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Still Life

TRAILER


FILM INFO

Director - Uberto Pasolini
Writer - Uberto Pasolini
Cast - Eddie Marsan, Joanne Froggatt, Andrew Buchan
Producers - Uberto Pasolini, Christopher Simon, Felix Vossen
Production Companies - Redwave Films, Embargo Films


Synopsis

For over 22 years, life for the unassuming John May (Eddie Marsan) has been his work for the local council in South London, finding the next of kin for those in his community who have passed away alone. But in this age of ‘efficiency’, John’s meticulousness and care is no longer deemed necessary, and he is abruptly made redundant. John is left with one assignment: a search for the relatives of an elderly neighbour, Billy Stoke.

As he journeys beyond London to piece together Billy’s past, John uncovers a life of mischief, misadventure, love and regret, most of all for an abandoned daughter, Kelly (Joanne Froggatt) whom John manages to locate. These two insular people are naturally drawn to each other, and as friendship blossoms, John’s outlook opens imperceptibly to life’s possibilities…


FILM FESTIVALS & AWARDS

  • WINNER - Abu Dhabi Film Festival 2013 - Black Pearl Award (New Horizons) - Best Film
  • WINNER - Art Film Fest, Slovakia - Blue Angel for Best Male Performance (Eddie Marsan)
  • WINNER - Capri, Hollywood 2013 - Capri Cult Award
  • WINNER - Cinessonne Festival of European Cinema - Best Actor Award (Eddie Marsan)
  • OFFICIAL SELECTION - Cornwall Film Festival 2014
  • NOMINATED - David di Donatello Awards 2014 - Best European Film (Miglior Film
  • dell'Unione Europea)
  • OFFICIAL SELECTION - Dinard British Film Festival 2014 - Best British movies preview
  • WINNER - Edinburgh International Film Festival 2014 - Best Performance in a British Feature (Eddie Marsan)
  • NOMINATED - Edinburgh International Film Festival 2014 - The Michael Powell Award for
  • Best British Feature Film
  • OFFICIAL SELECTION - Fairhope Film Festival 2014
  • WINNER - FICE 2013 (Federazione Italiana Cinema d'Essai) - Best European Director (Migliore Regista Europeo) Uberto Pasolini
  • OFFICIAL SELECTION - Gold Coast International Film Festival 2014 - Dramas
  • WINNER - Golden Apricot Yerevan 11th International Film Festival 2014 - Special Jury Mention
  • WINNER - Golden Globes (Italy) 2014 - Golden Globe Best Cinematography (Migliore Fotografia)(Stefano Falivene)
  • OFFICIAL SELECTION - Guadalajara International Film Festival 2014 - Panorama Internacional
  • OFFICIAL SELECTION - Hamptons International Film Festival 2013 - Focus on UK
  • OFFICIAL SELECTION - HOF International Film Festival 2013
  • OFFICIAL SELECTION - Inaugural British Film Festival 2013 - Contemporary Films
  • OFFICIAL SELECTION - International Film Festival of Colombo 2014
  • OFFICIAL SELECTION - Istanbul Film Festival 2014 - World of Festivals
  • OFFICIAL SELECTION - Jeonju International Film Festival 2014 - Cinemafest
  • OFFICIAL SELECTION - Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2014 - Another View
  • NOMINATED - Kerala International Film Festival 2013 - World Cinema
  • OFFICIAL SELECTION - Kinotavr Open Russian Film Festival 2014 - Special Screening
  • WINNER - Kosmorama, Trondheim International Film Festival 2014 - New Directors People's Award
  • OFFICIAL SELECTION - Leiden International Film Festival 2014 - Panorama
  • NOMINATED - Miami International Film Festival 2014 - Cinema 360
  • OFFICIAL SELECTION - Milwaukee Film Festival 2014 - Competition
  • WINNER - Mostly British Film Festival 2015 - Audience Award, Best Motion Picture
  • WINNER - Nara International Film Festival 2014 - NARative Audience Award
  • OFFICIAL SELECTION - New Zealand International Film Festival 2014 - World Cinema
  • OFFICIAL SELECTION - Odessa International Film Festival 2014 - Festival of Festivals
  • NOMINATED - Palm Springs International Film Festival 2014 - World Cinema Now
  • NOMINATED - P&L Film Festival 2014 - P&L Section
  • WINNER - Reykjavik International Film Festival 2013 - Fipresci Award
  • WINNER - Reykjavik International Film Festival 2013 - Golden Puffin (Best Film)
  • WINNER - Riga International Film Festival 2014 - Best European Film
  • NOMINATED - São Paulo International Film Festival 2013 - International Jury Award - Best Feature Film
  • OFFICIAL SELECTION - Scottsdale International Film Festival 2014 - Special Advance Screenings
  • NOMINATED - Seattle International Film Festival 2014 - Films4Families
  • NOMINATED - Shanghai International Film Festival 2014 - Panorama
  • NOMINATED - Sofia Film Festival 2014 - Cinema Tomorrow/ Discoveries
  • OFFICIAL SELECTION - Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival 2014 - New Waves Strand
  • OFFICIAL SELECTION -Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival 2013 - Closing Film
  • OFFICIAL SELECTION - Tbilisi Film Festival 2014 - Closing Film
  • WINNER - Transilvania International Film Festival 2014 - Audience Award
  • OFFICIAL SELECTION - Traverse City Film Festival 2014 - Foreign Section
  • WINNER - Valence Scenario Film Festival 2015 - Grand Jury Prize
  • WINNER - Valenciennes Film Festival 2015 - Best Actor (Eddie Marsan)
  • OFFICIAL SELECTION - Vancouver Film Festival 2014 - Cinema of our Time
  • WINNER - Venice International Film Festival 2013 - C.I.C.A.E. Award
  • WINNER - Venice International Film Festival 2013 - Pasinetti Award (Best Film)
  • WINNER - Venice International Film Festival 2013 - Premio Cinematografico "Civitas Vitae Prossima" Award
  • WINNER - Venice International Film Festival 2013 - Venice Horizons Award
  • OFFICIAL SELECTION - Vilnius Films Festival 2014 - Critics Choice
  • WINNER - Voices Film Festival 2014 - Grand Prix (Best Film)
  • WINNER - Voices Film Festival 2014 - Best Actor (Eddie Marsan)
  • OFFICIAL SELECTION - Warsaw Film Festival 2014 - Gala Opening
  • OFFICIAL SELECTION - Washington, DC International Film Festival - World View
  • NOMINATED - Zagreb Film Festival 2013 - Golden Pram Best Feature Film
  • NOMINATED - Zurich Film Festival 2013 -  International Feature Film

FILM REVIEWS

"A sensitive, measured and touching work, completed with Eddie Marsan's performance, an extraordinary actor, as a man who is capable of a great deal of humanity" Camilio de Marco, Cineuropa

"Director Uberto Pasolini has a gem in Marsan, a virtuoso actor who plays the role delicately where another might have laid on the pathos too thick" ★★★ Sara Stewart, New York Post

"The poignant story of a shy, lonely council official is sympathetically observed but ultimately sentimental" ★★★ Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

"This is a gentle, well-observed drama with a very likeable performance from Marsan" ★★★✩✩ Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent

"A doleful, charming film from Uberto Pasolini" ★★★✩✩ Nigel Andrews, Financial Times 

"Eddie Marsan gives an exemplary performance in the touching, low-key British drama" ★★★✩✩ Stephen Carty, Radio Times

"There is a static, stoic grace to this picture that is quite unlike anything else in cinemas right now" ★★★✩✩ Leigh Paatsch, Herald Sun (Australia)

"Pasolini crafts a small, but poignant and well performed tale of life and death"                       ★★★✩✩ Joe Walsh, Cinevue

"Uberto Pasolini is best known as the producer of the The Full Monty but he's proving a skilled and sensitive director as evidence by quietly haunting British drama Still Life" ★★★✩✩ Henry Fitzherbert, The Express

"Marsan proves his worth by raising the film with a touching, personal performance." Matt Seton, HeyUGuys

"I've rarely seen the poignancy of death so beautifully captured" ★★★★ Judith Lucy, At the Movies

"Soulful and sweet" ★★★✩✩ Barbara VanDenburgh, Arizona Republic

"Eddie Marsan, wonderful performance" Francine Stock, BBC RADIO 4

"Captivating and compelling. Eddie Marsan is extraordinary" Clive Botting, The Huffington Post

"Incredibly profound" Radio 4, Front Row

"I was unprepared for the transcendent final moments, which left me suddenly and unexpectedly in tears" ★★★✩✩ Mark Kermode, The Observer

"Beautifully crafted and exquisitely observed with an outstanding performance from Eddie Marsan in the lead" ★★★✩ Empire Magazine

"I was intrigued by the prospect of the always compelling Eddie Marsan playing a dull South London council funeral administrator in Still Life" ★★★✩ Kate Muir, THE TIMES (UK)