BRIDGEND

Price:

DVD with PPR _ $180.00

 

 

Subjects:

 

Adolescence, Mental Health

 

SCREENING REQUEST

Synopsis

 

”Bridgend” follows Sara and her dad, Dave as they arrive to a small village in Bridgend County. The village is haunted by suicides amongst its young inhabitants, and Sara falls dangerously in love with one of the teenagers, Jamie while Dave as the town’s new policeman tries to stop the mysterious chain of suicides. The film is an uncompromising story focused on the relationship between vulnerable teenagers and their parents who are left in the dark.

 

The story of the film is based on a mysterious suicide cluster that took place in Bridgend County, a small former coal-mining province in Wales. Between December 2007 and january 2012 seventy-nine suicides were officially committed in the area. Most of the victims were teenagers, they hanged themselves and left no suicide notes. Danish documentary filmmaker Jeppe Rønde followed the teenagers from the area for six years and wrote the script based on their life stories. Bridgend is Rønde’s fiction film debut. It is entirely shot on location in Wales, with many of the local teenagers casted as actors.

Quotes

 

 

"'Bridgend' is a haunting, effective psychological thriller." -- Kilian Meloy Edge Media Network

 

"'Bridgend' is a must-see." - KEN JAWOROWSKIMAY,  The New York Times

 

"'Bridgend' is stylishly shot, eerily scored, and moodily acted." - KEN JAWOROWSKIMAY,  The New York Times

 

 "Jeppe Ronde's attention to subtext is beguiling." ." - KEN JAWOROWSKIMAY,   The New York Times

 

“Gripping visual storytelling.” Nick Allen, Roger Ebert.com

 

“A studied look at the Bridgend suicide incidents, capturing the intoxicating effects of cults and Wales' beauty perfectly."

Thomas Humphrey, Cineuropa

 

“Hannah Murray is excellent! This is ripped-from-the-headlines cinema reformulated as real-world horror film, with a shivery stylistic nod to the crime drama of (filmmaker) Ronde’s homeland.” Guy Lodge, Variety

 

"Haunting! (Hanna) Murray’s Tribeca win for Best Actress is well deserved. A provocative film that eventually blazes to a searing finish.”

Rodrigo Perez, The Playlist

 

“15 Must-See Movies at Tribeca Film Festival 2015. While the movie could have played the story for cheap creeps, (Filmmaker) Ronde instead puts a sharp focus on how its heroine’s natural adolescent confusion, romanticism and sadness are magnified by the continuing loss of her peers.”

- Rolling Stone

 

"4 STARS! Bridgend is a compelling film that should not be missed.” Carole Di Tosti, Blogcritics.com

 

“Throughout, (Filmmaker) Ronde’s visuals are intense and exhilarating.”

Fionnuala Halligan, Screendaily

 

"An intimate look at an ongoing tragedy, Film School Rejects

 

Film Info

 

2015 I 104 mins I  Denmark, UK I  English

Credits

Director_ Jeppe Rønde

Producers_MICHEL SCHØNNEMANN, MALENE BLENKOV

Director of Photography_MAGNUS NORDENHOF JØNCK

Sound_RUNE PALVING

 

Festivals

 

 Rotterdam International Film Festival – Hivos Tiger Awards Competition / World Premiere

Tribeca FF – Best Cinematography / Best Actress / Best Editing – World Narrative Competition / North American premiere

 Göteborg Film Festival – Debut Competition

CPH PIX – Opening Film and Competition

Krakow Off Camera IFF – Main Competition

Brussels FF – Main Competition

Karlovy Vary IFF –Another View

 Fantasia IFF - Prix AQCC

 Duhok IFF - Competition

Athens FF

 

 

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