Updated: May 10
Happy BFI London Film Festival 2022!
We can’t wait to dive into this year’s incredible programme serving us a host of new titles by talented women and non -binary filmmakers. Screenings are taking place in cinemas across the UK 5 – 16 October, and available on BFI Player 14-23 October. Also, discover their line-up of FREE events, talks and screenings.
Here’s just a few of the brilliant titles we recommend:
The African Desperate directed by Martine Syms (2022, USA, 99′)
If one day and film could summarise the experience of othering in white-led art institutions then it would be in Martine Syms’ The African Desperate. Perfectly depicting the world of thesis defense and installations dryly capturing the ‘you can’t be serious’ rhetorics of the art scene.
All The Beauty and The Bloodshed directed by Laura Poitras (2022, USA, 116′)
Oscar winning director, Laura Poitras, turns her attention to Nan Goldin in an unconventional documentary portrait of the renowned artist-activist as she takes on the Sackler Family, the American business Dynasty that sparked America’s Opiod epidemic.
The Blue Caftan directed by Maryam Touzani (2022, France/Morocco/Belgium, 122′)
Maryam Touzani’s entrancing drama, The Blue Caftan, delicately explores different kinds of love as a closeted Moroccan tailor and devoted husband becomes deeply attracted to his new apprentice.
Blue Jean directed by Georgia Oakley (2022, UK, 97′)
Tackling the profound impact of Section 28, writer-director Georgia Oakley’s suspenseful debut feature skilfully captures the silencing and paranoia of a closeted school teacher in Thatcher’s Britain.
Last Flight Home directed by Ondi Timoner (2022, USA, 106′)
The latest venture of renowned non-fiction filmmaker, Ondi Timoner, is by far her most personal and profound, as she turns her camera on her father’s final days following his decision to end his own life, in what is an ode to family, dignity, the importance of goodbyes and what a good death can be.
Nanny directed by Nikyatu Jusu (2022, USA, 92′)
Nikyatu Jusu pulls audiences in through compelling storytelling and stunning visuals, drawing parallels between microaggressions, folklore and fear in film.
Nezouh directed by Soudade Kaadan (2022, UK/Syria/France 104′)
Taking us to Damascus as we’ve never seen it before, displaced Syrian writer-director Soudade Kaadan and cinematographers Hélène Louvart & Burak Kanbir filter the embattled city through a magical realist lens, and the imagination of teenage protagonist Zeina as she dreams of freedom.
Pretty Red Dress directed by Dionne Edwards (2022, UK, 110′)
Simply the best movie about a cross-dressing ex-con: as an aspiring actress and performer auditions to land the lead role in a Tina Turner musical, her recently released partner discovers a different type of freedom in writer-director Dionne Edward’s thought provoking, feel good debut feature.
To get £10 off Gala and special event tickets, scroll to the promotional box at bottom of the BFI LFF website, and use our promo code BEV10 before selecting your tickets.
Our Director Melanie will also be joining a special LFF industry panel, ‘Sold Out! Moving your audience from their sofa to the big screen’, dedicated to building, expanding and renewing audiences for cinemas.
See you there to #ReclaimTheFrame!