Film4Summer Screen at Somerset House to open with Almodovar

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The programme for the fifth annual Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House, the UK's premiere outdoor film season, is announced in full today, running from Thursday 30 July to Saturday 8 August 2009.

Pedro Almodóvar will open the season on the big screen on Thursday 30 July introducing the UK premiere of his highly acclaimed Broken Embraces, starring Academy Award winner Pénélope Cruz, direct from the Cannes Film Festival. Broken Embraces is Almodóvar's first film since his 2006 hit Volver, and marks the fourth collaboration between the director and actress, which began with Live Flesh.

In a new development, Somerset House and Film4 will team up with BAFTA to present Behind the Screen in the Somerset House Screening Room, bringing audiences an opportunity to meet face to face with key movie industry figures every evening, with family workshops and screenings each weekend of the season.

Highlights of Behind the Screen include Oscar winning editor Chris Dickens on Slumdog Millionaire, Nic Roeg in a rare interview, and Gurinder Chadha on Jerome Robbins' 1961 classic West Side Story.

In a statement issued today, Somerset House Director, Gwyn Miles said: "In this, the fifth year of Film4 Summer Screen, we have confirmed our position as the UK's premiere outdoor film season. We are delighted that, with the full support of our founding partners, Film4, we are able to expand the scope and range of the programme, as well as develop talks and workshops, particularly with family audiences in mind, with new partners, BAFTA."

David Cox, Channel Editor, Film4, said: "We are pleased to continue our partnership with Somerset House for a fifth year, making Film4 Summer Screen one of our most successful encounters with live audiences. And following an extraordinary year of success, we are thrilled to be able to celebrate Film4's Slumdog Millionaire in such an exciting and unique cinematic environment".

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Thursday 30 July
9.15 pm: Broken Embraces introduced by Pedro Almodóvar UK Premiere (15)
(Pedro Almodóvar's Broken Embraces will open in the UK and Ireland on 28 August. Released for Pathe Productions Ltd by Warner Bros. Pictures UK.)

Friday 31 July
6.30 pm: Behind the Screen: No-One Can Hear you Scream with Chris Fowler.
9.15 pm: Double Bill: Alien / Poltergeist (18)

Saturday 1 August
12 noon: A Matter of Loaf and Death (Indoor screening and themed workshops for families)
6.30 pm: Behind the Screen: Dance Girl Dance: Gurinder Chadha interview
9.15 pm: West Side Story (PG)

Sunday 2 August
12 noon: A Matter of Loaf and Death (indoor screening and themed workshops for families)
6.30 pm: Behind the Screen: Oscar winning editor Chris Dickens on Slumdog Millionaire
9.15 pm: Slumdog Millionaire introduced by the makers of the film (15)

Monday 3 August
6.30 pm: Behind the Screen: Erwin James and Ronan Bennett on prison movies and the reality of life inside
9.15 pm: The Shawshank Redemption (15)

Tuesday 4 August
6.30 pm: Behind the Screen: Until the End of the World: The films of Wim Wenders
9.15 pm: Wings of Desire (15)

Wednesday 5 August
6.30 pm: Behind the Screen: Nic Roeg on Nic Roeg
9.15 pm: Don't Look Now (18)

Thursday 6 August
6.30 pm: Behind the Screen: And the Winner is…..BAFTA shorts
9.15 pm: Strangers on a Train (PG)

Friday 7 August
6.30 pm: Behind the Screen: Cinema Extreme C4 shorts
9.15 pm: Double Bill: Cool Hand Luke / Road House (18)

Saturday 8 August
12 noon: Family Screening and workshops TBA
9.15 pm: Raiders of the Lost Ark (PG)

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