THE Cornwall Film Festival will be holding its 12th edition between November 8 and 10 at Lighthouse Cinema in Newquay.
For three days, the festival will give a rare chance for Cornish audiences to see a selection of some of the best British and international fiction and documentary films that have been screened at the most prestigious film festivals around the world: Berlin, Cannes, Venice, Toronto, Sundance and South By South West, among others.
Programming the festival is the most thrilling and challenging element of my job and this year I have gravitated towards films that make you think or feel something, as well as providing an insight into different cultures and ways of life, said festival director Tiffany Holmes. My aim with the programme is to bring films to Cornwall that would not otherwise be screened here and to really celebrate extraordinary filmmaking, people and ideas.
With short films galore, a diverse programme of feature films and documentaries, as well as hands-on film-making workshops and discussions, I hope that audiences of all ages and backgrounds will find something to get excited about at this year's festival.
This year's selection will include 22 feature films, 100+ short films, a special workshop day for young people, live Q&As with directors and producers, industry talks with professionals from the British Film Institute and Sheffield Documentary Festival among other institutions, gala receptions and other exciting events.
Among the special guests at the festival will be BBC critic Mark Kermode, who will be playing with his band The Dodge Brothers.
The festival has put together a selection of some of the best British and oversees fiction films from international festivals, and here are some of them: The Great Beauty (2013, Italy, dir Paolo Sorrentino) was part of the official selection of the Cannes Film Festival and was also shown at the Toronto International Film Festival. A portrait of today's Rome, it is the story of an ageing writer who recollects his passionate, lost youth.
Acclaimed British film-maker Mike Leigh, patron of Cornwall Film Festival, handpicked this film, saying: The Great Beauty is an epic, cinematic, rambling, sexy, exotic, human study. It is moving and shocking, and will certainly bring a little welcome spice to a cold Cornish winter.
Another film that has gathered awards all around the world, and a sure crowd-pleaser, is Prince Avalanche (2013, USA, dir David Gordon Green), an American indie film that won the silver bear at Berlin Film Festival, and was shown at Sundance and South by South West.
Driven by striking performances from Paul Rudd (Knocked Up, Wanderlust) and Emile Hirsch (Into The Wild), Prince Avalanche is an offbeat comedy about two men painting traffic lines on a desolate country highway that's been ravaged by wildfire. Against this dramatic setting, the men bicker and joke with each other, eventually developing an unlikely friendship.
The festival will show some of the best recent British films, including: The Selfish Giant (2013, UK, dir Clio Barnard) was selected as part of the Director's Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival, and is directed by Clio Barnard, the new British director to watch, after her critically acclaimed The Arbor (shown at CFF in 2010).
The festival is very excited to be showing a large selection of documentaries - films that show the world in a different light.
Among them are Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer, which will be followed by a live Q&A with producer Mike Hewett, and The Moo Man, an incredibly touching and simple British film that has taken international festivals by storm. The screening will be accompanied by a live Q&A with film-makers Andy Heathcote and Heike Bachelier and farmer Steve Hook.
Pandora's Promise is a controversial documentary by Academy Award- nominated Robert Stone, an anti-nuclear activist who became pro- nuclear. A Skype Q&A will accompany this screening with director Robert Stone and a live panel discussion with representatives from the Eden Project, Exeter University and Cornwall's Transition Network. For more details of the programme and side events in Redruth and Newquay see www.cornwallfilmfestival.com
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