The 4th edition of CINECITY was our biggest festival programme to date. We opened and closed the festival with two previews of major and eagerly anticipated titles: BABEL directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu starring Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett and Gael Garcia Bernal and BLACK BOOK, Paul Verhoeven’s World War Two drama.
Other previews in the New Features strand included LONDON TO BRIGHTON followed by Q&A with director Paul Andrew Williams and actress Lorraine Stanley; Jan Svankmayer’s LUNACY; LEONARD COHEN: I’M YOUR MAN; TEN CANOES directed by Rolf de Heer and documentary BLACK GOLD with Q&A with director brothers Marc and Nick Francis.
CINECITY once again created a temporary ‘micro-cinema’ to further extend the number of screens available during the festival. The Brighton Fringe Basement in the heart of the North Laine was home to a range of screenings and events and was the centrepiece of the artists’ moving image programme. Featured artists included Abigail Child, Yervant Gianikian and Angel Ricchi Lucchi, Bill Morrison, Louise K. Wilson and Deimantas Narkevicius, who took part in a Q&A following a screening of his work. John Foxx presented the UK premiere of his TINY COLOUR MOVIES project. The Basement Screenings also included the very first MIX TAPES event put together by Brighton’s Buck in Fudgy which included Ben Rivers’ TERROR!
For the first time CINECITY expanded beyond the borders of Brighton & Hove with a weekend of screenings at the De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill-on-Sea, the first time films had been seen there on the big screen.
A festival highlight was the FILM BUS – a coach trip from Brighton to Bexhill in the company of Andrew Kotting who kept the assorted passengers hugely entertained on the journey before a screening of GALLIVANT at the De La Warr – the starting point of his excellent 1997 road movie – and Q&A.
Andrew’s installation SHANGHAI FROLIC formed part of the CITY EYE strand exploring Shanghai, arguably the first great city of the 21st Century, through a diverse selection of moving images including artists’ moving image, features, documentaries and shorts.
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