This year britspotting, Germanys leading British and Irish film festival is taking place from 13th to 15th November 2009 in Berlin and we are celebrating their 10th anniversary.
Feature film programme:
After a warm-up party on November 12th at the “Filmcafé”, featuring Steve McQueen‘s fantastic IRA jail drama HUNGER, britspotting will officially be opened at the „Babylon Mitte“ on November 13th: With the close-to-reality political satire IN THE LOOP by Armando Iannucci, starring Peter Capaldi, Tom Hollander, James Gandolfini and Anna Chlumsky.
The closing film of this year‘s festival programme is Michael Winterbottom‘s family drama GENOVA, which has already won several awards: Joe (played by Colin Firth) and his two daughters try to get over the tragic death of their wife and mother.
The exciting drama SHIFTY by Eran Creevy tells about the drug-defined lives of two young men in London. Actor Daniel Mays was already part of britspotting two years ago, in the Northern Irish production MIDDLETOWN. The Thriller THE HIDE, Marek Losey‘s feature film debut, presents the ornithologist Roy Tunt, who goes looking for the reclusive plover, but then gets confronted with the fugitive Dave John and along him with a lot of problems. Trouble also arises in KICKS: This psychological thriller shows what happens when a flirtation turns into pure obsession.
Sadik Ahmed’s Eastern THE LAST THAKUR takes us to a remote village in Bangladesh, where a fully armed man arrives and gains the attention of two powerful rivals. This movie impresses with its astonishing settings. Also located in Asia is SOI COWBOY: The drama by young director Thomas Clay focuses on the unequal relationship between a Dane and his pregnant Thai girlfriend, who used to work in the red-light district before.
SOUNDS LIKE TEEN SPIRIT, the debut of documentary filmmaker Jamie Jay Johnson, looks behind the scenes of the Eurovision Song Contest for children and proves that music has the power to unite people. Emotional and full of music is also Jonathan Caouette‘s documentary ALL TOMORROW‘S PARTIES, which presents an alternative rock festival in England.
An insight into the silent life of roman-catholic nuns gives Michael Whyte‘s documentary NO GREATER LOVE. An entirely different world opens up in Vittoria Colonna Di Stigliano‘s IDENTITIES: Set free from traditional gender boundaries, five members of the complex Irish transgender community tell the stories of their lives. Gideon Koppel created an intense hommage to his Welsh home-village and its life in the documentary SLEEP FURIOUSLY.
In line with Club des Femmes, britspotting shows selected „No Wave“- works by Vivienne Dick in BETWEEN TRUTH AND FICTION. The Irish film-maker will attend the screening in person.
The short film programmes:
shorts 1: Departures/Outcasts (UK/N.IRL 2008/2009, 81 Min.)
The heroInes of this short film programme have to try dealing with death, lost friendship, love and desease.
shorts 2: Twisted (UK/IRL 2008/2009, 81 Min.)
A twisted little red riding hood, a mermaid on television and wild teenage sex are put together in this programme.
shorts 3: Death and Other Fun Things to Do (UK/IRL 2007-2009, 80 Min.)
This animation reel simply has it all: love, humour, wiley cats – and the answer to the question why one should never follow the tooth fairy…
shorts 4: britspotting Anniversary Shorts (UK/IRL 2004-2008, 93 Min.)
Festival classics, award-winning animations, undiscovered and extraordinary insider tips – simply britspotting’s finest short films from the last 10 years!
shorts 5: Experiments (UK/IRL 2008/2009, 82 Min.)
The portrait of a city. Communication problems in traffic. The “making-of” a film. A book recommendation. – You’ve seen this a thousand times before? Maybe. But certainly not in the way you will see it here!
As in the last years, the fans of British and Irish (film-)culture will also have extra fun this time: Partys with DJs, video animation and different themes, located at various clubs throughout Berlin, will guarantee for a jolly atmosphere.