MEDIA films on UK screens: May

Woman at War

Icelandic environmental activist Halla declares a one-woman war on the local aluminium industry. She is prepared to risk everything to protect the pristine Icelandic Highlands she loves… Until an orphan unexpectedly enters her life.

Winner of the 2018 LUX Prize, this environmental comedy-drama was supported by Creative Europe with a grant to fund its development, as well as through the Automatic Distribution scheme for its release in over 10 territories, including Austria, Denmark, Norway, Estonia, Portugal and Slovakia.

Woman at War is released by Picturehouse Entertainment in the UK on 3 May.

High Life

Claire Denis’ first English-language feature sees a group of convicts assigned to a difficult space mission with the belief they will be freed if they are successful. The film follows Monte (Robert Pattinson), one of the convicts aboard the mission a few years after its launch as he raises his daughter in complete isolation on the empty spacecraft as it heads towards its final destination…

The film received Automatic Distribution support for its releases in Austria, Portugal and Spain.

High Life is released by Thunderbird Releasing in the UK on 10 May.  

Beats

A universal story of friendship, rebellion and the irresistible power of gathered youth set to an eclectic and electrifying 1990s rave soundtrack. This is bittersweet coming-of-age story from Scottish director Brian Welsh (In Our Name), executive produced by Steven Soderbergh and selected to screen at Rotterdam International Film Festival.

The film received Automatic Distribution support for its releases in the Czech Republic, Sweden and Slovakia.

Beats is released by Altitude Film Entertainment in the UK on 17 May.

Birds of Passage

From the producer and director of the Academy Award-nominated Embrace of the Serpent, Birds of Passage is a story about indigenous traditions and the corrupting forces of wealth and power, set against the backdrop of the Colombian marijuana boom of the 1970s.

The film received grants from two of the funds supported by Creative Europe’s International Co-Production Funds scheme: ACM Distribution and TorinoFilmLab’s Audience Design Fund.

Birds of Passage is released by Curzon Artificial Eye in the UK on 17 May.

Freedom Fields

Naziha Arebi offers an intimate look at post-revolution Libya through the eyes of an aspiring all-female soccer team, whose struggle to gain mainstream acceptance mirrors the broader challenges facing women in contemporary Libyan society.

A co-production between Libya, UK, Netherland, USA, Qatar, Lebanon and Canada, the film received financial support from IBF Europe, one of the funds supported by Creative Europe's International Co-Production Funds scheme. 

The documentary is released in the UK on 31 May.

Sunset

A young girl grows up to become a strong and fearless woman in Budapest before World War I. From Son of Saul director László Nemes, Sunset was shown as part of the London Film Festival's Official Competition.

The film was supported with a Creative Europe grant of €46,300 through the Selective Distribution scheme for its release in the UK. The film received a further €644,300 for its release in 28 other European territories.

Sunset is released by Curzon Artificial Eye in the UK on 31 May.