Brighton Festival’s Film Highlights

Brighton Festival 2015At the heart of this year’s keenly anticipated Brighton Festival programme is a celebration of a legendary French filmmaker, plus screenings featuring a trio of contemporary British female directors.

Working with Brighton Festival’s Guest Director Ali Smith, CINECITY have put together the film selection for this year’s Festival. Highlights include a special screen talk by Agnès Varda, who was recently awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the European Film Academy for her outstanding body of work.

Although she rarely visits the UK, the 86-year-old will make a special personal appearance to give an illustrated lecture. Varda explores her screen career, which has featured some of the most interesting female protagonists in 20th century cinema. There will be a screening of La Pointe Courte, Varda’s study of a couple’s changing relationship, widely regarded as the first film of the French New Wave, as well as the 1985 film Vagabonde (Sans toit ni loi) about the final weeks in the life of a homeless woman, which will be introduced by director Carol Morley. Agnès Varda: From Here to There, a five-part series originally screened on French television which chronicles the filmmaker’s travels around the world, will also be shown. An Agnès Varda gallery installation will be open at the University of Brighton throughout May.

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The Brighton Festival also features screenings of three significant films by distinctive, thought-provoking female directors. Dreams of A Life by Carol Morley is a moving documentary drama about a woman whose bedsit death goes unnoticed for three years. Archipelago by Joanna Hogg is a raw and bittersweet portrait of a family in crisis. The Arbor by Clio Barnard retraces the true story of troubled playwright Andrea Dunbar through narrative and documentary. Each of the directors will attend in person to share and discuss their films with audiences.

And there’s more – BAFTA Kids: Behind the Scenes is a fascinating showcase of the television, games and websites nominated for the 2014 Children’s Awards, mixing demonstrations, behind the scenes films and interviews. Peter Strickland’s acclaimed film, The Duke of Burgundy, will be shown with a live soundtrack by Cat’s Eyes, and there is a screening of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s unconventional romantic comedy, I Know Where I’m Going! which will be introduced
by Joanna Hogg.

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