Source: Toronto International Film Festival

‘Saint Maud’

The BFI London Film Festival (LFF) has selected 10 titles for the official competition at its 2019 event, including four produced or co-produced in the UK.

Titles include horror Saint Maud, written and directed by Screen Star of Tomorrow 2018 Rose Glass.

Scroll down for the full selection.

The film, Glass’ feature debut, follows a mysterious nurse who becomes obsessed with saving the soul of her dying patient.

It will have its world premiere in Toronto’s Midnight Madness strand before heading to LFF the following month.

Also selected from the UK are Christine Molloy and Joe Lawlor’s Rose Plays Julie, a co-production with Ireland, about a student who finds her birth mother has no wish to know her.

Oliver Hermanus’ South Africa-UK co-pro Moffie is also included, following its Venice bow, as well as Thomas Clay’s Fanny Lye Deliver’d, a UK-German co-pro about a puritan woman on a Shropshire farm in 1657.

Both Rose Plays Julie and Fanny Lye Deliver’d will have their world premieres at the festival.

Gender balance 

This year’s selection includes 60% directed or co-directed by women, including the first transgender director to compete in the LFF official selection, Isabel Sandoval with Lingua Franca.

16 countries are represented as producers or co-producers across the selection.

The winner will be chosen by the official competition jury, the members of which will be announced in the coming weeks.

The further competitive categories – best documentary, best first feature and the short film award – will be announced as part of the full programme tomorrow (Thursday August 29).

Last year’s best film award went to Sudabeh Mortezai’s sex trafficking drama Joy

LFF 2019 official competition

Fanny Lye Deliver’d (UK-Ger)
Dir: Thomas Clay

Honey Boy (US)
Dir: Alma Har’el

La Llorona (Guat-Fr)
Dir: Jayro Bustamente

Lingua Franca (US)
Dir: Isabel Sandoval

Moffie (SA-UK)
Dir: Oliver Hermanus

Monos (Col-Arg-Neth-Ger-Swe-Uru-US)
Dir: Alejandro Landes

The Other Lamb (Ire-Bel-US)
Dir: Małgorzata Szumowska

The Perfect Candidate (Ger-Saud)
Dir: Haifaa Al Mansour

Rose Plays Julie (Ire-UK)
Dirs: Christine Molloy, Joe Lawlor

Saint Maud (UK)
Dir: Rose Glass