Sep 25 2014

10 Luxembourg premieres for British & Irish Film Season

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Festival organiser Geoff Thompson, UK ambassador to Luxembourg Alice Walpole and newly arrived Irish ambassador Peadar Carpenter (l.t.r.) at the presentation of the festival programme on Wednesday
Photo: Anouk Antony

(CS) Going into its fifth edition, the British & Irish Film Season and Ciné Utopia and Utopolis will bring some of the latest films from the Isles to Luxembourg, with 10 premieres on the programme.

The line-up offers a promising potpourri of light-hearted comedy, drama and thrillers, with a mix of documentary and fiction films, that also includes brand-new shorts, screened just before the features to give audiences a taste of something different.

The festival will kick off on September 24 with a screening of UK co-production Hector and the Search for Happiness. Directed by Peter Chelsom, the comedy stars Simon Pegg as a psychiatrist who embarks on a journey around the world to find true happiness.

Elsewhere in the comedy arena, the festival includes The Trip to Italy, featuring UK comedians Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon on a culinary tour through Italy, serving up a belly-full of laughs.

Pride, directed by Matthew Warchus and starring acting stalwarts Bill Nighy and Imelda Staunton, tells the story of lesbian and gay activists coming out to support the 1984 miners’ strike, while romantic comedy What If features Daniel Radcliffe as a man unlucky in love with his best friend.

Irish film Poison Pen offers less star power, but the chance to see an Irish romantic comedy that might not make it to the big screen in Luxembourg without the festival. Lochlann O’Mearain stars as author and celebrity gossip magazine columnist PC Molloy, who soon struggles to keep his own personal life out of the headlines.

Black comedy and thrillers

Moving into darker territory, Brendan Gleeson plays a priest living in a coastal village in Ireland, whose life is turned upside down when he receives a death threat in the confessional. Another black comedy, A Practical Guide to a Spectacular Suicide, features a student trying to figure out through his blog how best to commit suicide. This film features in the Shooting Stars Programme of the festival, made on a shoestring budget of just over 3,000 GBP by a group of young Scottish filmmakers.

Two thrillers will keep audiences on the edge of their seats, with Tom Hardy starring in Locke, as a family man whose life begins to unravel with a single phone call. In Lone Scherfig’s The Riot Club, Oxford students get out of hand in a film inspired by the university’s infamous Bullingdon Club.

Completing the line-up are biopic Noble, about the inspiring story of Christina Noble who helps destitute children on the streets of Vietnam after her own harsh and difficult childhood in Ireland, as well as historical drama Castles in the Sky about the invention of the radar just ahead of the Battle of Britain.

Finally, mockumentary The Light of Day follows a film crew trying to make a horror film, while documentary A Dangerous Game reports on US billionaire Donald Trump’s forays to develop luxury golf resorts on the Scottish coast, Ireland and elsewhere in the world.

A number of guests, including actors, directors and producers will travel to Luxembourg for Q&A sessions after the screenings, with the attendees yet to be announced. For a full schedule and updates visit bifilmseason.lu

Audience Award & Young Journalism Competition

Tickets are available for the regular Utopolis and Ciné Utopia rates, with a season pass for five films available for 25 euros.

Festival audiences also have the chance to win a return flight for two to London or Dublin, simply by rating the films they see at the festival, with a winner drawn at the closing screening on October 7.

Also on the final night the winner of the Young Journalist Competition will be announced, with the festival encouraging secondary school pupils – both English native speakers and foreign language students – or university students of English or Film Studies to submit a film review of any of the films screened during the festival.

The deadline for submission is midnight on October 3. More details are available on the festival website.

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SOURCE: http://www.wort.lu


Festival organiser Geoff Thompson, UK ambassador to Luxembourg Alice Walpole and newly arrived Irish ambassador Peadar Carpenter (l.t.r.) at the presentation of the festival programme on Wednesday
Photo: Anouk Antony

(CS) Going into its fifth edition, the British & Irish Film Season and Ciné Utopia and Utopolis will bring some of the latest films from the Isles to Luxembourg, with 10 premieres on the programme.

The line-up offers a promising potpourri of light-hearted comedy, drama and thrillers, with a mix of documentary and fiction films, that also includes brand-new shorts, screened just before the features to give audiences a taste of something different.

The festival will kick off on September 24 with a screening of UK co-production Hector and the Search for Happiness. Directed by Peter Chelsom, the comedy stars Simon Pegg as a psychiatrist who embarks on a journey around the world to find true happiness.

Elsewhere in the comedy arena, the festival includes The Trip to Italy, featuring UK comedians Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon on a culinary tour through Italy, serving up a belly-full of laughs.

Pride, directed by Matthew Warchus and starring acting stalwarts Bill Nighy and Imelda Staunton, tells the story of lesbian and gay activists coming out to support the 1984 miners’ strike, while romantic comedy What If features Daniel Radcliffe as a man unlucky in love with his best friend.

Irish film Poison Pen offers less star power, but the chance to see an Irish romantic comedy that might not make it to the big screen in Luxembourg without the festival. Lochlann O’Mearain stars as author and celebrity gossip magazine columnist PC Molloy, who soon struggles to keep his own personal life out of the headlines.

Black comedy and thrillers

Moving into darker territory, Brendan Gleeson plays a priest living in a coastal village in Ireland, whose life is turned upside down when he receives a death threat in the confessional. Another black comedy, A Practical Guide to a Spectacular Suicide, features a student trying to figure out through his blog how best to commit suicide. This film features in the Shooting Stars Programme of the festival, made on a shoestring budget of just over 3,000 GBP by a group of young Scottish filmmakers.

Two thrillers will keep audiences on the edge of their seats, with Tom Hardy starring in Locke, as a family man whose life begins to unravel with a single phone call. In Lone Scherfig’s The Riot Club, Oxford students get out of hand in a film inspired by the university’s infamous Bullingdon Club.

Completing the line-up are biopic Noble, about the inspiring story of Christina Noble who helps destitute children on the streets of Vietnam after her own harsh and difficult childhood in Ireland, as well as historical drama Castles in the Sky about the invention of the radar just ahead of the Battle of Britain.

Finally, mockumentary The Light of Day follows a film crew trying to make a horror film, while documentary A Dangerous Game reports on US billionaire Donald Trump’s forays to develop luxury golf resorts on the Scottish coast, Ireland and elsewhere in the world.

A number of guests, including actors, directors and producers will travel to Luxembourg for Q&A sessions after the screenings, with the attendees yet to be announced. For a full schedule and updates visit bifilmseason.lu

Audience Award & Young Journalism Competition

Tickets are available for the regular Utopolis and Ciné Utopia rates, with a season pass for five films available for 25 euros.

Festival audiences also have the chance to win a return flight for two to London or Dublin, simply by rating the films they see at the festival, with a winner drawn at the closing screening on October 7.

Also on the final night the winner of the Young Journalist Competition will be announced, with the festival encouraging secondary school pupils – both English native speakers and foreign language students – or university students of English or Film Studies to submit a film review of any of the films screened during the festival.

The deadline for submission is midnight on October 3. More details are available on the festival website.

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