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Reframing Film Sessions

part of Reframing Film

Reframing Film Sessions

Watershed

Join some of the most inspiring voices in repertory and archive film exhibition and distribution to explore ways of connecting with a new wave of cinema goers.

Wed 24 July

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Opening Keynote: Christina Newland

part of Reframing Film

Opening Keynote: Christina Newland

Cinema 1, Watershed

In her keynote speech for this year’s Cinema Rediscovered, film writer and critic Christina Newland will explore the questions around the thorny films we might love, and way the films which touch on moral grey areas are sometimes most interesting to discuss.

UK Premiere: Gilda 

part of Restored & Rediscovered

UK Premiere: Gilda

Cinema 1, Watershed

Rita Hayworth stamped her name forever in film stardom with this sultry film noir revolving around lust and greed, screening newly restored on this 100th anniversary of Columbia Pictures.

With an introduction by film writer and critic Christina Newland.

UK Premiere: Le Samouraï  (Subtitled)

part of Restored & Rediscovered

Cinema 1, Watershed and Cinema 3, Watershed

Alain Delon is the peak of cinematic cool in Jean-Pierre Melville’s icy hitman thriller presented here in a brand new 4K restoration.

The Wed 24 July screening will have an introduction by film historian, programmer and video essayist Jonathan Bygraves. The introduction will feature BSL interpretation.

Cinema Has Been My True Love: The Work and Times of Lynda Myles 

part of Reframing Film

My True Love is Cinema

Cinema 3, Watershed

Join influential film festival programmer, producer and author Lynda Myles for this special screening of Mark Cousins' insight into her cinematic adventures.

Lynda Myles will introduce the screening and is also presenting one of her favourite films Illustrious Corpses (1976) on Thu 25 July 14:00, restored courtesy of The Film Foundation and Cineteca Bologna.

UK Premiere: Carita de Cielo  (Subtitled)

part of Ninón Sevilla

UK Premiere: Carita de Cielo

Cinema 1, Watershed

Ninón Sevilla’s film debut the very year she arrived in Mexico from her native Cuba.

With an introduction by Lorena Pino, film curator and promoter of Latin American film culture.

Lunchtime Talk: Becoming Rita

part of Reframing Film

Lunchtime Talk: Becoming Rita

Waterside 2, Watershed

Join author, critic and film historian Pamela Hutchinson and film critic and journalist Christina Newland for insights into the highs and lows of the journey of Rita Hayworth.

Lynda Myles Presents: Illustrious Corpses  (Subtitled)

part of Reframing Film

Illustrious Corpses (Cadaveri eccellenti)

Cinema 3, Watershed

Festival programmer, producer and author Lynda Myles presents this special screening of Francesco Rosi’s gripping exploration of the enigmas of power and corruption.

With an introduction from influential film festival programmer, producer and author Lynda Myles.

UK Premiere: Aventurera  (Subtitled)

part of Ninón Sevilla

UK Premiere: Aventurera

Cinema 1, Watershed

An upper middle class woman falls into an erotic underworld of lust and betrayal in a musical/noir film that catapulted Ninón Sevilla to stardom after her debut in film in 1946.

With an introduction by Lorena Pino, film curator and promoter of Latin American film culture.

UK Premiere: Lone Star 

part of Restored & Rediscovered

UK Premiere: Lone Star

Cinema 1, Watershed

Nominated for an Oscar® for its masterful screenplay, this American indie landmark from John Sayles lays bare the fault lines of life at the Tex-Mex border.

With a remote introduction by indie cinema legends John Sayles & Maggie Renzi hosted by Dr Mark Bould, author of The Cinema of John Sayles: Lone Star.

UK Premiere: Alma’s Rainbow + Short 

part of Restored & Rediscovered

Cinema 2, Watershed

A coming-of-age comedy-drama about three African American women living in Brooklyn who navigate standards of beauty, self-image, and the rights women have over their bodies.

With a short performance by poet, cultural producer, writer, broadcaster Muneera Pilgrim. The performance will feature BSL interpretation.

Víctimas del Pecado (Victims of Sin)  (Subtitled)

part of Ninón Sevilla

Víctimas del Pecado (Victims of Sin)

Cinema 3, Watershed

An extravagant film noir set in Mexico City’s red-light district nightclubs, starring sensationally versatile diva Ninón Sevilla, known as ‘The Golden Venus’.

With an introduction by Lorena Pino, film curator and promoter of Latin American film culture.

Deaf Conversations About Cinema: Alma's Rainbow

part of Restored & Rediscovered

Café & Bar, Watershed

We are delighted to be hosting a special Deaf Conversations About Cinema event as part of this year’s Cinema Rediscovered.

Thu 25 July

Book ticket for Deaf Conversations About Cinema: Alma's Rainbow at 19:30, Thu 25 July (ends 20:30) (This event features interpretation using British Sign Language), (This event is free to attend)

Coming Out Queer Meet-Up

part of Queer Cinema From the Eastern Bloc

Coming Out Queer Meet-Up

Waterside 1, Watershed

Join Queer Vision, Queer Cinema From the Eastern Block co-curator Siavash Minoukadeh and friends for an informal get together before the screening of Coming Out.

Thu 25 July

Book ticket for Coming Out Queer Meet-Up at 19:30, Thu 25 July (ends 20:30)

The Student Nurses (35mm) 

part of Reframing Film

The Student Nurses (35mm)

Cinema 1, Watershed

Four nursing students navigate the political and social turmoil of 1970s LA in this ensemble drama by Stephanie Rothman, the first woman to direct a Roger Corman production.

With an introduction by co-curators Isabel Moir and Selina Robertson.

Coming Out  (Subtitled)

part of Queer Cinema From the Eastern Bloc

Coming Out

Cinema 3, Watershed

A powerful story of love and self-acceptance set in East Germany, originally released on the night the Berlin Wall fell, and way ahead of its time in its approach to queer identities.

Join us for a meet-up in Waterside 1 before the screening at 19:30 with season co-curator Siavash Minoukadeh, Queer Vision and friends.

With an introduction by season co-curator Siavash Minoukadeh.

Women’s Film Preservation Fund presents: Liane Brandon 

part of Reframing Film

Women’s Film Preservation Fundpresents: Liane Brandon

Cinema 3, Watershed

We team up with the Women’s Film Preservation Fund to present a trio of shorts by one of the first American indie women filmmakers to emerge from the Second Wave Feminist Film Women's Movement, Liane Brandon.

With a pre-recorded intro from Liane Brandon herself and followed by an in-person discussion with Kirsten Larvick (Co-Chair of the Women’s Film Preservation Fund and a Moving Image Preservationist) and Bristol filmmaker Katie Davies (part of BEEF film and sound collective) hosted by critic and writer Tara Judah.

The event is followed by a Get Together led by Katie Davies presented with the Women’s Preservation Fund (free but please reserve your place).

100 Days Before the Command  (Subtitled)

part of Queer Cinema From the Eastern Bloc

100 Days Before the Command

Cinema 2, Watershed

An unflinching portrait of young men in the military pushed to their limits by officers yet finding tenderness and comfort in each other.

With an introduction by season co-curator Siavash Minoukadeh.

Pouring Water on Troubled Oil 

part of Bristol UNESCO City of Film Connections

Pouring Waters on Troubled Oil

Cinema 1, Watershed

A poetic documentary following Welsh poet Dylan Thomas’s journey through Iran in 1951 on a film assignment for the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company.

This screening will be followed by a discussion with Bristol-based film director Nariman Massoumi.

Women’s Film Preservation Fund: Get Together

part of Reframing Film

Women’s Film Preservation Fund: Get Together

Waterside 1, Watershed

Take part in a free get together, an opportunity to connect with each other and record your stories and responses to Liane Brandon's films.

Lunchtime Talk: Other Ways of Seeing

part of Reframing Film

Lunchtime Talk: Other Ways of Seeing

Waterside 2, Watershed

Find out how a festival like Cinema Rediscovered is programmed by joining a discussion with some of the festival curators who will share their insight, thinking and journey and discuss how to get involved.

The Parallax View 

part of Out of Their Depth

The Parallax View

Cinema 1, Watershed

A 50th Anniversary screening of Alan J. Pakula’s ominous vision of America – captured in the wake of the assassination of the Kennedy’s and Martin Luther King and just before the scandal of Watergate is about to break.

With an introduction by Andy Willis, Professor of Film Studies at the University of Salford and Senior Visiting Curator: Film at HOME in Manchester.

Another Way  (Subtitled)

part of Queer Cinema From the Eastern Bloc

Another Way

Cinema 2, Watershed

The clash of sexuality and politics provides the basis for this political drama exploring the effect totalitarianism has on the most intimate aspects of life.

With an introduction by co-curator Fedor Tot.

Celluloid Underground 

part of Reframing Film

Cinema 3, Watershed

Cinephilia itself becomes an act of resistance in Ehsan Khoshbakht’s moving account of preserving banned 35mm films in post-Revolutionary Iran.

This screening will be introduced by director Ehsan Khoshbakht and followed by a discussion with Bristol-based film director Nariman Massoumi.

UK Premiere: Werckmeister Harmonies  (Subtitled)

part of Restored & Rediscovered

UK Premiere: Werckmeister Harmonies

Cinema 1, Watershed

Béla Tarr gazes into the abyss with his dark vision of a society over run by disorder and mob rule.

Introduced by Cinema Rediscovered's Founder Mark Cosgrove.

The Long Goodbye 

part of Out of Their Depth

The Long Goodbye

The Chinatown Dilemma

part of Reframing Film

The Chinatown Dilemma

Waterside 3 Event Space, Watershed

A panel exploring the ethical and moral questions opened up by the inclusion of Roman Polanski's Chinatown in this year's festival.

Panellists include Pamela Hutchinson (film critic/historian), Julian Baggini, (Philosopher), Mark Cosgrove (Cinema Rediscovered Founder) hosted by Steph Read (Watershed Curator).

A Confucian Confusion  (Subtitled)

part of Restored & Rediscovered

A Confucian Confusion

Cinema 3, Watershed

Edward Yang finds humour and pathos in a group of lost and lonely twenty-somethings in Taiwan with wit, warmth, and good humour.

With an introduction by critic and writer Ian Wang.

Chinatown (35mm) 

part of Out of Their Depth

Chinatown (35mm)

Cinema 1, Watershed

A rare chance to experience this classic of New Hollywood, which pierces straight to the heart of American darkness, on 35mm on its 50th anniversary.

With an introduction by Michael Eaton, playwright, scriptwriter whose updated edition of BFI Film Classic series on Chinatown will be published later in the year.

Join in The Chinatown Dilemma, a panel exploring the ethical and moral questions opened up by the inclusion of Chinatown in this year’s festival.

Blood Quantum 

part of Jeff Barnaby

Blood Quantum

Cinema 2, Watershed

When a First Nation community finds itself facing an infectious zombie outbreak, their immunity turns the tables on colonialism as settlers head to the reservation to seek sanctuary.

With an introduction by co-curators of Jeff Barnaby: The Art of Forgetfulness Adam Murray (Bristol Black Horror Club) and Stephen Morgan (University of Bristol).

Cinema Walk 1

part of Bristol UNESCO City of Film Connections

Cinema Walk 2

Opposite Everyman Bristol

Join local enthusiast and historian Mark Fuller and historian and academic Dr Peter Walsh for one of two gentle walks which will take you from the 1880s to the present day to find the landmarks and personalities of cinema in central Bristol.

Please note: under 18s must be accompanied by an adult.

Projection Tour

part of Reframing Film

Projection Tour

Projection Rooms, Watershed

Join BFI National Archive Curator Rosie Taylor on a tour of Watershed’s projection booth and discover how the films screening at the festival make it to the screen during a festival like Cinema Rediscovered.

The Wizard of Oz 

part of Restored & Rediscovered

Wizard of Oz (3D)

Cinema 1, Watershed

Join us somewhere over the rainbow and follow Dorothy and her little dog Toto as they are whisked away from their home in Kansas, set on a magical journey down the yellow brick road.

With an introduction by UWE MA in Curating student Dáire Carson.

Footage Rediscovered - Bristol Archives & the home movie movement 

part of Bristol UNESCO City of Film Connections

650 years of Bristol in 65mins

Cinema 3, Watershed

An irreverent sweep through some of the well-known, and not-so-well-known events and people that shaped Bristol.

With an introduction by director David Parker, who will be joined by volunteer Clive Burlton for a post screening discussion hosted by Dr Charlotte Crofts, Creative Producer and Professor of Cinema Arts at University of the West of England.

Jeff Barnaby Shorts 

part of Jeff Barnaby

Jeff Barnaby Shorts

Cinema 2, Watershed

A rare opportunity to see Jeff Barnaby’s iconic short films on the big screen, followed by a discussion on his life, work and legacy.

Followed by a discussion hosted by strand co-curators Adam Murray (Bristol Black Horror Club) and Stephen Morgan (University of Bristol), who will discuss the life, work and legacy of this vital (and much missed) voice in contemporary First Nations cinema.

UK Premiere: Mahjong  (Subtitled)

part of Restored & Rediscovered

UK Premiere: Mahjong

Cinema 1, Watershed

A crime comedy from Taiwanese master Edward Yang that doubles as another of his many love letters to Taipei.

With an introduction by critic and writer Ian Wang.

Join us after the screening for a pop-up Mahjong Game Session in Waterside 1, hosted by Monica Wat, Hong Kong-born artist and founder of East & South East Asian creative collective Made on the Moon and its annual event MOON FEST.

UK Premiere: Paris, Texas 

part of Restored & Rediscovered

Paris, Texas

Bristol Aquarium Cinema (about 1 min walk from Watershed)

Experience Wim Wenders’s unconventional American road movie, one of the most iconic films of the 1980s, newly restored on Bristol’s biggest screen.

Kummatty  (Subtitled)

part of Restored & Rediscovered

Kummaty

The Cube Microplex (about 20 min walk from Watershed)

A delightful, musical, magical realist fable through the heartlands of India that will have you dancing out of the cinema.

With an introduction by artist and filmmaker Diwas Dewan, a member of 'Out the Window’, volunteer at The Cube and a recent BEEF recruit.

UK Premiere: The Dragon Painter  (Partially Subtitled)

part of Restored & Rediscovered

UK Premiere: The Dragon Painter

Cinema 3, Watershed

A timeless tale of an artist both blessed and cursed by genius, featuring an almost entirely Asian cast including film star and producer Sessue Hayakawa.

With an introduction by author, critic and film historian Pamela Hutchinson.

Rhymes for Young Ghouls 

part of Jeff Barnaby

Rhymes for Young Ghouls

Cinema 2, Watershed

The debut feature from Mi’gmaq filmmaker Jeff Barnaby, this is a dystopian tale of revenge in mid-1970s Québec.

With an introduction by co-curators of Jeff Barnaby: The Art of Forgetfulness, Adam Murray (Bristol Black Horror Club) and Stephen Morgan (University of Bristol).

Mahjong Game Pop-up

part of Restored & Rediscovered

Mahjong Game Pop-up

Waterside 1, Watershed

Join us after the UK Premiere: Mahjong for a pop-up Mahjong Game Session in Waterside 1, hosted by Monica Wat, Hong Kong-born artist and founder of East & South East Asian creative collective Made on the Moon and its annual event MOON FEST.

Sat 27 July

Book ticket for Mahjong Game Pop-up at 16:30, Sat 27 July (ends 18:00)

Bill Douglas - My Best Friend 

part of A Bill Douglas Trilogy

Bill Douglas - My Best Friend

Cinema 3, Watershed

A moving documentary about the story of the extraordinary friendship between Scottish filmmaker Bill Douglas and his lifelong friend and collaborator Peter Jewell.

With an introduction by Dr Phil Wickham, curator of The Bill Douglas Cinema Museum.

UK Premiere: The Annihilation of Fish 

part of Restored & Rediscovered

UK Premiere: The Annihilation of Fish

Cinema 1, Watershed

Charles Burnett’s heart-warming romantic comedy sees two great actors pair off against each other with hilarious results.

With a remote introduction by director Charles Burnett, hosted by writer/curator Karen Alexander.

The Conversation 

part of Out of Their Depth

Bristol Aquarium Cinema (about 1 min walk from Watershed)

Fifty years after its release, Francis Ford Coppola’s thriller now feels prophetic in its portrait of surveillance culture.

With an introduction by musician Adrian Utley and season curator and Cinema Rediscovered Founder, Mark Cosgrove.

Piranha 

part of Reframing Film

Piranha

20th Century Flicks Videodrome and 20th Century Flicks Kino

Mutated piranhas terrorise a summer resort in this classic B movie from legendary producer Roger Corman.

With an introduction by Timon Singh (Forbidden World Film Festival, Bristol Bad Film Club).

UK Premiere: True Love 

part of Restored & Rediscovered

UK Premiere: True Love

Cinema 3, Watershed

This 1989 Sundance winner is a bittersweet comedy about getting cold feet at the altar.

With an introduction by film writer and critic Christina Newland.

Night Moves (35mm) 

part of Out of Their Depth

Night Moves

Cinema 1, Watershed

The search for a missing teenage girl leads to a devastating emotional reckoning in this 1970s film noir starring Gene Hackman.

With an introduction by season curator and Cinema Rediscovered Founder Mark Cosgrove.

Marble Ass  (Subtitled)

part of Queer Cinema From the Eastern Bloc

Marble Ass

Cinema 3, Watershed

The first film from the former Yugoslavia to openly depict LGBTQ+ characters Marble Ass remains one of Želimir Žilnik’s most enduring works, even more brilliant for its open acts of love and positivity at a time of such misery.

With an introduction by season co-curator Fedor Tot.

Please Note: This film contains scenes of animal slaughter.

UK Premiere: At Midnight I’ll Take Your Soul  (Subtitled)

part of Restored & Rediscovered

UK Premiere: At Midnight I’ll Take Your Soul

Bristol Aquarium Cinema (about 1 min walk from Watershed)

Once seen, never forgotten! Zé do Caixão (Coffin Joe) makes his screen debut in José Mojica Marins’ At Midnight I’ll Take Your Soul, the first Brazilian-produced horror film.

With an introduction by writer and critic Paul Farrell.

Cinema Walk 2

part of Bristol UNESCO City of Film Connections

Cinema Walk 1

College Green Bus Stop

Join local enthusiast and historian Mark Fuller and historian and academic Dr Peter Walsh for one of two gentle walks which will take you from the 1880s to the present day to find the landmarks and personalities of cinema in central Bristol.

Please note: under 18s must be accompanied by an adult.

Bill Douglas - Trilogy 

part of A Bill Douglas Trilogy

Bill Douglas - Trilogy

Cinema 2, Watershed

Original and powerful in his artistic vision, Bill Douglas’s three short films My Childhood (1972), My Ain Folk (1973) and My Way Home (1978) are weaved together through the journey of Jamie.

With an introduction by Dr Phil Wickham, curator of The Bill Douglas Cinema Museum.

Three Days of the Condor 

part of Out of Their Depth

Three Days of the Condor

Cinema 3, Watershed

A C.I.A operative cannot trust anyone when their world is turn upside down in Sydney Pollacks tense political thriller.

With an introduction by Andrew Kelly from Bristol Ideas.

UK Premiere: The Weak and the Wicked 

part of Bristol UNESCO City of Film Connections

UK Premiere: The Weak and the Wicked

Cinema 1, Watershed

A sobering and empathetic exploration of life in a women’s prison, made at a time when notions of rehabilitation were still uncommon.

With an introduction by writer and broadcaster Matthew Sweet.

UK Premiere: El Cine Soy Yo  (Subtitled)

part of Restored & Rediscovered

Cinema 1, Watershed

The tender adventure of a very unconventional family who bring cinema magic to the people of Venezuela.

With an introduction by Lorena Pino, film curator and promoter of Latin American film culture.

Female Trouble 

part of Restored & Rediscovered

Female Trouble

Cinema 3, Watershed

Crime is beauty in the rabid whirlwind of John Waters’ Female Trouble – the naughty middle-child in his opus “Trash Trilogy”, which celebrates its 50th birthday.

With an introduction by producer, writer, and community organiser Harriet Taylor (SWITCH).

The Colour of Pomegranates  (Subtitled)

part of Restored & Rediscovered

UK Premiere: The Colour of Pomegranates

Curzon Cinema & Arts (about 45 min bus journey from Watershed)

The film that Martin Scorsese compared to ‘opening a door and walking into another dimension, where time has stopped and beauty has been unleashed’.

With an introduction by Professor Ian Christie (Birkbeck College, London).

Between 14:30 – 15:30, the doors will be open for ticket holders of this screening to wander through the cinema building with a behind-the-scenes look of the venue.

Il Mare (35mm)  (Subtitled)

part of A Bill Douglas Trilogy

Il Mare (35mm)

Cinema 1, Watershed

Filmed in off-season Capri, this little-known debut by Italian director Giuseppe Patroni Griffi inspired Bill Douglas.

With an introduction by David Melville, Teaching Fellow in Film Studies and Literature at the University of Edinburgh Centre for Open Learning and writer of Up from the Depths – Rediscovering Il Mare (Senses of Cinema).

UK Premiere: No Trees in The Street 

part of Bristol UNESCO City of Film Connections

UK Premiere: No Trees in The Street

Cinema 3, Watershed

Sylvia Syms stars in this underseen thriller, laced with hard-bitten kitchen sink realism.

The screening will be introduced by writer and broadcaster Matthew Sweet and actor Melvyn Hayes.

UK Premiere: Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors  (Subtitled)

part of Restored & Rediscovered

UK Premiere: Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors

Cinema 1, Watershed

Sergei Parajanov’s masterpiece of Ukrainian Poetic Cinema unleashes the full breadth of his remarkable visual imagination via a simple Romeo and Juliet story.

With an introduction by Professor Ian Christie (Birkbeck College, London).

Cinema Rediscovered Film Quiz

part of Reframing Film

Quiz

Café & Bar, Watershed

Drawing on movie trivia from every decade of film history and executed with a dash of joy and wit, the Cinema Rediscovered Film Quiz is designed to reward film knowledge while encouraging good times.