Article: FAN relaunches new release support

The BFI Film Audience Network (FAN) has announced the next films to receive FAN support – four amazing films from across the globe that deserve to be seen on the big screen.

We’re delighted to be able to announce these four great films in one slate, giving exhibitors more time to plan them into their schedule. The focus of all our new release campaigns this year is on developing younger audiences and we’ll be working with cinemas and partners all over the UK on grassroots activity we hope will really make a difference.”

FAN have refreshed their new release support this year which now includes longterm support for a selection of venues every year, a campaign budget that all cinemas and festivals can pitch for extra activity and regional marketers in every Film Hub area.

Find out more about the films below and get in touch with to get involved.

Utøya – July 22

Dir. Erik Poppe | Cert TBC | 1h 32min | Norway

Released 26 October by Modern Films


On July 22 2011 more than 500 youths at a political summer camp on an island outside Oslo were attacked by an armed, right-wing extremist. Earlier that day he bombed a Government building in Oslo before making his way to Utøya island. In this first fictional movie about the attack we follow Kaja (18) as she tries to survive – minute by minute.

“A gut-wrenching ordeal … a brutal single-take drama from the victims’ perspective…like a YA post-apocalyptic dystopia, with Kaja a real-life Katniss Everdeen … an absorbing and moving tribute to the courage of the young victims of Utøya.”  – 4 Stars, The Guardian


Dir. Hirokazu Kore-eda | Cert TBC | 2hr 1min | Japan

Released 23 November 2018 by Thunderbird


“Equal parts incisive social critique and nuanced family portrait, the latest from Japanese master Hirokazu Kore-eda — winner of this year’s Palme d’Or at Cannes — follows a small band of marginalized misfits struggling to make ends meet in a merciless urban environment.” – Toronto International Film Festival


Dir. Lee Chang-dong | Cert TBC | 2hr 28min | South Korea

Released 1 February 2019 by Thunderbird


In this thrilling adaptation of a Haruki Murakami short story, Korean auteur Lee Chang-dong returns with a gripping psychological thriller about obsessive love set in modern consumerist Korea.

Happy as Lazzaro

Dir. Alice Rohrwacher | Cert TBC | 2hr 5min | Italy

Released 15 March 2019 by Modern Films


Sweet-natured Lazzaro lives in a village in the beautiful Italian countryside, set apart from the world by a bridge that no one can be bothered to fix. Life unfolds much like it did a century ago, save for the odd Walkman and 1990s-era dance music, until things take a strange and supernatural turn as Lazzaro strikes up a friendship with a rebellious young nobleman.

“Rohrwacher concocts a trippy brew of Italian class struggle, folk tales, biblical allegory, pop culture references and a rich vein in cinema history.” – BFI London Film Festival

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