Aquarela (2018) poster

Aquarela – ‘Aquarela’ means watercolour in English, but that is too delicate a word to describe this stunning, sensory cinematic experience by Russian master Victor Kossakovsky.

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The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) poster

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs – This anthology of a half-dozen western tales is a six-shooting delight from the Coen brothers.

Been So Long (2018) poster

Been So Long – Chewing Gum star Michaela Coel leads a talented cast in Tinge Krishnan’s contemporary London musical, which reimagines Camden as a romantic neon-soaked wonderland.

Dear Son (2018) poster

Dear Son – When Sami begins to suffer migraines, his parents’ concern for their withdrawn son increases. Their anguish forms the unnerving backbone of Mohamed Ben Attia’s astute drama.

Freedom Fields (2018) poster

Freedom Fields – Charting six years of Libya’s nascent women’s football scene – a journey never short of obstacles – Freedom Fields celebrates the determination of an incredible team.

Happy New Year, Colin Burstead (2018) poster

Happy New Year, Colin Burstead – A pared-down approach shows off a quieter side to Ben Wheatley’s prodigious talent in this poignantly funny and razor-sharp observation of English family dysfunction.

Mirai (2018) poster

Mirai – LFF favourite Mamoru Hosoda’s (The Boy and the Beast, Wolf Children) rapturous and fantastical take on childhood is an animation of great beauty and insight.

Mr. Soul! (2018) poster

Mr. Soul! – This is a heartfelt and politically engaged profile of Ellis Haizlip, the openly gay host of the groundbreaking PBS all-black variety show SOUL!

Peterloo (2018) poster

Peterloo – Mike Leigh orchestrates a superb ensemble cast in this rousing tale of working class uprising and its violent suppression in Manchester in 1819.

Ray & Liz (2018) poster

Ray & Liz – In this astonishingly personal film, Richard Billingham delves into his Black Country upbringing to recreate visceral family memories and desperate living in Thatcher’s Britain.

Roma (2018) poster

Roma – Straight from the heart of Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity, Children of Men), this glorious reminiscence of a momentous year is a sumptuous black-and-white ode to the woman who shaped his early life.

Suspiria (2018) poster

Suspiria – Luca Guadagnino (I Am Love, Call Me by Your Name) pays homage to Dario Argento’s horror classic with this delicious feminist update.

The Vice of Hope (2018) poster

The Vice of Hope – This is a gritty, gripping and ultimately uplifting depiction of a woman desperately striving to escape a life of vice and criminality.

Yomeddine (2018) poster

Yomeddine – Egyptian filmmaker A.B. Shawky makes his feature debut with this utterly unique road movie which charts the friendship between a leper and a young orphan.