European Union Film Festival 2006
||Featuring a grand selection of 27 films from countries of the EU. Please note some of the film ratings are yet to be confirmed.
||14 October 2006 (Saturday) - 23 October 2006 (Monday)
||Golden Village VivoCity
1 Harbourfront Walk VivoCity, Levels 2 & 3, Singapore 098585
Tel: 6311 9162
S$9.50 tickets available to the public:
- From the GV VivoCity box-office from 7 October 2006
- On-line at www.gv.com.sg from 28 September 2006
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S$8.50 discounted tickets available to SFS members and full-time students from 7 October 2006, ONLY at the GV VivoCity box-office. (Please produce a valid SFS membership card or student pass in person. Limited to one discounted ticket per session per membership card or student pass.)
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The 16th European Union Film Festival
"United in Diversity"
Presented by the European Union Cultural Committee and Singapore Film Society
Sessions start punctually at the stated times (there will be no trailers, unlike normal screenings).
Sat 14 Oct
1.30pm :: Vagabond (Hungary)
4.30pm :: Grimm (The Netherlands)
7.00pm :: Four Weeks In June (Sweden)
9.30pm :: My Summer Of Love (United Kingdom)
Sun 15 Oct
1.30pm :: Mother Of Mine (Finland)
4.30pm :: Tulips (Poland)
7.00pm :: Fading Light (Greece)
9.30pm :: Brothers (Denmark)
Mon 16 Oct
7.00pm :: Any Way The Wind Blows (Belgium)
9.30pm :: Taxi For A Corpse (Austria)
Tue 17 Oct
7.00pm :: Skrítek (Czech Republic)
9.30pm :: A Kind Of America (Hungary)
Wed 18 Oct
7.00pm :: When Do The Girls Show Up? (Italy)
9.30pm :: Les Sœurs Fâchées (France)
Thu 19 Oct
7.00pm :: Bullet Boy (United Kingdom)
9.30pm :: Offside (Germany)
Fri 20 Oct
7.00pm :: Klimt (Austria)
9.30pm :: L’Enfant (Belgium)
Sat 21 Oct
1.30pm :: Smoking Room (Spain)
4.30pm :: FC Venus (Finland)
7.00pm :: The Green Butchers (Denmark)
9.30pm :: Warsaw (Poland)
Sun 22 Oct
1.30pm :: The Fever (Italy)
4.30pm :: How Harry Became A Tree (Ireland)
7.00pm :: Combat Sixteen (Germany)
9.30pm :: From Subway With Love (Czech Republic)
Mon 23 Oct
7.00pm :: Soldiers Of Salamina (Spain)
Please note that age restrictions apply for some of the following ratings:
TBA: To be announced
G: or General
PG: Parental Guidance required
NC16: No Children below 16 years old
M18: Mature 18 -- for persons 18 years old and above
R21: Restricted to persons 21 years old and above
- All films are subject to approval and classification by the Media Development Authority, Singapore.
- Age limits apply for films rated R21, M18 and NC16. Proof of age is required at the point of purchase and at the point of admission. The organisers reserve the right to refuse admission if proof of age cannot be produced.
- Films in SFS festivals are generally uncut 35mm prints in original dialogue with English subtitles. Circumstances beyond the organisers' control may occasionally necessitate deviations from these standards.
- Food and drink cannot be brought into the cinema unless purchased from the GV candy bar.
- Information on this web page is currently correct. Circumstances beyond the organisers' control may necessitate changes.
M18 - Nudity
Directed by Raoul Ruiz, Austria, 2006, 97 minutes
Cast: John Malkovich, Veronica Ferres, Saffron Burrows
This film pays homage to the famous Austrian painter, Gustav Klimt. It is set against the rich tapestry of the Fin de Siecle. Paris, 1900. After being awarded a gold medal for his painting, Philosophy, at the World Expo, Klimt watches a movie at the reception’s formal dinner. He is deeply fascinated by the leading actress’ performance and wants to get to know her. At her patron’s palace, Klimt meets the woman’s body double - as well as the actress herself - and becomes entangled in an erotic triangle of truth, seduction and delusion.
Taxi For A Corpse
NC16 – Sexual references
Directed by Wolfgang Murnberger, Austria, 2002, 83 minutes
Cast: Gertraud Jesserer, Karlheinz Hackl, Brigitte Kren
A murderer strikes one evening at a run-down cinema in a suburb of Vienna. The proprietress, Hermine, discovers the corpse of an old man after the screening.
Together with her friend, Schorsch, the head waiter of the café she regularly patronises, she makes plans to get rid of the body as unobtrusively as possible, fearing that it could jeopardise her cinema and herself as well, as she knew the victim and was in debt to him. However, just as they are about to do the deed, they discover the corpse has disappeared. Lotte, a hairdresser; Wurli, her cab-driver husband; and Gabriel, a strange young man - all regular patrons of the café - appear on the scene. Each of them falls increasingly under suspicion as the dark sides of their characters are revealed.
Any Way The Wind Blows
NC16 – Some drugs content
Directed by Tom Barman, Belgium, 2003, 127 minutes
Cast: Frank Vercruyssen, Diane De Belder, Eric Kloeck
The setting is Antwerp, on a sweltering Friday afternoon in June. Eight people dream of a different life. There’s music and wind, police and paranoia, hints and allegations. There’s an ancient virus, a wandering frisbee, a dead horse, and, drifting through town, an enigmatic phenomenon called Windman, who feels the pain of everybody else but can’t seem to help himself. At night, a party welcomes all. Director Tom Barman is the lead singer of the group DEUS. The film’s festival exposure and accolades include Stockholm, Ottawa, Berlin, and Locarno.
Directed by Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne, Belgium, 2005, 100 minutes
Cast: Jérémie Rénier, Déborah François
Dispossessed 20-year-old Bruno (Jérémie Rénier) lives with his 18-year-old girlfriend, Sonia (Déborah François), in Seraing, an eastern Belgian steel town. They live off Sonia’s unemployment benefits and the panhandling and petty theft committed by Bruno and his gang. Their lives change forever when Sonia gives birth to their child, Jimmy. She returns home after Jimmy’s birth to find that Bruno has sublet their apartment to total strangers. After an initial and promising change of heart about becoming a father and changing his ways, Jimmy becomes little more to Bruno than a new source of wealth. Desperate for money and unable to face his parental responsibilities, Bruno sells Jimmy to a black market connection, who promises to find the child an adoptive home. Realizing the errors of his ways, Bruno sets out to try and undo his callous deed, leading him to a powerful personal transformation.
Golden Palm, Cannes Film Festival 2005
NC16 - Some nudity
Directed by Tomas Vorel, Czech Republic, 2004, 90 minutes
Cast: Bolek Polivka, Eva Holubova, Anicka Marhoulova
A country family, previously seen in OUT OF THE CITY (one of the most popular Czech films of recent years), moves to the city for a better life. The father (Bolek Polivka) is a butcher. The mother (Eva Holubova) is a cashier. Their daughter (Anicka Marhoulova) goes to primary school, but is not interested in technical subjects and has constant problems with her teacher. The son is enrolled at a training institution for food professionals since his father expects him to be a butcher as well, but the boy is a vegetarian and an anarchist. The film is a rich cascade of gags, sketches and tragicomic situations, as the father lusts after a young butcheress; the mother tries everything to win her husband back; and a Skritek with a magic stick turns every serious situation into absurdity and humour.
From Subway With Love (Román Pro Ženy)
M18 - Some sexual scenes
Directed by Filip Renc, Czech Republic, 2005, 100 minutes
Cast: Zuzana Kanoczova, Marek Vasut
While travelling by subway to her job at an upscale women’s magazine, 23-year-old Laura (Zuzana Kanoczova) discovers that in place of some advertising billboards on her train are passionate love letters to an unnamed woman signed by someone named Oliver. She later confesses to her hairdresser friends that the missives are intended for her. This prompts an extended flashback to her relationship with the older adman (Marek Vasut), who befriends her during a skiing holiday in Slovakia’s Tatras mountain range. Witty and entertaining, even more so. One of the most popular films of the last year in the Czech Republic, From Subway With Love, was a hit at the Cannes Film Festival 2005 and won the Audience Award at the Finale Pilsen Film Festival.
Directed by Susanne Bier, Denmark, 2004, 110 minutes
Cast: Ulrik Thomsen, Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Connie Nielsen
Michael (Ulrik Thomsen) has a wife, family and career. He is off to war in Afghanistan, to command a special unit. His younger brother, Jannik (Nikolaj Lie Kaas), just out of prison, has never been able to get his act together. When Michael is reported killed in Afghanistan, Jannik offers to help Michael’s wife, Sarah (Connie Nielsen), with the children and other practical tasks. Gradually, Jannik and Sarah fall in love. When Michael is found and returns home, none of them can adapt to their former roles. An Internet Movie Database review enthuses: “Best picture we’ve seen in 2005. Why can’t Hollywood make movies like this any more? Great cast, great direction, dialogue perfectly written comes through with power.”
The Green Butchers (De Grønne Slagtere)
NC16 - Disturbing images
Directed by Anders Thomas Jensen, Denmark, 2003, 95 minutes
Cast: Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Mads Mikkelsen, Line Kruse
A comedy that combines the trite, the morbid and the amusing. Bjarne and Svend are pals. Svend has great ambition driven by an equally great inferiority complex, while Bjarne hardly cares about anything at all apart from Astrid, his girlfriend. Starting their own butcher’s shop enables them to escape from their vicious boss, Holger, but the shop doesn’t do well until a bizarre coincidence leads Svend to concoct a new dish for the organic butcher shop. Business takes off, but will they still be able to obtain the ingredients for this special dish?
“This is, by far, the best movie I’ve seen in a long while. It is a wholly original and beautiful plot. It is not boring, nor is it too dramatic. The characters are tangible and realistic, but it does not take away from the storyline.” - The Internet Movie Database.
Mother Of Mine (Äideistä Parhain)
Directed by Klaus Härö, Finland, 2005, 111 minutes
Cast: Topi Majanieni, Marjaana Maijala, Esko Salminen
MOTHER OF MINE is a film about the fate of one little boy amidst the warring world. Finland goes to war, and 9-year-old Eero’s father is sent to the front. Things will never be the same again. Widowed and crushed by sadness, Eero’s mother, Kirsti, is unable to look after her son, sending him to safety in Sweden, a neutral country untouched by the war. The boy has difficulty understanding that this is for his own good. Thus begins the journey to a new country and a new mother. During the Finnish-Russian War (1939-1940), more than 70,000 children were evacuated from Finland to Sweden. MOTHER OF MINE is loosely based on Heikki Hietamies’ novel of the same name, and was Finland’s official entry to the Oscars.
Finland’s official entry to the Oscars
Satellite Award, Best Foreign Film, 2005.
M18 - Sexual references
Directed by Joona Tena, Finland, 2006, 107 minutes
Cast: Minna Haapkylä, Petteri Summanen, Laura Malmivaara
FC VENUS is a modern-day romantic comedy of women and men, and the differences between the two. It is a story of success and failure, the joy of winning and the fear of losing - and football. Anna and Pete live together in Helsinki. Pete plays football in a lousy but obsessive team. Anna’s love for Pete overrides her hostility towards the sport. But when she discovers that Pete intends to ‘waste’ the whole month of June attending the World Cup with his teammates, she challenges him: she will put together a team of the wives and girlfriends of the men on Pete’s team, and challenge them to a game at the end of the summer. If the women win, the men must give up playing and watching football. Love is tested when the stakes grow higher and the rules change.
Les Sœurs Fâchées
Directed by Alexandra Leclère, France, 2004, 93 minutes
Cast: Catherine Frot, François Berléand, Isabelle Huppert
The Internet Movie Database praises Les Sœurs Fâchées as “a refreshingly witty update of Andersen’s ugly duckling tale”. Louise, the younger sister, natural and straightforward, lives in a province; Martine, the older sister, beautiful and aloof, lives in the Parisian upper middle class. Louise has written a novel. On Monday she will go for an appointment with a publisher in Paris, which may change her life. She comes to live with Martine for three days. During this time together, Louise’s obvious happiness exasperates Martine and sets in motion an interesting series of sentiments and developments. A subtle touch is provided by Martine’s unprepossessing little boy. If there is a moral to this fast-paced middle-class comedy, it is that no intelligent woman should sentence herself to merely being a wife and mother.
NC16 - Coarse language and some violence
Directed by Mirko Borscht, Germany, 2005, 93 minutes
Cast: Florian Bartholomaei, Ludwig Trepte, Max Mauff
Sixteen-year-old Georg is an intelligent boy who lives in a big city in Germany. His preferred leisure activity is martial arts. He wants to win the local championship title and this dream is within reach. But suddenly his single father, Andreas, who works as an architect, gets the chance to build a shopping centre in another town, and Georg has to move with him. He is separated from his sports club, his companions and his girlfriend. Georg’s new classmate, Thomas, offers him a place which he can use for training, on condition that Georg teaches him martial arts. Thomas, who has never gotten over his father’s death, wants to dominate and control his group...and even, eventually, Georg.
M18 - Scene of intimacy
Directed by Buket Alakus, Germany, 2004, 110 minutes
Cast: Karoline Herfurth, Ken Duken
Football is the most important thing in the life of 20-year-old Hayat, a lively, fun-loving Turkish-German girl. She’s one of the best on the field, but her winning streak comes to an end when she’s stricken with breast cancer. After leaving the hospital, she tries to pick up where she left off. Since her father has taken her out of her football team, she secretly joins another - a ragtag bunch of social misfits, barely held together by an indifferent trainer, Toni. Soon, not only her fellow players are infected by Hayat’s passion, but also Toni, though his feelings aren’t limited to the game. Hayat resists his advances at first, painfully aware that she lacks self-confidence and a crucial part of her femininity. She knows she’s different from the other girls and hesitates between fighting and accepting her “offside” position.
Monte Carlo Film Festival 2005
- Best Screenplay Award
- Best Actor Award for Ken Duken
Max Ophuels Festival 2005
- Audience Award for best director
16th International Film Festival Emden, Aurich, Norderney, Germany 2005
- Bernhard-Wicki-Preis as Best Feature Award
Filmkunstmesse Leipzig 2005
- Audience Award
Fading Light (To Fos Pou Svinei)
M18 - Sexual scene
Directed by Vassilis Douros, Greece, 2000, 95 minutes
Cast: Alekos Alexandrakis, Vicky Volioti, Vladimir Golosinsky
Twelve year-old Christos lives with his mother, Eleni, on a remote, picturesque Aegean island. The boy has remarkable musical talent, but is going blind from a rare disease. Now an eccentric loner, Christos finds an outlet in nature and the dream world of a cave, where his heightened hearing enables him to collect natural sounds which he then turns to musical compositions for his violin. His only friends are his classmate, Angeliki, and the old lighthouse keeper, Soursoumis, who teaches him not only the violin but also about life in general. Everything changes when the new schoolteacher, Maria, arrives on the island. She develops a great interest in Christos’ exceptional abilities even though he keeps on being indifferent to school. On her own initiative, Maria ensures his participation in a music contest. Christos’ traumatic family and personal experiences cause him to mature as an artist.
Directed by György Szomjas, Hungary, 2002, 102 minutes
Cast: Judit Ábrahám, Gráci Benke, Kata Horváth
Karesz’s childhood was spent in an orphanage. At the beginning of the film, he is a member of a gang of street urchins who wash car windscreens at red traffic lights in the hope of a tip. They are also involved in a range of crimes, big and small. In pursuit of a girl, Zsófi, Karesz unintentionally finds himself in a dance house, and is smitten by its unique atmosphere. He becomes friendly with Gráci, an immigrant moonlighting worker who only ceases to feel out of place in the big city when he can play the music of his home village at the dance house. The trio is completed by Szerb, a Hungarian lad from Yugoslavia, who has come to Budapest to escape the Southern Slavonic wars. The best folk bands appear in the film; also Márta Sebestyén and the well-known Muzsikás.
A Kind Of America (Valami Amerika)
Directed by Gábor Herendi, Hungary, 2001, 115 minutes
Cast: Ferenc Hujber, Eszter Ónodi, Szonja Oroszlán
Three brothers, one common cause. Each and every one of them chipping whatever they can: talent, power, heart. One of the brothers is a film director, doing mostly commercials. He yearns to work on a ‘real’ feature film. The second brother is successful; the third, and youngest, is not. Then comes a producer from Hollywood, looking just like the ‘real’ thing, and everything is turned upside down, even the maid. A KIND OF AMERICA was Hungary’s most successful theatrical release in 2002, and The Internet Movie Database has this to say about it: “This is probably the secret of its success: it features a simple story ... with which one can well identify, some nice ideas ... and especially good directing, costume and set design, and believable actors that seem to have fun ... the scriptwriters and the director have ... Managed to give the whole environment a feeling of authenticity.”
Note: A KIND OF AMERICA will be screened on DVD.
How Harry Became A Tree
M18 - Some sexual scenes
Directed by Goran Pascajevic, Ireland, 2000, 90 minutes
Cast: Colm Meaney, Cillian Murphy
Harry has decided to believe in hate - and when you believe the worst of everybody, you will never be disappointed. The story is set in Ireland in 1924. The Civil War may be over, but things are never far off the boil in the world of Harry Maloney. He has a long list of grievances and a way of looking at the world that is unique to him. He focuses his bitterness on George O’Flaherty, the richest man in town - owner of the local pub, and an all-round success story. As Harry observes, “You need to have a strong enemy. Otherwise it’s too easy to destroy him.” HOW HARRY BECAME A TREE is an absurd comedy detailing the surreal lengths a man will go to in order to remain in control of his ever-shrinking corner of the world, through the magical yet disquieting tale of self-obsessed cabbage farmer, Harry (Colm Meaney), and his soft hearted, put-upon son, Gus (Cillian Murphy). A truly universal tale of a lonely human who has given up on love.
When Do The Girls Show Up? (Ma Quando Arrivano Le Ragazze?)
NC16 - Sexual reference
Directed by Pupi Avati, Italy, 2005, 106 minutes
Cast: Caludio Santamaria, Vittoria Puccini, Paolo Briguglia
Film provided by Filmitalia
Gianca and Nick are two young musicians who dream of having a jazz ensemble of their own. After several incidents, they finally put together the “Joy Spring Quintet”, around which revolve several female personalities, friends and girlfriends. The group puts the spotlight on Nick’s natural talent, and shows up Gianca’s mediocre artistic ability. After nine years, the two boys find themselves at a concert Nick is giving in Bologna, where Gianca is among the audience, feeling troubled and at the same time emotional, as the piece they are playing is the one he wrote together with his friends, and for his friends, when life for them, held no expectations. Now the song has become a hit.
The Fever (La Febbre)
Directed by Alessandro D'Alatri, Italy, 2005, 108 minutes
Cast: Fabio Volo, Valeria Solarino, Cochi Ponzoni
Mario is a young man full of ideas, with a love for life and a burning desire to live it to the fullest. He has a dream: to open a nightspot with his friends. All his enthusiasm, his ideas and his projects come under the microscope of the world that surrounds him, as he unexpectedly becomes an employee of the municipality. His new job seems to contrast significantly with his entrepreneurial spirit. He runs up against the comic existence of the bureaucracy, filled with sandbagging, dirty tricks, sly ruses, mediocrity and humiliation, while he meets a girl who opens up a new perspective in his life.
Audience Choice Award at the Sevilla Film Festival in 2005.
M18 - Some scenes of intimacy
Directed by Alex van Warmerdam, The Netherlands, 2003, 104 minutes
Cast: Jacob Derwig, Halina Reijn, Carmelo Gomez
On a cold winter’s day, Jacob and his sister, Marie, are abandoned by their penniless Dutch father. In his coat, Jacob finds a note from his Spanish mother, urging them to go to their uncle in Spain. After a hellish journey through the woods into the equally inhospitable city, they flee to Spain, only to find that their uncle is dead. Marie meets Diego, a rich surgeon, with whom she falls in love, much to Jacob’s disgust. Even after their wedding, Jacob keeps trying to tear his sister away from her new husband. When he realises that his efforts are in vain, he starts to provoke Diego directly. But it soon becomes clear that Jacob’s defiance will not go unpunished.
Directed by Dariusz Gajewski, Poland, 2003, 104 minutes
Cast: Agnieszka Grochowska, Lukasz Garlicki, Domonicka Ostalowska
One winter day, all the characters of this film come to Warsaw from the provinces. They hope that this is where their dreams are going to come true. Klara and Pawel (20-year-olds) are looking for work. Wiktoria and Andrzej (35-year-olds) meet on the way and begin to believe they can be a couple. Dad (50-something) comes in search of his daughter, who has been gone for three months without a word. In the evening, all these characters, still unfamiliar with each other, come together because of a dramatic event - a car accident. After that, they go their separate ways again.
"This movie is the biggest surprise I've recently experienced in cinema. I went to see it by accident and it was the best thing I could have done! WARSZAWA is fresh, funny, very entertaining, but not in a Hollywood style." - The Internet Movie Database.
R21 - Contains sexual elements
Directed by Jacek Borcuch, Poland, 2004, 92 minutes
Cast: Tadeusz Plucinski, Jan Nowicki, Zygmunt Malanowicz
The best of Andrzej Wajda’s and Roman Polanski’s actors are reunited after many years, in this moving story about old friends starting a new life. There are three of them - Lolek (Tadeusz Plucinski), Matka (Jan Nowicki), Maly (Zygmunt Malanowicz). They were bound by mutual dreams, love of women, and years spent together. But despite the fact that the protagonists have known each other for years, the helping hand of a friend will let all of them know more about their relationships and about themselves. Difficult choices, which they will have to face, will bring them back to values from which they have grown distant. Old friends, new lives; better lives.
“When the form in movies becomes more important than the substance, the challenge is to come back to the classic cinema style.” - Director Jacek Borcuch.
Soldiers Of Salamina (Soldados De Salamina)
Directed by David Trueba, Spain, 2003, 112 minutes
Cast: Joan Dalmau, Adriana Gil
A novelist drops her career in order to track down a true story which occurred during the last days of the Civil War: writer Rafael Sánchez Matas was supposedly executed along with another fifty prisoners, but in fact managed to escape into the woods and hide in the rain. Apparently one of the soldiers searching for him did find him, but let him escape. The writer reconstructs the pieces of the story, plagued with contradictions and littered with enigmatic characters. In her search, without realising it, she is not only seeking the truth, she is also finding herself.
Associated Press New York (2004) Awards for Best Director, Best Film, Best Actor (Joan Dalmau) and Best Actress (Adriana Gil).
Directed by Roger Gual and Julio Wallovits, Spain, 2002, 89 minutes
Cast: Eduard Fernández, Juan Diego, Chete Lera
The Spanish branch of an American company is obliged to implement a non-smoking policy in its office, most of the employees of which are men. From then on, whoever wishes to smoke during working hours, must do so outside. Ramírez, one of the employees of this small office, decides to collect signatures against a measure that he considers both inappropriate and unjust. What Ramírez wants is to use an unoccupied room in the office as a Smoking Room. At first it appears that all are in agreement and are going to support him. However, when he comes face to face with each of the employees, Ramírez encounters a series of excuses to avoid forming part of the list. The fact is that most of the stated excuses for not signing the petition actually conceal other underlying agenda.
Four Weeks In June (Fyra Veckor I Juni)
M18 - Some sexual content
Directed by Henry Meyer, Sweden, 2005, 100 minutes
Sandra comes to a new town after being convicted of assault after a jealous fight with her boyfriend. She moves into an apartment, where her 80-year-old neighbour, Lilly, becomes her friend and soul mate. But Lilly’s life is based on a lie, and as their friendship grows Sandra gets to know more of Lilly’s secrets.
"What I truly LOVED was the relationship that springs to life between old Lilly and young Sandra, and how incredibly beautifully this is portrayed by the Danish grand actress Ghita Nørby and Swedish rising star Tuva Novotny ... You really get the feeling that these two actresses ‘clicked' with each other somewhere along the line in the work of this film ... this is one of the most wonderful films I've seen in recent years - because it's so simple it goes straight to your heart." - The Internet Movie Database.
Winner of the Crystal Bear in Berlin (2006).
Directed by Saul Dibb, United Kingdom, 2004, 89 minutes
Cast: Ashley Walters, Leon Black, Luke Fraser, Claire Perkins
Ricky (played by Ashley Walters, aka So Solid Crew’s Asher D) is just out of a young offenders’ institute, heading home to Hackney and determined to go straight. Instead, he heads straight for trouble when he becomes involved in a street confrontation, siding with his best friend Wisdom (Leon Black) against a local rude boy. The trouble escalates into a series of tit for tat incidents that threaten to spiral out of control. Ricky’s 12-year-old brother, Curtis (Luke Fraser), heroworships Ricky, though he appears smart enough to know he doesn’t want to follow his example. Yet, despite the stern warnings from his mother (Claire Perkins) and support from her friends in the community, might Ricky’s bad boy allure be too attractive for Curtis to resist?
My Summer Of Love
Directed by Pawel Pawlikowski, United Kingdom, 2004, 86 minutes
Cast: Nathalie Press, Emily Blunt, Paddy Considine
Mona and Tamsin meet on the moors, above their quiet Yorkshire village, and begin an intense, unlikely friendship. While Tamsin is tragic and fantastical, Mona is rough and witty. Tamsin is quickly charmed and Mona is hooked. Both want to escape their lives but Phil, Mona’s God-fearing brother, wants to save them, and everybody else. Mona wants the old, dangerous Phil back; the brother that she loved, but Tamsin wants to see what it takes to break him. As the lives of the three characters converge, a sexually charged struggle between good and evil leads to a dramatic and shocking climax.
Singapore release date: Thursday 19th October 2006
BAFTA Award winner for Best Film