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Year after year the BFI London Film Festival fills the capital with the best of world cinema. Further afield? Not a problem. These are our picks from this year’s programme, wonderfully brave and entirely singular gems that defy narrative conventions and propose new ways of looking at reality, fiction and the intersection of the two. Happy festival!

Trees Down Here

Ben Rivers United Kingdom, 2018

To close our LFF series—and direct from their Experimenta lineup—is a new work by UK artist Ben Rivers. Shot on 16mm and co-produced by MUBI and 6a Architects, it playfully captures the delicate balance not just between past design and innovation, but also between human creation and that of nature.

Yours in Sisterhood

Irene Lusztig United States, 2018

More than looking for one definition of feminism, Irene Lusztig’s deceptively simple, wonderfully polyhedral doc embraces all feminisms. Building a bridge between the 70s and today’s world, this modern take on the epistolary genre is an affecting celebration of womanhood and the act of listening.

The Glorious Acceptance of Nicolas Chauvin

Benjamin Crotty France, 2018

Next up in our LFF series is this utterly original short by maverick American artist Benjamin Crotty, gorgeously shot by 16mm extraordinaire Sean Price Williams (Good Time, Listen Up Philip). At only 26 minutes, this film is clever, silly, political, hilarious, bizarre… and extremely on point.

Theatre of War

Lola Arias Argentina, 2018

The LFF is in full swing, and here we are with our picks from this year’s lineup! Multi-disciplinary artist Lola Arias’ first documentary is a striking experiment: an exploration of war trauma that reflects on the possibilities of artifice to activate memory and revisit History through storytelling.

Life is too short for bad films

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