scr. Ady Walter)
  • SUBTRACTION (Iran-France, dir. Mani Haghighi)
  • UNREST (Switzerland, dir.-scr. Cyril Schäublin)
  • THE WOODCUTTER STORY (Finland-Netherlands-Denmark-Germany, dir.-scr. Mikko Myllylahti)
  • XALÉ (Senegal-Ivory Coast, dir. Moussa Sène Absa)



  • ASHKAL (France-Tunisia-Qatar, dir. Youssef Chebbi)
  • THE BLAZE (France, Quentin Reynaud)
  • BOY FROM HEAVEN (Sweden-France-Finland-Denmark, dir.-scr. Tarik Saleh)
  • EMILY THE CRIMINAL (USA, dir.-scr. John Patton Ford)
  • FARAAZ (India, dir. Hansal Mehta)
  • THE GOOD NURSE (USA, dir. Tobias Lindholm)
  • L’ORIGINE DU MAL (France-Canada, dir. Sébastien Marnier)
  • SEÑORITA 89 (Mexico, dir. Lucía Puenzo, Nicolás Puenzo, Jimena Montemayor, Sílvia Quer)
  • A SPY AMONG FRIENDS (UK, dir. Nick Murphy)
  • THE STRANGER (Australia, dir.-scr. Thomas M. Wright)
  • THE WOMAN IN THE WHITE CAR (South Korea, dir. Christine Ko)



  • ATTACHMENT (Denmark, dir.-scr. Gabriel Bier Gislason)
  • THE KINGDOM EXODUS (Denmark, dir. Lars von Trier)
  • LINOLEUM (USA, dir.-scr. Colin West)
  • NEW NORMAL (South Korea, dir.-scr. Jung Bum-shik)
  • THE NIGHTMARE (Norway, dir.-scr. Kjersti Helen Rasmussen)
  • THE ORIGIN (UK, dir. Andrew Cumming)
  • UNICORN WARS (Spain-France, dir. Alberto Vázquez)
  • YOU WON’T BE ALONE (Australia, dir.-scr. Goran Stolevski)



  • AFTER SHERMAN (USA, dir.-scr. Jon-Sesrie Goff)
  • AISHA (Ireland, dir.-scr. Frank Berry)
  • ALCARRÀS (Spain-Italy, dir. Carla Simón)
  • AUTOBIOGRAPHY (Indonesia-France-Singapore-Poland-Philippines-Germany-Qatar, dir.-scr. Makbul Mubarak)
  • CROWS ARE WHITE (USA, dir. Ahsen Nadeem)
  • THE GIRL FROM TOMORROW (Italy-France, dir.-scr. Marta Savina)
  • HIGH SCHOOL (USA-Canada, dir. Clea DuVall)
  • KNOW YOUR PLACE (USA, dir.-scr. Zia Mohajerjasbi)
  • NAYOLA (Portugal-Belgium-France-Netherlands, dir. José Miguel Ribeiro)
  • THE PASSENGERS OF THE NIGHT (France, dir. Mikhaël Hers)
  • SHABU (Netherlands, dir.-scr. Shamira Raphaëla)
  • SMALL, SLOW BUT STEADY (Japan-France, dir. Shô Miyake)
  • SUMMER WITH HOPE (Canada-Iran, dir. Sadaf Foroughi)
  • SUPER EAGLES ’96 (UK-Nigeria, dir.-scr. Yemi Bamiro)
  • UNDER THE FIG TREES (Tunisia-France-Switzerland-Germany-Qatar, dir. Erige Sehiri)
  • UTAMA (Bolivia-Uruguay-France, dir.-scr. Alejandro Loayza Grisi)



  • THE AFRICAN DESPERATE (USA, dir. Martine Syms)
  • CREATURE (UK, dir. Asif Kapadia)
  • GEOGRAPHIES OF SOLITUDE (Canada, dir. Jacquelyn Mills)
  • GETTING IT BACK: THE STORY OF CYMANDE (UK, dir. Tim Mackenzie-Smith)
  • GOD SAID GIVE ‘EM DRUM MACHINES (USA, dir. Kristian R Hill)
  • LEONORA ADDIO (Italy, dir.-scr. Paolo Taviani)
  • MEET ME IN THE BATHROOM (UK, dir. Dylan Southern, Will Lovelace)
  • PETER VON KANT (France-Belgium, dir. François Ozon)
  • SELF PORTRAIT AS A COFFEE POT (South Africa-USA, dir. William Kentridge)
  • WHERE IS THIS STREET? OR WITH NO BEFORE AND AFTER (Portugal-France, dir. João Pedro Rodrigues, João Rui Guerra da Mata)
  • THE WORST ONES (France, dir. Lise Akoka, Romane Gueret)



  • 100 WAYS TO CROSS THE BORDER (USA-Mexico, dir. Amber Bay Bemak)
  • BECOMING PLANT (UK-Denmark, Norway, dir. Grace Ndiritu)
  • QUALITIES OF LIFE: LIVING IN THE RADIANT COLD (Germany, dir.-prod.-scr. James Richards)
  • THE BLUE ROSE OF FORGETFULNESS (USA, dir.-prod. Lewis Klahr)
  • ROARY (UK, dir. Director David Leister)
  • STAGING DEATH (Austria-Germany, dir. Jan Soldat)
  • JILL, UNCREDITED (Canada-UK, dir. Anthony Ing)
  • BLIND YELLOW SUNSHINE (UK, dir.-scr.-prod. Adonia Boucherhri)
  • HERBARIA (Argentina-Germany, dir.-scr. Leandro Listorti)
  • SEAWEED (UK, dir. Julia Parks)
  • THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA (USA, dir. James Benning)
  • PATENT 1,571,148 (USA, dir. Kevin Jerome Everson)
  • TRANSPARENT (UK, dir. Siobhan Davies)
  • ARIBADA (Colombia-Germany, dir.-prod. Simon(e) Jaikiriuma Paetau, Natalia Escobar)
  • THE SEVERED TAIL (Germany, dir.-scr. Marianna Simnet)
  • I’LL BE BACK (UK, dir. Hope Strickland)
  • CHUU CHUU (USA, dir.-scr.-prod. Mackie Mallison)
  • DOWNSTREAM (UK, dir.-prod. Adam Kossoff)
  • VISION OF PARADISE (Brazil-USA, dir.-scr.-prod. Leonardo Pirondi)
  • THE OCEAN ANALOG (Spain-Mexico, dir. Luis Macias)
  • SAPPUKEI (Taiwan, dir. Chun Wang, Hikky Chen)
  • A SOD STATE (Ireland-Netherlands, dir.-prod. Eoghan Ryan)
  • 45TH PARALLEL (UK, dir.-scr. Lawrence Abu Hamdan)
  • CHANTS FROM A HOLY BOOK (Brazil, dir.-prod.-scr. Cesar Gananian, Cassiana Der Haroutiounian)
  • TAKBIR (Italy-Afghanistan, dir.-scr. Aziz Hazara)
  • AS IF NO MISFORTUNE HAD OCCURRED IN THE NIGHT (UK-Denmark, dir. Larissa Sansour, Soren Lind)



  • FLOWERS (UK, dir.-scr. Dumas Haddad)
  • I HAVE NO LEGS, AND I MUST RUN (China, dir.-scr. Yue Li)
  • IN LIGHT (Bulgaria-France-Italy, dir. Alice Fassi)
  • NANT (UK, dir.-scr. Tom Chetwode-Barton)
  • BIRD IN THE PENINSULA (France-Japan, dir.-scr. Atsushi Wada)
  • BUCKET IN THE FOREST (Australia, dir.-scr. Blaise Borrer)
  • FRONTIER (Ukraine, dir.-prod.-scr. Tymofii Biniukov)
  • THE RITUAL TO BEAUTY (USA, dir. Maria Marrone, Shenny de Los Angeles)
  • SKYWARD (UK, dir. Jessica Bishopp)
  • SILENCE (UK, dir. Arnas Pigulevicius)
  • BLUE ROOM (USA, dir.-prod. Merete Mueller)
  • FOREST COAL PIT (UK, dir.-scr. Siôn Marshall-Waters)
  • IT’S RAINING FROGS OUTSIDE (Philippines, dir.-scr. Maria Estela Paiso)
  • HAULOUT (UK, dir.-prod.-scr. Evgenia Arbugaeva, Maxim Arbugaev)
  • TRIA (Italy, dir.-scr. Giulia Grandinetti)
  • BIRDS (USA, dir.-scr. Katherine Propper)
  • GROOM (UK, dir.-scr. Leyla Coll-O’Reilly)
  • BACK TO SCHOLL (UK, dir. Tyro Heath)
  • THE DEPENDENT VARIABLES (Italy, dir. Lorenzo Tardella)
  • YUNG MICHAL (Czech Republic, dir. Štěpán FOK Vodrážka)
  • MY YEAR OF DICKS (USA-Icealand, dir. Sara Gunnarsdóttir)
  • HONEY (India, dir. Tanmay Chowdhary, Tanvi Chowdhary)
  • OUTDOORS (UK, dir. John Fitzpatrick)
  • ROSEMARY A.D. (AFTER DAD) (USA, dir.-scr. Ethan Barrett)
  • AN AVOCADO PIT (Portugal, dir.-scr. Ary Zara)
  • CURIOSA (UK, dir. Tessa Moult-Milewska)
  • THE PASS (USA, dir.-scr. Pepi Ginsberg)
  • CHECOSLOVAQUIA (Peru, dir.-scr. Dennis Perinango)
  • PLATFORM (Germany, dir.-scr. Steffen Köhn, Johannes Büttner)
  • MONO NO AWARE (USA, dir.-prod. Quinton Kienow Dominguez)
  • MOSHARI (Bangladesh, dir.-scr. Nuhash Humayun)
  • FILE (Iran, dir. Sonia K. Hadad)
  • MARS (UK, dir. Abel Rubinstein)
  • THE RILEY SISTERS (UK-Canada, dir. Julia Jackman)
  • FOR HEIDI (UK, dir.-scr. Lucy Campbell)
  • SURPRI-! (UK, dir.-scr. Rory D. Bentley)
  • DROP OUT (UK, dir. Ade Femzo)
  • PRAM SNATCHER (UK, dir.-scr. Theo James Krekis)
  • MAB HUDEL (UK, dir.-scr. Edward Rowe)
  • THE DEBUTANTE (UK, dir.-scr. Elizabeth Hobbs)
  • SPINNING (UK, dir. Sam Spruell)
  • MY EYES ARE UP HERE (UK, dir. Nathan Morris)
  • STICKS OF FURY (UK, dir. Yuan Hu)



  • ALL UNSAVED PROGRESS WILL BE LOST (France, Lead Artist - Mélanie Courtinat)
  • APPARATUS LUDENS (UK-Sweden, Lead Artist - Untold Garden)
  • AS MINE EXACTLY (UK, Lead Artist - Charlie Shackleton)
  • THE CHOICE (Canada-Poland, Lead Artist - Joanne Popinska)
  • DIGITAL MOTIONS (Germany, Lead Artists - Helge Letonja, Marcel Karnapke, Björn Lengers, Anke Euler, Music Florian Tippe)
  • FRAMERATE: PULSE OF EARTH (UK, Lead Artists - Matthew Shaw, William Trossell, ScanLAB Projects)
  • HAUNTED HOTEL: A MELODRAMA IN AUGMENTED (Germany, Lead Artist – Guy Maddin)
  • THE INFINITE LIBRARY (India-Germany-Czech Republic, Lead Artist - Mika Johnson)
  • IN PURSUIT OF REPETITIVE BEATS (UK, Lead Artist – Darren Emerson)
  • INTRAVENE (UK-Canada, Lead Artists – Darkfield, Crackdown, Brenda Longfellow)
  • THE LAST TIME I SAW SNOW (UK, Lead Artists - Isobel Mascarenhas-Whitman, Alex Tennyson)
  • LINE OF CONTACT (Netherlands-UK-Ukraine, Lead Artist – Dani Ploeger)
  • A MIGHTY MASS EMERGES (Switzerland-France-Italy, Lead Artist - Wu Tsang)
  • MISSING PICTURES EPISODE 3: THE MONKEY WRENCH GANG (France-UK-Taiwan-Luxembourg-South Korea, Lead Artist – Clément Deneux, with – Catherine Hardwicke)
  • MONOLITHS (UK, Lead Artists - Lucy Hammond, Hannah Davies, Asma Elbadawi, Carmen Marcus)
  • ON THE MORNING YOU WAKE (TO THE END OF THE WORLD) (UK-France-USA, Lead Artists - Jamaica Heolimeleikalani Osorio, Mike Brett, Steve Jamison, Arnaud Colinart, Pierre Zandrowicz)
  • PAN + TILT (UK, Lead Artists - Ruth Gibson, Bruno Martelli)
  • PLANET CITY (USA-China, Lead Artists - L Liam Young, Kayvan Boudai, Elliot Ordower, James Clark)
  • WALZER (The Netherlands, Lead Artists - Frieda Gustavs, Leo Erken)  



  • THE BLACK PHARAOH, THE SAVAGE AND THE PRINCESS (France, dir.-scr. Michel Ocelot)
  • MINI-ZLATAN AND UNCLE DARLING (Sweden-Norway, dir. Christian Lo)
  • MY FATHER’S DRAGON (Ireland, dir. Nora Twomey)
  • MY ROBOT BROTHER (Denmark, dir.-scr. Frederik Nørgaard)
  • NENEH SUPERSTAR (France, dir.-scr. Ramzi Ben Sliman)
  • SUZIE IN THE GARDEN (Czechia-Slovakia, dir.-scr. Lucie Sunková)
  • I’M NOT AFRAID (Germany-Norway, dir.-scr. Marita Mayer)        
  • AERONAUT (Netherlands, dir.-scr. Leon Golterman)
  • BELLYSAURUS (Australia, dir.-prod.-scr. Philip Watts)
  • ZOOTROPOLIS + “GODFATHER OF THE BRIDE” (USA, dir. Josie Trinidad, Trent Correy)
  • BRISTLES (Netherlands, dir.-scr. Quentin Haberham)
  • HUSH, HUSH, LITTLE BEAR (Latvia, dir.-scr. Māra Liniņa)
  • MR. SPAM GETS A NEW HAT (UK, dir.-scr. William Joyce)
  • HELLO TO ME IN 100 YEARS (Taiwan, dir.-scr. Wu-Ching Chang)



  • ALL THAT MONEY CAN BUY (USA, dir.-prod. William Dieterle)
  • THE CIRCUS TENT (India, dir.-scr. Aravindan Govindan)
  • CONTRAS’ CITY / BADOU BOY (Senegal, dir. Djibril Diop Mambéty)
  • EIGHT DEADLY SHOTS (Finland, dir.-prod.-scr. Mikko Niskanen)
  • FOOLISH WIVES (USA, dir.-scr. Erich von Stroheim)
  • KAMIKAZE HEARTS (USA, dir. Juliet Bashore)
  • THE PASSION OF REMEMBRANCE (UK, dir.-scr. Maureen Blackwood, Isaac Julien)
  • THE QUEEN OF SPADES (UK, dir. Thorold Dickinson)



We are delighted to welcome back our Principal Partner, American Express, with this year marking an extraordinary thirteen years of partnership.


Their support makes the Festival possible, as does that of the UK Government, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport and the National Lottery


Our heartfelt thanks also go to returning partners American Airlines as Main Sponsor and Official Airline Partner, and to our official Hotel Partner, The Londoner, as well as Main Funding Contributors the Mayor of London and Film London.


We are also delighted to warmly welcome back our sponsors Bloomberg Philanthropies and Netflix.


A huge thank you goes to the Festival’s generous in-kind Sponsors: Christie’s, Dalston’s Soda, Fourpure, Global, Getty Images and Ocean Outdoors.


Please see below a wetransfer link to press releases from a selection of the Festival’s sponsors and funders:



LFF partner venues around the UK include:



  • BFI Southbank
  • Curzon Soho (Screen 1, 2 and 3)
  • Curzon Mayfair (Screen 1)
  • Institute  of Contemporary Arts (ICA)
  • LFF Expanded at 26 Leake Street
  • LFF Expanded at the National Theatre
  • ODEON Luxe West End (Screen 1 and 2) – Londoner Hotel
  • Prince Charles Cinema
  • The Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall



  • HOME, Manchester
  • Watershed, Bristol
  • Glasgow Film Theatre, Glasgow
  • Broadway, Nottingham
  • Showroom Cinema, Sheffield
  • Queen’s Film Theatre, Belfast
  • Chapter, Cardiff
  • Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle upon Tyne
  • Midlands Arts Centre (MAC), Birmingham
  • Edinburgh Filmhouse


Additional screenings on selected titles may also be added during the Festival window at other venues. These are at the discretion of the distributor and will be signposted on the Festival website where added.


The 66th BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express takes place from Wednesday 5 October – Sunday 16 October 2022.


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BFI Press Team


PR Manager, BFI London Film Festival – Liz Parkinson | +44 (0)20 7957 8918


PR Director, BFI – Judy Wells
Email: | +44 (0)20 7957 8919


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LFF 2022 Booking Detail

Tickets go on sale 13 September. BFI Members book early on 7 September and American Express® Cardmembers can access presale from 9 September. (BFI Members) / (American Express Cardmembers)


Full Terms and Conditions apply. Maximum 4 Tickets per Cardmember. Tickets must be purchased with your American Express® Card. Tickets are limited and subject to availability. For full Terms and Conditions, please visit


About the BFI

We are a cultural charity, a National Lottery distributor, and the UK’s lead organisation for film and the moving image.

Our mission is:

  • To support creativity and actively seek out the next generation of UK storytellers
  • To grow and care for the BFI National Archive, the world’s largest film and television archive
  • To offer the widest range of UK and international moving image culture through our programmes and festivals – delivered online and in venue
  • To use our knowledge to educate and deepen public appreciation and understanding
  • To work with Government and industry to ensure the continued growth of the UK’s screen industries

Founded in 1933, the BFI is a registered charity governed by Royal Charter.

The BFI Board of Governors is chaired by Tim Richards.


The BFI London Film Festival

BFI London Film Festival is Britain's leading film event and one of the world's best film festivals. It introduces the finest new British and international films to an expanding London and UK-wide audience and attracts significant international film industry participation. LFF is a compelling combination of diverse films, red carpet glamour, friendly audiences and vibrant exchange. LFF provides an essential profiling opportunity for films seeking global success; promotes the careers of British and international filmmakers through its industry and awards programmes and positions London as the world’s leading creative city.


Tricia Tuttle Biography

Tricia Tuttle continues her role as Director of BFI Festivals for the fifth year. She was appointed the position following her role as Artistic Director of the 62nd Edition of the BFI London Film Festival in 2018 and five successful years as Deputy Head of Festivals at BFI, including BFI Flare and BFI London Film Festival.


Moving from North Carolina in 1997 to complete a joint MA at BFI and Birkbeck, University of London in Film and TV Studies, Tricia’s passion for film has seen her work as a programmer, lecturer, writer and journalist.  Her career has spanned a five-year tenure at BAFTA, starting in 2008 and with her appointment as Film Programme Manager in 2011; programming the BFI London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival (the pre-cursor to BFI Flare) and as Event Producer at London’s The Script Factory.  Tuttle has been instrumental in evolving BFI Festivals, continuing to expand audience reach year on year and introducing impactful initiatives such UK-wide cinema venue partnerships, digital screenings, LFF For Free and also BFI Flare’s FiveFilms4Freedom, in partnership with the British Council.

About American Express

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About American Express® Experiences

Through American Express Experiences, Cardmembers have access to presale tickets, as well as the best seats and exclusive offers at some of the UK’s most sought-after entertainment events via partnerships with a range of institutions, including The British Film Institute, AEG, Live Nation, Somerset House, and the National Theatre. Amex Experiences is just one example of the powerful backing that American Express provides its customers.


About the Southbank Centre

The Southbank Centre is the UK’s largest arts centre occupying a prominent riverside location that sits in the midst of London’s most vibrant cultural quarter on the South Bank of the Thames. We exist to present great cultural experiences that bring people together and we achieve this by providing the space for artists to create and present their best work and by creating a place where as many people as possible can come together to experience bold, unusual and eye-opening work. We want to take people out of the everyday, every day. The site has an extraordinary creative and architectural history stretching back to the 1951 Festival of Britain. The Southbank Centre is made up of the Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and Hayward Gallery as well as being home to the National Poetry Library and the Arts Council Collection. It is also home to six Resident Orchestras (Aurora Orchestra, Chineke! Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Philharmonia Orchestra).










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