Life as a Millennial

Generation X has had its movie-making day, and now it's time for the rise of the millennial. As Girls sets the tone on TV, film is following suit and the Quarter-Life crisis is de rigueur. Check out a selection from our 2013 programme below and immerse yosuelf in the life of a millennial.

A.C.A.B. All Cats Are Brilliant
UK Premiere

From turbulent Greece, an urgent invitation to resistance, solidarity and, finally, to dance! 

Living in a turbulent Athens, 30-something artist and activist Electra struggles to find her place in a troubled city and a beaten society. Rather than painting a bleak portrait of a collapsed country, anger and humour go hand-in-hand in A.C.A.B. as it offers a tender look at a young generation in search of new meaning and hope.

Screening: Tue 25 June 20:45 at Cineworld and Sat 29 June 12:50 at Cineworld

Oh Boy
UK Premiere

A day in the life of a young Berlin slacker.

Like Frances Ha, 27 year-old Berlin slacker Niko is still living the life of a student. One morning, on the hunt for a cup of coffee, his life is turned around: his girlfriend dumps him; a psychiatrist deems him unfit to drive; and, in a classic Millenial tragedy, his father has cut off his allowance. This quarter life crisis in a day is an effortlessly charming comedy from first-time feature filmmaker Jan Ole Gerster.

Screening: Sun 23 June 20:45 at Filmhouse and Sat 29 June 19:25 at Cineworld

Old Stock UK Premiere

Growing old is inevitable; growing up is harder to do.

Ah, the quarter-life crisis – the new classic tale of life in your early twenties. In Old Stock, the able-bodied but broken-hearted Stock Burton retires in his early 20s. But he's soon forced from his pyjamas to confront past troubles and kindle a new flame in this touching comedy.

Screening Sun 23 June 18:40 at Filmhouse and Sat 29 June 17:00 at Cineworld

You & Me Forever UK Premiere

Sixteen isn't always so sweet

Best friends and a new girl in town – so far, so generic, right? But this Danish feature from Kaspar Munk shows the ways in which 16 isn't so sweet. Far from Hollywood fare, this honest depiction of growing up and the friendships and betrayals faced along the way.

Screening Mon 24 June 18:10 at Cineworld and Fri 28 June 16:00 at Cineworld

uwantme2killhim? WORLD Premiere

The internet can be a dangerous place.

The nature of adolescent obsessions and shifting online identities is explored in this Michael Powell Award contested film from Andrew Douglas. A high school student's online romance comes to frictions when his girl's real-life husband becomes violent. Suspenseful and dark, you'll wonder which is more dangerous: the Internet or real life.

Screening Tue 25 June 20:20 at Cineworld and Wed 26 June

Struck by Lightning UK Premiere

An all-star cast tell a tale of teenage life in a smart high-school comedy written by and starring Glee's Chris Colfer.

Programmed by young people, for young people, as part of the Not Another Teen Movie strand, Chris Colfer stars in this high school comedy penned by his own hand. The film big fish in a small pond Carson Phillips, whose dreams exceed the constraints of his small town. This satirical tale about flying the nest is supported by a wonderful ensemble (including Christina Hendricks and Rebel Wilson), mocking the clichéd Hollywood high school life we are used to seeing on screen.

Screening Fri 28 June at 18:20 at Cineworld and Sun 30 June 15:05 at Cineworld

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