Cambridge Film Festival at Home announces further film screenings
The ‘at Home’ initiative is available nationwide and features the popular online version of ‘A Film I Love…’ series and the ‘Rewind’ season, launched last month, which features a look back at some of the greatest films from the festival ahead of its 40th anniversary in October.
Both strands offer a pay what you can afford pricing structure via the festival’s website.
The first three films of May finish tonight (Sunday, May 9) with the hilarious Carry on Screaming! - presented by Andrew Collins, Radio Times film editor and host of Classic FM’s Saturday Night at the Movies.
Then, between May 21 and 27, CFF at Home presents two films for the retrospective Rewind season. One of these is Paris, Texas. Director Wim Wenders attended CFF 8 to present this outstanding work in 1984, just weeks after it had won the Palme d’Or at Cannes.
With his outsider’s view of America, German-born Wim Wenders transforms Paris, Texas into a haunting tale of loss, redemption and the ties that bind families together – and it is arguably Wenders’ greatest achievement.
Travis Henderson (Harry Dean Stanton) walks out of the desert after four years, to the amazement of his brother, Walt (Dean Stockwell). Reunited with Hunter, his seven-year-old son, Travis decides that they
should search for his ex-wife (Nastassja Kinski) so that they can be a family once again.
The final film is the enthralling documentary, Letters from Baghdad, which directors Zeva Oelbaum and Sabine Krayenbuhl presented to two packed screenings at CFF 36 in 2016.
Letters from Baghdad is the story of a true original – Gertrude Bell— sometimes called the ‘female’ Lawrence of Arabia. Voiced and executive produced by Academy award-winning actor Tilda Swinton, the documentary tells the dramatic story of this British spy, explorer and political powerhouse.
Bell travelled widely in Arabia before being recruited by British military intelligence to help draw the borders of Iraq after the First World War. Using never-seen-before footage of the region, the film chronicles Bell’s extraordinary journey into both the uncharted Arabian desert and the inner sanctum of British male colonial power.
With unique access to documents from the Iraq National Library and Archive and Gertrude Bell’s own 1,600 letters, the story is told entirely in the words of the players of the day, excerpted verbatim from intimate letters, private diaries and secret communiqués. It offers a unique look at both a remarkable woman and the tangled history of Iraq.
Each film can be viewed via the CFF at Home screening room (https://watch.eventive.org/cffathome). They have been carefully chosen so that film lovers continue to have an opportunity to watch interesting, unique and alternative cinema.