She's rejected, shunned by her own family. And it's as if her career path is chosen for her from infancy. That is until J.P. contemplates whether to abandon her family's deeply-entrenched Asian cultural roots in order to follow her dream. Her dream would give disadvantaged children all over the world an opportunity by unleashing their creative inner self. Will she follow her dream, even if it means compromising her mother's? It's a decision she'll have to live with forever. The teaser is above.
RYAN GOSLING’s directorial debut LOST RIVER weaves elements of fantasy, noir and suspense into a modern day fairytale.
Set against the surreal dreamscape of a vanishing city, Billy (CHRISTINA HENDRICKS – Mad Men) a single mother of two, is swept into a macabre and dark fantasy underworld while her teenage son Bones (IAIN de CAESTECKER – Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D) discovers a secret road leading to an underwater town.
Both Billy and Bones must dive deep into the mystery if their family is to survive. Also starring SAOIRSE RONAN (The Grand Budapest Hotel), MATT SMITH (Doctor Who), EVA MENDES (The Place Beyond the Pines), BEN MENDELSOHN (The Place Beyond the Pines, Animal Kingdom). The trailer is at the link above.
[31 Mar 2015 at 22:15]
Elsa & Fred
Discover how it’s never too late to fall in love with the charming and uplifting romantic comedy-drama ELSA & FRED, in cinemas and On Demand from 1st May and available on DVD and Download from 4th May.
When disgruntled widower Fred (Christopher Plummer: Hector and The Search for Happiness, Up) is forced to move in with his daughter in her New Orleans’ apartment, his only cares are for lying down and avoiding social interaction at all costs.
But his life takes an unexpected and wonderful turn when he meets free-spirited neighbour Elsa (Shirley MacLaine: Terms of Endearment, TV’s Downton Abbey), a romantic idealist with a passion for Rome and Italian cinema. Her spontaneity and optimism prove infectious, and Fred begins to see life in a whole new light.
Tim has no job, but Tim ‘works’... In the face of mounting internal and external pressure, how far will he go to keep his head above water and protect those he loves?
An unrecognisable George MacKay (Pride, Sunshine on Leith, How I Live Now) plays TIM in BYPASS, filmed by Duane Hopkins (Better Things). The feature (final edit and sound work completed in January 2015), exposes the brutal facts of life for young people with no job and no support - the release in cinemas will chime with the run up to the General Election.
BYPASS is a thriller with a conscience - based on hard research. The feature tackles issues that have been maligned under the banner ‘Broken Britain’ and examines the real cost to those of our youth who are rootless and disenfranchised at best and frantic and depressed at worst.
BYPASS – released in cinemas from 10th April. The trailer is above.
MY NAME IS HMMM..., the debut from clothes designer Agnès Troublé AKA agnès b., follows Céline as she escapes an absent mother and abusive father by smuggling herself aboard the cab of an international freight truck. The driver (visual artist Douglas Gordon) creates an unlikely bond with the eleven-year-old as they travel across the country. The reasons for their mutual need of each other becomes more clear as the suspicion of kidnapping heats up. Charming, surprising, visually inventive and humane, MY NAME IS HMMM... shows the hand of a true visual stylist.
MY NAME IS HMMM… will be released on 6 April 2015 on dual format DVD/Blu-Ray edition.
LYNDA BELLINGHAM (Doctor Who) reprises her role as divorcee Faith Greyshott in this hit sequel series to award-winning sitcom Second Thoughts. Starring Julia Sawalha (Absolutely Fabulous) and an early role for Simon Pegg (Spaced). Faith in the Future – The Complete Series (PG) is released on DVD in a triple disc set on 13 April 2015, RRP £29.99, courtesy of Network Distributing.
All her adult life, Faith has had to put someone else first. Now her romance with Bill is over, her children have left home, and the dog has gone to her mother’s; she lives in a small flat and teaches art at the local college. At last, Faith has her freedom… until Hannah unexpectedly returns home!
[30 Mar 2015 at 23:48]
Girl with a Pearl Earring and Other Treasures from the Mauritshuis on DVD [read more]
A bit of culture is good for you
The opportunity to see one of the greatest and most recognisable portraits of western art - along with other masterpieces from one of Europe’s greatest treasures houses - is now yours.
Just imagine: No crowds, no queues and no need to travel, but the opportunity to take your time and come face-to-face with some of the greatest works of art ever created, in the convenience and comfort of your own home.
Released on 5th May 2015 by Seventh Art Productions, Girl with a Pearl Earring and Other Treasures from the Mauritshuis is a beautifully filmed documentary that seeks to answer some of the unsolved riddles that this extraordinary painting evokes. Why and how was it painted? Why is it so revered? Who was she? What drove more than a million people to visit her on her recent global tour?
Film stars Viggo Mortensen, Oona Chaplin and Ariadna Gil will be among hundreds of actors, directors and international visitors who will join thousands of refugees for the 12th edition of the world’s most remote film festival. Held in the Sahrawi refugee camps deep in the desert, the Western Sahara International Film Festival - known as FiSahara – will run from April 28 to May 3 and boast a world class line-up of cinema and big name bands.
In addition there will be numerous workshops, debates and roundtable discussions exploring this year’s theme of Universal Justice led by global human rights figures such as Nora de Cortiñas, president of the Mothers of Plaza de Mayo of Argentina.
De Cortiñas will present the award-winning film about the struggle to discover the fate of “disappeared” grandchildren in Argentina, The Life of Estela whilst “Lord of the Rings” actor, Mortensen, will screen his new film, Loin des Hommes (Far From Men) set during the Algerian war.
Other highlights of the film programme include Oscar-winning Timbuktu, acclaimed Lebanese comedy Ghadi, the Bedouin road movie, Theeb and the award-winning Granito: How to Catch a Dictator which will be presented by its director Pamela Yates.
Films are projected at night onto huge outdoor screens beneath the stars. As well as international features, documentaries, animations and short films, the festival will also screen a range of films made by the refugees themselves in the film school set-up in 2011 as part of the Cinema for the Saharawi People project. The best of these Saharawi films will be selected to be screened as part of the Raindance Film Festival in London later this year.