'Lucky,' 'Light,' 'Persepolis' among recipients
LONDON — The U.K. releases of Mike Leigh’s “Happy Go Lucky,” Martin Scorsese’s Rolling Stones doc “Shine a Light” and Marjane Satrapi’s toon “Persepolis” are among pics that received coin from the U.K. Film Council’s prints and advertising fund.
The fund supports films that audiences might not otherwise be able to see, increasing viewing choices for U.K. audiences.
Momentum Pictures received $412,000 (£210,000) for “Happy Go Lucky,” which goes out on 100 screens on Friday.
Optimum Releasing received $353,000 for “Persepolis,” which will allow the April 25 release to be widened to 60 screens.
Fox received $302,000 for “Shine a Light.” Coin contributed towards the April 2 U.K. premiere in which 98 cinemas around the country linked with the Leicester Square premiere for a live, one-off event screening.
The next biggest award, $39,000, went to Tartan Film Distribution for Park Chan-wook’s “I’m a Cyborg,” an offbeat Korean film about a girl who believes she is a robot.
Twenty other releases received $10,000 or less from the fund, which has an annual budget of $8 million.