BFI FAN New Releases

Support for select titles from across the globe that deserve to be seen on the big screen.

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Each year BFI FAN supports around 5 new films, to help ensure important independent releases find a place in cinema. Find information about these film tiles here, how to book them for your venue and what support is available or Download the PDF.

System Crasher

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?

Released: 27 March 2020 by 606 Distribution
Director: Nora Fingscheidt
Cert: TBC
Length: 118mins
Country: Germany
Booking: pat.kelman@606distribution.co.uk

Film Hub Wales members: You can watch a screener of System Crasher in our Preview Room section here.

In the lead role, young Helena Zengel is mightily impressive, showing the natural depth of a born actress as she pours her energy into System Crasher” The Hollywood Reporter

Peanut Butter Falcon

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 a 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.

Released: October 26 2018 by Signature Entertainment
Director: Tyler Nilson and Michael Shwartz
Cert: PG 13
Length: 93mins
Country: USA
Booking: sales@signature-entertainment.co.uk

Utøya – July 22 

On 22 July 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 as she tries to survive – minute by minute.

Released: October 26 2018 by Modern Films
Director: Erik Poppe
Cert: 15
Length: 1hr 32mins
Country: Norway
Booking: franksmith@munrofilmservices.co.uk

“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.”

Shoplifters

Somewhere in Tokyo, Osamu Shibata and his wife Nobuyo live in poverty. While Osamu receives occasional employment and Nobuyo has a low-paying job, the family relies in large part on the grandmother’s pension. As he is shoplifting for groceries with his son, Shota, they discover Yuri, a homeless girl. Osamu takes her home, where the family observes evidence of abuse. Despite their strained finances, they informally adopt her.

Released: November 23 2018 by Thunderbird
Director: Hirokazu Kore-eda
Cert: 15
Length: 2hr 1min
Country: Japan
Booking: Dave.woodward@thunderbirdreleasing.com

“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

Burning 

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.

Released: February 1, 2019 by Thunderbird
Director: Lee Chang-dong
Cert: 15
Length: 2hr 28min
Country: South Korea
Booking: Dave.woodward@thunderbirdreleasing.com

Happy as Lazzaro

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.

Released: April 5, 2019 by Modern Films
Director: Alice Rohrwacher
Cert: PG 13
Length: 2hr 5min
Country: Italy
Booking: franksmith@munrofilmservices.co.uk

“Rohrwacher concocts a trippy brew of Italian class struggle, folk tales, biblical allegory, pop culture references and a rich vein in cinema history.” – BFI London Film Festival

The Pearl Button

The lyrical documentary from internationally renowned documentary director Patricio Guzmán (Nostalgia for the Light, The Battle of Chile) opens up a rich reflection on landscape, history and culture in Chile.

Guzmán takes us on a journey into the water and ocean of Southern Chile. With 2,670 miles of coastline and the largest archipelago in the world, it’s a supernatural landscape full of volcanoes, mountains and glaciers. In it are the voices of the Patagonian Indigenous people and their tragic history, the first English sailors and also those of its political prisoners. Using both archival images and gorgeous new footage, The Pearl Button (El botón de nácar) manages to convey different periods of history and geography in a gripping tale of our modern world.

Released: 18 March, 2015 by New Wave
Director: Patricio Guzmán
Cert: 12A
Length: 82mins
Country: Chile
Booking: colin@vervepics.com

Mustang

The award-winning Mustang announces a new female filmmaking talent both on the screen and behind the camera. Five sisters grow up under the strict supervision of their aunt in this sensitive and powerful portrait of sisterhood and sexuality.

It’s the beginning of the summer. In a village in the north of Turkey, Lale and her four sisters come home from school, innocently playing with boys. The supposed debauchery of their games causes a scandal with unintended consequences. The family home slowly turns into a prison, classes on housework and cooking replace school, and marriages begin to be arranged. The five sisters, driven by the same desire for freedom, fight back against the limits imposed on them.

Released: 13 May, 2015 by Curzon
Director: Deniz Gamze Ergüven
Cert: 15
Length: 94mins
Country: Turkey
Booking: james.king@curzon.com

“Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s debut is an accomplished study of what it means to be young and female in Turkey” 5* – The Guardian

Chevalier

In the middle of the Aegean Sea, on a luxury yacht, six men on a fishing trip decide to play a game. During this game things will be compared. Things will be measured. Songs will be butchered, and blood will be tested. Friends will become rivals, and rivals will become hungry. But at the end of the voyage when the game is over, the man who wins will be the best man. And he will wear upon his littlest finger the victorious signet ring: the Chevalier.

Winner of the Best Film Aware at the London Film Festival 2015 and directed by Athina Rachel Tsangari (acclaimed for her feature Attenberg in 2010), Chevalier is a hilarious comedy satire exposing the bizarre lengths men will go to, to be ‘the best in general’.

Released: 22 July, 2016 by Optimum Releasing
Director: Athina Rachel Tsangari
Cert: 15
Length: 103 mins
Country: Greece
Booking: james.king@curzon.com

“Chevalier” is an intelligent and dry entertainment that might also make a very telling date movie. ” – RogerEbert.com

Sonita

Sonita dreams of being a famous rapper. But as an Afghan teen living in Tehran, her dreams are dangerous: the Iranian government doesn’t allow girls to sing, and at home, she is expected to become a teenage bride. With the help of filmmaker Rokhsareh Ghaemmaghami, Sonita is offered a chance to turn a dream into a reality but a perilous journey lies ahead. Winner of both the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival, Sonita is a powerful yet intimate portrait of creativity and womanhood.

Released: 21 October, 2016 by New Wave
Director: Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami
Cert: PG
Length: 91 mins
Country: Germany/Switzerland/Iran
Booking: bill@vervepics.com or colin@vervepics.com

“An intimate portrait of creativity and womanhood, Sonita highlights the rarely seen intricacies and shifting contrasts of Iranian society through the lens of an artist who is defining the next generation” – Sundance Film Festival

Daphne

Daphne has ‘sort of given up on people’ as she goes through the motions of her busy life, working as a cook in a London restaurant and through a series of drug-fuelled hook-ups. She resists genuine intimacy in her few friendships and rejects her mother Rita’s attempts to engage. When she witnesses a violent robbery, she’s thrown into chaos and finally begins to confront the person she’s become.

Released: 29 September, 2017 by Altitude
Director: Peter Mackie Burns
Cert: 15
Length: 90 mins
Country: UK
Booking: delphinelievens@altitudefilment.com or sileculley@altitudefilment.com

“Quickly develops into something pretty remarkable, thanks mostly to the stunning performance at its center.” – RogerEbert.com

God’s Own Country

Johnny Saxby (Josh O’Connor) works long hours on his family’s remote farm in the north of England. He numbs the daily frustration of his lonely existence with nightly binge-drinking at the local pub and casual sex. But when a handsome Romanian migrant worker (Alec Secareanu) arrives to take up temporary work on the family farm, Johnny suddenly finds himself having to deal with emotions he has never felt before. As they begin working closely together during lambing season, an intense relationship starts to form which could change Johnny’s life forever.

Released: 1 September, 2017 by Picturehouse
Director: Francis Lee
Cert: 15
Length: 104 mins
Country: UK
Booking: nick.m@picturehouses.co.uk

“This is one of the most assured, fully-formed British debuts of recent years.” Sight and Sound Magazine

The Prince of Nothingwood

A joyous portrait of Salim Shaheen, Afghanistan’s most popular actor, director and producer, ‘The Prince of Nothingwood’ is a gripping, heartwarming and often funny tale of creativity against all odds. Having made a record 110 films over 30 years, despite no budget and the country’s ongoing war, Shaheen is ‘The Prince Of Nothingwood’, the man behind the movie industry in Afghanistan (aka ‘Nothingwood’).

Released: 15 December, 2017 by Vertigo
Director: Sonia Kronlund
Cert: 15
Length: 85 mins
Country: France/Germany
Booking: michaelw@vertigofilms.com

A Fantastic Woman

Marina and Orlando are in love and planning for the future. After celebrating Marina’s birthday one evening, Orlando falls seriously ill. Marina rushes him to the emergency room, but he passes away just after arriving at the hospital. Instead of being able to mourn her lover, suddenly Marina is treated with suspicion. The doctors and Orlando’s family don’t trust her. Marina is a trans woman and for most of Orlando’s family, her gender identity is an aberration, a perversion. So Marina struggles for the right to be herself. She battles the very same forces that she has spent a lifetime fighting just to become the woman she is now – a complex, strong, forthright and fantastic woman.

Released: 2 March, 2018 by Curzon Artificial Eye
Director: Sebastián Lelio
Cert: 15
Length: 104 mins
Country: Spain/Chile/Germany/USA
Booking: james.king@curzon.com

  • Access to a small campaign budget for grassroots marketing or event activity  e.g. social media advertising or a special event,
  • An extended press and marketing campaign coordinated by regional marketers in each Film Hub area to raise visibility and attendance,
  • A BFI FAN Marketing Pack designed especially for exhibitors and containing event and marketing ideas, copy, images, assets, press and e-mail outreach templates to help effectively promote the film.

If you’re interested in support for any of the titles, or if you have any questions, please email: fannewreleases@watershed.co.ukmegan@filmhubwales.org or visit fannewreleases.co.uk.

An open submission process for 5 new release film titles supported each year. Exhibitors and distributors can submit a title to be considered for FAN support at any time.

Go to fannewreleases.co.uk and get submitting!

A new, monthly newsletter delivered to all FAN members (launching Summer 2018). It includes booking opportunities for new releases as well as nationwide seasons (e.g. the BFI Blockbuster) and touring programmes. Registered Film Hub members will automatically receive this newsletter – if you’re not a member yet, find out more about joining Film Hub Wales.

Longer-term audience development support is available for selected FAN venues each year. Further information is available in the downloadable PDF here and you can apply here. This support includes:

  • An audience development workshop – get expert help to create a plan that works for your venue, aimed at developing 16-30 audiences for new releases,
  • Help implementing your plan from a local marketing consultant,
  • Access to the regional campaign budget for additional marketing or event activity for each of the FAN-supported titles.

If you have any questions, please email fannewreleases@watershed.co.uk, megan@filmhubwales.org or visit fannewreleases.co.uk.

Applications are closed for 18/19. The Magic Lantern in Tywyn were selected for this year’s programme.

 

The Pearl Button (18 March, New Wave)
Chile 2015 / Dir Patricio Guzmán / 82min

Support given:

  • Magic Lantern for a film introduction, music, food and advertising.

Mustang (13 May, Curzon)
Turkey 2015 / Dir Deniz Gamze Ergüven / 94min

Support given:


Chevalier (22 July, Optimum Releasing)
Greece 2015 / Dir Athina Rachel Tsangari

Support given:

  • Galeri towards running competitions for local rugby and football clubs, and advertising
  • Pontio towards Facebook advertising and bilingual programme notes

Sonita (21 October, New Wave)
Germany/Switzerland/Iran 2015 / Dir Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami

Support given:

  • Wow Women’s Film Club for guest speakers, print drive of A5 flyers, marketing outreach, social media and newsletter promotion and catering.

Daphne (September 29, 2017, Altitude)
UK/2017/ Dir Peter Mackie Burns

Support given:

  • Brecon Film Society: Screenings of Daphne and I am Not a Witch as part of a special International Women’s Day programme coinciding with Brecon Women’s Festival. 

God’s Own Country (September 1, 2017, Picturehouse)
UK/2017/ Dir Francis Lee

Support given:

  • Savoy Theatre for marketing via Facebook and Twitter adverts and local press.

The Prince Of Nothingwood (December 15, 2017, Vertigo)
France/Germany/ Dir Sonia Kronlund

Support given:


A Fantastic Woman (March 2, 2018, Curzon Artificial Eye)
Spain, Chile, Germany, USA

Support given:

  • Pontio, Bangor for the creation of a bespoke flyer, linking publicity to ‘120BPM’ screenings at Pontio and use of Facebook adverts.
  • Magic Lantern for marketing and outreach support to targeted audience networks, both locally and further afield.
  • Theatr Gwaun for supported marketing materials across print, posters and Facebook adverts.

New Release Preview Day

On January 19, 2017, we ran a New Release Previews Day at Chapter, Cardiff, which included a screening of The Fits, and Oscar winning film Moonlight, with an introduction from Altitude Films, followed by group discussions.

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