Scheduled for 22-28 September, this year’s UK Film Week celebrates Scotland as the host country of the 2014 Commonwealth Games, which took place in Glasgow in early August this year.
The glorious Sunshine on Leith musical will open British Council’s 2014 UK Film Week featuring Scottish films.The uplifting musical is based on the stage hit of the same name and features music by pop-folk band, The Proclaimers, scores a very high rating of 92% on the Rotten Tomatoes review website. Renowned British movie reviewer Mark Kermode, said: “I shed a tear within the first 10 minutes, and spent the rest of the movie beaming like a gibbering, love-struck fool.” The film promises to charm local audiences through its mesmerising camera work capturing the incredible beauty of Edinburgh, the capital city of Scotland, also home to the Fringe, the world’s largest arts festival.
The high quality continues with Not Another Happy Ending, set in Glasgow, a comedy about writer’s block. Jane Lockhart cannot write when she is happy. As she is working on the follow-up to her best-selling debut novel, Jane finds herself stuck trying to finish the final chapter. Tom Duvall, the editor of a struggling publishing company, is forced to make her incredibly unhappy.
Ae Fond Kiss and For those in Peril, though contrasting in genres, are both very close to the heart of Vietnamese culture. Ae Fond Kiss is a love story between Roisin, a white woman and Casim, a Pakistani young man whose family have arranged for him to marry his cousin. They start a relationship but Casim is torn between following his heart and being a good son. Set in an insular Scottish community, For Those in Peril tells a tale of woe as it portrays how local superstition can ruin a young man’s life as he is blamed for the unexplained tragedy of a shipwreck
Shell “casts a spell with its portrait of cramped lives on a Scottish petrol station forecourt. It keeps the tale on a steady simmer right through to the closing moments, when it spits and sputters into melodrama” (The Guardian).
This year’s film festival also marks the very first time the British Council has partnered with YxineFF to introduce seven short films by young Vietnamese film makers. Six award-winning Scottish short films will also be featured alongside Vietnamese shorts. YxineFF is a local non-for-profit project supporting young filmmakers.
All films will be shown in CGV Cineplex in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. Free tickets will be distributed at the British Council in the two cities. In Hanoi, tickets will be distributed at 9.00 a.m on Monday September 15th 2014 at British Council Hanoi, 20 Thuy Khue, Tay Ho, Hanoi and at British Council HCMC, 25 Le Duan, District 1, HCMC.
Note: Tickets are sold out, no further available.