2013 BFI London Film Festivalby guyldn | created - 01 Aug 2014 | updated - 02 Aug 2014 | Public
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
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.
Votes: 361,234 | Gross: $107.10M
2. Saving Mr. Banks (2013)
PG-13 | 125 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama
Votes: 130,249 | Gross: $83.30M
3. Philomena (2013)
PG-13 | 98 min | Biography, Drama
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.
Votes: 84,004 | Gross: $37.71M
4. 12 Years a Slave (2013)
R | 134 min | Biography, Drama, History
In the antebellum United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery.
Votes: 518,085 | Gross: $56.67M
5. Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)
R | 104 min | Drama, Music
A week in the life of a young singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961.
Votes: 111,935 | Gross: $13.24M
6. Labor Day (2013)
PG-13 | 111 min | Drama, Romance
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.
Votes: 35,712 | Gross: $13.36M
7. The Invisible Woman (2013)
R | 111 min | Biography, Drama, History
At the height of his career, Charles Dickens meets a younger woman who becomes his secret lover until his death.
Votes: 8,072 | Gross: $1.23M
8. Blue Is the Warmest Color (2013)
NC-17 | 180 min | Drama, Romance
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.
Votes: 110,443 | Gross: $2.20M
9. The Epic of Everest (1924)
Not Rated | 87 min | Documentary, History
The official record of Mallory and Irvine's 1924 expedition.
10. Night Moves (2013)
R | 112 min | Action, Drama, Thriller
Three radical environmentalists look to execute the protest of their lives: the explosion of a hydroelectric dam.
Votes: 11,538 | Gross: $0.25M
11. Don Jon (2013)
R | 90 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
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.
Votes: 206,047 | Gross: $24.48M
LAUGH Gala screening
12. Mystery Road (2013)
Not Rated | 121 min | Mystery, Thriller
An indigenous detective returns to the Outback to investigate the murder of a young girl.
13. Only Lovers Left Alive (2013)
R | 123 min | Comedy, Drama, Horror
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.
Votes: 72,954 | Gross: $1.88M
14. Nebraska (2013)
R | 115 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama
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.
Votes: 99,419 | Gross: $17.65M
15. L'inconnu du lac (2013)
Unrated | 100 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller
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.
Votes: 10,551 | Gross: $0.32M
16. As I Lay Dying (2013)
R | 110 min | Drama
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.
Votes: 3,356 | Gross: $0.02M
17. Camille Claudel 1915 (2013)
Not Rated | 95 min | Biography, Drama
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.
Votes: 2,572 | Gross: $0.02M
18. Eastern Boys (2013)
Unrated | 128 min | Crime, Drama, Romance
A businessman makes a regular arrangement with a Ukrainian prostitute, despite the youngster's involvement in a controlling street gang.
Votes: 2,548 | Gross: $0.02M
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 »
20. Exhibition (2013)
Not Rated | 104 min | Drama
An intimate examination of a contemporary artist couple, whose living and working patterns are threatened by the imminent sale of their home.
22. La jaula de oro (2013)
108 min | Drama
A road movie about teenage immigrants and their journey to the U.S.
23. Half of a Yellow Sun (2013)
R | 111 min | Drama, Romance
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.
Votes: 1,452 | Gross: $0.05M
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.
25. Young & Beautiful (2013)
Not Rated | 95 min | Drama, Romance
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.
Votes: 26,197 | Gross: $0.05M
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 »
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
28. Let the Fire Burn (2013)
Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary
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.
Votes: 1,075 | Gross: $0.06M
29. Norte, hangganan ng kasaysayan (2013)
250 min | Crime, Drama
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.
30. Rumah dan Musim Hujan (2012)
100 min | Comedy, Drama, Horror
31. La Paz (2013)
32. Portrait of Jason (1967)
Not Rated | 105 min | Documentary, Biography
The highlights of a 12-hour interview with Aaron Payne, alias Jason Holliday, a former houseboy, would-be cabaret performer, and self-proclaimed hustler who, while drinking and smoking ... See full summary »
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 »
34. Història de la meva mort (2013)
148 min | Drama
Famous lover Casanova now long past his prime, meets Count Dracula during a journey to Transylvania.
35. Tian zhu ding (2013)
133 min | Drama
Four independent stories set in modern China about random acts of violence.
Votes: 8,100 | Gross: $0.09M
36. Victim (1961)
Not Rated | 90 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
The death of a young man leads to the discovery of a blackmail plot against a number of gay men in 1960s London.
37. Violette (2013)
Not Rated | 139 min | Biography, Drama, Romance
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 »
38. La por (2013)
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 »
39. Afternoon Delight (2013)
R | 98 min | Comedy, Drama
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 »
Votes: 8,231 | Gross: $0.17M
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 »
41. Borgman (2013)
Not Rated | 113 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
A vagrant enters the lives of an arrogant upper-class family, turning their lives into a psychological nightmare in the process.
Votes: 13,326 | Gross: $0.06M
42. Love & Air Sex (2013)
TV-MA | 91 min | Comedy, Romance
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 »
Votes: 818 | Gross: $0.01M
43. Casse-tête chinois (2013)
R | 117 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
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.
Votes: 11,410 | Gross: $0.34M
46. Drinking Buddies (2013)
R | 90 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
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.
Votes: 50,472 | Gross: $0.34M
47. Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me (2013)
Not Rated | 81 min | Documentary
The uncompromising Tony and Emmy Award-winner is showcased both on and off stage via rare archival footage and intimate cinema vérité.
Votes: 817 | Gross: $0.30M
48. Enough Said (2013)
PG-13 | 93 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A divorced woman who decides to pursue the man she's interested in learns he's her new friend's ex-husband.
Votes: 53,049 | 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.
50. Gone Too Far (2013)
88 min | Comedy, Drama
GONE TOO FAR follows two estranged teenage brothers over the course of a single day as they meet for the first time, and struggle to accept each other for who they are. Yemi can't wait for ... See full summary »
51. Fune wo amu (2013)
134 min | Drama
Majime, an eccentric man in publishing company, who has unique ability of words, joins the team that will compile a new dictionary, 'The Great Passage.' In the eclectic team, he becomes ... See full summary »
52. Hello Carter (2013)
80 min | Comedy, Drama
Down-on-his-luck Carter has recently become homeless, single and unemployed. Desperate to win back his ex-girlfriend, he goes off on an adventure throughout London to find her, picking up some odd helpers along the way.
53. Love Me Till Monday (2013)
93 min | Romance
A young woman who has recently finished university is working a dead-end office job whilst looking for 'the one'. Why can't she find the man of her dreams?
54. Les garçons et Guillaume, à table! (2013)
85 min | Comedy
Mrs. Gallienne, a rather temperamental upper middle-class lady, has three children, two of whom she considers as her sons and another she calls Guillaume. Logically indeed, the latter ... See full summary »
55. U ri Sunhi (2013)
88 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A young woman returning to her old school to visit her professor also runs into her old boyfriend and her senior, each of whom has a past with her.
58. Via Castellana Bandiera (2013)
92 min | Comedy, Drama
Two cars come face to face in a narrow street in Italy. When neither one of the drivers wants to back down to let the other pass, within no time the whole village is involved.
59. Vi är bäst! (2013)
Not Rated | 102 min | Drama, Music
Three girls in 1980s Stockholm decide to form a punk band -- despite not having any instruments and being told by everyone that punk is dead.
Votes: 8,723 | Gross: $0.18M
60. Traviata et nous (2012)
120 min | Documentary, Musical
Natalie Dessay prepares to take on the role of Violetta in this documentary about the staging of Verdi's masterwork at the Aix-en-Provence Festival in France.
Votes: 96 | Gross: $0.01M
62. Electro Chaabi (2013)
Not Rated | 77 min | Documentary, Music
In the slums of Cairo, youth dancing to electro chaabi, new music that blends folk song, electro beats and freestyles chanted in the style of rap. The idea is to merge the sounds and styles... See full summary »
Director: Hind Meddeb
64. How We Used to Live (2013)
70 min | Documentary
A cinematic ode to post-war London by acclaimed director Paul Kelly, created using rare footage drawn from the British Film Institute's National Archive and original music by Saint Etienne with a narration by Ian McShane.
65. Marvin Hamlisch: What He Did for Love (2013)
TV-PG | 85 min | Documentary, Biography, Music
Composer, conductor, genius, mensch, Marvin Hamlisch was as close to a modern day Da Vinci as it gets. Hit after hit...'The Way We Were', 'Nobody Does It Better', 'The Sting', 'Chorus Line'... See full summary »
66. Mistaken for Strangers (2013)
Not Rated | 75 min | Documentary, Comedy, Music
Tom Berninger chronicles his time spent on the road as a member of the tour crew for The National, the rock & roll band fronted by his brother, Matt.
Votes: 3,868 | Gross: $0.14M
68. The Punk Singer (2013)
Not Rated | 81 min | Documentary, Biography, Music
A look at the life of activist, musician, and cultural icon Kathleen Hanna, who formed the punk band Bikini Kill and pioneered the "riot grrrl" movement of the 1990s.
Votes: 2,363 | Gross: $0.12M
69. Twenty Feet from Stardom (2013)
PG-13 | 91 min | Documentary, Music
Backup singers live in a world that lies just beyond the spotlight. Their voices bring harmony to the biggest bands in popular music, but we've had no idea who these singers are or what lives they lead, until now.
Votes: 10,574 | Gross: $4.95M
70. Anina (2013)
Not Rated | 80 min | Animation, Adventure, Family
A fantastical journey into the world of a ten-year-old girl who, following a playground skirmish, is given the weirdest punishment in the history of weird punishments.
71. Antboy (2013)
PG | 77 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family
12-year-old Pelle is bitten by an ant and develops superpowers. Aided by comic book nerd Wilhelm, Pelle creates a secret identity as superhero Antboy. When a super villain The Flea enters the scene, Antboy must step up to the challenge.
72. Felix (I) (2013)
94 min | Comedy, Drama, Family
'Billy Elliot with sax meets Buena Vista Social Club in Cape Town, South Africa.' 13-Year-old Felix dreams of becoming a saxophonist like his late father, Zweli, of the famous Bozza Boys ... See full summary »
73. Los chicos del puerto (2013)
78 min | Adventure, Drama, History
Miguel makes the journey that his grandfather cannot make because he is locked up by his own family. The mission is very simple, go to a funeral and leave an army jacket on the grave of an ... See full summary »
78. From Gulf to Gulf to Gulf (2013)
83 min | Documentary, History, Music
A boat has many powers: to gather a society in its making, to distribute goods, to carry people and ideas across places that, it seems to us, are more different than ever before. From Gulf ... See full summary »
79. Pays barbare (2013)
65 min | Documentary, Drama, History
Every era has its fascism. A film necessary for us at this time, over fascism and colonialism. With our 'Analythica Cameral' we returned to rummage in privates and anonymous archives of ... See full summary »
80. A Spell to Ward Off the Darkness (2013)
Not Rated | 98 min | Documentary, Music
From pagan re-enactors to failed communes, black metal festivals to Arctic hermits, and the forever Golden Hour to the Northern Lights, 'A Spell to Ward off the Darkness' is an inquiry into... See full summary »
83. Dusty Stacks of Mom: The Poster Project (2013)
41 min | Documentary, Animation, Short
Interweaving the forms of personal filmmaking, abstract animation, and the rock opera, this animated musical documentary examines the rise and fall of a nearly-defunct poster and postcard ... See full summary »
Director: Jodie Mack
84. Terra (2013)
12 min | Documentary, Short, Drama
A god of horns and testicles, that after each fight and each victory, its worshipers greet with applause, cheers and tenderness. A god whose devotees love, without asking for any miracles ... See full summary »
Director: Pedro Lino
An Eternal Return
Four invocations ask what we can learn from the past.
Also shown but not listed on IMDB:
The Foxes Director Corin Sworn UK-Peru-Canada 2013 in English and some Spanish with English subtitles 19 mins
A collection of anthropological slides is the starting point for a reflection on image-making and memory.
People to be Resembling Director The Otolith Group UK 2012 22 mins A re-imagining of the recording of the first album for the ECM label by music trio Codona.
85. Buffalo Death Mask (2013)
23 min | Short
An Eternal Return
Four invocations ask what we can learn from the past.
86. Beauty and the Beast (1946)
Not Rated | 93 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance
A beautiful young woman takes her father's place as the prisoner of a mysterious beast, who wishes to marry her.
Votes: 20,789 | Gross: $0.30M
87. The Chase (1946)
Approved | 86 min | Film-Noir, Thriller
Chuck Scott gets a job as chauffeur to tough guy Eddie Roman; but Chuck's involvement with Eddie's fearful wife becomes a nightmare.
88. Cowboy (1958)
Approved | 92 min | Western
An idealistic tenderfoot Chicago hotel clerk is taken on a cattle-drive to Mexico by famous trail boss Tom Reece but discovers that cowboy life isn't what he expected.
89. The Doorway to Hell (1930)
Passed | 78 min | Crime, Drama
Lou Ricarno is a smart guy. His plan is to organize the various gangs in Chicago so that the mugs will not liquidate each other. WIth the success of his leadership, Louie prospers, marries ... See full summary »
90. Picture Snatcher (1933)
Not Rated | 77 min | Drama, Crime
Ex-convict Danny Kean decides to become honest as a photographer for a paper. He falls in love with Patricia, the daughter of the policeman who arrested him. Mr Nolan, her father, doesn't ... See full summary »
92. The Lady from Shanghai (1947)
Not Rated | 87 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
Fascinated by gorgeous Mrs. Bannister, seaman Michael O'Hara joins a bizarre yachting cruise, and ends up mired in a complex murder plot.
Votes: 21,382 | Gross: $0.01M
93. The Lusty Men (1952)
Not Rated | 113 min | Action, Drama, Sport
Retired rodeo champion Jeff McCloud agrees to mentor novice rodeo contestant Wes Merritt against the wishes of Merritt's wife who fears the dangers of this rough sport.
95. Model Shop (1969)
M | 97 min | Drama
George Matthews is a young man who is having a bittersweet affair with a French divorcée in Los Angeles. Waiting to be drafted, he is unable to commit himself to anything or anybody, ... See full summary »
96. Nine Lives (1957)
96 min | Action, Adventure, Biography
The movie takes place during World War II and depicts the true story of Jan Baalsruds amazing escape from the German army from the coast of Northern Norway and across the border to the ... See full summary »
99. The Witches (1966)
90 min | Horror
Following a horrifying experience with the occult in Africa, a schoolteacher moves to a small English village, only to discover that black magic resides there as well.
100. Gaslight (1940)
Not Rated | 84 min | Thriller
Twenty years after the murder of Alice Barlow, her house is finally occupied again. However, the husband of the couple who have moved in has a secret which he will do anything to keep hidden.