Mustang film poster

MEDIA films on UK screens: May

Blue Eyes (Blå Ögon)

A contemporary ten-part thriller from Sweden, set in the run-up to a general election as, behind the political scenes, a series of terror attacks are planned.

Produced with funding from Creative Europe's TV Programming scheme, the series aired on More4 throughout April and May, as part of the Walter Presents collection of foreign language drama. 

Episodes are now available on Channel 4's Walter Presents online catch-up platform.

Arabian Nights: Volume 3 - The Enchanted One

In the closing part of Miguel Gomes’s Arabian Nights trilogy, based around the lives of ordinary people in contemporary, austerity-stricken Portugal, Scheherazade (Crista Alfaiate) tells the last volume of stories to the King in a bid to stay alive.

Funded through Creative Europe’s Automatic distribution scheme, the film is released in the UK by New Wave Films on 6 May.

Florence Foster Jenkins

Based on a true story, Meryl Streep stars as a New York heiress who became an opera singer notorious for her lack of singing skills in this comedy drama from British director Stephen Frears (The Queen, Philomena).

The film's release in a number of different European countries outside of the UK has been supported through the Automatic distribution scheme. Pathé release the film in the UK on 6 May. 

Mustang

Set in a remote Turkish village on the Black Sea, Oscar-nominated Mustang tells the story of five orphaned teenage sisters who live under the strict rules of their conservative grandmother and uncle. Adamant not to succumb to the fate of their older sisters, the girls fight back, testing their family ties as they strive for freedom.

Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s European Film Award and LUX Prize-winning film is released in UK cinemas and on demand on 13 May by Curzon Film World, with funding from Creative Europe’s Selective and Automatic distribution schemes.

My King  (Mon Roi)

While confined to a rehabilitation centre after a serious skiing accident, Tony (Emmanuelle Bercot) takes the chance to reflect on her passionate but destructive relationship with Georgio (Vincent Cassel).

The French film has received support for its release across Europe through the Automatic distribution scheme. It is released in the UK by StudioCanal on 27 May.

Minuscule: Valley of the Lost Ants

Franco-Belgian animation Minuscule: Valley of the Lost Ants takes place in a peaceful clearing among the remains of an abandoned picnic. Fighting for food, warfare breaks out between two tribes of ants and a bold young ladybird finds herself caught in the middle.

The film is released in the UK by Lionsgate on 27 May and has received support for its release in other European countries through Creative Europe’s Automatic distribution scheme.

Image: Mustang, courtesy of Curzon Artificial Eye