The 9th edition of CINECITY returned to venues across the city with a packed programme over 18 days featuring the very best in international cinema and a rich mix of premieres and previews, artists’ cinema and installations, treasures from the archive and special events.
We gave audiences first sight of award-winning and highly anticipated films ahead of release and showcased many others, brought to CINECITY from around the world for one-off screenings. Meanwhile slapstick and a sci-fi classic, horror films and the humble Super 8, a cult B-movie and Mickey Mouse all got imaginative re-interpretations.
Opening with a walk on the wild side and Steve McQueen’s SHAME, the best of British cinema continued with Terence Davies’ THE DEEP BLUE SEA and Ralph Fiennes’ directorial debut CORIOLANUS. The cream of international cinema was represented with a clutch of award-winning dramas including Béla Tarr’s THE TURIN HORSE, the joyous THE ARTIST, Cannes Camera d’Or winner LAS ACACIAS and Paolo Sorrentino’s THIS MUST BE THE PLACE. In a particularly strong year for the documentary in all its myriad forms CINECITY presented a wide range of titles, with the aesthetic and visual possibilities of the medium very much to the fore.
Free exhibitions and installations at the University of Brighton lay at the heart of the programme: THIS OUR STILL LIFE, a portrait of a Pyrenean farmhouse through the eyes and ears of film-maker Andrew Kötting and his daughter Eden, complemented the release of his new film and Austrian film-maker Martin Arnold presented SOFT PALATE, a darkly humorous twist on Mickey Mouse and Pluto. Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard screened 14 films in their DO YOU LOVE ME LIKE I LOVE YOU series, made to accompany the comprehensive re-issue of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds’ influential back catalogue.
THE MAGICAL MISERY TOUR was a new live set from People Like Us, a surreal audio-visual collage based around extracts from more than a hundred horror films; David Thomas, founder of the legendary Pere Ubu, and two pale boys performed a live underscore to the cult 1962 B-movie CARNIVAL OF SOULS, a true original of low-budget artistry.
From Super 8 to 3D, the contemporary film-maker has never had so many formats at their disposal – at least for a while longer while the film manufacturers and labs remain open – and this range of options was reflected throughout the programme. Audiences too, of course have more ways to view and experience the moving image than ever before. In a new venture with MoPix we created a festival app and made available a quartet of shorts from film-makers based in the city, selected from the bumper crop of submissions to the festival.
We were delighted to welcome many visiting film-makers to CINECITY to talk about their films including Ben Rivers, Andrew Kötting, Grant Gee, Nick Broomfield and film critic Noel Burch amongst many others.
The Printed Festival ProgrammeOpen in Viewer
In the Press
Guardian Guide 2011