London Film Festival top picks: ‘Family’

Time Out's critics select five films to look out for in the London Film Festival's ‘Family’ strand

1/5

Twelve-year-old Pelle is bitten by a radioactive ant and discovers he has supernatural powers. This Danish superhero flick follows our hero (who can pee acid, among other newfound abilities) as he battles arch-villain The Flea and tries to rescue a pretty blonde with the help of his nerdy friend Wilhelm.

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2/5

Black 14-year-old Felix wins a scholarship to a prestigious school, but to overcome the system’s ingrained prejudice he decides to become a great saxophonist – like his famous late father. His mother isn’t keen on the idea: she sees jazz as a gateway to alcoholism, debt and early death. But will Felix’s youthful enthusiasm manage to win her over?

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3/5

Full title: ‘My Mummy is in America and She Met Buffalo Bill’

Little Jean clearly yearns for the comforting clutch of maternal love. But with a father too involved in his working day to take much notice, Jean begins to resort to fantasy as a means of filling the void.

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4/5

‘Side by Side’ is a coming-of-age family drama about two parentless siblings (Bel Powley and Alfie Field) who, at the risk of being split up after their guardian dies, embark on an epic cross-country journey to locate their grandfather. Along the way they learn about themselves and how, as a pair, they stand a much better chance of defeating the odds.

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5/5

When tearaway Sascha is diagnosed with the condition and placed on strong medication, his mother is at first relieved. But how long before Sascha’s vibrant personality is stripped away altogether?

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The LFF isn’t all about uncompromising visions, as this strand offers tales of action and intrigue for all the family. We’re particularly drawn to the tale of a 12-year-old Danish superhero, the struggles of a teenage sax player in South Africa and the trials of a young German ADHD sufferer.

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