The International Film Festival Rotterdam announced its programme today including the World Premiere of Martin Radich’s NORFOLK which will compete in the Hivos Tiger Awards Competition and is the only UK film in competition. NORFOLK, the second feature from BAFTA-nominated writer/director Martin Radich (Crack Willow), is a haunting thriller about a reclusive father and son whose close relationship is threatened when the father’s mysterious past catches up with them. Boasting an exciting European cast, the film stars Denis Ménochet (Inglourious Basterds, Robin Hood), Barry Keoghan (’71, Stay), Eileen Davies (Sightseers, Another Year), Sean Buckley (The Fifth Element, Les Misérables) and newcomer Goda Letkauskaite.
NORFOLK is produced by Finlay Pretsell (Pablo’s Winter, Cutting Loose and Ma Bar) of SDI Productions and Rachel Dargavel (45 Years, Song for Marion, Weekend) of Crybaby. The film marks both Rachel and Finlay’s first lead producer credit and is Crybaby’s debut feature and SDI’s first foray in to fiction filmmaking.
NORFOLK was developed, financed and produced through Creative England’s iFeatures initiative with backing from the BFI and BBC Films. Executive producers are Creative England’s Christopher Moll, Steve Jenkins (BBC Films), Chris Collins (BFI Film Fund) and Tristan Goligher (iFeatures). The film marks the second major festival bow for iFeatures in the last six months, following BIFA-winning film The Goob which premiered at Venice in the Venice Days Festival and garnered award success at the Dinard and Stockholm film festivals.
Set in Norfolk, amidst an idyllic, brooding landscape, an innocent teenage boy and his battle-weary father live a simple life. Days are spent hunting, fishing and daydreaming. Then out of nowhere, the father, a mercenary, is given a final deadly mission, one that threatens to destroy not just the target, but the love between a father and his son.
Writer/director Martin Radich was raised in Blackpool and studied at Edinburgh College of Art. As an award-winning filmmaker and cinematographer, he has made numerous short films including the BAFTA nominated In Memory of Dorothy Bennett; A Good Man is Hard to Find, winner of Best British Short at the Edinburgh International Film Festival and the highly acclaimed Dog’s Mercury. His debut feature Crack Willow, a compelling portrait of one man’s struggle with death and loneliness premiered at the Edinburgh International Film Festival as ‘Best of the Fest’ and won the Grand Jury Award for Best Feature at the Washington DC Independent Film Festival.
French film actor Denis Ménochet is known to international audiences for his powerful performance opposite Christoph Waltz in the opening scene of Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds. His subsequent film credits include Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood, Melanie Laurent’s The Adopted, for which he received the Lumière Award for Most Promising Actor (2011), Francois Ozon’s In The House and Rebecca Zlotowski’s Grand Central. Dublin-born actor Barry Keoghan is a young upcoming talent whose recent film credits include Yann Demange’s ’71 and Standby alongside Brian Gleeson. In 2013 he appeared in the film Stay starring Taylor Schilling and Aidan Quinn, and previously in Stalker, Life’s A Breeze, King of the Travellers, A Score and Between the Canals. He appeared in the TV movie ‘Jack Taylor: Priest’ in 2012, and in the series ‘Love/Hate’ and ‘Fair City. He has recently completed filming Adam Smith’s Trespass Against Us alongside Michael Fassbender, Brendan Gleeson and Rory Kinnear.
The evocative music for NORFOLK is a unique collaboration with Brooklyn-based composer JG Thirlwell, whose extensive body of work under numerous different identities spans over 25 years and includes collaborations with artists such as Nick Cave, Marc Almond, The The, Karen O and Spike Jonze.
Details of the the screening at Rotterdam can be found here.
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