Film Four Has A Piece Of U.K. Fest Films

Only two British features have found their way into the Cannes Festival lists this year.

“Riff-Raff,” directed by experienced helmer Ken Loach, is screening in the Director’s Fortnight, and “Young Soul Rebels,” the debut of Isaac Julien, has been chosen for the Intl. Critics’ Week.

Both films are partly financed by Film Four Intl., the sales arms of tv net Channel Four, which has proved the most substantial and consistent backer of Brit films in recent years.

Film Four is repping “Riff-Raff,” while sales chores on “Young Soul Rebels” are being handled by major investor, the British Film Institute.

Film Four’s team in Cannes is headed by director of acquisitions and sales Colin Leventhal, head of sales Bill Stephens and sales manager Heather Playford-Denham. They are based at the Carlton Hotel.

In addition to “Riff-Raff,” highlights of the Film Four list include:

“Hear My Song,” a comedy starring Ned Beatty and directed by Peter Chelsom.

“Backsliding,” a psycho-drama directed by Simon Target.

“Life Is Sweet,” a comedy directed by Mike Leigh.

“Close My Eyes,” a drama starring Alan Rickman and directed by Stephen Poliakoff.

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