The 36th Cambridge Film Festival

One of the UK’s most prestigious and well-respected film festivals, the Cambridge Film Festival is delighted to announce its full programme for the 36th edition, taking place 20th – 27th October at the Arts Picturehouse Cinema and other venues across Cambridge. The Cambridge Film Festival is operated by the charitable Cambridge Film Trust and backed by the BFI’s Film Festival Fund which awards National Lottery funding to UK film festivals, giving audiences the opportunity to see a broader range of British and international films.”

Opening the festival on 20th October, Ken Loach’s Palme D’Or winner, I, Daniel Blake, will be introduced by lead actor and stand up comedian, Dave Johns. Ken Loach came out of retirement for this savage indictment of contemporary Tory Britain, and the deprivations suffered by the working classes. Working with regular scriptwriter Paul Laverty, Loach focuses on an ailing handyman Daniel (Johns), his battle to survive after being denied his government health allowance and the relationship he strikes up with a young single mother Kattie (Hayley Squires).

Each year Cambridge offers audiences a fantastic choice of closing night films. This year is no different. Leading volcanologist Clive Oppenheimer will present Werner Herzog’s Into The Inferno, questioning the why, where and how our lives are inextricably linked with nature’s most destructive and creative force. Herzog and Oppenheimer set out on a dangerous mission together in search of answers, traveling across the world to the very edge of active volcanoes, meeting those who willingly live in the shadow of such lethally unpredictable neighbours.



Terence Davies’s life story of the celebrated American poet Emily Dickinson, A Quiet Passion, stars Cynthia Nixon as the legendary poet who led a deeply introverted life. Davies has created an intensely moving account of Dickinson’s genius, which attempts to capture the inner workings of her sensitive mind.

Cambridge Film Festival also closes with the European Premiere of a new restoration of GOG 3-D, a surreal 50s Sci-fi thriller with a story described as if “Agatha Christie, Sigmund Freud and Harlan Ellison got high together and made a movie”, featuring experimental robots and a secret underground space research base. GOG 3-D has never been seen in the UK before in its original 3-D format. Bob Furmanek, award-winning producer, author, archivist and founder of the 3-D Film Archive who restored the film will introduce this unique presentation.

The features programme offers something for everyone with a host of must-see, hotly anticipated titles including Kenneth Lonergan’s Manchester By the Sea, starring Casey Affleck as a reclusive handyman who returns to his hometown following the death of his brother, only to discover that he has been appointed legal guardian of his teenage nephew. Tilda Swinton produced and voiced the documentary Letters From Baghdad, which tells the extraordinary story of British spy, explorer and political powerhouse Gertude Bell. It’s Only The End of The World, Xavier Dolan’s drama stars Marion Cotillard, Vincent Cassel and Lea Seydoux as the dysfunctional family who are unable to communicate. US indie auteur Jim Jarmusch returns to the screen with Paterson, a magical observation of small-town American life, drawing on the poetry of William Carlos Williams, starring Adam Driver as a working-class poet practising his craft in a small New Jersey town. Light Years is the imaginative debut feature film from BAFTA winning short director and photographer Esther May Campbell. A poetic coming-of-age story about the search for a lost love, Light Years stars Beth Orton with sound design by Chris Watson. Clint Eastwood directs Tom Hanks in the elegant and eloquent docudrama Sully, which tells the story behind the headlines of Captain Chelsey ‘Sully’ Sullenberger who landed a crippled US Airways plane on the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 aboard.

The festival will screen 131 feature-length films, 7 film shorts programmes, with 48 UK premieres, representing titles from 37 countries.

Festival tickets go on sale to the public on 6 October. Further details click here


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Ros is as picky about what she watches as what she eats. She watches movies alone and dines solo too (a new trend perhaps?!). As a self confessed scaredy cat, Ros doesn’t watch horror films, even Goosebumps made her jump in parts!

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