The Cambridge Film Festival kicks off on Thursday and this year’s event is set to feature a global offering of highly anticipated titles and emerging talents.
The UK’s third longest-running film festival returns for its 34th edition at a series of venues across the city, including the Arts Picturehouse, where a diverse programme of films and special events will take place.
Running until September 7, the festival is now considered one of the country’s most prestigious and well-respected film festivals, and boasts a growing international reputation.
This year, the festival will open with the wildly funny film, The Kidnapping of Michel Houellebecq which premiered at the Berlin Film Festival and won Best Screenplay at Tribeca Film Festival.
Also screening on opening night is a special preview of Woody Allen’s latest film, a Riviera romance set in the 1920’s, Magic In The Moonlight, starring Colin Firth and Emma Stone.
The festival will welcome a number of special guests including writer and director Rowan Joffe and novelist SJ Watson who will present Before I Go To Sleep, an amnesiac thriller starring Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth and Mark Strong. Skip Kite will present his timely tribute to a true national treasure, Tony Benn: Will And Testament, which won the Audience Award at Edinburgh.
Amir Amirani’s documentary We The Many touches on similar political themes, exploring the anti-war campaign against the impending war on Iraq in 2003, which became the biggest street demonstration in history.
Marking the Dylan Thomas centenary year, Under Milk Wood, the 1972 classic starring Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton and Peter O’Toole will be screened. Director, Andrew Sinclair will be in attendance to talk about his life and work with the finest of British acting talent in the 1970s.
Other highly anticipated films screening at the festival include, Kelly Reichart’s Night Moves, a taut paranoia thriller starring Jesse Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning and Peter Sarsgaard. Marking one of his final roles, the late Philip Seymour Hoffman stars in Anton Corbijn’s A Most Wanted Man, alongside Willem Dafoe and Robin Wright in this big screen adaptation of John Le Carre’s twisty spy thriller.
The Cambridge Family Film Festival returns with a much-loved mixture of favourite film and television characters old and new, presented in a family-friendly environment. Screenings of Superman, Monsters University, Frozen and Slapstick follow the theme of Superheroes.
There are also special School of Slapstick film-making workshops, encouraging young audiences to come along and create, shoot and star in their own short silent comedy film, working with a professional theatre tutor and cameraman.
There are plenty more screenings, workshops and more going on throughout the festival – find out more and get tickets from the website at www.cambridgefilmfestival.org.uk