15th New British Film Festival

From 28 October to 9 November 2014 the 15th jubilee New British Film Festival will be held as part of the UK-Russia Year of Culture 2014.

From 28 October to 9 November 2014 the 15th jubilee New British Film Festival will be held as part of the UK-Russia Year of Culture 2014.

Over the years, the festival, which aims to introduce contemporary British films to wider audiences in Russia, has transformed from a local showcase of the works of debut film directors to one of the most eagerly anticipated events in the cultural calendars of Russia’s biggest cites. The festival has previously been held in more than 20 Russian cities; and has been attended by an array of stars including Helen Mirren, Michael Winterbottom, Luke Treadaway, Ben Wheatley and James Marsh. Furthermore, the festival has hosted the premieres of films such as The Queen, Anna Karenina, Jane Austen, and Great Expectations. In recent years we have also launched and successfully developed an educational programme: New British Film Festival Talks, a series of lectures and discussions focused on trends in the international film market.

The jubilee festival has been opened in Moscow since 28 October 2014 at Formula Kino Gorizont Cinema Hall (Komsomolsky prospect 21/10) by the film The Invisible Woman, directed by Ralph Fiennes. The nominee of two Oscars, Ralph Fiennes, who is famous worldwide for starring in films such as Schindler’s List, The English Patient, Onegin and In Bruges, has already worked as a film director. His debut as a director was Coriolanus, the adaptation of William Shakespeare’s play, which was successfully released in 2011. Nearly three years later Fiennes made The Invisible Woman, in which he also played the main character.

The Invisible Woman is a historical drama about the last years of Charles Dickens’ life and his late love affair with British actress Ellen (Nelly) Ternan. The moving story of the relationship between the master of Victorian literature and his muse was highly praised by the juries of both the New York Film Festival and Toronto Film Festival.

As part of the New British Film Festival, Ralph Fiennes will visit Moscow to present the film at its first screening in Russia.

The festival programme also includes a number of Russian premieres, including Lilting starring Ben Whishaw, Sunshine on Leith by Dexter Fletcher, God Help the Girl by Stuart Murdoch, and Snow in Paradise by Andrew Hulme.

As this year we will celebrate the 15th jubilee of the festival, we have prepared a special documentary programme, which will be screened at the Documentary Film Centre. Among other films, festival guests will see the biography of the legendary photographer Jane Bown, Looking for Light, as well as the film Various Songs: a film on Pete Fij and Terry Bickers by Peter Bromley, and a detective story, One Rogue Reporter by Rich Peppiatt and Tom Jenkinson – the latter was successfully presented at Sheffield Doc Fest this year. 

We will also be continuing our traditional programme of retrospectives and the hero of this year is the legendary British film director, Mike Leigh. As part of his retrospective we will show films such as Life is Sweet and Topsy-Turvy.

To celebrate the 450th anniversary of William Shakespeare, we will prepare a series of adaptations of his plays, including Now: in the Wings of a World Stage by Jeremy Whelehan and the contemporary interpretation of The Tempest by Rob Curry.

The festival will also include our traditional animation programme and a short film programme, as well as a series of New British Film Festival Talks.

For more detailed information please visit the festival’s official website www.ukfilms.ru

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