MEDIA films on UK screens: April
From the charming landscape of the Cotswolds to the court of King Louis XIV via the French Alps, this month's MEDIA-backed theatrical releases take you on a tour of Europe through your local cinema screen. And for the more sedentary among you, don't forget to catch a little filmic philosophy with Roy Andersson's latest chin-scratcher, released at the end of the month.
On 10 April Third Films release their newest production through the Our Screen platform, which allows film fans to create and attend screenings at their local cinema based on sharing and gaining demand through social media. The latest feature from award-winning director Duane Hopkins (Better Things), Bypass is a thriller in which the beautiful landscape of the Cotswolds makes for a forbidding backdrop to the story of Tim, who has no job, but sells stolen goods. Starring George MacKay (Pride, Sunshine on Leith), the film lays bear the story of Britain’s forgotten youth. How far will Tim go to keep his head above water and protect those he loves?
Bypass was supported by the MEDIA programme in development as part of a Slate funding grant. Hopkins and Producer Sam Haillay also took the project to the Creative Europe-funded Framework development training programme, run by TorinoFilmLab, in 2009.
In this black comedy drama directed by Ruben Östlund, a model Swedish family on a French Alpine skiing holiday find themselves staring into the face of an avalanche during lunch at a mountainside restaurant. Handsome businessman-father Tomas (Johannes Kuhnke) makes a decision that will shake his marriage to its core and leave him struggling to reclaim his role as family patriarch. In the aftermath, the surface layer of human behaviour has been brushed off to reveal the true force of (human) nature, leaving the family's dynamic forever compromised.
A critical favourite at the Cannes Film Festival, where it took the Jury Prize in the Un Certain Regard category, Force majeure secured funding from the i2i Audiovisual scheme through the MEDIA programme, as well as the Sales Agents scheme for distribution. It also received Selective distribution funding for its release in several countries across Europe, including a grant to Curzon Film World to release the film in the UK on 10 April.
A Little Chaos
The following week, period drama A Little Chaos brings all the beauty of the Gardens of Versailles to the UK's big screens. Starring Kate Winslet (Carnage, Titanic) alongside actor/director Alan Rickman (Harry Potter, Love Actually) and Matthias Schoenaerts (Rust and Bone), the film received Slate development funding from MEDIA in 2011 and featured as a gala screening at the 2014 BFI London Film Festival.
A female landscape-gardener (Winslet) is awarded the esteemed assignment of constructing the grand gardens at Versailles, a gilt-edged position which thrusts her to the very centre of the court of King Louis XIV.
A Little Chaos is released by Lionsgate on 17 April. It's release in Portugal was also supported financially by MEDIA's Automatic distribution fund.
In the 1870s among new settlers and outlaws, Danish immigrant and peaceful settler Jon (Mads Mikkelsen) has been waiting to bring his wife and son to the United States for years. When he finally succeeds, just moments after their arrival, they fall victim to a horrific crime. His actions borne of grief and despair unleash the fury of notorious gang leader Delarue (Jefrey Dean Morgan).
Showing in UK cinemas from 17 April through Warner Bros, The Salvation received Automatic distribution funding for its theatrical release in France, Austria and Denmark.
A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence
With A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence, Swedish director Roy Andersson completes the trilogy comprising Songs From the Second Floor and You, The Living, confirming his singular voice in contemporary cinema. This latest cinematic oddity is a reflection on the human condition which unfolds in thirty nine meticulously composed tableaux vivants. One constant through this magical mystery tour of suffering, indulgence and melancholy is the pair of travelling salesmen who are spectacularly unsuccessful in their attempts to hawk novelty items and bring a little fun into people’s lives.
Winner of the Golden Lion at Venice Film Festival, the film's release was supported by MEDIA through Automatic distribution funding in Norway. Curzon Film World releases the film in the UK on 24 April.
31 Mar 2015