MEDIA films on UK screens: February

Mektoub, My Love

A romantic drama from the director of Couscous and Blue Is the Warmest Colour, following a young screenwriter faced with a difficult choice between his lover and his career.

The French/Italian co-production was supported by Creative Europe through the Automatic distribution scheme.

Mektoub, My Love is released by Curzon Artificial Eye in the UK on 15 February. 

Old Boys

In this vibrant school-set re-working of the classic Cyrano de Bergerac story, an awkward but imaginative pupil (Alex Lawther) helps the handsome but spectacularly dim school-hero (Jonah Hauer-King) pursue the fiery daughter (Pauline Étienne) of a visiting French teacher (Denis Ménochet).

Momac Films received Creative Europe support through the Single Project development scheme under the previous MEDIA programme. 

Old Boys is released by Verve Pictures in the UK on 22 February. 

Border (Gräns, Event Cinema)

Prepare for a love story like no other in this audacious Scandinavian fantasy that won the Un Certain Regard prize at Cannes 2018.  Based on a novel by the writer of Let the Right One In, Border is a unique and memorable tale of morality and identification that provokes its viewers with the push-pull of desire and disgust – while gluing your eyes to the big screen.

MUBI received support through the Selective distribution scheme for its release in the UK. The film has also been supported through Creative Europe's Sales Agents scheme.

Border will be released in UK and Irish cinemas by Modern Films and MUBI on 8 March.There will be Valentine’s Day previews across the country on 14 February including a screening at the BFI attended by cast and crew. 

Das Boot

An inexperienced U-boat crew has to a survive a secret mission and a young German woman is torn between loyalty for her home country and the French resistance in this WWII drama series, currently showing on Sky Atlantic

German production company Bavaria Fiction received a grant of €1 million towards the project in the 2017 through Creative Europe's TV Programming scheme. 

Trapped (Season 2)

The Iceland crime drama returns as detective Andri Ólafsson investigates a brutal attack that happens outside the Parliament in Reykjavik. The second season of Trapped will premiere on BBC Four on Saturday February 16th at 9pm with a double-bill. Icelandic production company RVK Studios received a grant of €500,000 through the TV programming scheme in 2017.

Image: Mektoub, My Love courtesy of Curzon Artificial Eye