Still from Song of the Sea

MEDIA films on UK screens: July

Amy

Directed by Asif Kapadia (Senna, The Warrior), this British documentary depicts the life and untimely death of singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse. The film received funding through Creative Europe's Automatic distribution scheme for its release in other European countries.

Following its UK première at Edinburgh International Film Festival, Amy is released in the UK on 3 July by Altitude Films.

Watch the trailer below.

The Reunion (Återträffen)

What happens when old hierarchies and truths are questioned from an unexpected voice? In the autumn of 2010, all the students from class 9c in Enskede in Stockholm, Sweden, meet for a 20-year reunion party. Everyone but Anna, who was bullied throughout the first nine years of school. Why was she the only one excluded from the get-together? What did her former classmates want to avoid? Hierarchies and power structures within groups are the focus of this film which moves the past into the present. 

Directed by Swedish artist Anna Odell, the film was selected for UK distribution through the Creative Europe-funded Scope 50 project

The Reunion (Återträffen) is released in the UK on 10 July by Soda Pictures.

Watch the trailer below.

Song of the Sea

Irish company Cartoon Saloon received a Slate development grant from Creative Europe's MEDIA sub-programme for this animation in which Saoirse, a little girl who can turn into a seal, goes on an adventure with her brother to save the spirit world and other magical beings like her. The film's French distributor has also supported the film through the Automatic distribution scheme.

See Song of the Sea in UK cinemas from 10 July, released by StudioCanal.

Watch the trailer below.

13 Minutes (Elser)

Only 13 minutes were missing for carpenter Georg Elser (Christian Friedel) to have changed the course of world history. On 8 November 1939, he placed a bomb behind Adolf Hitler's lectern in a Munich beer cellar. But the 'Führer' left the building earlier than planned and thereby survived the assassination which could have led to an earlier end of World War II. Director Oliver Hirschbiegel, who previously traced the final days of the Nazi dictatorship in his 2004 film Downfall, illuminates the background to this courageous act and creates a filmic memorial for Elser. The film's Dutch distributor received support for the release through the Automatic distribution scheme.

13 Minutes (Elser) is released in the UK on 17 July by StudioCanal.

Watch the trailer below.

The Salt of the Earth (Le sel de la terre)

For the last 40 years, acclaimed photographer Sebastião Salgado has travelled the world, tracing the footsteps of an ever-changing humanity. Now he is embarking on a new journey to discover pristine territories, grandiose landscapes and wild nature as part of a huge photographic tribute to the planet’s beauty. Salgado’s work and his inspirational life are revealed to us in this Oscar-nominated documentary by his son, Juliano Salgado, and filmmaker Wim Wenders (Buena Vista Social Club, Pina), himself an avid photographer. The film will be released in 17 European countries (including the UK) with the help of grants awarded through the Selective distribution scheme, with some additional support also provied through the Automatic scheme.

SeeThe Salt of the Earth (Le sel de la terre) in UK cinemas from 17 July through Curzon Film World.

Watch the trailer below.

The Wonders (Le meraviglie)

Winner of the Grand Prix at Cannes in 2014, this Italian coming-of-age drama by Alice Rohrwacher centres on a German-Italian family of bee keepers, and particularly 12 year old Gelsomina (Maria Alexandra Lungu), the eldest of four sisters and the notional heiress to this traditional and increasingly rare way of life. German sales agent The Match Factory received a grant to help support the film through the Sales Agents scheme. In addition, the UK is one of many European territories where the film's release has been supported through both the Selective and Automatic distribution schemes.

The Wonders (Le meraviglie) is out in UK cinemas from 17 July, released by Soda Pictures.

Watch the trailer below.

Eden

The latest drama from Mia Hansen-Løve (All is ForgivenFather of my Children), Eden tells the coming-of-age tale of a French DJ who is credited with inventing French House or the "French touch," a genre of electronic music that became popular in the 1990's. The UK is one of 15 European territories that will be releasing the film with the help of the Selective distribution scheme.

Eden hits UK cinemas on 24 July through Metrodome Distribution.

Watch the trailer below. 

Cub

Blood-soaked festival and Belgian box office hit, Cub is the tale of a Cub Scout group that encounter a mysterious force whilst out on a camping expedition in the forest. The film was supported by Creative Europe through its Sales Agents scheme, with a grant to French company Kinology.

Cub is released in the UK on 31 July by Altitude Films.

Watch the trailer below.

Photo: Irish animation Song of the Sea is released in the UK on 10 July.