Something for Everyone at 20th New British Film Festival
Britfest is the oldest Russian festival of contemporary British cinema. One of this year’s gems is Downton Abbey, the long-awaited film continuation of the famous television series. Baitis an experiment, with its deliberately grainy images evoking the film rebellion of the 1960s. Fisherman’s Friendsand Days of the Bagnold Summerare examples of Britcom — delicate and witty comedies with good musical taste. Tuckedis a burlesque about an 80-year-old drag queen: age can’t stop the fun. Though it is a female comedy with feminist ideas, Animalsis sure to entertain both female and male viewers alike. Swimming with Men, on the other hand,is a film about male problems and surprise decisions. Folkloric in style, Gwenis both beautiful and scary. Pink Wallis an intimate drama, completely concentrated on the private life of two lovers. Blinded by the Light is a celebration of love and music.
The documentary series of the festival features three films: Being Blacker; Cool Daddio: Second Youth of R. Stevie Moore;and Soundtrack For A Revolution – all of which are chronicles of different music genres and musicians’ lives, interwoven with historical events of the 20th century.
As per tradition, the educational programme will be held at the Moscow Film School. It will include a public talk with Schemers producer Khaled Spiewak and lead actor Conor Berry. The Moscow Film School will also host four film screenings with follow-up discussions. The festival will present a selection of short films nominated for the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), as well as full-length music documentaries. The screenings and subsequent discussions will be moderated by Russian film critics and teachers from the Moscow Film School.
All films are shown in the original language with Russian subtitles.
The full programme, trailers, and tickets are available on the festival website.