Cinecity 14th Brighton Film Festival

11 - 27 November

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88 London Road, Brighton, BN1 4JF

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13
Oct

Every day is much the same for bus driver and secret poet Paterson (Adam Driver), who lives and works in Paterson, New Jersey. Once his shift has finished, Paterson goes home and has dinner with his Iranian-American wife Laura (Golshifteh Farahani) before taking their dog down to the local bar and enjoying one beer. Despite… Read more »

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18
Oct

As a typhoon rages over Tokyo, inveterate gambler, one time novelist and divorcee Ryota (Abe Hiroshi) hopes to repair the broken relationship with his ex-wife and son. With his father having died and his mother and estranged family seemingly moving on without him, Ryota is desperate to be of significance in their lives once more…. Read more »

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11
Nov

Ben Wheatley follows hot-on-the-heels of his last feature High-Rise. With this guns blazing action thriller, shot on location in a warehouse outside Brighton. Set in America in 1978. Justine (Larson) has arranged a deal on behalf of two Irishmen (Murphy, Smiley) to buy a stash of guns from gangsters Vernon (Copley) and Ord (Hammer) but… Read more »

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12
Nov

Former child actor turned director Amma Asante’s follow-up to her acclaimed 2013 feature Belle is another real-life story based on a love affair that crossed class divisions, racial bias and social conventions. David Oyelowo plays Seretse Khama, the King of Bechuanaland (now Botswana) whose relationship with London office worker Ruth Williams (Rosamund Pike) caused an… Read more »

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12
Nov

Inspired by a walk from Waltham Abbey in Essex via Battle Abbey to St Leonards-on-Sea, the latest film from Andrew Kötting (Gallivant, Swandown, By Our Selves) documents a pilgrimage in memory of Edith Swan Neck. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, parts of King Harold’s body were taken to Waltham Abbey for burial and… Read more »

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13
Nov

Selected from open submissions to CINECITY. Brighton Screenings are films made in Brighton or by Brighton filmmakers and gives us the chance to highlight some of the talented filmmakers working in the region today.

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13
Nov

A fascinating and imaginative interpretation of the timeless classic ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ and of werewolf fables, adapted by Angela Carter from her own story. When Rosaleen (Sarah Patterson), a young teenage girl, goes to stay with her Granny (Angela Lansbury) she’s regaled with strange, disturbing tales about innocent maidens falling in love with handsome… Read more »

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13
Nov

Jim Jarmusch rates Iggy and The Stooges as the best rock‘n’roll band ever and this definitive documentary is the work of a true fan. Their powerful blend of rock, blues, R&B and free jazz enjoys an enduring legacy and influence and is brilliantly captured through a rich mix of archive footage, interviews, photos and animation…. Read more »

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14
Nov

Selected from open submissions to CINECITY. Brighton Screenings are films made in Brighton or by Brighton filmmakers and gives us the chance to highlight some of the talented filmmakers working in the region today.

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14
Nov

Environmental issues and family loyalty meet head on in The Olive Tree; actress and director Iciar Bollain follows her Oscar-shortlisted Even the Rain (2010) and the widely admired Katmandu (2011) with this quietly stirring drama, co-written with Paul Laverty, best known for his frequent collaborations with Ken Loach. Ostensibly a story about family ties, The… 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

RUTH NOVACZEK AND SARAH WOOD Collage (or found-footage) film-making, a practice in which material appropriated from pre-existing films is edited together to form new works, is very much on the rise in this, the era of online remix. But it also has a very long history, from the pioneering archive-film work of Soviet film-maker Esfir… 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

Experimental films from artist filmmakers, challenging your perception and expectations of film. Selected from open submissions to CINECITY. Brighton Screenings are films made in Brighton or by Brighton filmmakers and gives us the chance to highlight some of the talented filmmakers working in the region today. This programme is presented in partnership with Experimental Motion:… Read more »

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16
Nov

J-Horror luminary Kiyoshi Kurosawa – Sweet Home (1989), Cure (1997), Pulse (2001) – returns to the genre that made him a cult figure for the first time in a decade with the aptly titled Creepy. Fans of Kurosawa’s darker films will be pleased to know that he has lost none of his powers to unsettle,… 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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17
Nov

Israeli-American director Alma Har’el follows her groundbreaking debut Bombay Beach (2011) with the equally ambitious and artistically bold LoveTrue. The concept of true love is a vast and tough subject to broach for any film-maker, but Har’el’s visually stunning, genre-bending exploration of the subject is remarkably assured. Delving deep into our collective perception of relationships… Read more »

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17
Nov

After shooting his first English language feature in 2013, the Nicole Kidman starring Stoker, acclaimed South Korean director Park Chan-wook reverts to his native language for the erotically charged, psychological thriller The Handmaiden. Those familiar with the popular director’s films will be glad to know that Park’s penchant for studied framing, black humour and dark… Read more »

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17
Nov

An Exploration of Sound and Music in Storytelling  Lighthouse presents The Sound of Story: a series of talks, masterclasses, screenings and workshops featuring a stellar line-up of world-class sound professionals. Bringing together an array of leading sound artists and practitioners, The Sound of Story explores the power of sound and music in storytelling through a… Read more »

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18
Nov

16-year-old John Cleaver is a high school misfit obsessed with serial killers in this darkly funny adaptation of Dan Wells’ cult YA novel. Despite harbouring fears that he may have an inner compulsion to kill, John (played by Max Records who starred as an 11-year-old in Spike Jonze’s Where The Wild Things Are in 200x)… Read more »

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18
Nov

An Exploration of Sound and Music in Storytelling Lighthouse presents The Sound of Story: a series of talks, masterclasses, screenings and workshops featuring a stellar line-up of world-class sound professionals. Bringing together an array of leading sound artists and practitioners, The Sound of Story explores the power of sound and music in storytelling through a… 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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19
Nov

Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams and Kyle Chandler star in this critically acclaimed drama from writer-director Kenneth Lonergan (You Can Count on Me, Margaret) about a man’s painful hometown return. Casey Affleck in a career-defining performance is Lee Chandler, a reclusive handyman who returns to his Massachusetts seaside hometown after the sudden death of his beloved… Read more »

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19
Nov

The debut feature film from Brighton-based Robbie McCallum, Atlantic Heart is filmed in Cape Verde, Africa, the first full- length narrative feature ever shot in the rare Kriolu language. Set against the tropical backdrop of the Mardi Gras Carnaval, teenage siblings Lucas and Telma struggle to survive the seedier side of island life. When naive… Read more »

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19
Nov

An Exploration of Sound and Music in Storytelling Lighthouse presents The Sound of Story: a series of talks, masterclasses, screenings and workshops featuring a stellar line-up of world-class sound professionals. Bringing together an array of leading sound artists and practitioners, The Sound of Story explores the power of sound and music in storytelling through a… Read more »

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20
Nov

A leading figure of the Romanian New Wave and the first director from the country to win the Palme d’Or (for 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days in 2007) Cristian Mungiu returns after a four-year absence with this expertly crafted family drama. Mungiu shared the Best Director Award at this year’s Cannes Film Festival… Read more »

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20
Nov

Roger Ross Williams’ Life, Animated is one of the year’s most heartwarming and uplifting documentaries. Based on Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and best-selling author Ron Suskind’s 2014 memoir Life, Animated: A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes and Autism, Williams’ documentary mixes real footage with animated sequences to recount the Suskind family’s twenty year journey to connect… Read more »

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20
Nov

Liam Neeson, Sigourney Weaver and Felicity Jones star in this adaptation of the popular children’s book by Patrick Ness. 12-year-old Conor O’Malley (Lewis MacDougall, a bright new talent) is having a tough time of it; he is bullied at school, his mother (Felicity Jones) has terminal cancer, his father (Toby Kebbell) is largely absent and… Read more »

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21
Nov

Tarik, a cross-dressing troubadour who performs traditional dances, is shunned by those around him. Struck by inertia, he is unable to feel emotion even when faced with the man who killed his family. Larbi, the family horse who pulls the cart on which Tarik dances, won’t take another step. And word has it the drinking… Read more »

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21
Nov

Jem Cohen, the New York-based film-maker and photographer, is well known for his film portraits of urban landscapes. He recently spent time in the UK capturing the landscape and people of South East Essex for his latest film which was commissioned by Metal and premiered in Estuary 2016: ‘I found that the Thames Estuary and… Read more »

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21
Nov

A tale of individual resistance in the face of rapacious corporate greed, Aquarius takes its title from the Recife apartment block that has been home to widowed music critic Clara (Sônia Braga) for close to forty years. Situated overlooking a popular beach, Aquarius has been earmarked by a slick property developer as an investment opportunity…. Read more »

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22
Nov

Fear Itself takes viewers on a personal journey through fear and cinema, and asks whether horror movies know us better than we know ourselves. Constructed entirely from existing films, it encourages viewers to interrogate a diverse range of images and sounds sampled from 100 years of cinema. Fear Itself informs and unnerves in equal measure,… Read more »

22
Nov

Ani Laurie is a film-maker who spent some of her childhood growing up with her Amazigh-Moroccan grandparents in Marrakech. Her acclaimed 2015 short film Pedigree tells the story of a young London banker who is struggling with issues of lineage and grief. Following a screening of the film, she will be joined in conversation by… Read more »

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22
Nov

Charlie Lyne is a film-maker and film critic living in London. His first collage film Beyond Clueless, on the American teen movie genre, premiered at SXSW in 2014 and went on to play at more than two-dozen international festivals. His second, Fear Itself, on horror cinema, premiered on the BBC’s iPlayer service — the platform’s… Read more »

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22
Nov

Critically acclaimed Iranian director Asghar Farhadi came to international prominence with a trio of elegant dramas, About Elly (2009), A Separation (2011) and The Past (2013). Empathetic and even handed, Farhadi places life in modern Iran under the microscope, with socially divisive issues surrounding class and gender especially prominent in his narratives. In his quietly… Read more »

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22
Nov

Kelly Reichardt (Meek’s Cutoff, Wendy and Lucy, Night Moves) directs Laura Dern, Michelle Williams, Kristen Stewart and Lily Gladstone in this portrait of independent women whose lives intersect in a small town in Montana. Based on Maile Meloy’s short stories and lovingly shot against the stunning backdrop of mountains and open landscapes in 16mm, the… 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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23
Nov

Pablo Lorraín (The Club, No, Tony Manero) turns to his compatriot, the Nobel Prize-winning poet Pablo Neruda for his sixth feature. Describing this inventive 1940s set detective thriller as an ‘anti-bio’, he weaves a dizzying fable around the 1948 manhunt for celebrated poet and politician Neruda, who goes underground when Chile outlaws Communisim. Neruda finds… Read more »

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23
Nov

An evening of film and video screenings, installations and performances from staff and students of the BA (Hons) Moving Image course at the University of Brighton. The course is a film and art degree that pushes the boundaries of experimentation in contemporary artists’ moving image practice. Works will be projected throughout the evening. THIS IS… Read more »

23
Nov

Made on location in Brighton in 1968 and using the West Pier for many of sequences, Oh! What a Lovely War is an anti-war musical that offers a challenging and provocative representation of the First World War. Presented by the West Pier Trust and the Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts in tribute to the… Read more »

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24
Nov

London Film-Makers Co–op 50th Anniversary and Book Launch The LFMC was founded in October 1966 as a non-commercial distributor and film laboratory for avant-garde cinema. Within this unique facility, film-makers were able to control every aspect of the creative process. Many explored the material aspects of celluloid, whilst others experimented with multiple projection and performance-based… Read more »

24
Nov

Egypt’s recent turbulent social upheavals, which saw Hosni Mubarak’s decades-long rule come to an end in a people-led revolution in 2011, is the focus of Mohamed Diab’s gripping new film, Clash. The nation’s most prominent cultural commentator, Diab co-wrote the screenplay for this powerful piece about his home nation’s troubles, with his younger brother Khaled…. 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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24
Nov

Lighthouse and The Old Market are pleased to present a screening of the critically acclaimed feature film Notes on Blindness, followed by a Q&A with directors Peter Middleton and James Spinney, as part of The Sound of Story 2016. After the writer and theologian John Hull became completely blind in 1983, he kept a diary, on… Read more »

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24
Nov

Set up in 2004 the Catalyst Club pays tribute to French salons, WI and gentlemen’s clubs. On the night three guest speakers take to the lectern to talk for 15 minutes on subjects close to their heart. Since its inception the Catalyst Club has seen over 500 talks on subjects ranging from Ulysses to tinned meat…. Read more »

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25
Nov

Still only twenty-seven years of age, prodigious Canadian director Xavier Dolan already has five feature length films under his belt. Always bold and provocative, Dolan’s distinctive brand of melodrama, from the semi-autobiographical I Killed My Mother (2009) to the what-if world of Mommy (2014), is also visually striking and emotionally gripping. Dolan’s latest, It’s Only… 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

This slow-burning psychological drama set in the fictional Larangan maximum-security prison is told from the point of view of a young correctional officer, Aiman, who is ready to do anything to become apprentice to strict, veteran hangman Rahim (Wan Hanafi Su) on death row. Aiman’s reasons are not wholly professional but born of a desire… 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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26
Nov

Featuring long-lost footage and archival photos of William S. Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, Spike Lee, Madonna, Patti Smith, Andy Warhol, John Waters, and many others, Uncle Howard chronicles the fascinating but tragically short life of film-maker Howard Brookner. To Aaron Brookner, he was a loving and inspirational uncle who died of AIDS in 1989 at the… Read more »

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27
Nov

A new live score to one of cinema’s landmarks, Carl Theodor Dreyer’s luminous, sensual Vampyr. Loosely based on the work of gothic writer J. Sheridan Le Fanu, this was the director’s follow-up to The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928) and his first foray into the world of sound. The film tells the twisted tale… 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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27
Nov

When Toni Erdmann premiered at this year’s Cannes, it received the highest ever combined star rating from critics at the film festival. Undoubtedly one of the films of the year, Maren Ade’s tragi-comic domestic drama is a very funny examination of the disconnect between estranged family members and the pressures of the corporate world; it… Read more »

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