The Levelling (Hope Dickson Leach) Official Section

The Levelling
Hope Dickson Leach
Great Britain. 2016. 83 min.
Cast:   Ellie Kendrick, David Troughton, Jack Holden

A sober family drama about an unexpected suicide is framed against the devastating Somerset floods. Clover (Ellie Kendrick), the film’s clearheaded young protagonist, comes home to Somerset after learning that her younger brother Harry has killed himself. There she is met by her sullen father, Aubrey (David Troughton), a rude man whose past woes have derailed his life. Quiet and dour, unable to express himself, he finds himself trapped in quiet anger. Recent floods have rendered the main house uninhabitable, and Aubrey lives in a trailer. It is not long before the simmering emotions between father and daughter break out into undisguised war. Clover instinctively blames Aubrey for the death of her brother and is determined to get to the truth.

Hope Dickson Leach

Hope completed her MFA in filmmaking at Columbia University where she made three short films that played at festivals worldwide. While in New York she was assistant to Todd Solondz on his film PALINDROMES. Hope’s award-winning thesis film, THE DAWN CHORUS, was selected for Sundance, Edinburgh, London and many other festivals. Screen International made her a Star of Tomorrow and Filmmaker Magazine named her one of the ’25 New Faces of Independent Film’. Since her return to the UK, she has made further acclaimed short works for Channel 4, Film London, the UK Film Council and the National Theatre of Scotland. Her debut feature THE LEVELLING, produced by Wellington Films as part the iFeatures scheme (funded by BBC Films, the BFI and Creative England) had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2016. At the London Film Festival she was awarded the inaugural IWC Filmmaker Bursary Award in Association with the BFI. She is currently developing several features and is a co-founder of Raising Films – a campaign to make the film industry more parent-friendly. She lives in Scotland with her husband and two sons.

Daguerreotype (Kiyoshi Kurosawa) Official Section 2017

Daguerreotype
Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Japan. 2016. 131 min.
Cast :   Tahar Rahim, Constance Rousseau, Olivier Gourmet

Daguerreotype,  is the story of the assistant to a daguerreotype photographer who falls in love with the photographer’s daughter and how the relationship reflects the combination of love and pain in the form of art.
Stephane, the photographer, lives and works in a beautiful old mansion on the outskirts of Paris with his 22-years-old daughter, Marie, a blonde girl from another world who reminds Stephane of his wife’s dead and melancholy past. Marie poses for daguerreotypes, which often require hours of immobility. The arrival of Jean, the assistant, supposes a breath of fresh air in the life of Marie and soon the attraction between the two appears, giving rise to a thorny conflict. Although the film is set in the present, everything bears an imprint of the past.

KIYOSHI KUROSAWA

Born in Kobe on July 19, 1955, Kiyoshi Kurosawa is not related to director Akira Kurosawa. After studying at Rikkyo University in Tokyo under the guidance of prominent film critic Shigehiko Hasumi, where he began making 8mm films, Kurosawa began directing commercially in the 1980s, working on pink films and low-budget V-Cinema (direct-to-video) productions such as formula yakuza films.

In the early 1990s, Kurosawa won a scholarship to the Sundance Institute and was able to study filmmaking in the United States, although he had been directing for nearly ten years professionally.
Kurosawa first achieved international acclaim with his 1997 crime thriller film Cure. Also that year, he experimented by filming two thrillers back-to-back, Serpent’s Path and Eyes of the Spider, both of which shared the same premise (a father taking revenge for his child’s murder) and lead actor (Show Aikawa) but spun entirely different stories.
Kurosawa followed up Cure with a semi-sequel in 1999 with Charisma, a detective film starring Koji Yakusho.  In 2000, Seance, Kurosawa’s adaptation of the novel Seance on a Wet Afternoon by Mark McShane, premiered on Kansai TV. It also starred Yakusho, as well as Jun Fubuki (the two had appeared together in Charisma as well). In 2001, he directed the horror film Pulse. Kurosawa released Bright Future, starring Tadanobu Asano, Joe Odagiri and Tatsuya Fuji, in 2003. He followed this with another digital feature, Doppelganger, later the same year.

Interview with Estelle Artus, participant at official section 2017

Estelle Artus will be participating at Imagineindia 2017 Official Section with her film “According to her”.

Here is a short interview extracted from a larger one done by Danielle Winston of Agnes Films, organization supporter of women and feminist filmmakers.

According to her is a female-driven drama about a woman who chooses to leave her successful career as a concert pianist to raise her newborn son instead of hiring a nanny. Various points of view are covered in the film, which gets the audience thinking about who we should trust. Tell us what drew you to this particular subject for your first feature film. What motivated you to tell Veronica’s story? Continue reading Interview with Estelle Artus, participant at official section 2017