Programme Announced for BFI London Film Festival 2020

bfi london film festival 2020 line-up programme announcement

The full line-up has been revealed for this year’s BFI London Film Festival, which will be fully virtual for the first time.

The BFI London Film Festival will open with Steve McQueen’s “rousing tale of Black solidarity and resistance,” Mangrove, starring Letitia Wright, Shaun Parkes and Malachi Kirby. Also previously announced was Francis Lee’s Ammonite, a lesbian period romance starring Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan, which will be the festival’s closing film.

But now to the new announcements.

As in previous years, the festival films will be categorized into different ‘strands’: Events, Episodic, Expanded, Treasures, Experimenta, Family, Create, Journey, Dare, Laugh, Cult and Debate. A new addition is ‘LFF Expanded,’ featuring a host of innovative, virtual reality films.

Brandon Cronenberg’s sci-fi thriller Possessor, starring Andrea Riseborough, will premiere at the festival, as will Spike Lee’s David Byrne concert film American Utopia. Also announced are Chloe Zhao’s Nomadland, starring Francis McDormand, Christian Petzold’s Undine and Harry Macqueen’s Supernova, a romantic drama starring Colin Firth and Stanley Tucci, will premiere.

Joinging them will be Mamma Mia! director Phyllida Lloyd’s new drama Herself, Josephine Decker’s nightmarish biopic Shirley and Pixar’s Soul.

The full line-up can be found at the bottom of this article.

“While they often entertain us, film festivals & independent cinemas throughout the year are also hugely important places of culture.They’re places that artists & filmmakers can witness the power their work has to move people to change what we see & the way we see. A heartfelt thanks to everyone here who has been bold and fearless in adapting and reinventing. Together, we’ve come up with a vision for this Festival that’s not just workable but feels genuinely exciting and innovative.”

Tricia Tuttle, Festival Director

The BFI London Film Festival will run 7-18 October. Keep your eyes peeled for full coverage from The Indiependent’s film team.


180° Rule (Iran) dir. Farnoosh Samadi – Debate

200 Meters (Pal) dir. Ameen Nayfeh – Debate

A Common Crime (Arg-Braz-Switz) dir. Francisco Márquez – Dare

A Day-Off Of Kasumi Arimura (Jap) dir. D. Hirokazu Kore-Eda – Journey (Series)

African Apocalypse (UK) dir Rob Lemkin – Debate

After Love (UK) dir. Aleem Khan – Love

Ammonite (UK) dir. Francis Lee – Closing Film

Another Round (Den) dir. Thomas Vinterberg – Journey

Bad Tales (It) dir. Fabio D’innocenzo, Damiano D’innocenzo – Dare

Bloody Nose, Empty Pocket (US) dir. Bill Ross IV, Turner Ross – Journey

The Cheaters (Aus) dir. Paulette Mcdonagh – Treasures

The Chess Game Of The Wind (Iran) dir. Mohammad Reza Aslani – Treasures

Cicada (US) dir. Matt Fifer, Kieran Mulcare – Love

Days (Tai) dir. Tsai Ming-Liang – Love

David Byrne’s American Utopia (US) dir. Spike Lee – Create

Delia Derbyshire: The Myths And Legendary Tapes (UK) dir. Caroline Catz – Create

The Disciple (Ind) dir. Chaitanya Tamhane – Create

Farewell Amor (US) dir. Ekwa Msangi – Love

Friendship’s Death (UK) dir. Peter Wollen – Treasures

Genus Pan (Phi) dir. Lav Diaz – Journey

Gold For Dogs (Fr) dir. Anna Cazenave Cambet – Journey

Herself (UK) dir. Phyllida Lloyd – Love

Honeymood (Isr) dir. Talya Lavie – Laugh

I Am Samuel (Ken) dir. Pete Murimi – Journey

Identifying Features (Mex-Spa) dir. Fernanda Valadez – Journey

If It Were Love (Fr) dir. Patric Chiha – Love

Industry (UK) dir. Lena Dunham, Tinge Krishnan, Ed Lilly – Journey (Series)

The Intruder (Arg-Mex) dir. Natalia Meta – Dare

Kajillionaire (US) dir. Miranda July – Laugh

Limbo (UK) dir. Ben Sharrock – Journey

Mangrove (UK) dir. Steve Mcqueen – Opening Film (Series)

Mogul Mowgli (UK) dir. Bassam Tariq – Dare

Never Gonna Snow Again (Pol-Ger) dir. Małgorzata Szumowska, Michał Englert – Laugh

New Order (Mex) dir. Michel Franco – Dare

Nomadland (US) dir. Chloé Zhao – Journey

Notturno (It-Ger-Fr) dir. Gianfranco Rosi – Journey

One Man And His Shoes (UK) dir. Yemi Bamiro – Debate

The Painter And The Thief (Nor) dir.Benjamin Ree – Create

Possessor (Can-UK) dir.Brandon Cronenberg – Cult

The Reason I Jump (UK) dir. Jerry Rothwell

Relic (Aus-US) dir.Natalie Erika James – Cult

Rose (UK) dir.Jennifer Sheridan – Cult

The Salt In Our Waters (Bang-Fr) dir. Rezwan Shahriar Sumit – Journey

Shadow Country (Cze) dir. Bohdan Sláma – Debate

Shirley (US) dir. Josephine Decker – Dare

Siberia (It-Ger-Mex) dir. Abel Ferrara – Dare

Soul (US) dir. Pete Docter, Kemp Powers – Family

Sound For The Future (UK-China) dir. Matt Hulse – Experimenta

Stray (US) dir. Elizabeth Lo – Journey

Striding Into The Wind (China) dir. Wei Shujun – Create

Supernova (UK) dir. Harry Macqueen – Love

This Is My Desire (Eyimofe) (Nigeria) dir. Arie Esiri, Chuko Esiri

Time (US) dir. Garrett Bradley – Debate

Ultraviolence (UK) dir. Ken Fero – Debate

Undine (Ger) dir. Christian Petzold

Wildfire (UK-Ire) dir. Cathy Brady – Dare

Wolfwalkers (Ire-Lux-Fr) dir. Tomm Moore, Ross Stewart – Family

Zanka Contact (Fr-Mor-Bel) dir. Ismaël El Iraki – Create

Words by Steph Green

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