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NNarrative Competition

EVERYDAY

EVERYDAY

Original Title: EVERYDAY
Director: Michael Winterbottom
United Kingdom | English
2012 | 94min. | Colour
Subtitles: Arabic
Format: DCP
15+
Prolific cinematic explorer Michael Winterbottom applies yet another new approach with EVERYDAY, a portrait of a working-class family divided by the legal system. Told over a period of five years the film follows four real-life siblings and their fictional parents, Ian (John Simm), a convict, and his wife Karen (Shirley Henderson). EVERYDAY employs a calm and observational documentary-style to show the cumulative effect of Simm’s imprisonment on his family.

While Ian is serving a five-year sentence because of a drug-related offence, Karen has to provide for their children. She courageously juggles the demands of her work, being a devoted mother, a supportive wife while making long journeys to her husband in prison. The ups-and-downs of her life, the relationship she and the kids have with the man behind bars is portrayed with a starkly, humanistic realism. The few days he is allowed to spend at home are both tender and heartbreaking.

Portraying everyday life with such detail and delicacy Winterbottom shows that repetition has the extraordinary ability to immerse us in the lives of these ordinary people, to make us care for them in a profound and eventually very rewarding way.

EVERYDAY is a timeless meditation on the hardships and small joys of a family in trouble, and an uncompromising and moving depiction of their heroic struggle.

– Miryam van Lier

Director,  Michael Winterbottom

Director,  Michael Winterbottom

Michael Winterbottom was born in Blackburn, UK. He made his feature-film debut in 1995 with Butterfly Kiss. In 2002, his film In This World received the BAFTA Film Award for best foreign-language film, as well as the Golden Bear at Berlin. He was awarded Best Director for The Road to Guantanamo at the Berlinale in 2006. The Shock Doctrine (2009, co-director) was showcased at ADFF, as was Trishna (2011). His other films include 24 Hour Party People (2002), Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story (2005) and The Trip (2010). He received a Career Achievement Award at ADFF 2011.

Cast and Crew

Director
Michael Winterbottom
Cast
Shirley Henderson, John Simm, Shaun Kirk, Katrina Kirk, Stephanie Kirk, Robert Kirk
Production Company
Revolution Films
Music
Michael Nyman
Producer
Melissa Parmenter
Screenwriter
Laurence Coriat, Michael Winterbottom
Editor
Mags Arnold, Paul Monaghan
Cinematographer
James Clarke, Sean Bobbitt, Marcel Zyskind, Simon Tindall, Annemarie Lean-Vercoe
Art Director
Brianne Zulauf
Sound
Will Whale, Adrian Bell, Paul Cameron
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