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The Cambridge Film Festival (CFF) is returning next month, and film lovers can look forward to 95 titles from 44 countries, 21 UK feature premieres and a further five features making their European premieres.

Ali & Ava, showing at the 40th Cambridge Film Festival. Picture: Altitude
Ali & Ava, showing at the 40th Cambridge Film Festival. Picture: Altitude

The festival will celebrate its 40th anniversary, making it the third longest running film festival in the country. It is set to go ahead as an in-person event at the Cambridge Arts Picturehouse between November 18 and 25.

The full programme will be published this Saturday (October 23), with bookings opening on the same day. Films include the brutal Cannes Palme D’Or winner Titane, the audience award-winner at the San Sebastian Film Festival, Petite Maman, the main prize winner at the Tallin Black Nights Festival, Fear, and Eyes of Tammy Faye, which is tipped for an Oscar for Jessica Chastain’s performance.

Titane, showing at the 40th Cambridge Film Festival
Titane, showing at the 40th Cambridge Film Festival
Petite Maman, showing at the 40th Cambridge Film Festival
Petite Maman, showing at the 40th Cambridge Film Festival
Jessica Chastain as Tammy Faye Bakker and Andrew Garfield as Jim Bakker in the film The Eyes of Tammy Faye. Picture: Daniel McFadden. © 2021 20th Century Studios All Rights Reserved
Jessica Chastain as Tammy Faye Bakker and Andrew Garfield as Jim Bakker in the film The Eyes of Tammy Faye. Picture: Daniel McFadden. © 2021 20th Century Studios All Rights Reserved

Matthew Webb, CFF executive director, said: “We are thrilled to be welcoming audiences back to the Cambridge Film Festival, taking place this November at the Arts Picturehouse. The 40th edition will be a fantastic eight-day celebration with an array of guests, including Ai Weiwei and Darcey Bussell.

“Céline Sciamma, Andrea Arnold and Joanna Hogg all return to a programme that is 50 per cent female-directed, and new voices, Laura Wandel and Laura Samani, deliver striking debuts.

The Electrical Life of Louis Wain, showing at the 40th Cambridge Film Festival
The Electrical Life of Louis Wain, showing at the 40th Cambridge Film Festival
Fear, showing at the 40th Cambridge Film Festival
Fear, showing at the 40th Cambridge Film Festival

“Films and filmmakers from over 44 countries, including Iran, China, Japan, Turkey, Denmark, Chile, Colombia, France, and Argentina, contribute to a feast of world cinema, including the 26 feature-length films premiering during the festival – which I seriously recommend are not to be missed.

“The CFF team would like to thank our key sponsors and funders TTP, Studio 24, and the BFI, and our generous hosts without whom the festival would not be possible.”

Visit camfilmfest.com.

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