2019 London Film Festival (LFF), Oct 2-13

by allthumbs | created - 1 month ago | updated - 3 weeks ago | Public

First up is entries into The Official Competition. There are 10 this year and they make up the first ten on this list. Next is Time Out-London, which has 20 recs with none of The Official Competition movies duplicated. The Official Competition (Best Picture) fliks are listed alphabeticall (except the winner.) Time Out-London (TOL) recs are listed chronologically and make up the recs 11-30 by their showing at the Festival...Oct 7, I added The Standard's picks. They repeated eight movies, #'s 5, 10, 11, 13, 16, 17, 21, & 30 and added seven pics, #31-37. Next was The Telegraph which added 3 fliks and repeated 10, #'s 10, 11, 16, 17, 19, 20, 21, 25, 30 & 34. The Telegraph included the Surprise Night feature and an assortment of short films as two of their 15 picks. Their adds were #'s 38-40...Oct 20, Monos was selected as The Official Competition winner and now appears as first on this list. Now that the LFF is over, most films will be released before Jan 1, 2020. However, a few will get their first showing well after the first of the new year.

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1. Monos (2019)

R | 102 min | Drama, Thriller

78 Metascore

On a remote mountaintop, eight kids with guns watch over a hostage and a conscripted milk cow.

Director: Alejandro Landes | Stars: Sofia Buenaventura, Moises Arias, Julianne Nicholson, Laura Castrillón

Votes: 3,081

2. Fanny Lye Deliver'd (2019)

112 min | Drama, History, Thriller

Set on an isolated farm in Shropshire in 1657. The story of Fanny Lye, a woman who learns to transcend her oppressive marriage and discover a new world of possibility - albeit at great ... See full summary »

Director: Thomas Clay | Stars: Maxine Peake, Charles Dance, Freddie Fox, Tanya Reynolds

Votes: 31

3. Honey Boy (2019)

R | 94 min | Drama

70 Metascore

A young actor's stormy childhood and early adult years as he struggles to reconcile with his father and deal with his mental health.

Director: Alma Har'el | Stars: Shia LaBeouf, Lucas Hedges, Noah Jupe, Byron Bowers

Votes: 1,163

4. The Curse of La Llorona (2019)

R | 93 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

41 Metascore

Ignoring the eerie warning of a troubled mother suspected of child endangerment, a social worker and her own small kids are soon drawn into a frightening supernatural realm.

Director: Michael Chaves | Stars: Linda Cardellini, Raymond Cruz, Patricia Velasquez, Marisol Ramirez

Votes: 26,093 | Gross: $54.73M

Listed by LFF as La Llorona

5. Lingua Franca (2019)

89 min | Drama

Olivia (Isabel Sandoval), an undocumented Filipino transwoman, works as a caregiver to Olga (Lynn Cohen), an elderly Russian woman, in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn. When Olivia runs out of ... See full summary »

Director: Isabel Sandoval | Stars: Eamon Farren, Lev Gorn, Mark Nelson, Lynn Cohen

Votes: 38

6. Moffie (2019)

99 min | Drama, Romance, War

Nicholas has long known he is different, that there is something shameful and unacceptable in him that must stay hidden, denied even. But South Africa's minority government are embroiled in... See full summary »

Director: Oliver Hermanus | Stars: Kai Luke Brummer, Ryan de Villiers, Matthew Vey, Stefan Vermaak

Votes: 97

7. The Other Lamb (2019)

97 min | Drama, Horror

A girl born into an all-female cult led by a man in their compound begins to question his teachings and her own reality.

Director: Malgorzata Szumowska | Stars: Michiel Huisman, Raffey Cassidy, Denise Gough, Eve Connolly

Votes: 99

8. The Perfect Candidate (2019)

101 min | Drama

69 Metascore

A determined young Saudi doctor's surprise run for office in the local city elections sweeps up her family and community as they struggle to accept their town's first female candidate.

Director: Haifaa Al-Mansour | Stars: Nora Al Awadh, Dae Al Hilali, Mila Al Zahrani, Khalid Abdulraheem

Votes: 179

9. Rose Plays Julie (2019)

100 min | Drama

An adopted girl who seeks out her birth mother only to be told her mother has no desire to meet her.

Directors: Joe Lawlor, Christine Molloy | Stars: Ann Skelly, Orla Brady, Aidan Gillen, Annabell Rickerby

Votes: 30

10. Saint Maud (2019)

83 min | Horror

83 Metascore

Follows a pious nurse who becomes dangerously obsessed with saving the soul of her dying patient.

Director: Rose Glass | Stars: Jennifer Ehle, Morfydd Clark, Turlough Convery, Lily Frazer

Votes: 126

11. The Personal History of David Copperfield (2019)

119 min | Comedy, Drama

74 Metascore

Based on the novel by Charles Dickens.

Director: Armando Iannucci | Stars: Tilda Swinton, Dev Patel, Hugh Laurie, Gwendoline Christie

Votes: 309

12. Workforce (2019)

82 min | Drama

After the death of one of his co-workers, Francisco and a group of builders will seek justice not only for the null compensation received by the owner of the house, but also for a life full of worries, contrasts and oppression.

Director: David Zonana | Stars: Luis Alberti, Horacio Celestino, Hugo Mendoza, Jonathan Sánchez

Votes: 72

13. The King (I) (2019)

R | 140 min | Biography, Drama, History

61 Metascore

Hal, wayward prince and heir to the English throne, is crowned King Henry V after his tyrannical father dies. Now the young king must navigate palace politics, the war his father left behind, and the emotional strings of his past life.

Director: David Michôd | Stars: Tom Glynn-Carney, Gábor Czap, Tom Fisher, Edward Ashley

Votes: 32,617

14. Our Ladies (2019)

105 min | Comedy, Drama

In 1990s Scotland, a group of Catholic school girls get an opportunity to go into Edinburgh for a choir competition, but they're more interested in drinking, partying and hooking up than winning the competition.

Director: Michael Caton-Jones | Stars: Ross Anderson, Tony Atherton, Eve Austin, Kate Dickie

Votes: 42

LFF lists this flik as Our Ladies

15. Abominable (I) (2019)

PG | 97 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

61 Metascore

Three teenagers must help a Yeti return to his family while avoiding a wealthy man and a zoologist who want it for their own needs.

Directors: Jill Culton, Todd Wilderman | Stars: Chloe Bennet, Albert Tsai, Tenzing Norgay Trainor, Joseph Izzo

Votes: 6,701 | Gross: $20.61M

Animation.

16. The Lighthouse (I) (2019)

R | 109 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

83 Metascore

Two lighthouse keepers try to maintain their sanity while living on a remote and mysterious New England island in the 1890s.

Director: Robert Eggers | Stars: Willem Dafoe, Robert Pattinson, Valeriia Karaman

Votes: 13,260 | Gross: $0.43M

17. Jojo Rabbit (2019)

PG-13 | 108 min | Comedy, Drama, War

58 Metascore

A young boy in Hitler's army finds out his mother is hiding a Jewish girl in their home.

Director: Taika Waititi | Stars: Roman Griffin Davis, Thomasin McKenzie, Scarlett Johansson, Taika Waititi

Votes: 8,751 | Gross: $0.35M

18. Hope Gap (2019)

100 min | Drama, Romance

53 Metascore

A couple's visit with their son takes a dramatic turn when the father tells him he plans on leaving his mother.

Director: William Nicholson | Stars: Bill Nighy, Annette Bening, Josh O'Connor, Aiysha Hart

Votes: 80

19. Marriage Story (2019)

R | 136 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

94 Metascore

Noah Baumbach's incisive and compassionate look at a marriage breaking up and a family staying together.

Director: Noah Baumbach | Stars: Scarlett Johansson, Merritt Wever, Adam Driver, Laura Dern

Votes: 1,783

20. Atlantics (2019)

104 min | Drama

80 Metascore

In a popular suburb of Dakar, workers on the construction site of a futuristic tower, without pay for months, decide to leave the country by the ocean for a better future. Among them is Souleiman, the lover of Ada, promised to another.

Director: Mati Diop | Stars: Abdou Balde, Aminata Kane, Ibrahima Mbaye, Amadou Mbow

Votes: 558

21. Knives Out (2019)

PG-13 | 130 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

84 Metascore

A detective investigates the death of a patriarch of an eccentric, combative family.

Director: Rian Johnson | Stars: Ana de Armas, Chris Evans, Jamie Lee Curtis, Toni Collette

Votes: 1,418

22. Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019)

R | 121 min | Drama, Romance

93 Metascore

On an isolated island in Brittany at the end of the eighteenth century, a female painter is obliged to paint a wedding portrait of a young woman.

Director: Céline Sciamma | Stars: Noémie Merlant, Adèle Haenel, Luàna Bajrami, Valeria Golino

Votes: 3,577

23. The Two Popes (2019)

PG-13 | 125 min | Comedy, Drama

83 Metascore

Behind Vatican walls, the conservative Pope Benedict and the liberal future Pope Francis must find common ground to forge a new path for the Catholic Church.

Director: Fernando Meirelles | Stars: Jonathan Pryce, Anthony Hopkins, Juan Minujín, Sidney Cole

Votes: 397

24. The Aeronauts (2019)

PG-13 | 100 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

70 Metascore

Pilot Amelia Wren (Felicity Jones) and scientist James Glaisher (Eddie Redmayne) find themselves in an epic fight for survival while attempting to make discoveries in a gas balloon.

Director: Tom Harper | Stars: Felicity Jones, Eddie Redmayne, Himesh Patel, Lewin Lloyd

Votes: 1,405

25. Ford v Ferrari (2019)

PG-13 | 152 min | Action, Biography, Drama

76 Metascore

American car designer Carroll Shelby and driver Ken Miles battle corporate interference, the laws of physics and their own personal demons to build a revolutionary race car for Ford and challenge Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1966.

Director: James Mangold | Stars: Roberta Sparta, Caitriona Balfe, Christian Bale, Matt Damon

Votes: 2,881

LFF shows this as Le Mans '66.

26. Western Stars (2019)

PG | 83 min | Documentary, Music

80 Metascore

Live concert performance of Bruce Springsteen singing songs from his album 'Western Stars'.

Directors: Bruce Springsteen, Thom Zimny | Star: Bruce Springsteen

Votes: 468

27. Rocks (2019)

93 min | Drama

A teenage girl who suddenly finds herself struggling to take care of herself and her younger brother.

Director: Sarah Gavron | Stars: Bukky Bakray, Kosar Ali, D'angelou Osei Kissiedu, Shaneigha-Monik Greyson

Votes: 88

28. A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood (2019)

PG | 108 min | Biography, Drama

82 Metascore

Based on the true story of a real-life friendship between Fred Rogers and journalist Tom Junod.

Director: Marielle Heller | Stars: Tom Hanks, Christine Lahti, Matthew Rhys, Susan Kelechi Watson

Votes: 769

29. Harriet (I) (2019)

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

66 Metascore

The extraordinary tale of Harriet Tubman's escape from slavery and transformation into one of America's greatest heroes, whose courage, ingenuity, and tenacity freed hundreds of slaves and changed the course of history.

Director: Kasi Lemmons | Stars: Cynthia Erivo, Leslie Odom Jr., Joe Alwyn, Clarke Peters

Votes: 2,364

30. The Irishman (2019)

R | 209 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

95 Metascore

A mob hitman recalls his possible involvement with the slaying of Jimmy Hoffa.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Jesse Plemons, Anna Paquin

Votes: 6,834

31. Little Joe (2019)

105 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

57 Metascore

Alice, a single mother, is a dedicated senior plant breeder at a corporation engaged in developing new species. Against company policy, she takes one home as a gift for her teenage son, Joe.

Director: Jessica Hausner | Stars: Emily Beecham, Ben Whishaw, Kerry Fox, Kit Connor

Votes: 617

32. Vivarium (2019)

97 min | Mystery, Sci-Fi

A young couple looking for the perfect home find themselves trapped in a mysterious labyrinth-like neighborhood of identical houses.

Director: Lorcan Finnegan | Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Imogen Poots, Jonathan Aris, Eanna Hardwicke

Votes: 622

33. Bacurau (2019)

131 min | Action, Adventure, Mystery

74 Metascore

After the death of her grandmother, Teresa comes home to her matriarchal village in a near-future Brazil to find a succession of sinister events that mobilizes all of its residents.

Directors: Juliano Dornelles, Kleber Mendonça Filho | Stars: Bárbara Colen, Thomas Aquino, Silvero Pereira, Thardelly Lima

Votes: 4,360

34. A Hidden Life (2019)

PG-13 | 173 min | Biography, Drama, War

76 Metascore

The Austrian Blessed Franz Jägerstätter, a conscientious objector, refuses to fight for the Nazis in World War II.

Director: Terrence Malick | Stars: August Diehl, Valerie Pachner, Michael Nyqvist, Matthias Schoenaerts

Votes: 981

35. Babyteeth (2019)

120 min | Comedy, Drama

73 Metascore

When seriously ill teenager Milla falls madly in love with smalltime drug dealer Moses, it's her parents' worst nightmare. But as Milla's first brush with love brings her a new lust for ... See full summary »

Director: Shannon Murphy | Stars: Ben Mendelsohn, Essie Davis, Eliza Scanlen, Emily Barclay

Votes: 292

36. Beanpole (2019)

130 min | Drama

81 Metascore

1945, Leningrad. WWII has devastated the city, demolishing its buildings and leaving its citizens in tatters, physically and mentally. Two young women search for meaning and hope in the struggle to rebuild their lives amongst the ruins.

Director: Kantemir Balagov | Stars: Konstantin Balakirev, Andrey Bykov, Olga Dragunova, Timofey Glazkov

Votes: 1,561

37. Instinct (III) (2019)

108 min | Drama, Thriller

In spite of her expertise and experience, a seasoned psychologist is completely infatuated by the sex offender she is treating in a penal institution.

Director: Halina Reijn | Stars: Carice van Houten, Marwan Kenzari, Marie-Mae van Zuilen, Pieter Embrechts

Votes: 637

38. I Lost My Body (2019)

81 min | Animation, Drama

81 Metascore

A story of Naoufel, a young man who is in love with Gabrielle. In another part of town, a severed hand escapes from a dissection lab, determined to find its body again.

Director: Jérémy Clapin | Stars: Hakim Faris, Victoire Du Bois, Patrick d'Assumçao, Alfonso Arfi

Votes: 476

39. Deerskin (2019)

77 min | Comedy

72 Metascore

A man's obsession with his designer deerskin jacket causes him to blow his life savings and turn to crime.

Director: Quentin Dupieux | Stars: Jean Dujardin, Adèle Haenel, Albert Delpy, Coralie Russier

Votes: 1,604

40. The Cordillera of Dreams (2019)

84 min | Documentary

Patricio Guzmán left Chile more than 40 years ago when the military dictatorship took over the democratically-elected government, but he never stopped thinking about a country, a culture, ... See full summary »

Director: Patricio Guzmán | Stars: Jorge Baradit, Vicente Gajardo, Francisco Gazitúa, Pablo Salas

Votes: 145



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