36TH CAMBRIDGE FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCE FULL
PROGRAMME OPENING WITH KEN LOACH’S I , DANIEL BLAKE
AND CLOSING WITH WERNER HERZOG’S INTO THE INFERNO
One of the UK’s most prestigious and well-respected film festivals, the Cambridge Film Festival is delighted to announce its full programme for the 36th edition, taking place 20th – 27th October at the Arts Picturehouse Cinema and other venues across Cambridge. The Cambridge Film Festival is operated by the charitable Cambridge Film Trust and backed by the BFI’s Film Festival Fund which awards National Lottery funding to UK film festivals, giving audiences the opportunity to see a broader range of British and international films.”
Opening the festival on 20th October, Ken Loach’s Palme D’Or winner, I, Daniel Blake, will be introduced by lead actor and stand up comedian, Dave Johns. Ken Loach came out of retirement for this savage indictment of contemporary Tory Britain, and the deprivations suffered by the working classes. Working with regular scriptwriter Paul Laverty, Loach focuses on an ailing handyman Daniel (Johns), his battle to survive after being denied his government health allowance and the relationship he strikes up with a young single mother Kattie (Hayley Squires).
Each year Cambridge offers audiences a fantastic choice of closing night films. This year is no different. Leading volcanologist Clive Oppenheimer will present Werner Herzog’s Into The Inferno, questioning the why, where and how our lives are inextricably linked with nature’s most destructive and creative force. Herzog and Oppenheimer set out on a dangerous mission together in search of answers, traveling across the world to the very edge of active volcanoes, meeting those who willingly live in the shadow of such lethally unpredictable neighbours.
Terence Davies’s life story of the celebrated American poet Emily Dickinson, A Quiet Passion, stars Cynthia Nixon as the legendary poet who led a deeply introverted life. Davies has created an intensely moving account of Dickinson’s genius, which attempts to capture the inner workings of her sensitive mind.
Cambridge Film Festival also closes with the European Premiere of a new restoration of GOG 3-D, a surreal 50s Sci-fi thriller with a story described as if “Agatha Christie, Sigmund Freud and Harlan Ellison got high together and made a movie”, featuring experimental robots and a secret underground space research base. GOG 3-D has never been seen in the UK before in its original 3-D format. Bob Furmanek, award-winning producer, author, archivist and founder of the 3-D Film Archive who restored the film will introduce this unique presentation.
The features programme offers something for everyone with a host of must-see, hotly anticipated titles including Kenneth Lonergan’s Manchester By the Sea, starring Casey Affleck as a reclusive handyman who returns to his hometown following the death of his brother, only to discover that he has been appointed legal guardian of his teenage nephew. Tilda Swinton produced and voiced the documentary Letters From Baghdad, which tells the extraordinary story of British spy, explorer and political powerhouse Gertude Bell. It’s Only The End of The World, Xavier Dolan’s drama stars Marion Cotillard, Vincent Cassel and Lea Seydoux as the dysfunctional family who are unable to communicate. US indie auteur Jim Jarmusch returns to the screen with Paterson, a magical observation of small-town American life, drawing on the poetry of William Carlos Williams, starring Adam Driver as a working-class poet practising his craft in a small New Jersey town. Light Years is the imaginative debut feature film from BAFTA winning short director and photographer Esther May Campbell. A poetic coming-of-age story about the search for a lost love, Light Years stars Beth Orton with sound design by Chris Watson. Clint Eastwood directs Tom Hanks in the elegant and eloquent docudrama Sully, which tells the story behind the headlines of Captain Chelsey ‘Sully’ Sullenberger who landed a crippled US Airways plane on the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 aboard.
The festival will screen 131 feature-length films, 7 film shorts programmes, with 45 UK premieres, representing titles from 37 countries including Alfredo Bini, Unexpected Guest, the first film about one of Italian cinema’s most exceptional figures, film producer Alfredo Bini, who lent his support to daring and thematically controversial projects including Pasolini’s films. Columbian drama Between Sea and Land, Canadian thriller Boris Without Béatrice, Austrian drama Brothers of the Night, Greek melodrama Cloudy Sunday, Iranian drama Daughter, timely Italian documentary Fukushima: A Nuclear Story, Romanian family drama Ilegitimate, The Long Nights of Francisco Sanctis from Argentina, Canadian thriller Numb, Spanish documentary Oleg and the Rare Arts, US documentary Olympic Pride American Prejudice, Iranian debut Parole, seaside documentary, Re: A Pier, Russian art documentary Revolutions – New Art For A New World about art during the Russian Revolution, Italian documentary S is for Stanley about Kubrick’s personal assistant, plus the European premiere of US documentary Walk With Me: The Trials of Damon J. Keith and Greek film noir Wednesday 04:45.
The Cambridge Film Festival also celebrate the weird, the wonderful and the downright strange with a boundary-pushing programme of Late Nights at the Arts Picturehouse, including Attack of the Lederhosen Zombies and Boris Karloff’s classic 30s Universal Horror adaptation of Frankenstein.
As previously mentioned Cambridge Live will pay tribute to the musical genius of Pink Floyd’s Syd Barrett who was born and spent most of his life in Cambridge with a memorial concert and the unveiling of a new commemorative public artwork. Syd Barrett – A Celebration takes place at the Cambridge Corn Exchange Guildhall, the location of his last ever performances. One of the world’s most iconic and influential bands, Pink Floyd were one of the defining forces behind 1960s psychedelia. Cambridge Film Festival has partnered up with Cambridge Live to present a specially curated archival film night celebrating Barrett’s life, music and this era of psychedelia and classic sixties performances as well as the UK premiere of GATA: Get All That, Ant?, a free form documentary made by Barrett’s former school friend and fellow art student, Anthony Stern, featuring unique documentary footage and images of the 60’s that have never been seen before.
World-renowned for her iconic roles in films like Casablanca, Notorious and Voyage To Italy, the films of Ingrid Bergman’s formative years in Sweden and Germany remain little known. Ingrid Bergman: The Early Years supported by the Swedish Film Institute, the Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung and the Bundesarchiv Berlin, brings together a selection of some of her finest early German (The Four Companions, 1938) and Swedish films (Intermezzo 1936, A Woman’s Face 1938 and A June Night 1940) that demonstrate her versatility and naturalness as an actress and a young star honing her craft. Even at this early stage of her career, Bergman’s performances in these films reveal remarkable subtlety and psychological depth. A lovingly assembled portrait of the legend made on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Bergman’s birth, the festival will also screen Stig Björkman’s documentary, Ingrid Bergman In Her Own Words, as told through letters, diary entries, photographs, plus 8 mm and 16 mm footage Bergman herself shot.
Casablanca is a festival programme connection between Ingrid Bergman and the acclaimed director Michael Curtiz. Rediscovering Michael Curtiz with Adam Feinstein, features an illustrated talk by author and broadcaster Adam Feinstein, taking this opportunity to reassess Curtiz’s life and extraordinary career as well as screen some classic titles including Casablanca, The Adventures of Robin Hood plus Curtiz’s1950 masterpiece, The Breaking Point, adapted from Hemingway’s To Have and Have Not.
Back by popular demand the festival continues its focus of films from Catalonia: Camera Catalonia. Now in its fifth season the programme is dedicated to contemporary Catalan cinema and highlights the varied and creative output arising from one of Europe’s oldest cultures. Featuring 4 UK premieres including two of the most successful box office comedies in recent years: Barcelona Summer Night and the sequel Barcelona Christmas Night, a fascinating documentary about Xavier Cugat, a Catalan musician during the golden years of Hollywood, who became one of the originators of the Latin sound; Sex, Maracas & Chihuahuas; plus The Virus of Fear by renowned Catalan film director Ventura Pons.
An integral part of the Cambridge Film Festival programme the Contemporary German Cinema returns for another year with the UK premiere of festival stalwart Monika Treut’s Zona Norte as well as Maren Ade’s anticipated new film, Toni Erdmann. Newcomers include Thomas Stuber and his debut feature A Heavy Heart plus the Next Generation Short Tiger 2016 programme presenting the diversity of forms, genres and subjects emerging film trends and new talents found in German short filmmaking today.
The Cambridge African Film Festival (CAFF) celebrates its 15th anniversary by teaming up with the Cambridge Film Festival for the first time to give an insight into the best contemporary African Cinema. Titles include Tunisian director Leyla Bouzid’s award–winning tale of teenage rebellion rock and revolution, As I Open My Eyes, Zanzibar Soccer Dreams is a sequel to documentary Zanzibar Soccer Queens, looking at the impact of sport on the lives of some of the women who embraced football, helping to challenge the taboos of gender, religion and culture. The festival will present the UK premiere of The Unseen. Empathetically following the stories of three people as they navigate the emotional and physical realities of post-colonial Namibia, The Unseen’s open, conversational structure and radiant back and white images present an exhilarating poetic and personal exploration of global themes. The Dare to Dream CAFF shorts programme exhibits the sheer diversity of films being made across the continent, representing a range of countries and genres unified by the common theme of identity, seeking fulfilment and the challenges, difficulties and passions experienced by Africa’s youngest generations.
In addition there is a special event Life is waiting: referendum and resistance in Western Sahara co-hosted with the Festival of Ideas and the University of Cambridge Language Centre. An inspiring documentary set in the Saharawi refugee camps near Tindouf, South West Algeria, Life is Waiting focuses on the everyday, non-violent resistance to oppression through art and creativity. The screening will be followed by a discussion with Saharawi cultural activist and filmmaker Brahim Buhala, human rights activist Sidi Ahmed and social anthropologist Alice Wilson.
The festival is delighted to be collaborating with the London Korean Film Festival (LKFF), organised by the Korean Cultural Centre UK on this year’s programme. LKFF have selected three fantastic films that truly represent the best of modern Korean cinema, with the hope of developing an appreciation for Korean films amongst Cambridge audiences for years to come. The country’s best-known auteur, Park Chan-wook’s The Handmaiden is a sumptuous and sensual adaptation of Sarah Waters’s Fingersmith. Yeon Sang-so’s thrill-ride Train to Busan is an exciting, emotive blockbuster, while The Bacchus Lady is provocative and challenging; everything a Korean indie feature should be. The 11th LKFF launches in November (3-27), playing over 60 films at six cities across the UK.
The Cambridge Family Film Festival returns with a bumper programme of much-loved film and television characters old and new, presented in a family-friendly environment. Acclaimed musician, broadcaster (BBC4’s The Sound of Cinema and The Sound of Song) and Family Film Festival favourite, Neil Brand returns with a special show celebrating the magic of deadpan comic genius Buster Keaton: Keaton for Kids 2, including a live piano accompaniment to Keaton’s legendary work.
Known for its strong silent cinema programme, the festival features live musical accompaniment from the best in the business in the elegant setting of Emmanuel College. This year’s Silent Cinema Rediscoveries include the UK premiere the new restoration of Fritz Lang’s 1921 Destiny. Lang’s first real masterpiece, the film is a ballad-like tale of Death and the Maiden, renowned for its spooky gothic imagery, magical special effects, and the witty, exotic creations of Germany’s foremost set designers (responsible for Caligari and, later, Faust). Thanks to the Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung, who have restored the film’s original tints and tones, we are at last able to see it as Lang intended with live piano accompaniment by Stephen Horne.
Arsenal, Oleksandr Dovzhenko’s visceral 1929 anti-war film is set in the direct aftermath of the First World War, which brought devastation and hardship to the people of Ukraine. Post-war celebrations of freedom are cruelly crushed by the impending civil war, ultimately leading to the workers armed revolt at Kiev’s Arsenal factory in January 1918. The screening will feature a live score by Bronnt Industries Kapital. With thanks to the Oleksandr Dovzhenko National Centre (ODNC) and the State Film Agency of Ukraine who restored the film and made this screening possible.
Other Silent highlights include René Clair’s comedy Two Timid Souls with live piano accompaniment by Neil Brand at the Arts Picture house and a special shorts programme of dance in silent film entitled Harmonious Rhythms: Dance and Silent Film with titles by Germaine Dulac and Maya Deren with music by John Sweeney.
Eye on Films is a unique, global network of film professionals, which guarantees the circulation of selected European first feature films in partnership with festivals and distributors in European and non-European countries. The festival programme includes the UK premiere of The Interrogation, adapted from the autobiography of Rudolf Höss the longest serving commander of Auschwitz. This two hander between Höss and his interrogative judge is set in 1946, whilst he was awaiting trial in Poland. A hugely impressive debut from director Erez Per who draws excellent performances from his two leads.
2016 marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of the London Film-Makers’ Co-op, the festival’s Microcinema strand celebrates this milestone with 4 programmes of exciting new artist’s moving image films plus an immersive moving image installation at The Heong Gallery, Downing College, an untitled new commission by artist and experimental filmmaker Steve Farrer, plus a round table discussion with featured artists looking at where moving image is now, the past and the future.
The festival is also using the Picturehouse Travelling Cinema for festival screenings. The CineMobile, a 100 seater fully equipped digital cinema will be located on Parkers Piece from 24th – 27th October and fully serviced by the Arts Picturehouse.
The festival’s Short Fusion strand showcases the best of contemporary international short films with 5 programmes of inventive, innovative and entertaining shorts from the UK, Ireland, Canada, Belgium, Denmark, South Korea, Japan, Israel and the USA amongst others including star performances from Steve Oram, Peter Mullan, Liam Cunningham, Jean-Marc Barr and Jane Birkin.
The ShortReel Competition for student filmmakers in Eastern and Central England is run by the Arts Film Club in association with the Cambridge Film Festival. The 2016 Cambridge Student Film Award winner will be announced on the festival Facebook and screened at the festival on 21 October, alongside Clint Eastwood’s Sully.
Festival tickets go on sale to the public on 6 October.