The backbone of the whole LIAF mission. We’ve emerged from under the pile of 2,600 entries to put together a series of screenings that showcase the best 126 new films across 10 competitive programmes. This bunch are some of the darkest, scariest and spookiest films that came in this year. Watch out for all manner of creepiness.
At Barbican book tickets
The Absence of Eddy Table (Rune Spaans, Norway)
Lost in a dark forest, Eddy Table stumbles upon a mysterious girl and dangerous parasites. He should escape, but something keeps him from leaving.
Resistance (Alex Chauvet, Anna Ledanois, Quentin Foulon, Juliette Jean, Julie Narat & Fabien Glasse, France)
Dominated by an insects totalitarian regime, the staff of a smart restaurant organise a plot to knock down the established order.
The Inverted Peak (Brothers Mcleod, UK)
The Escape (Jaroslaw Konopka, Poland)
Suffering, trauma and devastation. A mother and son are balancing on the verge between life and death, trying to save themselves and the world that they remember.
The Ex-Magician (Mauricio Nunes & Olimpio Costa, Brazil)
Song of A Toad (Kariem Saleh, Germany)
A stressed out human carries an old choleric toad on his head.
Nocturne (Anne Breymann, Germany)
The Eyeless Hunter. A Khanty Story (Olga & Pritt Parn, Estonia)
One day a Khanty hunter has his eyes stolen by his angry wife, and so begins a story with no end.
Garden Party (Florian Babikian, Vincent Bayoux, Victor Caire, Theophile Dufresne, Gabriel Grapperon & Lucas Navarro, France)
In a deserted mansion, a couple of amphibians explore their surroundings and follow their primal instincts.