The London Film Festival: 'S&S' 20 Further Recommendations

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24 City

Jia Zhangke/China 2008

Interviews with former workers at a defunct factory tell a moving de facto history of modern China.

Better Things

Duane Hopkins/UK 2007

A moody, thoughtful and inventive study of Cotswolds anomie among the young and old.

Bullet in the Head

Jaime Rosales/Spain 2008

This tense multi-strand surveillance thriller is based on a real-life Basque-terrorist killing in France.

A Christmas Tale

Arnaud Desplechin/France 2008

Family feuds must be put aside when matriarch Catherine Deneuve urgently needs a bone-marrow match.

Cloud 9

Andreas Dresen/Germany 2008

Sex shakes up the lives of two pensioners in this bravely performed tale of sudden romance.

Goodbye Solo

Ramin Bahrani/USA 2008

Atmospheric tale of an affable Senegalese taxi driver's attempts to befriend a would-be suicide.


Christine Molloy/UK 2008

Visually stunning portrait of a stand-in for a police reconstruction who is fascinated by the victim she resembles.

Johnny Mad Dog

Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire/France-Belgium-Liberia 2008

This brutal and surreal portrayal of African child soldiers at war grabs audiences by the throat.

Lion's Den

Pablo Trapero/Argentina 2008

Middle-class Julia finds herself bloodied, pregnant and under arrest in this intense prison drama.

Mid-August Lunch

Gianni di Gregorio/ Italy 2008

Deft, feather light comedy about a middle-aged man forced to mind various elderly folk in his apartment.

Modern Life

Raymond Depardon/France 2008

Marvellous humanist interview-based study of Cevennol farmers faced with physical and commercial decline.

Night and Day

Hong Sangsoo/South Korea-France 2008

A Rohmeresque sojourn in Paris complicates the life of a Korean dodging a marijuana rap back home.

Of Time and the City

Terence Davies/UK 2008

Social change in Liverpool magisterially described with wit and well-chosen archive images.


James Benning/USA 2008

43 brilliantly evocative shots of passing trains in rural locations set to musical counterpoint.

The Sky, the Earth and the Rain

José Luis Torres Leiva/Chile 2008

A provocative anti-narrative of island living that's raised the 'nothing happens but weather' bar.

Three Monkeys

Nuri Bilge Ceylan/Turkey-France-Italy 2008

Guilt and betrayal haunt a family after the father is imprisoned in this brooding expressionist triumph.

Touki Bouki

Djibril Diop Mambéty/Senegal 1973

An African masterpiece about rebellious lovers which looks even more vivid and modern after its recent restoration.


Sergey Dvortevoy/Kazakhstan-Germany-Switzerland-Russia 2008

A sailor returns to the steppe determined to marry local girl Tulpan in this bold comedy.

United Red Army

Koji Wakamatsu/Japan 2008

An epic, visceral docu-drama about the extremist student movements of the 1960s and 1970s.

Waltz with Bashir

Ari Fulman/Israel-Germany-France 2008

Captivating, animated Israeli-soldier anecdotes of events leading to the 1982 atrocities in Lebanon.

Wonderful Town

Aditya Assarat/Thailand 2007

An architect in a post-tsunami seaside town starts a thorny affair in this quiet, sensitive melodrama.

Last Updated: 10 Feb 2012