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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!

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Elvira Lind Denmark, 2017

We close our London Film Festival series with a captivating dive into contemporary dance. Winner of three awards at Tribeca—including Best Documentary—this magnetic portrait of a free-spirited, uniquely talented woman achieves a remarkable level of intimacy while remaining mysterious and beguiling.

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Naeem Mohaiemen Greece, 2017

Our next pick from the BFI London Film Festival is a challenging experiment and one of the best art works at Documenta this year. Mohaiemen’s poetic, surreal look at borders and alienation makes for a gorgeous, absurdist and touching trip. We’re delighted to present its online premiere in film form.

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Filipa César Germany, 2017

The BFI London Film Festival is in full swing and we couldn’t be happier to bring you, direct from its daring Experimenta section, Portuguese artist Filipa César’s debut feature—a fascinating palimpsest of past and present that reflects on the power of images nodding to Chris Marker’s Sans Soleil.

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