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We believe in content that addresses pressing social issues of our times
Modern Films is a film production, distribution and event cinema company. We launched in 2017 with the release of Manifesto, starring Cate Blanchett in 13 different roles, in partnership with Tate Modern. On the production side, our Executive Produced I Am Not a Witch won a 2018 BAFTA for Outstanding Debut and has been selected as the UK entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 91st Academy Awards.
Their current film on release is the Sundance Official Selection Dirty God (directed by Sacha Polak and introducing Vicky Knight in the lead performance) - shot in London about a young woman putting her life back together after an acid attack. Called by Anna Smith of the podcast Girls on Film “the film we need in 2019,” it is Time Out’s Film of the Week, Empire’s Film of the Month, 4 stars in The Guardian, Financial Times and Little White Lies. From the filmmakers of Neon Bull, Catch Me Daddy, Raw and Beautiful Boy.
Now in cinemas the double Oscar-nominated Never Look Away by the writer director of The Lives of Others Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck. Starring Sebastian Koch, Tom Schilling and Paula Beer, it spans three decades in Germany and is loosely based on the formative years of Gerhard Richter through the 1930s-50s. Fellow director William Friedkin has called it “one of the finest films I have ever seen.” UK Premiere at the Edinburgh International Film Festival on June 23 & 24.
Their 2019 slate has already included a strong set of films, including CPH:DOX winner documentary The Raft (directed by Marcus Lindeen) about a trans-Atlantic crossing/group social experiment in the 1970s. Love Sonia featuring Freida Pinto (Slumdog Millionaire) and from the producer of Life Of Pi. Sweden’s entry for the Oscars Border (directed by Ali Abbasi) in partnership with the digital platform MUBI, Cannes Competitor, award-winner for Best Screenplay and crowd-pleaser Happy as Lazzaro (directed by Alice Rohrwacher), Rotterdam opener and San Sebastian prize-winner Yuli - The Carlos Acosta Story (directed by Iciar Bollain, written by Paul Laverty) which was released with a Live from the Royal Opera House event shown via satellite in over 200 cinemas. They also released Cannes Critics Week winner Diamantino with a premiere event at Tate Modern, documentary Ferrante Fever about the writing sensation behind the My Brilliant Friend novels alongside an event screening of the first two episodes of the HBO/SKY television series and John McEnroe: In the Realm of Perfection to coincide with a charity match that McEnroe played at Wimbledon to launch the new court and with Roland Garros 2019.
THE LATEST FROM MODERN FILMS
Alice Rohrwacher’s beautiful and mysterious film Happy As Lazzaro flowers into something inexpressibly moving.
In Cinemas 5 April
The film plays at the Royal Opera House, London, on Wednesday 3 April, with a live satellite link-up to the introduction and Q&A in cinemas across the UK and Ireland - see: www.acostafilm.com
On release from 12 April
The Italian film-maker’s third movie, Happy As Lazzaro, is being hailed as visionary. Here she discusses her childhood in rural Umbria and why her work is always political
HAPPY AS LAZZARO wins the 2019 Youth Jury Prize at the International Film Festival Rotterdam. Previous year’s winners include THE GUILTY, LAND OF MINE and WEEKEND.
BORDER wins Best Film, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Sound Design, and Best Make-up at the Swedish Guldbagge Awards