Now we’re in July and Cinema Rediscovered is just a few weeks away we are really excited to announce the complete, final line-up which includes UK premieres of restorations of Alfred Hitchcock’s Notorious, Robert Bresson’s first colour film Une Femme Douce, shorts by pioneering Nigerien filmmaker Moustapha Alassane, Chan-wook Park’s classic revenge thriller Oldboy in 4K, Al Reinert’s For all Mankind with its seminal ambient score by Brian Eno plus the world premiere of Filmfarsi a found footage essay that surfaces Iranian low budget thrillers and melodramas suppressed following the 1979 Revolution. With over forty events, the festival explores the invention, innovation and mystery of cinema; diving deep into the legacy of revered filmmakers such as Nic Roeg and Bristol born Mike Hodges as well as shining a spotlight on lesser known voices such as Maureen Blackwood, Márta Mészáros and Věra Chytilová.
We’ve just received the festival trailer which gives a great taste of what’s in store…
As well as a whole host of screenings we will be welcoming some very special guests including:
- Director Terence Davies will talk about his favourite film, Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949 UK), newly restored for its 70th anniversary (c/o STUDIOCANAL), which he sees as "the greatest of all screen comedies. Not even Some Like it Hot can touch it!”
- Bristol-born Mike Hodges (Get Carter, Flash Gordon) will be in-conversation with broadcaster Samira Ahmed following a special showing of Croupier (1988 UK). The odds are that you won't have seen it at the cinema, even though it went on to become an arthouse hit in the US and launch actor Clive Owen into international stardom. Twenty years after its release, this is an opportunity to reflect on the vagaries of the film business and Hodges’ relationship with the art of cinema.
- Scala Rediscovered: Jane Giles, former Scala Programmer and author of Scala Cinema 1978-1993 will be in-conversation about the influence of London’s most infamous rep cinema. The festival will also screen Scala favourites, including a 30th anniversary screening of Alejandro Jodorowsky’s Santa Sangre (1989 Italy | Mexico) and a 35mm showing 1974 horror It's Alive (USA) by the late Larry Cohen (1936 - 2019).
- Gluttony, Decadence and Resistance: The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover (1989 UK), a foul feast on Britain's social, moral and political carcass headlines this strand. Greenaway’s film finds fine company among the heady days of the Czechoslovak New Wave and other dystopic realities including Rachael Maclean’s Make Me Up (2018 UK); Vera Chytilová’s Fruit of Paradise (1970 Czechoslovakia | Belgium); Marco Ferreri’s La Grande Bouffe (1973 France | Italy); Ester Krumbachová’s The Murder of Mr Devil (1970 Czech Republic); and Brian Yuzna’s Society (1989 USA).
- Celebrating Innovators, Analogue and Archives: From the first known woman filmmaker, Alice Guy-Blaché and Bristol’s very own Victorian inventor William Friese-Greene to Bristol-based VR creatives, the festival celebrates cinema innovators, as well as offering projection tours and hands-on opportunities to identify, make up and project 35mm film, culminating in ‘45s & 35s’, an analogue extravaganza and continues its industry focus on Reframing The Archives.
Buy a Cinema Rediscovered Festival Pass: (this allows you to select from 30+ Cinema Rediscovered screening/events between Thu 25 - Sun 28 July - subject to availability, conditions apply). Pass prices: £95.00 full / £65.00 concessions and under 24s.