BFI London Film Festival 2022


5 – 16 Oct 2022



Special Presentation:

Director Luca Guadagnino. Producers Luca Guadagnino, Theresa Park, Marco Morabito, David Kajganich, Francesco Melzi d’Eril, Lorenzo Mieli, Gabriele Moratti, Peter Spears, Timothée Chalamet. Screenwriter David Kajganich. With Taylor Russell, Timothée Chalamet, Mark Rylance. USA 2022. 130min. UK Distribution Warner Bros. Pictures.
Timothée Chalamet and Taylor Russell star as sweet and tender young cannibal lovers in this finger-lickin-good 80s set road movie from Luca Guadagnino. Shy teen Maren (Russell, dazzling again after Waves) isn’t like her classmates. She eats flesh; a fact her beleaguered single father finds increasingly hard to hide – and manage. Forced to set off on her own, Maren goes in search of the mother she never knew, meeting other outsiders – fellow ‘feeders’ – on the dusty highways and byways. Some encounters are less savoury, such as deliciously creepy turns from Mark Rylance and Michael Stuhlbarg. But puckish Lee (Chalamet at his megawatt best) helps her settle into her deviance and feel less alone. Cinematographer Arseni Khachaturan and designer Elliott Hostetter create an early Reaganite American that’s threadbare and broken-down, but also nostalgically soulful and full of humanity. And as befits the filmmaker behind such contrasting delights as Call Me By Your Name and Suspiria, Guadagnino deftly combines gristle, blood and gore with an achingly tender-hearted and wistful story of young love that’s good enough to eat.


Screening in the LOVE strand:


Director Nicholas Stoller. Producers Judd Apatow, Nicholas Stoller, Joshua Church. Screenwriters Nicholas Stoller, Billy Eichner. With Billy Eichner, Luke Macfarlane, Guy Branum. USA 2022. 115min. UK Distribution Universal Pictures International Language English.
The first ever gay rom-com from a major studio, and featuring an almost entirely LGBTQIA+ cast, this hilarious heart-warmer was well worth the wait. Career-wise, Bobby Lieber has it sussed. Not only has the lovably misanthropic podcaster scooped the prestigious Cis White Gay Man of the Year Award, he is also a board member for a museum of queer culture. But when it comes to matters of the heart, Bobby doesn’t have a clue. Always the groomsman, never the groom, Bobby sidesteps emotional introspection with self-deprecating humour, proudly wearing his singledom like a badge of honour. But then he meets all-American dreamboat Luke, and the unthinkable happens – there’s a spark. Starring and co-written by Billy Eichner, the sardonic wit behind frenetic quiz show Billy on the Street, one might expect a sharp-tongued subversion of rom-com conventions. But while it effectively (and thankfully) positions gay relationships as distinct from straight ones, Bros is at heart a proud graduate of the Nora Ephron school of romance, delighting in trusted tropes and luxuriating in the warm embrace of familiarity. Check your inbox, you’ve got male.

FRI 14 OCT 20:50 NFT1
SAT 15 OCT 21:00 NFT1

Screening in the DARE strand:


Director-Producer-Screenwriter Jafar Panahi. With Jafar Panahi, Naser Hashemi, Mina Kavani. Iran 2022. 107min. UK Distribution Picturehouse Entertainment. Languages Farsi, Azeri, Turkish. With English subtitles.
For the last decade, Jafar Panahi has made a series of boldly inventive statements defying the Iranian government’s ban on his being an active filmmaker. As he faces six years imprisonment, his latest film is testimony to how artistry and protest can find inspiration in the very restrictions that he and other creative voices face. Panahi plays himself, a filmmaker trying to direct a cast and crew in Turkey, who is forced to remain in an Iranian village close to the border. As his actors perform their own story of attempted escape to Europe, Panahi finds himself coming up against suspicion and local traditions. Arguably the filmmaker’s richest and most complex work to date, No Bears is a witty, serio-comic self-portrait, and a resounding act of artistic and political expression.

MON 10 OCT 18:00 NFT1


Friday 7 October
Music – DJ Night: God Said Give ‘Em Drum Machines:
BFI Bar & Kitchen, 21:00 – 01:00

Saturday 8 October
LLF Expanded – HAUNTED HOTEL: Behind the scenes of Guy Maddin’s immersive exhibition
Blue Room, 10:30 – 11:15

Shorts in Venue – London Calling: Stories We Tell Ourselves
Studio, 11:00 – 12:00 (also on Saturday 15 October, 11:00 – 12:00)

Shorts in Venue – London Calling: Crucibles of Connection
Studio, 13:00 – 14:15 (also on Saturday 15 October, 13:00 – 14:15)

Talks – Popstars on Film
Blue Room, 13:30 – 14:30

Talks – The Puppet Asylum
Studio, 15:00 – 16:00

Talks – Follow the Yellow Brick Road
Blue Room, 15:00 – 16:00

Music – DJ Night: Popstars on Film
BFI Bar & Kitchen, 21:00 – 01:00

Sunday 9 October
Shorts in Venue – NETWORK@LFF Shorts Programme 1
Studio, 11:00 – 12:00

Talks – Ghibliotheque presents… The Z-A of Studio Ghibli
BFI Reuben Library, 12:00 – 13:00

Shorts in Venue – NETWORK@LFF Shorts Programme 2
Studio, 13:00 – 14:00

Talks – Making the Leap – Shorts to Feature Docs:
BFI Reuben Library, 13:30 – 14:30

Talks – The Ghibliotheque Anime Movie Guide:
Blue Room, 14:30 – 15:15

The People’s Piazza: A History Of Covent Garden
Odeon Covent Garden, Screen 1, 14:00 & Screen 2, 14:30

Shorts in Venue – Teen Club Presents… Life in Love
Studio, 15:00 – 16:30

Talks – Hot Topic: Putting Climate Change On The Creative Agenda
BFI Reuben Library, 15:30 – 16:30

Talks – Destination Dancefloor
Blue Room, 16:00 – 17:00

Friday 14 October
Film Academy Young Programmer Events – Instant Gra-TV-cation: is peak TV here to stay?
Streaming on BFI YouTube

Film Academy Young Programmer Events – Young Adult Dystopia: Were the Odds Ever in Your Favour? BFI
Streaming on BFI YouTube

Film Academy Young Programmer Events – Heartstopped: The Changing Landscape of Queer Rep and Independent Storytelling
Streaming on BFI YouTube

Film Academy Young Programmer Events – TRANSforming Screens
Streaming on BFI YouTube

Music – DJ Night: Getting it Back
BFI Bar & Kitchen, 21:00 – 01:00

Saturday 15 October
Family Events – Animation Workshop inspired by Animated Shorts for Younger Audiences
Blue Room, 11:00 – 12:00

Shorts in Venue – London Calling: Stories We Tell Ourselves
Studio, 11:00 – 12:00 (also on Saturday 8 October, 11:00 – 12:00)

Shorts in Venue – London Calling: Crucibles of Connection
Studio, 13:00 – 14:15 (also on Saturday 8 October, 13:00 – 14:15)

Talks – What The Folk!
Blue Room, 13:30 – 14:30

Music – Pitchblack Playback: Cymande ‘Cymande’ (1972)
Studio, 15:00 – 16:00

Talks – Unseen: The Power of What We Don’t Show
Blue Room, 15:30 – 16:30

Music – DJ Night: Meet Me in the Bathroom
BFI Bar & Kitchen, 21:00 – 01:00

Sunday 16 October
Shorts in Venue – Salvation Has No Name:
NFT3, 11:00 – 12:00

Talks – Eat the Rich:
Blue Room, 12:00 – 13:00

Shorts in Venue – Independent Film Trust Indie Film Fete Showcase
Screen 2, Odeon West End, 12:00 – 14:00

Together TV presents Queer Lives Today
Studio, 12.15 – 14.00

Music – Pitchblack Playback: Interpol ‘Turn On The Bright Lights’ (2002)
Studio, 15:00 – 16:00

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