Sunday 17 November

REGENT STREET CINEMA

8:45pm STANDING UP, FALLING DOWN Screening

[In Association with the UK Jewish Film Festival]

Directed by Matt Ratner (USA)
Billy Crystal in a bittersweet, heartfelt drama about lost dreams and life renewal.

Book Tickets HERE

Tuesday 19 November

BFI STEPHEN STREET

5:30pm Opening Drinks & Press Reception

7:00pm SHORT FILMS MAIN COMPETITION 1

THE VAN by Erenik Beqiri (Albania)
The van finally stops, the doors open and the son steps out alive. A few more fights and he will be able to pay his way out of Albania.
LEARNING TO SWIM by Ruth Grimberg (UK)
Behind the high suburban hedges of a quiet English town Ingrid resists fearful warnings to offer shelter to Ahmed, a Syrian refugee.
NEFTA FOOTBALL CLUB by Yves Plat (France/Tunisia)
Two Tunisian football fans find a donkey in the desert on the Algerian border. Strangely, the donkey is wearing headphones and carrying bags of white powder.
THE BEACH HOUSE by Richard Naylor (UK)
James and Mike’s plan to ‘double propose’ changes when they discover their girlfriends have a proposal of their own.

WEDNESDAY 20 NOVEMBER

CLOSE-UP CINEMA, SHOREDITCH

7:00pm SHORTS PANORAMA

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DREAM OF THE F KEY by Grey Chen Iaems Zhang (China)
An F Key believes it is more than part of a keyboard.

ARC NORTH x POLARBEARZ – TOGETHER NOW by Kevin Hindriks (Philippines)
An alternate universe Romeo & Juliet story, set in the slums of Manila North Cemetery.
AGORIA – CALL OF THE WILD by Loïc Andrieu (France)
Jane, an enigmatic cop is forced to face her secret power to dive into death. Not dead yet…but no longer alive.

NICE SHOES by Jonathan Lawrence (USA)
A sci-fi extravaganza. Can you spot the 40 sci-fi film references?

HOSTAGE by Nestor Villasmil (USA/Venezuela)
Based on a true story of a country that has fallen victim to a cruel inhumane dictatorship. The T-shirt soldiers face a powerful criminal state with nothing but courage.


MADBEN – GRIEF, DANCE TO DEATH by NOBRAIN (France)
On a deserted landscape a soldier encounters a mysterious object.


WOMEN UPROOTED by Dominique de Villers (UK)
A thought-provoking documentary opening up the harsh realities of stateless living in 21st Century Britain.


RED DRESS. NO STRAPS by Maryam Mohajer (UK)
Just another ordinary evening at the grandparents in Tehran during the Iran-Iraq war with the Voice of America on the radio.


APARTMENT 34 by Eduardo Fuica (UK)
A fly-on-the-wall observation of prostitution.


XIANG JUN by Zhou Songkai (China)
One canoe goes by, like the lingering sound on vibrating strings.


RUNNING AFTER by Will Peppercorn (UK)
A young athlete keeps running, until he can’t stop.

 

 


2.3 x 2.6 x 3.2 by Jiaqi Wang (UK)
The certainty of hope against the uncertainty of disease.


BROTHER by Tulsi Shivaanand (UK)
Zhe Hat is unable to lean on his brother, so to stop his nightmares he calls upon the dream eating Baku.
 

THURSDAY 21 NOVEMBER

CLOSE-UP CINEMA, SHOREDITCH

7:00pm AMERICAN MIRROR (FEATURE DOCUMENTARY) – UK Premiere followed by Q&A with Director Arthur Balder and a Networking Event in the Bar afterwards

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AMERICAN MIRROR: INTIMATIONS OF IMMORTALITY by Arthur Balder (USA)
How do we perceive and judge ourselves and others in a world dominated by social media, which demands perfect beauty and instant gratification? Oscar-winner Susan Sarandon and painter Tigan Tsitoghdzyan discuss how the apparently in conflict values of beauty and ageing are perceived in our social media obsessed society.
FRIDAY 22 NOVEMBER

THE SOHO HOTEL CINEMA

7:00pm SHORTS FILMS MAIN COMPETITION 2

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THE PECULIAR ABILITIES OF MR. MAHLER by Paul Philipp (Germany)
East Germany, 1987: A 6-year-old child disappeared without a trace. The special investigator Mahler uses his mysterious abilities to solve the case.


73 COWS by Alex Lockwood (UK)
A beef farmer struggles with his conscience every time he takes his cows to slaughter, and so sets about doing something extraordinary.


PATISION AVENUE by Thanasis Neofotistos (Greece)
A single mother’s most important roles in life collide over the phone.


THE CHRISTMAS GIFT by Bogdan Muresanu (Romania/Spain)
A son’s letter to Santa Claus throws his father into inescapable turmoil.


TATTOO by Farhad Delaram (Iran)
First they start with your body!


OPEN WIDE by Benham Taheri (UK)
Mr. Karobka doesn’t expect his visit to the dentist to take such a startling, and perhaps satisfying, turn.


THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US AND THE SKY by Vasilis Kekatos (Greece)
Two strangers meet for the first time at an old gas station. One lacks the 22.50€ he needs to get home. Can the one sell the other the distance that separates them from the sky?

 

SATURDAY 23 NOVEMBER

THE SOHO HOTEL CINEMA

7:00pm TO PARIS (FEATURE FILM) followed by a Q&A with Director Sergey Sarkisov

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A new Russian feature film that is based on the true story of two officers in the Red Army, who on the day after the final victory against the Nazis in 1944 steal a German staff car, go AWOL and head for Paris.

8:30pm CLOSING NIGHT AWARDS CEREMONY & SCREENING

The awards will be announced followed by screenings of some of the winners.

9:30pm CLOSING NIGHT PARTY

The venue will be revealed at the Saturday screenings. All those at the screenings are welcome to join us.


Throughout November 2019 the UK Film Festival in association with Film Bath Festival and Leeds International Film Festival is presenting the following feature films as part of the European Parliament Lux Prize in Bath and in Leeds.

Cold Case Hammarskjöld by Mads Brügger (a co-production of Denmark/Norway/Sweden/Belgium/UK/Germany)

God Exists, Her Name is Petrunya by Teona Mitevska (a co-production of North Macedonia/Belgium/Slovenia/Croatia/France)

The Realm by Rodrigo Sorogoyen (a co-production of Spain/France)



To find out about tickets in Bath or Leeds please go to:

www.leedsfilmcity.com
filmbath.org.uk/


 

Lux 2018


The London screenings were presented at the Barbican Cinema.
The UK Film Festival is proud to be screening the 3 finalists in November in Bath and Leeds in association with Film Bath Festival and Leeds International Film Festival.

Druga strana svega/The Other Side of Everything by Serbian director Mira Turajlić is a documentary, which confronts the history of an entire country and society in its fight against nationalism and struggle for democracy. The chronicle of a family in Serbia turns into a searing portrait of an activist in times of great turmoil, questioning the responsibility of each generation to fight for their future.

Kona fer í stríð/Woman at War by Icelandic director Benedikt Erlingsson is a joyful, inventive, energetic and feminist saga of a woman who is a music teacher and lives a double life as a passionate environmental activist. As she begins planning her boldest operation yet, she finds out that her application to adopt a child has finally been accepted and there is a little girl waiting for her in Ukraine.

Styx by Austrian director Wolfgang Fischer appears at first to be a documentary, but is in fact a masterly composed allegory of our polarised world and ambivalence toward the refugee crisis. The protagonist sails of to her dream holiday; a solo yachting voyage in the Atlantic, but after a storm finds herself near a dangerously derelict vessel filled with people who desperately need assistance. The coastguard send her radio instructions to stay completely out of the matter because she is barely equipped to help but this clashes with her sense of social responsibility. Will she sail freely while others drown?

Congratulations to the following ten films that have been nominated for the Lux Prize:

  • Border/Gräns: director Ali Abbassi (Sweden, Denmark)
  • Donbass: director Sergei Loznitsa (Germany, France, Ukraine, Netherlands, Romania)
  • Girl: director Lukas Dhont (Belgium, Netherlands)
  • Happy as Lazzaro/Lazzaro felice: director Alice Rohrwacher (Italy, Switzerland, France, Germany)
  • Mug/Twarz: director Małgorzata Szumovska (Poland)
  • Styx: director Wolfgang Fischer (Germany, Austria)
  • The Other Side of Everything/Druga strana svega: director Mila Turajlić (Serbia, France, Qatar)
  • The Silence of Others/El silencio de los otros: director Almudena Carracedo & Robet Bahar (Spain, USA)
  • U_July 22/Utøya 22.juli: director Erik Pope (Norway)
  • Woman at War/Kona fer í stríđ: director Benedikt Erlingsson (Iceland, France, Ukraine)

About the Lux Film Prize:

The Lux Film Prize is an award given out by MEPs to promote European cinema, make films accessible to larger audiences across languages and cultures, help promising productions circulate beyond their national market and encourage debate about values and social issues across Europe.

The UK Film Festival London represents the Lux Prize in the UK in association with Film Bath Festival and Leeds International Film Festival.