The 4th edition of Cinema Rediscovered (25 - 28 July 2019) explores the invention, innovation and mystery of cinema; diving deep into the legacy of revered filmmakers such as Nic Roeg, Alfred Hitchcock, Robert Bresson and Bristol born Mike Hodges as well as shining a spotlight on lesser known cinematic voices including Maureen Blackwood, Márta Mészáros and Věra Chytilová. Cinema Rediscovered 2019 is also a great opportunity to celebrate Bristol’s status as UNESCO City of Film, a global recognition of the city’s outstanding contribution to film culture.
Peter Greenaway’s The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover (1989) will headline a festival focus Gluttony, Decadence and Resistance and Jane Giles, former Scala Programmer will be in-conversation about the influence of London’s most infamous repertory cinema.
Director Terence Davies will talk about his favourite film, Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949), 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!”
Mark Cosgrove, Festival Founder and Co-curator says:
“Rewatching films from a historical distance, you see more clearly how social and political forces have shaped the cultural form of film. Our strand Gluttony, Decadence and Resistance for example brings together films which all comment on the tensions in their respective countries from the Czech New Wave to Thatcherism. From that historical distance you also begin to see the influence - sometimes subtle, sometimes immense - a filmmaker or film can have.“
Cinema Rediscoverd 2019 opens with the UK Premiere of a new 4K restoration of Alfred Hitchcock’s Notorious (1946) starring Ingrid Bergman alongside Bristol boy Archie Leach (aka Cary Grant) introduced by critic and film historian Pamela Hutchinson (Sight & Sound, Guardian).
Here's a taste of what to expect at Cinema Rediscovered 2019...
- A Passion for Remembering: The films of Maureen Blackwood - which focuses on the rich yet largely untold stories of Black British Women within a shared heritage of struggle. Curator Karen Alexander says:
“It’s about celebrating Maureen Blackwood’s range as a writer-director and versatility as a filmmaker, someone able and willing to explore the dynamics of fractured black British identities.”
- The Balance of Things: the Cinematic Imagination of Nic Roeg - which explores his re-invention of cinematic time and space and the profound effect and influence on a new generation of filmmakers and will include screenings of Don't Look Now, Performance and The Man Who Fell to Earth.
- Scala Rediscovered - Jane Giles, former Scala Programmer and author of the award-winning Scala Cinema 1978-1993 book will be in-conversation about the influence of London’s most infamous repertory cinema. The festival will also screen some Scala favourites, including a 30th anniversary screening of Alejandro Jodorowsky Santa Sangre (1989) and a late night 35mm showing 1974 American horror It's Alive by the late Larry Cohen (1936 - 2019)
- Gluttony, Decadence and Resistance - The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover (1989), a foul feast on Britain's social, moral and political carcass headlines a strand on Gluttony, Decadence and Resistance. Greenaway’s film finds fine company among the heady days of the Czechoslovak New Wave and other dystopic realities including filmmaking from Vera Chytilová, Ester Krumbachová, Marco Ferreri, Richard Fleischer, Brian Yuzna and Rachel Maclean.
Fruit of Paradise Dir: Vera Chytilová
- Cinema Innovators + Analogue + 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, Cinema Rediscoverd 2019 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.
We are still in the process of confirming some last minute details so please do keep checking back for updates.
Cinema Rediscovered 2019 takes place at Watershed and across Bristol:
20th Century Flicks, 19 Christmas Steps, Bristol, BS1 5BS
Curzon Cinema & Arts, 46 Old Church Rd, Clevedon, BS21 6NN
Arnolfini Arts, 16 Narrow Quay, Bristol, BS1 4QA
BV Studios, 37 Philip St, Bristol, BS3 4EA
For full programme and tickets: watershed.co.uk/cinema-rediscovered