The SwimmerAbout the Film
A lone swimmer journeys through the waterways of Britain set to the country’s seminal music. This short won the 2013 BAFTA for HIFF alum Lynne Ramsay.
About the Director
The internationally acclaimed British film maker Lynne Ramsay is considered one of the most original and exciting voices working in independent cinema today. She has a long running relationship with the Cannes Film Festival winning the 1996 Cannes ‘Prix de Jury’ for her graduation film, the short “Small Deaths”. Her second short film, ‘Kill the Day’, won the Clermont Ferrand Prix du Jury; her third, ‘Gasman’, won her the 1998 Cannes Prix du Jury in addition to a Scottish BAFTA for Best Short Film and a BAFTA nomination. ‘RATCATCHER’ her debut feature film premiered in ‘Un Certain Regard’ (2000) winning Special Mention . It went on to open the Edinburgh International Film Festival, where Ramsay received the Guardian New Directors prize. She also won the Carl Foreman BAFTA award for Best Newcomer. ‘The Sutherland Trophy’ at the London Film Festival, The FIPRESCI prize and The Silver Hugo for’ Best Director’ at the Chicago International Film Festival. ’MORVERN CALLAR’ Ramsay’s sophomore feature (starring Samantha Morton) debuted at Directors Fortnight (2002) receiving Le Prix de la Jeunesse C.I.C.A.E award, The Los Angeles Film Critics Association New Generation Award, The FIPRESCI ‘Director of the year’ award and ‘Best Actress’ at the British Independent Film Awards for Oscar nominee Samantha Morton’s performance. ’WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN’ ( starring Tilda Swinton, John C Reilly, Ezra Miller), a radical adaptation of Lionel Shriver’s novel of the same name was the only British film nominated for the Palm D’Or in official competition in 2011. It received several BAFTA nomination inc. Best Actress and Best Director. Won ‘Best Director’ at the British Independent Film Awards, ‘Best film’ at LONDON Film Festival and ‘Best Screenplay’ from the Writers Guild of Great Britain. The film received a GOLDEN GLOBE nomination for it’s lead actress Tilda Swinton and she was voted Best actress by both the US National Board of Review and at the European Film Awards for her stunning performance in the film. Ramsay’s recent short film ‘SWIMMER’ commissioned by the Cultural Olympiad of Great Britain (2012) won the BAFTA (2013) for Best Short Film. It also screened at Cannes 2013 in Directors Fortnight.
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