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20,000 Days On Earth, by Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard

20,000 Days On Earth is a bold vision of one of music’s most mysterious and charismatic figures, the iconic Nick Cave. In their debut feature directors Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard fuse drama and documentary by weaving a cinematically staged day in Cave’s life with never-before-seen verité observation of his full creative cycle.

The film delves into Cave’s artistic processes, unpicking the stuff that makes him tick. We meet those who have affected his life, personally and professionally, including hilarious moments shared with his regular collaborator, the multi-instrumentalist and epic beard-wearer Warren Ellis; actor and friend Ray Winstone; and Kylie Minogue, whom Cave duetted with on his mainstream hit single Where The Wild Roses Grow. These voices from the past revisit Cave in daydream-like scenes as he sits behind the wheel driving through his adopted hometown of Brighton, England.

The film constructs a narrative and cinematic reality that seamlessly blends performance and storytelling with emotional truths. Avowedly neither a music documentary nor a concert film, 20,000 Days On Earth still contains electrifying performances. We see a song grow from the tiniest of ideas sketched out by Cave in his office to a monstrous epic performed by the peerless Bad Seeds on stage at Sydney Opera House. We also witness Cave open up to psychoanalyst Darian Leader as he discusses how his early years continue to inform his work, and later join him on a journey through his personal archive. This category-defying film possesses the same frankness and wry humour that run through all of Cave’s work, and pushes the form into new territory, exploring universal themes and celebrating the transformative power of the creative spirit.

UK release: 19th September / Distributed by Picturehouse Entertainment

Mood Indigo, by Michel Gondry

Visionary French filmmaker Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Be Kind Rewind, The Science of Sleep) finds inspiration from Boris Vian’s cult novel (L’Ecume des Jours) to provide the foundation for this romantic love story starring Audrey Tautou (Amélie, Coco Before Chanel) and Romain Duris (The Beat that my Heart Skipped). Set in a charmingly surreal Paris, Mood Indigo is an imaginative, eccentric, strange, sometimes weird and out-of-control but often magical and beautiful film.

UK release: 1st August / Distributed by StudioCanal

Ida, by Pawel Pawlikowski, with Agata Trzebuchowska

How can you capture a nation’s spirit by telling a singular story? By making every shot as definitive as an icon. “I’m not emotionally excited by the power of cinema’s tricks anymore,” Pawlikowski has said. The director and his fledgling cinematographer, Lukasz Zal, shot the movie in hard-focus black and white; they have produced images so distinct and powerful that they sharpen our senses.

One can trace possible influences—Carl Theodor Dreyer, very likely, and Robert Bresson, and European art films from the sixties and early seventies like François Truffaut’s “The Wild Child,” and also Polish movies made in the period in which “Ida” is set.

There is a long time we haven’t seen a film as beautiful as this one.

UK release: 26th September / Distributed by Artificial Eye

'Ida,' by Pawel Pawlikowski: A Film Masterpiece - The New Yorker

'Ida,' by Pawel Pawlikowski: A Film Masterpiece - The New Yorker

"There are perhaps a handful of films whose imprint on the psyche is so great, that a viewing will be forever remembered and their mere mention enough to evoke an intense emotional - even physical - response." 

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