MEDIA films on UK screens: April

Happy as Lazzaro

Alice Rohrwacher follows The Wonders with a delightfully singular time and genre-bending rumination on the fate of innocence when faced with corruption and greed. 

Winner of Best Screenplay at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, this co-production between Italy, Switzerland, France and Germany was supported with a Creative Europe grant of €103,000 through the Selective Distribution scheme for its release in the UK. The film received a further €542,200 for its release in 28 territories. 

Happy as Lazzaro is released by Modern Films Entertainment in the UK on 5 April. 

Rafiki

Included in the Un Certain Regard section in Cannes and then controversially banned from being shown in Kenya by the Kenya Film Classification Board (the ban was later retracted), Rafiki is a stylish and youthful depiction of young love between two women from politically opposed families, in a country where such a choice is a punishable offence.

The film received grants from two of the five funds supported by Creative Europe's International Co-Production Funds scheme. These included ACM Distribution and World Cinema Fund Europe. 

Rafiki is released by Aya Distribution in the UK on 11 April. 

Yuli - The Carlos Acosta Story

The film follows Carlos Acosta nicknamed Yuli by his father - from growing up on the streets of his native Cuba, through his time at the country’s National Dance School, to performing at London’s prestigious Royal Ballet.

Directed by Icíar Bollaín and written by Paul Laverty (I, Daniel Blake), the film won best screenplay at the San Sebastian International Film Festival and received five nominations for the Spanish ‘Goya’ awards including Best New Actor for Carlos Acosta, Best Cinematography and Best Adapted Screenplay

The film received Creative Europe support through the Automatic Distribution scheme.

Yuli is released by Modern Films Entertainment in the UK on 12 April. 

Loro

Spectacular filmmaker Paolo Sorrentino reunites with his longtime collaborator Toni Servillo to reveal - in satirical fashion - the scandalous and until now, unseen private life of Italy's most infamous politician: Silvio Berlusconi. 

Pathé Films in France received support through the Sales Agents scheme, whilst distributors in Greece, Spain, Hungary, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia and the UK received support through the Automatic Distribution scheme.  

Loro is released by Curzon Film World in the UK on 19 April. 

Red Joan

Inspired by true events, Red Joan is the taut and emotional story of one of the most influential spies in history. Starring Judi Dench as the titular heroine. 

The film received support through Creative Europe's Automatic Distribution scheme and will be released by Lionsgate in the UK on 19 April. 

Donbass

Told through a series of impressively choreographed vignettes, Sergei Loznitsa’s (The Trial) scathing political commentary follows the war that has been raging in Eastern Ukraine for years, wielding both artillery and propaganda as weapons.

The film is a co-production between Germany, France, Ukraine, Netherlands and Romania. German production company ma.ja.de. received funding toward the development of the project, and the film was also supported through the Automatic Distribution scheme for its releases in Greece, Poland and France.

Donbass will be released by Eureka Entertainment in the UK on 26 April.