The Bling Ring – any new picture by director Sofia Coppola, whether good or only average, is always likely to be vibrant, beautiful and diverting. In this drama, Emma Watson stars as a member of a group of teenagers who track down and break into rich L.A. homes to steal designer clobber. The official website is here; the film will show at key cities only.
Bula Quo! – A film about ageing British rock band Status Quo might not be to everyone’s tastes, but if the gossip website Popbitch is anything to go by, this might have a few worthy laughs in it. It also has a good distribution deal and should be available to view across most of the UK (full list here).
Chasing Mavericks – The Karate Kid on a surfboard as young Jonny Weston enlists Gerard Butler to help tackle the largest waves on the planet. The official Facebook page is here; the film will be showing across most of the UK.
The Enigma of Kasper Hauser – one of Werner Herzog’s most famous films from his Golden period in the 1970’s. Bruno S portrays the infamous ‘wild child’ of German history, coming into well-meaning but brutal conflict with ‘civilised’ society. A mesmerising study of nature versus nurture, the official BFI website with details of key city screenings only, is here.
A Field in England – director Ben Wheatley puts his egg in many baskets, releasing this psychedelic British Civil War drama simultaneously on the big screen, DVD, Blue Ray, Film 4 and Video on Demand. Screening locations can be found here.
Out in the Dark – gay thriller in which a young Palestinian man falls in love with an Israeli lawyer only to find his own community none to happy about this. The official Facebook page is here; it will be showing at key cities only.
Paradise Faith – Ulrich Seidl’s second Paradise film in his planned trilogy (part one, Love, dealt with middle-aged European women seeking sex with younger African men) looks at different women at a crossroads in their lives, including one Catholic woman reunited with her Muslim husband.
Paris: Manhattan – director Sophie Lellouche based this light comedy, about a woman whose life follows the philosophies of her favourite film-maker Woody Allen, on her own love and admiration for Woody’s greatest movies and one-liners. The official site is here; it will be showing at key cities only.
Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer – surely you must all have heard of the Russian protest art collective now? This documentary follows them as they defend their protest ‘punk prayer’ in a Russian cathedral in court and hears from their families and friends about what inspired them. The official website is here; it will be showing at key cities only.
Tropicalia – we should expect a lot more cinema about Brazilian culture in the run up to the 2016 Olympics. Here, director Marcelo Machado looks deep into Tropicalism, a type of capoeira music fused with rock ‘n’ roll in the sixties. The official website is here; with screening details here.