Hull Film Festival is back in July, celebrating its sixth annual edition with a fantastic lineup of exclusive previews and premieres from the UK and around the world. The Festival, organised by local charity Hull Independent Cinema, will take place at Vue Cinema Princes Quay from Monday 1 to Sunday 7 July.

This year’s Festival opens with the Yorkshire Premiere of rip-roaring British comedy drama Animals, starring Holliday Grainger and Alia Shawkat. Films from around the world include German / French refugee drama Transit, erotic and kitsch French mystery Knife+Heart, and an old-fashioned big-screen romance transported to Mumbai in Photograph.

The best of English language film from the UK and the US include psychological thriller The Dead Center, mysterious period drama starring Maxine Peake in Gwen, and a scandalous lesbian love affair in 1950s Scotland in Tell It To The Bees.

The festival features two films with local connections. The Last Tree is a drama partly shot just across the Humber in Lincolnshire and looks at the coming of age of a young man of Nigerian heritage who grows up in a rural community and moves to London as a teenager. The pop-music-fuelled Teen Spirit stars Elle Fanning and is the directorial debut of Max Minghella, son of the famed film director and screenwriter Anthony Minghella, an honorary son of Hull as a graduate of its University.

Hull Film Festival Director, Damien Greco, said, “This year, the Festival is focussed entirely on brand new film, with every title bar one a pre-release preview, several Yorkshire Premiere screenings, and one title so exclusive we aren’t even allowed to say what it is yet!* There really is something for everyone in the programme this year, from debuts by exciting British directors to insightful documentaries, via romance, drama, thrillers and the best new foreign-language films.”

Standard film tickets are £8, with £6 discount tickets available for Hull Independent Cinema members, students and under-25s. With a range of day tickets and festival passes delivering great value it’s possible to enjoy the Festival from just over £3 per film.

Festival brochures will be available to pick up from shops, bars and cafes around the city as well as from any Hull Independent Cinema screening. Full programme information and advance ticket purchase information can be found at Tickets can also be bought in advance by phoning Hull Box Office on 0844 2491000.

Programme Summary

1 July, 1830 – OPENING FILM – ANIMALS (Sophie Hyde, UK / Ireland) – based on the novel by Emma Unsworth, ANIMALS is rip-roaring comedy drama set and filmed in Ireland, based on the friendship between two women being tested by their changing priorities in life.

1 July, 2030 – TRANSIT (Christian Petzold, Germany / France) – A refugee from Germany meets the wife of the dead man whose identity he has assumed. TRANSIT sets Anna Segher’s 1942 novel in the present day to create an arresting look at the plight of displaced people.

2 July 1830 – TELL IT TO THE BEES (Annabel Jankel, UK) – A love affair between two women in a small British village in the 1950s cannot be kept secret for long. Based on the 2009 novel by Fiona Shaw.

2 July 2030 – THE LAST TREE (Shola Amoo, UK) – A coming of age tale sees Femi, a young man of Nigerian heritage, move from a happy childhood in rural Lincolnshire to growing up in inner city London. Premiered at Sundance where it was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize.

3 July 1830 – GWEN (William McGregor, UK) – In starkly beautiful 19th Century north Wales, a young girl has to deal with her mother’s illness, her father’s absence, a mining company encroaching on their land and a suspicious local community in this dark folk horror starring Maxine Peake.

3 July 2030 – ONLY YOU (Harry Wootliff, UK) – When Elena and Jake meet on New Year’s Eve, they start a passionate love affair – can it survive as reality catches up? Compelling and relatable romance with a pair of tinderbox performances from its stars.

4 July 1830 – HAIL SATAN? (Penny Lane, USA) – Documentary looking at the remarkable rise of one of America’s newest – and most controversial – religious movements; The Satanic Temple. A sinister cult, or a misunderstood group of outsiders committed to religious freedom?

4 July 2030 – THE DEAD CENTER (Billy Senese, USA) – Creepy genre-bending thriller in which a psychiatrist finds his own sanity challenged by a patient’s claim to have died – a brought something terrible back from the other side.

5 July 1830 – TEEN SPIRIT (Max Minghella, UK / USA) – The directorial debut of Max Minghella, son of the late Anthony Minghella. Stars Elle Fanning as a shy teenager who sees her passion for singing as a way to escape her dull home town, in a visceral and stylish spin on the Cinderella story.

5 July 2030 – KNIFE+HEART (Yann Gonzalez, France / Mexico / Switzerland) – In 1970s Paris, a maker of cheap gay porn gets caught up in an investigation when one of her actors is murdered. Starring Vanessa Paradis, the film was nominated for the Palme d’Or at Cannes Film Festival.

6 July 1530 – THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM (John Chester, USA) – Documentary following filmmaker John Chesters’ attempt to establish a sustainable farm on 200 acres of poor, drought-hit land near Los Angeles.

6 July 1800 – LETO (Kirill Serebrennikov, Russia / France) – A slice of avant-garde Russian cinema. In the Soviet Union in the early 1980s, a group of friends in Leningrad who smuggle records and play music in the underground rock and roll scene get involved in a complex love triangle.

6 July 2030 – HOTEL MUMBAI (Anthony Maras, India / USA / Australia) – Dev Patel and Armie Hammer star in a hard-hitting portrayal of the terrorist siege of the Taj Hotel in Mumbai in 2008.

7 July 1530 – PHOTOGRAPH (Ritesh Batra, India / Germany / USA) – PHOTOGRAPH tells the story of a slow-developing romance between a Mumbai street photographer and the shy woman he persuades to pose as his fiance in response to family pressure to find a wife.

7 July 1800 – ANIARA (Pella Kågerman, Sweden / Denmark) – Showing only one week after its UK Premiere, ANIARA is an epic piece of space opera, packed with more ideas in one scene than some whole films, based on Nobel Laureate Harry Martinsson’s 1956 epic poem.

7 July 2030 – NON-FICTION (Olivier Assayas, France) – Wry, seductive French comedy drama to round off the Festival in style, as a controversial writer bases his new novel on his real-life love affair – with his editor’s wife. Starring Juliette Binoche.

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