This year’s Film4 Summer Screen turns its attention to climate change and our continued responsibility to safeguard the planet despite an overbearing focus on politics. Returning to Somerset House on 10 August, the popular open-air cinematic event opens with the premiere of An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, the stirring sequel to the Oscar®-winning 2006 documentary An Inconvenient Truth. It follows the former Vice President Al Gore as he continues his fight against climate change. Film4 Summer Screen welcomes Al Gore to participate in a special on-stage Q&A. Meanwhile, the highly anticipated The Square will be a centrepiece premiere.
Directed by Swedish director Ruben Östlund (Force Majeure), the Cannes Palme d’Or winner is a dark satire set in a Modern art museum and centres on its successful curator, who hires a new PR company to create a buzz around his shiny new installation. The PR’s initiatives instead plunge it into crisis and effects exquisite embarrassment. It stars Dominic West (The Wire; The Affair), Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men) and Danish actor Claes Bang in the lead role.
Running until 23 August, Summer Screen will close with Patti Cake$, a bold, funny and infectiously upbeat coming-of-age crowd-pleaser from director Geremy Jasper. Starring Australian newcomer Danielle MacDonald and Bridget Everett (Inside Amy Schumer, Girls, Sex and the City), Patti Cake$ is the story of a New Jersey girl who dreams of becoming a superstar rapper. The cast and director will come to London to close the season in style. This follows the film’s appearance at Sundance and Cannes earlier in 2017.
A further selection of screenings will reflect on the longevity of cult films. Summer Screen will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Blow-Up, an iconic and stylish portrait of 1960s swinging London from legendary Italian director Michelangelo Antonioni. Also in the programme is a ‘double-bills’ series making way for dynamic, extended Saturday nights with Donnie Darko and The Omen; Jaws and Deliverance the following weekend. Summer Screen will bring director Gurinder Chadha and writer Meera Syal’s 1993 British comedy Bhaji on the Beach back to the big screen; while In Bruges and Victoria lead us through the streets of two prominent European cities: Bruges and Berlin.
Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House, 10-23 August, London.
For details of the full programme, visit: www.somersethouse.org.uk/whats-on/film4-summer-screen.
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