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3 – 26 August 2018

Premieres, Previews & New Releases

• Bernstein in Chichester • Virginia Woolf Selection • Treasures & Documentaries • Steve Coogan Retrospective including Q&A visit • Agnès Varda Retrospective • Animation Ingmar Bergman Centenary

Daniel Day-Lewis Retrospective

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• Visiting Filmmakers & Talks

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Index

24 Hour Party People 25 Years of Slovak Animation 6.9 on the Richter Scale Age of Innocence Arcadia Apostasy Barren and Empty the Sea Bernard & Huey Bernstein as Lecturer, Broadcaster and Teacher Bernstein at the Movies Bernstein Centenary ROH Triple Ballet Boom for Real: Basquiat C’est La Vie The Children’s Act Cleo From 5 To 7 Cold War Comic Book Kingdom Cries and Whispers Damascus Cover Daniel Day-Lewis Talk The Deer Hunter The Dinner Dream of Illumination Easy Money Elvis: '68 Comeback Special Eugene Onegin Evening Shadows The Exodus Eyes of Orson Welles Fail-Safe Fanny & Alexander Filmworker The Forest Gangs of New York Georgia Mancio: A Centenary Celebration of Ella, Dizzy & Monk The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo The Gleaners & I Guardians (UK) The Guardians (Fra) Grease The Greatest Showman Headhunters The Heiresses The Hours The Hunters

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Grid Listings Open Air Screenings Gala Screenings UK Films European Cinema World Cinema USA Films Focus on the Documentary

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The Hypnotist Iceman Ideal Home If…. In the Name of The Father Incredibles 2 Ingmar Bergman Talk Insomnia Institut Français Films The Iron Orchard Isolani Jalouse Jar City The Jazz Ambassadors Jazz & Film The Keeper of Lost Causes Lady Windermere’s Fan Le Bonheur Leonard Bernstein Conducting West Side Story Leave No Trace The Liberators Lincoln Looking for Vaubeton Lucky Madame Madame Hyde Matilda Maurice The Miseducation of Cameron Post Monty Python’s Life of Brian The More You Ignore Me Mrs Dalloway Mug My Amish World My Beautiful Laundrette My Left Foot The Negotiator Nordic Noir Talk Northern Soul Oh My God On the Town On the Waterfront One Sings the Other Doesn’t Orlando One Note at a Time Pandora’s Box Persona

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Independent Films Treasures from the Archive Daniel Day-Lewis Virginia Woolf Ingmar Bergman Centenary Nordic Noir Agnès Varda Steve Coogan

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Philomena Possum Paris Texas The Piano Postcards from the 48% Puzzle The Receptionist The Rider Ryuichi Sakamato: Coda The Seventh Seal Sharp Tools Sholler's Archive Sicilian Ghost Story The Silence Smiles of A Summer Night Smilla’s Sense of Snow Spitfire Steel Country A Sublime Life Summer 1993 Summer with Monika Surprise Film There Will Be Blood The Third Murder Tides To the Lighthouse Tom Jones Top of the World The Trip to Italy Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story Vagabond Vertigo Vampyr Vanessa The Virgin Spring Virginia Woolf Talk Waiting for You Wajib Watch the Sunset West Side Story What Maisie Knew Whitney Wild Strawberries Wings of Desire Winter Ridge Yellow Submarine

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Performance for the Festival 80 Bernstein in Chichester 84 Animation 88 Special Events, Talks & Visiting Filmmakers 90 Acknowledgements 93

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27th Chichester International Film Festival! Artistic Director Introduction Both of local and international importance, pride of place in this year's Festival should surely go, ironically, not directly to film, but to music and literature: Bernstein and Virginia Woolf. We are proud to be playing a significant part in celebrating Bernstein in Chichester, in his centenary year, and in addition to the three Bernstein movies and talks, we have been given special permission by ROH to transmit again the wonderful Triple Bernstein Ballets, including the inventive interpretation of the Chichester Psalms as an original ballet. With the Virginia Woolf exhibition taking place at Pallant House Gallery, Chichester, the Festival is complementing the event with four key films based on her works, and we are especially delighted to welcome Eileen Atkins (a Virginia Woolf expert) to introduce her screenplay for ‘Mrs Dalloway’. The general structure of the 18-day Festival celebrates the Cinema of the old and the new in roughly equal halves, and our earliest examples begin with two classic silent films, Pabst's restored 1928 ‘Pandora's Box’ and Dreyer's creepy ‘Vampyr’, suitably showing in St Johns Chapel with sensational live organ accompaniment by Ben Hall. With another important centenary to mark, the BFI are making available digitally restored prints of best films of the great Swedish legend Ingmar Bergman. He has been in and out of fashion since he erupted onto the world cinema stage in the fifties with masterpieces like ‘The Seventh Seal’ and ‘Wild Strawberries’, so this a great opportunity to evaluate nine of his greatest works. Whilst in Scandinavia, if you have suffered withdrawal symptoms missing ‘The Bridge’, do not despair, as we are presenting a retrospective on Nordic Noir with those earlier films from ‘Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ to ‘Keeper of Lost Causes’ that you can catch up on. With the announcement of Daniel Day-Lewis’ retirement, seven of his most outstanding performances are being screened including his early films ‘My Beautiful Laundrette’ and ‘My Left Foot’. A reminder that all these tributes are being supported by illuminating illustrated talks. In our final featured tribute, we are excited to welcome Steve Coogan in conversation with producer Andrew Eaton

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after a showing of ‘Philomena’ and a good dose of humour will be welcomed with some of his other films to be featured. The majority of the previews and new releases were originally exposed in the world Festivals: Sundance, Berlin, Toronto, Venice, Cannes, and some highlights include ‘Leave No Trace’, ‘Puzzle’, ‘Cold War’, ‘Lucky’, ‘The Heiresses’ and ‘Wajib’. Controversy is always an aspect of Festivals as reflected here in Fundamentalism: two films exploring Jehovah's Witnesses with ‘The Children’s Act’ and ‘Apostasy’, homosexuality in ‘Miseducation of Cameron Post’ and ‘Evening Shadows’, apparent blasphemy in ‘The Life of Brian’, being introduced by the Reverend Canon Dr Anthony Cane from Chichester Cathedral. We have a very strong documentary section including portraits of Whitney Houston, Basquiat, Kubrick, and I especially recommend Mark Cousins' ‘Eyes of Orson Welles’ which I saw recently at Kviff – one of the best documentaries I've seen this year. When David Wilkinson follows his documentary ‘Postcards from the 48%’ with the Q&A, expect some lively Brexit debate. Our Festival has always provided a space for independent films which is important, and this year we are screening over 20 titles from many countries. We are very pleased to have five UK indies being presented by their filmmakers, followed by Q&As. And don't forget to vote for the Audience Award in each category. They want your feedback! Finally, amongst the many highlights, I must mention my personal ongoing passion and commitment for music and film, with operas and the live jazz & film event celebrating last year's centenary of Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie and Thelonious Monk, led by singer Georgia Mancio. This ambitious Festival could not be staged without the support of our partners and Film Distributors. My thanks to Walter Francisco, the Projectionists, Box Office Staff and the many invaluable volunteers, as well as Carol Godsmark and the New Park Centre. Roger Gibson, Artistic Director  July 2018


Grid Listing Fri 3 Aug Open Air Screening at Priory Park 19:30  Grease (PG) 110m (SingAlong)8 Sat 4 Aug Open Air Screening at Priory Park 19:30 The Incredibles 2 (U) 110m9

Sun 5 Aug Open Air Screening at Priory Park 19:30  The Greatest Showman (PG) 105m (SingAlong) 9

Thu 9 Aug Main Auditorium 18:30 Opening Gala: Matilda (15) 130m Food at 18:30 – Film at 20:3010

Fri 10 Aug Main Auditorium 11:00  Summer with Monika (PG) 97m63 13:30  Yellow Submarine (U) 90m88 16:00  Summer 1993 (12A) 97m20 18:30  Apostasy (15) 95m12 20:45  Monty Python’s Life of Brian (15) 91m + Q&A13 In the Studio 11:15  Guardians (UK) (Adv15) 85m43 13:15  Orlando (15) 93m60 15:30  24 Hour Party People (15) 105m77 18:00  Tides (Adv15) 99m + Q&A17 20:30  Smilla’s Sense of Snow (15) 121m69 Picture Palace 13:00  Filmworker (PG) 94m37

Sat 11 Aug Main Auditorium 10:30  Pandora’s Box (PG) 136m48 13:15  Lady Windermere’s Fan (Oscar Wilde Encore) 150m inc Interval81 16:15  Matilda (Adv15) 110m 10 18:30  The Guardians (Fra) (PG) 135m20 21:00  Iceman (15) 96m21 In the Studio 11:00  A Sublime Life (Adv15) 105m43 13:30  Virginia Woolf Talk59 16:00  To the Lighthouse (12A) 115m + Q&A60 18:45  Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story (15) 95m77 20:45  The Hunters (15) 113m70 Picture Palace 13:00  Smilla’s Sense of Snow (15) 121m69

Sun 12 Aug Main Auditorium 10:30  Smiles of a Summer Night (PG) 109m64 13:00  Mrs Dalloway (PG) 97m plus Intro61 16:00  Postcards from the 48% 110m + Q&A37 18:45  Leave No Trace (PG) 109m31 21:00  Damascus Cover (15) 98m12 In the Studio 11:00  Evening Shadows (Adv15) 102m43 13:30  Watch the Sunset (Adv15) 79m29 15:30  Isolani (Adv15) 110m14 18:30  My Beautiful Laundrette (15) 98m56 20:45  Insomnia (15) 97m70 Picture Palace 13:15  Comic Book Kingdom (Adv15) 100m44

Mon 13 Aug Main Auditorium 10:30  Paris Texas (15) 145m49 13:30  Leave No Trace (PG) 109m31 15:45  Damascus Cover (15) 98m12 18:00  If… (15) 117m + Q&A13 20:45  Sicilian Ghost Story (15) 122m21 In the Studio 11:00  Barren and Empty the Sea (Adv15) 92m 44 13:15  Cleo from 5 to 7 (PG) 90m + Intro74 16:00  The Hours (12A) 112m61 18:15  Northern Soul (15) 104m78 20:30  My Left Foot (15) 122m56 Picture Palace 13:00  25 Years of Slovak Animation (Adv15) 76m89

Tue 14 Aug Main Auditorium 11:00  Wild Strawberries (PG) 91m64 13:00  Sicilian Ghost Story (15) 122m21 15:30  Age of Innocence (U) 138m57 18:15 TBA 21:00  Summer 1993 (12A) 97m20 In the Studio 11:15  Looking for Vaubeton (Adv12A) 83m44 13:15  Filmworker (PG) 94m37 15:15  Le Bonheur (15) 79m74 18:00  Oh My God (Adv15) 90m + Q&A17 20:30  Jar City (15) 90m70 Picture Palace 13:30  What Maisie Knew (15) 115m77

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Sat 18 Aug

Main Auditorium 10:30  Tom Jones (PG) 123m50 13:00  Apostasy (15) 95m12 15:15  The Guardians (Fra) (PG) 135m20 18:00  Vanessa (Glyndebourne) 170m inc interval80 21:00  Puzzle (15) 108m31 In the Studio 11:00  The Forest (Adv15) 96m45 13:15  My Beautiful Laundrette (15) 98m56 15:30  What Maisie Knew (15) 93m77 17:45  In the Name of the Father (15) 133m57 20:45  Boom for Real: Basquiat (15) 78m38 Picture Palace 12:45  To the Lighthouse (PG) 115m60

Main Auditorium 11:00  Vertigo (PG) 128m51 13:45  Ideal Home (15) 91m32 16:00  The Negotiator (15) 108m32 18:30  The Miseducation of Cameron Post (15) 90m33 20:45  The Receptionist (18) 103m + Q&A 18 In the Studio 11:15  25 Years of Slovak Animation (Adv15) 76m89 13:15  Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda 100m38 15:30  Vagabond (15) 103m75 18:15  The Hours (12A) 112m61 20:30  Easy Money (15) 124m71 Picture Palace 13:00  The Third Murder (15) 125m29

Thu 16 Aug Main Auditorium 11:15  The Seventh Seal (PG) 96m65 13:30  On the Town (U) 95m84 15:30  Puzzle (15) 108m31 18:00  Eugene Onegin (Met Encore) 160m inc interval81 21:00  Ideal Home (15) 91m32 In the Studio 11:00  Nordic Noir Talk 100m69 13:15  Headhunters (15) 97m71 15:45  Bernstein at the Movies Talk 100m87 18:15  6.9 on the Richter Scale (Adv15) 117m22 20:45  Possum (Adv15) 85m14 Picture Palace 13:00  Boom for Real: Basquiat (15) 78m38

Fri 17 Aug Main Auditorium 10:30  The Piano (15) 121m + Intro50 13:15  Madame Hyde (15) 95m23 15:30  Yellow Submarine (U) 90m88 18:00 Philomena (12A) 96m + Steve Coogan Q&A76 21:00  The Trip to Italy (15) 108m + Steve Coogan Intro78 In the Studio 11:00  Sharp Tools (Adv12A) 84m45 13:00  Daniel Day Lewis Talk 100m55 15:15  My Left Foot (15) 98m56 18:30  Watch the Sunset (Adv15) 80m29 20:30  The Third Murder (15) 125m29 Picture Palace 13:30  6.9 on the Richter Scale (Adv15) 117m22

Sun 19 Aug Main Auditorium 11:00  Persona (12A) 85m66 13:00  Bernstein Centenary Triple Ballet (ROH) 180m inc 2 Intervals86 16:30  Eyes of Orson Welles 110m39 18:45  The Negotiator (15) 108m32 21:00  Madame Hyde (15) 95m23 In the Studio 11:15  Sholler’s Archive (Adv12A) 88m45 13:30  One Sings the Other Doesn’t (12A) 120m75 16:00  The Dinner (15) 120m79 18:30  The Jazz Ambassadors 90m + Intro39 20:45  The Keeper of Lost Causes (15) 97m71 Picture Palace 13:15  Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda 100m38

Mon 20 Aug Main Auditorium 11:00  Cries and Whispers (15) 90m67 13:00  The Miseducation of Cameron Post (15) 90m33 15:15  Jalouse (15) 102m23 17:30  Top of the World: British Animation (Adv15) 62m89 20:00  Live Jazz & Film: Tribute to Ella, Dizzy & Monk 160m83 In the Studio 11:15  My Amish World (Adv12A) 80m46 13:15  Ingmar Bergman Talk 100m63 15:30  Eyes of Orson Welles 110m39 17:45  Mug (Adv15) 98m24 19:45  Gangs of New York (18) 168m57 Picture Palace 13:30  Possum (Adv15) 85m14

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Main Auditorium 10:30  Maurice (15) 140m51 13:30  Madame (15) 91m 25 16:00  Jalouse (15) 102m23 18:15  The Children’s Act (Adv15) 105m15 20:30  The Liberators (Adv15) 148m25 In the Studio 11:00  Dream of Illumination (Adv12A) 91m46 13:15  Bernstein as Lecturer, Broadcaster and Teacher Talk 100m87 15:45  On the Waterfront (12A) 103m85 18:00  Spitfire (PG) 95m40 20:15  Easy Money (15) 124m71 Picture Palace 13:00  Mug (Adv15) 98m24

Main Auditorium 11:00  Fail-Safe (PG) 112m53 13:30  The More You Ignore Me (15) 105m 16 16:00  Wajib (12A) 96m28 18:15  The Heiresses (15) 95m28 20:30  Madame (15) 91m 25 In the Studio 11:15  The Virgin Spring (15) 89m65 13:15  Leonard Bernstein Conducting West Side Story 120m + Q&A 86 15:45 TBA 18:00  One Note at a Time (12A) 95m41 20:15  Whitney (15) 120m40 Picture Palace 13:00  The Exodus (Adv12A) 104m24 St John’s Chapel 21:15  Vampyr 70m with Live Organ Accompaniment82

Wed 22 Aug Main Auditorium 10:30  Wings of Desire (12A) 128m52 13:15  The Children’s Act (Adv15) 105m15 15:30  Lucky (12A) 89m35 17:45  The Rider (15) 90m33 19:45  The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (18) 183m + Pause73 In the Studio 10:45  Fanny and Alexander (12A) 183m + Pause67 14:15  Spitfire (PG) 95m40 16:30  The Gleaners & I (U) 82m75 18:30  Bernard & Huey (Adv15) 90m34 20:15  Lincoln (PG) 150m58 Picture Palace 13:00  On the Waterfront (12A) 103m85

Thu 23 Aug Main Auditorium 10:00  The Deer Hunter (15) 185m + Pause52 13:45  Lucky (12A) 89m35 15:45  The Rider (15) 90m33 18:00  Surprise Film90 20:15  There Will Be Blood (15) 160m 35mm Presentation58 In the Studio 11:00  Iron Orchard (Adv15) 112m46 13:30  Waiting for You (Adv15) 92m + Q&A18 16:15  The Virgin Spring (15) 89m65 18:15  Steel Country (Adv15) 90m16 20:30  The Hypnotist (15) 122m73 Picture Palace 13:00  Bernard & Huey (Adv15) 90m34

Sat 25 Aug Main Auditorium 10:30  West Side Story (PG) 155m + Pause85 14:00  Wajib (12A) 96m28 16:00  The Heiresses (15) 95m28 18:15  Winter Ridge (Adv15) 90m + Q&A19 21:00  Cold War (15) 89m27 In the Studio 11:30  The Silence (15) 96m66 13:45  Whitney (15) 120m40 16:15 TBA 18:30  Arcadia (Adv12A) 79m41 20:30  The Exodus (Adv12A) 104m24 Picture Palace 13:15  One Note at a Time (12A) 95m41

Sun 26 Aug Main Auditorium 11:00  C’est La Vie (15) 117m11 13:30  Cold War (15) 89m27 15:45  Elvis: ’68 Comeback Special 110m82 18:00  The More You Ignore Me (15) 105m 16 18:30 Closing Gala: C’est La Vie (15) 117m Food at 18:30 – Film at 20:30 11 In the Studio 11:15  Arcadia (Adv12A) 79m41 15:30 TBA 18:00 TBA

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Open Air Screenings at Priory Park Brought to you by: Following on from the 2016 & 2017 Sold Out Priory Park screenings, we bring you a 40-year-young classic musical; the brand-new Pixar animation; plus the year’s overwhelming film sensation. On the Friday, dress in your best 50’s outfits, and get ready to Sing Loud! Bring the family on Saturday, and get those kids dressed up in their most awesome Super Hero costumes. On the Sunday, dress fun – dress wild – and Sing! Enjoy the Greatest Show! Book early if recent year’s screenings are anything to go by!

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Hall It's not every day you turn 40, so join us for this beautifully re-mastered, and primed version for you to sing along to. Dress up in your best 50's outfits – and Sing Loud! 1950s teens Danny (John Travolta) and Australian transfer Sandy (Olivia NewtonJohn) spend their "Summer Nights" falling in love, but once fall comes, it's back to Rydell High. Danny has to act cool for his leatherclad mates, and despite befriending one of the rebel Pink Ladies, Sandy is "too pure to be Pink," as the Ladies' leader, Rizzo (Stockard Channing), acidly observes. With youthful vitality, this is virtually a wall-to-wall song and dance number. USA 1978 Randal Kleiser 110m

Fri 3 Aug 20:55 (approx) at Priory Park 40th Anniversary Sing-Along Screening Advance Tickets £9 (£10 on the day if available)

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Join us for Pixar’s brand new animation – the exciting sequel to 2004’ ‘The Incredibles’. Dress up the kids in their most awesome Super Hero costumes, and let them ‘save the world’ at Priory Park. Everyone’s favourite family of superheroes is back in ‘Incredibles 2’ – but this time Helen (Holly Hunter) is in the spotlight, leaving Bob (Craig T. Nelson) at home with Violet (Sarah Vowell) and Dash (Huck Milner) to navigate the day-to-day heroics of “normal” life. It’s a tough transition for everyone, made tougher by the fact that the family is still unaware of baby Jack-Jack’s emerging superpowers. When a new villain hatches a brilliant and dangerous plot, the family and Frozone (Samuel L. Jackson) must find a way to work together again – which is easier said than done, even when they’re all Incredible. Other voice cast includes Catherine Keener, Bob Odenkirk, Isabella Rossellini and Jonathan Banks. USA 2018 Brad Bird 118m Sat 4 Aug 20:55 (approx) at Priory Park Advance Tickets £9 (£10 on the day if available) Kids £7 (£8 on the day if available)

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The Greatest Showman

The cult phenomenon of the year! If you missed it the first time – this is the perfect opportunity to see what all the fuss is about – and you will not be disappointed! Inspired by the imagination of P.T. Barnum, this is an original musical that celebrates the birth of show business and tells of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a wonderful spectacle. Although Phineas Taylor Barnum ventured into politics, newspapers, and the lottery business, among many other more or less salubrious professions, during the course of his highly coloured career, he unabashedly declared himself “a showman by profession”, so, who better to portray this force of nature than the absurdly charismatic Hugh Jackman? Also stars Michelle Williams, Rebecca Ferguson and Zac Effron. USA 2017 Michael Gracey 117m

Sun 5 Aug 20:55 (approx) at Priory Park Sing-Along Screening Advance Tickets £9 (£10 on the day if available)

From 19:45 Dawn Gracie will wow us with a Big Top inspired extravaganza.

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Mathilde We are proud to present this new Russian film for the Opening Gala of the 27th Festival. This sumptuous historical drama directed by Alexey Uchitel tells a fascinating story about the relationship between ballerina Matilda Kshesinskaya and the future Tsar Nicholas II. The film received the Audience Choice Golden Unicorn Award at the Russian Film Week (2017). The last Emperor of Russia (Lars Eidinger), twenty-two and destined to become Tsar, falls madly in love with the bewitching prima ballerina Matilda (Michalina Olszanska), much to the dismay of the royal family. His rival Count Vorontsov (Danila Kozlovsky) is also enraptured and endures death defying feats to make Matilda his own. In the meantime, Nicholas’ family is planning his wedding to German Princess Alix von Hessen-Darmstadt (Luise Wolfram) while simultaneously plotting to keep Matilda away from their son. The coronation at the Cathedral of the Dormition, the lavish Kremlin interiors, the Khodynka Field stampede, the Mariinsky and the Bolshoi theatre performances are all spectacularly recreated in this visually breath-taking film. Some call it scandalous (it caused riots on release) due to the depiction of a Saint having an extra marital affair: others call it the most visually stunning Russian motion picture of recent times! (Subtitles) Our thanks to Rock Films for this screening. Russia 2017 Alexey Uchitel 130m

OPENING & CLOSING GALA FOOD Hosted by BRASSERIE BLANC – Thu 9 Aug 18:30 & Sun 26 Aug 18:30 The cinema has forged an excellent relationship with Brasserie Blanc over the last five years and continues the tradition of holding the two Gala Dinners at the restaurant. The festival is delighted to be hosting this year’s opening and closing dinners at the brasserie again. The chefs, under the direction of executive head chef Clive Fretwell, will offer two special set meals for each Gala dinner with a glass of wine included in the price, the menu highlighting chef owner Raymond Blanc’s classic dishes with the strong French regional influences of his youth. We are grateful for the generous support of Brasserie Blanc and its manager Robert Konstantinidis and staff who look forward to sharing the evenings with you. Dinner will be from 18:30, followed by the film at 20:30. Book your place early to avoid disappointment. Tickets £29.

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UK Films

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Premieres, Previews & New Releases

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Apostasy

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A faithful Jehovah's Witness is forced to shun her own sister because of a religious transgression. As the separation draws out, she starts to question the meaning of God's love. Apostasy – 'an act of refusing to continue to follow, obey, or recognise a religious faith'. Blood proves thicker than (holy) water in one of the year's strongest British films. A beautifully balanced glimpse into the world of Jehovah's Witnesses set in a humdrum corner of Manchester. Ivanna (Siobhan Finneran) is a regular attendee at "meetings" held at her local Kingdom Hall. She has brought up Luisa (Sacha Parkinson) and Alex (Molly Wright) to believe in "the truth". Turning 18, Alex is an enthusiastic evangelist, but the slightly older Luisa, more questioning and adventurous, drifts away from the faith after her relationship with a non-Witness results in her pregnancy. While undeniably critical in tone and ultimately sympathetic with Luisa, ‘Apostasy’ takes appropriate care to show balanced respect for Jehovah's Witness beliefs. It's a timely, intelligent work of cinema. Our thanks to Curzon for this screening. UK 2017 Daniel Kokotajlo 95m

A spy navigates the precarious terrain of love and survival in this political thriller set in Syria. This was John Hurt’s final film role, where he plays head spymaster of Israel secret service Mossad. Based on the best-selling 1977 novel by Howard Kaplan, ‘Damascus Cover’ tells the story of Ari Ben-Zion (Jonathan Rhys Meyers), an Israeli spy who is recalled to Jerusalem after a failed attempt to bring a mole back to Israel alive. Unsure how many of its operatives have been exposed, the Mossad assigns Ari to smuggle a chemical weapons scientist and his family out of Syria, but when Ari’s mission goes wrong, he realises he is just a pawn in a much bigger and dangerous game. This is a fast-paced, action thriller that fits right into the spy genre. Director Berk makes good use of the locations to deliver a visually impressive film with a good pace between the action and emotional aspects of the story. Berk and Samantha Newton’s screenplay also delivers plenty of plot twists and turns to keep the intrigue and the energy high. Our thanks to Munro Films for this screening. UK 2018 Daniel Zelik Berk 98m


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Monty Python delivers the group’s sharpest and smartest satire of both religion and Hollywood’s epic films. Set in 33 A.D. Judea where the exasperated Romans try to impose order, it is a time of chaos and change with no shortage of messiahs and followers willing to believe them. At its centre is Brian Cohen, born in Bethlehem in a stable next door to Jesus, who, by a series of absurd circumstances is caught up in the new religion and reluctantly mistaken for the promised messiah, providing ample opportunity for the entire ensemble (Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin) to shine in multiple roles as they question everyone and everything from ex-lepers, Pontius Pilate and haggling to revolutionaries, crazy prophets, religious fanaticism, Roman centurions and crucifixion, forever changing our biblical view. 40 years on it is still one of the funniest films ever made! Our thanks to Trafalgar/Picturehouse for this screening. UK 1978 Terry Jones 93m We are delighted to welcome Canon Dr Anthony Cane from the Chichester Cathedral to introduce the film, with a short Q&A after the screening. m fil

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The 50th anniversary of Lindsay Anderson’s Palme D’Or winning classic about three British boarding school students who decide to revolt against their repressive school. In an indictment of the British public school system, we follow Mick (Malcolm McDowell) and his friends through a series of indignities. The trio hate the system; they hate being at school; they drink, smoke and talk about death. Wallace (Richard Warwick) may be tasting forbidden fruit – the whip’s tart (Rupert Webster) – but is also an exceptionally skilled gymnast. Johnny (David Wood) may like to give the impression of being a radical cynic, but on his own is unlikely to make waves. Mick is the catalyst of destruction, who teases the whips with his flagrant mockery of authority. Anderson’s direction cannot be faulted, not least in his ability to encourage his young actors to attain a standard of excellence beyond their ambition. Our thanks to Park Circus for this screening. UK 1968 Lindsay Anderson 111m Mon 13 Aug 18:00

We are very pleased to welcome David Wood who played young Johnny in the film (in 1968!) to introduce the film, followed with a Q&A after the screening.

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Isolani

After witnessing a murder, a young single mother is forced to act as a witness. Threatened on all sides, she must do whatever it takes to protect her son. The story follows Isla, a very young single mother who witnesses a murder and is thrown into a dangerous game she did not ask to be part of, all the while fighting to keep her son safe. The whole project is rooted in Scotland; filmed in Glasgow over the course of eighteen days on a tiny budget with a cast and crew comprised mostly of Scottish talent. In terms of strong leading women, Isolani, the protagonist, is played by Kate McLaughlin. Catriona Evans plays prosecutor Anne Ramsay, determined to solve the murder of her late informant. The tension between these two characters is palpable as is the relationship between Ramsay and the crooked police detective, Brian Ross (Jim Sweeney). ‘Isolani’ is a great independent thriller that makes the most of a low budget with strong characters and a compelling story. Our thanks to Phoenix Worldwide for this screening. UK 2017 R. Paul Wilson 110m Sun 12 Aug 15:30 (Studio)

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Possum

After returning to his childhood home, a disgraced children’s puppeteer is forced to confront his wicked stepfather and the secrets that have tortured his entire life. Sean Harris is on magnificently twisted form as Philip, a troubled children’s puppeteer who is forced to face up to his wicked stepfather (Alun Armstrong, delivering an equally deranged performance) and the dark and surreal secrets that have tortured him his entire life. As Philip deals with his past, he also has to face up to Possum, the hideous hand puppet he keeps in a black leather case, but he finds escaping the will of Possum is as hard as dealing with his demons. Premiering at Edinburgh and Fright Fest (London). Our thanks to Bulldog Films for this screening. UK 2018 Matthew Holness 85m

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As her marriage to Jack (Stanley Tucci) flounders, eminent High Court judge Fiona Maye (Emma Thompson) has a lifechanging decision to make at work – should she force a teenage boy to have the blood transfusion that will save his life? Based upon Ian McEwen’s novel, Fiona is an eminent High Court judge in London presiding with wisdom and compassion over ethically complex cases of family law. But she has paid a heavy personal price for her workload, and her marriage to American professor Jack is at a breaking point. In this moment of personal crisis, Fiona is asked to rule on the case of Adam (Fionn Whitehead), a brilliant boy who is refusing the blood transfusion that will save his life. Should Fiona force him to live? McEwen has adapted his own novel, sensitively directed by Richard Eyre. A story told with a depth of empathy so profound is that rarest of things: an adult drama, written and interpreted with a sensitivity to mature human concerns, with a superbly nuanced performance by Emma Thompson. This is the Festival's second film exploring Jehovah’s Witnesses following ‘Apostasy’. Our thanks to Entertainment One for this screening. UK 2017 Richard Eyre 105m

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A young boy goes missing in a sleepy backwoods town, a local sanitation truck driver, Donald, plays detective, embarking on a precarious and obsessive investigation. An edge-of-your-seat revenge thriller featuring a captivating performance by Andrew Scott (Sherlock). Donald Devlin is a garbage man in the town of Harburgh, Pennsylvania, a former steel town that has seen brighter days. A delicate single father, suffering from autism. Donny spends his days collecting the trash of the residents of this one-horse town alongside his best friend Donna Reutzel, and in his off-time, focuses his energies on being the best father he can be to his young daughter Wendy. But when young Tyler Zeigler, a neighbourhood boy, goes missing, Donny starts to fixate on finding out what has happened to him. With the local sheriff warning him off, and the town reacting to the young lad’s disappearance in a variety of confusing and out of character ways, Donny determines to learn the truth. But the truth may not want to reveal itself. Set in Trump’s America, the film references many issues faced by the US under the current regime. Our thanks to Bulldog Films for this screening. UK 2018 Simon Fellows 90m

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The More You Ignore Me

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Based on Jo Brand’s critically acclaimed novel of the same name, this is a warm, comedy drama focusing on the life of an unconventional family in 1980s rural England. The film focuses on Gina, a young mother, whose efforts to be a loving mother and wife are undermined by her declining mental health. Things deteriorate when she develops an obsession with the local weatherman, which leads to an admission to the nearby psychiatric hospital. Over the years, as she grows up, her daughter Alice struggles to relate to her heavily medicated mum and causes chaos when she comes up with a plan to reconnect with her, which divides the family forever and leads to a moving climax. Set to the songs of The Smiths, ‘The More You Ignore Me’ provides a sometimes stark, yet comical insight into life within this quirky household, whilst addressing mental health issues and their impact on the family. The cast includes Sheridan Smith, Mark Addy, Ella Hunt, Sally Phillips, Sheila Hancock, Tony Way, Michelle Collins, Elizabeth Carling, Ricky Tomlinson, Tom Davis, Clive Mantle, Jo Brand, Nicholas Ball and Roger Morlidge. Our thanks to Entertainment Film for this screening. UK 2018 Keith English 105m


UK Independent Films

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A devastating loss finds four friends navigating love, life and the canals of southern England. Up-and-coming writer/ director/editor Tupaq Felber premiered his feature debut ‘Tides’ at BFI London Film Festival 2017. Gorgeously shot on black and white digital film, it’s an honest and touching ensemble piece that revolves around Jon (Jon Foster), who has recently suffered a shattering personal loss, that which is only really hinted at in the first shot of him at the very beginning. He and his three best mates Zooby (Jamie Zubairi), Red (Robyn Isaac) and Simon (Simon Meacock) decide to rent a massive old boat to cruise along the canals of southern England. The subtle nuances and delicate balance of pain hidden beneath the surface of euphoric drunkenness makes this buddy film a very strong debut. Our thanks to Axiom for this screening. UK 2017 Tupaq Felber 99m Fri 10 Aug 18:00 (Studio)

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Father Fred, a hashishsmoking monk, Father John, a sex-obsessed priest, and Sister Eliza, a nun who has lost her faith, are sent on a road trip to Ireland. Seventy-five year old Father Frederic (Chris Bearne), fifty five year old Brother John (Maurice Byrne), and thirty five year old Sister Eliza (Suzanne Kendall) are instructed by the Bishop of Brussels to make a pilgrimage to St. Patrick’s Purgatory in Donegal, northwest Ireland. So, begins a spiritual pilgrimage through Belgium, France, England, Wales and the beautiful greenery of Ireland’s sweeping landscapes. Each has a human failing that has overtaken their spirituality. This is an amusing heart-warming story of how three good souls who have lost their way rediscover their calling. Our thanks to Palm Tree Universal for this screening. UK 2017 Robbie Moffat 97m Tue 14 Aug 18:00 (Studio)

Together with director Robbie Moffat, we welcome the lead actors Chris Bearne, Maurice Byrne and Suzanne Kendall to introduce their film.

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Inspired by true events, this film follows a recent graduate who is forced to start working in an illegal London massage parlour as a receptionist. Tina (Teresa Daley) has an interview for a receptionist position, but when realising the place is an illegal brothel for exclusively Asian girls, she turns away. Her desperation for work means she ends up taking the position, and becomes close to the girls and their boss Lily (Sophie Gopsill). The film explores this world in a realistic and human way, while leaving room for humour and drama. It is really all about the characters' journeys and the life of immigrants in a desperate situation, with an emphasis on uncovering the sex industry in London. Some scenes are uncomfortable to watch when it comes to the customers sexual preferences and the abuse of the girls, and these are portrayed unflinchingly. Lu based the story on a friend who committed suicide, therefore it is a very personal film for her. Our thanks to Munro Films for this screening. UK/Taiwan 2016 Jenny Lu 102m Sat 18 Aug 20:45

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Waiting For You

Paul investigates his late father's increasingly disturbing past and becomes suspicious of the mysterious, melancholic, and possibly dangerous Madeleine. When Paul’s (Colin Morgan) father utters some deathbed clues to a past his son knew nothing about, it triggers a journey of discovery that leads him to a house situated amongst the foothills of the French countryside. Here lives the frosty Madame in residence, Madeleine (Fanny Ardant), a secretive musician, who might be the key to unlocking the dark secrets of his childhood. She puts Paul up for the week, but keeps him under her suspicious eye. But when he gets a chance, he’s rummaging through her things to find answers to his father’s wartime French experience. This film just wants to tell an interesting tale, free of gimmicks and grandstanding. Writer/director Charles Garrad’s design background is obvious throughout in this lyrical, atmospheric mystery drama. UK 2017 Charles Garrad 92m We hope to welcome writer/director Charles Garrad to introduce his film plus Q&A. Fri 23 Aug 13:30 (Studio)

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Winter Ridge

While hunting a serial killer, a young detective is torn apart after his wife ends up in a coma. A promising young Detective, Ryan Barnes, arrives home on his anniversary to find his wife has been in a devastating car accident. Seven months later she is still in a coma and Barnes, unable to accept her condition, throws himself into a new investigation that soon develops into a murder investigation and manhunt for a serial killer. The detective (Matt Hookings), who, reeling from an accident involving his wife, throws himself into the mystery. touching on the evergrowing focus of Alzheimer’s and Dementia in the elderly. This is dark, edgy, and thrilling debut filmed on location; in Lynton & Lynmouth, North Devon. Our thanks to Phoenix Worldwide for this screening. UK 2018 Dom Lenoir 100m We hope to welcome director Dom Lenoir and some of the cast (TBA) for a Q&A following this screening.

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Comic Book Kingdom

A documentary examining the joys and hardships of creating comic books by some the most talented Comic book creators working across the UK today. UK 2017 Marius Smuts 100m See Independent Film Section for full details. Sun 12 Aug 13:15 (Pic Palace)

Guardians

Two ill matched men are thrown together when they become Live-In Guardians of a 200-year-old townhouse in the East End of London. With echoes of Martin McDonagh, this is a funny, well thought out film that showcases some real British talent that we can look forward to seeing more of in the future. UK 2017 Mark A. C. Brown 85m See Independent Film Section for full details. Fri 10 Aug 11:15 (Studio)

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Summer 1993

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Estiu 1993 A delicate sleeper of a film that movingly looks at an orphaned six-year-old’s loneliness and confusion without the usual dip into sentimentality. After her mother’s death, six-year-old Frida is sent to her uncle’s family to live with them in the countryside. But Frida finds it hard to forget her mother and adapt to her new life. ‘Summer 1993’. Striking a careful balance between narrative and atmosphere, the writer-director paints a vivid portrait of a light-filled summer when a little girl has to face the loss of her mother and integration into a new nuclear family. The film explores this time with great sensitivity, and is peppered with details that send us right back to childhood, with all of its anxieties and unexpected twists: a time in our lives that is never all happiness, laughter and fun. Spain’s submission to the Foreign Language Film of the 90th Annual Academy Awards. (Subtitles) Our thanks to New Wave for this screening. Spain 2017 Carla Simón 97m

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The Guardians

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Les Gardiennes A superbly involving French rural drama from Xavier Beauvois, with Nathalie Baye magnificent as a matriarch struggling to run the land when war breaks out. Xavier Beauvois (Of Gods and Men) reveals the heroic struggles of women on the rural home front in WW1 France, in a gripping, terrifically acted ensemble drama. The ‘Gardiennes’ of the title are the women who roll up their sleeves to take charge of the land when war breaks out. Nathalie Baye, in the role of a lifetime, is utterly commanding as Hortense, the matriarch who will do anything to ensure that family and farm survive, as the men make intermittent returns from the front. Caroline Champetier’s magnificent landscape photography brings an elemental touch to the realism. Another revelation is radiant newcomer Iris Bry, who plays Francine, her personal drama carrying an emotional heft that gives ‘The Guardians’ the intensity of French-style Thomas Hardy. (Subtitles) Our thanks to Curzon for this screening. France/Switzerland 2017 Xavier Beauvois 135m


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Iceman

Sat 11 Aug 21:00

Der Mann aus dem Eis A fictionalisation of the final days of ‘Ötzi The Iceman’ – the oldest known human mummy, discovered in 1991, approximately 5,300 years after his death. Grand cinematography and an epic soundtrack accompany this Neolithic revenge story presented in un-subtitled Rhaetian dialect. The Ötztal Alps, more than 5,300 years ago. A Neolithic clan has settled near a creek, and it is their leader Kelab’s responsibility to be the keeper of the group’s holy shrine – Tineka. While Kelab is hunting, the settlement is attacked. The members of the tribe are murdered, amongst them Kelab’s wife and son, only one newborn survives... and Tineka is gone. Blinded by pain and fury, Kelab is out for one thing alone – vengeance. He sets out after the murderers on what turns into a grand odyssey where he must fight constantly – for the infant’s survival. Breath-taking locations and cinematography, the action scenes are all well-staged and often impressively gruesome. Reminiscent of ‘The Revenant’, the film is refreshingly a virtually silent visual film, except for its fine score. (Subtitles) Our thanks to Bulldog Films for this screening. Germany-Italy-Austria 2017 Felix Randau 96m

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Against a heavy cloak of secrecy, a 12-year-old girl smitten with her handsome classmate ventures deeper and deeper into the enchanted Sicilian forests to find him, unaware of just how thick the mystery behind his strange disappearance really is. This Italian drama is based on the harrowing true story of a 13-year-old boy kidnapped by Mafia figures in the 1990s and held captive for two years to prevent his father, another Mafioso, from testifying against them in court. The criminal aspect of the story is played down, with the focus instead on the curious, almost supernatural connection between the teen and his girlfriend. Careful camera movement, distorting wide-angle lenses, and a hyper-focused sound design all contribute to the mysterious atmosphere. With shades of ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’, codirectors Fabio Grassadonia and Antonio Piazza beautifully mix fairy tale and mythological tropes with the harsh reality of a Mafia kidnapping. (Subtitles) Our thanks to Altitude for this screening. Italy 2017 Fabio Grassadonia & Antonio Piazza 122m

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6.9 on the Richter Scale

6.9 pe Scara Richter A humble Romanian actor, hardly surviving between a complicated role, a depressed wife, an obsession with a devastating earthquake, becomes the willing victim of his manipulative father who re-appears in his life. A comedy about a young theatre actor who has a hard time balancing his complicated part in a musical comedy, a jealous wife bordering on depression, and his obsession with an imminent earthquake. But the true “earthquake” for him turns out to be the unexpected reappearance of his own father after decades of absence. Manipulative and amoral, he takes over his son’s world, turning his whole existence upside down. His leading role in Orpheus in the Underworld perfectly mirrors his chaotic life which is on the verge of collapsing. One of the rare box-office successes in the recent Romanian cinema, the movie has it all: uplifting storyline, inspired directing, a plethora of diverse characters, and a talented cast. (Subtitles) Our thanks to Voodoo Films for this screening. 2017 Romania Nae Caranfil 117m Thu 16 Aug 18:15 (Studio) Fri 17 Aug 13:30 (Pic Palace) Brought to you by:

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Isabelle Huppert's timid science teacher unleashes a dark, powerful alter ego in this amusing fable loosely based on the novel ‘The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr Hyde’ by Robert Louis Stevenson. High school science teacher Mrs. Géquil (Huppert) is struck by lightning on the night of a harvest moon. The woman begins to embody a powerful alter ego, Mrs. Hyde, that instils a newfound confidence in her. The gender-swap storyline is not really investigating the idea of a woman’s empowerment, he is most interested in critiquing the unfairness and inertia of the French school system, and in investigating what it really means to be a teacher. It’s a fascinating role riddled with amusing asides and enigmatic developments, partly because Huppert doesn’t undergo a radical transformation. Instead, she subtly finds herself at war with her inner confidence, and it is often hard to tell which side has the upper hand. The most unusual movie in the Festival. (Subtitles) Our thanks to Institut Français for this screening. France 2018 Serge Bozon 95m

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Jalouse

Mon 20 Aug 15:15 Tue 21 Aug 16:00

Nathalie (Karen Viard) is a divorced teacher with an unhealthy relationship with her friends and daughter that is consumed by jealousy. Something like ‘Mommie Dearest’ transformed into a light Parisian dramedy, the story follows the life of a recently divorced mother named Nathalie (Viard) who, as the title bluntly states, suffers from the cardinal sin of envy. Not only is Nathalie jealous of her ex-husband (Thibault de Montalembert), her best friend (Anne Dorval) and teacher (Anais Demoustier), but she’s absolutely resentful of her nearly perfect 18-year-old daughter, Mathilde (Dara Tombroff). ‘Jealousy’ goes more for the jugular in terms of the jokes. Viard is truly at her best when she’s doing some very bad things – whether it’s smoking marijuana before a necessary trip to the therapist or wreaking havoc in the teachers’ lounge at school. 51-year-old actress Karin Viard impressively navigates through this unexpected mid-life crisis in a funny, touching... and politically incorrect way. (Subtitles) Our thanks to Institut Français for this screening. France 2017 David Foenkinos, Stephane Foenkinos 102m

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The Exodus

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Twarz A man undergoes a face transplant and experiences ensuing identity issues in this strangely affecting comedy-drama. Szumowska’s ‘Twarz’ (Polish for “face” or “mug”) delivers the pleasure of vigorous storytelling. It is scabrous, mysterious and surprisingly emotional – inspired partly by the giant statue of Christ the King in Świebodzin in western Poland, completed in 2010, the tallest statue of Jesus in the world and a fierce religious and nationalist symbol. It is the face of patriotic Poland. Jacek (Mateusz Kosciukiewicz), employed as a builder on a giant statue like this as it begins to loom surreally over the landscape. He is an amiably scruffy, long-haired metalhead living at home with his extended family, whom he annoys with his vague plans to move to London. His brash brotherin-law (Robert Talarczyk) – a man with a fondness for jokes about blacks, Muslims and Jews – tells him the Brits are “wised up” to immigrants these days and won’t let him in. Then Jacek is involved in a terrible accident at work, and he has to have a face transplant. ‘Mug’ is a strange, engaging film that puts you inside its extended community with a mix of robust realism and a streak of fantasy comedy. (Subtitles) Our thanks to Bulldog Films for this screening. Poland 2017 Malgorzata Szumowska 91m

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A well-to-do couple host a lavish dinner party to impress their sophisticated friends, but must disguise their maid as a noblewoman to avoid thirteen guests at the table. Adding a little spice to a waning marriage, Anne (Toni Collette) and Bob (Harvey Keitel), a wealthy and well-connected American couple, move into a manor house in romantic Paris. While preparing a particularly luxurious dinner for sophisticated international friends, our hostess discovers there are thirteen guests. Panic-stricken, Anne insists her loyal maid Maria disguise herself as a mysterious Spanish noble woman to even out the numbers. But a little too much wine, and some playful chat, lead Maria to accidentally endear herself to a dandy British art broker. Their budding romance will have Anne chasing her maid around Paris and finally plotting to destroy this most unexpected and joyous love affair. A darkly humorous tale of toxic marriage, petty snobbery and financial troubles, delivering some sharp social commentary along the way with an unexpected ending. (Some Subtitles) Our thanks to StudioCanal for this screening. France 2017 Amanda Sthers 91m

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The Liberators

Tue 21 Aug 20:30

Aka Heights One of the most ambitious Bulgarian films in recent years, Victor Bojinov’s ‘Heights/ The Liberators’ was a Bulgarian box office success. Two members of a rebel movement are sent on a dangerous mission around enslaved Bulgaria in the 1870’s. Their leader has an important message to reach a man of high importance in the revolution of the country – Vasil “The Lion” Levski. One of the most ambitious Bulgarian projects in recent years, this is an adaptation of Milen Ruskov’s novel published in 2011. The film explores the Bulgarian realities of the 1870s a few years before the war that would liberate the country from the Ottoman occupation. Directed by Victor Bojinov and adapted by Neli Dimitrova, the story follows Gicho a young man in a revolutionary group led by Dimitar Obshti, a real-life revolutionary fighting against the Turks. After a successful train robbery Obshti entrust Gicho with a special mission: to deliver a letter to Vasil Levski, the country’s most famous freedom fighter, now considered a hero and dubbed The Apostle of Freedom. (Subtitles) Our thanks to Phoenix for this screening. Bulgaria 2017 Victor Bojinov 148m

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The Forest

Danila is sixteen. Katya is twice his age. He spends hours watching her out of the corner of his eye from an old shed on the edge of the forest. Russia 2017 Roman Zhigalov 96m See Independent Film Section for full details. Wed 15 Aug 11:00 (Studio)

A Sublime Life

Dr. Ivan has found two radical cures for unhappiness: the diagnosis of fake terminal cancers and the temporary elimination of some of the five senses. But will the therapies succeed, or do they have unforeseeable side effects? Portugal 2018 Luis Diogo 105m See Independent Film Section for full details. Sat 11 Aug 11:00 (Studio)

25 Years In Slovak Animation

On the occasion of the 25 years of Slovakia’s independence, Slovak Film Institute and Fest Anča have prepared the compilation containing widely recognized and renowned. Slovak animated shorts made since 1993 See Animation Section for full details. Mon 13 Aug 13:00 (Pic Palace) Sat 18 Aug 11:15 (Studio)

Barren and Empty the Sea Esteban wakes up one morning and everybody accuses him of being a stranger who happens to look just like Esteban. Spain 2017 Jesus Serna/Lucas Parnes 92m

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Cold War

Sat 25 Aug 21:00 Sun 26 Aug 13:30

Zimna Wojna A tumultuous love story between two people of different backgrounds and temperaments, who despite their overwhelming passion for each other, are fatefully mismatched. Best Director winner at Cannes 2018 and has received ecstatic reviews. Pawel Pawlikowski, director of the Oscarwinning ‘Ida’, returns with the exquisite ‘Cold War’. Loosely inspired by Pawlikowski’s parents (to whom the film is also dedicated) it is set against the oppressive background of the Cold War and across Poland, Berlin, Yugoslavia and Paris. Following singer Zula (an effortlessly magnetic and beguiling performance by Joanna Kulig) and pianist Wiktor (Tomasz Kot) from their initial meeting at an audition over the course of the ensuing 15 years. The film’s very structure – particularly through use of narrative ellipses – serves to compound and solidify their unbreakable bond (the film includes some brilliantly choreographed musical set-pieces) and realise that they must find a way to slip past the Iron Curtain. This is a moving and highly personal film from Pawlikowski, who grew up in exile from Poland’s Communist rule and lived in the UK and Paris. (Subtitles) Our thanks to Curzon for this screening. UK/ Poland/ France 2018 Pawel Pawlikowski 85m

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A father and son come together to hand deliver his daughter's wedding invitations to guests as per Palestinian custom, in this rousing and humorous family drama. Loosely inspired by events in her own family, Shadi (Saleh Bakri) returns to Nazareth for the wedding of his sister Amal (Maria Zreik). Tradition dictates that he should accompany his father Abu Shadi (Mohammad Bakri) to hand deliver wedding invitations to an extended family and anyone else considered an essential guest. Abu Shadi is divorced from a wife who left him and the country many years ago. It becomes clear that the pain of that is still raw. Shadi is an architect who lives in Rome with his girlfriend, but initial scenes suggest a distance between them. Naturalistic, nicely paced and well played, ‘Wajib’ succeeds at making us invest in its fragile father/son relationship and willing them to acknowledge that there is more that unites them than drives them apart. Warmth, charm, charisma and humour are brought to this engrossing and immensely entertaining drama. (Subtitles) Our thanks to New Wave for this screening. Palestine 2017 Annamarie Jacir 96m

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The Heiresses

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Las Herederas An immaculate, entirely female-driven drama, the debut feature of Paraguayan filmmaker Marcelo Martinessi screened in Competition for the Golden Bear at the 2018 Berlinale, where it won the Alfred Bauer Silver Bear and received unanimous acclaim. Both a piercing character study and a commentary on the Paraguayan class structure, it follows Chela (Ana Brun) and Chiquita (Margarita Irún), who – both women descended from wealthy families in Asunción, Paraguay – have been together for over 30 years when their precarious financial situation begins to impact both their way of life and their relationship. Forced to cope on her own, Chela starts driving for the first time in years, providing a local taxi service to a group of elderly wealthy ladies. Encountering the much younger Angy (Ana Ivanova), they forge a fresh and exhilarating connection – encouraging Chela to finally break out of her shell and embark on a personal revolution, engaging with the world on new and intimate terms. (Subtitles) Our thanks to Thunderbird for this screening. Paraguay / Uruguay / Germany/ France 2018 Marcelo Martinessi 95m


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Watch The Sunset

Sun 12 Aug 13:30 (Studio) Fri 17 Aug 18:30 (Studio)

An Australian crime-drama made in one shot, takes the viewer on an emotionally charged ride through a man’s struggles to reconnect with his family due to his troubled past. Danny, played by co-director and co-writer Tristan Barr, is a man on the edge. The sprawling scenery, measured pacing and economic dialogue serves nicely to develop his anxiety and tension – there is barely a word uttered in the first 15 minutes. Over time, we learn that Danny is desperate to reconnect his deeply damaged relationship with his ex-partner Sally (Chelsea Zeller), and their daughter Joey (Annabelle Williamson). Joey is taken by two thugs and faced with the overwhelming task of facing his past, whilst dragging the woman he loves further into the chasm of blackness he was so desperate to escape from. At around 80 minutes in length, the film’s greatest asset – in addition to the “one shot” element – is its tautness: it never overreaches or turns in directions it shouldn’t, and remains economical and focused in its objectives. Directors Tristan Barr & Michael Gosden know what they want to portray and how they want it portrayed. Our thanks to Phoenix for this screening. Australia 2017 Tristan Barr & Michael Gosden 79m

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The Third Murder

Sandome no Satsujin This metaphysical crime thriller from the maestro of Japanese family life, Hirokazu Kore-eda (who won the Palme d’Or in Cannes for ‘Shoplifting’ this May) will leave audiences with more mysteries to ponder than simply whodunnit. This is a complex death-sentence drama which tells of one man s hunt for the truth whilst investigating the murky events of a gruesome murder. Leading attorney Shigemori (Masaharu Fukuyama) takes on the defence of murder-robbery suspect Misumi (Kôji Yakusho) who served jail time for another murder 30 years ago. Shigemori's chances of winning the case seem low – his client freely admits his guilt, despite facing the death penalty if he is convicted. As he digs deeper into the case and hears the testimonies of the victim s family and Misumi himself, the once confident Shigemori begins to doubt whether his client is the murderer after all. (Subtitles) Our thanks to Arrow for this screening. Japan 2017 Hirokazu Kore-eda 125m Fri 17 Aug 20:30 (Studio) Sat 18 Aug 13:00 (Pic Palace)

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Dream of Illumination

A story about an estate agent who has considerable power over his town due to exploiting an accident. Boasts a warmly authentic cast, gorgeous B&W cinematography, and a trembling, moody score. Japan 2017 Thunder Sawada 91m See Independent Film Section for full details. Tue 21 Aug 11:00 (Studio)

Evening Shadows

While gay rights and marriage equality has been embraced by most countries, a small town in Southern India lives within a cocoon of traditions and social morality. India 2017 Sridhar Rangayan 102m See Independent Film Section for full details. Sun 12 Aug 11:00 (Studio)

Sholler’s Archive

An enthralling true story about a little German girl who is given away by her family to an Azerbaijani family, to avoid the harshness of exile. Azerbaijan 2018 Jalaladdin Gasimov 88m See Independent Film Section for full details. Sun 19 Aug 11:15 (Studio)

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Leave No Trace

Sun 12 Aug 18:45 Mon 13 Aug 13:30

Cannes Winner (Director’s Fortnight) A father and his thirteen-year-old daughter are living an ideal existence in a vast urban park in Portland, Oregon, when a small mistake derails their lives forever. Will (Ben Foster) and his daughter Tom (Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie) have camped out in an Oregon nature reserve, apparently for years. He makes sure that Tom is healthy, fed, and educated, but stresses a need to remain hidden from others at all times. Though a teenager, Tom exhibits few signs of rebellion, trusting him entirely. Discovery tears them out of Eden and thrusts them into the social services system. Forcible reintegration into society initiates a gradual but inexorable change in this dynamic, as Tom becomes more curious about other people and more desiring of stability, while Will simply cannot change. ‘Leave No Trace’s acute sense of place and how people relate to it makes for great, emotionladen naturalism. Screened at Sundance and Cannes. Our thanks to Sony for this screening. USA 2018 Debra Granik 109m

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Agnes, taken for granted as a suburban mother, discovers a passion for solving jigsaw puzzles which unexpectedly draws her into a new world – where her life unfolds in ways she could never have imagined. Marc Turtletaub’s English-language adaptation of Natalia Smirnoff’s ‘The Puzzle’ – written by Oren Moverman – tells the story of under-appreciated mum Agnes (Kelly Macdonald), whose life revolves around her husband Louie (David Denman) and her two sons Ziggy (Bubba Weiler) and Gabe (Austin Abrams), who are on the brink of flying the nest. When Agnes receives a jigsaw for her birthday it opens a surprising new avenue in her life that leads her to meet Robert (Irrfan Khan), an avid competitive puzzler who triggers a reassessment of her situation. Turtletaub’s film is a subtle character study that allows Agnes to retain her essential quiet character traits even as her outlook on life and her expectations from her marriage begin to evolve. Opened the 2018 Edinburgh Film Festival and also screened at Sundance. Our thanks to Sony for this screening. USA 2018 Marc Turtletaub 103m BOX OFFICE 01243 786 650

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Ideal Home

A bickering gay couple (Steve Coogan & Paul Rudd) must now deal with the unexpected task of raising a ten-year-old boy. Coogan and Rudd (in an inspired piece of casting) bring their impeccable comedic timing to the roles of Erasmus (Coogan), a TV chef with an inflated ego, and his TV director partner Paul (Rudd) who spend their days on set together trading snippy remarks. The two find their lives uprooted when Erasmus' grandson arrives at their door looking to stay. The message soon becomes clear: If they can learn to love the boy maybe they can learn to love each other again? Coogan and Rudd are genuinely funny and they share real romantic chemistry allowing the film to tap into a fountain full of humour and heart. Coogan's character is entirely oblivious to his absurdity and so serves to give him a surprising amount of sincerity. Packed with witty one-liners, the film is consistently funny. Our thanks to Signature for this screening. USA 2018 Andrew Fleming 91m Thu 16 Aug 21:00 Sat 18 Aug 13:45

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The Negotiator

aka Beirut These John Le Carre-style political machinations involve the Israelis, the CIA, the kidnappers, and the PLO in a taut, fast-paced political thriller set in the Middle East of the 70's. Jon Hamm enjoys the role of troubled former diplomat Mason Skiles, whose chief occupation now is working as a mediator between unions and management while hitting the bottle in his off hours. In a tight set-up, we learn that back in the Seventies he was posted in the titular Lebanese capital, living with his wife Nadia (Leila Bekhti) and caring for orphaned teen Karim (Yoav Sadian Rosenberg), little realising that the youngster's brother Abu Rajal (Hicham Ouraqa) is a Palestinian whose CV majors in terror attacks. Tragedy is inevitable. Rosamund Pike's sharp-witted and enigmatic Crowder proves the perfect foil for Hamm's casual world weariness. With a level of intelligence often missing from recent thrillers, the film screened at Sundance and Edinburgh. Our thanks to Signature for this screening. USA 2017 Brad Anderson 109m Sat 18 Aug 16:00 Sun 19 Aug 18:45

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1993: after being caught having sex with the prom queen, a girl is forced into a gay conversion therapy centre. When Cameron is caught making out with her best friend Coley (Quinn Shephard) all hell breaks loose on the home front. Her Christian aunt Ruth (Kerry Butler) packs her off to a gay conversion therapy boarding school. Here, under the tutelage of born-again Reverend Rick (John Gallagher Jr) and his more menacing sister Lydia (Jennifer Ehle), the kids are supposed to come to see the error of their ways. Cameron quickly finds solidarity with fellow 'inmates' Jane Fonda (Sasha Lane) and Adam (Forrest Goodluck). The portrayal of Lydia and Rick is interesting, with the pair somehow more sinister because their belief in conversion comes from a place of weird 'compassion'. This film focuses on a place that is a sad reality, despite its absurdity. Premiered at Sundance, writer/director Desiree Akhavan takes an observational approach to this story, focusing on different members of the camp and their own wills and desires. Our thanks to Vertigo for this screening. USA 2018 Desiree Akhavan 90m

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The Rider

Wed 22 Aug 17:45 Thu 23 Aug 15:45

A luminous and enthralling study of a young South Dakotan cowboy’s struggle following a near fatal head injury. Chloé Zhao returns to South Dakota for this sublime study of a young Sioux cowboy and his broken dreams. To say that Zhao’s film is a narrative built around the real-life experiences of her non-actors might imply less artistry than this magnificently crafted drama deserves. Cinematographer Joshua James Richards (God’s Own Country) captures glinting rays of sunlight that reflect the soulful presence at the heart of the film, cowboy Brady Jandreau. After a near fatal rodeo accident and with doctors ordering him not to ride again, Jandreau struggles to leave the sport he loves. Zhao focuses on Brady’s moving interaction with the horses and his tight community of fellow-riders. In doing so, she delivers an enthralling portrait of America’s cowboy culture. Expertly controlled and caringly delivered, this is an absorbing human drama that manages to keep you gripped to your seat whilst everything around you bucks and jolts. It was the winner of the Grand Prix Award at the Deauville Festival of American Cinema and the Art Cinema Award in the Directors’ Fortnight of the Cannes Film Festival. Our thanks to Altitude for this screening. USA 2017 Chloé Zhao 104m

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Bernard & Huey

Wed 22 Aug 18:30 (Studio) Thu 23 Aug 13:00 (Pic Palace)

Written by cartoonist and playwright Jules Feiffer, and based on characters he created for comic strips in Playboy and The Village Voice, Jim Rash and David Koechner play the title roles in Dan Mirvish's dark comedy based on a decades-old, un-produced Feiffer script. ‘Bernard and Huey’ is a lovingly detailed look at two unhappy and unpleasant men. Bernard (Jim Rash) is a 49-yearold book editor specializing in historical non-fiction and getting laid. He moved into his latest apartment five years ago but has yet to furnish it; he doesn't even have a table. One night his best friend from college, Huey (David Koechner), shows up unannounced, looking for a place to stay. It's the first time they've seen each other in 25 years. ‘Bernard and Huey’ is a film about relationships and fatherhood but it is also one that will likely hit close to home for the life-long single folks. It has been lovingly resurrected from a 30-year-old Jules Feiffer screenplay and drenched to the bone in the vintage misogyny of another era. The resulting film served as this year's closing night film at the 2018 Slamdance. Our thanks to Dan Mirvish for this screening. USA 2018 Dan Mirvish 90m

The Iron Orchard

The story of Jim McNeely, a young man thrust into the vibrant and brutal West Texas oilfields in 1939, who works his way through the ranks to ultimately become a formidable wildcatter. USA 2018 Ty Roberts 112m See Independent Film Section for full details. Thu 23 Aug 11:00 (Studio)

My Amish World

A film that portrays the struggles and triumphs of an Amish family, produced and directed by the Amish artist at the centre of the story, Samuel Wickey. USA 2017 Samuel Wickey 79m See Independent Film Section for full details. Mon 20 Aug 11:15 (Studio)

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Lucky

The spiritual journey of a ninety-year-old atheist, Lucky, played by the late Harry Dean Stanton in his last film. The routines of a man living alone in a small desert town, and his interactions with the world around him, are put under a microscope, and what could easily be seen as negligible, burgeons into a wilderness bloom of late-life calm absurdity. For one, Stanton's Lucky has a circle of acquaintances anyone could wish for. Such as Howard (David Lynch), impeccably dressed in suits and hats and idiosyncratic neckties of various colour, attempting to make a will – so that he can leave his belongings to President Roosevelt! Such is the tone of ‘Lucky’ – deadpan absurdity, everyday madness and enlightenment through routine – merge in an attempt to answer the big questions of life. Relish every detail of Stanton’s matter-of-factly fearless portrayal of a man who ran out of damns to give a long time ago, but still wants to make a graceful exit. The performance of a lifetime. Our thanks to Eureka for this screening. USA 2017 John Carroll Lynch 88m Wed 22 Aug 15:30 Thu 23 Aug 13:45

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Documentary Documentaries that offer a great variety of subjects ranging from comic strips, jazz, to the Ukraine conflict, but also encompassing a series of portraits including Orson Welles, Stanley Kubrick, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Ryuichi Sakamoto and Whitney Huston. Please remember to vote each time for the Audience Award in this Documentary category. Booking Ref

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Filmworker

Fri 10 Aug 13:00 (Pic Palace) Tue 14 Aug 13:15 (Studio)

Leon Vitali, who left acting to be Stanley Kubrick’s right-hand man, is the subject of an arresting cinemaniac documentary. It’s a rare person who would give up fame and fortune to toil in obscurity for someone else’s creative vision. Yet, that’s exactly what Leon Vitali did when he surrendered his thriving acting career to become Stanley Kubrick’s loyal right-hand man. For more than two decades, Leon played a crucial role behind-the-scenes helping Kubrick make and maintain his legendary body of work. Directed, shot, and edited by Tony Zierra, it’s a portrait of a man who devoted himself to the religion of all things Kubrick, but beyond that the film has a special value: It ushers you into the world of how Kubrick put his movies together. Apart from Vitalli and Kubrick, the film includes contributions from Ryan O’Neal, Matthew Modine, Danny Lloyd, Stellan Skarsgård. Our thanks to Dogwoof for this screening. UK 2017 Leon Vitali 94m

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This is a film made by some of the 48% who voted Remain. A film made by and featuring those who voted Remain in the UK’s EU Referendum vote, the 48%, to show the other 27 EU Member States that it was far from a landslide victory and just why we are fighting to stay part of the EU. It is their story, feelings and reasons for Remain, made totally from their perspective. Featuring Patrick Stewart, Miriam Margolyes, Ian McEwan, Bob Geldof, Piotr Szkopiak, David Wilkinson, Joan Bakewell, Nick Clegg, Bonnie Greer, Alastair Campbell. Our thanks to Guerilla Films for this screening. UK 2018 David Wilkinson 110m We welcome the director David Wilkinson to introduce his film and for a possible “controversial” Q&A after the screening. Sun 12 Aug 16:00

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Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat

Wed 15 Aug 20:45 (Studio) Thu 16 Aug 13:00 (Pic Palace)

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Ryuichi Sakamato: Coda

A portrait of a genius music composer Ryuichi Sakamoto, who created masterful scores for ‘Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence’ and ‘The Last Emperor’. Director Stephen Nomura Schible shot this documentary over 5 years, capturing a turning point in Sakamoto’s life. Following a cancer diagnosis, the composer decided to take a break from his gruelling schedule to focus on his wellbeing. The film starts with Sakamoto discovering a piano that survived the 2011 tsunami and Fukushima disaster, dovetailing into his social and political activism and fascination with nature. While there’s footage from Bernardo Bertolucci’s ‘The Last Emperor’ or ‘The Sheltering Sky’, what’s most striking about this portrait of Sakamoto is just how much it manages to capture in a finite amount of space. Swinging from his early days as a synth-pop pioneer in Yellow Magic Orchestra in the late 1970s/early 1980s through to his film work and solo recordings, we get a sense of what makes Sakamoto’s mind work. Our thanks to Munro Films for this screening. Japan/USA 2018 Stephen Nomura Schible 103m Sat 18 Aug 13:15 (Studio) Sun 19 Aug 13:15 (Pic Palace)

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Exploring the pre-fame years of the celebrated American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, and how New York City, its people, and its tectonically shifting arts culture shaped his vision. Sarah Driver more than does justice to her subject. Conveying his personal magnetism, eccentricity and non-stop creativity without romanticizing him, the documentary also serves as another chapter in the ongoing effort to rescue Basquiat from his own hype. While graffiti artists were at work in the Bronx, Basquiat targeted SoHo. Luc Sante recalls how "the galleries just seemed like ... banks, or something," and young artists had to make their own venues. Driver talks about efforts like Colab, the arts collective that mounted what would now be called pop-ups. Heroin would eventually kill Jean-Michel Basquiat. Thankfully, chronicling that downfall is not Driver's job. Fame, money and addiction are a world away from ‘Boom for Real’, a movie that understands how, even for an artist with more ambition and more willingness to play the game than most of his peers, creativity can still be its own reward. Our thanks to Munro Films for this screening. USA 2017 Sarah Driver 78m

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The Jazz Ambassadors

Postponed from last year, we are pleased to present this outstanding jazz documentary. The US State Department introduced Jazz Tours as a propaganda initiative to combat fierce public criticism from the USSR. Outstanding AfricanAmerican jazz musicians including Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and Dizzy Gillespie were enlisted to demonstrate the integrated make-up of modern America. Musicians included Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and Dizzy Gillespie; with the support of radio host Willis Conover broadcasting on Voice of America. Over a 10-year period there were 20 hugely popular Jazz Tours to over 100 countries. However, dangerous racial tensions were building up back home in the USA, with growing demands for better Civil Rights. Interviewees include Quincy Jones, Darius Brubeck (son of Dave Brubeck), and many more. Mick Csáky. USA/UK 2017 Hugo Berkeley 90m Sun 19 Aug 18:30 (Studio)

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Eyes of Orson Welles

Sun 19 Aug 16:30 Mon 20 Aug 15:30 (Studio)

Mark Cousins dives deep into the visual world of legendary director and actor Orson Welles to reveal a portrait of the artist as he's never been seen before, via an illuminating examination of the great filmmaker's paintings and sketches. Cousins’ portrait of Orson is personal and loving, on a first-name basis, addressing him like an old friend and composing a long letter, long after he’s gone, to let him know what he’s been missing. But at the same time, it’s an adoring tribute, a devoted salute, a hymn to a man larger than life. Using a box full of Orson’s drawings as his starting point, Cousins takes us through Welles’ life in an unconventional way. He takes us through his various stops – the aristocratic, simple and archaic Ireland, where he focuses on painting portraits of the everyday man and woman; Morocco, where he sketches the forms of people with indistinct faces; back to New York, when the war starts and as Orson loses faith in his beloved Europe and sees it fall from grace with Fascism. A heartfelt love letter to Welles connecting the director’s films to his paintings and drawings. Our thanks to Dogwoof for this screening. UK 2018 Mark Cousins 110m

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An epic and emotional testimony and tribute to the aircraft teams that won the Battle of Britain and ultimately the Second World War, as told by the last serving heroes who built, flew and fought in the beloved aircraft. Narrated by Charles Dance (The Imitation Game, Gosford Park) and with breath-taking aerial footage from the world’s greatest aviation photographer, John Dibbs, and never-before seen digitally re-mastered archive footage, ‘Spitfire’ explores how this extraordinary plane became the most famous fighter aircraft ever made. Director Fairhead says: “Most documentaries made about the Spitfire tend to focus on the very technical or combat sides of it, and they don’t look at the relationship it has with the people. We are trying to make this film so that the Spitfire is one of the characters within the film alongside the veterans.” Timed to release as part of the RAF’s centenary year celebrations (RAF100). Our thanks to Altitude for this screening. UK 2018 David Fairhead & Ant Palmer 100m Tue 21 Aug 18:00 (Studio) Wed 22 Aug 14:15 (Studio)

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Whitney

An in-depth and heart-breaking chronicle of the rise and fall of a legend – Whitney Houston. How would you like to be remembered?” a television interviewer asks a young Whitney Houston. She closes her eyes for a moment, then laughs. “You know, it probably doesn’t matter anyway, ’cos they gonna remember me how they want to remember me anyway. This is the second documentary on Whitney Houston in less than a year; last autumn Nick Broomfield’s ‘Whitney: Can I Be Me?’ focused on the salacious elements of this very classic Hollywood rise and fall story. Kevin Macdonald’s film was made with the support of the Whitney Houston Estate and includes interviews with family and friends – even mother Cissy and ex-husband Bobby. The result is a bit more carefully curated and spends more than half of its running time on the more positive elements of her rise before digging into the darker vortex of her eventual demise. Feted at a midnight screening at Cannes. Our thanks to Altitude for this screening. UK 2018 Kevin Macdonald 120m Fri 24 Aug 20:15 (Studio) Sat 25 Aug 13:45 (Studio)

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One Note at a Time

A beautiful, moving documentary about New Orleans musicians that is itself a “second line” parade to the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. “If the musicians ain’t got a chance to live, then what chance has the music got?” Dr John. This is a beautifully crafted, feature documentary, rich with colourful characters, and set in the iconic musical backdrop of New Orleans. In 2005 the music stopped, when one of the most deadly and destructive hurricanes in American history struck. The flood defences failed, flooding the Crescent City for weeks. Lives were lost and shattered. Many displaced musicians felt compelled to return to the chaos and bleak confusion to play again. This is the story of some who made it back, told in their own words, with those who fought alongside to resuscitate the music scene; in particular the founders of The New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic, a unique medical facility with the motto, “Keeping the music alive”. A labour of love 10 years in the making! A documentary for any true cultural historian or jazz fan. USA 2017 Renee Edwards 95m Fri 24 Aug 18:00 (Studio) Sat 25 Aug 13:15 (Pic Palace)

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From the earliest days of movie-making to the present day, through rare and unseen footage, we see the changing relationship the British have with their land. Featuring images of local celebrations and festivals to agricultural practices through the seasons, village life and lost crafts. Scouring 100 years of archive footage, much of it drawn from the BFI National Archive, BAFTA-winner Paul Wright constructed an exhilarating study of the British people’s shifting – and contradictory – relationship to the land. The film takes us on a sensory, visceral journey through the contrasting seasons, observing folk carnivals and fetes, masked parades, water divining and harvesting. Set to a grand, expressive new score from Adrian Utley (Portishead) and Will Gregory (Goldfrapp), alongside folk music from the likes of Anne Briggs, Wright’s captivating film essay captures the beauty and brutality, and the magic and madness of rural Britain. Our thanks to the BFI for this screening. UK 2017 Paul Wright 79m

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Leonard Bernstein Conducting West Side Story: The Making of a Recording

Featuring extended extracts from the 1984 BBC film introduced by the director Christopher Swann. Filmed in 1984, this feature-length documentary follows Leonard Bernstein through one week as he records West Side Story. BBC 1984 Christopher Swann 120m approx. See Bernstein in Chichester Section for details. Fri 24 Aug 13:15 (Studio)

Looking for Vaubeton

A documentary about our relationship with the past and to signs of history and memory in a particular place. The film includes many musical events of this area of France. France 2018 Michelle Gales 83m See Independent Film Section for full details. Tue 14 Aug 11:15 (Studio)

Comic Book Kingdom

A documentary examining the joys and hardships of creating comic books by some of the most talented comic book creators working across the UK today. UK 2017 Marius Smuts 100m See Independent Film Section for full details. Sun 12 Aug 13:15 (Pic Palace)

Sharp Tools

An intriguing documentary about Hassan Sharif, the founder of the conceptual art movement in the UAE, and the most unique, influential and controversial artist of the region. UAE 2017 Nujoom Alghanem 84m See Independent Film Section for full details. Fri 17 Aug 11:00 (Studio)

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Guardians

Two ill-matched men are thrown together when they become Live-In Guardians of a 200-year-old townhouse in the East End of London. But living with each other is the least of their problems as there is more to the house than meets the eye. Amoral estate agents, irate labourers, pervert politicians, foxloving chuggers only add to the fact that a 200-year-old curse may consume them both. With echoes of Martin McDonagh, this is a funny, well thought out film that showcases some real British talent that we can look forward to seeing more of in the future. UK 2017 Mark A. C. Brown 85m Fri 10 Aug 11:15 (Studio)

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A Sublime Life

Sat 11 Aug 11:00 (Studio)

Uma Vida Sublime Dr. Ivan has found two radical cures for unhappiness: the diagnosis of fake terminal cancers and the temporary elimination of some of the five senses. But will the therapies succeed? Gil has a nice car, large house, but his wife nags him, his daughters are materialistic, and at work, he’s terribly bored. A sudden, dark shift in tone lifts the intrigue beyond the typical melodramas. In a parallel storyline, that same doctor is gaining a shining reputation for his skills in oncology, along with gratitude for his extensive philanthropic contributions. But all is not what it seems. How should one live life? Are there better ways to live life? Portugal 2018 Luis Diogo 105m

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Evening Shadows

Sun 12 Aug 11:00 (Studio)

While gay rights and marriage equality has been embraced by most countries, a small town in Southern India lives within a cocoon of traditions and social morality. In such a milieu, when a young gay man Kartik, comes out to his mother Vasudha, her entire world comes crashing down. She has no one to turn to dispel her fears and doubts, to understand her loving son’s truth. Moreover, as a woman, trapped within a patriarchal conservative society, her biggest challenge is to deal with her dogmatic husband, and the conservative society around her. This film is just as much about the mother ‘coming out as a woman’, and claiming her due place within a traditional patriarchal society. India 2017 Sridhar Rangayan 102m

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Comic Book Kingdom

Sun 12 Aug 13:15 (Pic Palace)

A documentary examining the joys and hardships of creating comic books by some the most talented comic book creators working across the UK today. London based Director Marius Smuts was promoting his 80-page graphic novel at Comic Con UK, where he met so many talented artists and decided to make a film about them. He was pleased to get creative and established creators on board with the production of this film. The documentary features Laurence Campbell – Artist of ‘Wolverine’, ‘Punisher’ and ‘B.P.R.D’, Kev Hopgood – Co-creator of Marvel’s ‘War Machine’, Ian Sharman – Editor in Chief of Markosia Enterprises, Nigel Twumasi, Myfanwy Tristram, Zara Slattery, Inko, Chie Kutsuwada, Matt Hardy and Edward Bentley. UK 2017 Marius Smuts 100m

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Barren and Empty The Sea

Mon 13 Aug 11:00 (Studio)

Esteban wakes up one morning and everybody accuses him of being a stranger that happens to look just like Esteban. A friend tells Esteban that he’s been missing for days, but Esteban ignores him and goes to his mother’s bar where she slaps him and, straightaway, apologizes, thinking he was someone else. The next morning, the police question him about his disappearance with a notable lack of interest. When Esteban finally sees his girlfriend Marta, she doesn’t recognize him either, and pays little attention to his pleas. This original film by duo Jesus Serna and Lucas Parnes will leave you wondering about the gap that exists between how we see ourselves and how others see us. Spain 2017 Jesus Serna/Lucas Parnes 92m

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Looking for Vaubeton

Tue 14 Aug 11:15 (Studio)

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A film about our relationship with the past and to signs of history and memory in a place. In a village in Burgundy in the 9th century, Girart de Roussillon and his wife Berthe founded the convent of Vézelay, which later moved up the hill, to what is known as Vézelay today. In the 20th century, a Medieval scholar looks for signs of the battle of Vaubeton, recounted in the Song of Girart de Roussillon. Instead he finds a GalloRoman site which later reveals even more ancient occupation than expected. Villagers and visitors re-appropriate the history and legend of the land. Made primarily with local inhabitants, as well as one well-known archaeologist (Christian Sapin) and a prestigious historian of Medieval Literature (Michel Zink), the film includes many musical events of the area. France 2018 Michelle Gales 83m


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The Forest

Wed 15 Aug 11:00 (Studio)

Danila is 16, Katya is 32. He spends hours watching her out of the corner of his eye from an old shed on the edge of the forest. He does not even think about trying to be with her until his father shows up in an attempt to run away from his avalanching problems. Father and son are drawn into a turmoil of events where neighbour turns against neighbour, dividing the community into "us" and "them". Russian Director Roman Zhigalov says: “Cinema for me is primarily honesty. It is a straight conversation about social issues without any embellishment and smoothing things over. It is becoming increasingly difficult and dangerous to tell the truth in my country. That’s why it is more and more important for me.” Russia 2017 Roman Zhigalov 96m

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Sharp Tools

Fri 17 Aug 11:00 (Studio)

An intriguing documentary about Hassan Sharif, the founder of the conceptual art movement in the UAE, and the most unique, influential and controversial artist of the region. At that time, Sharif was considered a destructive artist but with time he has become a legendary figure not only in the UAE art scene, but also in the whole region. Life has changed around him, however he has remained sincere to his sharp tools that have been used for making his significant artworks. His philosophy stayed enveloped in his work, as well as another aspect that will be unfolded for the first time in this film. Director Nujoom Alghanem is an Emirati artist, poet, scriptwriter and multi awardwinning film director. UAE 2017 Nujoom Alghanem 84m

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Sholler’s Archive

Sun 19 Aug 11:15 (Studio)

An enthralling true story about a little German girl who is given away by her family to an Azerbaijani family, to avoid the harshness of exile. In the beginning of the 19th century, Germans moved to Azerbaijan and stamped their mark. For example, while people were lighting a candle in Russia, Azerbaijanis were using electric lamps owing to German technology. They also brought the first railway, asphalt and telegraph. But during WWII, 22,841 Germans were exiled to Kazakhstan and Siberia. One of the families were the Shollers. Mrs Sholler gave her 6 month old granddaughter to an Azerbaijani family due to the harshness of exile – this is her story. Gasimov obtained all this information from his father, and is hoping with this film to find any living descendants of the Sholler family. Azerbaijan 2018 Jalaladdin Gasimov 88m

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My Amish World

Mon 20 Aug 11:15 (Studio)

A film that portrays the struggles and triumphs of an Amish family, made by the man at the centre of the story. In this incredible story based on true events, a mother and father are overwhelmed when their children are bullied at school. Their son was born with a mental disorder, and they are gripped by fear and astonishment when the boy reveals artistic abilities. Their strict religion teaches that any form of artistic expression is forbidden. In a family deeply ingrained in a religion where parents are forbidden to express love for their children, the father breaks the chains of fear and oppression to allow hope, the expression of love, and freedom to leave the Amish. Samuel Wickey is today a renowned artist, commissioned by both the NBA and NFL to create sculptures for major awards. USA 2017 Samuel Wickey 79m

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Dream of Illumination

Tue 21 Aug 11:00 (Studio)

A story about an estate agent who has considerable power over his town due to exploiting an accident. Noboru Ueda moved to Rokujou four years ago, and has been selling “The Certain Land” in the town to foreigner investors, one after another. Ueda is the scorn of the dwindling population of farmers stuck in debt and harbouring provincial attitudes toward outsiders. His only daughter Nana is about to finish high school, and as she considers her next step, her father reveals the secret trauma linking him to this land and its people. Writer/director Thunder Sawada’s critical examination of rural life and the inevitability of change boasts a warmly authentic cast, gorgeous B&W cinematography, and a trembling, moody score. Japan 2017 Thunder Sawada 91m

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The Iron Orchard

Sun 14 Palace) Thu 23 Aug Aug 11:30 11:00(Pic. (Studio)

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The story of Jim McNeely, a young man thrust into the vibrant and brutal West Texas oilfields in 1939, who works his way through the ranks to ultimately become a formidable wildcatter. In love with the daughter of a wealthy family but of unsuitable social status himself, Jim receives their “help” in the form of a position in the pipe-laying gang on a lease near Odessa. There he endures physical and psychological torment but rises above their petty antics to make friends and, eventually, run off with another man’s wife to start his own business servicing equipment. At its core ‘The Iron Orchard’ is a story about love and desire. Jim is torn between his past and present; two worlds juxtaposed by a rural and modern landscape and mindset. USA 2018 Ty Roberts 112m


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The Exodus

Fri 24 Aug 13:00 (Pic Palace) Sat 25 Aug 20:30 (Studio)

L’esodo A woman struggles during the difficult economic climate of 2012 Italy. Mario Monti’s government is in power, and Francesca (Daniela Poggi), in her sixties, finds herself in a state of financial desperation. She lives with her niece Mary (Carlotta Bazzu), and the situation gets worse, not helped by the attitude of the teenager. Francesca eventually ends up begging in Rome’s Piazza della Repubblica, where the city folk are struck by how she is so far removed from the stereotypical beggar – she embodies the new Italian poverty. Things get complicated when Mary accidentally bumps into Francesca while begging in the square. (Subtitles) Italy 2017 Cyrus Formisano 102m

Tides

A devastating loss finds four friends navigating love, life and the canals of southern England. The subtle nuances and delicate balance of pain hidden beneath the surface of euphoric drunkenness makes this buddy film a very strong debut. UK 2017 Tupaq Felber 99m Fri 10 Aug 18:00 (Studio)

We welcome writer/director Tupaq Felber to introduce his film plus Q&A. See UK Cinema Section for full details.

Winter Ridge

A young detective is torn apart after his wife ends up in a coma while hunting a serialkiller at the same time. It is a dark, edgy, and thrilling debut filmed on location; in Lynton and Lynmouth, North Devon. UK 2018 Dom Lenoir 100m

Sat 25 Aug 18:15

We hope to welcome director Dom Lenoir and some of the cast (TBA) for a Q&A following this screening. See UK Cinema Section for full details.

Bernard & Huey

Written by cartoonist and playwright Jules Feiffer and based on characters he created for comic strips in Playboy and The Village Voice, Jim Rash and David Koechner play the title roles in Dan Mirvish’s dark comedy based on a decades-old, unproduced Feiffer script. USA 2018 Dan Mirvish 90m Wed 22 Aug 18:30 (Studio) Thu 23 Aug 13:00 (Pic Palace)

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UK 1978

Monty Python’s Life of Brian

Monty Python delivers the group's sharpest and smartest satire of both religion and Hollywood's epic films. Bethlehem AD33. Brian Cohen is born in a stable, and, by a series of absurd circumstances is caught up in a new religion and reluctantly mistaken for the promised messiah, providing ample opportunity for the entire Python ensemble (Chapman, Cleese, Gilliam, Idle, Jones and Palin) to shine in multiple roles as they question everyone and everything from crazy prophets to crucifixion, forever changing our biblical view. 40 years on it is still one of the funniest films ever made! Our thanks to Trafalgar/Picturehouse for this screening. UK 1978 Terry Jones 93m We are delighted to welcome Canon Dr Anthony Cane from Chichester Cathedral to introduce the film, with a short Q&A after the screening. Fri 10 Aug 20:45

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Die Büchse der Pandora Renowned for its sensational storyline, sparkling Weimarperiod setting and the legendary lead performance from Louise Brooks, this taboo-breaking classic returns with a new restoration. The film follows the rise and fall of Lulu (Louise Brooks), a spirited but innocent showgirl, whose sheer sexual magnetism wreaks havoc on the lives of men and women alike. ‘Pandora’s Box’ was controversial – it features one of the first lesbian character on screen appearances – and unsuccessful in its day, and then under-appreciated for decades. It was only after recognition of Louise Brooks began to grow from the late 1950s, that the film was looked at anew. Louise Brooks' beautiful features, trademark sharply cut, shiny black bobbed hair and extraordinarily charismatic on-screen presence, turned a silent movie actress into a timeless icon of both cinema and style. Silent (German title cards with English subtitles). Our thanks to the BFI for this screening. Germany 1929 GW Pabst 136m


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USA 1984

Paris Texas

Travis Henderson (the late Harry Dean Stanton), an aimless drifter who has been missing for four years, wanders out of the desert and must reconnect with society, himself, his life, and his family in Wim Wenders classic road movie. A tale of dysfunctional America, the film revolves around an initially amnesiac man as he is forced to put his life back together. The bluesy, slide-guitar provided by Ry Cooder lends the film a knowing feel, pointing simultaneously to a dark past and slightly brighter future. Harry Dean Stanton has never been better cast as the damaged Travis and his introverted, world-weary performance is refreshing beyond comparison. Nastassja Kinski excels as the attractive final piece of Travis' puzzle, her careful Southern drawl and cautious movements playing brilliantly off Stanton. Wenders has bathed much of ‘Paris, Texas’ in neon colours, giving the odd impression that much of the story is being played out in the parking lots of strip-clubs or tacky casinos. Our thanks to Axiom for this screening. West Germany/USA/France 1984 Wim Wenders 145m Mon 13 Aug 10:30

NB: Harry Dean Stanton’s last film ‘Lucky’ is showing on Wed 22 Aug 15:30 & Thu 23 Aug 13:45.

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UK 1968

If….

The 50th anniversary of Lindsay Anderson’s Palme D’Or winning classic about three British boarding school students who decide to revolt against their repressive school. In an indictment of the British public school system, we follow Mick (Malcolm McDowell) and his friends through a series of indignities as any fond feelings toward these schools are destroyed. The trio hate the system; they hate being at school; they drink, smoke and talk about death. However, they are not united against every aspect of the established order. Wallace (Richard Warwick) may be tasting forbidden fruit, the whip’s tart (Rupert Webster) – but is also an exceptionally skilled gymnast. Johnny (David Wood) may like to give the impression of being a radical cynic, but on his own is unlikely to make waves. Mick is the catalyst of destruction, who teases the whips with his flagrant mockery of authority. Anderson’s direction cannot be faulted, not least in his ability to encourage his young actors to attain a standard of excellence beyond their ambition. Our thanks to Park Circus for this screening. UK 1968 Lindsay Anderson 111m Mon 13 Aug 18:00

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UK 1963

Tom Jones

Tom, the adopted son of Squire Allworthy, is the roguish but good-hearted hero in Tony Richardson’s uproarious screen adaptation of Henry Fielding’s 1749 novel. In 18th-century England, Tom Jones (Albert Finney) is a cheerful womaniser continually getting into scrapes, entangled with servant girls one minute and wooing his true love Sophie Western (Susannah York) the next. The plot is rudimentary, but it doesn’t matter: there’s so much fun to be had from the film’s mechanics. It starts in the mode of a silent comedy – with slapstick editing, intertitles and plinky-plonk music – and continues with purposely chaotic camerawork and direct addresses to the audience. Finney makes an ideal Tom, all charm, guile and high spirits, and the other actors are clearly enjoying themselves too. Screenwriter John Osborne’s courageous hatchet job on Fielding’s 1000-page classic novel and Finney’s gutsy performance add up to produce an enjoyable piece of irreverent entertainment. Tony Richardson’s film won Oscars for best picture and best director, and is, in every sense, a riot. Our thanks to the BFI for this screening. UK 1963 Tony Richardson 123m Wed 15 Aug 10:30

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Australia 1993

The Piano

Celebrating the 25th anniversary of Jane Campion's landmark film, the winner of three Academy Awards as well as the Palme d’Or at Cannes (with Campion becoming the first female director to do so), this extraordinary, female-centric masterpiece is presented digitally restored. Holly Hunter gives a majestic silent performance as Ada McGrath, a mute Scotswoman and talented pianist who arrives with her young daughter Flora (Anna Paquin) in the New Zealand wilderness of the 19th century. She is to marry frontiersman Alisdair Stewart (Sam Neill), but takes an immediate dislike to him after he refuses to carry her beloved piano home, instead selling it to George Baines (Harvey Keitel). Attracted to Ada, Baines agrees to return the piano in exchange for lessons that gradually become a series of erotically charged encounters. The film won Oscars for Hunter and Paquin and Best Screenplay for Campion’s script. Concerning itself with Campion’s prevailing theme of women on the edge of societal norms, ‘The Piano’ is perhaps her most definitive work. Our thanks to the ICO for this screening. Australia 1993 Jane Campion 121m Fri 17 Aug 10:30

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USA 1963

Vertigo

Hitchcock’s masterpiece ‘Vertigo’ replaced ‘Citizen Kane’ as the greatest film in a recent Sight and Sound critics poll. Set among San Francisco’s renowned landmarks, ‘Vertigo’ is considered by many to be director Alfred Hichcock’s greatest achievement. James Stewart is brilliant as Scottie Ferguson, an acrophobic detective hired to shadow a friend’s suicidal wife, Madeleine (Kim Novak). After he saves her from drowning in the bay, Scottie’s interest shifts from business to fascination with the icy, alluring blonde. When tragedy strikes and Madeleine dies, Scottie is devastated. But when he finds another woman remarkably like his lost love, the now obsessed detective must unravel the secrets of the past to find the key to his future. Ravishingly beautiful in this 4K restoration supported by one of Bernard Hermann’s greatest scores. Our thanks to Park Circus for this screening. USA 1958 Alfred Hitchcock 124m

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UK 1987

Maurice

Tue 21 Aug 10:30

The repressed and bourgeois Maurice Hall (James Wilby) tackles the prejudices of Edwardian society as he comes to terms with his sexuality, in this landmark drama by Merchant Ivory in his acclaimed adaptation of EM Forster’s novel. From the halls of Cambridge University to the cricket fields of the English gentry, this profound tale of emotional and sexual awakening features star-making performances from Wilby, Hugh Grant and Rupert Graves, and perfectly captures the fears and joys of submitting to a forbidden desire. This landmark all-star cast adaptation of EM Forster’s classic novel charts the interwoven fates and misfortunes of three families in Edwardian England. Described by The Guardian as ‘undervalued and underseen’ and a precursor to the James Ivory-scripted ‘Call Me By Your Name’, ‘Maurice’ is a landmark film as important as any in the history of gay cinema and one that presents a positive and enriching portrait of first love. Following a sell-out screening at this year’s BFI Flare: London LGBTQ+ Film Festival, this sumptuous 4K restoration comes to the Chichester Festival. Our thanks to Park Circus for this screening. UK 1987 James Ivory 140m

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Wings of Desire

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Der Himmel Uber Berlin Damiel (Bruno Ganz), an angel, tires of overseeing human activity and wishes to become human when he falls in love with a mortal in Wim Wender’s celestial tribute to life, love, Berlin, filmmaking, angels and the poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke, among many things. Visible only to those like them and to human children, Damiel and Cassiel are two angels who currently wander around West Berlin, trying to provide comfort to the troubled – although those efforts are not always successful. Among those they are currently observing are: the cast and crew of a movie (a detective story set in WWII Nazi Germany) which include a sensitive and perceptive Peter Falk; an elderly man named Homer looking for eternal peace; and the troupe of a financially failing circus. A visually beautiful film (in glorious black and white) which boasts one of the most poetic and literary scripts ever by Peter Handke, and the dreamlike poetry of the dialogue fits seamlessly in with the overpowering visuals. (Subtitles) Our thanks to Axiom for this screening. West Germany/France 1988 Wim Wenders 128m

Celebrating its 40th anniversary, Michael Cimino's masterpiece captures the mania of a country fractured by a war it cannot win and a community broken by a loss it cannot comprehend. Expansive in scope and ambition, ‘The Deer Hunter’ moves from the steel mills of Pittsburgh to the mountains of Pennsylvania to the jungles of Vietnam as it explores the upheaval faced by a tight-knit group of Russian Americans when three of their number – Michael, Nick and Steven – enlist to serve in Vietnam. Bodies, minds and bonds are broken by the horrors witnessed there, and the trio isolate themselves in their own minds, in hospital wards and in illicit Saigon gambling dens. Both Oscar-nominated, Robert De Niro and Meryl Streep perfectly downplay the tragic almost-romance of two people torn apart by muted catastrophes and massive conflicts. Christopher Walken won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his portrayal of Nick: the angel-faced, hollow-eyed vet who survives the brutality of war only to be left with nothing to live for. (To include a 5min interval). Our thanks to Park Circus for this screening. USA 1978 Michael Cimino 183m


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USA 1964

Fail-Safe

American planes are sent to deliver a nuclear attack on Moscow, but it's a mistake. Can all-out war be averted? Sidney Lumet’s 1964 topical classic is a suspenseful cold war thriller. Made less than two years after the Cuba Missile Crisis, Lumet’s superb ‘Fail-Safe’ was clearly very heavily affected by that trauma and what it revealed to us all. We see a decent American President in the bizarre context of a nuclear showdown. In a real-time view, we watch as a million-to-one technical fault 'orders' a wing of American bombers to attack Soviet Russia, and the Defence Department and the President are helpless in trying to stop it. Henry Fonda is first-class as the president. Larry Hagman plays Buck, the translator from Russian into English, who spends the crisis in the bunker at the president's side. Walter Matthau, against type, plays a heartless nuclear expert. Because this film came out around the same time as ‘Dr Strangelove’, it was somewhat overshadowed, and although more than 50 years old, it is perhaps more relevant today than ever! Our thanks to Park Circus for this screening. USA 1964 Sydney Lumet 112m Fri 24 Aug 11:00

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Yellow Submarine

Yellow Submarine is a fantastic tale brimming with peace, love, and hope, propelled by the magnificent Beatles songs. The film has been restored in 4K digital resolution for the first time. UK 1968 George Dunning 90m Fri 10 Aug 13:30

See Animation Section for full details.

On the Town

New York, New York – it's a helluva town; the Bronx is up and the Battery's down ... Well, you get the idea. Those lyrics set to Bernstein's music, have made ‘On the Town’ a permanent part of the psychological NY landscape. USA 1949 Donen & Kelly 93m Thu 16 Aug 13:30

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On the Waterfront

This was Bernstein’s only score composed for a movie. Written in 1954, he arranged this superb movie score for a 20-minute symphonic suite. Marlon Brando gives one of the screen's most electrifying performances. USA 1954 Elia Kazan 103m Tue 21 Aug 15:45 (Studio)

See Bernstein in Chichester Section for full details.

West Side Story

We conclude our Bernstein Tribute with his most famous work, a Broadway stage musical produced in 1957 with lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and stunning choreography by Jerome Robbins, adapted for the screen in 1961. USA 1961 Robert Wise 151m plus short interval Sat 25 Aug 10:30

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Vampyr

Fri 24 Aug 21:15 (St Johns Chapel)

SILENT FILM with live accompaniment at St Johns Chapel Ben Hall returns playing organ to accompany Carl Dreyer’s classic creepy chiller. With ‘Vampyr’, Danish filmmaker Carl Theodor Dreyer channelled his genius for creating mesmerizing atmosphere. Denmark 1930 Carl Dreyer 70m See Special Events Section for full details.

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Daniel Day-Lewis

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His name is mentioned in hushed tones, by industry members and audiences alike. He is commitment to a role, the way he immerses himself in a character, is legendary. He is Daniel Day-Lewis.  For a career that has spanned 35 years, Day-Lewis’ number of film appearances are nothing if not modest. But the quality of his performance in each, bar a rare mis-step, is extraordinary. Whether he is playing a chronically disabled artist, a violent gang member in 19th century New York, a President the US can be proud of, a ruthless capitalist, an American caught between two lives, an effete Englishman or an Irish ruffian accused of terrorism, Day-Lewis has delivered incendiary, heart-stopping performances.  Following on from his announcement that he is retiring, this retrospective celebrates Day-Lewis’ brilliance as an iconic screen actor. – Ian Haydn Smith Editor, Curzon Magazine. Booking Ref

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The Art of Acting: Daniel Day-Lewis

An illustrated talk by Ian Haydn Smith Like Chaplin and Jannings, through Grant and Dean, to Brando and Pacino, understanding Daniel Day-Lewis’ genius as an actor is to witness another step in the way Screen acting has evolved. In this illustrated talk, Ian Haydn Smith will look at how styles of acting have changed over the decades since the appearance of cinema, before focusing on Day-Lewis’ own body of work. The talk will include the many examples of Day-Lewis’ best work, and show how generous a performer he is with his peers. 

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My Beautiful Laundrette

1985 In Stephen Frears' ground-breaking and hugely successful drama, Omar (Gordon Warnecke), the son of a Pakistani immigrant, embarks on a venture to renovate his uncle’s Laundrette with the help of his white boyfriend, ex-National Front member Johnny (Daniel Day-Lewis). Written by Hanif Kureishi (The Buddha of Suburbia), ‘My Beautiful Laundrette’s bold exploration of sexuality, race, class and generational difference is compassionate, humorous and entertaining. A commercial and critical success, it earned Hanif Kureishi an Oscar nomination for Best Screenplay and launched the career of Daniel DayLewis. The film explores the possibility of opening up views, of being able to see through a window out of your own life and into other possibilities, and argues that you have a choice. You can accept your class, social position, race, sexuality or prejudices as absolutes, and live entirely inside them. Or you can look out the window, or maybe even walk out the door. UK 1985 Stephen Frears 98m Sun 12 Aug 18:30 (Studio) Wed 15 Aug 13:15 (Studio)

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My Left Foot

Mon 13 Aug 20:30 (Studio) Fri 17 Aug 15:15 (Studio)

1989 Christy Brown, (Daniel Day-Lewis) born with cerebral palsy, learns to paint and write with his only controllable limb – his left foot. The true story of the artist and writer Christy Brown who based his autobiography on his experiences of living with cerebral palsy. It recounts the many problems he faced growing up in his native Ireland, and charts the ways in which he developed the use of his left foot – the only limb over which he had any control – to achieve success as an artist. With the help of his strong-willed and dedicated family and his own sheer courage and determination, Christy not only learns to grapple with life’s simple physical tasks and complex psychological pains, but he also develops into a brilliant painter, poet and author. Day-Lewis and Brenda Fricker give Oscar-winning performances in an emotional tale of life, love and one family’s incredible sense of courage. Also stars Declan Croghan, Ray McAnally, Hugh O’Connor, Fiona Shaw, and Ruth McCabe. The film won two Academy Awards for Best Actor (Day-Lewis) and Best Supporting Actress (Brenda Fricker). UK/Ireland 1989 Jim Sheridan 104m

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In the Name of the Father

Wed 15 Aug 17:45 (Studio)

1993 Daniel Day-Lewis, re-united here with 'My Left Foot' director Jim Sheridan, gives an impassioned performance in this riveting drama about one man's 15-year ordeal. Gerry Conlon (Day-Lewis), a petty thief in '70s Belfast angers the IRA, and is sent to England by his father (Pete Postlethwaite), where his antics land him in the wrong place at the wrong time. By chance, Conlon and his father end up housed in the same prison cell. Conlon is filled with despair, but gradually, inspired by his father, he convinces lawyer (Emma Thompson) to take his case. This performance proves that Day-Lewis is one of the most talented actors of his generation. Ireland/UK/USA 1993 Jim Sheridan 133m

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Age of Innocence

Tue 14 Aug 15:30

1993 Scorsese meticulously adapted the work of another great NY artist, Edith Wharton, bringing to life her novel of the cloistered world of Gilded Age Manhattan. Newland Archer's (Day-Lewis) engagement to an innocent socialite (Winona Ryder) binds him to the codes and rituals of his upbringing. But when her cousin (Michelle Pfeiffer) arrives in town on a wave of scandal, she ignites passions in Newland he never knew existed. Swelling with exquisite period detail, this film is an alternately heartbreaking and satirical look at the brutality of old-world America. The recent restoration brings out the rich visuals of the film, with breath-taking details of costumes and sets. USA 1993 Martin Scorsese 139m

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Gangs of New York

Sun 14 Palace) Mon 20Aug Aug11:30 19:45(Pic. (Studio)

2002 Martin Scorsese's Academy Award-winning film took nearly 30 years in planning and brought two major actors back onto the big screen after several years absence (Leonardo DiCaprio and Daniel Day-Lewis). 1846 New York and tensions reach fatal proportions between Irish immigrants – led by Priest Vallon (Liam Neeson) – and the British and Dutch inhabitants of the Five Points neighbourhood led by Bill the Butcher (Day-Lewis). After a clash leaves Vallon dead, his son Amsterdam (DiCaprio) goes missing only to turn up in 1862 under a new name and seeking vengeance. Includes an array of the best supporting actors from either side of the Atlantic (Jim Broadbent, John C Reilly, Brendan Gleeson, David Hemmings). USA 2002 Martin Scorsese 160m

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There Will Be Blood

Thu 23 Aug 20:15

2007 Academy Award-winning drama starring Daniel Day-Lewis as Daniel Plainview, a down-and-out silver miner who transforms himself into a rich oil tycoon. When he learns of a small oil-rich town in California, he moves there with his adopted son, H.W. (Dillon Freasier). Using his son to project the image of a caring family man, Plainview gains the co-operation of almost all the locals in the town, with promises to build schools and cultivate the land to make their community flourish. However, over time, Plainview’s gradual accumulation of wealth and power causes his true self to surface, and he begins to slowly alienate himself from everyone in his life, including his son. Crafted and stylised, Day-Lewis’s performance, like Olivier, has apparently found the character by first hitting on externals, notably the voice, itself a startling invention. It is a drawl, oddly patrician in its pedantic intonations and emphases, with a Scots-Irish-American sound, perhaps inspired by John Huston. This is a dark, uncompromising film, thrillingly original and distinctive, with a visionary passion. Paul Thomas Anderson is doing something new with cinema, and you can hardly ask for more than that. USA 2007 Paul Thomas Anderson 158m

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Lincoln

Wed 22 Aug 20:15 (Studio)

2012 ‘Lincoln’ is set in the last 4 months of the President’s life and covers the struggle to pass the 13th Amendment to abolish slavery for good before the end of the Civil War. In 1865, U.S. president Abraham Lincoln endeavours to achieve passage of the landmark constitutional amendment which will forever ban slavery from the United States. However, his task is a race against time, for peace may come at any time, and if it comes before the amendment is passed, the returning southern states will stop it before it can become law. As the nation confronts its conscience over the freedom of its entire population, Lincoln faces his own crisis of conscience – end slavery or end the war. Lincoln lacked social polish, but he had great intelligence and knowledge of human nature. The hallmark of the man, performed so powerfully by Day-Lewis, is calm selfconfidence, patience and a willingness to play politics in a realistic way. Day-Lewis modulates Lincoln. He is soft-spoken, a little hunched, exhausted after the years of war, and concerned that no more troops die. Spielberg’s film is one of the finest historical films ever made, and co-stars Sally Field, David Strathairn and Tommy Lee Jones. USA 2012 Steven Spielberg 145m

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Virginia Woolf From Book to Film

This summer Pallant House Gallery will be hosting the exhibition ‘Virginia Woolf: An Exhibition inspired by her Writings’ which features over 80 women artists – in part marking the anniversary of partial Women’s Suffrage in 1918. The exhibition is touring from Tate St Ives, and uses the writings of Woolf to frame all kinds of modern and contemporary women artists. It runs from 26 May to 16 September. During the Festival, Chichester Cinema at New Park will be complementing the Pallant House Gallery exhibition with screenings of four films adapted from her novels: ‘To The Lighthouse’, ‘Orlando’, ‘The Hours’ and ‘Mrs Dalloway’ in which we are delighted to welcome special guest Eileen Atkins who wrote the screenplay. In addition, there will be an illustrated talk given by the Cinema Education Officer Rosemary Coxon. ‘Virginia Woolf’ has been organised by Tate St Ives in association with Pallant House Gallery and The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge. Booking Ref

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Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf: Her Books on Film An illustrated talk by Rosemary Coxon This illustrated talk adds another dimension to the artistic and verbal power of the writer by also looking at films which have been inspired by her books: in particular ‘To the Lighthouse’ – said to be “not quite as good as the novel but wondrously close”, ‘Orlando’ – “hip, sexy and wickedly funny” and ‘The Hours’ – a brilliant film adaptation of the novel by Michael Cunningham – said to be a dramatic deconstruction of Woolf’s 1923 novel ‘Mrs Dalloway’, which will also be discussed. Rosemary Coxon is Education Film Officer at the New Park Cinema.

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To the Lighthouse

Based on Virginia Woolf’s novel from 1927, and blessed with a fine cast, including Kenneth Branagh, Michael Gough, and Rosemary Harris, this film was nominated for a BAFTA as best single drama. Written by Hugh Stoddart and directed by Colin Gregg, it was one of six films they achieved in a decade beginning in the late 1970s. It was first broadcast in 1983. Mr Ramsay (Michael Gough) adores his family, but his academic work is past its best, and his anguish is making him tyrannical. Mrs Ramsay (Rosemary Harris) is wearing herself out trying to ensure everyone around her is happy, husband children and guests alike: they are, after all, on holiday. Their youngest child, James, is caught between them – his father is vexed with him, his mother cossets him – but his passion to go to the lighthouse is endlessly frustrated. Artist Lily Briscoe (Suzanne Bertish) coolly observes the family dramas but struggles with her painting, and Mr Ramsey’s student (Kenneth Branagh) seethes at being ignored. Their summer ends; World War One and personal tragedies engulf them. Finally, survivors return. Encouraged by Woolf’s own comment regretting the novel’s setting on Skye as unconvincing, director Colin Gregg locates the film in Cornwall, the setting for her childhood holidays. The film retains the novel’s three-part structure, honouring Woolf’s stated aim “to tackle the flight of time.” With thanks to the BFI National TV Archive. UK 1983 BBC Colin Gregg 115m

Sat 11 Aug 16:00 (Studio) Wed 15 Aug 12:45 (Pic Palace)

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Orlando

Fri 10 Aug 13:15 (Studio)

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Tilda Swinton, Billy Zane and Quentin Crisp star in this “hip, sexy, and wickedly funny” film, very loosely based on the genderbending novel by Virginia Woolf. Swinton stars as Orlando, an English nobleman who defies the laws of nature with surprising results. Immortal and highly imaginative, he undergoes a series of extraordinary transformations which humorously and hauntingly illustrate the eternal war between the sexes. Beautifully acted, ‘Orlando’ is an intoxicating blend of romance, adventure and illusion, and emerges as a haunting, discussion-provoking, trans-historical and transsexual drama. It is no Merchant-Ivory production, no prissy, forgettable period piece; this film has teeth and it may bite ferociously when you least expect it to. But it is still sumptuous looking, beautifully shot, and supported by Tilda Swinton’s stunning portrayal as Orlando. UK 1992 Sally Potter 93m


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Mrs Dalloway

James Marleen Gorris, the Oscar winning director of ‘Antonia’s Line’, brings to life Virginia Woolf’s ground-breaking 1925 novel, which itself inspired Michael Cunningham’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book, ‘The Hours’. Vanessa Redgrave plays Clarissa Dalloway, an MP’s wife, whose life is thrown into crisis when a lover she rejected 30 years ago makes an unexpected appearance at a party she is hosting at her elegant London home, prompting bittersweet memories of her youth. Beautifully filmed in period London and featuring an outstanding cast including Natascha McElhone (Solaris) and Rupert Graves (A Room with a View), ‘Mrs Dalloway’ perfectly captures Virginia Woolf’s concerns about choice, truth and destiny. UK 1998 Marleen Gorris 97m

We are delighted to welcome Eileen Atkins, writer of the screenplay, to introduce the film.

Sun 12 Aug 13:00

This screening is also a tribute to the late Robbie Little who was a sales agent. Sales Agents are the unsung heroes of the film industry for they are involved in the financing and international sales which makes films viable. Robbie loved working on ‘Mrs Dalloway’ and helped to make it a success, and without him, it would never have been made. He died in May.

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The Hours

The story of how the novel ‘Mrs. Dalloway’ affects three generations of women, all of whom, in one way or another, have had to deal with suicide in their lives, starring Nicole Kidman, Julianne More and Meryl Streep. In 1923 England, ailing novelist Virginia Woolf is starting to write her novel, ‘Mrs. Dalloway’, under the care of doctors and family. In 1951 Los Angeles, Laura Brown is a pregnant housewife whom is planning for her husband’s birthday but is preoccupied with reading Woolf’s novel. In 2001 New York, Clarrisa Vaughn is a lesbian publisher planning an award party for her friend, an author dying of AIDS. Taking place over one day, all three stories are interconnected with the novel mentioned before, as one is writing it, one is reading it, and one is living it. David Hares’ brilliant film adaptation of a novel by Michael Cunningham, plays like a dramatic deconstruction of Woolf’s 1923 novel. The effect is lyrical and surprisingly uplifting. Mon 13 Aug 16:00 (Studio) Sat 18 Aug 18:15 (Studio)

USA/UK 2002 Stephen Daldry 112m

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Ingmar Bergman

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With the recent release of beautifully restored digital prints from the BFI, we present a comprehensive retrospective of most of his major works, including an illustrated talk by Ian Christie. Booking Ref

Bergman and the ReBirth (or Reinvention) of Art Cinema

Mon 20 Aug 13:15 (Studio)

An Illustrated talk by Ian Christie When Bergman's films began to reach festivals and audiences outside Sweden in the mid-50s, they launched a new wave of enthusiasm and respect for cinema among the post-war generation. Countless artists and intellectuals have recorded how they were profoundly affected by ‘Summer with Monika’, ‘The Seventh Seal’ And ‘Wild Strawberries’. Coming after Italian Neo-realism and just before the French 'new wave', they promised a new seriousness and ambition – and a new sexual frankness – to the rising generation. Throughout the 60s, Bergman's path mirrored many of the period's anxieties and traumas, while he became the first of the major European filmmakers to embrace the new opportunities offered by television. How does his reputation stand today, as we mark the centenary of his birth? A distant memory of how cinema was once 'the most important art' – or a recognition that he was often ahead of the game?

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Summer with Monika

Fri 10 Aug 11:00

Sommaren med Monika 1953 Harriet Andersson marks the director’s first team-up in 1953 with the first of his many muses, and stars in a tremendously powerful and raw story of first love. She plays a young girl from the wrong side of the Stockholm tracks who falls for a boy her age (Lars Ekborg), and run away together for the summer, only to discover that she’s pregnant: they are forced to marry, but too soon, and things swiftly turn unhappy. Free of melodrama and beautifully played by the youthful leads, it’s lyrical, painful, and surprisingly claustrophobic stuff, suggesting that love, at least when you’re young, needs space and oxygen to thrive. And while there are some solid Bergman titles before this, ‘Monika’ is popularly accepted as ushering in the most remarkable phase of Bergman’s career, all the more so because it was a ‘phase’ that would last five decades. (Subtitles) Sweden 1953 Ingmar Bergman 97m

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Smiles of a Summer Night

Sun 12 Aug 10:30

Sommarnattens Leende 1955 The film that made Bergman’s international reputation after screening in competition at Cannes in 1956. It was a comedy, not something that Bergman is known for by the more casual viewer. Set at the turn of the century, it centres on the various romantic infidelities between the middle-aged Fredrik (Gunnar Bjornstrand), his much younger wife, Anne (Ulla Jacobsson), his son, Henrik (Bjorn Bjelfvenstam), his actress exlover (Eva Dahlbeck) and several other figures both upstairs and downstairs (the flirtations between maid Harriet Andersson and servant Ake Fridell are among the highlights). But this is not just empty farce. Bergman knew, or at least would come to know, the pleasures and pain of infidelity, his personal life taking in five marriages. This film proved enormously influential, and inspired – Stephen Sondheim’s musical ‘A Little Night Music’, and Woody Allen’s film ‘A Midsummer Night’s Sex Comedy’. (Subtitles) Sweden 1955 Ingmar Bergman 109m

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Wild Strawberries

Smultronstället 1957 After living a life marked by coldness, an aging professor is forced to confront the emptiness of his existence. This is a film whose mood evolves outward, and upward, before finally opening up later on like a flower that blossoms at night. Aging Professor Isak Borg (played brilliantly by great Swedish director Victor Sjostrom) decides on a whim to drive to the ceremony being given in his honour at his old University. The grouchy, self-confessed pedant is accompanied by his flinty daughter-in-law, Marianne (Ingrid Thulin). And along the way, Borg’s nightmares, dreams and memories are sparked by people he meets. Calling to mind everything from “King Lear” to Kurosawa’s ‘Ikiru’ to Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’, ‘Wild Strawberries’ builds to a warm, emotional climax with an unusual perspective on acceptance as a route not merely to contentment, but to genuine joy. And as such, it’s simply one of the greatest, gladdest films about old age ever made. (Subtitles) Sweden 1957 Ingmar Bergman 91m Tue 14 Aug 11:00

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The Seventh Seal

Thu 16 Aug 11:15

Det sjunde inseglet 1957 A man seeks answers about life, death, and the existence of God as he plays chess against the Grim Reaper during the Black Plague. Based on his play ‘Wood Painting’, and according to Bergman made “under difficult circumstances in a surge of vitality and delight,” the film stars Max von Sydow in the first of his eleven collaborations with the director, as a medieval knight who returns to plague-ridden Denmark after the Crusades, with squire Jons (Gunnar Bjornstrandt), only to encounter Death (Bengt Ekerot), whom he challenges to a chess match in an attempt to prolong his life and accomplish one last meaningful act. Satisfyingly tackling most of the director’s favourite themes – mortality, faith, the pain of existence – through a prism of poetic imagery that feels closer to Chaucerian parable or a sacred mural than anything that cinema was producing at the time or since. It is sincere, almost a puritan work, and for all its reputation as an oblique and alienating work, it can be disarmingly funny and always maintains the humanism of Bergman’s earlier pictures. (Subtitles) Sweden 1957 Ingmar Bergman 97m

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The Virgin Spring

Jungfrukällan 1960 In this film Bergman offers a clarity and simplicity, winning the first of his three Foreign Language Film Oscars as a result. This unusually linear and comprehensible story, especially in light of thickets of interpretations thrown up by films like ‘Seventh Seal’ or ‘The Silence,’ is based on an old Swedish ballad. It tells of the murder of Karin (Birgitta Peterson), beloved daughter of local landowner Tore (von Sydow) and his wife, Mareta (Birgitta Valberg), which is witnessed by her surly, pregnant servant Ingeri (Gunnel Lindblom). Karin’s assailants seek shelter in Tore’s home, where they unwittingly betray themselves, leaving Tore to exact revenge. Sven Nykvist’s near-miraculous photography, and Von Sydow’s commanding yet internalized performance, makes ‘The Virgin Spring’ a compelling access point to Bergman’s more complex investigations elsewhere. (Subtitles) Sweden 1960 Ingmar Bergman 89m

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1966 A nurse is put in charge of a mute actress and finds that their personas are melding together. With its hard edge of experiment verging on science fiction, and its motifs of porous identity, consciousnesses and memory, ‘Persona’, no matter the vagaries of fashion, is still a “modern” film in 2018. This constantly astonishing, vital but boundless film stars Liv Ullmann as the actress Elisabet and Bibi Andersson as her nurse Alma, and unfolds as the strangest, most mysterious of Bergman’s oeuvre. ‘Persona’ tells the story of the recuperating Elisabet being tended by the gregarious nurse Alma, but over the course of the film, the mutual reliance and occasional mutual antipathy of the relationship introduces a kind of static buzz into the background, increasing in intensity until, at a moment of controlled cataclysm, the women seem to conflate irrevocably in the climax of the film. Nearly fifty years old, nothing in ‘Persona’ feels less than brand new today – it will all still be a revelation tomorrow. (Subtitles) Sweden 1966 Ingmar Bergman 83m Sun 19 Aug 11:00

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Cries and Whispers

Viskningar och rop 1972 When a woman dying of cancer in early twentieth-century Sweden is visited by her two sisters, long-repressed feelings between the siblings rise to the surface. Among the unlikeliest Best Picture nominees of all time, not only due to its status as a foreign-language film but also as it’s a formally experimental, thematically uncompromising work, ‘Cries and Whispers’ is one of the Bergman’s bleakest films (and not surprisingly, one of Terence Davies’ favourite films). A chamber piece forged in blockish blacks, whites and blood-reds, it’s perhaps the culmination of Bergman’s recurrent obsession with the jealousy, malice and sheer hatefulness that can infect sisterly relationships. Yet the film takes in other familiar notions, like female duty versus female selfishness, maternal relationships, religious faith, and an almost paranoiac horror of the body, Bergman is rightly known as cinema’s great humanist, but sometimes his vision of humanity is one that begins and ends in despair. Bergman’s first foray into colour is quite a shock. (subtitles) Sweden 1972 Ingmar Bergman 91m Mon 20 Aug 11:00

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Fanny and Alexander

Fanny och Alexander 1982 We conclude with Bergman’s undisputed 1982 (an epic 3-hours) masterpiece. Two young Swedish children experience the many comedies and tragedies of their family, the Ekdahls. Set in Sweden at the turn of the century, Ingmar Bergman’s semi-autobiographical story tells of young sister and brother Fanny (Pernilla Allwin) and Alexander (Bertil Guve), whose comfortable lives change dramatically when their father dies onstage during a performance of ‘Hamlet’. Their mother marries a puritanical bishop and the new family move into the bishop’s draughty home, where the children are mistreated, and their mother becomes consumed with regrets. The film won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, as well as Oscars for Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design and Best Art Direction. A longer 5 hour version made for TV also exists but is unavailable in the UK. (Subtitles) Sweden 1982 Ingmar Bergman 183m (plus 5 min pause) Wed 22 Aug 10:45 (Studio)

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A selective retrospective from Iceland, Sweden, Norway and Denmark

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For an area of the world praised for its healthy lifestyles, fine balance of work and leisure, and its natural beauty, the Nordic countries seem to have more than their fair share of crime. In fiction, that is. From novels and movies to the prolific number of TV series imports, crime in the world of Nordic entertainment really does pay.  If the popularity of Nordic TV crime dramas is a fairly recent trend, crime movies and fiction has been established a little longer.  This season offers an introduction to the best crime films from Iceland, Sweden, Finland, Norway and Denmark. Like the crime genre in other countries, Nordic Noir blurs the lines between high and low culture. It also takes advantage of the wide spectrum of Nordic crime fiction. But most of all, it takes advantage of the landscape in this part of the world to produce films that are as atmospheric as they are fiendishly clever. – Ian Haydn Smith. Editor, Curzon Magazine.

An illustrated talk by Ian Haydn Smith What are the origins of Nordic Noir and how do they differ from crime films from other countries? In this illustrated talk, Ian Haydn Smith traces the history of the crime film, it’s development in Northern Europe, the influence of literature and the way the genre has developed. It will feature clips from the films in the season, giving them historical context, as well as casting the net wider, to highlight films and TV series that have dared to be different and chose to buck the trend.  Thu 16 Aug 11:00 (Studio)

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Denmark / Sweden 1997

Smilla’s Sense of Snow

Fri 10 Aug 20:30 (Studio) Sat 11 Aug 11:00 (Pic Palace)

This film is set in snowy Copenhagen where a small boy is found dead after he fell off a roof. This film is a precursor to the Scandinavian noir films and TV fare. Smilla Jasperson (Julia Osmand), begins to suspect murder because she knows that the boy was afraid of heights and would not have played on the roof. As she begins to investigate, she is pulled deeper and deeper into a conspiracy that could very well mean her death. Smilla uncovers a trail of clues, leading her towards a secretive corporation that has made several mysterious expeditions to Greenland. The script has been skilfully adapted by Ann Biderman into English from Peter Hoeg's internationally acclaimed novel, and the film is superbly photographed by Jorgen Persson. Supporting cast includes, Gabriel Byrne, Jim Broadbent, Tom Wilkinson. Denmark/Germany/Sweden 1997 Billie August 121m

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The Hunters

Sat 11 Aug 20:45 (Studio)

Jägarna A policeman from Stockholm comes up to Norrland in Sweden. While there, he starts to work on a long-running case. After working for the Stockholm police for several years, Eric (Rolf Lassgård who played the first Wallander) returns to his home village. At first welcomed home with open arms, Erik soon forges a path of estrangement and destruction when he single-handedly sets about solving an on-going case concerning the slaughter of local reindeer. When Eric learns that his brother is involved events take a further turn for the worse. This is an influential film, as it comes very early in the cycle of Nordic Noir. (Subtitles) Sweden 1996 Kjell Sundvall 113m

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Norway 1997

Insomnia

Sun 12 Aug 20:45 (Studio)

Erik Skjoldbjærg’s debut feature, made enough of a splash in 1997 to earn itself a Hollywood remake starring Al Pacino. In Tromsø, far north Norway, a teenager is murdered by an unusually meticulous killer, and the local police decide they need an expert – but investigator Engström (Stellan Skarsgård) quickly finds that his Swedish accent and unfamiliarity with the territory mark him as an awkward outsider. When a colleague accidentally dies during a shootout in thick fog, Engström uses this as an excuse to start tampering with evidence, a slippery slope whose psychological downside is intensified by the oppressive 24-hour daylight. The movie is a psychological study, with Skarsgård brilliant as the insomniac cop. (Subtitles) Norway 1997 Erik Skjoldbjærg 97m

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Iceland 2006

Jar City

Sun 14 Aug 20:30 11:30 (Pic. Palace) Tue (Studio)

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Mýrin A murder opens up a bleak trail of long buried secrets and small-town corruption for a worn out police detective and his squad. Erlundur (Ingvar E Sigurðsson) is one of a trio of detectives, partnered with Sigurður Óli (Björn Hlynur Haraldsson) who has been “touched” by American methods, and Elínborg (Ólafía Hrönn Jónsdóttir) who hides a keen mind behind a friendly smile. Erlundur is dogged, and after he is called to the death of a man, Holberg, he dutifully follows any and every clue until he has the truth. The cinematography is startling, beautiful, haunting, giving the sense that the film has been shot, guerrilla style, moving past naturalism into a weird kind of hyper-reality. Jar City is a classic, quite unique. (Subtitles) Iceland 2006 Baltasar Kormákur 92m


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Headhunters

Thu 16 Aug 13:15 (Studio)

Hodejegerne An accomplished headhunter risks everything to obtain a valuable painting owned by a former mercenary. Norwegian Roger Brown (Aksel Hennie) works as a headhunter, scouting potential executive, but also executes high-end art robberies. Danish Clas Greve (Coster-Waldau) has the qualifications for a post Brown needs to fill and has just inherited a Rubens, so Brown targets him – only to discover Greve is a different type of headhunter. Jo Nesbo’s bestseller is a slick thriller which at first, is as much character study as thriller, but makes for chilly thrills with two strong, charismatic lead performances, a great deal of style and amusingly repulsive, ruthless twists. (Subtitles) Norway 2009 Morten Tyldum 96m

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Easy Money

Sat 18 Aug 20:30 (Studio) Tue 21 Aug 20:15 (Studio)

Snabba Bash When JW becomes a drug runner in order to maintain his double life, his fate becomes tied to two other men. This film packs a considerable punch, beginning with Jorge (Matias Padin Varela), a bearded Chilean criminal escaping from jail and running through the woods to meet his accomplice. It doesn't slacken for two hours until the same man is again running for his life through the forest. Whether intentionally or not, we're often as confused (both morally and strategically) by a plot that switches between four or five languages as Jorge himself. It was so successful, that two sequels followed. (Subtitles) Sweden/Denmark 2012 Daniel Espinosa 124m

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Denmark / Sweden 2013

The Keeper of Lost Causes

14 Aug 20:45 11:30 (Pic. Palace) Sun 19 (Studio)

Police inspector Carl Mørck is put in charge of a department of cold cases, joined only by his assistant, Assad. They dig into a case about a disappeared woman. Mørck is assigned to the newly established for terminated cases, consisting only of himself and his new assistant Assad. Although they get explicit orders to only read and sort through the cases, only a day passes before Carl's stubborn nature throws them headfirst into the mystery of Merete Lynggaard's disappearance; a female politician who vanished five years ago from a ferry. Nikolaj Lie Kaaes and Fares have great chemistry as the unlikely heroes. (Subtitles) Denmark/Sweden 2013 Mikkel Nørgaard 97m

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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Wed 22 Aug 19:45 To include a short interval between Parts 1 & 2.

Män Som Hatar Kvinnor Swedish thriller based on the hugely influential bestseller by Stieg Larsson, being shown in the original full length three-hour TV version. The story centres on two very different characters whose worlds collide when they both become intrigued by a 40-yearold mystery. Michael Nyqvist is Mikael, an award-winning journalist now looking forward to time in prison after pissing off somebody with better lawyers than him. Noomi Rapace is Lisbeth, a computer hacker with a violent past who is used to having to fight every step of the way in order to live life on her own terms and there has been no softening of the character for the film which contains uncomfortable and disturbing viewing. Fans of this particular novel will be relieved to know that Niels Arden Oplev has done a superb job. Those who haven’t yet read the book will find the film a compelling piece of work in its own right. (Subtitles) Sweden/Denmark 2009 Niels Arden Oplev 183m

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Sweden 2014

The Hypnotist

Thu 23 Aug 20:30 (Studio)

Hypnotisören A detective pairs himself with a famous psychologist on a case involving a traumatized young witness to a crime. Lasse Hallström directs this Swedish thriller starring Tobias Zilliacus, Mikael Persbrandt and Lena Olin. Based on the novel by Lars Kepler. When a young woman and her parents are murdered, the detective in charge of the case consults with a famous psychiatrist in an attempt to understand why the killer targeted the whole family, with only the son managing to escape. As the psychiatrist reveals his unconventional methods of hypnotism he places the comatose son into a trance in the hopes of re-enacting the fateful night. Halleström creates that all important neo-noir mood. Early scenes are shot at night. Even in the daytime, colours are muted. Everything is wreathed in snow and the crisp air seems to make the stark absence of clues even crueller, especially when the tables are turned, and Erik finds his family in danger. It has high production values, an air of menace and enough twists to keep most thriller fans happy. (Subtitles) Sweden 2014 Lasse Hallström 122m

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The French New Wave was undoubtedly one of the most ground-breaking movements in the history of cinema. But it was also a bit of a boys’ club – with one notable exception. Agnès Varda deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as Godard, Truffaut et al. Marrying documentary-style realism to innovative and experimental camera techniques, she’s produced remarkable works. The BFI are mounting a retrospective ‘Gleaning Truths: Agnès Varda Nationwide Touring Programme’ from August, starting with ‘Cleo from 5 To 7’ – her feature debut – and the film that first marked her out as a major talent. We begin with this film (plus a speaker tbc) plus four other classic Varda films to be screened within the Festival. Booking Ref

Cleo from 5 to 7

Cléo de 5 à 7 This enduring classic of French cinema from the grandmother of the new wave stars Corinne Marchand as the eponymous heroine, a singer who whiles away a couple of hours in the cafés, shops and streets of Paris awaiting the results of medical tests. Cleo (Marchand) is a young chanteuse living a seemingly gilded lifestyle in early Sixties Paris. She is waiting for the results of a medical examination and is afraid she may be diagnosed with cancer. From then on, the film unfolds more or less in real time, taking us through the streets of Paris as a beautiful summer’s evening begins. Featuring a memorable score by Oscar-nominated composer Michel Legrand, the film paints a beguiling and stylish portrait of the French capital at the height of the sixties. (Subtitles) France 1962 Agnès Varda 90m Mon 13 Aug 13:15 (Studio)

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Le Bonheur

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François, a young carpenter, lives a happy, uncomplicated life with his wife Thérèse and their two small children. One day he meets Emilie, a clerk in the local post office. Few films have inspired as many wildly differing interpretations in the decades since their release as Agnès Varda’s 1964 ‘Le Bonheur’ (Happiness). Is it a pastoral? A social satire? A critique of family values? A lyrical evocation of open marriage? Is the central character a good husband who knows how to enjoy life, a psychopath, a cad, or an unreal construction? Are the implications of the film’s title ironic or sincere? And, indeed, what is happiness? In one of Agnes Varda’s more provocative films she presents us with the dilemma. What follows is a detailed study of adult fidelity and happiness, which will ultimately end with major repercussions for all parties involved. (Subtitles) France 1965 Agnès Varda 79m


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Vagabond

Sat 18 Aug 15:30 (Studio)

Sans toit ni loi Winner of the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, this is a cinematic landmark that introduced one of the most intriguing, complex and uncompromising female protagonists in modern cinema. At the beginning of the film, we see in the bottom of a ditch the blue, frozen body of a young woman. Varda's voice then tells us that she became absorbed by the mystery of this young stranger's last months on Earth and sought the testimony of those people who had known her. Sandrine Bonnaire won a Best Actress Cesar for her portrayal as Mona. Using a largely non-professional cast Varda recollects Mona's story through flashbacks of those who encountered her. (Subtitles) France 1985 Agnès Varda 105m

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One Sings the Other Doesn’t

Sun 19 Aug 13:30 (Studio)

L’une Chante, l’autre Pas The friendship between two women over the course of 15 years is told through Varda’s unique lens. Set against the backdrop of the women’s liberation movement, the film charts the friendship between two women over the course of 15 years. Suzanne and Pauline lead very different lives, but what unifies them is their commitment to women’s rights. A deeply personal film for Varda, it combines elements of a musical (with lyrics written by the director herself) with Varda’s usual blend of fiction and documentary. (Subtitles) France 1977 Agnès Varda 120m

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The Gleaners and I

Les Glaneurs et la Glaneuse Varda’s rumination on finding and re-using discarded objects, and on her own artistic practice. Armed with a digital camera, Varda travels through the French countryside and Parisian streets to celebrate those who find use in discarded objects. Throughout, she finds affinity as a gleaner of images, emotions and stories, and expands a poetic exploration of gleaning into an innovative self-portrait. This seminal work, referred to by Varda as a ‘wandering-road documentary,’ explores her creative process and approach to making film and art. (Subtitles) France 2000 Agnès Varda 82m Sun 14 (Pic. Palace) Wed 22Aug Aug11:30 16:30 (Studio)

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Steve Coogan

A Selective Retrospective

An 8-film selective retrospective on Steve Coogan covering both his comedic and dramatic work, including a Q&A with Steve Coogan and Producer Andrew Eaton following the screening of ‘Philomena’. Steve Coogan is a genius. I’ve been lucky enough to work with him on five different films. My one mistake with him was to turn down ‘Philomena’. He pitched me the story a couple of times but I never really got it, even though it obviously stirred something in him. Of course, he was right, and I was wrong. We first worked together on ‘24 Hour Party People’, a script that was deliberately tailored for him. Michael Winterbottom and I couldn’t imagine anyone but Steve playing Tony Wilson. We never even considered another actor for the part. It was the same with ‘A Cock and Bull Story’, which is full of references to the real-life experiences of Steve, Michael and me. The idea for ‘The Trip’ came from the improvised scenes between Steve and Rob Brydon that bookended that film. It’s amazing that a couple of scenes that started on a rainy day when we couldn’t shoot anything else, ended up being the basis for three television series (so far). Steve’s genius is his ability to be able to combine a great comic talent with pathos, character, story-telling and utterly believable performance. Whether it’s ‘Philomena’, ‘The Look of Love’ or ‘Ideal Home’ (not to mention ‘Alan Partridge’, of course), you can’t take your eyes off him and you know he is capable of making you laugh and cry – sometimes at the same time. – Andrew Eaton (Producer). Booking Ref

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Philomena

A world-weary political journalist (Coogan) picks up the story of a woman’s (Judi Dench) search for her son, who was taken away from her decades ago after she became pregnant and was forced to live in a convent. When former journalist Martin Sixsmith is dismissed from the Labour Party in disgrace, he is at a loss as to what do. That changes when a young Irish woman approaches him about a story of her mother, Philomena, who had her son taken away when she was a teenage inmate of a Catholic convent. Martin arranges a magazine assignment about her search for him that eventually leads to America. Along the way, Martin and Philomena discover as much about each other as about her son’s fate. Furthermore, both find their basic beliefs. ‘Philomena’ is a much richer and deeper experience than anyone may have suspected. Anchored by a never-better Judi Dench and Steve Coogan in his most mature and substantial dramatic role to date. Stephen Frears subversively backtracks to his sparky best for an adaptation of BBC scapegoat Sixsmith’s 2009 chronicle. The result was one of the films of 2013, a sure-fire crowd-pleaser. UK 2013 Stephen Frears 98m We are delighted to welcome Steve Coogan to introduce the film, and following the screening in conversation with producer Andrew Eaton.

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24 Hour Party People

Fri 10 Aug 15:30 (Studio)

In 1976, Tony Wilson sets up Factory Records and brings Manchester's music to the world. What director Michael Winterbottom and Steve Coogan have done with the Manchester club scene in the late Seventies and Eighties is irreverent, honest and oddly original. Alan partridge/Steve plays Tony Wilson, a Cambridge educated smart-arse, who works for Granada TV as a reporter. Wilson saw the light when he went to a Sex Pistols gig before punk was invented. He started Factory Records with a temperamental, allegedly brilliant producer, and signed up a bunch of serious-looking nerds, who belted out dark, depressing songs. The rest is... history. Coogan is wonderful as Wilson, but the problem is, who's playing the role? Steve or Alan? UK 2002 Michael Winterbotton 105m

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Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story

Sat 11 Aug 18:45 (Studio)

Michael Winterbottom directs this off-beat comedy about an attempt to film Laurence Sterne’s ‘unfilmable’ 18th century novel ‘The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy’. With Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon. Crossing the line between the world of the film and the life of the actors trying to make it, Steve Coogan plays both himself and Tristram Shandy, while Rob Brydon plays himself and Toby. As both comedians find their working relationship off-set by professional jealousies, in the world of the film, the affable, eccentric Toby is pursued by the beautiful Widow Wadman (Gillian Anderson) as Tristram finds the story of his life increasingly difficult to tell without getting drawn into lengthy digressions. UK 2005 Michael Winterbottom 95m

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What Maisie Knew

Tue 14 Aug 13:30 (Studio) Sun 14 Aug 11:30 (Pic. Palace) Wed 15 Aug 15:30 (Pic Palace)

In New York City, a young girl is caught in the middle of her parents' bitter custody battle. Based on a contemporary interpretation of the classic Henry James novel. Maisie (a fantastic Onata Aprile) is an unwitting six-year-old girl enmeshed in the bitter divorce of her mother, a rock and roll icon (Julianne Moore), and her father, a charming but distracted art dealer (Steve Coogan), effectively glib and anaemically funny. It is some of Coogan's best film work. His facade remains a socially acceptable grimace while slowly the mirror of his daughter's face becomes unbearable. Alexander Skarsgård plays the mother's new husband. Darkly comic and emotionally compelling, ‘What Maisie Knew’ is an evocative portrayal of the chaos and complexity of a modern marriage. USA 2012 Scott McGehee & David Siegel 98m

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STEVE COOGAN A SELECTIVE RETROSPECTIVE

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Northen Soul

This is the story of a youth culture in the 1970’s, which changed a generation. No longer satisfied with the prospect of a small-town life and a factory production line, two young boys dream of going to America to discover rare records which will help them become the best DJ’s on the scene. This journey forces them to confront rivalry, violence and drug abuse and their friendship is tested to the limit. Make no mistake, there is grit in this ‘Northern Soul’, the debut film from photographer-turned-director Elaine Constantine. This is not a song-and-dance film, although the music is stirring and the dancing passionate. ‘Northern Soul’ features a handful of famous cameos, including Ricky Tomlinson and most notably Steve Coogan, whose small but widely trailed comic role as a pompous schoolteacher may help explain the film’s unexpected success. UK 2014 Elaine Constantine 102m

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The Trip to Italy

Two men, six meals in six different places on a road trip around Italy. Liguria, Tuscany, Rome, Amalfi and ending in Capri. Winterbottom’s sequel to ‘The Trip’ exhibits Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon still playing variations of themselves, keep their real names, and enjoy impersonations of some Italian-American actors under a welcoming sun. This time, the trip, again an assignment from The Observer, has the two men eat in a series of restaurants while they drive through Italy and take photos in places tied to poets Byron and Shelley. The food looks terrific, the landscape is beautiful, and the clowning men cannot sometimes shake off their air of misery. “By Heaven! it is a splendid sight to see – For one who hath no friend, no brother there,” Lord Byron wrote in Child Harold’s Pilgrimage. Are these two men friends? Well we can enjoy Steve and Robs’ company – if as actors or alter-egos is unclear – in their often-hilarious journeys compressed from the original six part TV series and edited for this special cinema version. ‘The Trip to Italy’ is more of the same. Thankfully, what’s the same is very, very funny and heart-warming. UK/BBC 2014 Michael Winterbottom 108m Fri 17 Aug 21:00

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Ideal Home

Thu 16 Aug 21:00 Sat 18 Aug 13:45

Steve Coogan’s latest release made in the USA is about a bickering gay couple who must suddenly deal with the unexpected task of raising a ten-year-old boy. In an inspired piece of casting, pairing Steve Coogan and Paul Rudd as a bickering gay couple is ‘Ideal Home’s bright spark. The two veteran actors bring their impeccable comedic timing to the roles of Erasmus (Coogan), a TV chef with an inflated ego, and his TV director partner Paul (Rudd) who spend their days on set together trading snippy remarks. The two find their lives uprooted when Erasmus’ ten-year old grandson arrives at their door looking to stay in their custody. The message soon becomes clear for these two estranged lovers: If they can learn to love the boy maybe they can learn to love each other again? Coogan and Rudd are genuinely funny and they share real romantic chemistry allowing the film to tap into a fountain full of humour and heart. Coogan’s straight-faced portrayal of the self-indulgent Erasmus provides many laugh-out-loud moments. His character is entirely oblivious to his absurdity and so serves to give him a surprising amount of sincerity. Packed with witty one-liners, the film is consistently funny. Our thanks to Signature for this screening. USA 2018 Andrew Fleming 91m

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The Dinner

Richard Gere, Laura Linney, Steve Coogan, and Rebecca Hall make a riveting quartet in an adaptation of the Herman Koch novel about a dark-hearted dinner gathering to decide what to do about a crime their sons have committed. The story centres on Steve Coogan’s former history teacher Paul Lohman, an uptight, broken man who sees himself as a loser: a failure of a father and inadequate husband to his capable wife Claire (Laura Linney). The Battle of Gettysburg (“the beginning of the end”) is his obsession – and his metaphor for life. But even more importantly, he feels inconsequential when it comes to his successful politician brother Stan (Richard Gere), who he sees as ‘elitist and self-serving’. One’s response to ‘The Dinner’ will hinge on whether you go for Coogan’s clipped, hostile performance, which some may find difficult, whilst others consider an honest portrait of a wrecked soul – and one who, as we learn, has crossed the line (and quite believably) into mental illness. USA 2016 Oren Moverman 120m

Sun 19 Aug 16:00 (Studio)

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Performance for the Festival:

Dance, Opera, Theatre, Jazz We are delighted be present some specially selected performances of the world of opera, dance, theatre and jazz for this year’s Festival, plus our traditional silent film with live organ accompaniment.

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Samuel Barber / Glyndebourne (Recorded Live) A rare opportunity to see Barber’s Pulitzer Prizewinning work – opera from the age of Hitchcock – with an atmospheric score and tense, psychological twists. One of the 20th century’s most beautiful scores. This operatic thriller which is poised constantly on the edge of song, unfolds in generous swathes of melody, rich in filmic strings and soaring brass, with echoes of Puccini, Berg and Strauss. It climaxes in a final quintet of Mozartean poignancy – one of the great ensembles of the contemporary repertoire. Seldom performed in the UK, this is a rare opportunity to see Barber’s heart-breaking domestic drama. Olivier Award-winning director Keith Warner makes his much-anticipated Glyndebourne debut with this production, which promises to bring out the psychological tensions that sit just below the surface of this charged work. A new production for Festival 2018. Sung in English with English subtitles. 170m inc intervals Wed 15 Aug 18:00 Tickets £17.50 (Friends £15)

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Bernstein Centenary Triple Roh Ballet

Encored by Special Permission of Royal Opera House. The programme includes two world premieres by Resident Choreographer Wayne McGregor and Artistic Associate Christopher Wheeldon, marking each artist’s first foray into Bernstein, including a dance version of the Chichester Psalms. At the heart of the programme is the first revival of Artist in Residence Liam Scarlett’s ‘The Age of Anxiety’, created in 2014 to Bernstein’s soul-searching Second Symphony. 180m approx including 2 intervals See Bernstein in Chichester Section for full details. Sun 19 Aug 13:00

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A Met Opera Encore Dmitri Hvorostovsky who died last November, was “born to play the role of Eugene Onegin” is outstanding in this Metropolitan Opera production of February 2007. Beloved American soprano Renée Fleming joins Russian baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky in one of his greatest roles for a performance of Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece of unrequited young love. Conducted by Russian maestro Valeri Gergijev, the opera’s sweeping dramatic arc of this opera – youthful longing, rejection, regret, a desperate plea that comes too late – is perfectly mirrored in Tchaikovsky’s achingly beautiful music and in the gorgeous lighting of this strikingly minimal production. The opera is screened in Russian with English subtitles. 160m including interval NB: This Met encore inaugurates our first Met season starting in October, so watch out for our ‘Sat & Sun Mats at the Met’. Thu 16 Aug 18:00 Tickets £17.50 (Friends £15)

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Lady Windermere’s Fan

Sat 11 Aug 13:15 Tickets £17.50 (Friends £15)

From Vaudeville Theatre, London (Recorded Live) Another opportunity to see the new production of Oscar Wilde’s social comedy, directed by award-winning writer, actor and director Kathy Burke, broadcast to cinemas from the Vaudeville Theatre in London’s West End, with Jennifer Saunders as the Duchess of Berwick. This is the second play from the Oscar Wilde Season, a year-long celebration of the brilliant Victorian playwright being staged by Classic Spring, a new theatre company led by Dominic Dromgoole, former Artistic Director of Shakespeare’s Globe. “You gave me this fan today; it was your birthday present. If that woman crosses my threshold, I shall strike her across the face with it.” Oscar Wilde. The day of Lady Windermere’s birthday party, and all is perfectly in order. Until her friend Lord Darlington plants a seed of suspicion. Is her husband having an affair? And will the other woman really attend the party? First performed in 1892, Lady Windermere’s Fan explores the ambiguity of upper class morality and the fragile position of women in society in the late Victorian era in one of Wilde’s most popular and witty plays. 150m approx including interval

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PERFORMANCE FOR THE 2018 FESTIVAL

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SILENT FILM with live accompaniment at St Johns Chapel

Vampyr

Ben Hall returns playing organ to accompany Carl Dreyer’s classic creepy chiller. With ‘Vampyr’, Danish filmmaker Carl Theodor Dreyer channelled his genius for creating mesmerizing atmosphere and austere, unsettling imagery into the horror genre. The result is a chilling film about a student of the occult who encounters supernatural haunts and local evildoers in a village outside Paris. A host of stunning camera and editing tricks creates a mood of dreamlike terror. Deemed by Alfred Hitchcock ‘the only film worth watching… twice’, ‘Vampyr’s influence has become, by now, incalculable. Released in the UK for the first time in a restored version, and we present it as a silent film with original live organ accompaniment created by Ben Hall. Prepare to be chilled! Denmark 1930 Carl Dreyer 70m

Fri 24 Aug 21:15 (St Johns Chapel) Tickets £9

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Elvis: ’68 Comeback Special

50th Anniversary Screening It has been 50 years since Elvis Presley – the undisputed king of rock – performed his legendary 1968 comeback concert. Here it is for all to enjoy on the big screen. Originally airing as a TV special, this spectacular performance is seen by many as the Memphis icon's most substantial achievement as a stage performer. His first stage performance in from of a live audience for more than seven years sees him performing alone as well as in jam sessions with Scotty Moore and D.J. Fontana, his early backing musicians. Over 90 minutes, Elvis performs his classic rock and pop hits, introduces new material and reminisces about his career. This event includes a cinemaexclusive special introduction and studio tour by Steve Binder (the original producer and director), including special guest appearances and commentary offering a unique perspective on Elvis and his iconic status. USA 2018 NBC 110m

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Mon 20 Aug 20:00 Tickets £17.50 (£15 Friends) LIVE JAZZ plus Film Extracts

Georgia Mancio: A Centenary Celebration of Ella, Dizzy & Monk

Georgia Mancio – voice, leads an all-star quintet: Steve Fishwick – trumpet; Camilla George – alto sax; Leon Greening – Piano; Andrew Cleyndert – bass; and Dave Ohm – drums, paying tribute to the music of Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, & Thelonious Monk, supported in the first half by extracts and trailers from films featuring these greats. Ella Fitzgerald (1917-1996), Dizzy Gillespie (1917-93) and Thelonious Monk (1917-1982) all had their centenaries last year in 2017, and this event celebrates their music with film and a live jazz concert. In the first part of the evening, we will be screening extracts from their concerts and, as it’s a film festival, some trailers and clips of films they appeared in or composed, including ‘Les Liaison Dangerous’ (Monk 1959), ‘Ride ‘em Cowboy’ (Ella with Abbot & Costello 1942), ‘Pete Kelly’s Blues’ (Ella 1955), and even Dizzy in the Muppet Show (1980). Following the 30 minute interval Georgia Mancio introduces and leads the great all-star British Quintet of Steve Fishwick (trumpet), Camilla George (alto saxophone), Leon Greening (piano), Andrew Cleyndert (bass) and Dave Ohm (drums), to present a live concert exploring and celebrating the music and songs of these jazz legends.

One Note at a Time

A beautiful, moving documentary for any true cultural historian or jazz fan. USA 2017 Renee Edwards 95m See Documentary Section for Full Details. Fri 24 Aug 18:00 (Studio) Sat 25 Aug 13:15 (Pic Palace)

The Jazz Ambassadors

Outstanding jazz documentary about Jazz Tours as a propaganda initiative. USA/UK 2017 Hugo Berkeley 90m See Documentary Section for Full Details. Sun 19 Aug 18:30 (Studio)

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Bernstein In Chichester (1946‑2016)

It is a big year in Chichester as we mark the strong ties with Leonard Bernstein, the composer of ‘West Side Story’ and ‘Chichester Psalms’, on his centenary. The Bernstein in Chichester festival unites the city with London, New York, Paris, Vienna, Tokyo and other major centres in a worldwide remembrance of one of the great musical forces of the 20th century. In addition to the 3 Bernstein movies shown in full, the Film Festival also includes two illustrated talks on the movies and his lectures, the documentary on the making of Leonard Bernstein’s studio recording of ‘West side Story’, and the ROH Bernstein three ballets repeated by permission of the Royal Opera House especially for Chichester. Booking Ref

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On the Town

New York, New York – it’s a helluva town; the Bronx is up and the Battery’s down; the people ride in a hole in the ground ... Well, you get the idea. Those lyrics (by Betty Comden and Adolph Green), set to Leonard Bernstein’s music, have made ‘On the Town’ a permanent part of the psychological landscape of New York City. The story (inspired by Jerome Robbins’s ballet ‘Fancy Free’) is pretty slight: Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra and Jules Munshin play sailors with 24 hours’ leave to take their bite out of the Big Apple. When they meet, and then lose, this month’s Miss Turnstiles (Vera-Ellen), they scour the town in search of her, bumping into a lady anthropologist (Ann Miller) along the way. Some of the Bernstein tunes in the stage-show were dropped in the film replaced by others composed by Roger Edens, Conrad Salinger and Lennie Hayton. But the rousing opening number, ‘New York, New York, It’s a wonderful town’ was retained as were some of the ballet sequences. Shot mostly in the studio but with location exteriors all over town, from Coney Island to the Statue of Liberty to Central Park, this 1949 gem was the first of three great musicals co-directed by Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen. USA 1949 Donen & Kelly 93m

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On the Waterront

This was Leonard Bernstein’s only score that he composed for a movie. Written in 1954, Bernstein arranged this superb movie score for a 20-minute symphonic suite. Marlon Brando gives one of the screen’s most electrifying performances and was named Best Actor at the 1954 Academy Awards for this film. Ex-fighter Terry Malloy (Brando) could have been a contender, but now toils for boss Johnny Friendly (Lee J.Cobb) on the gangridden waterfront. Terry is guilt-stricken, however, when he lures a rebellious worker to his death, but it takes the love of Edie Doyle (Eva Marie Saint), the dead man’s sister, to show Terry how low he has fallen. When his crooked brother Charley the Gent (Rod Steiger) is brutally murdered for refusing to kill him, Terry battles to crush Friendly’s underworld empire. Directed by Elia Kazan (‘A Streetcar Named Desire’) and written by Budd Schuberg. USA 1954 Elia Kazan 103m

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We conclude our Bernstein’s Centenary Tribute with his most famous work, a Broadway stage musical produced in 1957 with lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and stunning choreography by Jerome Robbins, adapted for the screen in 1961. Appropriately we are presenting this beautiful digitally restored film on the centenary of his birthday – 25th August 1918. The winner of 10 Academy Awards, this 1961 musical by choreographer Jerome Robbins and director Robert Wise (‘The Sound of Music’) remains irresistible. Based on the smash Broadway show updating Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’ to the 1950s era of juvenile delinquency, ‘West Side Story’ stars Natalie Wood and Richard Beymer as the star-crossed lovers from different neighbourhoods – and ethnicities. The film’s real selling points, however, are the highly charged and inventive song-and-dance numbers, the passionate ballads, the moody sets, colourful support from Rita Moreno, and the sheer accomplishment of Hollywood talent and technology producing a film so stirring. Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim wrote the score. USA 1961 Robert Wise 151m plus short interval

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Two world premieres by Choreographer Wayne McGregor and Artistic Associate Christopher Wheeldon, mark each artist’s first foray into Bernstein, including a dance version of the Chichester Psalms. Leonard Bernstein was one of the first classical composers in America to achieve both popular and critical acclaim. He was eclectic in his sources – drawing on jazz and modernism, the traditions of Jewish music and the Broadway musical – and many of Bernstein’s scores are remarkably well suited to dance. To celebrate the centenary year of the composer’s birth, The Royal Ballet has united all three of its associate choreographers to celebrate the dynamic range and danceability of Bernstein’s music. We are delighted to be able to encore this programme as part of the Chichester Film Festival, by special permission of the Royal Opera House. 180m approx including 2 intervals Sun 19 Aug 13:00 Tickets £17.50 (Friends £15)

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Leonard Bernstein Conducting West Side Story: The Making of a Recording

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Featuring extended extracts from the 1984 BBC film introduced by the director Christopher Swann. Filmed in 1984, produced by Humphrey Burton and directed by Christopher Swann for the BBC, this feature-length documentary follows Leonard Bernstein through one week as he records West Side Story, the firstever complete album of his musical theatre masterpiece. Virtually the entire documentary takes place in RCA’s New York Studio with a pick-up orchestra, session singers and headliners Kiri Te Kanawa (Maria), José Carreras (Tony), Tatiana Troyanos (Anita) and Kurt Ollmann (Riff). The 89-minute programme alternates rehearsal footage with complete final takes of the main numbers – including ‘Tonight’, ‘America’, and ‘Maria’ – with comments from the principal players. Te Kanawa explains how much the music means to her, Troyanos notes how she grewup in the very streets depicted on stage and Carreras provides a rare moment of tension when a session ends unsatisfactorily. Bernstein himself is by turns commanding, charming, enthusiastic or weary. BBC 1984 Christopher Swann 120m approx


Two Illustrated Talks by Terry Barfoot

Terry Barfoot is a well-known figure in the musical life of southern England, who has written widely about music and opera, and is Publications Consultant to the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.

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Bernstein at the Movies

Leonard Bernstein was one of the greatest musicians of the 20th century: as composer, conductor, pianist, writer and broadcaster. His vivid score for the 1954 film ‘On the Waterfront’ enhanced that powerful drama, while the related orchestral suite became a concert hall classic. His Broadway musical ‘On the Town’ (1949) was turned into a popular film starring Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra. Bernstein was the heir of George Gershwin in that he successfully bridged the gap between popular and serious idioms in a kind of ‘crossover’ music that needs make no quality concessions. Of this the great example is of course ‘West Side Story’ (1957), which also became hugely successful in the cinema. Terry Barfoot will explore aspects of this rich legacy, with extracts from the films and other archive material. Thu 16 Aug 15:45 (Studio)

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Bernstein as Lecturer, Broadcaster and Teacher

Leonard Bernstein’s gifts as a communicator remain without parallel, and according to his daughter Jamie, among all his accomplishments he was proudest of his work as a teacher. He was never content to be ‘only’ a composer and performer; he also felt compelled to explain his ideas about how the music worked, to share his enthusiasm and understanding. And by good fortune both he and television came on the scene and developed at exactly the same time. Thus during the 1950s he made programmes for the Omnibus series hosted by Alistair Cooke, such as ‘Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony’, ‘The World of Jazz’ and ‘The Art of Conducting’, while his Young People’s Concerts became legendary for enthusing audiences. Then in the 1970s his six Norton Lectures at Harvard uncovered yet further insights into the world of music. Terry Barfoot will introduce various examples of Bernstein’s unique gifts in this field. Tue 21 Aug 13:15 (Studio)

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Animation (1946‑2016)

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Yellow Submarine

The Beatles agree to accompany Captain Fred in his Yellow Submarine and go to Pepperland to free it from the music hating Blue Meanies. Yellow Submarine is a fantastic tale brimming with peace, love, and hope, propelled by Beatles songs, including ‘Eleanor Rigby’, ‘When I’m Sixty-Four’, ‘Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds’, ‘All You Need Is Love’, and ‘It’s All Too Much’. When the film debuted in 1968, it was instantly recognised as a landmark achievement, revolutionising a genre by integrating the freestyle approach of the era with innovative animation techniques. The film has been restored in 4K digital resolution for the first time. Due to the delicate nature of the hand-drawn original artwork, no automated software was used in the digital clean-up of the film’s restored photochemical elements. This was all done by hand, frame by frame. UK 1968 George Dunning 90m

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Incredibles 2

Sat 4 Aug 20:55 (approx) at Priory Park Advance Tickets £9 (£10 on the day if available) Kids £7 (£8 on the day if  available)

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Join us for Pixar’s brand-new animation – the exciting sequel to 2004’ ‘The Incredibles’. Dress up the kids in their most awesome Super Hero costumes, and let them ‘save the world’ at Priory Park. Everyone’s favourite family of superheroes is back in ‘Incredibles 2’ -but this time Helen (Holly Hunter) is in the spotlight, leaving Bob (Craig T. Nelson) at home with Violet (Sarah Vowell) and Dash (Huck Milner) to navigate the day-to-day heroics of “normal” life. It’s a tough transition for everyone, made tougher by the fact that the family is still unaware of baby Jack-Jack’s emerging superpowers. When a new villain hatches a brilliant and dangerous plot, the family and Frozone (Samuel L. Jackson) must find a way to work together again – which is easier said than done, even when they’re all Incredible. Other voice cast includes Catherine Keener, Bob Odenkirk, Isabella Rossellini and Jonathan Banks. USA 2018 Brad Bird 118m


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25 Years of Slovak Animation

For the 25 years of Slovakia’s independence, Slovak Film Institute and Fest Anča have prepared a compilation containing renowned Slovak animated shorts.

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The selection was curated by Fest Anča. 76m total running. A Ballad of Four Horses – The first Slovak computer animated music video. 1995, 4m; Steps, Jumps, Years… and the Last One Turn the Lights Off – 100 years of cinema in an animated box. 1995, 5m; Vetroň Glider – The first Slovak music video made completely by computer. 1997, 4m; Double Voice Invention; A-Minor – The chase of the red riding hood and the wolf. 1998, 2m; In the Box – Short film about space. 1999, 6m; Lionardo Mio – Florence, 1500 AD. A theatre company performs a love story. 2004, 7m; Viliam – Viliam lives his own animated life within the real world. 2009, 7m; tWINs – Siamese twins fighting each other in the boxers’ ring. 2011, 6m; The Last Bus – A short film about people who are hunted. 2011, 15m; Pandas – After millions of generations, pandas become a pawn in man's games. 2013, 11m; Cowboyland – There is no-one to over-see rule-keeping. 2015, 5m; Spirit of the City – Pixel-art music video clip about the city. 2015, 4m.

A New History of British Animation Part 3 New sources of funding and graduates from innovative animation courses put the British animation industry on top of the world. This selection of some of the key highlights packs a sizable punch. UK 1983-1998 Various 62m Night Club – A vicarious night out lived through an animated sketchbook, laid down to a hypnotic post-punk beat performed by the filmmaker himself. 1993; Black Dog – A true masterpiece from a female animator, designer and artist. 1987; Feet of Song – African dance and rhythms are abstracted, animated and elevated. 1988; Clothes – Clothes pick themselves up and strut their stuff in this lively short. 1988; Manipulation – Oscar-winning excellence as the hand of the artist puts his unfortunate creation through his paces. 1991; Kings of Siam – All the fun of the fair, as a pair of conjoined twins wrestle with their sideshow reality. 1992. Britannia – A concise history of the British Empire (won Leonardo da Vinci International Art Award). 1993; Queen's Monastery – An acrobat returns from the military to the woman who loves him. 1998.

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Special Events, Talks (1946‑2016) & Visiting Filmmakers Two of our Surprise Films have won the Audience Award for Best Film (‘Untouchable’ and ‘Pride’), so don’t miss this unforgettable experience. We continue this idea of a Surprise Film, where you settle down for a film, not knowing what it will be, and finding out along with your fellow patrons once the opening scene or credits give it away. In past years our surprise films have included ‘Jane Eyre’, ‘Untouchable’, ‘Blue Jasmine’, ‘Pride’ and ‘Café Society’ – an impressive list. So what will we have on Thursday 23rd August? Join in the fun and take the opportunity to gamble by booking in advance for hopefully a very worthwhile surprise! Roger Gibson

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf

Her Books on Film An illustrated talk by Rosemary Coxon – This illustrated talk adds another dimension to the artistic and verbal power of the writer by also looking at films which have been inspired by her books. See Virginia Woolfe Section for full details. Sat 11 Aug 13:30 (Studio)

Navigating Nordic Noir: It’s Deadly Oop North An illustrated talk by Ian Haydn Smith – What are the origins of Nordic Noir and how do they differ from crime films from other countries? See Nordic Noir Section for full details. Thu 16 Aug 11:00 (Studio)

The Art of Acting: Daniel Day-Lewis

An illustrated talk by Ian Haydn Smith – Like Chaplin and Jannings, through Grant and Dean, to Brando and Pacino, understanding Daniel Day-Lewis’ genius as an actor is to witness another step in the way Screen acting has evolved. See Daniel Day-Lewis Section for full details. Fri 17 Aug 13:00 (Studio)

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Bergman and the ReBirth (or Reinvention) of Art Cinema

An Illustrated talk by Ian Christie – When Bergman's films began to reach festivals and audiences outside Sweden in the mid-50s, they launched a new wave of enthusiasm and respect for cinema among the post-war generation. See Ingmar Bergman Section for full details. Mon 20 Aug 13:15 (Studio)

Two Illustrated Talks on Bernstein by Terry Barfoot

Terry Barfoot is a well-known figure in the musical life of southern England, who has written widely about music and opera, and is Publications Consultant to the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. See Bernstein in Chichester Section for full details.

Bernstein at the Movies

Leonard Bernstein was one of the greatest musicians of the 20th century: as composer, conductor, pianist, writer and broadcaster. His vivid score for ‘On the Waterfront’ enhanced that powerful drama, while the related orchestral suite became a concert hall classic. His Broadway musical ‘On the Town’ was turned into a popular film starring Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra. ‘West Side Story’ also became hugely successful in the cinema. To include extracts from the films and other archive material. Thu 16 Aug 15:45 (Studio)

Bernstein as Lecturer, Broadcaster and Teacher

Leonard Bernstein’s gifts as a communicator remain without parallel, and according to his daughter Jamie, among all his accomplishments he was proudest of his work as a teacher. He was never content to be ‘only’ a composer and performer; he also felt compelled to explain his ideas about how the music worked, to share his enthusiasm and understanding. Tue 21 Aug 13:15 (Studio)

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SPECIAL EVENTS, TALKS & VISITING FILMMAKERS

Visiting Filmmakers Monty Python’s Life of Brian (15)

The Piano (15)

See UK Section for full details. Fri 10 Aug 20:45

See Treasures from the Archives Section for full details. Fri 17 Aug 10:30

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Philomena (12A)

We are delighted to welcome Cannon Dr Anthony Cane from the Chichester Cathedral to introduce the film, with a short Q&A after the screening.

We welcome writer/director Tupaq Felber to introduce his film plus Q&A. See UK Section for full details. Fri 10 Aug 18:00 (Studio)

To the Lighthouse (Pg)

We welcome Hugh Stoddart, screenwriter of this adaptation, to introduce the film. See Virginia Woolf Section for full details. Sat 11 Aug 16:00 (Studio) & Wed 15 Aug 12:45 (Pic Palace)

Mrs Dalloway (Pg)

We are delighted to welcome Eileen Atkins, writer of the screenplay, to introduce the film. See Virginia Woolf Section for full details. Sun 12 Aug 13:00

Postcards from the 48%

We welcome the director David Wilkinson to introduce his film and for a possible “controversial” Q&A after the screening.

We are delighted to welcome Steve Coogan to introduce the film, and following the screening in conversation with producer Andrew Eaton. See Steve Coogan Section for full details. Fri 17 Aug 18:00

The Trip to Italy

We hope to welcome back Steve Coogan to briefly introduce the film. See Steve Coogan Section for full details. Fri 17 Aug 21:00

The Receptionist (18)

We hope to welcome actress Sophie Gospil to introduce this film with a Q&A after the screening. See UK Section for full details. Sat 18 Aug 20:45

The Jazz Ambassadors (Adv Pg)

We hope to welcome Producer Mick Csáky to introduce the film.

See UK Section for full details. Sun 12 Aug 16:00

See Documentary Section for full details. Sun 19 Aug 18:30 (Studio)

Cleo from 5 To 7 (15)

Waiting For You (Adv15)

We hope to welcome a visiting speaker to introduce this film and the work of Agnès Varda. See Agnès Varda Section for full details. Mon 13 Aug 13:15 (Studio)

If…. (15)

We are very pleased to welcome David Wood who played young Johnny in the film (in 1968!) to introduce the film, followed with a Q&A after the screening. See UK Section for full details. Mon 13 Aug 18:00

Oh My God (Adv15)

Together with director Robbie Moffat, we welcome the lead actors Chris Bearne, Maurice Byrne and Suzanne Kendall to introduce their film. See UK Section for full details. Tue 14 Aug 18:00 (Studio)

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Ellen Cheshire, author of her new book “In the Scene: Jane Campion,” will briefly introduce the film.

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We hope to welcome writer/director Charles Garrad to introduce his film plus Q&A. See UK Section for full details. Fri 23 Aug 13:30 (Studio)

Winter Ridge (Adv15)

We hope to welcome director Dom Lenoir and some of the cast (TBA) for a Q&A following this screening. See UK Section for full details. Sat 25 Aug 18:15


ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

The Staff and Trustees of Chichester Cinema at New Park acknowledge and thank the outstanding team of Cinema and Bar Volunteers both during the 2018 Chichester International Film Festival and throughout the cinematic year. A very special thank you also goes out to the Friends of the Cinema whose support makes this Cinema and Festival what it is today, and the New Park Centre for providing a wonderful venue for the Festival. Trustees David Brown, Michael Cox, John Fitzpatrick, Debbie Ford, Roger Harrison, Mike Jennings, Kathy Sykes and Richard Wilde.

Box Office Ninian McGuffie, Nina Hebden, Alex Edge and Chyan Francisco

Artistic Director Roger Gibson

Education Officer Rosemary Coxon

General Manager Walter Francisco

Accounts Jayne Burnell

Projection Mark Bradshaw – Chief Projectionist; James Stokes – Senior Projectionist; Paul Stanley & Howard Johnson – Assistant Projectionists.

PR & Marketing Carol Godsmark

Front of House Manager Henry Beltran

Gala Catering Brasserie Blanc

Studio Technician Colin Bell

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Festival Patrons Our deepest thanks go to this year’s Festival Patrons: Clare Apel, Sarah & Robin Axford, Susie & Nigel Brookes, Catherine Cannon, AF Chadwick, Linda and Bob Connell, June Coleman, Gilly and Nigel Cutts, Jan Davis, Meryl Deane, Glyn Edmunds, Barbara Ely, John & Susan Coldstream, Alex Gibbs, Roger & Jo Gibson, Kay Glendinning, Delphie Hall, Freda James, June King, Mr G. Kingsmill, Linda and Stephen Marsh, Deborah Mitchelson, Kamala Rao, Graham & Sybil Papworth, Phoenix Worldwide Entertainment, John Rank, John & Paddy Vincent-Townend, Sally Ward, SMH Books, Jane Weeks, Irene & David Wilde, Geoffrey and Jane Wilson.

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TICKET PRICES & BOOKING FORM Booking in advance is strongly recommended during the Film Festival, as many screenings are likely to sell out. All tickets can be booked either in person, by telephone, by email or through the post. A booking fee of 50p per ticket will be charged to all phone and internet bookings, unless you are a Friend of the cinema, whereby there is no fee for internet bookings. Payments can be made by cash, major credit/debit cards, or cheque (payable to Chichester Cinema at New Park). For postal bookings, please send the booking form below with payment to: Chichester Cinema at New Park, New Park Road, Chichester, PO19 7XY, along with a stamped, self-addressed envelope if you would like your tickets sent to you. Box Office Hours during the Film Festival are 10.30am to 8.30pm, and 12.30pm to 8.30pm outside of the festival. Please note that during the busy half hour sales period before each screening, we may not be able to deal with advance bookings, and we thank you in advance for your understanding.

ADMISSION PRICES £9:00  Auditorium Screenings £6.50  Studio Talks & Screenings £6.50  Picture Palace Screenings Special Events as individually priced

SPECIAL OFFERS* Buy 8 Films – Get 2 more Free This offer above excludes Special Events plus Opening and Closing Galas.

(Cheapest ticket will be counted as Free ticket)

TICKET RETURNS Please note that we cannot refund or credit your account during the Film Festival, However we can still exchange your ticket for another film during this period. *Please mention any offer before booking. Please note that there are no Friends, Senior Citizens, Students, Unwaged or Young Screen Scene discounts available during the Film Festival unless otherwise stated.

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Tickets cannot be refunded, but credit can be added to your account if you cancel or exchange your tickets. A minimum of 24 hours notice prior to the films performance is required.

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The Programme Brochure of the 27th Chichester International Film Festival. 3rd - 26th August 2018.

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