Friday, 4 September 2015

Christopher Nolan and Tacita Dean to discuss future of film at London Film Festival

Christopher Nolan and Tacita Dean
A conversation event with artist Tacita Dean and filmmaker Christopher Nolan will be one of the highlights of a series of events that focus on film and the wider creative industries that taking place during the 59th BFI London Film Festival.

LFF Connects are a series of talks intended to stimulate new collaborations and ideas by exploring both the future of film itself and how film engages with other creative industries including television, music, art, games and creative technology. 

Christopher Nolan is best known as the director of intelligent blockbusters such as Interstellar, Inception and The Dark Knight. Tacita Dean is a former Turner Prize nominee. In 2011, she made FILM for Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall in London and is a founding member of

When they meet at the BFI Southbank on 9 October, Nolan and Dean will explore the importance of seeing films projected on film as an essential part of cultural experience, as well as the necessity of determining new archival and exhibition standards that secure film’s future, and why the debate around film needs to change.

Tacita Dean says: “As an artist who makes and exhibits film for reasons indexical to the medium, I have had no choice but to fight to get film re-appreciated for what it is: a beautiful, robust and entirely different way of making and showing images in the gallery and in the cinema. Film has characteristics integral to its chemistry and internal discipline that form my work and I cannot be asked to separate the work from the medium that I used to make it. We need to keep the medium distinct from the technology; we need to keep the choice of film available for artists, filmmakers and audiences.”

Their LFF Connects Film conversation will be moderated by BFI creative director Heather Stewart, who has worked widely in cultural programming. They will also be joined in the discussion by Alexander Horwath, director of the Austrian Film Museum who has written and spoken about the importance of showing film as film and preservation, asking how can any cultural heritage remain intelligible when handed down to future generations without attention to its medium?

Clare Stewart, BFI London Film Festival director, said: “LFF Connects is a series of events designed to look at the future of film and its intersection with the wider creative industries. We could not hope to have a more dynamic, impactful launch than to bring together Christopher Nolan and Tacita Dean, two of the greatest creators working in film and art to discuss the future of film as a medium.”

A British artist based in Berlin, and recent artist in residence at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles, Tacita Dean is internationally renowned for her 16mm and 35mm films, as well as other works in various mediums, most notably her chalkboard drawings.

59th BFI London Film Festival programme revealed

The programme of the 59th BFI London Film Festival (LFF) was unveiled by festival director Clare Stewart at the Odeon Leicester Square on Tuesday 1 September.

The LFF will run from Wednesday 7 to Sunday 18 October 2015. Over 12 days, the LFF will screen a total of 238 fiction and documentary features, including 16 World Premieres, 8 International Premieres, 40 European Premieres and 11 archive films, including five restoration World Premieres. There will also be screenings of 182 live action and animated shorts.

The full programme can be viewed by clicking here

The LFF screenings will take at venues across the capital: West End cinemas – Vue West End and the iconic Odeon Leicester Square; central London venues – BFI Southbank, BFI IMAX, Picturehouse Central, the ICA, Curzon Mayfair, Curzon Soho, Cineworld Haymarket and Ciné Lumière; as well as local cinemas – Ritzy Brixton, Hackney Picturehouse, Curzon Chelsea, Vue Islington and Rich Mix. There will also be screenings and events will take place at Tate Modern.

Audiences across the UK can enjoy the LFF via simultaneous screenings in their local cinemas. There will also be coverage of the LFF online via the BFI Player.

Opening and closing films
The LFF opens on 7 October with the European Premiere of Suffragette, starring Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne-Marie Duff, Brendan Gleeson, Ben Whishaw and Meryl Streep. Director Sarah Gavron returns to the festival for a third time with a film that tells the story of the ordinary British women at the turn of the last century who risked everything in the fight for equality and the right to vote.

Audiences around the UK will have the chance to enjoy a live cinecast from the Opening Night red carpet via satellite to cinemas across the UK, followed by an exclusive preview screening of Suffragette. The red carpet action will also be live-streamed on the BFI’s YouTube channel, thanks to our partners at Pathé and Google.

Steve Jobs
The European Premiere of Steve Jobs will close the LFF, directed by Danny Boyle whose films Slumdog Millionaire (2008) and 127 Hours (2010) previously closed the Festival. Based on Walter Isaacson’s best-selling biography, the film takes us behind the scenes of the digital revolution to create a revealing portrait of the man at its epicentre. The film stars Michael Fassbender in the title role, A winner Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen, Jeff Daniels, Michael Stuhlbarg and Katherine Waterston.

Headline galas
Among the other highly galas are the previously announced American Express Gala of Todd Haynes’ Carol, a 1950s romantic drama about a young woman working as a clerk in a department store who meets and falls in love with an alluring woman trapped in a loveless convenient marriage. The film stars Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, who won the Best Actress Award at this year’s Cannes Film Festival for her role in the film.

The Accenture Gala is the European premiere of Trumbo, directed by Jay Roach and starring Bryan Cranston as Dalton Trumbo, the Hollywood screenwriter who was blacklisted after refusing to testify before the House Committee on Un-American Activities in 1947. Diane Lane, Helen Mirren, Elle Fanning, Louis C.K. and John Goodman round out the cast.

Shooting Stars
The Virgin Atlantic gala is Scott Cooper’s crime drama Black Mass starring Johnny Depp, Benedict Cumberbatch and Joel Edgerton. The May Fair Hotel Gala is the European Premiere of the stirring drama Brooklyn, starring Saoirse Ronan, Domhnall Gleeson and Emory Cohen, adapted for the screen by Nick Hornby from Colm Tóibin’s novel about a woman faced with choosing between her Irish homeland and the new promise of America.

The Centrepiece Gala supported by the Mayor of London is the European Premiere of director Nicholas Hytner’s The Lady in the Van, adapted from writer Alan Bennett’s play and starring Maggie Smith, Alex Jennings, Jim Broadbent, Frances De La Tour and Roger Allam. The Festival Gala is Ben Wheatley’s High-Rise, starring Tom Hiddleston as Dr. Robert Laing, a man who has just taken ownership of a luxurious apartment in a satire based on JG Ballard’s novel.

The Archive Gala is the World Premiere of the BFI National Archive restoration of Shooting Stars, directed by A.V. Bramble and Anthony Asquith (1928).

The LFF programme is organised into categories clustered around the themes of Love, Debate, Dare, Laugh, Thrill, Cult, Journey, Sonic, Family and Experimenta – an approach designed to help festival-goers find the films that appeal the most to them and to open up the festival for new audiences.

The nine programme strands are each headlined with a gala:
  • Love Gala - Luca Guadagnino’s A Bigger Splash
  • Debate Gala -  Stephen Frears’ The Program
  • Dare Gala -  Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Lobster
  • Laugh Gala - Ondi Timoner’s Brand: A Second Coming (European Premiere)
  • Thrill Gala - Deepa Mehta’s Beeba Boys (International Premiere)
  • Cult Gala - S. Craig Zahler’s Bone Tomahawk (International Premiere)
  • Journey Gala - Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s The Assassin
  • Sonic Gala - Hany Abu-Assad’s The Idol (European Premiere)
  • Family Gala – Rob Letterman’s Goosebumps (European Premiere). 

Special presentations
The LFF will also run some Special Presentations: the Experimenta Special Presentation, Guy Maddin and Evan Johnson’s phantasmagoric opus The Forbidden Room, which screens at BFI IMAX; the Documentary Special Presentation, Davis Guggenheim’s He Named Me Malala, a portrait of an incredibly brave young woman who carries a message of hope for women in the world; and the Fellowship Special Presentation of James Vanderbilt’s Truth, starring Cate Blanchett in honour of the actress receiving the BFI Fellowship at this year’s LFF Awards Ceremony.

Awards and competitions
The BFI has revealed the short lists for the 59th BFI London Film.

Official Competition
Jerzy Skolimowski, 11 Minutes
  • Cary Fukunaga, Beasts of No Nation
  • Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Cemetery of Splendour
  • Athina Rachel Tsangari, Chevalier
  • Simon Stone, The Daughter
  • Jonás Cuarón, Desierto (European Premiere)
  • Lucile Hadžihalilović, Evolution
  • Johnnie To, Office (European Premiere)
  • Lenny Abrahamson, Room
  • László Nemes, Son of Saul
  • Terence Davies, Sunset Song
  • Sean Baker, Tangerine
  • Mir-Jean Bou Chaaya, Very Big Shot (European Premiere)

The Sutherland Award: First Feature Competition
  • Mai Masri, 3000 Nights (European Premiere)
  • Eva Husson, Bang Gang (A Modern Love Story)
  • Magnus von Horn, The Here After
  • Trey Edward Shults, Krishna
  • Yared Zeleke, Lamb
  • Esther May Campbell, Light Years
  • Ariel Kleiman, Partisan
  • Eugenio Canevari, Paula
  • Bentley Dean, Martin Butler, Tanna
  • Piero Messina, The Wait
  • Nitzan Gilady, Wedding Doll (European Premiere)
  • Robert Eggers, The Witch

The Grierson Award: Documentary Competition
  • João Pedro Plácido, (Be)longing
  • Mor Loushy, Censored Voices
  • David Sington, The Fear of 13 (World Premiere)
  • Alexandria Bombach, Mo Scarpelli, Frame by Frame (European Premiere)
  • Alexander Sokurov, Francfonia
  • Frederick Wiseman, In Jackson Heights
  • Walter Salles, Jia Zhangke, A Guy from Fenyang
  • Tomer Heymann, Mr. Gaga (International Premiere)
  • Patricio Guzmán, The Pearl Button
  • Sarah Turner, Public House (World Premiere)
  • Jennifer Peedom, Sherpa (European Premiere)
  • Hanna Polak, Something Better to Come

Short Film Award
  • João Paulo Miranda Maria, Command Action
  • Till Nowak, Dissonance
  • Nina Gantz, Edmond
  • Peter Tscherkassky, The Exquisite Corpus
  • Mees Peijnenburg, A Hole in My Heart
  • An van Dienderen, Lili (International Premiere)
  • Maïmouna Doucouré, Mother(s)
  • Shai Heredia, Shumona Goel, An Old Dog’s Diary (European Premiere)
  • Caroline Bartleet, Operator (World Premiere)
  • Jörn Threlfall, Over
  • Vivienne Dick, Red Moon Rising (World Premiere)
  • Ziya Demirel, Tuesday

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Star*Men to open Cambridge Film Festival

Star*Men, a documentary from debut director Alison E Rose, will open the 35th Cambridge Film Festival on Thursday 3 September. The film follows four UK astronomers, Donald Lynden-Bell FRS and Roger Griffin of the University of Cambridge, and Wal Sargent FRS and Neville Woolf of Manchester University, on a road trip to the United States.

Celebrating 50 years of work and friendship, the film follows them on a road trip to the South West States where they worked during the most exciting and productive periods in astronomy’s history

The Cambridge Film Festival closes on 13 September with the UK premiere of Palio, Cosima Spender’s documentary about the world’s oldest horse race, which debuted at Tribeca in April and played at Karlovy Vary in July.

The Cambridge Film Festival, the UK's third longest-running film festival returns 3-13 September 2015 for its 35th edition, at the Arts Picturehouse, the Light Cinema and other venues across Cambridge. The programme that includes seven world premieres and 55 UK premieres with films from more than 30 countries, plus special guests and complementary events and workshops. The Cambridge Film Festival is operated by the charitable Cambridge Film Trust and funded by BFI Film Forever.

This year’s features programme features the UK premiere of Robert Redford’s political thriller The Company You Keep. It will also screen A Walk In The Woods, in which Redford plays the writer Bill Bryson.

The main programme also features Tom Hardy playing both Kray twins in the gangster flick Legend, Woody Allen’s new comedy Irrational Man and Nanni Moretti’s Palme d’Or nominated Mia Madre.

Documentaries featured at the festival include Christian Braad Thomsen’s portrait of Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Fassbinder: To Love Without Demands, Mark Cousins’ latest Atomic: Living in Dread and Promise, and UK premiere of director Peter Webber’s 10 Billion, which searches for a solution to the world hunger crisis.

On 4 September musician and astronomer Brian May will attend the festival this year with his film One Night In Hell, an animated short directed by James Hall and Jason Jameson. May will come to talk about all things 3D with Dennis Pellerin, co-author of “Diableries: Stereoscopic Adventures in Hell. This is is part of a 3D evening that will features the UK premiere of 3D Rarities, an archival collection of 3D film footage dating back as early as the 1920s, which was previously shown at MOMA in New York.

BBC Arena At 40: Night And Day – The Arena Time Machine is a celebration of the television series that won nine BAFTA Awards and was voted one of the top 50 most influential programmes of all time in Broadcast Magazine. Night and Day is Arena’s most ambitious project to date – a 24-hour continuous film marking the passage of day-to-night-to-day, exactly in sync with British summer time on the 13-14 September. Anthony Wally and Emma Matthews’ film chronicles the history of Earth since the dawn of film through material selected from over 600 episodes of Arena and features the likes of The Beatles, Luis Bunuel, Bob Dylan, Nelson Mandela, Harold Pinter and Andy Warhol.

Festival regular Mark Cousins has created Scene by Scene – A Mash Up For The Love of Film specifically for Cambridge. A decade before The Story of Film, Cousins interviewed movie directors and actors about their craft for the BBC’s Scene by Scene. Running to 24 episodes the series featured a varied mix of interviewees from Roman Polanski to Jane Russell, Sean Connery to David Lynch and Martin Scorsese and Jeanne Moreau. The festival will also screen his latest film, Atomic: Living in Dread and Promise, a documentary that combines archive material with a new score by Mogwai.

Moving image artists Brian and Gareth McClave’s will create a series of experimental images taken across the festival’s Movies on the Meadows event, which took place over the Bank Holiday weekend at Grantchester. Brothers Brian and Gareth McClave have collaborated on many innovative time-lapse projects over the years and together they run the UK's leading industrial time-lapse filming company, Site-Eye. Capturing reality in a slow scanning motion across a scene, their photographic work offers a new take on the traditional long exposure, whereby moments of time do not merge together on top of each other but rather line up in sequence. Their images will be exhibited at the Arts Picturehouse during the festival.

Davy and Kristin McGuire’s art installations and theatrical projects are built using fragile materials, momentarily brought to life through digital projections and silent storytelling. Their intricate animated paper sculptures convey narrative drama in miniature. For Cambridge they are looking at the work of Alfred Hitchcock 35 years after his death. The Hitchcock Trilogy brings to life scenes recreated from The Birds, Rear Window and Psycho. The installations will be at various festival locations.

This year marks festival director Tony Jones’ 30th anniversary at the helm.

The Cambridge pay list
The Cambridge Film Festival, the UK's third longest-running film festival returns 3-13 September 2015 for its 35th edition, at the Arts Picturehouse, the Light Cinema and other venues across Cambridge. The programme that includes seven world premieres and 55 UK premieres with films from more than 30 countries, plus special guests and complementary events and workshops. The Cambridge Film Festival is operated by the charitable Cambridge Film Trust and funded by BFI Film Forever.

       3-D Rarities (UK)
       10 Billion: What’s On Your Plate? (UK)
       16 Years Till Summer
       54 Director’s Cut
       99 Homes
       After Work (UK)
       All The Ways of God (UK)
       The Amina Profile
       Arena Time Machine, Arena: Night and Day (24 Hours) (WP)
       Arena: Chelsea Hotel
       Arena: Nic Roeg It’s About Time
       As We Were Dreaming (UK)
       Atomic: Living in Dread and Promise (UK)
       Aurora (2014) (UK)
       Big Gold Dream: Scottish Post Punk and Infiltrating the Mainstream
       The Big Knights
       Bill (UK)
       The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution
       By Our Selves
       The Chambermaid Lynn
       Charlie and Lola
       Children of the Night (UK)
       The Clearstream Affair (UK)
       Closely Observed Trains
       The Company You Keep (UK)
       Cruel (UK)
       Dance, Iranian Style (WP)
       The Dark Gene (UK)
       Darkness on the Edge of Town
       The Days Run Away Like Wild Horses Over The Hills (UK)
       Drifter (UK)
       E.T. The Extra-Terrestial
       Eisenstein in Guanajuato
       The Entitity
       Face of the Devil (UK)
       Face to Face (WP)
       Fantastic Mr. Fox
       Fassbinder: To Love Without Demands (UK)
       The Fencer (UK)
       The Fire
       The Forecaster (UK)
       The Forest (UK)
       From Caligari to Hitler (UK)
       Garden of Earthly Delights
       Gentle (UK)
       Group B
       Gruffalo & The Gruffalo’s Child
       H. (UK)
       The Hallow
       The Harder They Come
       Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2
       He Who Gets Slapped
       Heidi Schneider Is Stuck (UK)
       Horse Money
       I Am A Soldier (UK)
       I Am A Spy
       Infinitely Polar Bear (UK)
       Invisible Heroes (UK)
       Irrational Man
       James and the Giant peach
       The Jungle Book
       La Famille Belier
       Land Grabbing (UK)
       Landfill Harmonic
       The Last Executioner
       The Lesson
       Life in a Fishbowl
       The Long Way Home
       Looney Tunes
       The Magical Girl (UK)
       The Marina Cafe
       May Allah Bless France! (UK)
       Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
       Mia Madre
       Mill and the Cross
       Mississippi Grind
       Mr Bean
       Mr Men
       The New Rijksmuseum
       One Night in Hell
       Onirica: Field of Dogs
       The Outlaw and his Wife
       Paddington (TV series)
       Palio (UK)
       The Phantom Carriage
       Poached (IP)
       Portrait of the Artist (UK)
       Pretend We’re Kissing (EP)
       The Princess Diaries
       Radio On
       Raiders of the Lost Ark
       The Reflecting Skin
       The Roe’s Room
       Room on the Broom
       Scene by Scene: A Mash Up For The Love of Film (WP)
       Schmitke (UK)
       The Second Mother
       Skateboarding’s First Wave (EP)
       The Sky Above Us
       The Spiderwebhouse (UK)
       Splendor Solis (WP)
       Steamboat Bill Jnr
       The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Miss Osbourne
       Street Kids United 2 (UK)
       Sweethearts of the Gridiron (UK)
       A Syrian Love Story
       Tell Spring Not to Come This Year
       Ten Billion (UK)
       Tokyo Tribe
       Traces of Sandalwood (UK)
       Under The Red Robe
       Until I Lose My Breath
       The Vist
       A Walk in the Woods
       Wanja (UK)
       War Work: 8 Songs with Film
       Waste Land (UK)
       Welcome To Leith
       Why Me? (UK)
       Wild Strawberries
       Wildlike (UK)
       The Wind
       Zurich (UK)

WP = World premiere
IP = International Premiere
EP = European Premiere
UK = UK Premiere