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Five films to see from BFI London Film Festival

The 60th BFI London Film Festival served up a host of nail-biting thrillers, stylish dramas and comedies to help you wind down after a long day of shopping. Here are our top five films from the festival to seek out


by Jenny Desborough


It’s Only the End of the World
Xavier Dolan’s film features the crème de la crème of French acting talent, including Marion Cotillard and Léa Seydoux, both of whom sported their baby bumps at the red-carpet premiere in London’s Leicester Square. The Cannes Grand Prix-winning drama focuses on a writer, Louis, as he returns to his dysfunctional family after a 12-year absence to try to mend relationships and share some difficult news.

It’s Only the End of the World will be released in UK cinemas on 14 April 2017.

Personal Shopper
Kristen Stewart stars as a personal shopper in Olivier Assayas’ thriller, with the camera lingering on her choosing fabulous outfits for her employer along Paris’s Champs-Élysées. Stewart’s shopping skills are put on hold as she searches for a message from her brother’s ghost, but comes into contact with something far more sinister.

Personal Shopper will be released in UK cinemas on 3 March 2017.

Nocturnal Animals
Fashion designer-turned-director Tom Ford releases his second film, which won the Grand Jury Prize at the Venice International Film Festival. Amy Adams stars as a discontented gallery owner who reads her ex-husband’s terrifying manuscript, which is meanwhile dramatised with the help of Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Shannon and Aaron Taylor-Johnson. This thriller is engaging, with stylish interiors and fashion to the fore, and will leave you on the edge of your seat.

Nocturnal Animals will be released in UK cinemas on 4 November 2016.

A Quiet Passion
Quintessentially British director Terence Davies presents the biography of Emily Dickinson, played by Sex and the City favourite Cynthia Nixon. With period costumes and 19th-century interiors, this drama centres on the lives of the members of the Dickinson family as the renowned poet writes her most famous lines.

A Quiet Passion will be released in UK cinemas on 18 November 2016.

Free Fire
This action comedy set in the 1970s stars a host of well-known actors in the Film Festival’s closing gala. Oscar-winning Brie Larson, Cillian Murphy and Armie Hammer sport gloriously retro outfits as a seemingly simple arms deal goes wrong, leading to both disastrous and hilarious consequences.

Free Fire will be released in UK cinemas on 31 March 2017.

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