Calm, collected, and monstrously unnerving, The Vanishing was a huge word-of-mouth hit upon release in 1988. It hones in on events shortly before, and some time after, the disappearance of Saskia, a young Dutch woman on holiday in France, with each sequence expanding and amplifying the latent horror. Beginning with the point of view of Saskia’s friend, the perspective shifts, the audience is wrong-footed, and made complicit... Moving, formally audacious and with an ending that changes everything, this is one of the very finest European thrillers.

Part of BFI Thriller on Tour presented by the Independent Cinema Office. Also screening as part of the tour at LIFF 2017 are: The Headless Woman, In the Cut, Mother, The Silence of the Lambs, and The Wages of Fear.

Ticket offers: the LIFF 2017 Pass is incredible value or see 6 films for the price of 5 (available by phone or in person only).

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