12 items from 2017
Louisa Mellor Jul 17, 2017
Warning: contains spoilers.
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Now that the Game Of Thrones season seven opener has aired (our spoiler-filled review is here), here are the answers to one or two questions that may or may not have floated up while you were watching…
How come Walder Frey was in it? Didn’t Arya slit his throat last season?
Had you sneezed at an inopportune moment, you may not have seen Arya peeling his face off her own like a Scooby Doo villain, using a trick she learned from her time with the Faceless Men. The North remembers, remember?
What song was Ed Sheeran singing around that campfire?
Despite Sheeran’s character »
Butterfly Kisses, 2017.
Directed by Rafael Kapelinski.
We follow Jake and his two best friends, Kyle and Jarred through a world distorted by sex and porn. The leader is Kyle – he talks about girls’ non-stop, Jarred can’t stop cheating on his girlfriend and then there’s Jake, a quiet and shy teenager whose friends are determined to help him lose his virginity to Zara, the pretty girl on the 19th floor of their estate. All three are trying to find their way in a complex world. They all have their demons, but Jake’s secret is one that he must keep to himself.
Rafael Kapelinski’s debut feature film, Butterfly Kisses, is one of tremendous subtlety. The way in which Kapelinski builds on the stereotype of teenagers having little to nothing to do, coupled with a monochrome black and white aesthetic, »
- Joshua Gill
Exclusive: Oliver Parker is directing the synchronised swimming comedy.
Screen can reveal the first look at Dad’s Army director Oliver Parker’s comedy Swimming With Men, produced by Stewart le Maréchal and Anna Mohr-Pietsch (The Infidel) of Met Film and Maggie Monteith of Dignity Film Finance (Brotherhood), in association with Amp Film.
Aschlin Ditta wrote the screenplay.
Exec producers include Paul Webster (Atonement) and Guy Heeley (Locke) of Shoebox Films and Al Morrow (Sour Grapes) and Jonny Persey (Little Ashes) of Met Film. Umedia are also on board as co-producers and financiers
The picture depicts (from left) Thomas Turgoose (This is England), Jim Carter (Downton Abbey), Daniel Mays (Rogue One), Adeel Akhtar (The Night Manager), Rob Brydon (The Trip) and Rupert Graves (Sherlock).
HanWay handles sales on the movie, currently in production, about a man (Brydon) who finds new meaning in his life »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
Author: Zehra Phelan
Rob Brydon has squeezed into those budgie smugglers he has tucked at the back of his drawers to start filming on the upcoming British comedy Swimming with Men alongside a pretty decent cast which includes Charlotte Riley ad Daniel Mays.
The production which is underway today in pools across London, Hertfordshire and Essex, is said to be a heart-warming comedy about a man in the throes of a mid-life crisis who finds meaning in the most unlikely of places: an all-male, middle-aged, amateur synchronised swimming team.
At the heart of the story is Eric, a 40-something stuck in a rut. With his marriage in tatters and his life generally going to pieces, Eric finds unexpected refuge in the company of a motley crew of middle-aged, slightly saggy men, who meet up once a week at the local municipal pool literally and figuratively to tread water together.
- Zehra Phelan
Oliver Parker’s synchronized-swimming comedy “Swimming With Men,” which stars Rob Brydon (“The Huntsman: Winter’s War”), has rounded out its cast, with “Downton Abbey’s” Jim Carter, “Sherlock’s” Rupert Graves and “Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie’s” Jane Horrocks among those boarding the film. HanWay Films is selling the pic.
The film tells the story of a man suffering a mid-life crisis (Brydon) who finds new meaning to his life as part of an all-male, middle-aged, amateur synchronized swimming team.
“‘Swimming With Men’ has the DNA of some of our most beloved British comedies, from ‘The Full Monty’ to ‘Calendar Girls,” said HanWay’s managing director Gabrielle Stewart. “If just half of the fun we have seen in practice in the pool these last few weeks translates onto the screen, »
- Robert Mitchell
“The Other Side of Hope”
Winsome, sweet, and often very funny, the second chapter of Aki Kaurismäki’s unofficial trilogy about port cities is a delightful story about the power of kindness that unfolds like a slightly more somber riff on 2011’s “Le Havre.” The Finnish auteur’s latest refugee story begins with a twentysomething Syrian man named Khaled (terrific newcomer Sherwan Haji), who escapes from Aleppo after burying most of his family and sneaks into Finland by stowing away in the cargo hold of a coal freighter. His path eventually crosses with Wikström (Sakari Kuosmanen), a newly single restauranteur who could use a helping hand. Part Roy Andersson and part Frank Capra, “The Other Side of Hope” deepens the director’s recognition of how immigrants and refugees are victimized by their invisibility, and its timeliness could help it strike a chord with domestic audiences. “Le Havre” grossed more than »
- David Ehrlich, Eric Kohn and Jude Dry
Butterfly Kisses review by Kat Hughes at the 2017 Berlin Film Festival.
Butterfly Kisses Review
Jake (Theo Stevenson, Humans) is a teenager with a disturbing secret. By day he hangs around with his two best friends (newcomers Byron Lyons and Liam Whiting) at the local snooker hall, by night he helps babysit his neighbour’s kids. All the time that spends babysitting however, he is battling his inner demons, demons that he can never share for fear of persecution.
Shot entirely in black and white, Butterfly Kisses is a dark drama that places the audience with awkward teen Jake for the duration. Jake doesn’t quite fit in with his two best friends Jared and Kyle. Whereas the other two boys are all swagger and noise, Jake is more reserved and sensitive. »
- Kat Hughes
On the surface, Rafael Kapelinski’s feature debut “Butterfly Kisses” looks to fit neatly into a certain subset of angsty teen dramas set against the backdrop of London’s drab housing estates, but something far darker — and, admittedly, much more complicated — looms just below the surface of the filmmaker’s dramatic offering.
“Butterfly Kisses” premiered last week at the Berlinale and stars a young and up-and-coming British cast, including Theo Stevenson (“Humans”), Rosie Day (“Outlander”) and Thomas Turgoose (“This is England”). The film was shot entirely in black and white, and it appears to earn all the moodiness that such a style implies.
Read More: The 2017 IndieWire Berlinale Bible: Every Review, Interview and News Item Posted During the Festival
Ostensibly concerned with a pack of teen friends goofing about around their council estate home, the film follows a trio of dudes — Kyle, Jarred and Jake — as they navigate such relatable themes as boredom, »
- Kate Erbland
Author: Stefan Pape
As debut features go, there’s something distinctly unique and daring about Rafael Kapelinski’s first time endeavour, which bravely enters into the paedophilic mind of a teenage boy, tackling themes seldom seen in cinema. Most strikingly is how the director places the empathy with the protagonist, portraying his abhorrent, perverse sexual desires as something of an illness, creating an intimacy with the character that makes the audience question their own moral compass, as we struggle to comprehend how we’re able to have sympathy for somebody with such sickening thoughts. But that’s what allows this provocative production to stand out from the crowd.
Theo Stevenson plays the aforementioned role of Jake, who harbours these dark desires, as a pensive, introverted teenager, often lost in his own mind, while his more overt best friends Kyle (Liam Whiting) and Jarred (Byron Lyons) navigate their way around their modest London surroundings, »
- Stefan Pape
Rafael Kapelinkski’s debut, playing at the Berlin film festival, is a stylish, black-and-white, social-realist pastrol, which proves so adept in comedy a genre-shift might have been in order
Screenwriter Greer Wilson and first-time feature director Rafael Kapelinski bring menace and melancholy to this dark social-realist pastoral, set in a south London housing estate — the film is showing here in Berlin’s youth-oriented Generation 14plus sidebar. Strong performances are the basis of this promising piece of work; Nick Cooke’s high-contrast monochrome cinematography gives it an interestingly European feel and there is a great organ score from Nathan Klein.
Perhaps inevitably for this kind of film, the action concerns kids hanging around with nothing to do, a kind of languour or aimless torpor which incubates tension and a final flourish of violent transgression. Jake (Theo Stevenson — from TV’s Humans) is mates with Kyle (Liam Whiting) and Jarred (Byron Lyons »
- Peter Bradshaw
Author: Stefan Pape
Known, primarily, for portraying Shaun in the breathtaking film/TV series This is England, Thomas Turgoose can be seen in Butterfly Kisses, playing snooker club manager ‘Shrek’ in Rafael Kapelinski’s debut production. The film, showing at the Berlinale, gets into the head of its teenage protagonist (Theo Stevenson), who is harbouring dark, perverse sexual desires.
We had the pleasure of chatting to Turgoose about the production, and how brave a piece of contemporary cinema it is. We also went on ask about This is England (naturally) – as the young actor describes just how special the experience has been to him over the years, and the incredible friendships he’s formed with his fellow cast members and crew. He also speaks briefly about his forthcoming collaboration with Margot Robbie in Terminal, and candidly discusses his career, and how he’s overcome a difficult period in his life. »
- Stefan Pape
Berlin-based international sales outfit M-Appeal has acquired worldwide rights, excluding the UK, North America and Poland, to British indie Butterfly Kisses.
The film, directed by Rafael Kapelinski, will have its world premiere in the generation strand of the Berlin Film Festival (Feb 9-19) and has been nominated for the Gwff best first feature award.
The story follows a day in the life of Jake (Stevenson) and his two best friends through a world distorted by sex and porn. Newcomers, Byron Lyons and Liam Whiting also appear in their first film roles.
Director by Rafael Kapelinski won the Cannes Cinefondation residence award for a young European filmmaker in 2009.
12 items from 2017
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