The first ever edition of CINECITY began with an Opening Night double bill of PULSE: A STOMP ODYSSEY at the Odeon Cinema and an advance preview of Lars von Trier’s DOGVILLE at the Duke of York’s Picturehouse.
‘Exploring cities on film’ was the main theme of the 2003 festival which featured a host of city-related special events and screenings:
Patrick Keiller presented an illustrated lecture on The City of The Future; Neil Brand performed a live score to Berlin: Symphony of a Great City; Professor Laura Mulvey gave an introduction to Rossellini’s VOYAGE TO ITALY.
Andrea Sabbadini, Chairman of the European Psychoanalytic Film Festival led a post-film discussion after a screening of Hitchcock’s VERTIGO; Saint Etienne took part in a Q&A after the screening of FINSTERRE: A FILM ABOUT LONDON. New prints of Jacques Tati’s PLAYTIME and David Lean’s Venice-set SUMMER MADNESS also screened.
The CITY EYE strand – supported by the Japan Foundation – was dedicated to exploring Tokyo on film and included a range of titles including TOKYO FIST, STRAY DOG, AKIRA, TOKYO DRIFTER, SANS SOLEIL, FUNERAL PARADE OF ROSES and onedotzero’s J-STAR 03 compilation.
JEFF KEEN: EIGHTY YEARS ON PLANET EARTH celebrated the 80th birthday of the legendary Brighton underground film-maker (1923-2012).