Restored & Rediscovered
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Restored & Rediscovered

Cinema Rediscovered 2022

Season

Please note: this season finished in July 2022

Experience some of the latest restorations and rediscoveries on the big screen. This year’s festival opens with a 4K restoration of David Lynch’s deliriously enigmatic and hypnotic Lost Highway (1997) and closes with Kinuyo Tanaka’s intensely moving Forever A Woman (1955), also a UK first and 4K restoration.

South West Silents present the UK Premiere of Fritz Lang’s Dr. Mabuse (1922) and Hirschfeld’s legendary documentary Laws of Love / Gesetze der Liebe (1927).

There are also special events around restorations of more contemporary classics, such as Nina Menkes’ Queen of Diamonds (1991) and Wendell B.’s Chameleon Street (1989) that both started their journey at Sundance.


Previous screenings in this season

UK Premiere: Forever a Woman

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UK Premiere: Forever a Woman
Please note: This was screened in July 2022
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.

Burning an Illusion

classified 15 Restored & Rediscovered
Burning an Illusion
Please note: This was screened in July 2022
Film
The late Menelik Shabazz's pioneering first feature traces the emotional and political growth of a young black couple in Thatcher's London.

Chess of The Wind

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Chess of The Wind
Please note: This was screened in July 2022
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.

UK Premiere: The Swordsman of All Swordsmen

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The Swordsman of All Swordsmen
Please note: This was screened in July 2022
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).
Dr Mabuse: Part 2: Inferno: A Play About People of Our Times
Please note: This was screened in July 2022
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.

Chameleon Street

classified 15 Restored & Rediscovered
Chameleon Street
Please note: This was screened in July 2022
Film
The improbable but true story of con man Douglas Street, the titular “chameleon” who successfully impersonated his way up the socioeconomic ladder.

Preview: One Second

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Preview: One Second
Please note: This was screened in July 2022
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.
Dr Mabuse: Part 1: The Great Gambler: A Picture of the Time
Please note: This was screened in July 2022
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.
UK Premiere: The Village Detective: a song cycle
Please note: This was screened in July 2022
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...

Bristol Black Horror Club Presents: Nightbreed at 30

classified 15 Restored & Rediscovered
Black Horror Bristol Club Presents: Nightbreed at 30
Please note: This was screened in July 2022
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.

UK Premiere: Harold & Maude

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UK Premiere: Harold & Maude
Please note: This was screened in July 2022
Film
In this much-loved cult classic, an emotional and romantic bond develops between one of cinema’s most unlikely pairs.

Queen of Diamonds + Q&A with Nina Menkes

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Queen of Diamonds + Q&A with Nina Menkes
Please note: This was screened in July 2022
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: Laws of Love (Gesetze der Liebe) + Panel Discussion

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UK Premiere: Laws of Love (Gesetze der Liebe)
Please note: This was screened in July 2022
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.

UK Premiere: Lost Highway

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UK Premiere: Lost Highway
Please note: This was screened in July 2022
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.