2013 BFI London Film Festival

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A listing of the films shown at the 2013 BFI London Film Festival.

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1. Captain Phillips (2013)

PG-13 | 134 min | Biography, Drama, Thriller

83 Metascore

The true story of Captain Richard Phillips and the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the U.S.-flagged MV Maersk Alabama, the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in two hundred years.

Director: Paul Greengrass | Stars: Tom Hanks, Barkhad Abdi, Barkhad Abdirahman, Catherine Keener

Votes: 367,606 | Gross: $107.10M

Gala screening

2. Saving Mr. Banks (2013)

PG-13 | 125 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

65 Metascore

Author P.L. Travers reflects on her childhood after reluctantly meeting with Walt Disney, who seeks to adapt her Mary Poppins books for the big screen.

Director: John Lee Hancock | Stars: Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks, Annie Rose Buckley, Colin Farrell

Votes: 132,303 | Gross: $83.30M

Gala screening

3. Philomena (2013)

PG-13 | 98 min | Biography, Drama

77 Metascore

A world-weary political journalist picks up the story of a woman's search for her son, who was taken away from her decades ago after she became pregnant and was forced to live in a convent.

Director: Stephen Frears | Stars: Judi Dench, Steve Coogan, Sophie Kennedy Clark, Mare Winningham

Votes: 85,348 | Gross: $37.71M

Gala screening

4. 12 Years a Slave (2013)

R | 134 min | Biography, Drama, History

96 Metascore

In the antebellum United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery.

Director: Steve McQueen | Stars: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Kenneth Williams, Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt

Votes: 536,956 | Gross: $56.67M

Gala screening

5. Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

R | 104 min | Drama, Music

93 Metascore

A week in the life of a young singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961.

Directors: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen | Stars: Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, John Goodman, Garrett Hedlund

Votes: 115,329 | Gross: $13.24M

Gala screening

6. Labor Day (2013)

PG-13 | 111 min | Drama, Romance

52 Metascore

Depressed single mom Adele and her son Henry offer a wounded, fearsome man a ride. As police search town for the escaped convict, the mother and son gradually learn his true story as their options become increasingly limited.

Director: Jason Reitman | Stars: Kate Winslet, Josh Brolin, Gattlin Griffith, Clark Gregg

Votes: 36,519 | Gross: $13.36M

Gala screening

7. The Invisible Woman (2013)

R | 111 min | Biography, Drama, History

75 Metascore

At the height of his career, Charles Dickens meets a younger woman who becomes his secret lover until his death.

Director: Ralph Fiennes | Stars: Ralph Fiennes, Felicity Jones, Kristin Scott Thomas, Tom Hollander

Votes: 8,244 | Gross: $1.23M

Gala screening

8. Blue Is the Warmest Color (2013)

NC-17 | 180 min | Drama, Romance

88 Metascore

Adèle's life is changed when she meets Emma, a young woman with blue hair, who will allow her to discover desire and to assert herself as a woman and as an adult. In front of others, Adèle grows, seeks herself, loses herself, and ultimately finds herself through love and loss.

Director: Abdellatif Kechiche | Stars: Léa Seydoux, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Salim Kechiouche, Aurélien Recoing

Votes: 114,226 | Gross: $2.20M

Gala screening

9. The Epic of Everest (1924)

Not Rated | 87 min | Documentary, History

The official record of Mallory and Irvine's 1924 expedition.

Director: J.B.L. Noel | Stars: Andrew Irvine, George Mallory

Votes: 373

Gala screening

10. Night Moves (2013)

R | 112 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

75 Metascore

Three radical environmentalists look to execute the protest of their lives: the explosion of a hydroelectric dam.

Director: Kelly Reichardt | Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning, Peter Sarsgaard, Alia Shawkat

Votes: 11,858 | Gross: $0.25M

Gala screening

11. Don Jon (2013)

R | 90 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

66 Metascore

A New Jersey guy dedicated to his family, friends, and church, develops unrealistic expectations from watching porn and works to find happiness and intimacy with his potential true love.

Director: Joseph Gordon-Levitt | Stars: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Scarlett Johansson, Julianne Moore, Tony Danza

Votes: 208,685 | Gross: $24.48M

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12. Mystery Road (2013)

Not Rated | 121 min | Mystery, Thriller

72 Metascore

An indigenous detective returns to the Outback to investigate the murder of a young girl.

Director: Ivan Sen | Stars: Aaron Pedersen, Hugo Weaving, Ryan Kwanten, Jack Thompson

Votes: 4,709

Gala screening

13. Only Lovers Left Alive (2013)

R | 123 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

79 Metascore

A depressed musician reunites with his lover. Though their romance, which has already endured several centuries, is disrupted by the arrival of her uncontrollable younger sister.

Director: Jim Jarmusch | Stars: Tilda Swinton, Tom Hiddleston, Mia Wasikowska, John Hurt

Votes: 75,134 | Gross: $1.88M

Gala screening

14. Nebraska (2013)

R | 115 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

86 Metascore

An aging, booze-addled father makes the trip from Montana to Nebraska with his estranged son in order to claim a million-dollar Mega Sweepstakes Marketing prize.

Director: Alexander Payne | Stars: Bruce Dern, Will Forte, June Squibb, Bob Odenkirk

Votes: 101,246 | Gross: $17.65M

Gala screening

15. L'inconnu du lac (2013)

Not Rated | 100 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

82 Metascore

Summertime. A cruising spot for men, tucked away on the shores of a lake. Franck falls in love with Michel, an attractive, potent and lethally dangerous man. Franck knows this but wants to live out his passion anyway.

Director: Alain Guiraudie | Stars: Pierre Deladonchamps, Christophe Paou, Patrick d'Assumçao, Jérôme Chappatte

Votes: 10,861 | Gross: $0.32M

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16. As I Lay Dying (2013)

R | 110 min | Drama

50 Metascore

Based on the classic novel by William Faulkner, first published in 1930, "As I Lay Dying" is the story of the death of Addie Bundren and her family's quest to honor her last wish to be buried in the nearby town of Jefferson.

Director: James Franco | Stars: James Franco, Tim Blake Nelson, Jim Parrack, Ahna O'Reilly

Votes: 3,429 | Gross: $0.02M

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17. Camille Claudel 1915 (2013)

Not Rated | 95 min | Biography, Drama

65 Metascore

Winter, 1915. Confined by her family to an asylum in the South of France - where she will never sculpt again - the chronicle of Camille Claudel's reclusive life, as she waits for a visit from her brother, Paul Claudel.

Director: Bruno Dumont | Stars: Juliette Binoche, Jean-Luc Vincent, Jessica Errero, Marion Keller

Votes: 2,625 | Gross: $0.02M

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18. Eastern Boys (2013)

Unrated | 128 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

74 Metascore

A businessman makes a regular arrangement with a Ukrainian prostitute, despite the youngster's involvement in a controlling street gang.

Director: Robin Campillo | Stars: Olivier Rabourdin, Kirill Emelyanov, Daniil Vorobyov, Edéa Darcque

Votes: 2,632 | Gross: $0.02M

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19. Epizoda u zivotu beraca zeljeza (2013)

75 min | Drama

A Roma family lives far from the urban centres of Bosnia-Herzegovina. The father Nazif salvages metal from old cars and sells it to a scrap-dealer. The mother Senada keeps the house tidy, ... See full summary »

Director: Danis Tanovic | Stars: Nazif Mujic, Senada Alimanovic, Semsa Mujic, Sandra Mujic

Votes: 1,049

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20. Exhibition (2013)

Not Rated | 104 min | Drama

72 Metascore

An intimate examination of a contemporary artist couple, whose living and working patterns are threatened by the imminent sale of their home.

Director: Joanna Hogg | Stars: Viv Albertine, Liam Gillick, Tom Hiddleston, Harry Kershaw

Votes: 772

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22. La jaula de oro (2013)

Not Rated | 108 min | Drama

74 Metascore

A road movie about teenage immigrants and their journey to the U.S.

Director: Diego Quemada-Díez | Stars: Brandon López, Rodolfo Domínguez, Karen Martínez, Carlos Chajon

Votes: 3,793

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23. Half of a Yellow Sun (2013)

R | 111 min | Drama, Romance

51 Metascore

Sisters Olanna and Kainene return home to 1960s Nigeria, where they soon diverge on different paths. As civil war breaks out, political events loom larger than their differences as they join the fight to establish an independent republic.

Director: Biyi Bandele | Stars: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Thandie Newton, Anika Noni Rose, Joseph Mawle

Votes: 1,480 | Gross: $0.05M

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24. Uroki garmonii (2013)

120 min | Drama

Lonely Kazakh teenager Aslan is bullied at his new school. He prepares himself for a bloody revenge on the school bully Bolat.

Director: Emir Baigazin | Stars: Timur Aidarbekov, Aslan Anarbayev, Mukhtar Andassov, Anelya Adilbekova

Votes: 762

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25. Young & Beautiful (2013)

Not Rated | 95 min | Drama, Romance

63 Metascore

After losing her virginity, Isabelle takes up a secret life as a call girl, meeting her clients for hotel-room trysts. Throughout, she remains curiously aloof, showing little interest in the encounters themselves or the money she makes.

Director: François Ozon | Stars: Marine Vacth, Géraldine Pailhas, Frédéric Pierrot, Fantin Ravat

Votes: 27,045 | Gross: $0.05M

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26. Kalpana (2012)

165 min | Comedy, Horror

Raghava is a fun-loving youngster who enjoys playing cricket with his friends. But at night he is afraid of ghosts and is always confined to his home under the care of his mother (Umashri).... See full summary »

Director: Ramanarayanan | Stars: Upendra, Raai Laxmi, Sai Kumar, Shruti

Votes: 47

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27. Le-ba-non kam-jeong (2013)

106 min | Drama

There is a man who is in deep sorrow after the death of his mom. He even tries to commit suicide. There is a woman who just got out of prison but no one comes to meet her. When a woman ... See full summary »

Director: Young-heon Jung

Votes: 13

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28. Let the Fire Burn (2013)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary

86 Metascore

A history of the conflict of the City of Philadelphia and the Black Liberation organization, MOVE, that led to the disastrously violent final confrontation in 1985.

Director: Jason Osder | Stars: Birdie Africa, Ramona Africa, Wilson Goode, William Brown III

Votes: 1,101 | Gross: $0.06M

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29. Norte, hangganan ng kasaysayan (2013)

TV-MA | 250 min | Crime, Drama

81 Metascore

An embittered law student commits a brutal double murder; a family man takes the fall and is forced into a harsh prison sentence; a mother and her two children wander the countryside looking for some kind of redemption.

Director: Lav Diaz | Stars: Sid Lucero, Angeli Bayani, Archie Alemania, Soliman Cruz

Votes: 1,402

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30. Rumah dan Musim Hujan (2012)

100 min | Comedy, Drama, Horror

Meticulous family story set in an old Javan house. Outside, it's raining incessantly. The story's three parts, each with a relative as protagonist, reveal contradictions between faith, ... See full summary »

Director: Ifa Isfansyah | Stars: Tora Sudiro, Vino G. Bastian, Tara Basro, Landung Simatupang

Votes: 35

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31. La Paz (2013)

Not Rated | 73 min

Liso, an upper middle class young man, has just finished a stay at a psychiatric institute. He goes to live at his parent's house where he is treated as if he were a child. He begins a ... See full summary »

Director: Santiago Loza | Stars: Lisandro Rodríguez, Eugenia Alonso, Fidelia Batallanos Michel, Ivonne Maricel Batallanos

Votes: 103

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32. Portrait of Jason (1967)

Not Rated | 105 min | Documentary, Biography

87 Metascore

Black gay prostitute Jason Holliday is rigorously interviewed on his story and character, revealing nuanced truths about life and art.

Director: Shirley Clarke | Stars: Jason Holliday, Shirley Clarke, Carl Lee

Votes: 635

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33. Styd (2013)

90 min | Drama

Set against the serene frozen tundras of the Arctic, a group of desperate sailor's wives wait patiently for their husbands return from sea. As bad news knock on their door, one woman finds ... See full summary »

Director: Yusup Razykov | Stars: Khelga Filippova, Seseg Khapsasova, Elena Korobeynikova, Mariya Semyonova

Votes: 34

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34. Història de la meva mort (2013)

148 min | Drama

80 Metascore

Famous lover Casanova now long past his prime, meets Count Dracula during a journey to Transylvania.

Director: Albert Serra | Stars: Vicenç Altaió, Lluís Serrat, Eliseu Huertas, Noelia Rodenas

Votes: 527

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35. A Touch of Sin (2013)

Not Rated | 130 min | Drama

76 Metascore

Four independent stories set in modern China about random acts of violence.

Director: Zhangke Jia | Stars: Wu Jiang, Baoqiang Wang, Tao Zhao, Lanshan Luo

Votes: 8,338 | Gross: $0.09M

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36. Victim (1961)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama

The death of a young man leads to the discovery of a blackmail plot against a number of gay men in 1960s London.

Director: Basil Dearden | Stars: Dirk Bogarde, Sylvia Syms, Dennis Price, Anthony Nicholls

Votes: 4,110

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37. Violette (2013)

Not Rated | 139 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

72 Metascore

Violette Leduc, born a bastard at the beginning of last century, meets Simone de Beauvoir in the years after the war in St-Germain-des-Prés. Then begins an intense relationship between the ... See full summary »

Director: Martin Provost | Stars: Emmanuelle Devos, Sandrine Kiberlain, Olivier Gourmet, Catherine Hiegel

Votes: 1,660

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38. La por (2013)

Drama

Manuel is 16 years old, a good friend and student. His best friend is Javi e Laura is his girlfriend and all three of them go to school together. Even though he has his professors' and ... See full summary »

Director: Jordi Cadena | Stars: Roser Camí, Alícia Falcó, Guillem Fernàndez-Valls, Ramon Madaula

Votes: 119

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39. Afternoon Delight (2013)

R | 98 min | Comedy, Drama

50 Metascore

Rachel is a quick-witted and lovable stay-at-home mom. Frustrated with the realities of preschool auctions, a lackluster sex life and career that's gone kaput, Rachel visits a strip club to... See full summary »

Director: Jill Soloway | Stars: Kathryn Hahn, Josh Radnor, Juno Temple, Jane Lynch

Votes: 8,463 | Gross: $0.17M

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40. The Best Medicine (2012)

3 min | Short, Comedy, Drama

A young desperate girl goes in to an old apothecary in search of a solution to what she considers to be her stupid laugh. The cure is presented by the mysterious woman behind the counter in... See full summary »

Director: Daniel M. Smith | Stars: Katharine Bennett-Fox, Diana Kent

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41. Borgman (2013)

Not Rated | 113 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

66 Metascore

A vagrant enters the lives of an arrogant upper-class family, turning their lives into a psychological nightmare in the process.

Director: Alex van Warmerdam | Stars: Jan Bijvoet, Hadewych Minis, Jeroen Perceval, Alex van Warmerdam

Votes: 13,621 | Gross: $0.06M

42. Love & Air Sex (2013)

TV-MA | 91 min | Comedy, Romance

58 Metascore

When brokenhearted Stan flies to Austin for the weekend in hopes of "accidentally" running into his ex-girlfriend Cathy, he arrives to find their best friends Jeff and Kara in the middle of... See full summary »

Director: Bryan Poyser | Stars: Ashley Bell, Zach Cregger, Sara Paxton, Michael Stahl-David

Votes: 828 | Gross: $0.01M

43. Casse-tête chinois (2013)

R | 117 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

64 Metascore

A 40-year-old father's life is complicated when the mother of his two children moves to New York. Since he can't bear them growing up far away from him, he decides to move there as well.

Director: Cédric Klapisch | Stars: Romain Duris, Audrey Tautou, Cécile de France, Kelly Reilly

Votes: 11,656 | Gross: $0.34M

44. Computer Chess (2013)

Not Rated | 92 min | Comedy

74 Metascore

A 1980s-set story centered around a man vs. machine chess tournament.

Director: Andrew Bujalski | Stars: Kriss Schludermann, Tom Fletcher, Wiley Wiggins, Patrick Riester

Votes: 3,859 | Gross: $0.10M

45. Doll & Em (2013– )

TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy

A sitcom in which English actress Emily Mortimer heads to Hollywood, closely followed by best friend Dolly Wells as her assistant

Stars: Emily Mortimer, Dolly Wells, Jonathan Cake, Elsie Richter

Votes: 1,020

46. Drinking Buddies (2013)

R | 90 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

71 Metascore

Luke and Kate are coworkers at a brewery who spend their nights drinking and flirting heavily. One weekend away together with their significant others proves who really belongs together and who doesn't.

Director: Joe Swanberg | Stars: Olivia Wilde, Jake Johnson, Anna Kendrick, Ron Livingston

Votes: 51,423 | Gross: $0.34M

47. Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me (2013)

Not Rated | 81 min | Documentary

81 Metascore

The uncompromising Tony and Emmy Award-winner is showcased both on and off stage via rare archival footage and intimate cinema vérité.

Director: Chiemi Karasawa | Stars: Elaine Stritch, Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, James Gandolfini

Votes: 827 | Gross: $0.30M

48. Enough Said (2013)

PG-13 | 93 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

78 Metascore

A divorced woman who decides to pursue the man she's interested in learns he's her new friend's ex-husband.

Director: Nicole Holofcener | Stars: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, James Gandolfini, Catherine Keener, Toni Collette

Votes: 53,788 | Gross: $17.54M

49. Glückskinder (1936)

93 min | Comedy, Musical

Journalist Gil Taylor has to write a report about the night court, when Ann Gardens case is heard. The young lady seems to be homeless. Gil tries to help her. Thats when trouble starts.

Director: Paul Martin | Stars: Lilian Harvey, Willy Fritsch, Paul Kemp, Oskar Sima

Votes: 164

50. Gone Too Far (2013)

88 min | Comedy, Drama

5.5