Still from A Bigger Splash

MEDIA films on UK screens: February

Rams (Hrútar)

Directed by Grímur Hákonarson, Icelandic drama Rams (Hrútar) is the Icelandic contender for the 2016 Best Foreign Language Oscar. In a secluded Icelandic farming valley, two brothers who haven't spoken in 40 years must reunite to tend to their family’s stock of sheep. As the threat of infection looms, they are forced to navigate their differences and work together. 

Rams (Hrútar) received support through Creative Europe’s Distribution: Automatic and Distribution: Selective schemes. Soda Pictures is releasing the film in the UK on 5 February. 

A Bigger Splash

Continuing his collaboration with Tilda Swinton, Italian director Luca Guadagnino (I Am Love) returns with an English-language Italian/French thriller inspired by Jacques Deray and Jean-Claude Carrière’s 1969 psychosexual drama, La piscine. The film, which competed for the Golden Lion at the 72nd Venice International Film Festival, centres around a high-profile couple, Marianne (Tilda Swinton) and Paul (Matthias Schoenaerts), as they recuperate on the idyllic Italian island of Pantelleria. Disrupted by the unexpected visit of an old friend and his daughter (Ralph Fiennes and Dakota Johnson), the couple’s retreat becomes a story of jealousy, passion and danger.

Out on 12 February, A Bigger Splash is distributed in the UK by StudioCanal. The film will be released in Belgium, Estonia and the Netherlands with support from the MEDIA sub-programme’s Automatic distribution funding.

Occupied

This new 10-part drama from Norway is currently airing on Sky Arts in the UK, and is newly available on DVD, Blu-Ray and download. 

A compelling political drama inspired by best-selling Scandinavian author Jo Nesbø, Occupied follows the story of a Russian invasion of Norway in order to seize its oil resources.

Norwegian production company Yellow Bird co-produced the series with Zodiak Media’s French drama outfit GTV for Norwegian channel NRK and French/German channel Arte. They received support for the project through the TV Programming scheme in 2014.

Photo: A Bigger Splash, courtesy of StudioCanal