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Section: International Competition of European First Films

Butterfly Kisses (2017) 16

U.K. | 2017 | 89 min.

At the housing estate they call home, Jake, Kyle and Jarred hang around playing billiards, partying, smoking pot, watching porn, and talking about sex. They welcome anything that breaks the routine, even if it's a fight at the snooker hall – or a new neighbour such as the pretty Zara, a teenage girl who just moved into the estate with her younger sister. Standing at the window on the top floor, Jake can survey the whole housing block. Something about this place captivates him: the solitude, the isolation, the anonymity. In high contrast black and white, set to haunting organ music, the film portrays the life of a teenager whose increasing isolation takes on a sinister form under the burden of a secret he cannot tell anyone.

Duration89 min
SubtitleEnglish, Czech
Directed by Rafael Kapelinski
Screenplay Greer Taylor Ellison
Director of Photography Nick Cooke
Music Nathan Klein
Edited by Andrew Walton
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A director and screenwriter from Poland, originally a banker by profession, he headed the film festival in Torun for several years. He completed his education in the field at schools in Poland and the UK, though had already shined with his award-winning film Emily Cries (Emmy Placz, 2006). He directed several more films in the same format, e.g. The Informer (Konfident, 2011). He debuted with the feature-length drama Butterfly Kisses (2016).

Drama, Gender, Sexuality + Identity, Controversial, First Feature