ASFF selects five films for release this week, available in cinemas and digitally. Featuring films from Britain, Denmark, America and Ireland, these filmmakers put family relationships under the microscope, as issues ranging from gender to paternal instincts to mental health are all explored.
Eternal Beauty (Bulldog)
Actor Craig Roberts, making his second film as director after Just Jim, steps up a gear with Eternal Beauty. Reuniting with Sally Hawkins, his co-star from Submarine and Jane Eyre, Roberts casts her as Jane, a singleton who suffers from schizophrenia. Treating mental illness with compassion and care, Roberts’ script shows just how he’s maturing as a filmmaker with a story that also casts Billie Piper, David Thewlis and Penelope Wilton.
The Quiet One (MusicFilmNetwork)
If we were to tell you this is a documentary about one of The Rolling Stones, it wouldn’t take much detective work to figure out it’s focusing on the laid-back Bill Wyman. One of the founding members of the band, the bass player left the Stones in 1992, though director Oliver Murray does a competent job of skimming his history with the rock’n’roll legends. Controversially, it does much less probing about his relationship with Mandy Smith, whom he married when she was 18 and he was 52.
Sofia Coppola’s new film will be arriving on Apple TV on October 23, but it’s receiving an awards-qualifying cinema release this week, so there’s a chance to catch it on the big screen. Chiefly, it marks Coppola’s reunion with the mighty Bill Murray, some 17 years after Lost in Translation. The story concerns a young mother (Rashida Jones) as she reconnects with her playboy art dealer father (Murray) in New York. Marlon Wayans and Jenny Slate co-star.
Adapted from Mark O’Halloran’s award-winning play Trade, Rialto marks the second film for Peter Mackie Burns, who launched Emily Beecham’s career in Daphne. This Dublin-set tale tells of the uneasy relationship between married fortysomething Colm (Tom Vaughan-Lawlor) and a young hustler Jay (Tom Glynn-Carney) he has a sexual encounter with. A slow-burn character study, this ripples with anxiety, sorrow and wayward masculinity.
Danish director Malou Reymann makes her debut feature with this family drama based on her own real-life experience when her father transitioned to female. Set in the ’90s, it looks in on a Danish family just as Thomas (Mikkel Boe Følsgaard) and wife Helle (Neel Rønholt) announce that they’re getting a divorce, because Thomas is in the process of becoming Agnette, much to the shock of their children.
All films released on 2 October.