Better Things (2008)


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Synopsis

Gail’s agoraphobia keeps her inside where she escapes into romance novels. She shares a house with her Nan, recently back from the hospital. Gradually, they both try to reach out to each other to break their isolation. Rob plunges further into his addiction as a way of numbing his heartbreak over the death of his girlfriend. In his stupor, he dreams of embracing her again. Mr & Mrs Gladwin are going through a shift in their 60 year relationship. Years of resentment and unspoken truths have built a barrier between them that Mrs Gladwin, in her abiding love, tries to erode in little gestures.

A new voice in British cinema, Duane Hopkins’ multi-narrative feature debut is a lyrical and honest look at intersecting lives, losses and loves in the heart of rural England.


Awards

MEDIA New Talent Prize for Scriptwriting - Cannes Film Festival 2004
FIPRESCI Award for Best Film - Stockholm Film Festival
Best Cinematography - Kiev International Film Festival

Nominations

Camera d'Or - Cannes Film Festival 2008
Michael Powell Award - EIFF
Diesel Discovery Award - TIFF
Finnkino Prize - Helsinki
The Guardian First Film Award 2009

Festivals

  • Cannes Film Festival, Critics Week 2008
  • Edinburgh International Film Festival 2008
  • Brussels Cinedecouvertes 2008
  • Toronto International FIlm Festival 2008
  • Athens International Film Festival 2008
  • London Film Festival 2008
  • AFI Fest, Los Angeles 2008
  • Bath Film Festival 2008
  • Helsinki International Film Festival - Love & Anarchy 2008
  • Northern Lights Film Festival, Newcastle 2008
  • Morelia International Film Festival 2008
  • Bergen International Film Festival 2008
  • Mostra Internacional de Cinema de Sao Paulo 2008
  • Ljubljana Film Festival 2008
  • Stockholm Film Festival 2008
  • International FIlm Festival Rotterdam 2009
  • International Istanbul Film Festival 2009
  • CPH PIX, Copenhagen 2009
  • Kiev International Film Festival 2009
  • Sound & Vision, Mexico 2015
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