5 MEDIA-funded films to watch this Valentine's Day
Blue is the Warmest Colour
Winner of the 2013 Palme d’Or, this raw and honest drama about the tribulations of young love deserves to be considered as one of modern cinema's great masterpieces. The film was supported by Creative Europe's Selective Distribution scheme for its release in a number of territories, including the UK, courtesy of Curzon Film World. Curzon are also releasing Abdellatif Kechiche’s follow-up film, Mektoub, My Love, in UK cinemas tomorrow.
Pawel Pawlikowski follows his Oscar-winning Ida with Cold War, a passionate love story between two people of different backgrounds, who are fatally mismatched, set against the backdrop of Europe after World War II.
Polish production company Opus Films received Slate funding in 2014 for the project's development. The release of the film in the Czech Republic, France, Hungary and Spain has also been supported through the Automatic Distribution, whilst Curzon Film World received a grant through the Selective Distribution scheme to release the film in the UK.
Watch the film on the big screen tonight at Ciné Lumière.
God's Own Country
Francis Lee's Yorkshire-set directorial debut details the burgeoning romance between a terse sheep farm and a Romanian itinerant worker to subdued and sublime effect. The film received Automatic Distribution support for its releases in Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Germany, Finland, Italy, the Netherlands and Norway.
Acclaimed director Joachim Lafosse delivers an astute, intelligent and moving examination of modern relationships. The film received Automatic Distribution support from Creative Europe.
Now showing on Curzon Home Cinema.
Tina has an unusual ability: she can smell guilt and shame – a talent she puts to use working at the Swedish border control agency. One day she encounters a strange man who seems to have a similar ability, and could be the key to understanding her identity... Nominated at this year's Academy Awards® for Best Make-Up & Hair, this strange fairytale was supported by Creative Europe's Selective Distribution scheme for its UK release courtesy of MUBI and Modern Films.
A special preview is being hosted tonight at BFI Southbank, alongside a Q&A with director Ali Abbasi and his cast.
And if these don't whet your appetite, check out the Hong Sangsoo retrospective on MUBI, exploring the South Korean directors oeuvre and his recurring themes of travel, art and romance. MUBI are funded through the Creative Europe's scheme Promotion of Audiovisual Works Online.
13 Feb 2019