Following up The 405's last week first preview of the BFI Film Festival, please find our second round-up of a few more picks from the special presentations, films competing and thematic curated categories:

Dark River is an emotionally raw, Yorkshire set drama starring Ruth Wilson and Mark Stanley about two estranged siblings coming to terms with the loss of their father and having to deal with their newfound inheritance whilst the troubling past starts to resurface.


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Chilean drama 'A Fantastic Woman ‘Una mujer fantástica’ looks like an absolute beauty. Director Sebastián Lelio, showed great promise with his previous mesmerising effort Gloria. A Fantastic Woman is about a transwoman named Marina, who after her partner dies suddenly, has to deal with the frosty and cruel reception from his family.

Gracing this year’s LFF is Happy End, the new film by the renowned Austrian director Michael Haneke. Haneke explores familial themes with the exceptional Isabelle Huppert as the matriarch of a complacently well-off European family in the backdrop of Calais and its refugee crisis.  

David Fincher’s will be screening two episodes from his upcoming Netflix TV show Mindhunter. Set the in the 70s, it's a crime drama where the state police start to open up to ideas and research of the concept of ‘serial killers’.

The Party is directed by British filmmaker Sally Porter where a dinner party becomes a battlefield when politics is thrown into the mix. Shot in black and white, the film features a stellar cast which includes Patricia Clarkson, Kristin Scott-Thomas, Timothy Spall and Cillian Murphy.

Good Manners, is a Brazilian film which is participating in the official competition. The film is described as a mind bending, grown up fairy-tale; where social realism of a relationship between a wealthy single mother and the nanny of her unborn child, morphs into something supernaturally entirely different.

We further anticipate Andrew Haigh's (45 Years, Weekend) new feature Lean On Pete. It tells a sad tale of neglected lonely boy traveling across America on a quest for a home.

Loveless is the follow up to directors Andrey Zvyagintsev's LFF 2014 award winner Leviathan. Zvyagintsev paints a rather horrific picture of life in contemporary Russia, visualized through a story about a couple whose son disappears amidst them getting a divorce.

The Lovers is a take on long-term love and marriage, where an estranged married couple with extra martial affairs start to rekindle their relationship. This comedy drama sees the return of one of the 80's greatest female leads, Debra Winger, as the cynical wife.

Featuring two rising stars: Olivia Cooke (Me, Earl and The Dying Girl) and Anya Taylor-Joy (The Witch), Thoroughbreds is newbie director Cory Finley's first feature. Finley has created what appears to be an indie contemporary noir about two-teenage girls who reignite a childhood friendship with the purpose of plotting to kill one of their stepfathers.

With a rather ethereal and alluring trailer, Columbus looks like one to watch – coupled with the fact that it features one of our all- time favourite indie queens, Parker Posey.

In I Am Not A Witch, Zambian-born, Wales raised director Rungano Nyoni's creates a dazzling and audacious satirical fairy tale. In a remote village, a young girl is accused of being a witch, and is dealt a life choice of joining a travelling witch camp or become a goat.

Japanese drama Close Knit sees Rinko, a transwoman with a penchant for knitting, starting to develop strong maternal feelings at the arrival of her boyfriend’s 11-year old niece.

Upcoming Indie director Alex Ross Perry (Listen Up Philip, Queen of Earth) brings Golden Exits to the LFF: a film about dissatisfied, affluent and attractive New York folk. The film stars Chloe Sevigny, Mary Louise-Parker, Emily Browning and The Beastie Boys’ very own Adam Horovitz.

Judging from the trailer, How To Talk To Girls At Parties looks like a bizarre and wacky film about one night in the 70s, when teenager Enn (Alex Sharp) crashes a house party only to find out its inhabited groovy extra-terrestrials in skin-tight-clothing and not fellow earthly-teenagers – one of the ETs, mega babe Zan (Elle Fanning), becomes spellbound by Enn. The film also has the formidable Nicole Kidman in the role of cockney Svengali Queen Boadicea.

And lastly in the “Love” category we find the French film Let The Sun Shine In. With the one and only Juliette Binoche portraying Isabelle an artist, who despite her repeated bad luck in finding the right partner, is committed to the pursuit of finding the ideal companion.

BFI 2017 will take place between 4-15th October. For more information on dates and screening times visit: www.bfi.org.uk/lff