|Directed by||Mike Leigh|
|Produced by||Georgina Lowe|
|Written by||Mike Leigh|
|Music by||Gary Yershon|
|Editing by||Jon Gregory|
|Studio||Thin Man Films|
|Distributed by||Momentum Pictures|
|Release date(s)||15 May 2010(Cannes)|
|Running time||129 minutes|
Another Year is a 2010 British film written and directed by Mike Leigh. It premiered at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival in competition for the Palme d'Or. It will play at the 54th London Film Festival before its general UK release date on 5 November 2010.
Because of the director's usual producer Simon Channing-Williams's death in 2009, Another Year was produced by Georgina Lowe who had worked regularly on Mike Leigh films since Naked from 1993. Thin Man Films led the production together with television channel Film4 and Focus Features International. The project received £1.2 million from the UK Film Council.
The film debuted at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival in competition for the Palme d'Or. Although the film failed to receive any prizes, the film was among the most acclaimed films at the film festival, and was described as one of Leigh's best works. The film scored an impressive 3.4/4 at Screen International's annual Cannes Jury Grid, which polls international film critics from publications such as Sight & Sound, The Australian, Positif, L'Unita, Der Tagesspiegel and among others, and making it by far the best reviewed film at the festival.
Wendy Ide of The Times described the film as "Leigh at his confident best" and "a disarmingly humane work" and describes "Mike Leigh shows admirable restraint: there are no manufactured crescendos, just a melancholy refrain that builds to its raw realisation in an achingly sad final shot." Xan Brooks of The Guardian described Another Year as "a rare treat", and Geoffrey Macnab of The Independent described the film as "an acutely well-observed study of needy and unhappy people desperately trying to make sense of their lives."