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.
Marvel Studios presents “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” the epic follow-up to the biggest Super Hero movie of all time. When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to The Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure.
AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON will be released in UK cinemas on April 23, 2015. The latest featurette is above.
Why are we fascinated by murder? Inspired by the killing of British student Meredith Kercher in Italy, FACE OF AN ANGEL looks beyond the salacious headlines to explore both the media and the public’s obsession with violent stories, whether fictional or real.
Thomas Lang (Daniel Brühl) is a film director who is offered the chance to adapt a book by American journalist Simone Ford (Kate Beckinsale), which recounts the controversial trial of American student Jessica Fuller for the murder of her flatmate Elizabeth Pryce. To help with his research, Simone takes Thomas to Siena, where he is disturbed by the media frenzy that has developed around the case.
THE FACE OF AN ANGEL is in cinemas today. The trailer is at the link above.
[27 Mar 2015 at 20:01]
The Carl Theodor Dreyer Collection on Blu-ray [read more]
Laugh along with Carl
Carl Theodor Dreyer is one of world cinema's most enduringly praised filmmakers. His visually arresting, intensely austere style has been a major influence on Lars von Trier and Carlos Reygadas, amongst others. Released by the BFI on 20 April 2015, this strictly limited edition Blu-ray box set presents a number of his most revered films alongside some of his lesser-known fiction and documentary shorts, as well as an extensive selection of extra features.
The eleven films included in this set are:
Master of the House (1925) / Good Mothers (1942) / Day of Wrath (1943) / The Fight Against Cancer (1947) / The Village Church (1947) / They Caught the Ferry (1948) / Thorsvaldsen (1949) / Storstrøm Bridge (1950) / A Castle Within a Castle (1955) / Ordet (1955) / Gertrud (1964)
Premièred at the 2014 Berlin Film Festival mere weeks before its director's sudden death at 92, the final film by master filmmaker Alain Resnais (Hiroshima mon amour, Last Year at Marienbad, Muriel, Mélo, Providence) marks his third adaptation, penned by Laurent Herbiet and Alex Reval, of a work by the English playwright Alan Ayckbourn (following Smoking / No Smoking and Private Fears in Public Places).
When the eponymous George Riley, never seen on-screen, discovers he's been diagnosed with a terminal illness, a circle of friends (played by such powerhouses as Sabine Azéma, André Dussollier, and Hippolyte Girardot), rally and spur him to take part in a play (another Ayckbourn work: Relatively Speaking) with the hope of enriching his final months. Soon after, however, George regains his life-force with full verve, and reattracts the women in his group, threatening their own domestic stability.
Eureka Entertainment to release LIFE OF RILEY, the final film by master filmmaker Alain Resnais, on Blu-ray & DVD in a Dual Format edition as part of The Masters of Cinema Series on 25 May 2015.