Every year the festival brings the biggest and brightest new films in contemporary British cinematography to Russia. Due to its enormous success in the past, this year the festival will be held in 24 cities:
Kaliningrad, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Moscow, Volgograd, Ekaterinburg, Krasnoyarsk, Nizhny Novgorod, Perm, Saratov, Tyumen, Ulyanovsk, Ufa, Chelyabinsk, Vologda, Omsk, Vladivostok, Voronezh, Irkutsk, Kazan, Novosibirsk, Rostov-on-Don, Saint-Petersburg, Sochi, Samara.
The detailed schedules will be published soon at the official website of the festival
All films will be screened in the original version with Russian subtitles.
In Moscow the opening premiere will be Bill Condon’s “Mr. Holmes” - an original story inspired by the stories of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Sir Ian McKellen gives a masterly portrayal of the infamous detective in this new film, which has received excellent reviews.
The 2015 festival includes about 20 premieres; among them – festival hits like “Brooklyn” based on Nick Hornby’s novel, “Lady in the Van”, with Maggie Smith playing the main part, Craig Roberts’ “Just Jim”, Andrew Haigh’s “45 Years”, the winner of Berlin Film Festival and “The Lobster”, a remarkable work by Yorgos Lanthimos starring Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz.
There is also a short film programme, comprising BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) nominees of 2015.
The main venue of the festival is Formula Kino Horizon. Also, in the Documentary Film Centre we will introduce a special documentary programme. And alongside the first personal exhibition of British sculptor Anish Kapoor, held in the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Centre, we will be showing two films about the master.
As traditional for the festival we will be organizing an educational programme with the Moscow Film School, with a series of lectures and discussions and the participation of both British and Russian expert guests.
Guests of the Festival
Hattie Morahan is a theatre and film actress. Her works include films “Beauty and the Beast”, “Alice Through the Looking Glass”, “Mr. Holmes”, “The Bank Job”, “The Golden Compass” and “Having You”; theatre plays, such as “A Doll’s House” (Young Vic, West End and BAM, New York), “The Changeling” (Shakespeare’s Globe), “The Dark Earth and the Light Sky” (Almeida Theatre), “The Real Thing” (The Old Vic), and a number of TV series.
Hattie was awarded the Best Actress prize at the Critics' Circle Awards 2012 and won the Natasha Richardson Award for Best Actress at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2012. Hattie was also nominated for the Best Actress award at the 2013 Olivier Awards for her performance.
At the opening of the New British Film Festival Hattie will present “Mr. Holmes” where she performs the main female character.
David Wilkinson is a producer and the founder of Guerilla Films, who has worked on more than a hundred films including the biography of Dylan Thomas, a history of the Beatles and his latest premiere “How to Change the World”. At the opening of the documentary programme he will present his new work “The First film”, an alternative version of the origin of cinematography, casting doubt on the story of the Lumiere brothers.
Another guest is Shaun Evans, the well-known British actor, famous for his roles in the TV series “Endeavour”, “Silk”, “The Virgin Queen” and “Whitechapel”. He will present the film “War Book”, where he plays a clerk who is suddenly involved in the political intrigues in the high gear of the Cold War.
Official website of the festival: www.ukfilms.ru