38th Cambridge Film Festival: Early Highlights

Cambridge Film Festival 2018

Cambridge Film Festival has a longstanding reputation for presenting a diverse film programme offering something for everyone, and 2018 is shaping up to be another great year.

The programme will include UK premieres of new features, classic retrospectives, insightful documentaries, discovery titles from the global stage, family favourites, and an eclectic array of short films. CFF will be welcoming filmmakers throughout the Festival and looks forward to confirming special introductions and Q&As over the next few weeks.

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The Festival will screen over 150 titles titles from more than 30 countries including: winner of the Palme d’Or at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, Hirokazu Kore-eda’s thrilling, beautiful tale of Tokyo’s down-and-outs SHOPLIFTERS; the “final” performance of Robert Redford’s illustrious acting career, the utterly charming OLD MAN & THE GUN; Jean-Luc Godard’s vibrant kaleidoscopic statement about the world we live in THE IMAGE BOOK; and Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos (Killing of a Sacred Deer, The Lobster) teaming with Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone in the hilarious, absurdist historical black comedy THE FAVOURITE.

These are in addition to: Margarethe von Trotta’s SEARCHING FOR INGMAR BERGMAN, where legendary Swedish filmmaker turns film subject, which will screen in partnership with Bergman’s monochrome masterpiece THE SEVENTH SEAL; the sprawling follow up to the near perfect Embrace of the Serpent, Ciro Guerra’s BIRDS OF PASSAGE, a South American drug mafia epic like you’ve never seen before; multi award winning writer director Laurent Cantet (The Class) returns to his scintillating best with the acutely topical THE WORKSHOP; filmmaker Emily Atef tells the fascinating story of just 3 dark days in the life of French-German filmstar Romy Schneider in 3 DAYS IN QUIBERON; and Lee Chang-dong’s sensuously scored mystery thriller BURNING, taken from a short story by Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami.

The programme also includes a host of must-see, hotly anticipated titles including: the debut feature from Catalan director Sergi Portabella JEAN-FRANÇOIS AND THE MEANING OF LIFE, which leads a lineup of Catalan films in the ever popular Camera Catalonia strand. This is ably supported by: Festival favourite Ventura Ponz’s (Virus of Fear) MISS DALÍ; Elena Martín’s personal and collective portrait of both friendship and Berlin JULIA IST; and Marc Recha’s (Bridges of Sarajevo) mesmerizing and intensely personal THE LIFE FREE.

Bringing emerging talent, established stars, and captivating stories together, the very best of short filmmaking is represented in the Festival’s SHORT FUSION strand. There are shorts to Animate, Encounter, Entertain, Contemplate and Love in these bite-sized collections of fiction, documentary, and animation.

This eclectic selection make up only a small part of the Festival Programme, which will also include contributions from The CAMBRIDGE AFRICAN FILM FESTIVAL and the FAMILY FILM FESTIVAL, both stand alone events in their own right which take place within the wider Film Festival, as well as: MICROCINEMA, a focus on artist moving image work;  RESTORATIONS & REDISCOVERIES, a collection of rare silent and archive features from across Europe; and CAMBRIDGE CONNECTIONS, two programmes of films with links to the city.

Further details of the 38th Cambridge Film Festival will be available over the coming weeks on the official website www.camfilmfest.com.

Be sure to follow all these accounts to stay up to date and check back on BRWC for regular reviews, interviews and features through the festival from October 25th to November 1st.

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A film critic on Cambridge radio, proud Co-host of Sudden Double Deep: The Triple Bill Title Podcast, and a huge fan of all things film! Ben has an obsession with Japanese and South Korean cinema as well as a big soft spot for all thing David Lynch and Paul Thomas Anderson.

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