Currently, modern British cinema is in great shape. Whilst being skilled in knowing how to retell bygone events in a way that keeps viewers enthralled and in suspense, there is often pride taken in respecting historical truth.
The opening film of the NBFF is a retro comedy "The Duke": robbery, fighting for justice, and the powerhouse partnership of academy award-winning actor, Jim Broadbent, and grande dame of British film and theatre, Helen Mirren. The plotline and characters in "The Duke" are based on historical facts. This is not the case in the dizzying fantasy "The Show" where the past is the material for Alan Moore's mind-bending fairy tale. The "Boiling Point" is an unexpected example of a culinary thriller - behind the scenes of an East London restaurant is a modern-day Babylon, filmed in one heady shot "The Man in the Hat" is a hilarious road movie of typical British eccentricities as an Englishman traverses rural France in his Fiat 500. The powerful, emotionally moving drama "After Love" beautifully explores bereavement, intimacy, and social issues. "Sweetheart" is a sarcastic and touching comedy, just like its socially awkward, environmentally aware teenage heroine. "Dating Amber" is more of a comedy-drama - a sweet and poignant tale of Irish teenagers seeking self-acceptance.
The diamond of the programme has been a triumph of international film festivals; a touching biography and incredible fantasy "Spencer", about everyone's favorite princess of hearts "Lady Diana", with Kristen Stewart in the title role.
And the Wonder Champion of the Britfest is a selection of animated short films. Watch and be surprised!
All films are shown in the original language with Russian subtitles.
Many films will be also available online from 15 November to 6 December 2021 at COOL PLAY.
Programme, schedules, tickets are available on the festival website.