Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House, London’s groundbreaking open-air film festival, returns between 4-17 August, with a prestigious programme of classic and contemporary films, and a total of three UK premieres.
The 2016 season will open with the UK premiere of the critically-acclaimed Things To Come. Isabelle Huppert gives a commanding performance in Eden director Mia Hansen-Løve’s smart Paris-set drama, which explores how it feels to have led a full life yet still be searching for answers.
Pedro Almodóvar will make a special appearance at this year’s festival to introduce his 20th feature film Julieta, which was in competition at Cannes. Representing a return to the female-centric storytelling of many of Almodóvar’s most notable works, such as Volver and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, a younger and older version of the film’s protagonist Julieta confronts the loves and losses of her life.
The season will close with the UK premiere of Cannes award-winner Captain Fantastic, directed by Matt Ross, which follows the heartfelt story of a father (Viggo Mortensen) whose idealistic parenting comes under attack when his family is forced to leave their sheltered paradise and enter the world.
Two special screenings will celebrate cinema icons – master filmmaker Stanley Kubrick and one of the most inspired and influential British films of all-time Trainspotting.
This year’s Best of 10 vote will coincide with Daydreaming with Stanley Kubrick, an exhibition of works created by contemporary artists, filmmakers and musicians and inspired by Stanley Kubrick at Somerset House from 6 July – 24 August. The public ballot will allow the audience to choose their favourite Kubrick film from a list of his 10 most famous movies. The vote-winning title will be revealed in front of the Somerset House audience on the night of the screening itself.
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Film4’s Trainspotting, and ahead of the 2017 release of sequel T2, Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House will put Danny Boyle’s controversial 1996 hit back on the big screen in its original 35mm format.
In addition, Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House will stage a typically eclectic mix of movies, from comedy and musical to horror and sci-fi. Sundown DJ sets inspired by the screenings will set the mood before the films begin.
Saturday nights will see double bills of Ex Machina and RoboCop, two dark futuristic visions that bring together Man and Machine, and Galaxy Quest and 2015’s The Final Girls (unreleased theatrically in the UK), a pair of comedies that take a fun twist on the sci-fi and horror genres.
There will be classics in Sunset Boulevard, the fable of fading movie star Norma Desmond, the fashionable affair of Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire in Funny Face and 90s teen rom-com classic 10 Things I Hate About You. Legendary directors will feature with Quentin Tarantino’s crime caper Jackie Brown and Francis Ford Coppola’s flamboyantly frightening adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Finally, landscapes and coming-of-age experiences will contrast with Australian outback adventure Walkabout and the gritty realities of urban life in the Parisian suburbs portrayed in the gripping Girlhood.
August 4 THINGS TO COME (UK PREMIERE)
August 5 BRAM STOKER’S DRACULA
August 6 EX MACHINA + ROBOCOP
August 7 SUNSET BOULEVARD
August 8 10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU
August 9 WALKABOUT
August 10 JULIETA (UK PREMIERE)
August 11 WINNER OF BEST OF 10 KUBRICK VOTE
August 12 JACKIE BROWN
August 13 GALAXY QUEST + THE FINAL GIRLS
August 14 FUNNY FACE
August 15 TRAINSPOTTING
August 16 GIRLHOOD
August 17 CAPTAIN FANTASTIC (UK PREMIERE)
Tickets for Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House go on sale at 10am on Thursday 26th May. For more information visit the Somerset House website.