The 30th Chichester International Film Festival

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CELEBRATE WITH US Galas; Open Airs; Premieres & Previews; Retrospectives; Visiting Filmmakers; Live Music & Films; Additional Venues; Illustrated Talks... 22 days to celebrate the best in film. “What a great feast of cinema!

We are delighted that the UK’s greatest living film critic, Derek Malcolm, will join us to officially open the 30th Chichester International Film Festival.

Look out for 9 films plus illustrated talk in the OLIVIA COLMAN RETROSPECTIVE

Homage to UKRAINIAN CINEMA including EARTH at the Guildhall, Priory Park

Under 25s pay only £4.50 for film tickets

A selection of films made by women

Festival Contents


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As usual, Chichester is the most all-embracing Festival in England bar London. I must congratulate Roger Gibson, your veteran director, on the scope of this year’s programme and especially the talks which go with the new films. Watch out for the Ukraine movies.They are full of energy and skill. Congratulations to all for their hard work. Festivals arent easy to organise, so do support this one. It will be well worth it.” - Derek Malcolm.

We pay tribute to recent industry losses in the strand REMEMBERING ME

Look out for exclusive to Chichester selections

We bring you fresh, offbeat, indie films


The MADE IN SUSSEX strand celebrates films made in our beautiful local surroundings

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30th Chichester International Film Festival Artistic Director Introduction

WE HAVE JUST REACHED A SPECIAL BIRTHDAY. FROM MODEST BEGINNINGS IN 1992 SHOWING Roger Gibson 29 FILMS, WE ARE NOW CELEBRATING THE 30TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE CHICHESTER INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, SCREENING OVER 156 FILMS FROM OVER 30 COUNTRIES PLUS LIVE EVENTS IN 8 VENUES. AN AMAZING JOURNEY! The world feels very different after the pandemic and with the catastrophic Ukrainian situation. Therefore, it’s not surprising that this Festival is reflecting changing times, with an important survey of undervalued Ukrainian cinema (often subsumed as “Russian” films of the Soviet period.) Two silent classics, Vertov’s ‘Man with the Movie Camera’ and Dovchenko’s ‘Earth’ (with live piano accompaniment by the brilliant Stephen Horne) are both truly Ukrainian films. Some recent films such as ‘Reflection’ and ‘Atlantis’ are challenging but we surely need to spotlight this vital cinema. Even Spy films take on a new relevance today as can be seen in the two Andrew Eaton productions he will introduce, with director James Watkins: ‘Munich, Edge of war ‘, ‘The Ipcress File’ (ITV serial ep 4) and the Estonian – ‘Dawn of War’, sharing similar themes. Recent Russian films included -especially ‘White Wale’ and ‘100 days’ (retelling Solzhenitsyn’s novel about Denisovich) are savage critiques of Russian society (hardly pro-Putin). For those seeking less volatile material there are two Chinese tales of rural life: the thought-provoking ‘Return to Dust ‘and the life-affirming ‘Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom’. Both our animation programmes, ‘Where

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Where is Anne Frank is Anne Frank’ and a special programme of short animations ‘I’m Fine’, should also appeal to our younger audience, and don’t forget Pixar’s ‘Lightyear’, one of the open air shows in Priory Park. For teenagers and upwards we have a group of films dealing with rites of passage, with ‘18khz’ (our first film from Kazakhstan), ‘Magnetic Beats’ (French pirate radio antics), a Canadian romantic coming-of-age story ‘Wildwood’ and from Finland, ‘Girls Girls Girls’ (Three teenage girls seek love over three weekends). What better for Saturday night viewing!

Official Competition If you are looking for comedy, I would highlight ‘Official Competition’, a hilarious Spanish parody of the film industry starring Penelope Cruz as a director struggling with a cast of egomaniacs (Antonio Banderas and Oscar Martinez). Adapted from Balzac’s novel, ‘Lost Illusions’, is a French satire ridiculing society and social media. It couldn’t feel more germane. ‘Nobody’s Hero’ veers from fierce satire to broad farce and back in its witty observation of our troubled times. Look out for some great indie comedies in the Studio with ‘Brigitte Bardot Forever ‘ (echoes of ‘Cinema Paradiso’), ‘Sweet Disaster’, a feel-good delight from Germany and ‘Met Mes’ in which the consequences of a lie unravel against a palate of Almodóvar-esque primary colours.

Breathless For those interested in film composers, I recommend the documentaries ‘Ennio’ (Morricone of course) and ‘Vangelis’ as well as ‘O Thou Transcendent’. Tony Palmer will introduce his fine film on Vaughan Williams celebrating the 150th Anniversary. It is Charles Mingus’s centenary year, so we celebrate with the documentary ‘Triumph of the Underdog’ and live jazz featuring BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year finalist, Alex Clarke. Should be wild! Stephen Horne will perform his wizardry at the Guildhall and Ben Hall returns on organ for the Centenary of ‘Nosferatu’ at St John’s Chapel. There are a number of Festival sections celebrating centenaries and commemorations and we are proud of the breadth of these retrospectives. Supported by illustrated talks, this is a unique element of our Festival. This year we are presenting 10 such events, all with outstanding experts in their fields. Many of these films are true classics such as Godard’s ‘Breathless’, Resnais’ ‘Last Year in Marienbad’ and Antonioni’s ‘L’Avventura’ which when first shown in Cannes was booed and the participants fled the theatre. By the second screening it was declared a masterpiece! See if you have changed your mind. A word about the more intimate Studio. It may not be as comfortable, but films shown here – often with talks – can rival the Auditorium. For technical reasons, no DCP drives can be played in the studio.

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We have re-introduced F-rating for female directors, and the number this year is 25. We have also created an ‘Exclusive to the Festival’ category, either imported from Europe or elsewhere or not yet available as UK releases. So catch them if you can as they are unlikely to return. We welcome several filmmakers to introduce their films. We are proud to present three World premieres with directors: Jane Mote and guests with ‘My Bones are Woven’, Phil Grabsky with his latest Exhibition on Screen – ‘Mary Cassatt’ and, on the last day – Richard Dee-Roberts director and guests with ‘The Reverend and Mrs Simpson.’

Mary Cassatt We are delighted to continue our partnership with the Institut Français who are providing 5 outstanding French previews. I would now like to thank all the Cinema team and enthusiastic volunteers who make this marathon possible – and most especially Walter Francisco, Chichester Cinema’s Director & Programmer. This 30th edition could not be staged without the enthusiastic support of our Partners (BFI and Greenwood Wealth Solutions), Carol Godsmark (Hospitality & Guest Relations), the Projectionists, Box Office Staff, New Park Centre, our partner venues and their teams, and those invaluable Volunteers that make everything possible. Remember – word of mouth is the best publicity, so spread the word everybody! See you at Priory Park. Roger Gibson – Artistic Director July 2022 BOX OFFICE

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Book early if recent year’s screenings are anything to go by! u Gates open 19:00

u Musical Entertainment from 19:30 u Films start at Dusk (app. 20:30)

u Bring a Picnic Blanket or Chair, and a Picnic Basket filled with your favourite goodies. u Fenwick’s Cafe will be open for Drinks & Snacks

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The life and music of Elvis Presley brought to the huge open air screen with dazzling panache by Baz Luhrmann. Focusing on the relationship between manager Tom Parker and the iconic musician. The film traces the life of Elvis from formative years, breakthrough, fame and films through to his untimely death. Relative newcomer Austin Butler plays the King while Tom Hanks plays the enigmatic Colonel Parker. Baz Luhrmann is known for his unapologetic extravagance, so prepare yourself for an immersive concoction of sumptuous visuals and classic rock ’n roll. Luhrmann has stated that he does not regard ‘Elvis’ as a biopic rather than a portrait of America through the fifties, sixties and seventies. US/Australia 2022 Baz Luhrmann 159m We are delighted to have SUSPICIOUSLY ELVIS to perform prior to the film. Ivor Potter had been performing around the UK and the world as Suspiciously Elvis for over 20 years. He is looking forward to performing in Priory Park and really getting the crowd revved up before the screening. Fri 5 Aug 20:30 (approx) Advance Tickets £11.50 (£13 on the day if available) Kids £7 (£8 on the day if available)


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The classic musical gets not only the Spielberg treatment, with fierce rivalries and ill-fated romance clashing in steamy 50s New York, but also the Chichester Film Festival Open Air treatment, where you can enjoy quality film on the huge outdoor screen. Spielberg was obsessed with the original cast soundtrack of ‘West Side Story’ before the original film had been made. He used to imagine the action and dancing that might accompany it. Finally, he has translated idle daydreams into celluloid magic with a blistering reworking of one of cinema’s most iconic films. The story focuses on teenagers Tony and Maria who fall in love despite having affiliations with street gangs, the Jets and Sharks in 1950s New York. ‘Romeo and Juliet’ is the source material here with Ansel Elgort (‘Baby Driver’) as Tony and newcomer Rachel Zegler as Maria. Expect dazzling choreography and a night of joyous fun. US 2021 STEVEN SPIELBERG 156M We are delighted to have DAWN GRACIE to perform prior to the film.

Sat 6 Aug 20:30 (approx) Advance Tickets £11.50 (£13 on the day if available) Kids £7 (£8 on the day if available)

Dawn is an awardwinning vintage & cabaret entertainer based in Chichester. Her heels are firmly planted in the 50s & 60s, and she is known for her love of immersing her audiences and literally getting in the crowd and getting the party started!

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Buzz Lightyear embarks on an intergalactic adventure with a group of ambitious recruits and his robot companion. See it on the huge Priory Park open air screen. The sci-fi action-adventure presents the definitive origin story of Buzz Lightyear – the hero who inspired the toy – introducing the legendary Space Ranger who would win generations of fans. Chris Evans lends his voice to Buzz. Annie Award-winning director and veteran Pixar animator Angus MacLane helms ‘Lightyear.’ Also features the voices of Taika Waititi, Keke Palmer and James Brolin. USA 2022 Angus MacLane 100m Prior to the film we will host a fun Kids Film Quiz. Sun 7 Aug 20:30 (approx) Advance Tickets £11.50 (£13 on the day if available) Kids £7 (£8 on the day if available)


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Wed 10 Aug 18:30 Dinner from 18:30 / Film from 20:30 Also screening Fri 12 Aug 15:30 – Auditorium Thu 11 Aug 19:30 – Leconfield Hall, Petworth (Film Only – Normal Price)

We are pleased to open the 30th anniversary of our Festival with this epic French period drama. The government is asking Eiffel to design something spectacular for the 1889 Paris World Fair, but Eiffel simply wants to design the subway. Suddenly, everything changes when Eiffel crosses paths with a mysterious woman from the past. It is September 1886 and the Washington Monument, inaugurated the year before, has set a new benchmark of 169 metres in height in the tiny world of creators of large, international monuments. In the context of the World Fair, which is due to unfold in Paris 1889, the French government are looking for something spectacular and full of panache, and engineer Gustave Eiffel (Romain Duris) takes up the challenge. He does it partly out of love for Adrienne (Emma Mackey). The film looks back on the fight fought by “a man with an idea which was bigger than him”, offering up plenty of details, pace and credibility. This is a Parisian odyssey which is lent even greater energy by Romain Duris an excellent lead actor allowing him to play the protagonist for the full 29-year duration of the story. It is a gamble which has paid off for this popular film which does not hide its objectives, and ultimately keeps its promises. With Pierre Deladonchamps, Alexandre Steiger, Armande Boulanger and Bruno Raffaelli. (Subtitles) FRANCE/ BELGIUM/ GERMANY 2021 MARTIN BOURBOULON 108M Our thanks to Altitude for this screening. We welcome film critic Derek Malcolm to officially open the Festival before the Opening Gala screening.

OPENING & CLOSING GALA FOOD Hosted by BRASSERIE BLANC – Wed 10 Aug 18:30 & Sun 28 Aug 18:30 The cinema has forged an excellent relationship with Brasserie Blanc over the last eleven years and continues the tradition of holding both Gala Dinners at the restaurant, continuing this year for our 30th anniversary. The chefs 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 strong French regional influences of his youth. We are grateful for the generous support of Brasserie Blanc and its manager Dave Gillard 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 £39.





Sun 28 Aug 18:30 Dinner from 18:30 / Film from 20:30 Also screening Sun 28 Aug 10:30 – Auditorium (Film Only – Normal Price)

We are delighted to close our Festival with this special preview. When a self-destructive teenager (George Ferrier) is suspended from school and asked to look after his feisty alcoholic grandmother (Charlotte Rampling) as a punishment, the crazy time they spend together turns his life around. Sam (George Ferrier) is a teenage boy pulled out of boarding school for the weekend by his estranged father, Robert (Marton Csokas), who needs someone to take care of his mother, Ruth (Charlotte Rampling). Side-lined by a leg injury, Ruth is stuck in Robert’s home for the foreseeable future, with her nurse, Sarah (Edith Poor), unable to be there around the clock, forcing Sam into responsibility he doesn’t want. Ruth is tough, seemingly unkind, and a functioning alcoholic, tasking Sam to deal with her demands while he struggles with life back home, reunited with feelings concerning the recent loss of his mother. Returning for another caretaking stint, Sam dares to engage with Ruth, learning more about his grandmother as they bond over unresolved feelings. Richly interpreted by Ferrier and especially Rampling, who finds ways to balance Ruth’s steeliness and woundedness, with the seasoned woman carrying far more on her mind than anybody fully understands. This film has many modest surprises to share, with Saville constructing a gentle understanding of sadness and human connection, finding little bits of life that add up to an impressively observed film. New Zealand 2022 Matthew Saville 94m Our thanks to Parkland Entertainment for this screening.


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Tue 16 Aug 18:15 – Auditorium Wed 17 Aug 15:00 – Auditorium

Peter (Timothy Spall) has worked all his life at a Manchester bank. He decides to visit his brother in Benidorm, only to discover that he’s disappeared. Having retired, Peter, a man of routines and few joys, decides to go to Benidorm to visit his brother Daniel with whom he has little contact. But when he arrives, Daniel seems to have vanished. Peter discovers that his brother owns a burlesque club. Spall is terrific as the archetypal “little man” but the British-born Sarita Choudhury is even better as vampish dancer Alex, who may even know what has befallen Daniel. The film is as much a haunting portrait of Benidorm itself with its emphasis on the architecture and townscape. It is stunningly visual, with a colour palette, not dissimilar to its producer’s Pedro Almodóvar. SPAIN/UK 2020 ISABEL COIXET 117M

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This drama in interview format is an extraordinary debut feature by a Belfast actor/director, and comprises of five intercut monologues which describe the build-up to, and execution of, a rape. The ‘interviewees’ are members of a dysfunctional family, whose relationships have been irrevocably altered. So convincing are the performances that we can be forgiven for thinking we are watching a documentary – not least because the film, which was shot over three days on a budget of just £10,000, concludes with disturbing statistics on the reporting and prosecution of the offence in Northern Ireland. UK 2021 JONATHAN HARDEN 70M

Sun 14 Aug 11:00 – Studio



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Thu 18 Aug 16:00 – Auditorium Sat 20 Aug 13:45 – Auditorium

Romantic drama is set and shot on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides, and the wild, beautiful terrain are important characters. When Belgian farmhand Phil (Bouli Lanners) has a stroke, he is left with amnesia. When he returns from hospital, the farmer’s daughter Millie (Michelle Fairley), reacquaints Phil with his surroundings. When Millie reveals to him that they were secretly in a relationship, he has no reason to doubt her. Lanners and Fairley are beautifully cast to play the autumnal lovers, and it is a pleasure to watch these two consummate actors change as their characters emerge from their dour, protective shells and blossom under the influence of romance. A highly original idea that will keep you guessing until the moving climax. In English and French. (Some subtitles) UK/FRANCE/BELGIUM 2022 BOULI LANNERS 99M Our thanks to Parkland Entertainment for this screening.

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Fri 26 Aug 16:00 – Auditorium Sat 27 Aug 18:15 – Auditorium

THE REVEREND AND MRS SIMPSON Sun 28 Aug 13:00 + Q&A – Auditorium

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This romantic period drama is a playful mix of ’Bridgerton’ and ‘Dangerous Liaisons’ based on the bestselling book by Suzanne Allain, and is Emma Holly Jones feature debut. When she fails to meet an item on his list of requirements for a bride, Julia Thistlewaite (Zawe Ashton) is jilted by London’s most eligible bachelor, Mr. Malcolm (Sope Dirisu). Feeling humiliated and determined to exact revenge, she convinces her friend Selina Dalton (Freida Pinto) to play the role of his ideal match. Soon, Mr. Malcolm wonders whether he has found the perfect woman… or the perfect hoax. Author Suzanne Allain also wrote the screenplay for this resplendent period drama full of wit, tricks, and romance. UK 2022 EMMA HOLLY JONES 108M Our thanks to Vertigo for this screening.


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This $200 million blockbuster thriller is Netflix’s most expensive production to date. When the CIA’s most skilled operative (Ryan Gosling)-whose true identity is known to none-accidentally uncovers dark agency secrets, a psychopathic former colleague puts a bounty on his head, setting off a global manhunt by international assassins. Gosling plays “Sierra Six”, a top CIA mercenary who keeps his identity a secret due to the sensitive missions he works on. But when he stumbles upon some dark secrets about the agency that were supposed to remain hidden, the tables soon turn and he becomes the target of one of the government’s other top assassins, Lloyd Hansen (Chris Evans). In addition to Gosling and Evans, the star-studded cast includes Ana de Armas, Regé-Jean Page, Billy Bob Thornton, Wagner Moura, Jessica Henwick and Alfred Woodard. Maybe you can stream this on your TV set, but here is a rare opportunity to see this thrilling blockbuster on the big screen. USA 2022 NETFLIX ANTHONY RUSSO/JOE RUSSO 128M Fri 12 Aug 18:15 – Auditorium Sat 13 Aug 20:30 – Auditorium

Our thanks to Altitude/Netflix for this screening.

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After being laid off from ‘the happiest corporation on earth’, Miki and his friends try to make sense of their lives in this experimental drama. This irreverent critique of the entertainment industry, shot in black and white, is visually arresting – as we have come to expect from Carla Forte, founder of the Bistoury Physical Theatre and Film, whose experimental work features stylised movement. Miki, a mime best known for his stage persona as the most famous mouse of all and now showing signs of dementia, is described by one of his colleagues as ‘part poet, part murderer – all that and a bag of chips’. Overall, a worthwhile challenge. (Subtitles) USA 2021 CARLA FORTE 82M

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Fri 19 Aug 20:45 – Auditorium Sun 21 Aug 18:15 – Auditorium New Release


A mystery thriller that sees a woman who raised herself in the marshes of the deep South become a suspect in the murder of a man she was once involved with. Kya Clark, otherwise known as the Marsh Girl by the townspeople of Barkley Cove, is mysterious and wild. Abandoned by her family, ‘Where the Crawdads Sing’ is a coming-of-age story of a young girl raised in the marshlands of the south in the 50s. Drawn to two young men from town, Kya opens herself to a new and startling world; but when one of them is found dead, she is immediately cast by the community as the main suspect. As the case unfolds, the verdict as to what actually happened becomes increasingly unclear, threatening to reveal the many secrets that lay within the marsh. Starring Daisy Edgar-Jones, Taylor John Smith, Harris Dickinson, David Strathairn, Garret Dillahunt, Michael Hyatt and Sterling Macer Jr. USA 2022 OLIVIA NEWMAN 130M Our thanks to Sony for this screening.


Sun 14 Aug 18:30 Documentary of a Catholic medieval historian. See Documentary section on Pg36 for full details.


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Wed 17 Aug 17:30 – Auditorium Thu 18 Aug 12:30 – Auditorium

Erich Kästner’s novel originally translated in 1932 as “Fabian. The Story of a Moralist” is a brilliantly astute rendering of life in Weimar Berlin, straightforward and yet surreal, witty and perverse. Berlin during the Weimar Republic, Fabian works in a cigarette factory by day and drifts through brothels, bars and artist studios at night with his wealthy friend Labude when he falls in love with an actress. As her career begins to blossom, prospects for his future begin to wane. The story draws parallels between then and now, underlining wherever possible an equivalence between the heated pre-war atmosphere of dissipated pleasure-seeking and today, deliberately acknowledging all the history in-between. The film has a freewheeling dynamism and allowing Fabian to shake off the stuffier tropes of historical drama. ‘Going to the Dogs’ is poetic, ugly, romantic, tragic and side-splitting. Superbly captures the Weimar period. Not to be missed. (Subtitles) GERMANY 2020 DOMINIK GRAF 177M We thank Les Filmes du Losange for this screening.

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Sat 13 Aug 13:30 – Auditorium Mon 15 Aug 18:30 – Auditorium


Straddling the past and the present, and weaving ideas of physiology, psychology and spiritualism, ‘The Book of Vision’ is a bold and uncompromising feature. Following the fractured experiences of a young female doctor as her research into 18th century medicine chimes with her own biological challenges, the film is a beautifully shot, narratively complex exploration of our evolving relationship with our bodies and souls. Cinematographer Jorg Widmer, who also shot Malick’s ‘A Hidden Life’, treats each scene as a portrait to be savoured, filling the frame with exquisite detail drawn from Mariano Tufano’s gorgeous costumes. The presence of Charles Dance topping the cast, as well as of executive producer Terrence Malick, may help pique the interest of audiences interested in its themes of medicine, the occult and animism. ITALY/UK/BELGIUM 2020 CARLO HINTERMANN 95M

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Exploring the true meaning of family in ‘A Chiara’, a gritty neo-realist drama set in Italy that tells the coming-of-age story of a teenage girl grappling with the sins of her father. The Guerrasio family and friends gather to celebrate Claudio and Carmela’s oldest daughter’s 18th birthday. There is a healthy rivalry between the birthday girl and her 15-year-old sister Chiara as they compete on the dancefloor. It is a happy occasion, and the close-knit family are on top form. However, everything changes the next day when the father disappears. Chiara starts to investigate, and as she gets closer to the truth, she is forced to decide what kind of future she wants for herself. There is so much naturalism to Carpignano’s direction that it’s easy to imagine this might be some reconstruction of real events. But for all its social-realist tendencies, ‘A Chiara’ is told in a wonderfully fluid and poetic fashion, led by Tim Curtin’s photography and an emotive score. (Subtitles) ITALY/FRANCE 2021 JONAS CARPIGNANO 121M

Sat 20 Aug 20:45 – Auditorium Mon 22 Aug 13:00 – Auditorium

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Fri 12 Aug 16:00 – Studio Tue 16 Aug 18:00 – Studio

Brigitte Bardot Cudowna The mid-20th century in communist Poland. Adam lives with his mother, who is persecuted by the state security service. Adam’s father fought in World War II as a pilot, defending Britain, and has not been heard from since. Packages and postcards arrive from him but Adam suspects someone else is sending them. He keeps dreaming that his father will one day land in the sports field at his school in his Spitfire. One day, as the boy is watching Jean-Luc Godard’s ‘Contempt’ at the cinema, he is transported to the young Brigitte Bardot’s dressing room and her world of film and music stars. Maestro Majewski’s latest film, in which he settles accounts with his youth, childhood, and all that Poland meant to him. Echoes of ‘Cinema Paradiso’. (Subtitles) POLAND 2021 LECH MAJEWSKI 100M

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A story of love, friendship and betrayal, told in three parts, with a musical interlude. Lorenzo Lanzillotti’s autobiographical study of a relationship under stress, recounted by a young man struggling with bipolar disorder, is a homage to 60s cinema, switching from black-and-white to colour and back again. Imaginatively photographed in the countryside near Lake Garda, and with an impressive score, the film rewards patience. Warning: during a protracted sequence on a golf course, anyone in the audience who loves the game is advised to avert his or her eyes. (Subtitles) ITALY 2022 LORENZO LANZILLOTTI 81M Sat 13 Aug 13:45 – Pic Palace


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In 1983, communist Poland is shaken by the case of high school student Grzegorz Przemyk, who is beaten to death by police. There is only one witness. On May 12, whilst martial law is in force in the country, Grzegorz Przemyk, son of the opposition poet Barbara Sadowska, is arrested and badly beaten by a police patrol. Przemyk dies after two days of agony. The only witness to the fatal beating is one of Grzegorz’s colleagues, Jurek Popiel, who decides to fight for justice and to testify against the police. When twenty thousand march through the streets of Warsaw behind Przemyk’s coffin, the authorities decide to use any tools against the witness and the deceased’s mother to discredit them and prevent Jurek from testifying in court. Full of incident and invention, and a real treat. (Subtitles) POLAND/CZECH REPUBLIC 2021 JAN P. MATUSZYNSKI 160M

Sun 14 Aug 18:15 – Auditorium Mon 15 Aug 12:30 – Auditorium

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Wed 17 Aug 21:00 – Auditorium Fri 19 Aug 18:15 – Auditorium

A young Spaniard and his girlfriend, both survivors of the Bataclan terrorist attack, attempt to battle its psychological trauma. An effective psychological drama grounded in realism and shot as a semi-documentary. In the 2015 Bataclan terrorist attack in Paris (killing at least 137 concertgoers at the nightclub), a young couple, the Frenchwoman Céline (Noémie Merlant) and her Spanish boyfriend Ramón (Nahuel Pérez), are survivors who wander through the streets dazed and wrapped in a foil recovery blanket, finding themselves frightened alongside other survivors. When back in their cramped Paris apartment the next morning, the hyper Ramón experiences flashbacks and is antsy. Meanwhile the calmer Céline goes back to her work at a young people’s shelter as if nothing happened, without mentioning (even to her parents) that she was at the concert. The drama questions how people are so different in the way they respond to tragedy in the age of social media and how disconnected some of us can get with those that don’t share the same experiences. Through flashbacks we see how Ramón is plagued by anxiety attacks and Céline, who repressed her memory of the attack, becomes so much like a mother figure to him. Premiered at the 2022 Berlinale. (Subtitles) SPAIN/FRANCE 2022 ISAKI LACUESTA 120M BOX OFFICE

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Frida, a German-Finnish ‘painting therapist’, is 40 and facing two crises: she did not plan to become pregnant and the father, a pilot, is abandoning her to be reunited with his ex. Despite serious health problems caused by the late pregnancy, Frida attempts to lure him back. Her various ploys and the way in which she comes to terms with motherhood are presented in a refreshingly entertaining and colourful way, making for a delightful comic feature debut by a Finnish director already much garlanded for her short films. (Subtitles) GERMANY 2021 LAURA LEHMUS 90M Sat 13 Aug 17:45 – Studio Sun 14 Aug 14:00 – Pic Palace

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Mona, a lawyer with a drink and associated snoring problem, lives in style on the outskirts of Berlin with her dishevelled husband Theo and daughter Hanna. When Alina, the 18-year-old daughter of Mona’s best friend, comes to stay, the family’s fragile unity is put under severe stress. With echoes of Lolita, this is an accomplished and cleverly scripted tragi-comedy in which an undertone of pain and frustration is conveyed by the excellent principal performances, notably that of Eva Habermann, the film’s co-writer/producer. (Subtitles) GERMANY 2021 KRISHNA ASHU BHATI 96M Mon 15 Aug 18:45 – Pic Palace



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In this comedic satire on the film industry, a wealthy businessman hires a famous filmmaker to help make a smash hit film. starring Penelope Cruz and Antonio Banderas. A billionaire businessman in search of fame and social prestige decides to make a unique, ground-breaking film. He hires the best of the best: famous filmmaker Lola Cuevas and two well-known actors who boast not only an enormous talent, but also an even bigger ego – Hollywood star Félix Rivero (Antonio Banderas) and aging theatre thespian Iván Torres (Oscar Martínez). If awards season gets up your nose, with its self-congratulatory speeches and luvvie back-patting, this playful and wildly entertaining satire on the filmmaking process is the perfect antidote. The co-directors Mariano Cohn and Gaston Duprat, along with co-writer Andres Duprat, strike just the right chord and deliver a gem that is funny, insightful, and quite entertaining. The film was very well received at last year’s Venice Film Festival. (Subtitles) SPAIN /ARGENTINA 2022 MARIANO COHN & GASTON DUPRAT 115M Thu 18 Aug 18:15 – Main Auditorium Fri 19 Aug 15:45 – Main Auditorium

Our thanks to Curzon Films for this film.

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Three young women explore love and sex in this spirited coming-of-age drama, which won the Audience Award at Sundance. High school best friends Mimmi and Rönkkö work at a smoothie parlour, exchanging gossip and taking delight in the puntastic names of the drinks they sell. (Lime of Passion anyone?) Both single, Rönkkö is after that elusive spark of instant attraction, whilst the tempestuous Mimmi scoffs there’s no such thing until elite skater Emma queues for a drink. It’s not long before they are diving headfirst into a passionate relationship, becoming all-consuming in the way only first love can be. With a smart and energetic script whose narrative unfurls over three consecutive Fridays, this boasts a trio of fantastic lead performances. These intertwining love stories are nuanced and relatable to everyone, whether or not you believe in love at first sight. FINLAND 2022 ALLI HAAPASALO 100M Our thanks to Vertigo Releasing for this film. Sat 27 Aug 21:00 – Main Auditorium


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Sun 28 Aug 15:30 – Auditorium

A handsome couple rents a holiday home on a sunny Italian island. Their perfect holiday begins to unravel in increments delivered sparingly in this wonderfully atmospheric film. The reality of their idyllic holiday fails to live up to their expectations. Initially, when they find out that the pool in the house is broken, they ask for someone to fix it. However, they are unaware that the island faces awater shortage, The constant presence of a stranger challenges their boundaries and initiates a chain of events making them act instinctively and irrationally, heading to the darkest place in their relationship. The film explores various themes such as immigration, masculinity and self interest. Director Agnieszka Woszczyńska eschews a musical soundtrack in favour of quiet but disconcerting revelations. POLAND 2021 AGA WOSZCZYNSKA 112M

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Fri 12 Aug 21:00 – Auditorium Sat 13 Aug 15:45 – Auditorium

Anaïs is 30, broke and has a lover she doesn’t think she loves anymore. She meets Daniel, who falls for her, but he lives with Emilie – whom Anaïs also falls for! Behind on rent and considering breaking up with her boyfriend, Anaïs (Anaïs Demoustier) doesn’t quite know what she wants from life. She wanders aimlessly – a free spirit with no sense of direction but capable of drawing attention wherever she goes. In comes Daniel (Denis Podalydès), an older publisher married to novelist Emilie (Valeria Bruni Tedeschi) who takes a shine to Anaïs. Daniel explains to Anaïs how his relationship with Emilie began in an almost identical way to how their affair started. Anaïs becomes less enamoured with the sketchy older man and instead finds herself falling for Emilie. There is something unexpected about the way ‘Anaïs in Love’ pulls you in. Some movies just feel like spring; this is certainly one. A bright breezy romance bursting with energy. (Subtitles) FRANCE 2021 CHARLINE BOURGEOISTACQUET 98M

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A celebrity journalist, juggling her busy career and personal life, has her life overturned by a freak car accident. Paris, today. France de Meurs (Léa Seydoux) is a star journalist running between a television set, a distant war and the hustle and bustle of her busy family life. Her frantic high-profile world is suddenly turned upside down after a traffic accident in which she injures a pedestrian. This unexpected intrusion of reality calls everything into question. As France attempts to slow down and retreat into a simple anonymous life, her fame continues to pursue her until a mystified love affair seems to put an end to her quest. With Blanche Gardin and Benjamin Biolay. (Subtitles) FRANCE 2021 BRUNO DUMONT 132M

Sun 14 Aug 13:15 – Studio Mon 15 Aug 18:00 – Studio


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Marie worked as a sex worker for 20 years. To ensure her son’s future, Marie wants to pay for his studies. She needs money, quickly. Marie (Laure Calamy), an independent and militant woman, has never needed anyone’s help. When her son is expelled from class, Marie cannot accept it. Dreaming of a brighter future for him, she decides to enrol him in one of the best cooking schools in France. But her income does not allow her to pay the school fees. This is an unflinching and generally positive portrait of someone doing their best in difficult circumstances. The French title literally translates to ‘A Woman of the World’. Worldly it is, and more. (Subtitles) FRANCE/BELGIUM 2021 CÉCILE DUCROCQ 97M

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Tue 16 Aug 15:30 – Studio

A portrait of a courageous mother, but also of a family, neighbourhood, and more generally, of Marseilles. Nora, a cleaning lady in her fifties is worried about her grandson who has been in prison awaiting trial. This is an instantly involving portrait of a woman diligently holding together several generations, firmly establishing actor turned writer/ director Hafsia Herzi as a significant French filmmaker. Anchored by non-pro Halima Benhamed in the lead, the film’s alwaysconvincing narrative is a seemingly effortless example of diversity and women in front of and behind the camera. (Subtitles) FRANCE 2021 HAFSIA HERZI 97M

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Tue 16 Aug 21:00 – Auditorium


The backdrop may be 1945 Indochina rather than 1969 Vietnam, but “Apocalypse Eventually” would be an apt alternative title. French soldier Robert Tassen, (the late Gaspard Ulliel), is the only survivor of a massacre where his brother perished, so he engages in a secret quest to find the assassins. But his meeting with Maï will change his beliefs. The film finds a robust cinematic language for its philosophical wanderings, with ravishing jungle vistas practically causing sweat on the screen. Co-stars Gérard Depardieu. FRANCE 2018 GUILLAUME NICLOUX 103M

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Wed 17 Aug 12:30 – Auditorium Fri 26 Aug 11:00 – Auditorium

An aging and disenchanted film star (Gérard Depardieu) gets a new assistant in the form of young female security officer Aïssa. Larger than life in all conceivable ways, Depardieu can be a disruptive, unsteadying presence in films which fail to cater to the fact that he brings generous helping of Depardieu to any role he plays. Constance Meyer’s highly enjoyable Cannes Critics’ Week opener not only takes this on board, it runs with it, casting Depardieu as George, an ageing French actor with a tendency to crash motorbikes and to embark on drunken misadventures. The film’s secret weapon, however, is Déborah Lukumuena, supremely assured as Aïssa, the temporary security guard with whom George forges a grudging friendship. (Subtitles) FRANCE 2021 CONSTANCE MEYER 95M

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Tue 16 Aug 13:15 – Studio

Superb adaptation of the novel by Honoré de Balzac. Originally shown as part of last year’s French Film Festival on Tour. Felix Grandet (Olivier Gourmet) reigns supreme in his modest house where his wife and daughter Eugénie lead a distractionfree existence. Extremely avaricious, he does not take a favourable view of the beautiful parties who rush to ask for his daughter’s hand. The sudden visit of Grandet’s nephew, an idle and bankrupt Parisian dandy, awakens the tender soul of Eugénie who instantly falls in love with him. Gourmet excels as a miserly capitalist who enslaves his freedom-seeking daughter in this sumptuous costume adaptation. (Subtitles) FRANCE 2021 MARC DUGAIN 103M NB Another superb Balzac adaptation ‘Lost Illusion’s is being shown on Mon 22 Aug 18:00 & Tue 23 Aug 12:30.

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Thu 18 Aug 20:30 – Studio Sat 27 Aug 18:00 – Studio

A teenager is called up for military service and drafted to West Berlin. There is a rebellious DIY energy in the 80s which seeps into everything from rock music, to publishing, to pirate radio. It is this latter which provides an outlet for brothers Philippe (Thimotée Robart) and Jerome (Joseph Olivennes), an escape from their provincial backwater in Brittany. Inventively glitchy sound design and a well-chosen soundtrack bring a distinctive personality to a film which combines a coming-of-age story, a love triangle and a persuasive sense of time and place. With fine charismatic young actors in the central roles – Olivennes is the son of Kristin Scott Thomas. (Subtitles) FRANCE 2022 VINCENT MAËL CARDONA 98M BOX OFFICE

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Mon 22 Aug 21:00 – Auditorium Sun 21 Aug 15:30 – Auditorium

Aka: Fire Claire Denis’s latest film stars Juliette Binoche, Vincent Lindon and Grégoire Colin, who complete a turbulent romantic triangle in this intensely intimate examination of the rupturing force of a past love. Sara (Binoche) and Jean (Lindon) are ten years into a loving relationship. She hosts a popular radio current affairs show, while he has been slow finding his feet after a decade in prison. But Jean is stable and supportive, even if he struggles to find the time and attention needed by his mother Nelly (beloved screen veteran Bulle Ogier) in the outer suburb of Vitry where he grew up. On her way into work one day, Sara experiences an emotional wallop when she sees her former partner François (Colin) on a motorcycle. The sense of love dissolving, and lives thrown into chaos as a dormant past violently breaks through the surface is unexpectedly moving, more so because of the film’s rejection of sentimentality. Considering that it starts with images that toy knowingly with schmaltz, the heavy blow of the conclusion is quietly devastating. Tremendous! (Subtitles) FRANCE 2021 CLAIRE DENIS 117M

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Alain Guiraudie’s latest feature centres on a weak-willed white man caught between being an ally and an oppressor to a homeless Muslim youth in his neighbourhood. As far-right sentiment surges in France – and lawmakers continue to concern themselves with hijab bans – the time is urgently right for artists to challenge the country’s enduring history of Islamophobia. ‘Nobody’s Hero’ seems like a useful contribution in that regard. Set amid the tense aftermath of a radical terrorist attack in the placid central French city of Clermont Ferrand, Guiraudie’s film wryly comments on a middle-class society that oscillates between liberal altruism and wary prejudice. This setup is combined by a separate narrative detailing the same protagonist’s troubled romance with a married local sex worker: Both a bedroom farce and vital political satire. (Subtitles) FRANCE 2022 ALAIN GUIRAUDIE 100M Fri 26 Aug 20:45 – Auditorium Sat 27 Aug 13:30 – Auditorium


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Mon 22 Aug 18:00 – Auditorium Tue 23 Aug 12:30 – Auditorium UK Premiere


The story of the rise and the fall of a young man in Paris who dreamed of being a writer and became a journalist. ‘Lost Illusions’ is for many critics the best Balzac novel, and this superb adaptation is a costume epic, dynamic and very well interpreted. It also has a special resonance in our world controlled by social networks, search for buzz, influencers, fake news and a few rich media owners. However, it takes place around 1820-1830 during the period of “Restoration”, when monarchy came back to power in France but also when the liberals were pushing for changing the regime. Lucien de Rubempré (Benjamin Voisin) is a young man full of dreams who comes from the French countryside, eager to live from his literary talents, driven by his forbidden love to a rich aristocrat. Little by little Lucien will lose his illusions to discover a world full of greed, Machiavellianism and dishonesty. With its stellar performances (even Gerard Depardieu has a small role as a publisher), dramatic orchestral score and rich costume and set design, ‘Illusions Perdues’ is a sweeping narrative of love, lust and literary ambition. Not to be missed. (Subtitles) FRANCE 2021 XAVIER GIANNOLI 150M We thank Gaumont for this screening. NB Another superb Balzac adaptation ‘Eugénie Grandet’ is being shown on Thu 18 Aug 13:00

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Fri 12 Aug 14:00 – Pic Palace Wed 17 Aug 18:00 – Studio

‘Firebird’ follows a handsome, soulful, young soldier who embarks on a clandestine sexual affair with a charismatic fighter pilot at the height of 1970’s Communist rule. Based on a true story during the Cold War, this is a passionate love story set against the backdrop of a Soviet Air Force base. Sergey (Tom Prior), a young soldier who dreams of becoming an actor in Moscow, is counting the days until his military service ends. His life turns upside down when he locks eyes with Roman (Oleg Zagorodnii), a sexy, enigmatic ace fighter pilot newly assigned to his base. Driven by their undeniable attraction, Sergey and Roman navigate the precarious line between love and friendship at a time when Soviet men in uniform caught having a sexual affair was met with the severest punishment. As their friendship grows into love, the men risk their freedom and their lives to be together in the face of an allseeing Soviet regime. (In English) ESTONIA/UK 2021 PEETER REBANE 107M

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Sasha and Danny, both 15, have sex. Sasha’s stepfather, a policeman, confines her to home, before she escapes and goes on the run with Danny. On the face of it, this is a conventional story with ‘Bonnie and Clyde’ resonances, an outstanding, darkly humorous study of two disaffected teenagers who become trapped in a spiral of self-destruction. It is based on a 2016 incident when two youngsters, armed with guns, barricaded themselves in a house. When police stormed the building, the consequences were fatal. (Subtitles) RUSSIA 2021 ALEXANDER HANT 103M

Fri 12 Aug 18:30 – Studio Fri 19 Aug 18:00 – Pic Palace

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Estonia – Preview


O2 A spy thriller in the John Le Carré mode, about an Estonian intelligence officer, who has to track down a mysterious Soviet double agent on the eve of WWII. The tensions across Europe just before World War II are finely captured by director Margus Paju in this splendid thriller. In 1939, Estonia had only known independence for a relatively short time when it was caught between the hostile political machinations of Germany and the Soviet Union. When the head of Estonia’s counter-Soviet intelligence unit is found dead, former spy Feliks (Priit Võigemast) is called back to find the mole and prevent a Russian takeover. Suspicion spreads everywhere and no one can afford a quiet moment—especially when Feliks learns that the Soviets’ secret code book may be up for grabs. As the pace of events quickens, the film travels back and forth in time to see Feliks fall in love with Polish art historian Maria (Agnese Cirule) and discover the many secrets hiding everywhere. ‘Dawn of War’ remains gripping to the very last moment. (Subtitles) ESTONIA 2020 MARGUS PAJU 100M Our thanks to Kaleidoscope Pictures for this screening.

Mon 15 Aug 20:45 – Studio Tue 16 Aug 13:45 – Pic Palace


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Four lives – those of a mother and daughter, their neighbour and a lonely 11-year-old girl – intersect in the autumn, at a time when everyone is waiting for the first snow. Nathalia Konchalovsky’s feature debut is a quiet, subtly-acted study of the search for fulfilment in a Moscow where the millennial young are confronted by the same complexities as their counterparts in any other of the world’s big cities: achieving a work-life balance in the digital world, the perils of social stigma and the need, or otherwise, for a stable relationship. (Subtitles) RUSSIA 2021 NATHALIA KONCHALOVSKY 83M Sat 13 Aug 20:15 – Studio Mon 22 Aug 13:45 – Pic Palace

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Sun 14 Aug 20:45 – Studio

In the depths of winter in the Urals, the father of a 12-year-old boy is murdered, but the killer is free to walk the streets. An athletics coach offers to help. This low-key revenge thriller was shot against stunning landscapes, the beauty of which is in stark counterpoint to the hardscrabble lives of the villagers and their grim personal dramas. Loosely based on his own experience, ‘The Riot’ is an impressive feature debut by an accomplished documentarymaker who believes that in the modern world it is becoming increasingly difficult to forgive and be merciful. (Subtitles) RUSSIA 2022 EVGENY GRIGOREV 108M

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Mon 15 Aug 16:00 – Studio

Gleb, 35, is the model of a successful businessman, with a beautiful wife and a new house. Beyond its gates, however, are people with whom he has little in common. When a bag of rubbish is hurled over his fence by a drunk and his wife challenges the miscreant, Gleb’s comfortable life is turned upside down, proving how a relatively minor case of anti-social behaviour can have unimagined consequences. Thanks to shrewd direction, excellent performances by the key players and genuine suspense, a formulaic plot is lifted onto a higher plane. (Subtitles) RUSSIA 2022 MAXIM KULAGIN 102M


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Fri 19 Aug 20:30 – Studio Sun 21Aug 16:00 – Studio

Ivan Denisovich Among those who fought the Nazis, thousands of Russian soldiers who were caught and imprisoned met with harsh justice on their return home: many years’ hard labour. One of them was Ivan Denisovich Shukhov. More than half a century after Ronald Harwood adapted Solzhenitsyn’s great novel for Caspar Wrede’s movie starring Tom Courtenay, the veteran director Gleb Panfilov has filmed his own treatment, to stunning effect. It is notable for its introductory action sequence, its subsequent intimacy and its punctuation by ravishing landscapes. Not to be missed. (Subtitles) RUSSIA 2021 GLEB PANFILOV 104M

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Fri 19 Aug 11:00 – Studio

1986 The Lost Year After the Chernobyl nuclear catastrophe, people living in the northeast of Romania were exposed to high levels of radiation. Many children were born with deformities. Irina is faced with a hideous dilemma: to have the abortion demanded by her mother-in-law and risk imprisonment, or to risk giving birth to a malformed baby who would be taken away by the state and allowed to die. Ligia Ciornei’s gruelling drama, shot in extended takes, is not for the faint-hearted but carries a strong message and is dedicated to the victims of Chernobyl as well as to those of ‘communism and fear’. (Subtitles) ROMANIA 2021 LIGIA CIORNEI 77M Russia

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Tue 23 Aug 17:45 – Studio Wed 24 Aug 13:45 – Pic Palace


A middle-aged lawyer who has become rich on the proceeds of defending the patently guilty, must use his skills to retain his adoptive children. In today’s Russia, children are returned to orphanages – even after long periods with foster families – and replaced ‘like defective goods or unwanted puppies’. This subversive insight into life at a certain level of society, where the wealthy and empowered can circumvent the law and violate with ease universally accepted social mores, also takes aim at the medical profession and the judiciary. The amazing final five minutes has echoes of the end of ‘Oh What a Lovely War’. (Subtitles) RUSSIA 2021 TATYANA FEDOROVSKAYA 125M Brought to you by:

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Fri 12 Aug 20:45 – Studio Sat 13 Aug 10:45 – Studio

Two brothers search for their birth mother after their abusive father had lied for years about her whereabouts: along the way, reconnecting with their indigenous heritage. Link (Phillip Lewitski), a Mi’kmaw teenager finds out that his mother, who he had been made to believe was dead, is alive. He embarks on a journey with his younger half-brother, Travis (Avery Winters-Anthony) to find her. They come across Pasmay (Joshua Odjick), pow wow dancer and fellow Mi’kmaw teen, who ends up joining them. As their odyssey unfolds, they share tales of hardship and become closer as they embark further through Eastern Canada. The more self-aware and connected Link becomes to his surroundings and his own sexuality, the easier it is for him to cultivate a relationship with Pasmay. There is a sense of hopefulness to ‘Wildwood’ in Guy Godfree’s beautiful cinematography that encapsulates the rural Canadian landscape, and in the uplifting soundtrack. Hannam is able to breathe fresh life into the ‘road movie’ genre, offering it up as a story of queerness, nature and homecoming. CANADA 2021 BRETTEN HANNAM 99M Our thanks to Peccadillo for this screening.

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Sat 13 Aug 18:00 – Auditorium Mon 15 Aug 21:00 – Auditorium

In a remote Costa Rican village, a woman experiences a sexual and mystical awakening as she begins a journey to free herself from repressive religious and social conventions. In some ways, Clara (Wendy Chinchilla Araya) is the most liberated woman in the verdant, remote, and deceptively matriarchal village where she works for God. A semi-feral 40-year-old who legend has it was once visited by the Virgin Mary, Clara has been moulded into a faith healer by her ultrareligious mother Fresia (Flor María Vargas Chaves), who’s successfully rebranded her daughter’s curved spine and childlike intellect as symptoms of divinity. Fresia keeps her only surviving daughter on a tight leash, and tries to stifle the late awakening of her feminine instincts. This is a film about women, written and directed by women, made and acted mostly by women. It is a remarkable debut film, which manages to create an impressive and memorable female character, and Nathalie Alvarez Mesen is a director who deserves to be watched. (Subtitles) COSTA RICA/SWEDEN 2021 NATHALIE ALVAREZ MESEN 106M Our thanks to Peccadillo Pictures for this film. BOX OFFICE

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Tue 16 Aug 11:30 – Studio Argentina


An intimate two-hander which was skilfully shot during lockdown in the centre of Madrid. An artist and his ‘ex’, both unnamed and both in exile from their native Argentina, are reunited in his studio for less than 24 hours. Their interactions, as well as the atmosphere, are the stuff of a stage play – we glimpse only occasionally the empty city streets – but, by using a single camera to focus in turn on the subtlest gestures and glances of his first-rate actors, Damián Comas achieves his aim of creating a hyper-realistic work about the complexity of human thought. (Subtitles) ARGENTINA 2022 DAMIÁN COMAS 72M Booking Ref



Najma is a 21-year-old nurse, widowed after one week of marriage. She observes a fourmonth period of mourning when she must stay at home and avoid being seen by any male. Her purdah is compromised when a man collapses outside her door with a stabwound sustained during a riot. After she takes him in and treats him, they engage in debate about the disciplines imposed by Islam. This unhurried, unashamedly stagey and beautifully lit chamber piece offers a fascinating insight into a philosophical conflict which to most of us is relatively unfamiliar. (Subtitles) INDIA 2021 SARJUN KM 82M

Wed 17 Aug 11:00 – Studio


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Teenagers in 1990s Almaty, Kazakhstan, witness an unprecedented heroin boom and need to face its deadly consequences. 18 kilohertz refers to a sound frequency that adults cannot hear. The film tackles one side of the conflict between a child and his parents leading to his alienation and flight from home. When a schoolteacher asks one of the two young main characters of the film, Jaga (Alibek Adiken) “What are your values?”, the boy replies “Freedom”. ‘18 kHz’ is a vibrant and kinetic coming-of-age drama which pits the trials and tribulations of youth with the growing drug culture of the era. Mixing with director Farkhat Sharipov’s memories of his own adolescence, we are transported into a world of degradation, desire and dilapidation. Set to a thrilling soundtrack, the film skilfully conjures up the excitement and dangers of a period of national change and exploration. 36th Warsaw Film Festival Grand Prix winner. (Subtitles) KAZAKHSTAN 2020 FARKHAT SHARIPOV 82M Our thanks to Antipode Sales for this screening. Thu 18 Aug 20:45 – Auditorium Tue 23 Aug 21:00 – Auditorium

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New Release – Iran


Fri 19 Aug 13:45 – Auditorium Sat 20 Aug 18:15 – Auditorium

Jaddeh Khaki Premiering in the Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes, this impressively made and touching debut it demonstrates a skill and control of the medium that’s rare for a first film by Jafar Panahi the son of the greatest living Iranian director. A young man (Amin Simiar) is on a road trip with his mother (Pantea Panahiha), father (Hassan Madjooni), and brother (Rayan Sarlak). He is leaving his Iranian hometown for a somewhat mysterious purpose, but it is not hard to gather what happened, especially knowing that director Panahi has spent the last ten years watching his father struggle to live and express himself under house arrest. Criticism of his country’s authoritarian regime and the psychological toll it takes on ordinary people is implicit in every stage of the journey but achieved with the lightest of touches. For ultimately, as with much of the enduring work of his father and other recent Iranian cinema icons, from Abbas Kiarostami to Asghar Farhadi, these are stories both culturally specific and able to evoke universal experiences that connect beyond borders. (Subtitles) IRAN 2021 PANAH PANAHI 93M Our thanks to Picturehouse Entertainment for this screening.


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Tue 23 Aug 18:15 – Main Auditorium Wed 24 Aug 13:15 – Main Auditorium English Premiere – China


Nuestsras Madres A humble, unassuming couple having been forced into an arranged marriage, have to come together and build a home for themselves to survive. A small Chinese village is being whittled away as its inhabitants move to the cities for work. The towering sand dunes nearby provide an evocatively dusty metaphor for what the future holds: due to a government edict encouraging the demolition of uninhabited structures, these are worth more to their absent owners as piles of rubble. This is a worry for Youtie Ma (Wu Renlin) and his new wife Guiying Cao (Hai Qing) as upon their marriage, briskly arranged by family members no longer willing to support them, they move into one of those empty houses only to have to relocate to another when the municipal bulldozers show up. The movie is beautifully shot, with picturesque landscapes and the images of the shifting seasons. After Edinburgh’s UK premiere, this is the first screening in the South. (Subtitles) CHINA 2021 LI RUIJUN 133M Our thanks to Modern Films for this film.



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Preview – Iran


In a suspenseful drama that quietly builds tension, a widow battles her in-laws after her husband is executed, and she meets a new mysterious man. Mina’s life is turned upside down when she learns that her husband Babak was wrongly accused of the crime for which he was executed. The bureaucracy apologizes for the miscarriage of justice and holds out the prospect of financial compensation. Just as money is running out and she loses her flat, a stranger named Reza shows up. He claims to have owed Babak a debt that he now wants to settle. Here the film pivots into a kind of subtle thriller, as Mina and Reza become friends, possibly more. This develops into a suspenseful engrossing watch. The film constantly challenges the viewer not only to acknowledge criminal justice and social systems, especially in Iran, but assess their own views of justice, consequences, and revenge. In the tradition of Asghar Farhadi (‘A Hero’). (Subtitles) IRAN 2020 MARYAM MOGHADAM & BEHTASH SANAEEHA 105M Our thanks to Totem Films for this screening. Thu 25 Aug 12:15 – Auditorium Fri 26 Aug 18:15 – Auditorium

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Preview – Bhutan


Fri 26 Aug 13:30 – Auditorium Sat 27 Aug 10:30 – Auditorium

In this feel-good comedy drama, an aspiring singer living with his grandmother in the capital of Bhutan dreams of getting a visa to move to Australia. Young teacher Ugyen shirks his duties while planning to go to Australia to become a singer. As a reprimand, his superiors send him to the most remote school in the world, a glacial Himalayan village called Lunana, to complete his service. He finds himself exiled from his Westernized comforts after an arduous 8-day trek. There he finds no electricity, no textbooks, not even a blackboard. He begins to learn of the hardship in the lives of the beautiful children he teaches and begins to be transformed through the amazing spiritual strength of the villagers. Opening the doors to a land and people most Westerners know little about, the director crafts a crowd-pleaser in stunning, mostly unseen locations whose charms weather even its most idealistically patriotism. The very lack of pretentiousness is the film’s charm. The 2022 Oscar entrant for Best International Feature Film from Bhutan. (Subtitles) BHUTAN/CHINA 2021 PAWO CHOYNING DORJI 110M Our thanks to Peccadillo Pictures for this screening. BOX OFFICE

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Sun 14 Aug 18:00 – Studio Mon 15 Aug 13:00 – Pic Palace

The Julian Assange affair is given a reboot by this illuminating documentary, which is notable for its non-strident approach and unique access to the founder of WikiLeaks who became a political hot potato. The film is timely, coming ten years after Assange was granted asylum at the Ecuador Embassy in Knightsbridge, and is a testament to the patience and perseverance of the two directors. Much of their attention is given to Assange’s principal lawyer, Balthasar Garzón, himself a controversial figure. With privileged access to its protagonists for three years, the film follows the champion of transparency for the powerful, and the hacker for justice, united against the world’s most powerful state in a standoff which is not over yet. GERMANY 2021 CLARA LOPEZ RUBIO / JUAN PANCORBO 90M

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Sun 14 Aug 18:30 – Pic Palace

If the inspiration for the ‘Da Vinci Code’s Robert Langdon was drawn from a single living person, John Boswell was it. Boswell read and translated fourteen ancient and modern languages, became a Yale Professor by age thirty and was granted full access to the highly classified and restricted Vatican archives, making him a worldrenowned expert in Medieval History and Linguistics. John Boswell was also openly gay without apology in an era that was neither tolerant nor accepting. ‘Not A Tame Lion’ offers the first-hand accounts of Boswell’s life, his works and his final days during which he feverishly worked to complete ‘Same Sex Unions in Medieval Europe’ a book that changed the trajectory of the Marriage Equality debate. USA 2022 CRAIG BETTENDORF 119M

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Sat 27 Aug 10:15 – Studio Sat 27 Aug 18:30 – Pic Palace


With the geopolitical climate at its most perilous for 60 years, this unusual, amusing and engaging film by a Swedish/Korean documentary maker based in Scotland has a topical urgency. Two friends without a clue set out on a journey to survive the end of the world. An atomic cocktail of journalistic, archival, and D.I.Y. Bunker Building, I.C.B.M. addresses the ever-growing survivalism trend, the personal price of survival, and the perpetual state of preparedness the world has found itself in since the birth of the atomic bomb. SWEDEN 2021 JULIAN VOGEL 80M

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Mon 22 Aug 11:00 – Studio

The trailblazing and innovative filmmakers featured in the programme all found ways to make work that showcased their distinctive talents and captured aspects of British life that would have eluded their male colleagues, in places such as the seaside, their homes, during pregnancy, the home front of WWII and through the social and domestic changes of the 1960s. The Camera is Ours: Britain’s Women Documentary Makers includes five films from key pioneers of the documentary form: ‘Beside the Seaside’ (Marion Grierson, 1935, 23m) is lyrical, inventive, and gives us all the pleasures of Britain’s coast. ‘They Also Serve’ (Ruby Grierson, 1940, 9m) is a dramatized documentary, and a hymn to the dedication of “the Housewives of Britain” during wartime. ‘Birth-day’ (Brigid ‘Budge’ Cooper, 1945, 22m) explores the mysteries of maternity – this is the real ‘Call the Midwife’! ‘Homes for the People’ (Kay Mander, 1945, 23m) uses the then-radical technique of allowing working-class women to describe their own lives. ‘Something Nice to Eat’ (Sara Erulkar, 1967, 21m) – the psychedelic spirit of the 1960s is ushered in by Sarah Erulkar’s film featuring Jean Shrimpton. UK 1935-1967 COMPILATION 100M

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Wood engraver, book artist, master printer and time traveller: meet George A. Walker and enter his world of imagery, ideas and art production in this entertaining documentary. Lively, playful, and intelligent, with his signature hat and round glasses, George is an energetic and engaging man. His achievements are impressive – 15 books and numerous awards but here we focus on Mary Pickford as George creates his final wordless biography about the Canadian girl who conquered Hollywood. The film explores his ideas and passions, and the narrative is told by using a wonderful visual and musical palette which includes animation, silent film and drawings. CANADA 2022 JEFF WINCH 68M

Sat 20 Aug 10:45 – Studio


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Sat 27 Aug 16:00 – Auditorium World Premiere


Exhibition on Screen Despite being a prolific painter of women, Mary Cassatt detested being described as a ‘woman painter’. Cassatt was born in America and became one of America’s most well-known artists. Cassatt made a career painting the lives of the women around her. Her radical images showed them as intellectual, feminine and real, which was a major shift in the way women appeared in art. Presenting her astonishing prints, pastels and paintings, this film introduces us to the often-overlooked Impressionist whose own career was as full of contradiction as the women she painted. She printed, sketched, and painted dozens of images of mothers and children yet she never married or had children herself. She was a classically trained artist but chose to join a group of Parisian radicals – the Impressionists – a movement that transformed the language of art. The world’s most eminent Cassatt curators and scholars help tell this riveting tale of great social and cultural change; a time when women were fighting for their rights and the language of art was completely re-written. UK 2022 ALI RAY 93M + INTRO “I am tremendously excited to introduce another world premiere at the Chichester International Film Festival – this time our film on Mary Cassatt. She was an extraordinary woman and artist, living in extraordinary times. As one of the remarkable group of late 19th century impressionists working in Paris, her work was both gorgeous and meaningful – and her role as a concurrent art dealer was hugely significant to where so many of the masterpieces of that era ended up. I know the lovely, cultured audience in Chichester will be enthralled.” Regards, Phil Grabsky Director/Producer We are delighted to welcome Phil Grabsky, producer of this documentary to introduce this World Premiere. Our thanks to Seventh Arts for this World Premiere.



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We are delighted to welcome Andrew Eaton, the producer of these two films, to introduce the productions followed by Q&A’s with special guests. Despite subjects set in the past, both films seem to even be more relevant today. Booking Ref

Sun 14 Aug 13:00 – Auditorium


This adaptation of Robert Harris’s best-selling novel ‘Munich’ is set in the fall of 1938, as Hitler prepares to invade Czechoslovakia, and the government of Neville Chamberlain desperately seeks a peaceful solution. We first meet Hugh Legat (George MacKay from ‘1917’) and Paul Hartman (Jannis Niewöhner) in 1932 when they are carefree students at Oxford University. Six years later, the mood is grim: Adolf Hitler (Ulrich Matthes) is preparing to invade Czechoslovakia and Prime Minister Chamberlain (Jeremy Irons) is trying to find a peaceful solution. Hugh is now a civil servant, and has the ear of the PM, whilst Paul is a diplomat in Germany, and comes into possession of important documents that could help the British government. This is both a spy thriller set during the backdrop of one of the most crucial negotiations in recent history, and also a sweeping drama about two idealistic young men and their partners as the clock ticks down. UK/USA 2022 CHRISTIAN SCHWOCHOW 123M Andrew Eaton writes: ‘Munich, The Edge of War’ was one of the most enjoyable experiences I’ve had, despite having to film during the Covid lockdowns. The project came together very quickly after a meeting with Netflix in September 2019. The writer Ben Power, who had just had a big success in the West End with his play ‘The Lehman Trilogy’, came on board to adapt Robert Harris’ brilliant novel and we had a first draft very quickly, signed up Jeremy Irons and were ready to shoot by October 2020. We knew we wanted a German director and Christian brought a fantastic crew with him. It was a challenge and an adventure recreating what are still such sensitive memories in modern day Germany. On the one hand most of the younger members of our crew had never heard of Chamberlain but local authorities were very nervous about us displaying Nazi regalia in public places. A.E


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We will be screening Episode 4 from the recent ITV series. Andrew Eaton writes: Adapting ‘The Ipcress File’ for television has been a labour of love for the team of Will Clarke, James Watkins and John Hodge. Many people will remember the Michael Caine film (showing preceding this event) and that led to a very complicated set of copyright issues that had to be resolved before anything new could be done with Len Deighton’s creation. Then there was the challenge of finding the new Harry Palmer, getting ITV on board and, of course, Covid. Filming was split between Croatia and Liverpool, including creating the Pacific Atoll for the bomb test, a whole sequence that was omitted from the original film. John Hodge’s script sticks more closely to the novel, with the addition of a bit of origin story for Harry in Berlin. Once Joe Cole was cast, Tom Hollander and Lucy Boynton joined the team and the chemistry between them in the series is clear to see. A.E. UK/CROATIA 2022 JAMES WATKINS 55M EPISODE Sun 21 Aug 13: 00 – Auditorium

We are delighted to welcome director James Watkins NB. Preceding this event there will be a complete screening separately of ‘The Ipcress File’ (1965 film) in the Studio – Sun 21 Aug 10:30

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Gritty thriller starring Michael Caine in a BAFTA-winning performance as the everyman’s Bond. Although conceived and produced by Harry Salzman and scored by John Barry, this is a film which deliberately positions itself miles away from the up until this time familiar James Bond espionage ethos. Palmer is a short sighted, class-ridden, form-signing petty criminal, co-opted into the spy service to avoid a year in jail. He lives in a bedsit and wakes up with an alarm call and not a stunning sexual conquest. Unlike Bond too, he operates in an environment which is recognisable and totally believable; big echoing offices ruled by “passed over Majors”, where filling out forms is as important as tedious leg work and the idea of an Aston Martin as a company car would be ridiculous. The glamorous stereotypes of 007 have been replaced by the grinding, selfeffacing reality of the civil service, with its believable day-to-day grind. In short Ipcress has roots in the contemporary wave of 60’s kitchen-sink drama, and not garish Bond fantasies. UK 1965 SYDNEY FURIE 107M Sun 21 Aug 10:30 – Studio


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OLIVIA COLMAN RETROSPECTIVE Oscar and Bafta-winning actress Olivia Colman was born in Norwich in 1974. While studying teacher training at Cambridge she joined the Footlights club. Her first screen roles were in TV comedy, including ‘Peep Show’ and ‘The Mitchell and Webb Look’. After taking a role in Paddy Considine’s debut ‘Tyrannosaur’ (2011), she broke into more dramatic roles, such as ‘Broadchurch’ and ‘The Night Manager’, but also international arthouse films including Yorgos Lanthimos’s ‘The Lobster’ (2015) and ‘The Favourite’ (2018) – which earned her the Academy Award for Best Actress. She is set to appear in Sam Mendes’s forthcoming film ‘Empire of Light’ and as Miss Havisham in ‘Great Expectations’ for the BBC. Booking Ref

Sat 13 August 13:15 – Studio


The actress who rose to small-screen fame in comedy has revealed herself to be one of our finest dramatic actors, working with acclaimed directors in world cinema, yet always putting the national industry first. This unpretentious, self-effacing actress claims no celebrity status yet is widely beloved – and capable of astonishing performances in films as diverse as ‘Tyrannosaur’ and ‘The Favourite’. She has a rare ability to convey vulnerability and uncompromisingly complex emotions, yet she also has the gravitas to play a royal. So, it’s time to stop wasting time, and admit that, whatever she might say to the contrary, Olivia Colman is a bona fide film star. Pamela Hutchinson is a freelance writer, critic, film historian and curator who lives and works in West Sussex. She writes for Sight and Sound, Criterion, the Guardian and Empire and regularly appears on BBC radio. 100M NB Following this talk, ‘Tyrannosaur’ will be screened, separately, also in the Studio at 15:30 Booking Ref


Sun 14 Aug 10:30


Olivia Colman in her Oscar/Bafta winning role is simply dazzling as a fragile, volatile and sometimes dotty Queen Anne. A frail Queen Anne occupies the throne and her close friend Lady Sarah (Rachel Weisz) governs the country in her stead while tending to Anne’s ill health and mercurial temper. When a new servant Abigail (Emma Stone) arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah. As the politics of war become quite time consuming for Sarah, Abigail steps into the breach to fill in as the Queen’s companion. This winner of nine Baftas is a wicked delight! IRELAND/UK 2018 YORGOS LANTHIMOS 120M

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Sat 13 Aug 15:30 – Studio Thu 18 Aug 10:30 – Studio

Joseph, a man plagued by violence and a rage that is driving him to self-destruction, earns a chance of redemption that appears in the form of Hannah, a Christian charity shop worker. Peter Mullan plays an ageing, greying guy living out a sad endgame of a life. One day, to escape from a violent fiasco of his own making, Joe seeks refuge in a charity shop and finds himself being befriended by the shop’s manager Hannah, superbly played by Olivia Colman. ‘Tyrannosaur’ is far from a love story, but it is not a simply a hate story, either; it is certainly a very impressive debut from Considine. UK 2011 PADDY CONSIDINE 92M

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Sun 14 Aug 15:45 – Studio Mon 15 Aug 10:30 – Studio

A group of Merseyside gardeners take umbrage to the arrival of some refugees, but they find common cause to resist a devious corporate takeover. Eddie Marsan, Omid Djalili and Olivia Colman star in this charming Ealing-esque comedy drama scripted. Refugee Kung Sang (Benedict Wong) and his family are given a plot at a Merseyside allotment to help with his rehabilitation and integration into British society. Some of the longstanding residents take umbrage, but eventually rapprochement is found; initially over the joys of gardening but then to fight the common cause of an invading mobile phone company. A gentle, astute, life-affirming British comedy. Dig in. UK 2007 RICHARD LAXTON 101M

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Mon 15 Aug 15:45 – Auditorium

An elderly man struggles with daily life as dementia tightens its hold on him. Anthony Hopkins delivers a devastating, heartbreaking performance. Anne (Olivia Colman) is losing patience with her 80-year-old father, Anthony (Hopkins), whose grip on reality is fading but who refuses to allow a carer to look after him. She is moving to France and needs to find a carer. What makes this depiction of dementia so bone-chillingly brilliant is that it tells the story from Anthony’s point of view. When he is confused, so is the audience such as when he suddenly doesn’t recognise his daughter who is played by another actress. There are constant tweaks to the layout and decor of his apartment. This sleight of hand is what cinema can do so well – empathise. 2020 UK FLORIAN ZELLER 97M


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Tue 16 Aug 16:00 – Auditorium

Two lovable but mismatched rogues – Joy (Olivia Colman) and Mully (Charlie Reid) – are on an adventure, coming full circle... and having their dreams come true. Cheeky twelve-year-old Mully also has a mum-shaped void in his life, as well as a conman dad. He knicks his dad’s stash of cash and steals a taxi in a bid for freedom. But there is an almighty yell from the back seat… Joy – hungover, freaking out, and holding a baby! As they tear up the road on their riotous misadventure, we follow these roguish ‘outlaws’ during the summer solstice festivities in a feel-good, chaotic fairy-tale. IRELAND 2022 EMER REYNOLDS 95M Our thanks to Vertigo for this screening.

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Set mostly over a hot and sultry day in 1924, for Jane Fairchild, a maid in the Niven household, this will be her last day with her lover before he marries another. Odessa Young plays Jane, the maid at a grand house ruled over by the sad Mr and Mrs Niven (Colin Firth and Olivia Colman) whose children were killed in the war. Jane is enjoying an affair with a well-born young neighbour who is destined to marry someone else. This is a languorous, dreamy film that draws you into an irresistible and sensual story that is beautifully shot and acted. UK/GERMANY 2021 EVA HUSSON 104M Wed 17 Aug 15:30 – Studio Thu 18 Aug 18:30 – Pic Palace

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Sat 20 Aug 16:15 – Studio Sun 21 Aug 18:00 – Pic Palace


In her twilight years, former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher (Meryl Streep) reflects on her life and career as she finally prepares to dispose of the belongings of her late husband. This is a personal, essentially feminist story, about how a shopkeeper’s daughter conquered a very patrician world, how she was torn between ambition and family, and how hard it was to become the first woman ruler of Britain since Queen Anne. While Meryl’s physical impression of the British PM in her blue-bloused prime is bang on the money, it is the way in which she captures Thatcher’s unshakeable inner certainty that really pays off in the film’s favour. Olivia Colman plays daughter Carol Thatcher, and Jim Broadbent stars as husband Denis Thatcher. UK/FRANCE 2011 PHYLLIDA LLOYD 107M

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Thu 18 Aug 18:00 – Studio Fri 19 Aug 14:00 – Pic Palace

The story of the love affair between FDR and his distant cousin, centred around the visit of the King and Queen. In June 1939, the reigning British king (Samuel West) and queen (Olivia Colman) visit President (Bill Murray) and Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt (Olivia Williams) at their New York home. War with Germany looms, and England desperately needs the president’s support. An unforgettable weekend unfolds as FDR tries to juggle international affairs with the complexities of his domestic arrangement, as seen through the eyes of the president’s intimate confidant (Laura Linney). Gently amusing with a stand-out performance from Murray. UK 2012 ROGER MICHELL 94M

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Sun 21 Aug 13:30 – Studio Wed 24 Aug 16:15 – Studio

Three couples engage in a no-holds-barred battle to win a magazine’s coveted title of ‘Most Original Wedding of the Year.’ Confetti Magazine decides to host a competition to find the Most Original Wedding of the Year. Matt and Sam envision a ceremony filled with music and dancing, Josef and Isabelle want a tennis theme, and nudists Michael and Joanna would like their nuptials to be clothes-free. Reminiscent of Christopher Guest’s films (‘Best in Show’ & ‘This is Spinal Tap’), deliciously mean and fluffy and includes Jimmy Carr, Martin Freeman, Stephen Mangan, Jessica Stevenson and Robert Webb. UK 2006 DEBBIE ISITT 100M

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Tue 23 Aug 20:30 – Studio

European arthouse film par excellence – precisely the kind of project you can’t imagine ever being made in Hollywood. In a dystopian near future, single people are taken to The Hotel, where they are obliged to find a romantic partner in forty-five days or are transformed into beasts and sent off into The Woods. David has a sheepdog as companion. “He’s my brother. He was here a couple of years ago but he didn’t make it,” Olivia Colman is the brisk and bossy manager channelling Prunella Scales while Colin Farrell is paunchy and hilarious in this surreal and unpredictable film. Must see. IRELAND/UK/GREECE 2015 YORGOS LANTHIMOS 119M


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Alain Resnais (1922- 2014) is better known for the iconic ‘’Hiroshima Mon Amour’ (1959) and ‘Last Year in Marienbad’ (1961) but he left us twenty feature films and many documentary shorts including the haunting ‘Night and Fog’ (1956) about the Holocaust. Resnais grew up in Brittany in a conservative family where cinema was seen as vulgar entertainment. During the Occupation, he studied editing at the new ‘Institut des Hautes Études Cinématographiques’ (now Fémis). It is then not surprising that bold yet subtle editing is central to his experimental approach to film, some which he made with his friend Chris Marker. Marker and Resnais, along with Agnès Varda and Jacques Demy, belonged to the ‘Left Bank’ group of radical filmmakers associated with the French New Wave, and Godard and Truffaut regularly commended Resnais’s films in Cahiers du Cinéma. While Resnais gained the reputation of an intellectual filmmaker for his collaboration with innovative writers like Marguerite Duras (‘Hiroshima Mon Amour’) and Alain Robbe-Grillet (‘Last year in Marienbad’), he loved absurdist comedy and popular art forms like cartoons or popular songs. This made for a unique and eclectic body of work that gained him international praise as one of the great innovators of twentieth century cinema. Booking Ref

Fri 12 Aug 13:30 – Studio Martine Pierquin


An illustrated talk by Martine Pierquin “In a film, even if it’s a documentary, I like to feel that we’re at the cinema, that the acting and the sets are visible, and that it doesn’t resemble life.” Alain Resnais. This illustrated talk will look at Alain Resnais’s earlier films (‘Night and Fog’, ‘Hiroshima Mon Amour’, ‘Last Year in Marienbad’, ‘Muriel’), and how they deal with the recurring themes of trauma, time and memory while breaking the rules of conventional narrative cinema. We will further discuss Resnais’s refusal of cinematic naturalism and examine how other cultural forms influenced his work, from experimentations with the theatrical form, to popular songs and even the operetta . Martine Pierquin has taught French cinema at Edinburgh and Stirling universities. She is a curator for French Film Festival UK’s short film programme 100M NB. Preceding the talk, we are screening separately the complete ‘Hiroshima Mon Amour’ in the Auditorium – Fri 12 Aug at 11:00.


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A French actress filming an anti-war film in Hiroshima has an affair with a married Japanese architect as they share their differing perspectives on war. ‘Hiroshima Mon Amour’ is brilliantly made and brilliantly acted, with a thoughtful, poetic script by the great French writer, Marguerite Duras. Its images are lyrical, disturbing, fascinating, and its anti-war message is profound and still frighteningly relevant. A cornerstone of French cinema, Alain Resnais’ first feature is one of the most influential films of all time. A French actress (Riva) and a Japanese architect (Okada) engage in a brief, intense affair in post-war Hiroshima, their consuming fascination impelling them to exorcise their own scarred memories of love and suffering. Utilizing an innovative flashback structure and an Oscarnominated screenplay by novelist Marguerite Duras, Resnais delicately weaves past and present, personal pain and public anguish, in this moody masterwork. (Subtitles) FRANCE/JAPAN 1959 ALAIN RESNAIS 90M

Fri 12 Aug 11:00 – Auditorium

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In a strange and isolated chateau, a man becomes acquainted with a woman and insists that they have met before. “A” (Delphine Seyrig), a beautiful woman and “X” (Giorgio Albertazzi), with movie-idol good looks, who insists they met last year and arranged to meet again this year and “M” (Sascha Pitoeff), who may be A’s husband or lover, all stay at a Spa in Mariendbad. At a weekend gathering X tries to convince the woman that they had met there and spent some time together the previous year. What plot there is simply provides the material for a meditation on the uncertainty of knowing. The screenplay is from another novelist Alain Robbe-Grillet, and its array of startling images from cinematographer Sacha Vierny, with its unprecedented exploration of architectural space and teasingly complex narrative structure, “Last Year at Marienbad” is a challenge that divided audiences when it was released in 1962 and continues to do so today. A classic. (Subtitles) FRANCE 1962 ALAN RESNAIS 103M

Sat 13 Aug 10:30 – Auditorium


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ALAIN RESNAIS CENTENARY (1922-2014) Booking Ref


A swindler’s activity (Jean-Paul Belmondo) indirectly caused a political crisis in France in the last years before World War II. Based upon real events. Irresistible charm and talent help Serge Alexandre alias Stavisky, small-time swindler, to make friends with even the most influential members of the French industrial and political elite during the early ‘30s. But nothing lasts forever and when his great scam involving hundreds of millions of francs gets exposed, the result is an unprecedented scandal that almost caused a civil war. This film makes the central character likeable, largely by emphasizing the ambient anti-Semitism that surrounds him (and of course by casting Belmondo in the role). The film features a host of actors whose careers only grew from there including a young Depardieu. For fans of beautiful cars and beautiful women in beautiful clothes, especially in the Thirties. And the score is by the late Stephen Sondheim. (Subtitles) FRANCE 1974 ALAIN RESNAIS 120M Mon 15 Aug 10:00 – Auditorium

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HOMAGE TO UKRAINIAN CINEMA A survey of the strength of underappreciated national cinema and in recognition of the ongoing conflict and to honour the Ukrainian people as well as the country’s rich culture through the art of film. Some of them are a tough watch, but that only reflects the nation’s history. We present nine films from the silent classics of ‘Earth’ to recent releases like ‘Donbass’ and ‘Reflection’.


Although Ukrainian cinema dates from as early as 1896, much of its history is intertwined with that of the Soviet Union, which (especially during the Stalin era) discouraged anything too overtly nationalistic. Despite this, several distinctively Ukrainian masterpieces were made a few years either side of 1930, and a post-Stalin national reflowering in the 1960s. The Soviet Union’s collapse in 1991 presented Ukrainian filmmakers with new creative freedoms but also considerable challenges, not least financial and logistical one. However, a distinctively independent Ukrainian cinema has nonetheless emerged, including the internationally acclaimed output of Sergei Loznitsa and striking individual works such as the sign-language ‘The Tribe’ (2014), the road movie ‘My Thoughts Are Silent’ (2019) and the post-apocalyptic ‘Atlantis’ (2019) – as well as several popular comedies starring the future Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy, whose widely recognised mastery of the media was honed during his previous career. M.B. Booking Ref

Wed 17 Aug 13:00 – Studio


An illustrated talk by Michael Brooke Compared with Czech, Hungarian, Polish and Romanian cinema, Ukrainian cinema is far less familiar as a separate cultural entity, a legacy derived from it being collectively regarded as “Soviet cinema” for much of its lifespan. However, there have been plenty of Ukrainian film masterpieces, from Dziga Vertov’s ‘The Man with the Movie Camera’ and Oleksandr Dovzhenko’s ‘Earth’ at the close of the silent era, via the ground-breaking work of Sergei Parajanov and Kira Muratova, to the endlessly inventive fiction and documentary projects of Sergei Loznitsa (‘Donbass’) today. In this extensively illustrated talk, Eastern European film expert Michael Brooke delves into this fascinating, still underappreciated national cinema. Michael is a blu-ray producer and regular contributor to ‘Sight & Sound’ and the ‘Journal of Film Preservation’, specialising in East European Cinema. 100M BOX OFFICE

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Tue 16 Aug 20:30 – Studio Wed 17 Aug 18:30 – Pic Palace

A deaf boy joins a boarding school for similar children. All the actors are deaf, and the film makes no use of any vocal language nor even subtitles, only sign language throughout. This may quite well be a first for a feature film of fiction… and it works! ‘The Tribe’ is one of the most unsettling films of the year. It is set at a boarding school for the deaf in Kiev, where anarchy prevails. There are no words, subtitles, or even a score. The hearing viewer is left to interpret the violent chaos without auditory clues, presenting a unique challenge in understanding the narrative and the motivations of the characters. We are left to confusedly construe scenarios by their actions, and as such, are provided some insight into the helpless isolation of the deaf. As a film, ‘The Tribe’ may be interpreted in various ways: as a political allegory for the Ukraine, as a discourse on communication through violence, or as an allegory to the impotence experienced by minority groups. Regardless, there are scenes that are shockingly disturbing, and the direction is unflinching. An extraordinary film. (No subtitles) UKRAINE 2014 MYROSLAV SLABOSHPYTSKYI 125M Our thanks to Alpha Violet, Paris for this screening.

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Ukrainian surgeon Serhiy is captured by the Russian military forces in the conflict zone in Eastern Ukraine and while in captivity, he is exposed to horrifying scenes of humiliation, violence and indifference towards human life. After his release, he returns to his comfortable middle-class apartment and tries to find a purpose in life by rebuilding his relationship with his daughter and ex-wife. He learns how to be a human being again, how to be a father and help his daughter, who needs his love and support. At the start of the Donbas war in 2014, Valentyn Vasyanovych’s fifth feature chimes horribly with the current mood, grim and exacting as it is compared with previous, more ironic films about the conflict such as Sergei Loznitza’s ‘Donbass’ (screening Tue 23 Aug). Shot in mostly long takes with minimum camera movement, this is an intense experience with scenes of violence which is not for the squeamish. This enigmatic war drama is brutal in its depiction of conflict but also elusively redemptive. A shaken, horrifying outcry for Ukraine – and statement of hope which premiered at Venice 2021. UKRAINE 2021 VALENTYN VASYANOVYCH 125M Wed 17 Aug 10:00 – Auditorium

NB. Following this film Michael Brooke will be giving an Illustrated talk on the history of Ukrainian Cinema on Wed 17 Aug 13:00 Our thanks to Alpha Violet, Paris for this screening.


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Thu 18 Aug 21:15 – Guildhall, Priory Park Tickets £12


Silent film with piano accompaniment in the Guildhall, Priory Park. This poetic silent drama is set in the peaceful countryside, as Vassily opposes the rich kulaks over the coming of collective farming. Dovzhenko’s “film poem” style brings to life the collective experience of life for the Ukrainian workers, examining natural cycles through his epic montage. He explores life, death, violence, sex, and other issues as they relate to the collective farms. This is Dovzhenko’s most accessible film but, perhaps for these same reasons, most misunderstood. An idealistic vision of the possibilities of Communism made just before Stalinism set in and the Kulack class was liquidated, ‘Earth’ was viewed negatively by many Soviets because of its exploration of death and other dark issues that come with revolution. In 1958 a Brussels’ film jury would vote ‘Earth’ as one of the great films of all time. It marks a threshold in Dovzhenko’s career emblematic of a turning point in the Ukrainian cultural and political avant-garde – the end of one period and transition to another. USSR 1930 ALEKSANDR DOVZHENKO 75M This classic silent movie will be presented with live piano accompaniment by the brilliant virtuosic Stephen Horne.

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Fri 19 Aug 18:30 – Studio

A 15-year-old Ukrainian gymnast exiled in Switzerland is working to secure a place at the country’s National Sports Centre. When the Euromaidan revolt breaks out in the country, anxieties rise as her family gets involved. Olga (Anastasiia Budiashkina) leaves her homeland for Switzerland during the 2014 Maidan revolution to compete for the Swiss team during the European championships. Her widowed mother was able to get her out to safety because Olga’s dad was Swiss, and she herself is being threatened by the state for her work as an investigative journalist uncovering corruption during the pro-Russian presidency. Olga is lonely, tired, scared, reflexively suspicious of her Swiss hosts – but also a superb competitor. But as the tough training programme continues and Olga’s relationship with her sullen French and Italian-speaking teammates gets complicated, the news comes through of how Ukraine (and her mother) is under brutal assault. Olga is, in her troubled way, emblematic of Ukraine’s yearning for a new European identity. The film speaks to the new agony of banishment now being felt by millions of Ukrainians. (Subtitles) UKRAINE/SWITZERLAND/FRANCE 2021 ELIE GRAPPE 85M Our thanks to 606 Distribution for this screening. BOX OFFICE

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Sat 20 Aug 18:30 – Studio

In this experimental documentary, a man travels around a city with a camera slung over his shoulder, documenting urban life with dazzling invention. Vertov’ dazzling classic and playful silent film is a documentary of a day in the life in the Ukraine (locations in Kyiv, Kharkiv and Odesa). Starting with a look around the city before things start to happen, it then moves through the day, often coming back to the same site or individual. A film that broke away from the theatrical mindset that all films of that era followed, Vertov wanted to show how all aspects of society are intertwined. This propaganda film is helped by a wonderful modern music score that is based on the director’s notes. USSR 1929 DZIGA VERTOV 78M

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Sun 21 Aug 18:30 – Studio

Evge Writer-director Nariman Aliev reckons with generational schism and the intricacies of Ukraine’s historical-political context via a journey through sparse and beautiful landscape. Having lost the elder son on the war, Mustafa has to transfer his dead body to the homeland – Crimea. During this long and challenging trip from Kyiv, Mustafa tries to solve innumerable problems and find a common language with his younger son. On the way back home, the youngster becomes a man, finds his inner core and understands who he is. Having lost the one they both loved, the father and the son grow genuinely close to each other. (Subtitles) UKRAINE 2019 NARIMAN ALIEV 97M

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Mon 22 Aug 10:30 – Auditorium

Set in 2025, a soldier befriends a young volunteer hoping to restore peaceful energy to a war-torn society. One year after “the war” ended. As gruff, haunted Sergiy (Andriy Rymaruk) grubs a living delivering water in the ruined eastern Ukrainian countryside, it is clear that the conflict polluted and ravaged the landscape almost as much as it did the PTSD-ridden psyches of its combatants. Whoever won, everyone lost. Whether the future it imagines turns out to be a cautionary tale or a soberingly accurate prophecy, ‘Atlantis’ is a powerful, essential lament for the humanity and the harmony with nature that are the first casualties buried in the shallow graves of war. (Subtitles) UKRAINE 2019 VALENTYN VASYANOVYCH 125M Our thanks to Best Friend Forever Sales, Brussels for this screening.


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In eastern Ukraine, society begins to degrade as the effects of propaganda and manipulation begin to surface in this posttruth era. Seamlessly divided into 13 segments, ‘Donbass’ recounts the corrosive nature of the conflict pitting Ukrainian nationalists against supporters of Russia’s proxy Donetsk People’s Republic in eastern Ukraine. No one comes out clean, but how could they, when years of manipulation have malignantly stirred animosities on both sides? The time period is 2014-15, although it is unlikely much has changed in a region lacking basic infrastructure and shredded by acrimony. Notwithstanding the film’s unmistakable thematic cohesion, its piecemeal structure means that viewers will feel battered with each successive scene, knowing full well that the storyline to come will lead to yet another episode of increased intensity. Corruption and humiliation are the guiding forces of ‘Donbass,’ resulting in a scathing portrait of a society where human interaction has descended to a level of barbarity more in keeping with late antiquity than the so-called contemporary civilized world. (Subtitles) UKRAINE 2018 SERGEI LOZNITSA 110M Mon 22 Aug 18:30 – Pic Palace Fri 26 Aug 10:30 – Studio

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Thu 25 Aug 18:15 – Studio


Set between the two World Wars and based on true historical events, Bitter Harvest conveys the untold story of the Holodomor, the genocidal famine engineered by the tyrant Joseph Stalin. The film displays a powerful tale of love, honour, rebellion and survival at a time when Ukraine was forced to adjust to the horrifying territorial ambitions of the burgeoning Soviet Union. With an exceptional cast of established and rising stars, including Max Irons and Terence Stamp, the film epically recreates one of the most dramatic and dangerous episodes in the history of 20th Century Europe. UKRAINE 2017 GEORGE MENDUDELUK 103M BOX OFFICE

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Tue 23 Aug 10:15 – Studio Fri 26 Aug 18:00 – Studio

Based on real events, this dramatic thriller chronicles a Welsh investigative journalist as he travels deep into the Soviet Union to uncover an international conspiracy. His lifeor-death journey inspires George Orwell’s ‘Animal Farm.’ Agnieszka Holland’s film is a bold and heartfelt movie with a real Lean-ian sweep. Her film begins slowly, even unassumingly as young Gareth Jones (James Norton) – having already made a splash by interviewing Hitler – uses his London government contacts with David Lloyd George (Kenneth Cranham) to get official permissions to travel to the USSR, on a mission to interview Stalin and discover the truth about the colossal economic expansion and its apparently triumphant five-year plan. With cinematography that captures the bleakness of winter and deprivation to grimly palatable effect, Holland’s drama comes across in part as a meticulously mounted, sometimes solemn history lesson. POLAND/UK/UKRAINE 2020 AGNIESZKA HOLLAND 119M

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In a brand new Festival initiative for 2022, we open our doors to five local young people to programme a Festival film, promote it, and host the event at Cineworld Chichester. Our first TEEN TAKEOVER programmers are: Lyla Andrews; Phoebe Fairall; Laura Kiselyk-Molina; Amy Morris; and Sophie Wylam from Bishop Luffa School, Chichester.

The team have chosen THE TALENTED MR. RIPLEY to start off, and will continue in the Autumn with further screenings at New Park. Our thanks to all our Festival Patrons, Film Hub South East and the BFI for supporting this exciting initiative. Wed 17 Aug 19:30 Cineworld Chichester - Screen 3 Tickets Only £7 / £3.50 (Under 25’s) from Festival Website/Box Office

REMEMBERED Over the next few pages, we pay tribute to some of the film legends that we have lost over the last year. We include the Indigenous Australian artist and actor David Gulpilil; American director, actor and cinephile Peter Bogdanovich; Italian screen icon Monica Vitti; French New Wave star Jean Paul Belmondo; and two legendary music composers, Italy’s Ennio Morricone and Greece’s Vangelis. We hope our small tribute to each brings their important work to light for the uninitiated and reignites the flame of those who are already acquainted with them.


(1953-2021) REMEMBERED


From the reinvigoration of feature filmmaking in the 1970s, to the flourishing of Indigenous work in the last decade, no individual has had as much impact on Australian cinema as Yolnu actor and dancer David Gulpilil. His death, late last year at the age of 68, brought to an end a miraculous but tumultuous career, and a life dedicated to taking his culture to the world. Over the years, Australia’s leading Indigenous performer lent his unmistakable nuance to the full gamut of Aboriginal types, from the mystical stranger in Nicolas Roeg’s ‘Walkabout’ (1971), to a variety of trackers, tricksters, and downtrodden elders. His long-standing collaboration with Dutch-Australian filmmaker Rolf de Heer – from ‘The Tracker’ (2002) and ‘Ten Canoes’ (2005), to ‘Charlie’s Country’ (2015) – have transformed Indigenous representation and given him space to tell his own stories. From his stunning debut, right up to the recent documentary portrait ‘My Name is Gulpilil’ (2021), his is a truly captivating screen presence. To celebrate David Gulpilil’s life and work, this year’s Chichester International Film Festival pays tribute with a short five film retrospective of his best films, some rarely shown, as well as an illustrated talk from Australian cinema expert Dr Stephen Morgan.


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WALKING WITH GULPILIL A JOURNEY THROUGH 50 YEARS OF AUSTRALIAN CINEMA An illustrated talk by Dr Stephen Morgan In a career spanning five decades, Yolnu dancer and actor David Gulpilil carved out a unique place in Australian cinema and culture. His recent death, at the age of 68, brought to an end a miraculous but tumultuous career, and a life dedicated to taking his culture to the world. This illustrated talk from Australian cinema expert Dr Stephen Morgan will trace Gulpilil’s legacy through 50 years, from the reinvigoration of Australian feature filmmaking in the 1970s, to the flourishing of Indigenous work in recent years. Featuring rare images, rarely seen footage and clips from key films from across Gulpilil’s career, this event will celebrate the life and work of one of Australia’s finest actors. 100M

Dr Stephen Morgan is an academic and film historian whose research focuses on the cinemas of Britain and its former settler colonies, with a particular focus on Australian cinema. His book, Ealing Abroad: Post-War British Cinema, Settler Colonialism and Ealing Studios in Australia, will be published by BFI/Bloomsbury in 2023. Sat 20 Aug 13:30 – Studio

NB. Following this talk, we are screening separately the wonderful new documentary ‘My Name Is Gulpilil’ in the auditorium at 16:30.

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After his terminal lung cancer diagnosis in 2017, the late Indigenous screen legend David Gulpilil sits down in front of the camera one last time to tell his story in his own words, taking us boldly on the journey that is his extraordinary life and career. Gulpilil, now aged 67, is living as an invalid in South Australia. Even though he has already outlasted the doctors’ predictions, he knows there is no reprieve in sight. His constant companion Mary Hood looks after his medication; feeds him and does the housework. For the most part, Gulpilil’s conversation is tempered with stoicism as thoughts of mortality weigh on his mind. Reynolds’ superb documentary rises to the challenge of doing justice to the extraordinary life and career of the great veteran actor. Pensive and piercingly emotional, this is an unforgettable film. AUSTRALIA 2021 MOLLY REYNOLDS 102M Sat 20 Aug 16:00 – Auditorium


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Wed 24 Aug 16:00 – Auditorium

With no way to live a traditional lifestyle in his Aboriginal community, aging Charlie struggles to make his own way in life. Charlie takes off to live the old way and sets off a chain reaction of enlightening difficulties. David Gulpilil’s performance as the titular character in Rolf de Heer’s ‘Charlie’s Country’ might get remembered as his most important role. Gulpilil plays a Yolngu man living on a reservation with a collection of other Aboriginal people. Using a combination of bleak realism, fatalistic humour and a healthy dose of sentimentality, de Heer traces the downward spiral of a man who has become a refugee in his own homeland. AUSTRALIA 2013 ROLF DE HEER 108M

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Sat 20 Aug 14:00 – Pic Palace Thu 25 Aug 12:45 – Studio

Two city-bred siblings are stranded in the Australian Outback, where they learn to survive with the aid of an Aboriginal boy. The two children have the clothes on their backs, some meagre rations, a batterypowered transistor radio, the son’s satchel primarily containing his toys, and a small piece of cloth they used as their picnic cloth. They encounter an Australian boy (a young David Gulpilil) who is on his walkabout, a rite of passage into manhood where he spends entire months on his own living off the land. A towering work, painted from a palette of feelings and instincts words cannot do justice to. AUSTRALIA/UK 1971 NICOLAS ROEG 100M

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‘Fanatic’ is a government trooper who is heading an expedition to find an Aboriginal man accused of murdering a white woman. Think of an Anthony Mann Western made by an experimental film director, and you get an indication of the challenging components of this film. The story of a manhunt that on the surface, is a pared-down, muscular outdoor drama set in 1922 ‘somewhere in Australia,’ in which an aboriginal tracker (Gulpilil), on foot, leads two mounted policemen and a civilian on the track of a black fugitive. A haunting and uniquely Australian western. AUSTRALIA 2002 ROLF DE HEER 98M Sun 21 Aug 21:00 – Auditorium


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In 1931, three half-white, half-Aboriginal girls escape from their ‘school’ – after being plucked from their houses to be trained as domestic staff – and set off on a journey across the Outback. Special detention centres were set up across the continent to keep the mixed-race children from “contaminating” the rest of Australian society. Having been forcibly separated from their mothers, three girls – Molly, Daisy and Gracie – escape from the settlement. As the girls flee across the vast landscape, they are pursued by the authorities and an aboriginal tracker named Moodoo (David Gulpilil). Noyce’s sensitive dramatization swaps angry politics for emotional sympathy, concentrating on the plight of the children instead of ranting against the authorities. ‘Rabbit Proof Fence’ stands as a powerful, worthy testimony to the suffering of the stolen generations. Music by Peter Gabriel. AUSTRALIA/UK 2002 PHILLIP NOYCE 93M



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Mon 22 Aug 13:30 – Studio

Illustrated talk by Julian Richards British film-maker Julian Richards, who recently directed the late Peter Bogdanovich in ‘Reborn’, will present an illustrated talk on the iconic American director, actor and cinephile. The talk charts his meteoric rise from aspiring theatre actor and film curator at the Museum of Modern Art, to becoming a key player in the American new wave of the 1970’s. Supported with carefully chosen film clips, Richards’ presentation will cast a spotlight on the unique talents and opportunities that enabled this “Wellesian Wunderkind” to create multi-Oscar nominated ‘The Last Picture Show’ starring Jeff Bridges, Oscar winner ‘Paper Moon’ starring Ryan O’Neil, box office sensation ‘What’s Up, Doc?’ starring Barbara Streisand and late return to form ‘Noises Off’ starring Michael Caine. The talk will also cover the director’s less successful productions ‘At Long Last Love’ starring Cybil Shepherd, ‘Texasville’ starring Jeff Bridges as well as the murder of his girlfriend Dorothy Stratten after the completion of ‘They All Laughed’, a personal tragedy from which Bogdanovich struggled to recover. NB. Following this talk, Bogdanovich’s debut film ‘Targets’ will be screened separately in the Studio at 16:00.

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Mon 22 Aug 16:00 – Studio Tue 23 Aug 18:15 – Pic Palace


In one of the most powerful films of 1968, an aging horror star questions his place in modern Hollywood while a psychotic Vietnam War veteran commits mass murders. After unhinged Vietnam vet Bobby Thompson (Tim O’Kelly) kills his wife and mother, he goes on a brutal shooting spree. Starting at an oil refinery, he evades the police and continues his murderous outing at a drive-in movie theatre, where Byron Orlock (Boris Karloff), a retiring horror film icon, is making a promotional appearance. Before long, Orlock, a symbol of fantastical old-fashioned scares, faces off against Thompson, a remorseless psychopath rooted in a harsh modern reality. Maximum suspense that scores an unerring bullseye and one of the greatest directorial debuts of all time. USA 1968 PETER BOGDANOVICH 90M

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Wed 24 Aug 10:30 – Auditorium

A sublime study of sexually charged ennui in 1950s Texas. A group of high schoolers come of age in a bleak, isolated, atrophied town that is slowly dying, both culturally and economically. Sonny (Timothy Bottoms) and Duane (Jeff Bridges) are best friends. The handsome Duane is dating local beauty, Jacy (Cybill Shepherd), while Sonny is having an affair with the coach’s wife, Ruth (Cloris Leachman). While Duane eyes the army and Sonny takes over a local business, each boy struggles to figure out if he can escape this dead-end town and build a better life somewhere else. An American classic in every sense. USA 1971 PETER BOGDANOVICH 118M

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Wed 24 Aug 18:30 – Studio Thu 25 Aug 13:00 – Pic Palace

Barbra Streisand was never more likable than in this energetic, often hilarious screwball farce from director Peter Bogdanovich. Bogdanovich pays tribute to Howard Hawks’s ‘Bringing Up Baby’ and to the freewheeling catastrophe comedy of silent films, with their elaborate and terrifying stunts. Howard (Ryan O’Neal) is engaged to Eunice (Madeline Kahn) but then he meets Judy (Streisand), a flyaway force of nature, who falls in love with him at first sight and plugs herself instantly into his life, endangering his engagement as well as his career. One of the great, if semiforgotten comedy masterpieces of the 1970s. USA 1972 PETER BOGDANOVICH 94M

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Thu 25 Aug 10:00 – Auditorium

During the Great Depression, a conman finds himself saddled with a young girl who may or may not be his daughter, and the two forge an unlikely partnership. It’s everything a road picture is supposed to be: a life-changing personal journey, a quest, a bit old-fashioned and a hoot. Real-life father and daughter Ryan and Tatum O’Neal team up as slick con-artists Moses Pray and Addie Loggins in 1930s Kansas. When “Moze” is unexpectedly saddled with getting the 9-year-old Addie to relatives in Missouri after the death of her mother, his attempt to dupe her out of her money backfires, and he’s forced to take her on as a partner. Swindling their way through farm country, the pair are nearly rumbled by a burlesque dancer (Madeline Kahn) and an angry bootlegger. USA 1973 PETER BOGDANOVICH 102M


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Thu 25 Aug 20:30 – Studio Fri 26 Aug 13:15 – Pic Palace

Bogdanovich’s frenetic transplant of Michael Frayn’s classic farce supplies a feast of belly laughs. Hired to helm an Americanized take on a British play, director Lloyd Fellowes (Michael Caine) does his best to control an eccentric group of stage actors. During practice sessions, things run smoothly. However, when Lloyd and his actors begin a series of performances leading up to a Broadway premiere, chaos ensues. Star actress Dotty (Carol Burnett) is quickly passing her prime, male lead Frederick (Christopher Reeve) has no confidence, and bit actor Selsdon (Denholm Elliott) is rarely sober. USA 1992 PETER BOGDANOVICH 101M

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Fri 26 Aug 15:30 – Studio

Peter Bogdanovich’s affectionate tribute documentary on the life and films of director John Ford. In 1971, Bogdanovich was America’s most promising young filmmaker, having directed the remarkable ‘Targets’ (1968) and ‘The Last Picture Show’ (1971), earning an Academy Award nomination for the latter. At this point, he chose to make a documentary about legendary film director John Ford. In 2006 he went back and revamped the documentary with new interviews (Scorsese, Eastwood and Spielberg) and incorporated a rare audio recording of Ford and his rumoured ‘significant other’ Katharine Hepburn. This film reminds the viewer that Bogdanovich is one of our most prominent and respected film historians to whom we all owe a great deal of gratitude. Narrated by Orson Welles. USA 1971/2006 PETER BOGDANOVICH 100M

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Fri 26 Aug 18:45 – Pic Palace Sat 27 Aug 20:30 – Studio


A heartfelt valentine to the early days of movie making – Bogdanovich’s affection for cinema’s embryonic beginnings informs every frame. In the silent-film era, attorney Leo Harrigan (Ryan O’Neal) and gunslinger Buck Greenway (Burt Reynolds) are hired to stop an illegal film production. However, Leo and Buck soon team up with the filmmakers and become important players in the show business industry. Leo learns he has a talent for directing, and Buck’s cowboy persona quickly earns him leading-man status – but both men fall for beautiful starlet Kathleen Cooke (Jane Hitchcock), leading to a heated personal rivalry. USA 1976 PETER BOGDANOVICH 121M


(1931-2022) REMEMBERED

Monica Vitti was born in Lazio, Rome, on November 3, 1931. She was an actress and writer, known for ‘L’Avventura’ (1960), ‘Red Desert’ (1964) and ‘L’Eclisse’ (1962). She died on 2 February 2022 in Rome. With her strong association with Antonioni’s films, we are screening ‘L’Avventura’ as a tribute to her (well that’s my excuse anyway!) – Roger Gibson. Booking Ref


Sun 21 Aug 10:00 – Auditorium

A woman disappears on a Mediterranean boating trip. During the search, her lover and her best friend become attracted to each other. A group of rich Italians head out on a yachting trip to a deserted volcanic island in the Mediterranean. When they are about to leave the island, they find that Anna is missing. Anna’s boyfriend Sandro (Gabriele Ferzetti) and friend Claudia (Monica Vitti) try unsuccessfully to find her. While they are searching, Claudia and Sandro develop an attraction for each other. ‘L’Avventura’ created a stir in 1960, when Pauline Kael picked it as the best film of the year. “Too shallow to be truly lonely,” Kael wrote, “they are people trying to escape their boredom by reaching out to one another and finding only boredom once again.” For Martin Scorsese “this film gave me one of the most profound shocks of my life.” Awarded the Special Jury Prize at the 1960 Cannes Film Festival, it went on to become a landmark of European cinema. (Subtitles) ITALY/FRANCE 1960 MICHELANGELO ANTONIONI 145M


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(1933- 2021) REMEMBERED

Jean-Paul Belmondo (1933-2021) was born in Neuilly, and the son of sculptor Paul Belmondo. Kicked out of several schools for unruly behaviour, he trained as a boxer before turning to acting. His drama teachers thought that he did not have the physique and talent to get lead roles, but Jean-Luc Godard decided that he had just the right laidback spontaneity to play Michel Poiccard in ‘Breathless’ (1960). Never really attracted to Hollywood, Belmondo worked with the greatest French directors of his time, but his popularity waned in the late 1980s despite a César for best actor (his only one) in ‘Itinerary of a Spoilt Child’ (1989). From 1991 Belmondo mostly worked for the stage until his acting career ended when he suffered a major stroke that left him unable to speak for two years. In 2011, he was awarded an honorary Palme d’Or in Cannes for his outstanding contribution to cinema, and last year, France paid him an emotional tribute with a state funeral attended by thousands. Booking Ref

Mon 15 Aug 13:30 – Studio


An illustrated talk on Jean-Paul Belmondo by Martine Pierquin. “You see that bar, you go in”, explains Godard. “And what do I do there?” asks Belmondo. “Whatever you want.”; “You go into that phone booth.” “And I say what?” “Whatever you want.” Belmondo trained as a stage actor and dreamed of joining the Comédie Française, France’s prestigious national theatre troupe. Instead, and despite a long list of commercial action films to his name, he’ll remain forever in film history the emblematic figure of the French New Wave thanks to Jean-Luc Godard who saw in him a representation of modern masculinity perfectly suited for a new, rebellious form of cinema. In this illustrated talk, we will survey the career of the legendary actor, aptly described by Ginette Vincendeau as “the face of the New Wave and the body of popular cinema”. Martine Pierquin has taught French cinema at Edinburgh and Stirling universities. She is a curator for French Film Festival UK’s short film programme. 100M NB. Preceding this talk, there will be a complete screening separately of ‘Stavisky’ on Mon 15 Aug 10:00 – a perfect bridge between Resnais and Belmondo.


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A small-time thief (Jean-Paul Belmondo) steals a car and impulsively murders a motorcycle policeman. Wanted by the authorities, he reunites with a hip American journalism student. Michel Poiccard (Belmondo), an irresponsible sociopath and small-time thief, steals a car and impulsively murders the motorcycle policeman who pursues him. Now wanted by the authorities, he renews his relationship with Patricia Franchini, a hip American girl (Jean Seberg) studying journalism at the Sorbonne, whom he had met in Nice a few weeks earlier. Poiccard seems oblivious to the dragnet that is slowly closing around him as he recklessly pursues his love of American movies and libidinous interest in the beautiful American. Godard pays homage to the pace and energy of American gangster B-movies of the 1940s. The young Belmondo, his face battered by boxing, was cast in the lead, modelling his manner on his idol, Humphrey Bogart. A revolution swept French cinema into the 1960s, and this film seized the public by its throat. (Subtitles) FRANCE 1960 JEAN-LUC GODARD 90M Tue 16 Aug 11:00 – Auditorium

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Set during occupied France, a faithless woman finds herself falling in love with a young priest. A fascinating change of subject matter for director Jean-Pierre Melville. Set in a town overrun at first by Italians, then Germans during WWII, Barny is a widowed mother and communist. When the Germans arrive, she sends her half-Jewish daughter to live in a farm in the countryside and finds that Sabine’s brother has been arrested and sent to a concentration camp One day she goes to confront a priest. She chooses Father Léon Morin (Belmondo), because his name sounds less bourgeois. She goes into the confessional and begins her attack. The response by the young priest however takes her by surprise. He has wise and rational responses to her every claim. The two begin conversing regularly. ‘Léon Morin, Priest’ is a surprising film. Remarkable in its direction and acting as well as its portrayal of life in an occupied town, and in its sheer intelligence and humility. (Subtitles) FRANCE 1961 JEAN-PIERRE MELVILLE 117M

Thu 18 Aug 10:00 – Auditorium


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A burglar, betraying other criminals, prepares for a big heist with a trusted friend that might be as untrustworthy as he. Martin Scorsese’s favourite gangster movie. Fresh out of prison and hell-bent on revenge, Maurice Faugel, finds himself, once more, on the run from the police after what should have been a quick and simple robbery. Everything points to Maurice’s former friend and partner-in-crime, Silien. However, did Silien really rat on Faugel? Jean-Pierre Melville is influenced by American crime movies of the 1930s: shadows, night, trench coats, guns, tough guys, cigarettes, slinky dames, cocktail bars, crooked cops – confining the characters within their own lives and space. Terrific performances, and equally terrific camerawork from Nicolas Hayer – more gris than noir – conjure a rivetingly treacherous, twilit world. (Subtitles) FRANCE 1962 JEAN-PIERRE MELVILLE 108M

Wed 17 Aug 20:30 – Studio Thu 18 Aug 13:30 – Pic Palace

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Sat 20 Aug 20:30 – Studio


The film tells the story of exotic dancer as she attempts to have a child with her unwilling lover. In the process, she finds herself torn between him and his best friend Alfred (Belmondo). Sometimes, solemn but somehow empty vows of love and devotion are just not good enough, and a simple “I love you” may prove to be insufficient. Angela (Anna Karina), a graceful exotic dancer, has set her sights on talking her unwilling lover, Émile (Jean-Claude Brialy) into starting a family; however, he seems absorbed with his other passion: cycling. But, Angela wants a child, and she takes no for an answer. Could Alfred Lubitsch, a handsome neighbour and Émile’s bosom friend, lend a hand? Godard’s third feature film and his first in colour, ‘A Woman is a Woman’ is one of the most enjoyable of all the master’s works. (Subtitles) FRANCE 1964 JEAN-LUC GODARD 84M


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Sun 21 Aug 20:45 – Studio


Dissatisfied in marriage and life, Ferdinand (Jean-Paul Belmondo) takes to the road with the babysitter, his ex-lover Marianne Renoir (Anna Karina), and leaves the bourgeois world behind. Ferdinand Griffon, married to a wealthy Italian wife, has recently been fired from the television station where he worked. Feeling bored at a bourgeois party, He meets Marianne, who was his mistress five years ago and insists on calling him Pierrot, and offers to take her home. They spend the night together and he learns that she’s involved in smuggling weapons. They decide to leave Paris and his family behind and go on the run, on a crazy journey to nowhere. A stylish mash-up of anti-consumerist satire, au courant politics, and comic-book aesthetics, as well as a violent, zigzag tale of, as Godard called them, “the last romantic couple”. (Subtitles) FRANCE 1965 JEAN-LUC GODARD 118M


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Evangelos Odysseas Papathanassiou, known professionally as Vangelis, was a Greek musician, composer, songwriter and producer of electronic, progressive, ambient, and classical orchestral music. Mostly self-taught in music, he grew up in Athens and formed his first band in 1963, playing the pop music of the time: up-tempo rock’n’roll, sweeping ballads and Beatles cover versions, with Vangelis supplying organ lines. Here, we present the extremely rare Tony Palmer documentary ‘Vangelis and the Journey to Ithaka.’ Booking Ref

Thu 25 Aug 20:45 – Auditorium


Tony Palmer’s documentary on the Greek composer includes interviews with Vangelis and many of his friends and colleagues, among them Sean Connery, Hugh Hudson, Jessye Norman, Oliver Stone, Akiko Ebi and Julian Rachlin. The film contains rare historical footage, most of which has never been seen before, as well as recent material showing Vangelis improvising new music. In a career spanning over 50 years, with as many albums to his name, Vangelis is regarded as one of the greatest composers of electronic music of all time. He is best known for his Academy Award winning score for the film ‘Chariots of Fire’, and composing scores for the films ‘Antarctica’, ‘Blade Runner’, ‘1492: Conquest of Paradise’ and ‘Alexander’. In addition, his music was used in the PBS documentary ‘Cosmos: A Personal Voyage by Carl Sagan’. Tony Palmer’s film celebrates the music legend’s illustrious and fascinating career. UK 2013 TONY PALMER 130M We are proud welcome back Tony Palmer for this, only the second public screening of his new cut of ‘Vangelis and the Journey to Ithaka’.



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The director of ‘Cinema Paradiso’. Giuseppe Tornatore tells the story of Ennio Morricone’s extraordinary career. The Italian composer is best known for his collaborations with Sergio Leone, but he also worked with everyone from Bertolucci to Tarantino. This superb documentary represents a painstakingly detailed, fantastically entertaining, and profoundly exhausting deep dive into the work of the hyper-prolific Morricone. It is one huge cinematic mosaic that tessellates a massive interview with the man himself (fortuitously filmed just before he died in 2020), with acres of archival footage and snippets from the movies for which he wrote soundtracks. A pure labour of love. (Subtitles) ITALY 2021 GIUSEPPE TORNATORE 156M Fri 19 Aug 10:30 – Auditorium

NB. To support this documentary we are screening ‘Once Upon a Time in the West’ showcasing one of Morricone’s greatest scores on Sat 20 Aug 10:30.

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Sat 20 Aug 10:30 – Auditorium

Sergio Leone’s masterly 1968 western is selected to show how perhaps this is Ennio Morricone’s greatest – truly “operatic” - score. The story centres on a beautiful former prostitute called Jill McBain (Claudia Cardinale) who arrives to assume the role of wife to a stubborn, crazy, red-headed Irishman with a dream. Waiting, instead is tragedy and ‘Mr. Morton’, a powerful, but ailing land-grabbing baron (Gabriele Ferzetti, who also appears in Antonioni’s ‘L’Avventura’ showing on Sun 21 Aug 10:00) who desires to crush everything and everyone who stands in his way to reach the Pacific Ocean with his railroad. To help him is an equally ruthless gunfighter named Frank (Henry Fonda); the success of Leone’s masterpiece owes much to Fonda who plays a very convincing heavy. Leone pulls together all the themes, characterizations, visuals, humour, and musical experiments of the three ‘Dollars’ films and comes up with a true epic western. It is a stunning, operatic film of breadth, detail, and stature that deserves to be considered among the greatest westerns ever made. ITALY/USA 1968 SERGIO LEONE 165M


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MADE IN SUSSEX A selection of films made around Sussex, and a talk highlighting its appearance on screen. Booking Ref



Locations at Goodwood and Tangmere Aerodrome A British expeditionary team attempt a dangerous, world-first circumnavigation of the Earth in an 80-year-old vintage World War II fighter to inspire a new generation through the freedom of flight. Looking for new ways to pass on the heritage of our liberty, pilots Matt Jones and Steve Brooks embark on a daring expedition in G-IRTY, an iconic interceptor aircraft that battled for liberty against the Nazi regime. They flew over 26 countries – something seldom achieved, let alone from low altitude. The aerial vistas are breathtaking, as the Silver Spitfire soars and roars, chasing the sun westward. An immersive portrait, brimming with hazard, drama and heartwrenching emotion, the film takes you inside one of the most special machines ever created, reflecting the World and ourselves in her silvery, glistening wings. UK 2021 BENJAMIN UTTLEY 89M + Q&A Thu 11 Aug 18:30 – Auditorium Wed 17 Aug 17:00 – Leconfield Hall, Petworth

We hope to welcome one of the spitfire pilots Matt Jones to introduce this film and join us for a Q&A afterwards. (New Park Auditorium screening only)

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Tue 16 Aug 13:30 – Auditorium


Location in Arundel A gentle and engaging profile of Ann Sutton, arguably the country’s leading artist in textile, working in her Arundel studios. Iconic British artist Ann Sutton won world acclaim as a weaver and industrial textile designer. Aged 78, she gave up her looms and dedicated herself to pushing the boundaries of fine art. In her ‘laboratory’ of a studio in Arundel, she works alongside her assistant Ruth to turn her endless ideas into radical creations. She is a magnet for artistic collaborators who enjoy her energy and wry humour. Suddenly Ann’s world changes as curators from two of Britain’s biggest art institutions – the Tate and V&A – start knocking on her door. In a further local connection, the film’s co-director Joshua Kershaw, creates video content for Pallant House Gallery. UK 2022 JANE MOTE & JOSHUA KERSHAW 74M +Q&A NB. We hope to welcome director Jane Mote and special guests to introduce the film.

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Tue 23 Aug 13:00 – Studio


An illustrated talk by Ellen Cheshire From the moment ‘animated photographs’ began to emerge in 1896 as a new way of showing people their world on a big screen, Sussex has been used as a location thanks to its varied landscape. A landscape that ranges from the rolling hills of the South Downs, picturesque towns and villages, impressive stately homes, and its extensive coastlines – all within easy reach of London. In this illustrated talk Sussex-based film historian, writer and lecture Ellen Cheshire will share with us some glimpses of our Sussex past and present and discuss how filmmakers have used Sussex as a location over the past 125 years from the early Brighton and Hove film pioneers of the late 19th century to the films being made today. 100M APPROX. NB. Following this talk we will screen ‘Blackbird’ (shot partly in Chichester and West Wittering) in the Auditorium at 15:30, introduced by its location manager Rebecca Pearson. Booking Ref


Locations in Chichester and West Wittering A terminally ill mother arranges to bring her family together one last time before she dies. Starring Sam Neil, Susan Sarandon and Kate Winslet. Lily (Sarandon) is dying and by the end of this weekend, she’ll be gone. She suffers from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and is planning to pursue euthanasia with the help of her husband Paul (Neil) she invites her family and her long-time best friend Liz (Lindsay Duncan) to the house so they can spend her final days together. But there is tension between her daughters, the uptight Jennifer (Winslet) and the wayward Anna (Mia Wasikowska), and it threatens to destroy her perfectly laid-out plan. This was one of Roger Michell’s final films before passing away in September 2021, and is the first UK public screening as the film was never given a theatrical release in the UK. UK 2019 ROGER MICHELL 97M + INTRO NB. We hope to welcome Rebecca Pearson, location manager on this film, to introduce it. Our thanks to Lionsgate for this screening. Tue 23 Aug 15:30 – Auditorium


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Mon 22 Aug 18:45 – Studio

Locations in Worthing Set in the 1950s when Laurel and Hardy were no longer superstars, this film is based on their tour of the UK and Ireland playing small theatres and venues. Laurel and Hardy, the world’s most famous comedy duo, attempt to reignite their film careers as they embark on what becomes their swan song: a gruelling theatre tour of post-war Britain. Steve Coogan as Stan Laurel and John C Reilly as Oliver Hardy are uncanny in both their appearance and in the depictions of the various sketches. Despite the initial near desperation, they both triumph, have a late flourish and showing they still had the ability and popularity. Funny and yet very poignant, touching on matters between the pair that have only recently been revealed. UK 2018 JON S. BAIRD 98M

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Wed 24 Aug 13:30 – Studio

Locations in Hope Gap, Seaford A couple’s (Bill Nighy and Annette Bening) visit with their son takes a dramatic turn when the father tells him he plans on leaving his mother. William Nicholson has painted this portrait of an unhappy marriage with great skill and sensitivity. This is a signal achievement, given that the material is heartfelt and autobiographical: the lightly fictionalised story of his own parents’ marriage, seen through the eyes of their adult son, who loves them both, blames neither and recognises his own helplessness in salvaging the situation. He has created two memorable characters, superbly acted by Bill Nighy and Annette Bening. UK 2019 WILLIAM NICHOLSON 120M + INTRO We hope to welcome Kelly Mikulla and Debi Carter from the Sussex Film Office who worked on this film, to introduce the film and short Q&A after the screening.


World Premiere Introduced by producer Phil Grabsky.

Wed 24 Aug 13:30 – Studio


These world-renowned ‘Exhibition on Screen’ films are a series of superb arts documentaries produced by Seventh Art Productions, based in Brighton, Sussex. See Focus on the Documentary for details on Pg36

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Sun 28 Aug 13:00 – Auditorium


The war is over, but the conflict continues... The year is 1950. German war bride Anna (Anne Scherliess) and her young son Peter have relocated from Berlin to England to reunite with her British husband Jack Simpson, but they face a furious backlash from the local community because of her German heritage. With Jack nowhere to be seen, Anna finds herself evicted from the family home. She turns to the local Reverend, Charles Wilson (Richard Dee-Roberts), and his housekeeper, Miss Evans (Judith Paris), for help. But then Jack (Julian Gamm) returns, with tragic consequences. Decades later, a chance discovery by a gravedigger makes news headlines. A forty-year-old secret is about to be unearthed. This is a timely powerful period drama, beautifully realised and with a poignant message. Directed by local Richard Dee-Roberts. UK 2022 RICHARD DEE-ROBERTS 96M + Q&A We hope to welcome director Richard Dee-Roberts and cast members to introduce their film and hold a Q&A afterwards.


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Wed 24 Aug 10:45 – Studio

Powell & Pressbuger’s film is a British wartime entreaty for Empire solidarity, concentrating on rousing the patriotic fervour of the citizens of Canada. Nazism was threatening to swallow up and destroy democracy, and the Allied forces were keen to encourage the United States to join them against Hitler and his toxic ideology. Propaganda, certainly, but intelligent, thoughtful, artistically beautiful propaganda. Set in the stunning and varied Canadian landscape, it tells the story of six members of a Nazi U-boat crew, stranded on land when their vessel is sunk by patrol planes. Their mission is to return to Germany, via the neutral U.S., and follows their attempt to reach the border, the eponymous 49th Parallel. Along the way they try to spread their Nazi ideology, which falls on stony ground. Lawrence Olivier, Leslie Howard and Eric Portman lead the cast and with an atmosphere made all the more rousing via the score composed by Ralph Vaughan Williams. UK 1941 MICHAEL POWELL AND ERIC PRESSBURGER 122M

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Thu 25 Aug 10:30 – Studio


John Mills stars in this docu-drama which captures the ill-fated final expedition to the South Pole in 1912 of British explorer Robert Scott. Produced by Ealing Studios, ‘Scott of the Antarctic’ is a stiff upper- lipped depiction of Captain Scott’s infamous, ill-fated expedition to the South Pole. Facing freezing storms, starvation, lack of fuel, and having just digested the sobering revelation that Norwegian rival Roald Amundsen had beaten them to it, Scott and his remaining team of four settled and died just eleven miles from camp, where food, warmth and undoubtedly survival awaited them. Trading very much on the legend of Captain Scott, the film charms thanks to its post-WWII optimism and gorgeous colour cinematography. Mills and the supporting cast (James Robertson Justice, Kenneth More, Harold Warrender et al) are excellent throughout, starting out as eager and boisterous, and later, as the last survivors wait to die in the tent that would become their tomb, withdrawn and contemplative. This journey is accompanied by the superb music of Vaughan Williams. The music later became ‘Sinfonia Antarctica’ but to hear it in the context of the film is to wonder again at the creative spirit of Vaughan Williams. UK 1948 CHARLES FRIEND 111M

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The first ever full-length film biography of the great composer, produced by the multiaward-winning director, Tony Palmer. Featuring many of those who knew and worked with him, including the Gloucester Cathedral Choir, conducted by Andrew Nethsingha, and archive performances by Boult and Barbirolli. Also contains newly discovered interviews with Vaughan Williams himself, specially recorded extracts from ‘The Symphonies’, ‘Job’, ‘The Lark Ascending’ and of course ‘The Tallis Fantasia’. Includes unexpected contributions from the late Harrison Birtwistle, John Adams, Richard Thompson, Mark Anthony Turnage, Barbara Dickson, Michael Tippett and Neil Tennant of The Pet Shop Boys. Using comments from and interviews with around forty people who had dealings with the man or who have been inspired by him, the film then sets out to discover the real Vaughan Williams. As Palmer writes, “the main thrust of my film... is about the man himself... My intention is not hagiography. It is simply this: to explode for ever the image of a cuddly old uncle.” (Or, as the late Harrison Birtwistle puts it, Mr Badger from ‘Wind in the Willows’.) UK 2004 TONY PALMER 148M We are delighted to welcome Tony Palmer back to Chichester to introduce his superb documentary.

Thu 25 Aug 14:30 – Auditorium

Vaughan Williams wrote several outstanding scores for the Cinema, and our 150th anniversary tribute includes the screening of ‘49th Parallel’ and ‘Scott of the Antarctic.’


Thu 11 Aug 19:30

Wed 17 Aug 17:00

We are delighted to welcome a new venue to the Chichester Film Festival: Leconfield Hall - Market Square, Petworth GU28 0AH BOX OFFICE

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Fri 12 Aug 13:15 – Auditorium Sun 14 Aug 16:00 – Auditorium

This superbly animated feature film follows the journey of Kitty, the imaginary friend to whom Anne Frank dedicated her diary. ‘Where is Anne Frank’ begins with a miracle, Kitty (Ruby Stokes), the imaginary friend to whom Anne Frank (Emily Carey) writes in her famous Diary, comes to life in presentday Amsterdam. Unaware that 75 years have gone by, Kitty is convinced that if she’s alive, then Anne must be alive too. It’s the beginning of an adventurous journey. It’s the story of Kitty’s quest across contemporary Europe searching for her beloved friend. Armed with the precious Diary and with help from her friend Peter (Sebastian Croft), who runs a secret shelter for undocumented refugees, Kitty follows Anne’s traces her journey from the Annex to her tragic end in the ‘Holocaust’. In 2008, director Ari Forman gave us ‘Waltz with Bashir’, and now he has created richly imaginative storytelling which unselfconsciously mixes the historical, the contemporary and the supernatural. A bold attempt to combine family entertainment and politics in animated form. BELGIUM/ LUXEMBOURG/ FRANCE/ ISRAEL 2021 ARI FORMAN 97M Our thanks to Altitude for this screening

Art for All The Gallery in the Square

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Sat 27 Aug 13:00 – Studio


A programme of 13 talented animators presenting their short films dealing with the theme of “the mental wellbeing of artistes”. At least once (probably more than Self Scratch – Following a break-up, Wen once), every person has experienced low sinks into melancholy. By understanding emotional states. Representatives of the it is lost confidence, she can reconcile creative industry are the most likely to be with herself and feel ready to love again. exposed. In the turbulent 2022, the Linoleum Chenghua Yang (2020, France) Contemporary Animation and Media Art Inertness – Black & white animation, showing Festival, together with Skwigly Animation the story of a day full of unfortunate events. Magazine, have selected the most accurate Jakub Krzyszpin (2021, Poland) artistic expressions on emotional burnout Am I Oright – Sounds recorded, mixed and and creative crisis. Thirteen talented edited, are used to indicate the author’s animation works from all over the world actual experience of getting lost, growing, highlight this situation for those lucky enough and transforming in the process of the to observe this problem from the outside. creation journey. Yen Liang Chen (2017, They also give support and empathize with Taiwan) those who have encountered it tête-à-tête. Pandiculation – “pan·​dic·​u·​la·​tion / yə-’lāSommerregen – After an exhausting rainy shən /n The act of stretching oneself (often day, a young woman is struggling with her accompanied by yawning). Jakob Eiring & growingly overwhelming feelings. Julia Skala Konrad Hjemli (2020, Norway) & Oscar Jacobson (2020, Germany) The Making of Longbird – A ‘behind-theProcrastination – An investigative and scenes’ look at an Animator/ Filmmaker as exploratory hands-on gloves-off study into he struggles with his character. Will Anderson the practice of putting things ‘off’. Johnny (2011, UK) Kelly (2007, UK) Playing Death – A character fighting the loss The Great Malaise – A young woman of identity is continuously influenced by the attempts to describe herself in voice-over, fear of the unknown and closeness to death. casting her life in the ideal light that society Margarida Madeira (2018, Portugal) expects. The film’s imagery, however, tells Tick – Before burn-out has burned out it is a a different story. Catherine Lepage (2019, flame. And Jane is on fire. But she does not Canada) realize how the flame starts to consume her Conversations with a Whale – In this love and how she loses sight of everything around letter to artists, their art and its audience, her. Fabienne Priess and Levin Tamoj (2019, one filmmaker is confronted with rejection Germany) after rejection until at last, a beautiful fig PROGRAMME OF ANIMATED FILMS: (70M tree bears sweet fruits. Anna Samo (2020, Germany) APPROXIMATELY) FOLLOWED BY A PRERECORDED Q&A WITH THE FILMMAKERS. TOTAL Enough – This film centres around impulses we all can feel but never act upon. Anna RUNNING TIME 120M APPROXIMATELY. Mantzaris (2017, UK) We welcome Aaron Wood of Skwigly Drawn Undrew Draw – Everybody is a Animation Magazine to introduce this naturally individual creator, though we might exciting programme of world animation. struggle in the reality that make us stop creating. Angel Wu (2020, Taiwan)

LIGHTYEAR See Open Air Screenings on pg7 for full details.


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Wed 24 Aug 19:30 to 23:00 – Auditorium Tickets £20

Interval of 30 mins – the bar is open until 23:00


The music and personality, if not the sources of inspiration, of one of this century’s most eclectic jazz composers are comprehensively nailed in this brilliant documentary. Illustrated with archival footage and musical extracts, director Don McGlynn began shooting interviews in 1989, at the time of the N.Y. world premiere of Mingus’ posthumous magnum opus, ‘Epitaph.’ This brought together many of the composer’s colleagues including Dannie Richmond, Gunther Schuller, Sue Mingus, Celia Mingus Zaentz, John Handy, Jimmy Knepper, Don Butterfield, Snooky Young, Eddie Bert, Wynton Marsalis, Dorian Mingus, Britt Woodman, Jerome Richardson and Randy Brecker. Production continued fitfully thereafter, with the finished documentary presented originally at the 1997 London Film Festival. USA 1997 DON MCGLYNN 78M


Following the documentary, we are delighted to present a live jazz session featuring an ensemble that features: the BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year finalist, Alex Clarke (alto/tenor saxophone); winner of the Parliamentary Jazz Awards Instrumentalist of the Year, Josephine Davies (tenor saxophone); the highly creative talents of Tim Lapthorn (piano); Winston Clifford, one of the leading British drummers in the last forty years; and led by veteran jazz double bassist Andrew Cleyndert. The credits and associations of the individual members of the group are expansive, and collectively they offer a unique blend of improvisational talents to explore the music and spirit of one of the most important players and composers in jazz history. The set promises to be a highly enjoyable addition to the evening’s film and will include a wide variety of works from the Mingus canon.







PASOLINI CENTENARY The centenary of Pier Paolo Pasolini’s birth provides a welcome cue to revisit one of modern cinema’s most individual and fearless careers. In just fifteen hectic years, Pasolini moved from updating neo-realist aesthetics in his early films set in the Roman underworld (‘Mamma Roma’) to creating vividly imagined fictive worlds. These would range from a widely admired reinterpretation of the traditional passion story in ‘The Gospel According to Matthew’ to his final film, ‘Salo’, banned from exhibition almost everywhere due to its scandalous imagining of Fascist erotics. Between these contrasting extremes, Pasolini responded to the revolutionary climate of the late 60s with two controversial and mysterious parables, ‘Pigsty’ and ‘Theorem’. He also pioneered a unique form of populist art cinema, with new approaches to classical mythology and to the great story collections of medieval literature. Both series were rooted in an earthy realism, drawing on his own Friulian childhood, while also searching for the sacred and the supernatural beyond organised religion. - Ian Christie Booking Ref

Fri 19 Aug 13:30 – Studio


An Illustrated talk by film historian Ian Christie Pasolini’s two great series – the Greek myths revisited, and medieval storybooks brought to life – were shrewd commercial projects, using widely familiar titles as a basis for radical filmmaking. But I want to argue that they also have an underlying political aim, which is to challenge the banality of contemporary consumerist society. Pasolini was a Marxist, as well as a poet with a distinctively Italian sense of what got lost in the transition to modern industrial society – like his contemporary, the writer Italo Calvino. In ‘Medea’, above all, Pasolini confronted the gulf between a magical world and modernity, which I will be exploring in this illustrated talk. – Ian Christie 100M Following Ian Christie’s talk we will be screening separately also in the Studio at 16:00 Pasolini’s ‘The Canterbury Tales.’ BOX OFFICE

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Fri 19 Aug 16:00 – Studio

Pasolini’s artistic, sometimes violent, always vividly cinematic retelling of some of Chaucer’s most erotic tales. ‘The Canterbury Tales’ is a broad canvas on which is writ large and bawdy the life of the people. We are plummeted into a world of lecherous ladies, ugly old husbands, willing and ready pages, ending with a superb final fling in a gaudy red Sicilian hell. As usual Pasolini creates visual magic where other directors would never see beyond the banal, and the humour is as rich as ever. Pasolini later declared that these three films were the most ideological of his career. (Subtitles) ITALY 1971 PIER PAOLO PASOLINI 111M

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Thu 18 Aug 15:30 – Studio Sat 20 Aug 18:00 – Pic Palace

Having renounced her ignominious past, a former streetwalker (a terrific powerful performance by Anna Magnani) reunites with her son. With a fervent yearning for respectability and enough money to buy herself a brandnew life in Rome, the uninhibited, fearless, determined former streetwalker Mamma Roma renounces her ignominious past to reunite with her loafing 16-year-old son Ettore. She is bent on making an honest living, but a malicious extortion scheme and the equally insidious menace of exposure threaten to put an end to her zealous aspirations. One of the best films to come out of Italy in the 1960’s, it compares greatly with some of the early films by De Sica and Fellini. (Subtitles) ITALY 1962 PIER PAOLO PASOLINI 106M

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Mon 22 Aug 20:45 – Studio Tue 23 Aug 13:15 – Pic Palace


A mysterious young man seduces each member of a bourgeois family. When he suddenly leaves, how will their lives change? A beatific stranger (Terence Stamp) arrives in a rich Milanese household, and soon he is setting hormones a-flutter. The enigmatic man has seduced the daughter and her brother, their mother and father – even the maid. The year is 1968, and Pasolini shapes all his political and cultural contradictions into this radical celluloid statement which proceeds with the mysterious determination of a renaissance religious fresco. A bona fide icon of 60s world cinema. (Subtitles) ITALY 1968 PIER PAOLO PASOLINI 98M

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In World War II Italy, four fascist libertines round up nine adolescent boys and girls and subject them to 120 days of physical, mental, and sexual torture. Warning: Be prepared for one of the toughest films you’ll ever see, and still banned in many countries. This was Pasolini’s last film, his vision only becoming bleaker and more disturbed as the years passed. Using the Marquis de Sade’s ideas on the decadence of 18th century France, Pasolini represents Fascist Italy (194445). A group of wealthy adults shop amongst the kidnapped older children of bourgeoisie, and choose eighteen, and steal them away to a hidden mansion. There, the adults live out every twisted fantasy they’ve ever had or can now muster. This entire film experience should be viewed as a symbolic, emotional “explanation” of what it was like to live under Nazi/Fascist rule, and how an otherwise normal, decent society could be turned into lunatics and sub-animals. Not for the faint hearted. Warning: This film contains extreme scenes of sexual violence. (Subtitles) ITALY 1975 PIER PAOLO PASOLINI 117M Wed 24 Aug 20:30 – Studio

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Mon 22 Aug 15:30 – Auditorium

The powerful sorceress (Maria Callas) helps Jason (Giuseppe Gentile) steal the Golden Fleece and reclaim his throne, then enacts a gruesome revenge after he spurns her. The great Italian poet, filmmaker, and provocateur extraordinaire Pier Paolo Pasolini, who once famously embraced (apparent) contradiction by publicly declaring, “I am a Catholic. I am a Communist. I am a homosexual,” made no less seemingly contradictory choices when it came to translating literary texts into cinema. His notorious final work, ‘Salò’, was his rendition of de Sade, but he had previously put his stamp on St. Matthew, Chaucer, and Boccaccio, so an adaptation of ‘Medea’, the myth cemented for the ages by Euripides in 431 BC, was hardly out of character, and Pasolini presented his take on the ancient text in 1969 with the tempestuous opera diva Maria Callas as the character – the eternal symbol of “hell hath no fury like a woman scorned” – from which the play derives its name. This is a rare screening of a beautifully digitally restored version, with the originality of Maria Callas doing the dubbing herself. (Subtitles) ITALY/FRANCE/WEST GERMANY 1969 PIER PAOLO PASOLINI 118M Our thanks to Unzero Films for this new Italian import.


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The life of Jesus Christ according to the Gospel of Matthew. A special screening at Chichester Cathedral. This brilliant and entirely unforgiving neorealist Passion play looks as if it has been hacked from some stark rockface. It is made in black and white and uses nonprofessionals. The musical score switches sharply from Bach’s ‘St Matthew Passion’ to classic blues. Enrique Irazoqui’s Jesus is eerily, almost disturbingly self-possessed, emerging from the landscape like Bergman’s Death in ‘The Seventh Seal’. This really is raw filmmaking, in a political vernacular which speaks of Pasolini’s high, theocratic Marxist belief in the sovereignty of the people, like the publicans and the harlots that Christ said understood him. (Subtitles) ITALY 1964 PIER PAOLO PASOLINI 147M We are proud to present this astonishing work in partnership with Chichester Cathedral.

Sat 20 Aug 20:15 (intro) for 20:30 start - Chichester Cathedral

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We complete this centenary tribute by summing up Pasolini’s last day in a kaleidoscopic biopic by maverick Abel Ferarra – perhaps his best film. Pier Paolo Pasolini was an outspoken intellectual and a filmmaker of rare, taboobusting talent; a man who insisted that “to scandalise is a right, to be scandalised a pleasure.” Director Abel Ferrara clearly views the Italian as a kindred spirit, and his lush, reverent drama charts the director’s final 24 hours. It makes for a bewitching walk on the wild side, a film full of squalor and beauty, and Willem Dafoe is ideally cast as the great director, a raw-boned panther in middleage. This is a work of startling maturity from this incorrigible tearaway, a minor-key dream that finally turns towards darkness. FRANCE/BELGIUM/ITALY 2015 ABEL FERRARA 84M

Fri 26 Aug 20:30 – Studio


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Mon 15 Aug 21:15 – St John’s Chapel



We are delighted to welcome back Ben Hall, Head of Music at the University of Chichester to create a new score for the 1922 classic silent German Dracula film by F.W. Murnau ‘Nosferatu’ – the name alone can chill the blood!”. F.W. Murnau’s masterpiece, released in 1922, was the first (albeit unofficial) screen adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Nearly 80 years on, it remains among the most potent and disturbing horror films ever made. The sight of Max Schreck’s hollow-eyed, cadaverous vampire rising creakily from his coffin still has the ability to chill the blood. Nor has the film dated. Murnau’s elision of sex and disease lends it a surprisingly contemporary resonance. The director and his screenwriter Henrik Gaalen are true to the source material, but where most subsequent screen Draculas (whether Bela Lugosi, Christopher Lee, Frank Langella or Gary Oldman) were portrayed as cultured and aristocratic, Nosferatu is verminous and evil. (Whenever he appears, rats follow in his wake.) Murnau went out on location in his native Westphalia. As a counterpoint to the nightmarish world inhabited by Nosferatu, he used imagery of hills, clouds, trees and mountains (it is, after all, sunlight that destroys the vampire). A classic example of German expressionism, the image of Schreck’s diabolic Nosferatu, bathed in shadow, sidling his way toward a new victim with heavy chiaroscuro, oblique camera angles and jarring close-ups, all had great influence on the horror genre. Later film noir were all to be found first in Murnau’s chilling masterpiece. What devilish symphony of horror music will Ben Hall create on the organ? GERMANY 1922 F.W. MURNAU 93M


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Three of our Surprise Films have recently won the Audience Award for Best Film. 2021 saw legal drama ‘The Collini Case’ crowned as the festival’s favourite film – so do not miss what will surely be an exciting and unforgettable film experience. Following the launch of a Surprise Film in the Festival in 2012, we continue this idea 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 ‘Untouchable’ (which became the most popular French film in 2012), ‘Jane Eyre’, ‘Julie & Julia’ (which became one of our most popular films when it was finally released), ‘Blue Jasmine’ and ‘Pride’. Join in the fun and take the opportunity to gamble by booking in advance for hopefully a very worthwhile surprise!

Thu 25 Aug 18:00 – Auditorium


Film with live piano at the Guildhall, Priory Park See Ukrainian Cinema on pg51 for full details



See Mingus Centenary on pg78 for full details

See Pasolini section on pg82 for full details

Mingus documentary followed by live jazz gig

Special screening at Chichester Cathedral


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Andrew Eaton

Martine Pierquin


pg40 EDGE OF WAR Sun 14 Aug 13:00 – Auditorium


We are delighted that the UK’s greatest living film critic will join us to officially open the Festival. Wed 10 Aug 18:30 – Auditorium

Jane Mote


Tue 16 Aug 13:30 – Auditorium James Watkins

Stephen Horne


Thu 18 Aug 21:15 - Guildhall

Tue 23 Aug 15:30 – Auditorium Tony Palmer



Thu 11 Aug 18:30 – Auditorium


Wed 24 Aug 19:30 to 23:00 – Auditorium

OTHOU pg75 TRANSCENDENT Thu 25 Aug 14:30 – Auditorium Phil Grabsky pg38 MARY CASSAT Sat 27 Aug 16:00 – Auditorium Aaron Woods

Sat 27 Aug 13:00 – Studio Richard DeeWilliams


NOSFERATU Mon 15 Aug 21:15 – St John’s Chapel


Martine Pierquin pg64


Mon 15 Aug 13:30 – Studio Michael Brookes



Ian Christie


pg77 I’M FINE

Ben Hall

Sat 13 August 13:15 – Studio

Kelly Mikulla and Debi Carter

Tony Palmer

Andrew Cleyndert & Band


Wed 17 Aug 13:00 – Studio

Wed 25 Aug 13:30 – Studio



Thu 24 Aug 20:45 – Auditorium

Matt Jones


Pamela Hutchinson

Sun 21 Aug 13: 00 – Auditorium Rebecca Pearson pg71 BLACKBIRD


Fri 12 Aug 13:30 – Studio





Sun 28 Aug 13:00 – Auditorium

PIER PAOLO PASOLINI pg79 TALK Fri 19 Aug 13:30 – Studio Stephen Morgan


pg57 GULPILIL TALK Sat 20 Aug 13:30 – Studio Julian Richards

PETER BOGDANpg60 OVICH TALK Mon 22 Aug 13:30 – Studio

Ellen Cheshire


pg71 SUSSEX TALK Tue 23 Aug 13:30 – Studio


Friday Fireworks & Family Festivities


Priory Park Open Air Screening 19:30 ELVIS (PG) 159m 6

Sat 6 Aug

Priory Park Open Air Screening 19:30 WEST SIDE STORY (PG) 156m 7

Sun 7 Aug

Priory Park Open Air Screening 19:30 LIGHTYEAR (PG) 100m 7

Wed 10 Aug

Main Auditorium 18:30 OPENING GALA: EIFFEL (15) 137m Food at 18:30 – Film at 20:30 8

Thu 11 Aug

Main Auditorium 18:30 THE SILVER SPITFIRE (PG) 89m + Intro & Q&A 70

Leconfield Hall, Petworth 19:30 EIFFEL (15) 137m 8

Fri 12 Aug

Main Auditorium 11:00 HIROSHIMA MON AMOUR (12A) 90m 46 13:15 WHERE IS ANNE FRANK? (PG) 99m 76 15:30 EIFFEL (15) 137m 8 18:15 THE GRAY MAN (15) 128m 12 21:00 ANAÏS IN LOVE (Adv15) 98m 21

Studio 11:30 TBA 13:30 ALAIN RESNAIS TALK 100m 46 16:00 BRIGITTE BARDOT FOREVER (15) 100m 16 18:30 IN LIMBO (Adv15) 103m 28 20:45 WILDHOOD (15) 99m 31 Picture Palace 14:00 FIREBIRD (15) 107m 27 18:45 MANIAC MIKI (Adv15) 82m 12

Sat 13 Aug

Main Auditorium 10:30 LAST YEAR IN MARIENBAD (PG) 94m 46 13:30 THE BOOK OF VISION (15) 95m 14 15:45 ANAÏS IN LOVE (Adv15) 98m 21 18:00 IT SNOWS IN BERNIDORM (15) 117m 10 20:45 THE GRAY MAN (15) 128m 12

Studio 10:45 WILDHOOD (15) 99m 31 13:15 OLIVIA COLMAN TALK 100m 42 15:30 TYRANNOSAUR (18) 92m + Intro 43 17:45 SWEET DISASTER (Adv15) 90m 18 20:15 FIRST SNOW 83m 29 Picture Palace 13:45 PUNCH OF A LATE SUMMER (15) 81m 16 18:15 TBA -

Sun 14 Aug

Main Auditorium 10:30 THE FAVOURITE 120m tbc 13:00 MUNICH: EDGE OF WAR (15) 130m (plus Q&A) 25m 40 16:00 WHERE IS ANNE FRANK (PG) 99m 76 18:15 LEAVE NO TRACES (15) 160m 17 21:15 HER WAY (18) 97m 22 Studio 11:00 STUMBLING (Adv 18) 70m 10 13:15 FRANCE (Adv 15) 132m 21 15:45 GROW YOUR OWN (PG) 101m 43 18:00 HACKING JUSTICE (Adv12A) 90m 36 20:45 THE RIOT (Adv15) 109m 29 Picture Palace 14:00 SWEET DISASTER (Adv15) 90m 18 18:30 NOT A TAME LION (Adv 15) 110m 36

Mon 15 Aug

Main Auditorium 10:00 STAVISKY (15) 120m 48 12:30 LEAVE NO TRACES (15) 160m 17 15:45 THE FATHER (12A) 97m 43 18:30 THE BOOK OF VISION (15) 95m 14 21:00 CLARA SOLA (15) 106m 31

Studio 10:30 GROW YOUR OWN (PG) 101m 43 13:30 BELMONDO TALK 100m 64 16:00 LIKE A MAN (Adv15) 102m 29 18:00 FRANCE (Adv 15) 132m 21 20:45 DAWN OF WAR (15) 100m 28 Picture Palace 13:00 HACKING JUSTICE (Adv12) 90m 36 18:45 THE UGLY TRUTH (Adv15) 95m 18 EIFFEL


St John’s Chapel 21:15 NOSFERATU – with Live Organ by Ben Hall 85

Leconfield Hall, Petworth 17:00 THE SILVER SPITFIRE (PG) 89m 70 Cineworld Chichester 19:30 THE TALENTED MR. RIPLEY (15) 139m – Teen Takeover


Tue 16 Aug

Main Auditorium 11:00 BREATHLESS (12A) 90m 65 13:30 MY BONES ARE WOVEN (AdvPG) 74m + Q&A 70 16:00 JOYRIDE (15) 97m 44 18:15 IT SNOWS IN BENIDORM (15) 120m 10 21:00 TO THE ENDS OF THE WORLD (Adv18) 103m 22 Studio 11:30 MALOS AIRES 72m 32 13:15 EUGÉNIE GRANDET (Adv12A) 103m 23 15:30 GOOD MOTHER (Adv15) 97m 22 18:00 BRIGITTE BARDOT FOREVER (Adv15) 100m 16 20:30 THE TRIBE (18) 126m 50 Picture Palace 13:45 DAWN OF WAR 100m 28 18:30 TBA -

Wed 17 Aug

Main Auditorium 10:00 REFLECTION (18) 125m 50 12:30 ROBUST (15) 95m 23 15:00 IT SNOWS IN BENIDORM (15) 117m 10 17:30 FABIAN: GOING TO THE DOGS (Adv15) 177m 14 21:00 ONE YEAR, ONE NIGHT (Adv15) 120m 17

Main Auditorium 10:00 LÉON MORIN, PRIEST (PG) 120m 65 12:30 FABIAN: GOING TO THE DOGS (Adv15) 177m 14 16:00 NOBODY HAS TO KNOW (Adv12A) 93m 11 18:15 OFFICIAL COMPETITION (15) 114m 19 20:45 18 KILOHERTZ (15) 82m 33

Studio 10:30 TYRANOSAUR (18) 92m 43 13:00 EUGÉNIE GRANDET (Adv15) 103m 23 15:30 MAMMA ROMA (15) 106m 80 18:00 HYDE PARK ON HUDSON (12A) 94m 45 20:30 MAGNETIC BEATS (Adv15) 98m 23 Picture Palace 13:30 LE DOULOS (12A) 108m 66 18:30 MOTHERING SUNDAY (12A) 94m 44 Guildhall, Priory Park 21:15 EARTH (PG) 75m with Live Piano by Stephen Horne 51

Fri 19 Aug

Main Auditorium 10:30 ENNIO (PG) 156m 69 13:45 HIT THE ROAD (12A) 93m 33 15:45 OFFICIAL COMPETITION (15) 114m 19 18:15 ONE YEAR, ONE NIGHT (Adv15) 120m 17 20:45 WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING (15) 130m 13

Studio 11:00 BURQA (Adv12A) 82m 32 13:00 UKRAINIAN CINEMA TALK 100m 49 15:30 MOTHERING SUNDAY (15) 104m 44 18:00 FIREBIRD (15) 107m 27 20:45 LE DOULOS (12A) 108m 66 Picture Palace 13:30 TBA 18:30 THE TRIBE (18) 126m 50


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GRID LISTING Studio 11:00 CLOUDS OF CHERNOBYL (Adv15) 77m 30 13:30 PASOLINI TALK 100m 79 16:00 THE CANTERBURY TALES (18) 111m 80 18:30 OLGA (15) 85m 51 20:30 100 MINUTES (Adv15) 104m 30

Picture Palace 14:00 HYDE PARK ON HUDSON (12A) 94m 45 18:00 IN LIMBO (Adv15) 103m 28

Sat 20 Aug

Main Auditorium 10:30 ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST (18) 165m 69 13:45 NOBODY HAS TO KNOW (Adv12A) 99m 11 16:00 MY NAME IS GULPILIL (PG) 102m 57 18:15 HIT THE ROAD (12A) 93m 33 20:45 A CHIARA (15) 120m 15

Studio 10:45 WOODWRITER (PG) 68m 37 13:30 DAVID GULPILIL TALK 100m 57 16:15 THE IRON LADY (12A) 105m 44 18:30 MAN WITH A MOVIE CAMERA 78m 52 20:30 A WOMAN IS A WOMAN 108m 66 Picture Palace 14:00 WALKABOUT (15) 100m 58 18:00 MAMMA ROMA (15) 106m 80 Chichester Cathedral 20:30 THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO ST MATTHEW (U) 147m 82

Sun 21 Aug

Main Auditorium 10:00 L’AVVENTURA (12A) 144m 63 13:00 THE IPCRESS FILE (ITV Ep4) 120m plus Q&A 41 15:30 BOTH SIDES OF THE BLADE (15) 116m 24 18:15 WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING (15) 130m 13 21:00 THE TRACKER (15) 90m 58

Studio 10:30 THE IPCRESS FILE (1965) (15) 109m 41 13:30 CONFETTI (15) 100m 45 16:00 100 MINUTES (Adv15) 104m 30 18:30 HOMEWARD (15) 97m 52 20:45 PIERROT LE FOU (15) 118m 67



Picture Palace 13:15 RABBIT-PROOF FENCE (PG) 93m 59 18:00 THE IRON LADY (12A) 105m 44

Mon 22 Aug

Main Auditorium 10:30 ATLANTIS (Adv15) 125m 52 13:00 A CHIARA (15) 120m 15 15:30 MEDEA (15) 118m 81 18:00 LOST ILLUSIONS (Adv15) 150m 26 21:00 BOTH SIDES OF THE BLADE (15) 116m 24 Studio 11:00 THE CAMERA IS OURS (PG) 100m 37 13:30 PETER BOGDANOVICH TALK 60 16:00 TARGETS (15) 90m 60 18:45 STAN & OLLIE (12A) 98m 72 20:45 THEOREM (15) 98m Picture Palace 13:45 FIRST SNOW (15) 83m 29 18:30 DONBASS (15) 110m 53

Tue 23 Aug

Main Auditorium 10:30 HER WAY (18) 97m 22 12:30 LOST ILLUSIONS (Adv15) 150m 26 15:30 BLACKBIRD (Adv15) 97m plus intro 71 18:15 RETURN TO DUST (Adv15) 131m 34 21:00 18 KILOHERTZ (15) 82m 33 Studio 10:15 MR. JONES (15) 119m 54 13:00 MADE IN SUSSEX TALK 71 15:15 TBA 17:45 WHITE WHALE (Adv15) 125m 30 20:30 THE LOBSTER (15) 120m 45

Picture Palace 13:15 THEOREM (15) 98m 80 18:15 TARGETS (15) 90m 60

Wed 24 Aug

Main Auditorium 10:30 THE LAST PICTURE SHOW (15) 118m 61 13:15 RETURN TO DUST (Adv15) 131m 34 16:00 CHARLIE’S COUNTRY (15) 108m 58 19:30 CHARLES MINGUS DOC (PG) & Live Jazz 180m 78 Studio 10:45 49TH PARALLEL (12A) 122m 74 13:30 HOPE GAP (12A) 120m + Intro 72 16:15 CONFETTI (15) 100m 45 18:30 WHAT’S UP, DOC (U) 94m 61 20:30 SALÒ, OR THE 120 DAYS OF SODOM (18) 120m 81

Picture Palace 13:45 WHITE WHALE (Adv15) 125m 30 18:45 TBA -

Thu 25 Aug

Main Auditorium 10:00 PAPER MOON (PG) 102m 61 12:15 BALLAD OF THE WHITE COW (15) 105m 35 14:30 O THOU TRANSCENDENT (PG) 150m 75 18:00 SURPRISE FILM 85 20:45 VANGELIS AND THE JOURNEY TO ITHAKA (15) 130m 68 Studio 10:30 SCOTT OF THE ANTARCTIC (U) 101m 74 12:45 WALKABOUT (15) 100m 58 15:00 TBA 18:15 BITTER HARVEST (15) 103m 53 20:30 NOISES OFF (12A) 101m 62 Picture Palace 13:00 WHAT’S UP, DOC? (U) 94m 61 18:45 TBA -

Fri 26 Aug

Main Auditorium 11:00 ROBUST (15) 95m 23 13:30 LUNANA: A YAK IN THE CLASSROOM (PG) 110m 35 16:00 MR. MALCOLM’S LIST (15tbc) 108m 11 18:15 BALLAD OF THE WHITE COW (15) 105m 35 20:45 NOBODY’S HERO (Adv18) 100m 24 Studio 10:30 DONBASS (15) 110m 53 13:00 RABBIT-PROOF FENCE (PG) 93m 59

MAGNETIC BEATS 15:30 DIRECTED BY JOHN FORD (PG) 100m 62 18:00 MR. JONES (15) 119m 54 20:30 PASOLINI (15) 85m 82 Picture Palace 13:15 NOISES OFF (12A) 101m 62 18:45 NICKELODEON (U) 121m 62

Sat 27 Aug

Main Auditorium 10:30 LUNANA: A YAK IN THE CLASSROOM (PG) 110m 35 13:30 NOBODY’S HERO (Adv18) 100m 24 16:00 MARY CASSATT: PAINTING THE MODERN WOMAN (AdvPG) 93m + Q&A 38 18:15 MR. MALCOLM’S LIST (15tbc) 108m 11 21:00 GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS (Adv15) 100m 19

Studio 10:15 INTER-CONTINENTAL BUNKER MISSION (Adv12A) 80m +Q&A 36 13:00 I’M FINE (15) 120m 77 15:30 TBA 18:00 MAGNETIC BEATS (Adv15) 98m 23 20:30 NICKELODEON (15) 121m 62 Picture Palace 14:00 TBA 18:30 INTER-CONTINENTAL BUNKER MISSION (Adv12A) 80m 36

Sun 28 Aug


Main Auditorium 10:30 JUNIPER (Adv12A) 91m 9 13:00 THE REVEREND AND MRS SIMPSON (Adv15) 96m +Q&A 73 15:30 SILENT LAND (Adv15) 113m 20 18:00 TBA 18:30 CLOSING GALA: JUNIPER (Adv12A) 91m Food at 18:30 – Film at 20:30 9 Studio 11:00 TBA


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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 2022 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 Rosemary Coxon, Anne-Marie Flynn, Debbie Ford (Chair), Roger Harrison (Vice-Chair), Lynton Morgan, David Phillips, Michael Schurch and Claire Daikin (Secretary). Artistic Director Roger Gibson Cinema Director Walter Francisco Projection James Stokes – Senior Projectionist; Paul Stanley, Howard Johnson & Bob Bregazzi – Assistant Projectionists. We would like to acknowledge Mark Bradshaw for his dedication to the cinema and Festival over nearly 25 years.

Operations Manager Richard Warburton Operations Assistant Mark Hoare Box Office Ninian McGuffie, Nina Hebden, Eleanor Witcomb and Hannah Stead. Studio Technician Colin Bell Education Officer Rosemary Coxon & Patrick Hargood Accounts Eva Buzquier PR Brightword Hospitality and Patron Relations Carol Godsmark Film Transport Bob Sainsbury Programme Design TGDH Gala Catering Brasserie Blanc

FESTIVAL PARTNERS This Festival has been enabled by the BFI and Greenwood Wealth Solutions.

Our deepest thanks go to this year’s Festival Patrons and Film Partners:

FESTIVAL PATRONS: His Hon Michael Baker; Susie Brookes; John Coldstream; Susan Coldstream; Mike & Peg Cox-Eastern; Glyn Edmunds; Vaughan & Sally Lowe; Donna Ockenden; Graham & Sybil Papworth; Linda Shaw; Greg & Katherine Slay; Patricia Sloane.

FILM PARTNERS: Robin & Sarah Axford; Pat Bowman; John Coldstream; Susan Coldstream; June Coleman; Gilly & Nigel Cutts; Marija Davies; Meryl Deane; Glyn Edmunds; Gillian Evans; Denise Gabriel; Heather Gale; Vanessa Gernat; Jo Gibson; Delphie Hall; Roy Heathfield; Freda James; June King; Mercia Last; Bill & Pam Leask; Stephen & Lynda Marsh; Eamon McDonnell & Linda Butler; Deborah Mitchelson; Lady Sara Morton; Jan Reynolds; Eric Rimmer; Sophie Rudge; Holly Sabin; Roberta Stansfield; David Steel and Rachel Escott; Peter Stoakley; Vanessa Stuart; Ann & Jim Tice; Alan & Helen Todd; John & Paddy VincentTownend; Sally Ward; Jane Weeks; Bob Wilson & Pat Clough; Christine Zeber.

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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 10:30 to 20:30, and 12:30pm to 20:30pm 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.


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I’m Fine 77 In Limbo 28 Inter-Continental Bunker Mission 36 It Snows in Benidorm 10 The Ipcress File 41 The Ipcress File (ITV Series) 41 The Iron Lady 44 Joyride 44 Juniper 9 The Last Picture Show 61 Last Year in Marienbad 46 L’Avventura 63 Leave No Traces 17 Leon Morin, Priest 65 Le Doulos 66 Lightyear 7 Like a Man 29 The Lobster 45 Lost Illusions 26 Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom 35 Made in Sus sex Talk 71 Magnetic Beats 23 Malos Aires 32 Mamma Roma 80 Man With a Movie Camera 52 Maniac Miki 12 Mary Cassatt: Painting the Modern Woman 38 Medea 81 Mothering Sunday 44 Mr. Jones 54 Mr. Malcolm’s List 11 Munich: The Edge of War 40 My Bones Are Woven 70 My Name Is Gulpilil 57 Nickelodeon 62 Nobody Has to Know 11 Nobody’s Hero 24


Pasolini Talk


Pierrot Le Fou Punch of a Late Summer Rabbit Proof Fence




Resnais Talk


Return to Dust The Reverend and Mrs. Simpson



The Riot


Robust Salò, or the 120 Days


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Sweet Disaster




Theorem To the Ends of the World The Tracker




The Tribe




The Ugly Truth Ukrainian Cinema Talk


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BELMONDO ANNIVERSARY Noises Off Nosferatu Not A Tame Lion O Though Transcendent Official Competition Olga Olivia Colman Talk One Year, One Night Once Upon a Time in the West Paper Moon Pasolini



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What’s Up Doc? Where is Anne Frank Where the Crawdads Sing White Whale



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Wildhood A Woman is A Woman


Woodwriter: The Wordless Art of George A. Walker



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