Cinecity 14th Brighton Film Festival

11 - 27 November

Listings: Debuts

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Debuts

First features highlighting the new talents that help keep cinema fresh and inventive.

13
Nov

FLicker + Pulse is a striking and poignant portrayal of time passing in a beautiful Sussex walled garden. Using real-time and time-lapse footage, the film explores the relationship between the seasons and the plants and people who work within the walls of the garden. Locked into the clock of the solar system, the garden performs… Read more »

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14
Nov

The tradition of Albania’s “sworn virgins” dictates that individuals assigned female at birth are permitted to undergo gender transitions to male, provided they take a vow of lifelong chastity. This is the journey of the protagonist we first encounter as Mark (a wonderful performance from Alba Rohrwacher) who decides that she would like to leave… Read more »

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15
Nov

The humble compact cassette tape was a revolutionary invention, one that made recording available to everyone and unleashed a new music sharing culture on the world. The format refuses to die and has enjoyed a renaissance in recent years. Exploring its role in the proliferation of pop culture, Cassette features musical luminaries such as Henry… Read more »

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15
Nov

Acclaimed theatre director William Oldroyd makes a seamless transition to the screen in this brilliant Gothic tale of a young bride trapped in a marriage of convenience on a rural estate, who embarks on a passionate affair. Florence Pugh (last seen in Carol Morley’s The Falling) is stunning as Lady Katherine, a woman determined to… Read more »

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16
Nov

Winner of the top award in the Directors’ Fortnight sidebar at this year’s Cannes, Wolf and Sheep is the debut feature of 26-year-old Shahrbanoo Sadat, Afghanistan’s first-ever female, feature director. In this engaging and fresh depiction of rural Afghanistan, everyone is a storyteller with tales of mystery to explain the world in which they live…. Read more »

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19
Nov

Written by The Mighty Boosh‘s Julian Barratt and Simon Farnaby, this lovingly detailed and very funny, off-the-wall comedy features a heavyweight line-up of talent directed by award-winning theatre director Sean Foley (The Play What I Wrote), making his feature debut. Julian Barratt plays Ricahrd Thorncroft, a washed-up actor who had an ’80s TV hit with… Read more »

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19
Nov

A documentary examining the life and work of the pioneering artist, musician, performer and film-maker, Tony Conrad (1940-2016). To the world at large he remains virtually unknown but Conrad was one of the great American artists of our time and since the early 1960s, his films and musical compositions have been the stuff of legend…. Read more »

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20
Nov

Limite is a completely unique cinematic experience – at certain moments a poem, at other moments a piece of music, and a delicately emotional experience throughout. Martin Scorsese. Very rarely seen and effectively lost for decades, LIMITE, now restored is a legendary avant-garde classic and a beautiful, lyrical work. It featured in a top ten… Read more »

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22
Nov

“Hi, I’m Lynn Ruth Miller, I’m 80 years old and I’m your future!!” The World’s Oldest Comedienne, Lynn Ruth Miller, is the subject of Granny’s Gone Wild, a documentary from Latest’s Bill Smith. This ribald and riotous romp follows the poster girl for growing old disgracefully – and her adoring young fans – as she shows us how to live life to… Read more »

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24
Nov

25 years after Jenny Livingstone’s seminal documentary Paris is Burning, which shone a light on ‘80s Harlem’s Ballroom scene, this explosive and uplifting new documentary reveals one of the subculture’s contemporary descendants: the Kiki scene. Part activist movement, part artistic milieu, the Kiki community is a site of radical self expression for young queer people… Read more »

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25
Nov

Following in the footsteps of her entire family, shy 16-year-old Justine, an animal-loving vegetarian, enrols in veterinary college. Entering a seductive world of boys, drugs and all-night parties, she is confronted with a moral dilemma when she must eat a raw rabbit liver as part of an initiation ritual. She devours the meat but she… Read more »

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26
Nov

A firm favourite at this year’s London Indian Film Festival and very well received at screenings around Europe, Nepalese director Min Bahadur Bham’s debut feature The Black Hen takes place in 2001 at the height of the country’s civil war. The young film-maker, screenwriter and producer has hit the ground running with this tale that… Read more »

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26
Nov

Giving a film about an 1831 slave uprising in Virginia, USA, the same title as D.W. Griffith’s Ku Klux Klan championing silent epic from 1915 was a bold and wonderfully pointed decision on the part of first time African American director Nate Parker. In an interview, Parker stated that he had reclaimed the title and… Read more »

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27
Nov

In their debut documentary Christine Molloy and Joe Lawlor (aka Desperate Optimists) take as their point of departure the compelling 18th Century figure, Ambrose O’Higgins – father of Bernardo O’Higgins, the first leader of Independent Chile – and attempt to retrace his remarkable journey from Ireland to Chile. Having long dreamt of making a biopic… Read more »

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27
Nov

Renowned Japanese animation giant Studio Ghibli’s first ever international co-production is a perfect collaboration with Oscar-winning Dutch animator Michaël Dudok De Wit. The Red Turtle, almost a decade in the making, is a dialogue-free fable about a castaway on a desert island and a touching ode to the cycle of life and the resilience of… Read more »

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