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Leading filmmakers announced for Director’s Cut

Leading lights of the European film world have been announced as part of the new season of talks in the University of Aberdeen’s Director’s Cut series.

Hans Petter MolandEvents with Chilean director Raul Ruiz, the great English filmmaker Nicolas Roeg and Sir David Attenborough previously attracted hundreds of movie fans to King's College campus.

The second season of the Director's Cut will get begin on Tuesday, October 14 with the appearance of Hans Petter Moland, one of Scandinavia's foremost directors.

Moland has won numerous awards for his six feature films, including the stunning road movie, Aberdeen (2000), featuring Charlotte Rampling and Stellan Skarsgard, the Swedish star of the current hit movie, Mamma Mia (2008).

Rampling plays the part of the mother. The young lawyer taking her father to her mother is played by Lena Headey.

The film sees Rampling play a terminally ill woman whose Scottish lawyer daughter (Lena Headey) trys to fulfill her dying wish by travelling to Norway to bring her estranged alcoholic father (Skarsgard) back to the Granite City.  Skarsgard and Moland previously worked together on the latter's Arctic adventure film, Zero Kelvin (1995).

The first three events of the new season include Pawel Pawlikowski on November 18 and Jane Treays on December 9. 

Pawel PawlikowskiPawlikowski is the internationally renowned director of the BAFTA and Edinburgh Film Festival award-winning My Summer of Love (2004) and Last Resort (2000). His documentary film, Serbian Epics (1992), was made at the height of the Bosnian war and includes footage of Radovan Karadzic, currently on trial in The Hague for war crimes.

Jane Treays is one of the most successful documentary directors in British television, whose subjects have included rock stars and flashers, as well as an unflinching portrait of the conductor Clive Wearing, left by illness with a memory of seven seconds.

An additional line-up of well-known directors and actors will be announced in the New Year to compliment the opening talks.

Jane TreaysDr Alan Marcus, Head of Film and Visual Culture, University of Aberdeen said: "The Director's Cut series has surpassed all our expectations and has rapidly become a key fixture in Aberdeen's cultural calendar. Our unforgettable event with David Attenborough crowned a wonderful 2007/2008 season and we are thrilled with the names confirmed so far for the second series.

"Moland, Pawlikowski, and Treays are all outstanding, award-winning filmmakers who boast very different, but no less fascinating bodies of work. It is a tremendous start to the new season and we are thoroughly looking forward to welcoming back the North-east's film fans to King's College."

The events take place in King's College Conference Centre, King's College, Old Aberdeen, and are followed by a drinks reception hosted by Scottish Screen. Admission is free.

To book you place visit www.abdn.ac.uk/directorscut, where previous events, including Sir David Attenborough's, can also be watched again.

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Notes to Editors

Issued by the Communications Team, Office of External Affairs, University of Aberdeen, King's College, Aberdeen. Tel: (01224) 272014.

Issued on: Tuesday 30th of September 2008

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