Still from Eisenstein in Guanajuato (large)

MEDIA films on UK screens: April

Victoria 

Shot across 22 locations in a single 134-minute take, Sebastian Schipper’s heist thriller tells of Spanish nightclubber Victoria (Laia Costa) as she finds herself spontaneously caught up in a bank robbery.

The film’s release in several countries including the UK has been backed by Creative Europe.

Victoria is released in UK cinemas by Curzon Artificial Eye on 1 April, supported by the Distribution: Selective scheme.

Couple in a Hole

Tom Geens's drama finds Scottish couple John and Karen (Paul Higgins and Kate Dickie) living in an underground hole in the middle of the French Pyrenees. It is a study of isolation, sadness and dealing with grief. 

011 Productions received Creative Europe funding for the film at its development stage through the Single Project scheme.

Couple in a Hole is released in the UK by Verve Pictures on 8 April. 

The Absent One (Fasandraeberne)

The second adaptation of Jussi Adler-Olsen's Department Q series of novels, The Absent One (Fasandraeberne), is a Nordic noir-style mystery about the reopening of a case of double murder of twin siblings after the children's father commits suicide. 

The film is released in the UK on 8 April by Picturehouse Entertainment, supported by the Distribution: Selective scheme.

Dheepan

Jacques Audiard, director of several MEDIA-backed films including Rust and Bone (De rouille et d'os) Read my Lips (Sur mes lèvres) and A Prophet (Un prophète) brings us this Cannes Palme d'Or-winning drama about a Sri Lankan Tamil warrior who is forced to flee to France to escape the civil war. He poses as a family with a woman and young girl he has never previously met.

The film's release across Europe has been supported by Creative Europe's Automatic and Selective distribution schemes.

Dheepan is released in the UK by StudioCanal on 8 April.

The Brand New Testament (Le tout nouveau testament)

A Belgium/France/Luxembourg co-production, The Brand New Testament (Le tout nouveau testament) is a blasphemous comedy satire, written, produced and directed by Jaco Van Dormael (Mr. Nobody) in which God (Benoît Poelvoorde) is a grumpy sadist who lives in an apartment in Brussels.

The film's release has been supported by Creative Europe's Automatic and Selective distribution schemes.

The Brand New Testament (Le tout nouveau testament) arrives on UK cinema screens on 15 April, released by Metrodome.

Eisenstein In Guanajuato

UK director Peter Greenaway's latest film tells of venerated filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein (Elmer Bäck) when he travels to Mexico to shoot a new film after being shunned by Hollywood. There he has a sensual experience that becomes a significant turning point in his life and career. 

The project benefitted from Creative Europe support through both the Sales Agents scheme and the Development: Single Project scheme.

Eisenstein In Guanajuato is released in the UK on 15 April by Axiom Films.

Louder than Bombs

Norwegian director Joachim Trier (Oslo, August 31st) presents his English-language debut with this drama about a war photographer (Isabelle Huppert) whose husband and sons discover a secret about her past.  

The project benefitted from Creative Europe support through the Sales Agents scheme, as well as the Automatic and Selective schemes for distribution.

Louder than Bombs hits UK cinema screens on 22 April, released by Soda Pictures.

Desert Dancer

A British biographical drama directed by Richard Raymond and starring Frieda Pinto, Desert Dancer is based on the true story of Afshin Ghaffarian (Reece Ritchie), a self-taught dancer in Iran who risks his life for his dream, forming an underground dance company despite a nationwide ban on the art.

The film received funding from Creative Europe in 2014 through the Distribution: Automatic scheme.

Metrodome releases Desert Dancer in UK cinemas on 22 April.

Son of Saul (Saul fia)

Winner of the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar and Golden Globe, Son of Saul (Saul fia) is Hungarian director László Nemes’ debut feature, an unflinching reimagining of the Holocaust following a day-and-a-half in the life of Saul Ausländer (Géza Röhrig).

The film is released in the UK on 29 April by Curzon Artificial Eye, with funding from Creative Europe's Distribution: Selective scheme.

Arabian Nights (As mil e uma noites)

The latest project from Miguel Gomes (Tabu), Arabian Nights (As mil e uma noites) uses the framing device from the original epic of the beautiful young Scheherazade (Crista Alfaiate) telling tale after tale in order to keep her murderous husband from killing her, but that’s where the similarities end. Over three features, Gomes channels the current struggles of economically depressed Portugal through an assortment of stories that range from the farcical to grounded accounts of social issues.

Volume 1: The Restless One 
Opening with overlapping documentary portraits of a shipyard and a wasp exterminator, Gomes spins a satirical tale about the financial powers-that-be preying on Portugal’s vulnerability. We see the comic role a rooster plays in a local election, followed by a sobering triptych of interviews with unemployed citizens.

Volume 2: The Desolate One 
The second volume's opening chapter is about a criminal on the run. A public trial becomes a mockery, with the testimony implicating everyone in attendance. The film ends with a story about a dog named Dixie who is passed between owners and introducing us to the inhabitants of a working class apartment building.

The releases of both films in Greece and France have been supported through Creative Europe's Distribution: Automatic scheme. It is released in the UK by New Wave Films on 22 April and 29 April respectively.

Photo: Eisenstein in Guanajuato, image courtesy of Axiom Films.