Previous New Release titles

New Release Support titles that have previously been backed by the BFI Film Audience Network (FAN)

2019/2020 releases

System Crasher

Dir. Nora Fingscheidt | Cert 15  | 118 mins | Germany | 2019

Booking: pat.kelman@606distribution.co.uk / james@koenigpictures.com

This film is supported by The Association of Child Protection Professionals. Please contact them if you’d be interested in having a representative introduce your screening. 

She is small, but dangerous. Wherever Benni ends up, she is immediately expelled. 

The wild 9-year-old girl has already become what child protection services call a “system crasher” and she is certainly not looking to change her ways. Benni has one single goal: to be back at home with her mommy! Unfortunately, her mother is scared of her own daughter. Trying to find a permanent placement for Benni, Child Protection Services hires Micha, an anger management trainer and suddenly there is a seed of hope. Will Micha be able to succeed where all others despaired? 

While being acutely authentic, first-time director Nora Fingscheidt transcends a psychological study and crafts vibrant, visceral and emotional cinema, which evokes unforgettable performances.

The Peanut Butter Falcon

Dir. Tyler Nilson and Michael Shwartz  | Cert. 12A | 1hr 33 min | U.S.

Booking: sales@signature-entertainment.co.uk

The Peanut Butter Falcon is a modern Mark Twain-esque adventure starring Shia LaBeouf (American Honey, Fury) as a small-time outlaw turned unlikely coach who joins forces with Zak, a young man with Down Syndrome on the run from the nursing home with the dream of becoming a professional wrestler. Dakota Johnson (Suspiria, Fifty Shades of Grey) stars as Zak’s loving, but stubborn, carer.

From writer/director duo Tyler Nilson and Michael Shwartz the film also stars Jon Bernthal (Baby Driver, Fury), Thomas Hayden Church (Sideways), Bruce Dern (Nebraksa), John Hawkes (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri) and introducing Zack Gottsagen as Zak.

Hail Satan?

Dir. Penny Lane | Cert. 15 | 1hr 35 min | U.S.

Booking: marcel@dogwoof.com

Chronicling the extraordinary rise of one of the most colourful and controversial religious movements in American history, Hail Satan? is an inspiring and entertaining new feature documentary from acclaimed director Penny Lane (Nuts!, Our Nixon). When media-savvy members of the Satanic Temple organise a series of public actions designed to advocate for religious freedom and challenge corrupt authority, they prove that with little more than a clever idea, a mischievous sense of humor, and a few rebellious friends, you can speak truth to power in some truly profound ways. As charming and funny as it is thought-provoking, Hail Satan? offers a timely look at a group of often misunderstood outsiders whose unwavering commitment to social and political justice has empowered thousands of people around the world.

We The Animals

Dir. Jeremiah Zagar | Cert TBC | 1hr 33 min | U.S.

Booking: steve@eurekavideo.co.uk

Three boys tear through their rural New York hometown, in the midst of their young parents’ volatile love that makes and unmakes the family many times over. While Manny and Joel grow into versions of their loving and unpredictable father, Ma seeks to keep her youngest, Jonah, in the cocoon of home. More sensitive and conscious than his older siblings, Jonah increasingly embraces an imagined world all his own.

With a screenplay by Dan Kitrosser and Jeremiah Zagar, We the Animals is a visceral coming-of-age story propelled by layered performances from its astounding cast – including three talented, young first-time actors – and stunning animated sequences which bring Jonah’s torn inner world to life.

2018/2019 releases

Utøya – July 22

Dir. Erik Poppe | Cert TBC | 1h 32min | Norway

On July 22 2011 more than 500 youths at a political summer camp on an island outside Oslo were attacked by an armed, right-wing extremist. Earlier that day he bombed a Government building in Oslo before making his way to Utøya island. In this first fictional movie about the attack we follow Kaja (18) as she tries to survive – minute by minute.

“A gut-wrenching ordeal … a brutal single-take drama from the victims’ perspective…like a YA post-apocalyptic dystopia, with Kaja a real-life Katniss Everdeen … an absorbing and moving tribute to the courage of the young victims of Utøya.”  – 4 Stars, The Guardian

Shoplifters

Dir. Hirokazu Kore-eda | Cert TBC | 2hr 1min | Japan

Now available to book via FilmBankMedia

“Equal parts incisive social critique and nuanced family portrait, the latest from Japanese master Hirokazu Kore-eda — winner of this year’s Palme d’Or at Cannes — follows a small band of marginalized misfits struggling to make ends meet in a merciless urban environment.” – Toronto International Film Festival

Now available for exhibitors:

  • Marketing pack and assets
  • Freelance marketing support in every Film Hub area
  • Budget for Facebook/social media ads
  • Help producing food-themed and Japanese culture events

Burning 

Dir. Lee Chang-dong | Cert TBC | 2hr 28min | South Korea

Released 1 February 2019 by Thunderbird

Now available to book via FilmBankMedia

In this thrilling adaptation of a Haruki Murakami short story, Korean auteur Lee Chang-dong returns with a gripping psychological thriller about obsessive love set in modern consumerist Korea.

  • Marketing pack and assets
  • Freelance marketing support in every Film Hub area
  • Budget for Facebook/social media ads
  • Help producing panel/Q&A events

Happy as Lazzaro

Dir. Alice Rohrwacher | Cert TBC | 2hr 5min | Italy

Released 5 April 2019 by Modern Films

Booking: franksmith@munrofilmservices.co.uk

Sweet-natured Lazzaro lives in a village in the beautiful Italian countryside, set apart from the world by a bridge that no one can be bothered to fix. Life unfolds much like it did a century ago, save for the odd Walkman and 1990s-era dance music, until things take a strange and supernatural turn as Lazzaro strikes up a friendship with a rebellious young nobleman.

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