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  Bacurau [read more]
  Way out West in Brazil
  Curated global streaming service and theatrical film distributor MUBI is delighted to announce the UK theatrical release of the 2019 Cannes Film Festival Jury Prize Winner BACURAU in cinemas nationwide 13 March 2020, followed by an exclusive streaming launch on MUBI on 27 March 2020.

Bacurau, a small settlement in Brazil's remote backcountry, is shaken by the death of its elderly matriarch. But something strange is happening in the village, and there's little time for mourning. The water supply has been cut off, animals are stampeding through the streets, and empty coffins are turning up on the roadside. One morning, the villagers wake up to find their home has disappeared from satellite maps completely. Under threat from an unknown enemy, Bacurau braces itself for a bloody, brutal fight for survival.

With unforgettable performances from Bárbara Colen, Udo Kier and Sonia Braga, this is an audacious, original and spectacularly violent blend of neo-Western, revenge thriller and political allegory. Tipping its hat to Sergio Leone and John Carpenter, it's a whirlwind of genre twists and surrealist turns guaranteed to leave you punch-drunk and reeling. Try the trailer at the link.
  Graeme Clark [16 Feb 2020 at 13:17]
  No Time to Die [read more]
  Ooh, it's one of the slow ones (again)
  Today, five-time GRAMMY Award winning Darkroom/Interscope Records artist Billie Eilish has released her latest song, No Time To Die, the official theme song to the upcoming James Bond film - click the link to hear it. The song was produced by her brother; fellow multi GRAMMY Award winning FINNEAS alongside Stephen Lipson, with orchestral arrangements by Hans Zimmer and Matt Dunkley, and guitar from Johnny Marr. No Time To Die comes ahead of the film's global release, which hits theatres from April 2 in the U.K. through Universal Pictures International and in the U.S on April 10 through MGM via their United Artists Releasing banner. 18-year-old Eilish is officially the youngest artist in history to both write and record a James Bond theme song, and will be performing it live for the first time, accompanied by FINNEAS, plus special guests Hans Zimmer and Johnny Marr at The Brit Awards in London on February 18.

"There are a chosen few who record a Bond theme. I am a huge fan of Billie and FINNEAS. Their creative integrity and talent are second to none and I cannot wait for audiences to hear what they've brought - a fresh new perspective whose vocals will echo for generations to come," said director Cary Joji Fukunaga.

Eilish said, "It feels crazy to be a part of this in every way. To be able to score the theme song to a film that is part of such a legendary series is a huge honor. James Bond is the coolest film franchise ever to exist. I'm still in shock".

FINNEAS adds, "writing the theme song for a Bond film is something we've been dreaming about doing our entire lives. There is no more iconic pairing of music and cinema than the likes of Goldfinger and Live and Let Die. We feel so so lucky to play a small role in such a legendary franchise, long live 007."
  Graeme Clark [14 Feb 2020 at 10:22]
  It Couldn't Happen Here on Blu-ray and DVD [read more]
  Left to their own devices
  The BFI is delighted to be working with Pet Shop Boys on the forthcoming re-release of their feature film IT COULDN'T HAPPEN HERE (1987), directed by Jack Bond and starring Neil Tennant, Chris Lowe, Joss Ackland and Barbara Windsor. Unavailable worldwide for 30 years, the film has been newly remastered by the BFI from a 4K scan for release in a Limited Edition Blu-ray/DVD set on 15 June 2020.

The re-release will be launched with a special preview screening at BFI Southbank on Friday 3 April 2020 at 20:10 in NFT1, preceded by an on-stage Q&A with Neil Tennant, Jack Bond and choreographer Arlene Phillips (click the link for ticket details from 24th February).

Originally conceived as an hour-long video based on Pet Shop Boys' 1987 album Actually, IT COULDN'T HAPPEN HERE turned into a full-scale feature film that finds Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe on an extraordinary adventure from the coast to London, encountering a curious array of eccentric characters along the way. With pop surrealism meeting the classic road movie, it features chart-topping singles from the duo's first two studio albums, including 'West End girls', 'It’s a sin' and 'Always on my mind'.

IT COULDN'T HAPPEN HERE was released in UK cinemas in July 1988 and subsequently on VHS video, but has never had a DVD or Blu-ray release before. As well as a 48-page book containing new writing, the discs will be accompanied by an exciting collection of extras including a brand new feature commentary with Jack Bond, co-writer James Dillon and cinematographer Simon Archer, new interviews and more, still to be announced, via bfi.org.uk and petshopboys.co.uk.

The film's re-release follows Pet Shop Boys' fourteenth studio album, and seventeenth Top 10 album Hotspot which was released on 24 January 2020, reaching No.3 in the album charts, and coincides with their 2020 world tour.
  Graeme Clark [14 Feb 2020 at 00:14]
  Le Mans '66 on UHD, Blu-ray, DVD and digital
  From Academy Award-nominated filmmaker James Mangold, the masterful storyteller behind Walk the Line and Logan, comes a film inspired by a true-life drama about a powerful friendship that forever changed racing history. LE MANS '66 is one of the most legendary tales in the history of motorsports and comes to Digital Download on 9th March and on 4k Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD & VOD 23rd March. LE MANS '66 took home two Academy Awards for Best Film Editing and Best Sound Editing, and was nominated for Best Picture.

Academy Award-winners Matt Damon and Christian Bale star in LE MANS '66, based on the true story of the visionary American car designer Carroll Shelby (Damon) and the fearless British-born driver Ken Miles (Bale), who together battled corporate interference, the laws of physics, and their own personal demons to build a revolutionary race car for Ford Motor Company and take on the dominating race cars of Enzo Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in France in 1966.

Starring alongside Matt Damon (THE MARTIAN) and Christian Bale (VICE) is Jon Bernthal (THE PUNISHER), Caitriona Balfe (OUTLANDER), Tracy Letts (LADY BIRD), Josh Lucas (J EDGAR), Noah Jupe (A QUIET PLACE), Remo Girone (HEAVEN), Ray McKinnon (THE BLIND SIDE).
  Graeme Clark [13 Feb 2020 at 14:49]
  KINOTEKA Polish Film Festival 2020 [read more]
  Building bridges
  KINOTEKA Polish Film Festival in London (19 March - 5 April) has today announced its programme for the 18th edition of the festival. KINOTEKA will showcase an exciting range of Polish cinema from new and established talents in film and documentary-making, as well as films never before shown in the UK. The festival opens on 19th March with a gala presentation of the acclaimed film RADIOACTIVE starring Rosamund Pike. The festival also highlights lesser known gems ripe for rediscovery and celebrates work influenced by Polish masters along with Q&As, talks and a raft of free, immersive VR experiences that push the boundaries of cinema as we know it.

The festival's highlights include MR JONES from one of Poland’s most eminent filmmakers Agnieszka Holland, Poland's short-listed entry for this year's Academy Awards CORPUS CHRISTI from breakthrough talents screenwriter Mateusz Pacewicz and star Bartosz Bielenia, the silent classic FORBIDDEN PARADISE screened in its most complete version in almost 100 years and rare screenings of Ryszard Boleslawski's Hollywood classics THEODORA GOES WILD and THE GARDEN OF ALLAH plus a VR journey through the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, one of three distinct and captivating VR experiences hosted in the Regent Street Cinema foyer.

The festival has worked hand-in-hand with the following prestigious venues to deliver audiences this year's eclectic and unique programme: BFI Southbank, ICA, JW3, The Cinema Museum, Regent Street Cinema, Rich Mix and POSK. Watch the festival at the trailer above.
  Graeme Clark [13 Feb 2020 at 14:45]
  The French Dispatch [read more]
  More o' Anderson
  The trailer for Wes Anderson's next film The French Dispatch is available now - just click the link above to watch. That's all the press release said, so if you want to know about it, get clicking.

In US theatres July 24th 2020.
  Graeme Clark [12 Feb 2020 at 23:32]
  Greed [read more]
  Billions and billions
  Sony Pictures UK is pleased to make available The Final Trailer for Michael Winterbottom's satire GREED starring Steve Coogan, David Mitchell and Isla Fisher - click the link above.

Featuring a host of the UK's most well known and loved comedic talent and celebrities, GREED will be released in cinemas across the UK & Ireland on Friday, 21st February 2020.

GREED tells the story of self-made British billionaire Sir Richard McCreadie (Steve Coogan), whose retail empire is in crisis. For 30 years he has ruled the world of retail fashion - bringing the high street to the catwalk and the catwalk to the high street - but after a damaging public inquiry, his image is tarnished. To save his reputation, he decides to bounce back with a highly publicised and extravagant party celebrating his 60th birthday on the Greek island of Mykonos. A satire on the grotesque inequality of wealth in the fashion industry, the film sees McCreadie's rise and fall through the eyes of his biographer, Nick (David Mitchell).
  Graeme Clark [12 Feb 2020 at 23:28]
  The Bygone on digital [read more]
  The rest of the West
  Lightbulb Film Distribution are excited to share the official trailer (click the link) and poster for upcoming neo-western thriller, The Bygone.

The film will be available On Demand and download across all major digital platforms - including iTunes, Amazon, Sky Store, Virgin Media, Google Play, Sony Playstation and Rakuten - from March 2nd.

The Bygone is a modern-day western about clashing cultures and a disappearing way of life. The film stars Graham Phillips (The Good Wife, Riverdale), Shawn Hatosy (Animal Kingdom) & Jacqueline Toboni (The L Word: Generation Q).

When a young Lakota woman goes missing in the oil fields of North Dakota, a cowboy's pursuit leads him into a dark unforgiving world of greed, violence and trafficking. In his attempt to save the damsel in distress, the rancher uncovers a harrowing past and hints at a dire future.
  Graeme Clark [12 Feb 2020 at 23:23]

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