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Ray & Liz
Original title:
Ray & Liz
Slovenian title:
Ray in Liz
Section:
PERSPECTIVES
Country, year:
UK, 2018
Length:
108
Directed by:
Richard Billingham
Screenplay:
Richard Billingham
Cinematography:
Daniel Landin
Music:
/
Subtitles:
slovenian
Language:
English
Voting code:
X
Cast:
Ella Smith (Liz), Justin Salinger (Ray), Patrick Romer (starejši), Tony Way (Lol), Sam Gittins (Will), James Eeles (Kevin), James Hinton (Dean)
Awards:
Locarno 2018 (Special Mention Jury Prize), Sevilla (Grand Jury Award), Thessaloniki 2018 (Best Film), Toronto 2018

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Description:
Renowned British photographer and visual artist Richard Billingham makes his feature-film debut with this intricate portrayal of a family in their council flat outside Birmingham, inspired in part by his own memories.
On the outskirts of Birmingham and the margins of Thatcher-era society, the Billingham family perform extreme rituals and break social taboos as they muddle through a life decided by factors beyond their control. Billingham revisits the figures of his earlier photographs - his alcoholic father Ray; his obese, tattooed mother Liz; and his younger brother Jason - with a series of everyday rituals that defy chronology, telling a universal story of everyday conflicts, loneliness, love and loss inspired by the artist's own teenage memories and shot on stunning 16mm.

"I wrote a screenplay over a period of five or six years. Its basic story had been in my head for years before then. I talked a lot with Jason about his memories of neglect. And I used the photographs, paper records, and tapes as aide-memoires. I remember sitting in a train when I wrote Uncle Lol's story, mapping out gestures, body language and even the way each person sits. When I write scenes, I focus on what things look like. And then I cut and paste them into an order and add dialogue." (Richard Billingham)