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Another Year

Mike Leigh
UK 2010 / 129’

Mike Leigh’s cinema is not a magical vehicle. There is no wonder in it, no fantasy or magic. The illusion crumbles and the painful reality shines through its rubble. And it is the reality including simple, not very sumptuous small apartments with their common residents who conduct their equally common lives. The daily stable monotony becomes here the supreme good whose charms may be tasted by a few. Others, a bit off, definitely abuse the alcohol, Mary, and suffering from obesity and equally fond of drinks, Ken, may at best watch it. And in their own clumsy way seek for a simple order.

Patryk Tomiczek


Cannes IFF 2010 – Prize of the Ecumenical Jury; National Board of Review 2010 – Best Actress; London Critics Circle Film Award 2011 – British Actress of the Year; San Diego Film Critics Society Award 2011 – Best Supporting Actress; Santa Barbara IFF 2011 – Virtuosos Award

Mike Leigh

Born 20 February 1943, British writer and director of film and theatre. He studied theatre at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, and studied further at the Camberwell School of Art and the Central School of Art and Design. He began as a theatre director and playwright in the mid 1960s. In the 1970s and 1980s his career moved between work for the theatre and making films for BBC Television, many of which were characterized by a gritty „kitchen sink realism” style. His well-known films include Life is Sweet (1990), the comedy-drama Career Girls (1997), the Gilbert and Sullivan biopic Topsy Turvy (1999), and the bleak working-class drama All or Nothing (2002). His most notable works are arguably Naked (1993) for which he won the Best Director Award at Cannes, the BAFTA-winning (and Oscar-nominated) Palme d'Or winner Secret & Lies (1996) and Golden Lion winner Vera Drake (2004).

Selected filmography

2010 Kolejny rok / Another Year

2008 Happy-Go-Lucky

2004 Vera Drake

2002 Wszystko albo nic / All or Nothing

1999 Topsy Turvy

1997 Współlokatorki / Career Girls

1996 Sekrety i kłamstwa / Secrets and Lies

1993 Nadzy / Naked

1990 Życie jest słodkie / Life is Sweet

1988 High Hopes

1972 Bleak Moments

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Cast & Crew

director Mike Leigh
screenplay Mike Leigh
cinematography Dick Pope
editing Jon Gregory
music Gary Yershon
cast Jim Broadbent, Lesley Manville, Ruth Sheen, Peter Wight, Oliver Maltman, David Bradley, Karina Fernandez, Martin Savage, Michele Austin, Phil Davis, Stuart McQuarrie, Imelda Staunton
producer Georgina Lowe
production Focus Features International, UK Film Council, Film 4, Thin Man Films
Polish distributor SPI
language English
colouration colour