BFI London Film Festival 2020

7 to 18 October Enjoy the festival wherever you are in the UK, with over 50 virtual premieres, free online events and cinema screenings across the land.

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Japan 2020

Explore over 100 years of the greatest Japanese cinema in the latest season from BFI

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Features and reviews

Where to begin

Where to begin with John Sayles

On his 70th birthday, we pick a beginner’s path through the work of a true maverick: the guiding light of American indie cinema, John Sayles.

By Matthew Thrift

Where to begin with John Sayles
5 things to watch

5 things to watch this weekend – 25 to 27 September

By Samuel Wigley

5 things to watch this weekend – 25 to 27 September
Features

What to watch at LFF: Notturno, a vast Middle Eastern canvas from one of the world’s great documentary-makers

By Adrian Wootton

What to watch at LFF: Notturno, a vast Middle Eastern canvas from one of the world’s great documentary-makers
From the Sight & Sound archive

Notes from the cinematographer: Léonce-Henry Burel on working with Robert Bresson

By Tom Milne

Notes from the cinematographer: Léonce-Henry Burel on working with Robert Bresson
Features

La dolce vita: Unlocking the images in Fellini’s visual feast

By Leigh Singer

La dolce vita: Unlocking the images in Fellini’s visual feast
Reviews

Little Girl review: a cinematic act of kindness to trans children

By Juliet Jacques

Little Girl review: a cinematic act of kindness to trans children
Reviews

Miss Juneteenth review: a former beauty queen chases the American Dream

By Melanie Hoyes

Miss Juneteenth review: a former beauty queen chases the American Dream
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Main image caption: still from Hirokazu Koreeda’s film Shoplifters ©2018 Fuji Television Network, Gaga Corporation, AOI Pro. Inc. Supported by BFI FAN and the BFI Audience Fund, Shoplifters was one of 2018’s highest-grossing foreign language films.