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30 great films playing at BFI London Film Festival 2021

Unsure where to start with this year’s LFF? All of the films in this selection come with the seal of approval of Sight and Sound critics.

30 great films playing at BFI London Film Festival 2021
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Spencer is a portrait of a royal on the verge of a nervous breakdown

By John Bleasdale

Spencer is a portrait of a royal on the verge of a nervous breakdown
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Rituals and cycles of grief: 10 picks from FrightFest 2021

By Anton Bitel

Rituals and cycles of grief: 10 picks from FrightFest 2021
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Locarno round-up: the best of the 2021 festival

By John Bleasdale

Locarno round-up: the best of the 2021 festival
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Dead Flash proves Bertrand Mandico is best tolerated in smaller doses

By Jessica Kiang

Dead Flash proves Bertrand Mandico is best tolerated in smaller doses
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The Legionnaire examines racial tensions amongst Roman riot police

By John Bleasdale

The Legionnaire examines racial tensions amongst Roman riot police
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She Will unearths feminine trauma buried by time

By Caitlin Quinlan

She Will unearths feminine trauma buried by time
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Mad God writhes through an underworld drenched in bodily fluids

By John Bleasdale

Mad God writhes through an underworld drenched in bodily fluids
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The Cannes dispatch: notes from the riviera

By Isabel Stevens

The Cannes dispatch: notes from the riviera
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Cannes 2021: Un Certain Regard round-up

By Jonathan Romney

Cannes 2021: Un Certain Regard round-up
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Directors’ Fortnight: round-up

By James Lattimer

Directors’ Fortnight: round-up
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The Story of My Wife is all at sea in its exploration of marital dysfunction

By Guy Lodge

The Story of My Wife is all at sea in its exploration of marital dysfunction
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Memoria shows Apichatpong at the peak of his mesmerising powers

By James Lattimer

Memoria shows Apichatpong at the peak of his mesmerising powers
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The Year of the Everlasting Storm forges international bonds with a pandemic-era anthology

By Nicolas Rapold

The Year of the Everlasting Storm forges international bonds with a pandemic-era anthology
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After Yang finds gif-sized glimpses of life after AI death

By Jessica Kiang

After Yang finds gif-sized glimpses of life after AI death
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Paris, 13th District drains the colour from its French neighbourhood

By Elena Lazic

Paris, 13th District drains the colour from its French neighbourhood
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France shows that all the world’s a stage for the media

By Giovanni Marchini Camia

France shows that all the world’s a stage for the media
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In Front of Your Face finds beauty in its impermanent immediacy

By Becca Voelcker

In Front of Your Face finds beauty in its impermanent immediacy
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Red Rocket shoots for the (porn)stars and finds them in the gutter

By Jessica Kiang

Red Rocket shoots for the (porn)stars and finds them in the gutter
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A Hero finds a debt-ridden prisoner walking streets paved with gold

By Guy Lodge

A Hero finds a debt-ridden prisoner walking streets paved with gold
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Titane is a full-throttle masterpiece of road-rage, violence and queerness

By John Bleasdale

Titane is a full-throttle masterpiece of road-rage, violence and queerness
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The Tsugua Diaries delights with a playful Portuguese puzzle

By Giovanni Marchini Camia

The Tsugua Diaries delights with a playful Portuguese puzzle
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The French Dispatch pens a lavishly Andersonian love letter to journalism

By Leigh Singer

The French Dispatch pens a lavishly Andersonian love letter to journalism
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Three Floors is a Roman apartment block story not worth writing home about

By John Bleasdale

Three Floors is a Roman apartment block story not worth writing home about
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Bergman Island looks at a filmmaking couple’s creative processes through a glass darkly

By Elena Lazic

Bergman Island looks at a filmmaking couple’s creative processes through a glass darkly
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Întregalde drags bickering charity workers kicking and screaming through the mud

By Caspar Salmon

Întregalde drags bickering charity workers kicking and screaming through the mud
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Drive My Car takes a meditative trip down memory lane

By Becca Voelcker

Drive My Car takes a meditative trip down memory lane
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Ali & Ava serenades its Bradfordian sweethearts

By Sophie Monks Kaufman

Ali & Ava serenades its Bradfordian sweethearts
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Mothering Sunday loosens the corset of the English heritage drama

By Leigh Singer

Mothering Sunday loosens the corset of the English heritage drama
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