Also screening in competition is Neil Thompson’s Clubbed (distributed by Pretty Pictures), which delves into the fashionable subculture of violence and music (northern soul and ska) in 1980s Coventry. Further contenders include Helen by Christine Molloy and Joe Lawlor; Chris Waitt’s documentary A Complete History of My Sexual Failures (sold internationally by Wild Bunch); and Ben Hopkins’ The Market [making of] (co-produced with Germany, Turkey and Kazakhstan), which won the Leopard for Best Actor at Locarno.
The competition jury is presided by Lambert Wilson and composed of Lucy Russell, Tara Fitzgerald, Alice Taglioni, Aïssa Maïga, Nicolas Roeg and Rory McCann.
There will be a gala presentation for Somers Town [trailer] by Shane Meadows (This Is England [trailer]), which picked up Best British Feature at the Edinburgh Film Festival and Best Actor at the Tribeca Film Festival.
Meanwhile, there will be a special screening of Stephen Walker’s documentary Young @ Heart (distributed in France by Le Pacte). The film centres on a choir of elderly people who sing songs by The Clash and Coldplay.
The line-up of avant-premieres includes Steve McQueen’s outstanding Hunger, which won the Camera d’Or at the latest Cannes Film Festival (see news - set to be released by MK2 on November 26); and Michael Winterbottom’s Genova (distribution Diaphana), which recently won acclaim at the San Sebastian Film Festival (see news). Also on the programme is Saul Dibb’s The Duchess [trailer] (to be released by Pathé on November 12), starring Keira Knightley, Ralph Fiennes and Charlotte Rampling.
The impressive 2008 line-up also features James Watkins’ Eden Lake, starring Kelly Reilly and Michael Fassbender (to be released by La fabrique de films on October 8); Baillie Walsh’s Flashbacks of a Fool [trailer, film focus], starring Daniel Craig (see Focus); Mike Figgis’ Love Live Long (distribution: Pretty Pictures); and John Maybury’s The Edge of Love [trailer], featuring Knightley and Sienna Miller.
Other noteworthy titles are Lesley Manning’s The Agent, Adrian Vitoria’s The Crew, Noel Clarke’s Adulthood, Jackie Oudney’s French Film, Marek Losey’s The Hide and David Rocksavage’s Shadows in the Sun.
Fabien Lemercier cineuropa.org