Peccadillo’s European encounters set for Iris Prize Festival

❉ Peccadillo Pictures brings European encounters to Iris Prize Festival 2018 and offers opportunity to watch shorts online.

Peccadillo Pictures, in partnership wth Iris Prize, is hosting this year’s international and British short film programmes online for the rest of the UK and is also previewing five feature films, including the hotly anticipated Sauvage and the UK premiere of Just Friends.  The Iris Prize LGBT+ Film Festival runs in Cardiff from  9th to 14th October.

Each programme will be made available following its premiere screening at Cineworld in the festival and will remain available for a month’s duration. The full listings of the short films are launched on Friday 5th October, and the films themselves can subsequently be viewed two hours after each screening starting on Wednesday 10th October.  All the details can be found here:

Audiences can romance in rural Finland, discover temptation in Poland, become emotional entangled with Dutch friends, cruise streets of France with rent boys and explore London’s Soho with art-loving escorts.  Peccadillo has been delighted to be associated with Iris Prize which offering the largest short film cash prize in the world since its inception in 2007. Many of the shorts screened each year have also appear on the hugely popular Boys On Film and Girls on Film collections. All these feature films are set to be released in cinemas and DVD over the next few months.        

With a number of festival films addressing the impact of AIDS epidemic over the past 40 years of our lives.  The Producers Forum on Friday 12th October  addresses the many personal and creative responsibilities of telling stories past, present and future in a special panel diiscussion,  AIDS: Retelling the Story on Film. Tom Abell, MD of Peccadillo is one of the speakers taking part alongside Joseph Cotgrave, a young artist living with HIV, and academic Emily Gartside, Phd. The event is chaired by Lisa Power,  former  Policy Director of Terrence Higgins Trust.      

Directors Steve McLean (Postcards From London) and Mikko Makela (A Moment In The Reeds) will be participating in other panel discussions programmed as part of the all-day. Producers Forum activities, alongside many leading industry professionals.      


SAUVAGE  (France/2018/97 mins)

Screening including Q&A with director Camille Vidal-Naquet and actor Félix Maritaud:  Saturday 13 October, 1800. Also screening: Sunday 14 October 12pm/ midday
Director: Camille Vidal-Naquet. Starring Félix Maritaud (120 BPM)        

22-year-old Leo sells his body on the street for cash. Men come and go but he remains; stuck in the same place and longing for love. Uncertain of what his future may bring, Leo hits the road. Sometimes reckless, sometimes savage, sometimes tender but always with a pounding heart – Leo is ready for change.   Award-winning debut feature from Camille Vidal-Naquet, Sauvage is both brutal and explicit but takes refuge in moments of reflective tranquillity. It offers an emotionally raw but erotically charged performance from rising young French star Félix Maritaud, who made a charismatic impact in 120 BPM.

Director Camille Vidal-Naquet and lead actor Félix Maritaud will be attending Saturday’s screening.

Sauvage is set to be released in cinemas in early 2019.

NINA (Poland/2018/130 mins)

Screening:  Wednesday 10 Oct, 1630
Director:  Olga Chajdas. Starring Julia Kijowska; Eliza Rycembel .  

Nina, a French teacher, and Wotjek, a car mechanic, make for a seemingly mismatched couple but they’re a happily married couple who want a child. Unfortunately, Nina so they seek out a surrogate mother. Enter Magda, a independently minded single who has an intoxicating effect on Nina.

Nina is released on DVD/VOD in December

A MOMENT IN THE REEDS  (Finland/2017/108 mins)

Screening including Q&A with director Mikko Makela, producer James Mason and actor Boodi Kabbani (tbc): Wednesday 10th Oct, 2030
Director: Mikko Makela.  Cast: Janne Puustinen (Tom of Finland), Boodi Kabbani, Mika Melender.

Viewing Finland from both the perspectives of an immigrant and an emigrant, A Moment in the Reeds casts the long marginalised voices of sexual and ethnic minorities centre-stage in a story about the search for freedom, acceptance and proving that home is where the heart is. Significantly, with the film tackling many urgent issues about asylum seekers and racism, it boldly casts Boodi Kabbani, the first openly gay Syrian actor who is himself an immigrant to Finland.

A Moment In The Reeds is available on DVD/ VOD from 15th October

JUST FRIENDS (GEWOON VRIENDEN)   (Netherlands/2018/80 mins)

UK PREMIERE: Screening:  Thursday 11 October, 1800
Director: Ellen Smit.  Stars:  Josha Stradowski; Majd Mardo, Jenny Arean 

UK PREMIERE of Ellen Smith’s award-winning rom-com that’s sure to appeal especially to LGBT youth and fans of Love, Simon. aving completed his studies in Amsterdam, medical student Yad returns home to his hometown and takes up a job as care assistant to an elderly woman, Ans. On meeting her handsome grandson, Joris, he starts up a friendship that develops into romance. However, with Yad’s mother nagging him about his career and Joris’s mother struggling with her recent divorce, will they remain just friends or could true love blossom?

Just Friends is due to be released in March 2019


Screening including Q&A with director Steve McLean: Thursday 11th October, 2100. Director: Steve McLean. Stars: Harris Dickinson, Jonah Hauer-King, Allesandro Cinadamore, Leonardi Salerni, Raphael Desprez,  Richard Durden.                                                      

Beautiful Essex boy Jim (Harris Dickinson: The Darkest Minds, Beach Rats), travels to vibrant Soho in search of fame, fortune and cultural stimulation. Down on his luck, he meets with a gang of unusual high class male escorts – The Raconteurs – who specialise in post-coital conversation. What follows is Jim’s comic descent from unsuccessful escort, to artist’s muse and art authenticator – a journey complicated by a rare psychosomatic condition called ‘Stendhal Syndrome’. Rendering Jim painfully oversensitive to art, the condition threatens to bring about his downfall whilst opening him up to new opportunities, that is if Jim is willing to grab them…

Set in a vibrant, neon-lit, imaginary vision of Soho, this is director Steve McLean’s homage to a lost Soho and stars Harris Dickinson, who took the lead in Beach Rats which screened at Iris Prize last year and is currently starring in Danny Boyle’s Trust on BBC Two. Shot entirely in the studio McLean’s brings a timeless and theatre-like quality to the screen. Also boasting a cast of rising young British stars, Postcards From London is a light-hearted and fun morality tale and a celebration of the homo-erotic in Renaissance and Baroque art.

Postcards From London is released in selected UK cinemas on 23rd November

The Iris Prize LGBT + Film Festival runs 9th to 14th October. All films are screening at Cineworld, Cardiff. Full information available here:  

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