PRAGMA was written by Lucy Heath, who looks at love from a more practical and analytical perspective. The film took inspiration from infamous dating institutes like Love Island and funnels them through a more holistic, Brené Brown-esque lens. Ellie Heydon directs this British romantic comedy and Olivier Nominated, SAG Award Winning Actor Phil Dunster makes his producing debut.
“At PRAGMA we teach you to stand in love, rather than fall in it’
PRAGMA is the ultimate extension of online dating; an institute where young graduates are algorithmically matched and partake in a series of hilariously intense compatibility assessments (lead by Nick Mohammed) to find them their perfect ‘life partner’.
Ellie Heydon is a Director with a background in theatre and dramaturgy. As an actor, she worked as a series regular on HARLOTS for BBC and Hulu, as well as several international feature films, for which she has won 9 ‘Best Supporting Actress Awards. She has been directing since 2017. Ellie co-founded Siberian Lights, a platform working to unite, celebrate and provide opportunities for female-identifying creatives around the world.
Lucy Heath is a multi-award winning writer and actress. Lucy’s last film BETTER, directed by BAFTA Award Winner Michael J Ferns, won the prestigious Iris Prize, screened at Raindance Film Festival and featured on Channel 4 and Apple TV. BETTER received 5 stars from Indie Shorts Mag, she also received a nomination for Best Actressat the British Short Film Awards.
The film is produced by Phil Dunster, alongside Fay Mohamed and the beautiful cinematography was created by Simona Susnea. PRAGMA will screen at Tribeca Film Festival on Friday, 10th June at 9:15 pm and Wednesday 15th June at 9 pm. tribecafilm.com/films/pragma-2022
IFFR & Göteborg Film Festival Screenings Information | Borrowed Time by dir. CHOY Ji
Borrowed Time was officially selected by two European film festivals —— the 53rd edition of International Film Festival Rotterdam Bright Future Section and the 47th edition of Göteborg Film Festival Ingmar Bergman Competition!
The European Premiere of this film will be held at the 53rd edition of International Film Festival Rotterdam, and the Swedish Premiere of this film will be held at the 47th edition of Göteborg Film Festival.
China | 2023 | Drama | 93 min | Debut Feature
Director: CHOY Ji
Screenwriter: Yin WANG
Producer: Jinjin MO
Cinematography: Shuli HUANG, Chiheng LIANG
Starring: Dongping LIN, Sunny SUN, Eddy AU-YEUNG, Jie PAN, Tai-Bo
International Film Festival Rotterdam | Bright Future
Göteborg Film Festival | Ingmar Bergman Competition
Busan International Film Festival | New Currents Competition
Pingyao Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon International Film Festival | Hidden Dragon Competition
IFFR Screenings Schedule
Public screening: 01-26, 20:00, Cinerama 3
Public screening: 01-28, 12:30, KINO 1
Public screening: 01-29, 15:00, LantarenVenster 3
Göteborg Film Festival Screenings Schedule
Public screening (Q & A) : 01-30, 19:45, Göta 1
Public screening (Q & A) : 01-31, 17:30, Göta 2
Public screening: 02-01, 10:15, Göta 1
Public screening: 02-04, 19:30, Hagabion 2
Elaheh Nobakht, President of the Jury of the 6th Beirut Women Film Festival
Mansour Jahani – The Iranian movie producer, Elaheh Nobakht, has been elected as the jury president of the competition category “Documentary and Animated Shorts” at the 6th round of Beirut International Women Film Festival, heralding “Women for Leadership” as the focal topic of the event held in Lebanon.
With her third attendance at the Berlin International Film Festival in the preceding month as producer of the documentary feature film “Dreams’ Gate” in the competition category “Generations”, Nobakht had also formerly contributed as a juror to international festivals such as Switzerland’s FIFOG, Italy’s Religion Today Film Festival, as well as MENA International Film Festival held in the Netherlands.
The feature-length documentary film “Dreams’ Gate” directed by Negin Ahmadi and produced by Elaheh Nobakht, will have its second international screening in the competition category of “Feature-Length Documentaries” at the 6th round of Beirut International Women Film Festival.
Following its trend of global screenings, “Dreams’ Gate” is slated to have the third international run at the 19th edition of Kosmorama International Film Festival that is held in Trondheim, Norway.
The 6th edition of Beirut International Women Film Festival is presided over by Sam Lahoud, Beirut Film Society president, and will feature works of filmmakers coming from various countries under several categories, namely “Feature-Length Fiction Films”, “Feature-Length Documentaries”, “Documentary and Animated Shorts”, “Short Dance Films”, as well as specialized summits held from 5-11 March, 2023, in Beirut, Lebanon.
Photo: Mansour Jahani
For more details: https://beirutwomenfilmfestival.com/
French Film Festival UK
The 30th anniversary edition of the pioneering festival launches next week from 2 November to 15 December across the UK and at home in partnership with Curzon
Special guests include Charlotte Gainsbourg and Blandine Lenoir, in a festival focused on female talent, as well as veteran director Patrice Leconte
Screening across the nations, the event is the only francophone film festival in the UK and showcases a glittering, stimulating, and at times challenging array of films in cinemas and online via Curzon’s streaming platform, Curzon at Home.
Beginning in 1992 in Glasgow and Edinburgh, the Festival has grown exponentially in scope and stature, retaining its passion for exciting new cinematic voices.
This year’s Opening Gala is director Eric Gravel’s propulsive new drama Full Time(À Plein Temps) starring actor Laure Calamy (Call My Agent) who plays young mother Julie, battling a national transit strike to get to a potentially life-changing job interview. Eric Gravel will introduce the film in London ahead of its wider release through Parkland in February 2023.
Also attending the Festival is Charlotte Gainsbourg who will introduce, and take part in a Q&A at the screening of Mikhaël Hers’s stunning drama The Passengers of the Night (Les Passagers de la nuit). Charlotte’s documentary Jane by Charlotte, an intimate portrait of her mother Jane Birkin, will also be shown as part of the Festival.
In honour of acting royalty Jean Louis Trintignant, who passed away in June, there will be a Tribute screening of Claude Lelouche’s The Best Years of a Life(Les Plus Belles Années d’une Vie).
There will be special screenings of Final Cut (Coupez), which opened the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year. Filmmaker Patrice Leconte will present the UK premiere of Maigret starring Gérard Depardieu as novelist George Simenon’s iconic detective in Edinburgh and London. Filmmaker Blandine Lenoir will also present her feminist drama Angry Annie.
Belgian directors Yves Hint and Jean Libon’s will introduce their whodunit mockumentary A Fistful of Fries (Poulet Frites).
The burgeoning Festival’s Schools and Learning programmes which attracted a total of 75 schools and reached over 5000 students in 2021, is set to break records this year. The programme involves screenings in cinemas and free shows in the classroom.
The Femmes First strand shines a spotlight on a century of French and francophone women filmmakers, and films focused around contemporary women’s issues.. The strand includes short films by pioneer Alice Guy-Blaché, widely considered the first narrative filmmaker back in the 1890s. Charlotte Gainsbourgturns the camera on her mother Jane Birkin in Jane by Charlotte – an intimate portrait. Also featured two winners from the Cannes 2022: Rodeo by Lola Quivoron and Moroccan director Maryam Touzani’s The Blue Caftan.
Panorama features new and recent works by acclaimed filmmakers,including François Ozon, Arnaud Desplechin, Fred Cavayé, Quentin Dupieux andJean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne.
Among the Classics titles is Children of Paradise acclaimed “the greatest French film of all time”. Harking back to the Festival’s origins, Isabelle Huppert stars as Madame Bovary shown at the first Festival in 1992.
Extras showcases recent films audiences may have missed. Discovery celebrates first and second-time directors. More new talents feature in the Shorts programme.
The following new and recent titles will also be available to stream via Curzon at Home:
Paris 13th District (Dir. Jacques Audiard)
Casablanca Beats (Dir. Nabil Ayouch)
Between Two Worlds (Dir. Emmanuel Carrère)
Everything Went Fine (Dir. François Ozon)
Both Sides of the Blade (Dir. Éric Gautier)
Richard Mowe, co-founder and director: “For three decades the French Film Festival UK has been on a journey to explore the richness and diversity of Francophone cinema and to expand cultural horizons. Post-Brexit the event’s sense of purpose in bringing together our French-speaking neighbours from Europe and beyond has become even more acute and essential. The organisers pay tribute to our audiences, sponsors and funders as well as passionate and committed individuals, who every year ensure the festival comes to vibrant life, not only in November and December but also influencing film events throughout the year. Vive le cinéma!”
Allan Hunter, a former co-founder of the French Film Festival UK has said:
“The first French Film Festival UK was held in 1992 in Glasgow and Edinburgh as a Festival without barriers showcasing commercial success and arthouse promise, big titles and fresh discoveries. Focusing on short films and education work a younger generation was encouraged to broaden their horizons and try something different. The core values of the Festival remain the same now – a grand and glorious celebration of French and francophone cinema in all its rich variety and guises. Here’s to the next 30 years.”