Programme for Friday 15 October

morning
Free film screenings
Fri 15 |
10:15 |
Vue6

A testament to the number of British soldiers returning from wars with mental problems, Brian Welsh has made an urgent and provocative film.

 
Free film screenings
Fri 15 |
10:30 |
BFI Southbank (NFT1)

A magic chair grants wishes to those who sit on it in this funny, action adventure from Poland.

afternoon
World Cinema
Fri 15 |
12:15 |
Vue Screen 5

Ten Mexican directors provide a wonderfully diverse group of shorts on the legacy of the Revolution that so shaped their country, one hundred years on.
 

 
Film on the Square
Fri 15 |
12:30 |
Vue Screen 7

A shy young boy realises his new friend might not be the innocent she first appears in this atmospheric and ultra-modern vampire tale.

 
Galas & Special Screenings
Fri 15 |
12:45 |
Vue Screen 6

A haunting story of love and loss based on Kazuo Ishiguro's best-selling novel.

 
Cinema Europa
Fri 15 |
13:00 |
Vue Screen 3

Aleksei Fedorchenko's film is a mystic requiem that combines a funeral journey, a forgotten culture, and an evolving relationship.

 
Treasures from the Archives
Fri 15 |
13:30 |
NFT1

Iconic and hugely influential '70s documentary breaking the silence of lesbian and gay Americans as part of the emerging gay rights movement.

 
World Cinema
Fri 15 |
13:45 |
NFT2

A trio of contrasting short films made through the Africa First mentoring scheme: an important initiative that seeks to identify emerging talent from Africa.

 
Cinema Europa
Fri 15 |
14:00 |
ICA 1

The multiple neuroses that afflict a bourgeois Catalan family are coldly dissected in this unsettling tale from Agustí Villa.

 
Cinema Europa
Fri 15 |
14:00 |
NFT3

Juana Macías's accomplished feature debut revolves around interwoven tales focusing on the difficult decisions faced by three women over a twenty-four hour period.

 
New British Cinema
Fri 15 |
14:45 |
Vue Screen 5

Debut feature from artist Gillian Wearing, merging real and imaginary lives.

 
Film on the Square
Fri 15 |
15:00 |
Vue Screen 7

Will Ferrell takes on a serious role in this accomplished interpretation of a Raymond Carver story.

 
World Cinema
Fri 15 |
15:15 |
Vue Screen 6

A visually ravishing political allegory about the economic situation in Kyrgyzstan that manages to be warm, witty and utterly charming.

 
Cinema Europa
Fri 15 |
15:30 |
Vue Screen 3

A moving, well observed modern family melodrama from a female point of view.

 
French Revolutions
Fri 15 |
16:00 |
CURZON MAYFAIR

Small-town life, love and religion: a familiar formula given a tender, distinctive treatment in this award-winning debut from young French director Katell Quillévéré.

 
World Cinema
Fri 15 |
16:00 |
NFT2

A strange, haunting Argentine road movie that juxtaposes the adventures of three medics against the stories of the community they have come to work with.

 
World Cinema
Fri 15 |
16:15 |
ICA 1

Wang Xiaoshuai's absorbing drama follows a father trawling the back-alleys of Chongqing for truths about his son, shot dead by police in a hostage siege.

 
World Cinema
Fri 15 |
16:15 |
NFT1

In India, a working boy sets about creating his own destiny when he swaps identities with a young prince.

 
Short Cuts & Animation
Fri 15 |
16:15 |
NFT3

From a harassed cycle courier on the mean streets of Chicago to a nerd facing an evil monster in a haunted wood, these shorts present a diverse cast of characters trying to find the strength to overcome adversity and do the right thing.

 
Film on the Square
Fri 15 |
17:45 |
Vue Screen 5

An uplifting portrait of the garbage pickers in Rio who participated in a project with artist Vik Muniz.

evening
Film on the Square
Fri 15 |
18:00 |
Vue Screen 7

An intelligent, sometimes painful look at the ebb and flow of love in a young couple's marriage.

 
World Cinema
Fri 15 |
18:15 |
NFT2

An Indian village woman overcomes terrible odds, but through good deeds becomes a saint-like inspiration to many.

 
New British Cinema
Fri 15 |
18:15 |
Vue Screen 6

A testament to the number of British soldiers returning from wars with mental problems, Brian Welsh has made an urgent and provocative film.

 
Cinema Europa
Fri 15 |
18:30 |
CURZON MAYFAIR

Emotionally honest and insightful account of a surprise pregnancy and its even more unexpected consequences by a leading light of Berlin's recent cinematic renaissance.

 
World Cinema
Fri 15 |
18:30 |
NFT1

A decade of in the life of Stephin Merritt, one of the most precious and significant figures in contemporary pop.

 
World Cinema
Fri 15 |
18:45 |
ICA 1

A young man learns truths about his late father which change his view of himself, his mother and the modern history of Singapore in Boo Junfeng's accomplished debut.
 

 
World Cinema
Fri 15 |
18:45 |
NFT3

A beautiful and enigmatic documentary about a struggling circus travelling the landscapes of rural Mexico.

 
Experimenta
Fri 15 |
19:00 |
STUDIO

James Benning brings his rigorous perspective to bear on the heavily industrialised Ruhr region in Germany.

 
World Cinema
Fri 15 |
20:15 |
Vue Screen 6

Is pap photographer Ron Galella upholding the first amendment, or is he the price to be paid for it?

 
Galas & Special Screenings
Fri 15 |
20:30 |
Vue Screen 5

Based on real events, Hilary Swank stars in this uplifting story of one woman's persistence to overturn a miscarriage of justice.

 
New British Cinema
Fri 15 |
20:45 |
NFT1

An imaginative exploration of the life and legacy of Bradford playwright Andrea Dunbar.

 
Galas & Special Screenings
Fri 15 |
20:45 |
Vue Screen 7

Based on real events, Hilary Swank stars in this uplifting story of one woman's persistence to overturn a miscarriage of justice.

 
Cinema Europa
Fri 15 |
21:00 |
CURZON MAYFAIR

Emotive story of a blue collar builder, trying to buck the odds and become a success whilst beset by corruption and compromise.

 
Cinema Europa
Fri 15 |
21:00 |
NFT2

A deeply moving and refreshingly honest documentary capturing the day to day holiday adventures of cartoonist Miguel Gallardo and his autistic daughter María.

 
World Cinema
Fri 15 |
21:00 |
NFT3

Zamani Esmati's guerrilla-shot drama is a searing indictment of the treatment of women in certain sections of Iranian society.

 
Film on the Square
Fri 15 |
21:00 |
Vue Screen 3

John Sayles' typically pertinent tale of invasion and resistance, betrayal and brutality set in and around a farming village during the Philippine-American War.

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