Contemporary Releases

15 December 2016

A handpicked slate of exciting new titles identifying the masterpieces in our midst and the classics of the future.

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All classics were young once. At Park Circus, we’ve scoured every period of cinema history to find them; we've looked into the past to celebrate the revered, re-evaluate the underappreciated and uncover the forgotten.

With our contemporary releases, we’re turning one eye forward to identify the masterpieces in our midst and the classics of the future. We're bringing exciting new titles to theatrical and festival markets around the world. 

Our curated slate highlights current films with classic clout, and includes the latest efforts from established directors and promising releases from emerging talents. We've picked out a few of the next big things we're pleased to be working on below, take a look into the future.

Certain Women

Certain WomenThe latest film from celebrated American independent director, Kelly Reichardt (Meek's Cutoff, Night Moves), Certain Women is the story of three women forging their own way in rural Montana. Structured as a trio of subtly interlocking portraits sharing brief moments of narrative cohesion and nestling under the same expansive skyscape, Certain Women is populated by an ensemble cast of characters defining themselves in a world of stark natural beauty and restrictive social structures.

It features performances from Laura Dern, Kristen Stewart, Michelle Williams and Lily Gladstone, a newcomer nominated for Best Supporting Female at the Independent Spirit Awards alongside Reichardt for Best Director. Certain Women won Best Film at the BFI London Film Festival 2016.

Released across the UK and Ireland on 3 March.

The Eyes of My Mother

The Eyes of My MotherFirst time filmmaker, Nicolas Pesce created the "discovery of this year's Sundance" (Eric Kohn, Indiewire) with The Eyes of My Mother; a striking debut displaying an assured understanding of extreme horror, a sympathetic eye for intimate character study and a reinvigorated interpretation of the American Gothic tradition.

Set in and around a remote farmhouse, it tells the story of Francisca: a young woman left shaken by childhood trauma whose attempts to connect with the wider world take a distinctly dark form as she enacts the surgical training her absent mother equipped her with as a child. Realising its grisly narrative through nuanced performance and considered monochrome photography, The Eyes of My Mother is a hybrid creation of lingering beauty and gnawing dread.

Released across the UK and Ireland on 24 March.

Personal Shopper

Personal ShopperFollowing the success of 2015's Clouds of Sils Maria, Olivier Assayas and Kristen Stewart reunite in Personal Shopper, a beguiling ghost story that plays its genre set-up off against its Parisian fashion world setting and its director's refusal to conform to horror conventions.

Appearing as the titular personal shopper, Stewart again takes up a liminal role in the world of celebrity having previously played an actress' assistant in Sils Maria - but it is her positioning on another boundary, between the living and the dead, that is Assayas' unprecedented party trick in Personal Shopper. This shapeshifting psychological thriller won the filmmaker Best Director at the Cannes Film Festival 2016 where it also competed for the Palme d'Or.

Screening at festivals around the world.

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