Each year, PriFest focuses on a specific country or region with the aim to promote their cinematography in close cooperation with respective embassies.
This year, the PriFest Focus Program is a result of a successful cooperation with the British Council. It brings special attention to British Cinema, which is known to have a great impact all over the world. This year’s program is called PlayUK.
PlayUK is British Council initiative which came to life last year. It is a special platform with the objective to promote British Cinema in Balkan countries.
We proudly present PlayUK delighted that the selection of films that will be screened have already proven to be successful in festivals around the world. Now it is time for their Kosovo premieres.
The full list of PlayUK films is as follows:
1) Film stars don’t die in Liverpool
3) The Party
4) England is mine
7) God’s own country
Film stars don’t die in Liverpool - Paul McGuigan
The story of the playful, but passionate relationship between Peter Turner, a young British actor, and the eccentric Academy Award-winning actress Gloria Grahame (who rose to fame in the 1940s) in her later years.What starts as a vibrant affair between a legendary femme fatale and her young lover, quickly grows into a deeper relationship, with Turner being the one person she allows herself to turn to for comfort and strength. But, their passion and lust for life is ultimately tested to the limits by events beyond their control.Based on the memoir by British actor Peter Turner.
Film stars don’t die in Liverpool - Paul McGuigan /105 min / UK 2017
Beast - Michael Pearce
In a small island community, a troubled young woman falls for a mysterious outsider who empowers her to escape her oppressive family. When he comes under suspicion for a series of brutal murders, she defends him at all costs and learns what she is capable of.
Beast - Michael Pearce / 107 min / UK 2017
The Party - Sally Potter
The Party - Sally Potter / 71 min / UK 2017
England is mine - Mark Gill
England is mine - Mark Gill / 93 min / UK 2017
Arcadia - Paul Wright / 78 min / UK 2017
From the earliest days of movie-making to the present day, through rare and unseen footage, we see the changing relationship the British have with their land. From images of local celebrations and festivals to agricultural practices through the seasons, village life and lost crafts.
As devout Jehovah’s Witnesses, sisters Alex and Luisa and their mother, Ivanna, are united in The Truth. Alex looks up to her confident older sister, while striving to follow in Ivanna’s footsteps as a ‘good Witness’. But when Luisa starts to question the advice of the Elders, she makes a life-altering transgression that threatens to expel her from the congregation. Unless Ivanna and Alex can persuade her to return, they must shun her completely. This challenge becomes more painful when their family is faced with another heartbreaking test of faith.
Apostasy -Daniel Kokotajlo / 96 min / UK 2017
Young Johnny is running his ailing father’s farm in Yorkshire, England. The communication between father and son reflects their adverse living and working conditions, the father’s utterances mostly being restricted to terse criticism of his son. Johnny’s grandmother plays her part stoically. A frustrated Johnny endures his strenuous daily routine. In a bid to escape the harsh daily grind, he has no-strings sex with men, or gets drunk at the local pub. In the spring, a farm hand is taken on for the season. Romanian Gheorghe is the same age as Johnny, who at first eyes him with suspicion. The initial tension between the two men soon gives way to an intense relationship. This opens up completely new prospects but also presents new challenges for Johnny. In his feature-length debut, Francis Lee finds authentic images to depict farm life as one of privation. His film concentrates on the glances and gestures of his characters and their immediate physicality. The archaic landscape of ‘God’s own country’ as the locals call their county, perfectly reflects the turmoil going on inside the protagonists.
God’s own country -Francis Lee / 104 min / UK 2017