T A R T A N F I L M S U S A Presents…

TARTAN FILMS TO OPEN CANNES JURY PRIZE WINNING FILM 'RED ROAD' IN SPRING 2007

A Film by Academy Awardİ Winning Director Andrea Arnold

 

Tartan Films USA will theatrically release RED ROAD on April 6 in New York City and on April 13 in Los Angeles and Orange County as well as other cities nationwide. An atmospheric and intense thriller about pain and retribution which finds Jackie, a Glasgow CCTV (surveillance) operator watching over a small part of the world, protecting the people living their lives under her gaze. One day a man appears on her monitor, a man she thought she would never see again, a man she never wanted to see again. Now she has no choice, she is compelled to confront him.

RED ROAD is the first film to be produced under the Advance Party Concept. Advance Party involves three directors developing scripts around the same group of characters. The films take place in Scotland but apart from that the writers are free to place the characters anywhere according to geography, social setting or ethnic background. The characters back-stories can be expanded, family relations can be created between them, they can be given habits good or bad, and secondary characters can be added if it is proper for the individual film. All of the characters must appear in all of the films. The various parts will be cast with the same actors in the same parts in all of the films. Advance Party is the Dogme-inflected brainchild of Lone Scherfig and Anders Thomas Jensen, employees of Danish co-producer Zentropa.

RED ROAD stars Kate Dickie ("Tinsel Town" BAFTA Award Winner for Best Performance (Scotland), Tony Curran (THE GOOD GERMAN), Martin Compton (Ken Loach’s SWEET SIXTEEN, A GUIDE TO RECOGNIZING YOUR SAINTS) and Natalie Press (MY SUMMER OF LOVE).

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RED ROAD is a production of the UK FILM COUNCIL SCOTTISH SCREEN, GLASGOW FILM OFFICE and BBC FILMS in association with ZOMA FILMS and VERVE PICTURES, SIGMA FILMS/ZENTROPA ENTERTAINMENTS 5.

 

Critical Acclaim:

Film Comment’s 7th Annual Critic’s Poll of "The Best Undistributed Films of 2006"

The modern paranoia and contemporary sexual violence that grows from Arnold's unflinching film (and Kate Dickie's intent, sere performance as the troubled, vengeful woman) are nightmarish yet haunting.

– Ray Pride, New City Chicago

"…sheer cinematic poetry… profound optimism about human nature…"

"…In a triumph of filmmaking, Arnold has endowed a tale of female rage with disquieting social resonance." "…haunting, brainy, spare--and it's also topical, tapping into the paranoia induced by increasing surveillance, whether by phone/wire-tapping or, as in Red Road, CCTV. At the same time, Arnold stirs into the mix a provocative view of female sexuality that's likely to rile the p.c police."

 

Four Stars. "A slow-burning but enticing thriller, it captures its working class Glaswegian setting in absorbing detail… the film’s vivid, rarely-eroticised depiction of female sexuality and strength should hook fans of films like Morvern Callar, and its subtle suspense will keep audiences of all kinds involved."

-- Anna Smith, Empire

"…raw, shivering sexuality and fever-pitch emotion"

 

 

Awards

2006 Cannes Film Festival Grand Jury Prize Winner

2006 Scottish BAFTA Award Winner: Best Film, Director, Actor, Actress, & Screenplay

Film Festivals
RED ROAD was an official selection of the 2006 Cannes Film Festival (where the film won the Grand Jury Prize), the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival and the 2007 Sundance Film Festival, among many others.

RED ROAD is director Andrea Arnold’s feature film debut. Her shorts"Milk" (1998) and "Dog" (2001) were selected for competition in Cannes (International Critics Week) and "Wasp," (2003) which won the Academy Award for Live Action Short in 2005 was described by the Guardian as 'social realist film poetry.' The film won an additional 37 international awards and garnered Arnold the attention of the Advance Party

Hamish McAlpine, the founder and owner of Tartan Films, celebrating twenty one years of distributing films in the UK), launched Tartan USA in 2004 with an eclectic and controversial slate of films from established auteurs and up-and-coming filmmakers. Previous Tartan film releases include 2004 Cannes Grand Jury Prize Winner OLDBOY, the critically-acclaimed Romanian Oscar entry THE DEATH OF MR LAZARESCU and the final film in Park Chanwook's "Vengeance Trilogy," LADY VENGEANCE. In Fall 2006 Tartan released THE CAVE OF THE YELLOW DOG, from the director of THE STORY OF THE WEEPING CAMEL.

Upcoming theatrical releases include 2005 Cannes Jury Prize Winner, Andrea Arnold's RED ROAD, cutting edge Hong Kong helmer Johnnie To's TRIAD ELECTION and Danish, Director Anders Morgenthaler's half-animated/half-live-action PRINCESS.

Scotland, 2006, 113 min, 35 mm, colour, 1:1.85, stereo

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