Arabian Nights - Miguel Gomes' six-hour social realist fable may sound like hard work - and at times it is - but it coalesces into a deeply moving ode to austerity-stricken modern Portugal.
Dog Lady - Eschewing conventional narrative, Verónica Llinás and Laura Citarella craft a meditative visual poem that observes the routines of a woman on society's outskirts.
Evolution - Lucile Hadžihalilovic returns to cinemas in with a beguiling and unsettling siren's song. Like an unearthly marriage between David Cronenberg and the Brothers Grimm.
Room - Brie Larson is raises her own high standards in Lenny Abrahamson's clever handling of Emma Donoghue's hit novel. It packs an emotional wallop.
Wedding Doll - An excavation of underlying prejudice and romantic fantasy, Nitzan Giladi's refreshingly debut gives agency and vivacity to a character with learning difficulty.
The Club - With sardonic wit and pitch-black humour, Pablo Larraín takes down the Catholic Church whilst illuminating wider social concerns. Be warned however: dog lovers should give this a wide berth.
The Forbidden Room - Slipping down the plug hole into a cinematic sewer of forgotten celluloid memories, Guy Maddin's latest is a maddeningly beautiful summation of his work to date.
Jia Zhangke, a Guy from Fenyang - Jia's Mountains May Depart remains one of the programme's highlights, yet this gentle documentary about his career from The Motorcycle Diaries director Walter Salles shouldn't be missed. A tender portrait of one of cinema's most important voices.
Queen of Earth - Alex Ross Perry returns with his best film to date, a feminist exploration of jealousy and entitlement that marks a tonal, if not entirely thematic, departure from his previous work.
Nasty Baby - An innocuous US comedy that morphs into a twisted noir about the ills of gentrification, Silva's latest is a socially conscious thriller that not only defies genre expectations, it tramples all over them.
He Named Me Malala - Documentary filmmaker Davis Guggenheim flits between the personal and the public lives of a globally recognised figure in this intimate portrait of the remarkable Malala Yousafzai.
Hitchcock/Truffaut - An indispensable introduction to the work of the Master of Suspense based on the now legendary interviews conducted by François Truffaut. Essential viewing for all movie buffs.
My Golden Days - An unofficial prequel to French director Arnaud Desplechin's My Sex Life...Or How I Got Into An Argument, this coming of age tale of the long-lasting effects of adolescent heartache is genuinely stirring and sincere.
Office - An eclectic, humorous and satirical pre-economic crash warning cry to to the tune of musical dance numbers and minimalist staging. Johnnie To's latest is nothing if not unusual.
The People vs. Fritz Bauer - A party fictionalised biopic of one lawyer's battle to apprehend Adolf Eichmann, architect of the Final Solution. A murky, methodical but engaging drama centred on a fine lead performance.
The London Film Festival takes place from 7-18 October. For more coverage, follow this link.