MEDIA films on UK screens: September

Things to Come

Berlin Silver Bear-winning director Mia Hansen-Løve’s fifth feature Things to Come is a tender, contemplative portrait of womanhood, following Nathalie (Isabelle Huppert) as she re-invents herself after being left by her husband for another woman.

The film received support for its distribution in seven European countries. It is released in the UK by Curzon Artificial Eye on 2 September.


The Blue Room (La Chambre Bleue)

Based on the recently reissued Georges Simenon novel from 1964, The Blue Room concerns a couple, played by Mathieu Amalric and Léa Drucker, whose torrid affair leads to a double murder.

The film received funding for its release in Belgium and it is released by MUBI on 9 September.

Sour Grapes

Set in the super-fast, super-rich world of LA and New York during the finance boom of the early 2000s, Sour Grapes is a humorous, suspenseful documentary of a young con who flooded the American wine market with fake vintages valued in the millions.

The film received funding through the TV Programming scheme and is released by Dogwoof on 16 September.

The Lovers and the Despot

The Lovers and the Despot is a documentary that tells the story of a famous director and actress who, after the collapse of their glamorous marriage, are kidnapped by movie-obsessed dictator Kim Jong-il. Forced to make films in the world's most closed state, they get a second chance at love, but only one chance at escape.

The film received Single Project and TV programming funding through the previous MEDIA programme. Soda Pictures release The Lover's and the Despot in the UK on 23 September.


In Swiss writer-director Tobias Nölle’s debut film, a private detective’s world falls apart after the death of his father and a psychological drama ensues.

Aloys is released by Eureka Entertainment on 23 September.

Light Years

Light Years, the debut feature from Esther May Campbell, is a poetic and startling story of loss, hope and the deepest of human connections.

The film has been supported through the Automatic distribution scheme for its release in Belgium and the Netherlands. It comes to UK screens on 24 September through Third Films.

The Fencer

Klaus Härö’s Golden Globe-nominated and Academy Award-shortlisted The Fencer is a touching drama about Endel Nelis, a young fencer who, having fled Stalin’s secret police, finds himself in Haapsalu, Estonia teaching children and starting a sports club.

The Fencer is supported through the distribution scheme for its release in two European countries. Munro Film Services release the film in the UK on 30 September.


Image: Light Years by Esther May Campbell