Still from The Mafia only Kills in the Summer

MEDIA films on UK screens: July

The Colony (Colonia)

The Colony tells the story of a young couple, Lena and Daniel, who get entangled in the Chilean military coup in 1973.

The film's producer's received support for development through Creative Europe’s Slate funding scheme. It is released in the UK by Signature Entertainment on 1 July.



The Mafia Only Kills in the Summer (La Mafia Uccide solo D’estate)

Set in Palermo, Sicily, The Mafia only Kills in the Summer is an Italian black comedy drama that tells both the sentimental story of Arthur and Flora and the tragic events of the Mafia that took place between the 70s and 90s.

The film received development funding through the previous MEDIA programme as well as support for distribution. Cinefile releases the film in the UK on 1 July.


The Neon Demon 

When aspiring model Jesse (Elle Fanning) moves to Los Angeles, her youth and vitality are devoured by a group of beauty-obsessed women who will take any means necessary to get what she has.

The Neon Demon was supported by Creative Europe at development stage. Icon release the film in the UK on 8 July.

Men and Chicken (Mænd & høns)

When brothers Gabriel and Elias discover their late father isn’t their biological one, they set out to find him, on the island Ork, in turn discovering the truth about themselves and their family.

Men and Chicken is supported through the Automatic Distribution scheme for its release in Hungary, Belgium and the Netherlands. It is released in the UK by Arrow Films on 15 July.



Co-written by Efthymis Filippou (Dogtooth, The Lobster), Athina Rachel Tsangari’s Chevalier is an engaging, deadpan look at the male ego, centred on six men who embark on a series of tests of manhood, while sailing around the Aegean sea.

The film has received support from Creative Europe’s Sales Agents scheme and reaches UK screens on 22 July through StudioCanal.


The Commune (Kollektivet)

The Commune is a Danish drama, directed by Thomas Vinterberg and set in 1970s Copenhagen, where a couple’s experiment in group living reveals faultlines in their own relationship.

Awarded funding for development in 2012, through the previous MEDIA programme, the film has also received support from Creative Europe for its distribution in 19 European countries including the UK, where Curzon Artificial Eye release the film on 29 July.



Based on Elsebeth Egholm’s series of novels, Dicte is a Danish TV thriller series featuring a flawed but loveable heroine, Dicte. The series, which had its official UK premiere in June, follows recently divorced Dicte as she returns to her home town of Aarhus with her daughter in tow.

Dicte received support through the TV Programming scheme and is available on demand in the UK through Channel 4’s Walter Presents.

Image: Chevalier courtesy of StudioCanal