For 17 years the British Council has been bringing the best and most exciting new UK cinema to Ukraine through its annual New British Film Festival. The festival celebrates the best UK film talent and creativity through a diverse programme of feature films, documentaries, short films, masterclasses and special events.
This year’s programme, developed in partnership with Arthouse Traffic, brings another exciting line up of films which will be screened in Kyiv (Kyiv Cinema) from 13-20 December. Following the festival in Kyiv, activists and film club leaders can hold their own retrospective screenings of the New British Film Festival programmes in their towns and cities as part of the Arthouse Club project. Applications should be submitted on club.arthousetraffic.com.
The Festival opens with The Killing of a Sacred Deer by Yorgos Lanthimos (The Lobster, Dogtooth) featuring Colin Farrell and Nicole Kidman. Other films in the programme include:
– You Were Never Really Here by Lynn Ramsay (We Need to Talk about Kevin);
– T2: Trainspotting by Danny Boyle, continuation of the Cult-favourite Trainspotting, based on the novel by Irvine Welsh;
– God’s Own Country by debut filmmaker Francis Lee, a story of a young farmer burdened with his work who hires a Romanian immigrant – and falls for him;
– The Final Portrait by Stanley Tucci about one of the greatest 20th-century artists – Alberto Giacometti, featuring Oscar winner Geoffrey Rush.
The festival will also screen BAFTA Shorts - a selection of the UK’s best new short films nominated by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA).
Films will be screened in their original English language with Ukrainian subtitles.