Directed by Rafael Kapelinski.
Starring Rosie Day, Elliot Cowan, Charlotte Beaumont, Thomas Turgoose, and Theo Stevenson.
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,
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
“From the kaleidoscopic opening sequence onwards, we are captivated by the haunting intensity of this electrifying feature film debut,” said the jury, announcing its decision.
The exhaustively titled Those Who Make Revolution Halfway Only Dig Their Own Graves, from Canadian directors Mathieu Denis and Simon Lavoie, received special mention from...
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.
“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.
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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,
Can a human and a machine love one another? This is the question Humans dedicates itself to not only asking, but to asking in as many ways possible.
The show exists in a setting familiar to most science-fiction fans: a world in which lifelike humanoid machines populate society’s homes and businesses. Like the hosts of Westworld or the replicants of Blade Runner, they’re anatomically identical to humans and nearly blend in with humans. However, unlike hosts and replicants, the “Synths” of Humans do not think, trick, manipulate, feel or lie. That is, except for a select few – Niska, Mia, and a handful of others – who are disrupting expectations due to their “consciousness code.”
The second season of Humans picks up a few months after its first season and opens with Niska (Emily Berrington), perhaps the most intriguing of the conscious Snyths,
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,
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
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.
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.
Butterfly Kisses stars Theo Stevenson (Humans, Horrid Henry), Screen Star Of Tomorrow Rosie Day (Outlander, All Road Lead to Rome) and Thomas Turgoose (This is England).
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.
Butterfly Kisses is produced by Britain’s Blue Shadows Films. Merlin Merton is the
He is joined by Byron Lyons (represented by Iag) from London in his first screen role, and fellow newcomer 16 year old Liam Whiting from Buckinghamshire (represented by Jpa Associates).
Developed as part of Film London's Microwave feature development programme, the film tells the story of three teenage friends growing up on a housing estate in London. The shoot will take place in the Clapham Common area in London.
Following a day in the life of Jake and his two best friends, we enter a teenage world revolving around sex and porn. Each friend has their own demons, but Jake has a dark secret.
Humans, Season One, “Episode Eight”
Written by Sam Vincent and Jonathan Brackley
Directed by China Moo-Young
Airs Sundays at 9 pm (Et) on AMC
For much of the first season of Humans, various forces in favour of and against Synth consciousness have been building, with certain segments, like Dr. Millican and the Hawkins family, caught in the middle of it all. Last week’s episode started seeing casualties as the forces began colliding, with Dr. Millican’s death and the potential arrest of the Hawkins family as Hobb finally tracked down Leo and his Synth family. This week’s episode reveals Hobb’s true plan, while delving deeper into what drives Karen and Laura as both become key components in unfolding events, in a season finale that manages to close things off effectively while leaving a lot of exciting possibilities for the show’s second season.
Artificial intelligence drama Humans returns to Channel 4 in the UK this October, and here's the first-look trailer...
Here's a minute-long look at Humans series two, courtesy of The Guardian.
In the second eight-part series, Synths all over the world are experiencing 'a catastrophic malfunction', or in Mattie's words 'waking up' and questioning the status they've been afforded by humans.
See Gemma Chan, Emily Berrington, Colin Morgan, Katherine Parkinson, Carrie-Ann Moss and more in clips from the new episodes below, which arrive on Channel 4 in the UK this October.
We'll have much more on the series, including cast interviews, as the air date approaches.
Human series 2 start date
Humans series 2 will return to Channel 4 on Sunday the 30th of October 2016 at 9pm here in the UK. We'll bring you the AMC Us start date as soon as one is confirmed.
Human series 2 images
It seemed Hobb was working to obliterate David Elster's work, but episode six reveals that he has spared Fred (Sope Dirisu) and is less a villain, more another would-be pioneer - albeit a misguided one.
Hobb softens as the series draws parallels between him and other characters; most obviously George Millican, but also Leo, who - like Hobb - is part-man, part-machine.
In a dramatic shift, Fred changes from victim to antagonist as he responds violently to being held hostage - but this is far from the only role reversal that Humans offers up in episode six.
Joe Hawkins (Tom Goodman-Hill) was once a genial and sympathetic patriarch - now he's cast out and despised by his wife and children. Laura (Katherine Parkinson
Set in suburban London, Humans takes place in a parallel present, where the latest must-have gadget for any busy family is a Synthetic. They're highly-developed robotic servants that are eerily similar to their live counterparts. Unfortunately things don't always go well and the series follows several storylines concurrently. The cast includes Colin Morgan, Gemma Chan, Katherine Parkinson, Tom Goodman-Hill, William Hurt, Will Tudor, Rebecca Front, Neil Maskell, Danny Webb, Ivanno Jeremiah, Emily Berrington, Sope Dirisu, Lucy Carless, Theo Stevenson, Pixie Davis, and Ruth Bradley.
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