The Cultural and Education Section of the British Embassy in Moscow and Cool Connections Art Association are delighted to present the XX New British Film Festival as part of the UK- Russia Year of Music. This year the festival will be supported by TsUM — the Central Universal Department Store. The event will take place from October 29 to November 17, featuring a selection of the best British films shown in over 29 Russian cities. The programme presents a whole range of cinematic genres, from drama to animation and Gothic thriller.
The programme of the anniversary issue presents a whole palette of genres and plots: from costume drama to animation, from a leisurely melodrama to social satire and a Gothic thriller.
The long-awaited film continuation of the series Downtown Abbey will open the festival, with a screening at Moscow’s ‘October Cinema’. Following this will appear a selection of films around the theme of music; a documentary trio, Being Blacker, The Second Youth of R. Stevie Moore and Soundtrack for A Revolution, the comedy Fisherman’s Friends based on a true story of a singing group’s journey to fame, and the youth film Schemers about the everyday life of concert promoters in the late 1980s Scottish countryside. A screening of the film Souvenir by Joanna Hogg will also feature alongside Tom Cullen’s drama Pink Wall and Oliver Parker's comedy Swimming with Men.
The full list of films and screening schedule can be found at www.ukfilms.ru
The festival’s educational programme will be traditionally supported by the Moscow Film School. Public talks with British guests will be hosted by the school on November 3 and 7. This year's festival guests will be William McGregor, director of Gwen, and Schemers’ producer Khaled Spiewak and lead role Conor Berry.
On November 13, a special programme The Festival Echo will be launched with free film screenings and moderated discussions open to the public. The festival will also offer talks with the authors of competition films, at TSUM.