Cinema Rediscovered 2017

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Join us for the second edition of Cinema Rediscovered, a chance to discover some of the finest new digital restorations, contemporary classics and film print rarities from across the globe where they were meant to be experienced - on the big screen.

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Cinema Rediscovered 2017 programme

A practice based afternoon session designed to inspire and inform cinema professionals including case studies on how to approach screen heritage events from the tiny to the epic.

Read More - The Archive Sessions: Designing Experiences

Celebrated French director Bertrand Tavernier, known for films rich in cultural and social commentary (Round Midnight, The Clockmaker), invites us on an insightful and entertaining voyage through his country's cinema.

Read More - A Journey Through French Cinema

A beautiful new digital restoration of one of Merchant Ivory's undisputed masterpieces, this Oscar®-winning drama stars Emma Thompson as a woman struggling to maintain her integrity.

Read More - Preview: Howard's End

Conceived, written and released in America during the Watergate crisis, Network is a meticulously researched, highly articulate attack on the demoralisation and dehumanisation of American life as exemplified by the crude commercialisation of television news.

Read More - Network

An extremely rare chance to see Krzysztof Kieślowski's small screen classic - one of the twentieth century’s greatest achievements in visual storytelling - on the big screen, over ten superb hours.

Read More - Dekalog

This all-female cast WWII film, co-adapted by Moie Charles from her own story, reveals the positive and courageous role women played in the war effort on home soil.

Read More - The Gentle Sex

A one day talent development programme, reflecting on the state of things and things to come for film criticism and cinephilia in the UK and beyond.

Read More - The State of Things: Film Critics’ Day

Sent away from home to work during the war, homesick Celia finds herself surrounded by women from all walks of life, discovering purpose and community in the most unlikely place.

Read More - Millions Like Us

Looking back at Bristol’s own cinematic history, join Dr Peter Walsh on a tour around the centre reflecting on our city’s rich film-making and film-going past.

Read More - Cinema Walk

Gus Van Sant's irresistible black comedy stars Nicole Kidman as a weather girl who will stop at nothing for television fame. A pre-internet tabloid classic that has lost none of its dark edge.

Read More - To Die For

A witty and finely tuned WWII charmer from Lone Scherfig (An Education) based on Lissa Evans' novel Their Finest Hour and a Half starring Gemma Arterton and Bill Nighy.

Read More - Their Finest

Billy Wilder’s fierce satire of the media circus - about a reporter (Kirk Douglas) who sees a chance to manufacture a scoop when a man is trapped by a rockfall - is a no-holds-barred exposé of the American media’s appetite for sensation.

Read More - Ace in The Hole

As much as Woodstock is synonymous with the 60s and the summer of love, it was actually the Monterey International Pop festival which captured the mood of the era and helped transform the careers of the likes of Jimi Hendrix, The Who and Janis Joplin.

Read More - Monterey Pop

Filmmakers Eileen Anipare and Jason Wood interviewed Krzysztof Kieślowski in January 1995 for their film, an attempt to examine the universal messages - as well as the idiosyncrasies- offered by Dekalog.

Read More - A Short Film About Dekalog: An Interview with Krzysztof Kieslowski

Join us for Live Music Influenced by Blood Simple in the Cafe/Bar with Mike Crawford and the Various Sorrows.

Read More - Your Cheatin’ Heart - Music Influenced by Blood Simple

Where it all began for the Coen brothers on their career-long darkly comic road trip through misfit America, this razor-sharp, hard-boiled Texan noir sees a sleazy bar owner release a torrent of violence upon himself and those around him with one murderous thought.

Read More - Late Night Preview: Blood Simple: Director's Cut

Julie Dash’s groundbreaking first feature returns restored and colour graded under the supervision of the film’s cinematographer, Arthur Jafa, a modern masterpiece that must be seen to be felt.

Read More - Daughters of the Dust

Families can get inspired by catching the original 1923 King Kong on the big screen, and get creative at this free drop-in workshop in which we'll be making King Kong masks in the Café/Bar.

Read More - King Kong Workshop

Get insights from musicians and creatives about working with archives to create new works. Guests include musician Adrian Utley (Portishead), Charlie Harman from Compass Presents and Bristol-based filmmaker John Minton.

Read More - Remixing the Archives

Eight decades on since its original release the mighty monarch of monster movies still deserves its classic status. A beast of stop-motion filmmaking that's still demanding our attention, join us for the one, the only, King Kong.

Read More - The Original King Kong

One of Satyajit Ray's most exquisite films, The Music Room brilliantly evokes the crumbling opulence of the world of a fallen aristocrat (the beloved actor Chhabi Biswas) desperately clinging to a fading way of life.

Read More - The Music Room

Independent filmmaker, artist and critic Lizzie Borden made her feature debut with this bold and brilliant fusion of sci fi and feminist politics, a comic fantasy of female rebellion that we welcome to Bristol for this extremely rare screening.

Read More - Preview: Born in Flames

With its fast-paced dialogue, hardboiled characters and rampant cynicism, this restored classic, which would be remade nine years later as the better known His Girl Friday, is the grandfather of Hollywood newspaper movies.

Read More - UK Premiere: The Front Page

This classic comedy/drama sees a rich couple's liberal principles tested by the proposed marriage of their daughter to a black doctor (the wonderful Sidney Poitier).

Read More - Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner

Victoria Forrest (VIKA Books) talks about In The Shadow, a gorgeous app that brings the photobook firmly into the digital age, and discussion how its template can be applied to a variety of other archives.

Read More - An Archive In Your Pocket

Mark Cosgrove, Watershed’s Cinema Curator, outlines the fascinating history of film and the moving image from the early days of experiments with making still images move in machines like the kinetoscope, to our current exploration of virtual reality.

Read More - Cinema Innovations: from the Kinetoscope to Virtual Reality

Burt Lancaster and Tony Curtis star as tabloid baron J.J. Hunsecker and scheming press agent Sidney Falco in Alexander Mackendrick’s classic New York noir and sharp satire on the grasping world of newspaper’s gossip columns.

Read More - Sweet Smell of Success

Director Stephen Frears' film (blazingly scripted by Alan Bennett) is a brilliant and painfully raw portrait of the troubled, tragic relationship between the ill-fated playwright Joe Orton and his troubled partner.

Read More - Celebrating Orton: Prick Up Your Ears

Celluloid Man is a tribute to film archivist and obsessive cinephile P.K. Nair, a man whose childhood fascination with cinema finally led to the creation of the National Film Archive of India.

Read More - Celluloid Man

Regularly cited as the greatest American film ever made, Orson Welles’ story of newspaper tycoon Charles Foster Kane’s meteoric rise and fall is a fascinating portrait of America's love of power, materialism and the corruption it fosters.

Read More - Citizen Kane

Based on a enigmatic true story, Sidney J. Furie’s cult classic interrogates repressed memories, assault and rape culture and stars horror icon Barbara Hershey.

Read More - The Final Girls Present: The Entity + Outer Space

When a young African-American man visits his white girlfriend’s family their superficially warm welcome masks an unthinkably dark secret in Jordan Peele's brilliant new horror-satire that combines genuine thrills with a no-holds-barred critique of black-white relations.

Read More - Get Out

Drop by our very own Film Fair in Waterside area of the Café/Bar where you can dig a little deeper by getting your hands on a whole load of great merchandise connected to the festival programme.

Read More - Cinema Rediscovered Film Fair

Discover the magic of cinema at one of the oldest running cinema venues in the UK. Visit Curzon Cinema & Arts in Clevedon for a special screening, guided tour, Christie organ demonstration and refreshments. Travel from Bristol to Clevedon included, spaces limited.

Read More - Trip to Clevedon’s Curzon Cinema and Arts

In this specially curated programme selected from the BFI National Archive, South West Silents presents an unparalleled collection of rare films of pre-Independence India, from the earliest days of Indian cinema.

Read More - Panorama of India: A Journey Through the Archive

Travel back in time with a selection of Kinemacolor shorts straight from this year’s II Cinema Ritrovato festival, including some brand new restorations from L'Immagine Ritrovata labs.

Read More - In Search of Color

Join us on a tour of Watershed’s projection booth and discover how the films screening at the festival make it to the screen at festival's like Cinema Rediscovered.

Read More - Projection Tour

Jean-Luc Godard's critique of radical student politics pre May 1968 focuses on five university students who spend their summer holed up in an apartment before deciding to achieve revolution through violent means.

Read More - UK Premiere: La Chinoise

Lovingly pieced together with rare footage of American movies, Bill Morrison uncovers the amazing history of an unwitting repository for hundreds of reels of once lost nitrate film.

Read More - Preview: Dawson City - Frozen Time

Rarely seen since its initial 1940 theatrical release, Herbert Kline’s pulse-pounding documentary traces the final months of an un-easy peace in 1939 and records a Europe on the brink of total war.

Read More - UK Premiere: Lights Out In Europe

Fresh from its premiere at Cannes, this new documentary from Mark Kidel presents a radically new perspective on Cary Grant, examining his journey from Bristol boy Archibald Leach to one of Hollywood’s greatest ever actors.

Read More - English Premiere: Becoming Cary Grant

This black comedy from Douglas Hickox based on the 1964 play of the same title by Joe Orton (whose life is the subject of Prick Up Your Ears, also screening as part of the Festival) sees a woman and her closeted brother both fall for the enigmatic Mr. Sloane.

Read More - Celebrating Orton: Entertaining Mr Sloane

Wind down and rediscover the movie trivia hidden in the recesses of your brain with the help of your neighbourhood video shop hosts Dave "Herzog" Taylor and Mr Bags as they present a very special edition of the infamous 20th Century Flicks Film Quiz in the Café/Bar.

Read More - Park Circus Presents: 20th Century Flicks Film Quiz

Explore Cinema Rediscovered 2017

Their Finest producer Stephen Woolley writes about the female-focused wartime films that make up his Girls Like Us season, and how the breakthrough had a galvanising effect on the industry as a whole.

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Compass Presents are bringing a tall ship to Bristol for their immersive event Celluloid Sail (which they are talking about at Cinema Rediscovered). We caught up with Compass' Tara Sachdeva to chat about what it’s like blending archive and contemporary film, all on board a floating venue.

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Peter Lord - Aardman's Creative Director and Co-owner - will introduce our screening of King Kong. Check out his reasons for coming to see it in the video below...

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Cinema Rediscovered returns to Bristol and surrounding region for a second year, bringing the finest digital restorations, contemporary classics and film print rarities back where they belong - on the big screen.

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We are pleased to announce that Cinema Rediscovered Passes are now on sale, enabling you to enjoy all the weekend events (Thu 27 - Sun 30 July) at a reduced price.

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