Butterfly Kisses

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    Butterfly Kisses

    Directed by

    United Kingdom

    2017

    89 min

    • English

    Drama

    We follow Jake and his two best friends, Kyle and Jarred through a world distorted by sex and porn. The leader is Kyle – he talks about girls non-stop, Jarred can’t stop cheating on his girlfriend and then there’s Jake, a quiet and shy teenager whose friends are determined to help him lose his virginity to Zara, the pretty girl on the 19th floor of their estate. All three are trying to find their way in a complex world. They all have their demons, but Jake’s secret is one that he must keep to himself.

    Awards

    • Crystal Bear for Best Film - Berlinale Generation
    • Youth Critics Jury Award - Off Camera FF

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Theo Stevenson
    Liam Whiting
    Byron Lyons
    Rosie Day
    Thomas Turgoose
    Honor Kneafsey
    Sadie Thwaites
    Charlotte Beaumont
    Elliot Cowan
    Leigh Gill
    Screenplay
    Greer Taylor Ellison
    Cinematography
    Nick Cooke
    Editing
    Andrew Walton
    Music
    Nathan Klein
    Production
    BLUE SHADOWS FILMS
    Sales
    M-APPEAL

    Press

    A striking feature debut.

    Jonathan Romney, Screen Daily

    Rosie Day makes a strong mark with her knowing, spiky manner and husky delivery.

    Jonathan Romney, Screen Daily

    Kaplinski tells a fluent story.

    Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

    The cinematography in Butterfly Kisses suggests both a magical realism and an austerity: the nostalgia for childhood, and a fall from grace.

    Emily Buder, No Film School

    Rafael Kapelinski

    Rafael Kapelinski

    Poland

    Rafael Kapelinski was born in Toruń, Poland in 1970, he left a job in banking to pursue a career in film, starting off as the director of the Festival Office for the Camerimage Film Festival in Poland. He subsequently attended the Andrzej Wajda Master School of Film Directing in Warsaw, the London Film School and the National Film and Television School in the UK. His short films have won over 25 awards at international film festivals. In 2009 he was selected for a residency in Paris as part of the Cannes International Film Festival. BUTTERFLY KISSES is his debut feature film.