On Chesil Beach

MEDIA films on UK screens: May

Lean on Pete

A young boy embarks on a perilous journey in search of his long-lost aunt and a possible home, his only companion the stolen racehorse Lean on Pete.

The Bureau received Slate funding for the development of Andrew Haigh's drama. The film also received distribution support through Creative Europe's Automatic and Selective schemes.  It is released on 4 May by Curzon Artificial Eye.

The Young Karl Marx

26 year-old Karl Marx embarks with his wife, Jenny, on the road to exile. In 1844 Paris, he meets Friedrich Engels, an industrialist’s son, who investigated the sordid birth of the British working-class. Engels, the dandy, provides the last piece of the puzzle to the young Karl Marx’s new vision of the world. Together, between censorship and the police’s repression, riots and political upheavals, they will lead the labor movement during its development into a modern era.

French production company JBA Production received Slate funding through the previous MEDIA programme for the development of this feature in 2008. The film also received distribution support through Creative Europe's Automatic and Selective schemes. It is released on 4 May by ICA Cinema

Le Redoutable 

French film director Jean-Luc Godard and 17-year old actress Anne Wiazemsky fall in love and later get married.

The film received support through Creative Europe's Automatic Distribution scheme for its release in Romania. It is released on 11 May by Thunderbird Releasing

Jeune Femme 

Broke, with nothing but her cat to her name and doors closing in her face, Paula is back in Paris after a long absence. As she meets different people along the way, there is one thing she knows for sure: she’s determined to make a new start and she’ll do it with style and panache.

Léonor Serraille's drama received support through Creative Europe's Automatic Distribution scheme. It is released on 18 May by Curzon Artificial Eye.

On Chesil Beach  

On Chesil Beach tells the story of Florence and Edward , very much in love despite their different backgrounds. An intimate portrait of their honeymoon in 1962, with hopes and dreams for a future together. The story unfolds with great tenderness to show how, unbeknownst to them both, the decisions they make that summer will resonate throughout their lives.

UK production company Number 9 Films received Slate funding to support the development of this feature. It is released by on 18 May by Lionsgate

The Breadwinner

A headstrong young girl in Afghanistan disguises herself as a boy in order to provide for her family. 

Nora Twomey's animated drama received support through Creative Europe's Sales Agents scheme. It is released on 25 May by Studiocanal.

Image credit: UK production company Number 9 Films received Slate funding to support the development of On Chesil Beach.