For the third consecutive year, the UK Film Festival has been selected as the festival of choice to present the finalists for the European Parliament’s prestigious LUX Prize in the UK.
The three films contending for this year’s prize are Ida by Pawel Pawlikowski (Poland’s candidate for an Academy Award nomination in the Best Foreign Film category) , Girlhood, by Céline Sciamma, and Class Enemy by Roy Biček.
This year’s UK Film Festival runs from 17th – 21st November and the main programme includes an innovative selection of feature films by established and up and coming directors, as well as an eclectic slate of short films. The LUX Film Days side bar will be held at the sumptuous Mondrian London Hotel, whereas the Festival’s main programme will be centred at the trendy Electric Cinema in Shoreditch (formerly the Aubin Cinema).
Some of the feature film highlights of the Festival’s main programme include the politically charged A Dark Reflection directed by Tristan Loraine and starring Stephen Tompkinson, based on true events which unravel aviation’s biggest cover-up; Peterman directed by Mark Abraham, with Peter Bowles, Alison Steadman, Philip Davies and Joe Cole, and Zack and Addie, a US documentary feature directed by Rob Florence, whose revealing footage has caused the re-opening of a murder investigation; Shorts not to be missed include The Phone Call directed by Matt Kirkby and starring Oscar winning actor Jim Broadbent and Golden Globe winner Sally Hawkins; The Karman Line directed by Oscar Sharpe, with three-time BAFTA winner Olivia Colman in the lead; the Hungarian masterpiece Soft Rain directed by Dénes Nagy; the French HSU JI Behind the Screen directed by Thomas Rio; and the multi-award winning Dark Side of the Earth directed by Acim Vasic.