Woody Allen’s VICKY CRISTINA BACELONA provided a slice of sunshine to open the festival and Closing Night film MILK, starring Sean Penn, won the inaugural CINECITY Audience Award.
Cannes winner THE CLASS, Paolo Sorrentino’s IL DIVO, WENDY AND LUCY and Duane Hopkins’ debut BETTER THINGS were among the features previewed.
The centrepiece of CINECITY 2008 was a major exhibition devoted to the Quay Brothers: INVENTORIUM The Pharmacist’s Prescription For Lip Reading Puppets featured a collection of ‘wonder cabinets’ – each one a small world of puppets, objects and scenery related to one of their films – complemented by their installation, EURYDICE – SHE, SO BELOVED, created to mark the 400th anniversary of Monteverdi’s Orfeo. A screening programme and ‘in conversation’ event completed our celebration of the Quay’s visionary and poetic cinema.
The Quays’ work has been informed by many aspects of Eastern European culture, in particular the visual and literary culture of Poland. There was a strong Polish connection running throughout CINECITY 2008 supported by the Polish Cultural Institute. There was a display of vibrant Polish film posters drawn from the Quays’ own personal collection and that of the University’s Design Archives.
As part of a strand devoted to NEW EUROPE – countries from the former ‘Eastern Bloc’ that joined the EU in 2004 – we screened the latest work, KATYN, from Andrzej Wajda, the father figure of Polish Cinema. Other previews included Polish films TRICKS and TIME TO DIE, Kornel Mundruczo’s DELTA, AUTUMN BALL from Estonia and the Latvian portmanteau film VOGELFREI. We also presented a special programme to mark the 60th anniversary of the renowned Łodz Film School whose alumni include Wajda and Roman Polanski.
2008’s CITY EYE explored that most international of Polish cities, Gdansk, and its distinctive screen history including a rare screening of Mike Hodges’ TV dramatisation of the birth of Solidarity, SQUARING THE CIRCLE and Andrzej Wajda’s 1984 Cannes winner MAN OF IRON.
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