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About

Like countless others Philippe, Michel, Andre and Patrick were labeled 'idiots', locked away and forgotten in violent asylums, until the 1960s, when the young philosopher Jean Vanier took a stand and secured their release - the first time in history that anyone had beaten the system. Together they created L'Arche, a commune at the edge of a beautiful forest near Paris. A quiet revolution was born.

Now in his 80s, still at L'Arche and revered by some as a living saint, Jean has discovered something that most of us have forgotten - what it is to be human, to be foolish, and to be happy.

SUMMER IN THE FOREST invites us to abandon the rat race and forge new friendships. Amid the ancient trees, Philippe, Patrick, Jean and the others welcome us into their lives. If there are rules to break, they will be broken and if there is a truth to be told, they will tell it. Michel reveals his war torn past, Andre is desperate for a date, and young David will prove himself a hero in the fight against the forces of evil.




RANDALL WRIGHT - Director
Randall Wright has directed over 20 major documentaries, including the critically acclaimed Hockney and the feature length Lucian Freud: A Painted Life, which won an RTS award for best arts documentary, a Grierson nomination, and BAFTA Robert Flaherty nomination.

RICHARD WILSON - Producer
Richard Wilson escaped the BBC 16 years ago and has since produced some 200 films, mostly documentaries, for TV and cinemas around the world. He has won multiple awards in a career that stretches from the South Pole to daytime TV.

PAUL BINNS - Editor
Paul Binns is a BAFTA award- winning film editor who trained at the London International Film School. Paul's work includes the films I'll Be Your Mirror, about the photographer, Nan Goldin, and Tell Me The Truth About Love, about the poet W.H.Auden. In 2006 he won the BAFTA Editing Craft Award for the drama-documentary, The Year London Blew Up.

PATRICK DUVAL - Cinematographer
Patrick studied Fine Art, then took film at the RCA. He has shot many Art documentaries, independent features, TV drama, comedy and commercials. He jointly won the Evening Standard Award and Valladolid Film Festival in Cinematography for Terence Davies' Distant Voices/Still Lives and shot the Prix Italia-nominated I'll Be Your Mirror.

Screenings

Fri 23rd June LONDON Picturehouse Central
Fri 23rd June MANCHESTER HOME
Fri 23rd June NOTTINGHAM Broadway Cinema
Sat 24th June LONDON Picturehouse Central
Sat 24th June MANCHESTER HOME
Sat 24th June NOTTINGHAM Broadway Cinema
Sun 25th June LONDON Picturehouse Central
Sun 25th June MANCHESTER HOME
Sun 25th June NOTTINGHAM Broadway Cinema
Mon 26th June LONDON Picturehouse Central
Mon 26th June MANCHESTER HOME
Mon 26th June OXFORD Oxford Phoenix Picturehouse, 6.15pm - with Director Q&A
Tues 27th June LONDON Picturehouse Central
Tues 27th June MANCHESTER HOME
Tues 27th June BIRMINGHAM MAC
Wed 28th June LONDON Picturehouse Central
Wed 28th June MANCHESTER HOME
Wed 28th June BIRMINGHAM MAC
Thurs 29th June LONDON Picturehouse Central
Thurs 29th June LONDON, CLAPHAM Clapham Picturehouse, 6.30pm - with Director Q&A
Thurs 29th June MANCHESTER HOME
Sat 1st July LANCASTER The Dukes
Mon 3rd July NORWICH Cinema City - with Director Q&A
Thursday 6th July CAMBRIDGE Arts Picturehouse
Monday 10th July YORK City Screen
Thurs 13th July CARDIFF Chapter
Thurs 27th July LIVERPOOL Picturehouse at FACT
Sun 30th July BRIGHTON Duke's at Komedia - with Director Q&A
Mon 31st July CARDIFF Chapter