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  • BFI Recommends: Who’s Gonna Love Me Now?

    BFI Recommends: Who’s Gonna Love Me Now?

    A mid-week recommendation for this cheering documentary about an ostracised gay Israeli man finding solace singing in the London Gay Men’s Chorus – chosen by Ros Cranston.
    Wednesday 27 May 2020

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  • BFI Recommends: The Day the Earth Caught Fire

    BFI Recommends: The Day the Earth Caught Fire

    A heatwave spells the end of the world in this prescient apocalyptic sci-fi – the latest in our daily series of recommendations, chosen by Kevin Lyons.


    Tuesday 26 May 2020

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  • BFI Recommends: The Company of Wolves

    BFI Recommends: The Company of Wolves

    Beware the beast within… Start your week with a walk into the woods in The Company of Wolves – our latest recommendation, chosen by Kristina Tarasova.


    Monday 25 May 2020

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  • BFI Recommends: Stop Making Sense

    BFI Recommends: Stop Making Sense

    Psycho Killer… Qu’est-ce que c’est? We hit the weekend with a recommendation of one of the all-time great concert films: Talking Heads on tour in Stop Making Sense, chosen by Matthew Taylor.


    Friday 22 May 2020

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  • BFI Recommends: I Am Not a Witch

    BFI Recommends: I Am Not a Witch

    A haunting drama about a young Zambian girl accused of being a witch is the latest in our daily series of viewing recommendations, this time chosen by Stefan Caussero.


    Thursday 21 May 2020

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  • BFI Recommends: Man with a Movie Camera

    BFI Recommends: Man with a Movie Camera

    A projectionist recommends: the stunningly inventive and self-analysing Soviet classic Man with a Movie Camera, chosen by Alexa Raisbeck.


    Wednesday 20 May 2020

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  • BFI Recommends: Fantastic Planet

    BFI Recommends: Fantastic Planet

    Think Yellow Submarine meets Planet of the Apes… Our latest recommendation is René Laloux’s far-out animated sci-fi odyssey Fantastic Planet, chosen by Jez Stewart.


    Tuesday 19 May 2020

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  • BFI Recommends: Woman of the Dunes

    BFI Recommends: Woman of the Dunes

    The first of our recommendations this week is an enigmatic Japanese fable about the erotic relationship between a couple stuck at the bottom of a huge sand pit.


    Monday 18 May 2020

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  • BFI Recommends: Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives

    BFI Recommends: Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives

    A film that induces happiness: Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s mystical jungle movie Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives is our latest recommendation, chosen by Johnathon Parkins.


    Friday 15 May 2020

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  • BFI Recommends: Mysterious Skin

    BFI Recommends: Mysterious Skin

    Our series of recommendations continues with a highlight of early 21st century indie cinema, with a heavenly soundtrack. Gregg Araki’s Mysterious Skin is chosen by Sarah Bemand.


    Thursday 14 May 2020

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  • BFI Recommends: Honeyland

    BFI Recommends: Honeyland

    Maggi Hurt finds a template for interconnectedness and resilience in an inspirational documentary about the life of a beekeeper. Honeyland is our latest recommendation.


    Wednesday 13 May 2020

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  • BFI Recommends: The White Reindeer

    BFI Recommends: The White Reindeer

    Our daily series of recommendations continues with a fairytale horror about a shapeshifting reindeer, chosen by James Gracey.


    Tuesday 12 May 2020

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  • BFI Recommends: I Love Melvin

    BFI Recommends: I Love Melvin

    Begin the week with some buried treasure from the golden age of Hollywood: MGM’s cheering Technicolor follow-up to Singin’ in the Rain, chosen by Patrick Fahy.


    Monday 11 May 2020

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  • BFI Recommends: La Belle et la Bête

    BFI Recommends: La Belle et la Bête

    A fairytale about self-isolation, set in an enchanted castle. Bryony Dixon explains why now is the perfect time to catch up with Jean Cocteau’s classic version of Beauty and the Beast.


    Friday 8 May 2020

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  • BFI Recommends: Long Day’s Journey into Night

    BFI Recommends: Long Day’s Journey into Night

    The trend for really long takes is often just showing off, but the 55-minute shot that ends this dreamlike Chinese drama offers something far richer. Our latest recommendation is chosen by Chris Trowell.


    Thursday 7 May 2020

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  • BFI Recommends: The Possibilities Are Endless

    BFI Recommends: The Possibilities Are Endless

    Henry Barnes finds a mantra for crazy times in this documentary about indie god Edwyn Collins’ comeback from a stroke.


    Wednesday 6 May 2020

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  • BFI Recommends: The General

    BFI Recommends: The General

    As our daily series continues, Geoff Andrew recommends… well, the greatest comedy movie ever?


    Tuesday 5 May 2020

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  • BFI Recommends: Crip Camp

    BFI Recommends: Crip Camp

    A viewing recommendation to start the week: Netflix’s inspiring documentary about a disability rights movement’s beginnings in a 1970s summer camp – chosen by Georgia Korosssi.


    Monday 4 May 2020

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  • BFI Recommends: Carol

    BFI Recommends: Carol

    The perfect adaptation: Todd Haynes’ exquisite film of Patricia Highsmith’s novel The Price of Salt is the latest in our daily series of recommendations, chosen by Emma Smart.


    Friday 1 May 2020

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  • BFI Recommends: Forgotten Men: The War as It Was

    BFI Recommends: Forgotten Men: The War as It Was

    Are these the first ever filmed interviews? asks Patrick Russell of our latest viewing recommendation: a moving record of First World War servicemen, made when memories were still fresh.


    Thursday 30 April 2020

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  • BFI Recommends: Partie de campagne

    BFI Recommends: Partie de campagne

    A day in the French countryside becomes 40 minutes of cinematic perfection in Jean Renoir’s sensuous classic. Our latest recommendation comes from Heather Stewart, the BFI’s Creative Director.


    Wednesday 29 April 2020

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  • BFI Recommends: Ghost World

    BFI Recommends: Ghost World

    Thora Birch and Scarlett Johansson star as outsider teens with attitude in the latest of our daily viewing recommendations: Terry Zwigoff’s cult classic Ghost World, chosen by Caragh Davison.


    Tuesday 28 April 2020

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  • BFI Recommends: Welcome II the Terrordome

    BFI Recommends: Welcome II the Terrordome

    The first of our recommendations this week is a dystopian sci-fi epic that’s a neglected landmark in British film – chosen by David Somerset.


    Monday 27 April 2020

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  • BFI Recommends: Suspiria

    BFI Recommends: Suspiria

    Accept no substitutes for Dario Argento’s original, blood-soaked classic of Italian horror. The latest of our daily recommendations is Suspiria, chosen by Nadia Attia.


    Friday 24 April 2020

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  • BFI Recommends: New Town Utopia

    BFI Recommends: New Town Utopia

    In our latest staff recommendation, Viviana Bianchini praises an inspiring documentary about the utopian dream of Britain’s postwar new towns – and the concrete reality of living in one.


    Thursday 23 April 2020

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  • BFI Recommends: Serial Mom

    BFI Recommends: Serial Mom

    Starring Kathleen Turner as a housewife with a taste for murder, Serial Mom brought John Waters’ gleeful subversion into the mainstream. It’s Justin Johnson’s go-to feel-good film.


    Wednesday 22 April 2020

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  • BFI Recommends: Columbus

    BFI Recommends: Columbus

    Our latest recommendation is a brief encounter drama set in the architectural mecca of Columbus, Indiana. David Morrison explains why you should see it.


    Tuesday 21 April 2020

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  • BFI Recommends: Journey to Italy

    BFI Recommends: Journey to Italy

    Ingrid Bergman and George Sanders star as feuding spouses on holiday in Journey to Italy, a modernist milestone chosen by Julie Pearce for the latest in our series of daily viewing recommendations.


    Monday 20 April 2020

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  • BFI Recommends: The Navigator: A Medieval Odyssey

    BFI Recommends: The Navigator: A Medieval Odyssey

    Our daily recommendation series continues with some medieval tips on how to escape an epidemic, courtesy of New Zealand adventure The Navigator: A Medieval Odyssey, chosen by George Watson.


    Friday 17 April 2020

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  • BFI Recommends: Rocco and His Brothers

    BFI Recommends: Rocco and His Brothers

    An impossibly handsome Alain Delon holds the centre of an epic family drama set in 1960s Milan, says Elena Marcarini in the second in our daily series of viewing recommendations from within the BFI.


    Thursday 16 April 2020

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  • BFI Recommends: Indian Sweets & Savouries and other free films

    BFI Recommends: Indian Sweets & Savouries and other free films

    In the first of our new daily series of recommendations from staff across the BFI, our CEO Ben Roberts digs into a selection of free films exploring south Asian life in Britain.


    Wednesday 15 April 2020

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