In BFI London from OCT 5 - 8:
Gabor Greiner -
by Jaione Camborda
2023 - Spain/Portugal/Belgium - Drama - 105 min
with Janet Novás, Siobhan Fernandes, Carla Rivas, Daniela Hernán Marchán, Diego Anido
1971, Francoist Spain. In the Galician countryside María assists women in childbirth. After an attempt to help a young woman in trouble, she suddenly has to hide from the authorities, leave everything behind and flee the country. On her perilous journey to Portugal, María encounters female solidarity and realizes that she is not alone and that, thanks to the help of others, she might finally find her freedom.
SUN 8 OCT 12:40 Picturehouse Central 7  P&I
WED 11 OCT 18:20 Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA)  
THU 12 OCT 12:30 NFT 2  
by Ali Asgari & Alireza Khatami
2023 - Iran - Drama - 1.78 - 77 min
with Majid Salehi, Gouhar Kheir Andish, Sadaf Asgari
Terrestrial Verses follows everyday people from all walks of life as they navigate the cultural, religious, and institutional constraints imposed on them by various social authorities, from school teachers to bureaucrats. These stirring vignettes, humorous and affecting, capture the spirit and determination of people amidst adversity, offering a nuanced portrait of a complex society.
TUE 3 OCT 12:10 Picturehouse Central 5  P&I
WED 4 OCT 18.30 Curzon Soho 2  
WED 4 OCT 18.45 Curzon Soho 3  
THU 5 OCT 18.15 NFT 3  
by Paloma Schachmann & Leandro Koch
2023 - Austria/Argentina - Docu-Fiction - 1.85 - 115 min
Argentinian cameraman Leandro makes a living from filming Jewish weddings. At one of his jobs, he falls in love with Paloma, the clarinetist of the Klezmer band. To seduce her he pretends to be shooting a documentary film about traditional Yiddish folk music.
What Leandro does not know is that his “fake” film project will take him on an unscripted journey throughout Eastern Europe in search of the last remaining Klezmer melodies.
MON 2 OCT 12:00 Picturehouse Central 3  P&I
THU 5 OCT 18:30 Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA)  
SAT 7 OCT 12:30 Curzon Soho 2  
SAT 7 OCT 12:45 Curzon Soho 3  
by Amanda Nell Eu
2023 - Malaysia/Taiwan/Singapore/France/Germany/Netherlands/Indonesia/Qatar - Fantasy - 1.85 - 95 min
with Zafreen Zairizal, Deena Ezral, Piqa
The first amongst her friends to hit puberty, Zaffan, 12, discovers a terrifying secret about her body. Ostracized by her community, Zaffan fights back, learning that to be free she must embrace the body she feared, emerging as a proud, strong woman.
WED 3 OCT 15:20 Picturehouse Central 2 P&I
THU 5 OCT 20:25 NFT 3  
FRI 6 OCT 15:10 NFT 2 
by Claire Simon
2023 - France - Documentary - 1.85 - 168 min
In a Parisian public hospital, Claire Simon questions what it means to live in women’s bodies, filming their diversity, singularity and their beauty in all stages throughout life.
Unique stories of desires, fears and struggles unfold, including the one of the filmmaker herself.
SUN 8 OCT 09:00 Picturehouse Central 7  P&I
WED 11 OCT 17:30 Curzon Soho 1  
THU 12 OCT 19:45 Studio  
by Agnieszka Holland
2023 - Poland/France/Czech Republic/Belgium - Drama - 152 min
with Jalal Altawil, Maja Ostaszewska, Behi Djanati Atai, Mohamad Al Rashi, Tomasz Włosok
In the treacherous and swampy forests that make up the so called "green border" between Belarus and Poland, refugees from the Middle East and Africa trying to reach the European Union are trapped in a geopolitical crisis cynically engineered by Belarusian dictator Alexander Lukashenko. In an attempt to provoke Europe, refugees are lured to the border by propaganda promising easy passage to the EU. Pawns in this hidden war, the lives of Julia, a newly minted activist who has given up her comfortable life, Jan, a young border guard, and a Syrian family intertwine.

30 years after EUROPA EUROPA, three-time Oscar Nominee Agnieszka Holland's poignant new feature GREEN BORDER opens our eyes, speaks to the heart, and challenges us to reflect on the moral choices that fall to ordinary people every day.
by Pawo Choyning Dorji
2023 - Bhutan/France/USA/Taiwan - Comedy/Drama - 107 min
with Tandin Wangchuk, Deki Lhamo, Pema Zangmo Sherpa, Tandin Sonam, Harry Einhorn
Kingdom of Bhutan, 2006. Modernization has finally arrived. Bhutan becomes the last country in the world to connect to the internet and television, and now the biggest change of all: democracy. To teach the people how to vote, the authorities organize a mock election, but the locals seem unconvinced. Travelling to rural Bhutan where religion is more popular than politics, the election supervisor discovers that a monk is planning a mysterious ceremony for the election day.
by Gábor Reisz
2023 - Hungary/Slovakia - Drama - 152 min
with Gáspár Adonyi-Walsh, István Znamenák, András Rusznák, Rebeka Hatházi, Lilla Kizlinger
It's summer in Budapest, high school student Abel is struggling to focus on his final exams, whilst coming to the realisation that he is hopelessly in love with his best friend Janka. The studious Janka has her own unrequited love with married history teacher Jakab - who had a previous confrontation with Abel's conservative father. The tensions of a polarised society come unexpectedly to the surface when Abel's history graduation exam turns into a national scandal.
by Romain de Saint-Blanquat
2023 - France - Thriller/Giallo - 1.85 - 90 min
with Léonie Dahan-Lamort, Lilith Grasmug, Cyril Metzger, Maxime Rohart
1967, Mardi Gras. Françoise is a seventeen-year-old boarder in an all-girls Catholic high school. Convinced that she has only one night left before her death, she sneaks out with her friend Delphine to attend a costume party and live the night as if it was her last.
by Lav Diaz
2023 - Philippines/France/Portugal/Singapore/Italy/Switzerland/UK - Drama - 1.67 - 215 min
with John Lloyd Cruz, Hazel Orencio, Shaina Magdayao, Bart Guingona, Agot Isidro
When asked what drives a man to search for the truth, Lieutenant Papauran says dejectedly that maybe he just wants to keep inflicting pain on himself. Faced with President Duterte's bloody murders and brazen lies, he continues his struggle to solve a fifteen-year-old case around an ash-laden landscape and an impenetrable lake. It has become a cross he can barely carry but keeps dragging it anyway.
For screening links and available territories please get in touch with:
Julien Razafindranaly (Sales)
Rūta Švedkauskaitė (Festivals)

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