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The Cambridge Film Festival is back

By Gemma Gardner

A still from Get All That, Ant? a new film about Syd Barret, sourced by owen@cambridgefilmtrust.org.uk
A still from Get All That, Ant? a new film about Syd Barret, sourced by owen@cambridgefilmtrust.org.uk

The 36th Cambridge Film Festival takes place from October 20 to 27 and, as ever, the 2016 edition will offer a diverse selection of titles with something for everyone, from UK premieres of hotly-anticipated features, to classic retrospectives, thought-provoking documentaries, late night cult movies and family favourites.

A still from Get All That, Ant? a new film about Syd Barret, sourced by owen@cambridgefilmtrust.org.uk
A still from Get All That, Ant? a new film about Syd Barret, sourced by owen@cambridgefilmtrust.org.uk

Opening proceedings on the first day is Ken Loach’s Palme D’Or winner, I, Daniel Blake, which will be introduced by the film’s star, Dave Johns. Loach came out of retirement for this hard-hitting look at contemporary Britain. Written by Paul Laverty, the film tells the story of ailing handyman Daniel (Johns) and his battle to survive after his government health allowance is taken away. It also explores his relationship with a young single mother called Kattie, played by Hayley Squires.

One of the films closing the festival will be Into the Inferno, a documentary about volcanoes presented by leading volcanologist, Clive Oppenheimer. In it, he and Werner Herzog travel across the world to the very edge of active volcanoes, meeting people who live in the shadow of such powerful and unpredictable neighbours knowing full well what might happen.

The other closing offerings will be Terence Davies’s biopic of celebrated American poet Emily Dickinson, A Quiet Passion, which stars Cynthia Nixon, as well as the European Premiere of the recently restored GOG 3-D, a surreal 1950s sci-fi thriller featuring experimental robots and a secret underground research base. The movie has never been seen before in the UK in its original 3D format. Bob Furmanek, the award winning producer, author, archivist and founder of the 3D Film Archive who restored the film, will introduce the presentation.

The features programme includes the Tilda Swinton-produced documentary Letters from Baghdad, which tells the story of British spy, explorer, writer, archaeologist and political powerhouse, Gertrude Bell, It’s Only the End of the World, Xavier Dolan’s drama starring Marion Cotillard, Vincent Cassel and Lea Seydoux, Light Years, the debut feature film from BAFTA winning short director and photographer Esther May Campbell and the Clint Eastwood-directed docudrama Sully, starring Tom Hanks. The film tells the story of Captain Chelsey ‘Sully’ Sullenberger who landed a crippled US Airways plane on the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 people on board.

A Quiet Passion, sourced by owen@cambridgefilmtrust.org.uk
A Quiet Passion, sourced by owen@cambridgefilmtrust.org.uk

In all, the Festival will screen 131 feature-length films, with 45 UK premieres of titles representing 37 different countries, including Colombian drama Between Sea and Land, Canadian thriller Boris without Béatrice, Greek melodrama Cloudy Sunday, Romanian family drama Illegitimate, Spanish documentary Oleg and the Rare Arts and Italian documentary S is for Stanley about Stanley Kubrick’s personal assistant.

Closer to home, Cambridge residents will have the chance to watch an insightful new documentary about one of the city’s most famous sons. The musical genius of Pink Floyd founder Syd Barrett will be celebrated with the UK premiere of GATA: Get All That, Ant?, a documentary made by Barrett’s former school friend and fellow art student Anthony Stern featuring never-before-seen footage.

A Syd Barrett memorial concert and the unveiling of a new commemorative public artwork will also take place at the Cambridge Corn Exchange Guildhall, the location of the wayward genius´s last ever performances in 1972.

The Cambridge Film Festival, in association with The Arts Film Club, also presents the Short Reel Competition for student filmmakers in Eastern and Central England. The 2016 winner will be announced on the festival’s Facebook page and their film screened at the festival on October 21, alongside the aforementioned Sully, directed by Clint Eastwood.

Tickets for The Cambridge Film Festival are available now.

For more information, visit the official website: http://www.cambridgefilmfestival.org.uk/


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