Experience some of the latest new restorations and rediscoveries on the big screen. This year we open the Festival with a new 4K restoration of The Virgin Suicides (1999), the film which confirmed Sofia Coppola as a director of note, and launched the career of Kirsten Dunst; plus a new 4K restoration of the original cut of Stanley Kubrick’s first feature film Fear & Desire (1953). We then close the Festival with the restoration of Bushman (1971), a poetic mix of fact and fiction about a young Nigerian student’s odyssey through San Francisco life.
In between, there’s plenty more in store, including a seductive dive into the techno-scored neon nightlife of Taipei in Hou Hsiao-Sien’s Millennium Mambo (2001); Seijun Suzuki’s brutally hilarious Branded To Kill (1967) screening at Bristol Aquarium (formerly known as the IMAX cinema) with Film Noir UK, the world premiere of BFI’s restoration of Lorenza Mazzetti’s lyrical centrepiece of Free Cinema, Together (1956) and Antonio Carlos da Fontoura’s outrageously funky and stylish cult classic of Brazilian Queer cinema, The Devil Queen (1974).
In between, there’s plenty more in store, including a seductive dive into the techno-scored neon nightlife of Taipei in Hou Hsiao-Sien’s Millennium Mambo (2001); …
Previous screenings & events in this season
Join us at the 13:35 screening of Together on Fri 28 July which will feature BSL interpreters to describe any sounds or dialogue that form part of the film. After the screening please joins us, from 14:30, for a post-screening discussion in the Café & Bar. The discussion will be hosted by Deaf artist, performer and filmmaker David Ellington and will feature BSL interpretation throughout.
Newly restored, Life is Cheap… But Toilet Paper is Expensive is a stylistically daring and vibrant pulp trip through 1990s Hong Kong.
Muratova’s debut solo feature is an impressionistic dissection of a love triangle in freefall, which was banned by Soviet censors for twenty years until the advent of perestroika.