Cinema Rediscovered 2022
Shanghai Express. Image courtesy of Park Circus/Universal. Design by Tony Stiles.

Cinema Rediscovered 2022

“Movies make magic. They change things. They take the real and make it into something else right before our very eyes.”
bell hooks (1952 – 2021)

Cinema Rediscovered returns for its sixth edition in and around Bristol UNESCO City of Film from Wed 20 – Sun 24 July 2022 celebrating the return of the big screen experience with a line-up of movie magic, from brand new restorations and rediscoveries to film curiosities before going on a UK wide tour from Aug – Oct 2022 with the support of MUBI and BFI awarding funds from National Lottery.

Screening at cinemas including 20th Century Flicks, Clevedon’s Curzon Cinema & Arts, Arnolfini and Watershed, the festival will launch a UK wide tour of highlights (Aug – Oct 2022), and an online offer via MUBI, the global streaming service, production company and film distributor.

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Cinema Rediscovered 2022 programme

Reframing Film
Wed 20 July 11:00
Event
For those of you working in film exhibition and archives, join some of the most distinctive voices in film curation and archiving to explore the potential of reframing film heritage.
Phillip French  Memorial Lecture: Samira Ahmed
Streaming Wed 20 July 18:15-19:15
In Venue Talk + Live stream
Award-winning journalist, writer and broadcaster Samira Ahmed delivers this year’s Philip French Memorial Lecture reflecting on her journalistic journey through cinema.

UK Premiere: Lost Highway

classified 18 Restored & Rediscovered
UK Premiere: Lost Highway
Wed 20 July 20:15
Film
A brooding jazz saxophonist lives in a simmering state of jealousy with his listless and possibly unfaithful wife in this 4K restoration of David Lynch's classic thriller.
DJ Cheeba Inspired by Lynch
Wed 20 July 22:40
Event
Join DJ Cheeba in the Café & Bar for a live DJ/VJ set inspired by the deliriously enigmatic work of David Lynch.
Rewriting Film History (With The Women in It)
Thu 21 July 09:30
Panel Discussion
Archive activists Invisible Women speak to guest contributors including So Mayer about reimagining film history through a female-centric lens.

A Door To The Sky

classified 15 S Women’s Stories from the Global South
A Door To The Sky
Thu 21 July 10:40
Film
Farida Benlyazid's poignant tribute to womanhood and spirituality is brought to life once again through the restoration efforts of the Transnational Moroccan Cinema Project from the University of Exeter.

UK Premiere: Blonde Crazy

classified PG Pre-code Hollywood
UK Premiere: Blonde Crazy
Thu 21 July 11:10
Film
James Cagney and Joan Blondell sizzle as a con-artist duo robbing hotel guests in this brilliant crime comedy.

Lunchtime Talk: Global Women’s Film Heritage Networking

Women’s Stories from the Global South
Global Women’s Film Heritage Networking Lunch
Thu 21 July 12:40
Talk
Join the team behind Global Women’s Film Heritage, a collective of researchers, archive practitioners and film exhibitors dedicated to making women and their films more visible for a networking lunch reflecting on the absences and presences of women's work in film archives.

Maangamizi: The Ancient One

classified 15 S Women’s Stories from the Global South
Maangazimi: The Ancient One
Thu 21 July 13:40
Film
Two women forge a connection that breaches the confines of time, history, and faith. An essential work of Tanzanian cinema being returned to audiences openly and inclusively in honour of its 20th Anniversary by collective, Ajabu Ajabu.

UK Premiere: A Free Soul

classified 12A Pre-code Hollywood
UK Premiere: A Free Soul
Thu 21 July 14:00
Film
Socialite Norma Shearer risks total ruination after a sordid love affair with murderous gangster Clark Gable.

Sambizanga + Q&A with Annouchka De Andrade

classified 15 S Women’s Stories from the Global South
Sambizanga
Thu 21 July 16:20
Film
Join Annouchka De Andrade, Sarah Maldoror’s daughter, for a special screening of this unforgettable revolutionary film about a pivotal moment in Angola’s fight for freedom.
Pre-Code Holywood: Rules are Made to be Broken
Thu 21 July 16:30
Talk
Join the dream team (author, critic and film historian Pamela Hutchinson and film critic and journalist Christina Newland) for a conversation about the rights and wrongs of Pre-code Hollywood.

Sunrise: A Song of two Humans

classified U When Europe Made Hollywood
Sunrise: A Song of two Humans
Thu 21 July 18:10
Film
Made in the twilight of the silent era Sunrise is a milestone of Film Expressionism and one of the few films to instantly achieve legendary status.

A Dessert for Constance

classified 15 S Black Paris
A Dessert for Constance
Thu 21 July 19:00
Film
Two Senegalese émigré street cleaners enter a “haute cuisine” competition to help their friend after stumbling upon a 19th-century cookbook.

Shanghai Express

classified PG PS When Europe Made Hollywood
Shanghai Express
Thu 21 July 20:40
Film
Marlene Dietrich is at her wicked best as Shanghai Lily, a courtesan whose reputation brings a hint of scandal to a train ride through war-torn China.

De Cierta Manera

classified 15 S Women’s Stories from the Global South
De Cierta Manera
Thu 21 July 21:10
Film
Director Sara Gómez assesses the complexities of intersectional, marginalised lives in 1970's Cuba through a factual narrative that contextualises the relationship, the community, and the tensions of life in a new socialist society.

Reel To Real Shorts

classified 15 bell hooks
Reel To Real Shorts
Fri 22 July 10:30
Film
Curator Karen Alexander presents a trio of shorts that resonate with bell hooks's seminal classic collection of essays on film, Reel To Real: Race, Class and Sex at the Movies.

The Joker

classified 12A S Bristol UNESCO City of Film
The Joker
Fri 22 July 10:40
Film
Set on the stunning French Riviera during the height of Nice’s world famous carnival, Georg Jacoby’s The Joker is a highly entertaining thrill-ride starring Weston-super-Mare's Henry Edwards as the charismatic ‘joker’. 
Lunchtime Talk: Designing a Character, Creating a Star
Fri 22 July 12:30
Talk
Former V&A Curator Keith Lodwick will explore how costume designers Adrian and Banton were central to the creation of both the character and the public image of two Golden Age stars, Dietrich and Garbo.

UK Premiere: Laws of Love (Gesetze der Liebe) + Panel Discussion

classified 18 (CTBA) S Restored & Rediscovered
UK Premiere: Laws of Love (Gesetze der Liebe)
Fri 22 July 13:40
Film
Join author and activist So Mayer and guests for the UK Premiere of one of the first pro-gay documentaries in the history of cinema, painstakingly restored by the Munich Film Museum nearly a century after it was made.

Killer of Sheep + Short: The Horse

classified 15 bell hooks
Killer of Sheep + Short: The Horse
Fri 22 July 13:50
Film
Charles Burnett's tender, witty and affectionate tale of a disillusioned slaughterhouse worker, and the solace to be found in the simplest moments of life.

Girl 6

classified 18 bell hooks
Girl 6
Fri 22 July 16:00, 16:05
Film
An unnamed, aspiring actress's quest for new work lands her in the warm, supportive embrace of a women-run phone sex agency in Spike Lee's overlooked comedy.

Queen of Diamonds + Q&A with Nina Menkes

classified 15 Restored & Rediscovered
Queen of Diamonds + Q&A with Nina Menkes
Fri 22 July 16:20
Film
One of the most jarringly original independent films of the 1990s, Nina Menkes’ lost underground classic re-emerges in this gorgeous new restoration.

UK Premiere: Jewel Robbery

classified 12A Pre-code Hollywood
UK Premiere: Jewel Robbery
Fri 22 July 16:30
Film
An ode to drugs, sex, and diamonds starring veteran screen pair William Powell and Kay Francis as a gentleman thief and the posh lady who falls for him.

Queen Christina

classified U When Europe Made Hollywood
Queen Christina
Fri 22 July 18:30
Film
One of the era’s most sophisticated examinations of gender and identity with Garbo perfect as the bisexual Swedish monarch who was raised from birth as a boy.

Finding Christa

classified 15 bell hooks
Finding Christa
Fri 22 July 19:00
Film
A moving, yet unsentimental, view of motherhood that challenges social biases about adoption and offers new insight into mother-daughter relationships.

The Afterlight with Charlie Shackleton

classified PG Reframing Film
The Afterlight with Charlie Shakleton
Fri 22 July 20:40
Film
The Afterlight documents the physical presence of over three hundred actors who are no longer alive and must reconcile themselves to a life lived solely through the performances they committed to celluloid.

UK Premiere: Harold & Maude

classified 15 Restored & Rediscovered
UK Premiere: Harold & Maude
Fri 22 July 21:00
Film
In this much-loved cult classic, an emotional and romantic bond develops between one of cinema’s most unlikely pairs.

Bristol Black Horror Club Presents: Nightbreed at 30

classified 15 Restored & Rediscovered
Black Horror Bristol Club Presents: Nightbreed at 30
Fri 22 July 22:00, 22:05
Film
A hybrid fantasy/horror vision combining elements of 90s pop-culture, folk horror, and the uncanny that explores themes around redemption, identity and belonging.

Cinema Walk 1

Bristol UNESCO City of Film
Cinema Walk 1
Sat 23 July 09:00
Event
Join local film enthusiast and historian Mark Fuller for the first of two different, gentle, walks that between them take in the landmarks and personalities of Cinema in Central Bristol from the 1880s to the present day.
UK Premiere: The Village Detective: a song cycle
Sat 23 July 10:30
Film
During the summer of 2016, a fishing boat off the shores of Iceland made a most curious catch: four reels of 35mm film, seemingly of Soviet provenance...

Fury

classified PG When Europe Made Hollywood
Fury
Sat 23 July 10:35
Film
Fritz Lang's first American film is a searing indictment of mob justice and lynching - and still a striking cautionary tale.
Paris Noir - African Americans in the City of Light
Sat 23 July 10:50
Film
A compelling documentary on the migration of pioneering African Americans to Paris and the ensuing cultural exchange, from Josephine Baker and beyond.
Lunchtime Talk: MUBI Notebook Magazine
Sat 23 July 12:30
Talk
Fancy diving deeper into film culture? Whether you’re a film lover or are aspiring to work in film writing/criticism, this session will give you insights into one of the world’s most distinctive international voices in film journalism: NOTEBOOK – created, prepared and published by MUBI.
Dr Mabuse: Part 1: The Great Gambler: A Picture of the Time
Sat 23 July 13:30
Film
The first part of an epic masterpiece of conspiracy that constructs its own dark labyrinth from the base materials of human fear and paranoia.

Preview: One Second

classified 12A S Restored & Rediscovered
Preview: One Second
Sat 23 July 13:30
Film
A nameless fugitive escapes from a Gansu Province labour camp, desperate to see a newsreel said to promise a glimpse of his estranged daughter.

UK Premiere: Red-headed Woman

classified 12A PS Pre-code Hollywood
UK Premiere: Red-headed Woman
Sat 23 July 13:40
Film
Jean Harlow sizzles and the dialogue crackles in this boundary-pushing comedy of sex and social-climbing.

Chameleon Street

classified 15 Restored & Rediscovered
Chameleon Street
Sat 23 July 13:50
Film
The improbable but true story of con man Douglas Street, the titular “chameleon” who successfully impersonated his way up the socioeconomic ladder.

UK Premiere: Princess Tam Tam

classified 15 S Black Paris
UK Premiere: Princess Tam Tam
Sat 23 July 15:45
Film
From the makers of French musical Zou Zou, this comedy sees a mischievous shepherd girl rising through society to become a pretend princess and the toast of Paris nightlife.

Araya

classified 15 S Women’s Stories from the Global South
Araya
Sat 23 July 16:00
Film
Araya is a poetic, visually arresting look at life on Venezuela’s Araya Peninsula, where generations of labourers have depended on mining the arid region’s salt pans for their livelihood.
Dr Mabuse: Part 2: Inferno: A Play About People of Our Times
Sat 23 July 17:00
Film
The second part of Fritz Lang's epic masterpiece of conspiracy that constructs its own dark labyrinth from the base materials of human fear and paranoia.

Double Indemnity

classified PG When Europe Made Hollywood
Double Indemnity
Sat 23 July 18:20
Film
Billy Wilder's sizzling, simmering tale of seduction and murder where our wise cracking hero, insurance salesman (Fred MacMurray) is seduced way out of his depth by the bracelet charms, and more, of Phyllis Dietrichson (Barbara Stanwyck).

UK Premiere: The Swordsman of All Swordsmen

classified 15 S Restored & Rediscovered
The Swordsman of All Swordsmen
Sat 23 July 18:30
Film
A landmark work of wuxia cinema, Swordsman of all Swordsmen, newly restored by the Taiwan Film Institute tells the revenge story of Tsai Ying-chieh (Tien Peng).

Cape Fear

classified 15 Bristol UNESCO City of Film
Cape Fear
Sat 23 July 20:40
Film
The gripping and tension-laden original thriller by Bristol-born J. Lee Thompson about an embittered ex-con terrorising the frightened family of the meek lawyer who put him in prison.

Paris Blues

classified 12A Black Paris
Paris Blues
Sat 23 July 21:00
Film
Sidney Poitier and Paul Newman play a pair of American ex-pat jazz musicians living la vie bohème in Paris in this intoxicating, music-filled romance. 

Cinema Walk 2

Bristol UNESCO City of Film
Cinema Walk 2
Sun 24 July 09:00
Event
Join local film enthusiast and historian Mark Fuller for the second of two different, gentle walks that between them take in the landmarks and personalities of Cinema in Central Bristol from the 1880s to the present day.

Chess of The Wind

classified 15 S Restored & Rediscovered
Chess of The Wind
Sun 24 July 10:30
Film
Screened publicly just once before it was banned and then lost for decades, this rediscovered jewel of Iranian cinema re-emerges to take its place as one of the most astonishing works of the country’s pre-revolution New Wave.

Casablanca

classified 12A When Europe Made Hollywood
Casablanca
Sun 24 July 10:40
Film
A timeless love story wrapped inside a gripping wartime thriller that focuses on the rekindled love experienced by American expat Rick (Humphrey Bogart) and the beautiful, married Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman).
Cinema Rediscovered @ Curzon Cinema & Arts
Sun 24 July 12:00
Event
Fall in love with the magic of the movies at one of the oldest running cinema venues in the country, Clevedon’s Curzon Cinema & Arts.
Lunchtime Talk: I Assure You We’re Open: 40 years of 20th Century Flicks
Sun 24 July 12:30
Talk
Join 20th Century Flicks’ Dave Taylor and Daisy Steinhardt in conversation with one another as they try to figure out the answer to the eternal question: just how has 20th Century Flicks lasted so long?

The Killers

classified PG When Europe Made Hollywood
The Killers
Sun 24 July 13:30
Film
Adapted from a Hemingway short story, The Killers is essential post-war existential cinema where our doomed hero awaits his inevitable violent death.

UK Premiere: Baby Face

classified 12A Pre-code Hollywood
UK Premiere: Baby Face
Sun 24 July 13:40
Film
Barbara Stanwyck climbs her way to the top of New York, one man at a time, in this bold Depression-era drama.

UK Premiere: High Noon

classified U When Europe Made Hollywood
UK Premiere: High Noon
Sun 24 July 15:40
Film
Gary Cooper won an Oscar® for his role as Marshal Will Kane, forced to stand alone when an outlaw he put away returns from prison.

Burning an Illusion

classified 15 Restored & Rediscovered
Burning an Illusion
Sun 24 July 16:00
Film
The late Menelik Shabazz's pioneering first feature traces the emotional and political growth of a young black couple in Thatcher's London.

UK Premiere: Forever a Woman

classified 15 S Restored & Rediscovered
UK Premiere: Forever a Woman
Sun 24 July 18:00
Film
Kinuyo Tanaka’s third film as a director is perhaps her finest – a deeply emotional cinematic portrait of Fumiko Nakajo, an ill-fated female tanka poet.
MUBI Presents: 20th Century Flicks and Watershed 40th Birthday Film Quiz
Sun 24 July 20:30
Event
Wind down and rediscover the movie trivia hidden in the recesses of your brain with a bumper edition of our Film Quiz celebrating 20th Century Flicks’ and Watershed’s 40th Birthday co-hosted this year by 20th Century Flicks’ Daisy Steinhardt and Watershed’s Becky Sands.

Ticket prices: £8.50 full / £6.50 concessions / £5.00 under 24s, refugees and asylum seekers (unless otherwise stated). All Cinema Rediscovered ticket holders can get a 6 O'Clock Gin & Tonic for £5 at the Café & Bar and Undershed during the Festival.

Buy a Cinema Rediscovered Pass: (this allows you to select from 50+ Cinema Rediscovered screenings/events between Wed 20 - Sun 24 July, subject to availability, conditions apply). Pass prices: £100 full / £80 concessions / £60 under 24s. Pass Holders will also get a free three-month trial and tote bag from curated online film streaming platform MUBI.

Buy a Cinema Rediscovered Multi-Ticket Package: book for 4-10 Cinema Rediscovered screenings/events and get 20% off.

The Cinema Walks and the Film Quiz are excluded from the Pass and Package.

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