A packed programme of feature-length films and documentaries will be released to the public for the Cornwall Film Festival on November 1.
Invisible Threads: Connection in Film is the 13th edition of the Cornwall Film Festival Festival. This year’s events are part of the new Film Festival director, Louise Fox‘s ongoing work to champion the best International and British-based filmmaking talent and inspire new audiences.
Louise told D&CFilm: “I took this role as director because I am passionate about the sheer variety of film from all over the world that I can bring to Cornwall.
“Comedy, classic horror, documentary or Sci-Fi I believe that as an audience we are all connected for that small amount of time for a shared experience.
“Who doesn’t remember the first movie they went to? I love the fact that film can create debate, reveal hidden issues, and move people in a profound way and this is what I am hoping to bring to this year’s festival.”
This year’s over-arching theme ‘Invisible threads‘ connects the idea that film is both an old friend and a new adventure, and the Cornwall Film Festival people believe in these two ideas that film can transcend, inspire and connect.
Building on its previous success, the festival will run consecutively at four Cornish locations: Regal cinema Redruth, Phoenix Falmouth, Royal St Ives and Savoy Penzance.
The festival launches at the Regal Redruth Cinema with The Dark Side, a Halloween night of vampires featuring the New Zealand horror comedy, Mockumentary What We Do In The Shadows about a group of vampires who live together in Wellington, which premiered at this year’s Sundance.
This will be followed by two days of screenings on November 8 and 9th which will see showings of suspense-thriller Night Moves, featuring Jesse Eisenberg, Norwegian drama In Order of Disappearance and American crime thriller Nightcrawler, featuring Jake Gyllenhaal.
From writer-director Gerard Johnson the dark and moving drama Hyena, a film of raw and unrestrained emotion, and for classic film noir followers Brighton Rock, the 1947 British feature directed by John Boulting and starring the late Richard Attenborough as the teen-aged hoodlum Pinkie.
From November 11-16, Phoenix Falmouth cinema will screen films concerned with The Lives of Others. A special series of 3-D screenings and lectures open’s the Falmouth edition in partnership with The Cross Channel Media Lab, including A History of 3-D and the WW1 themed Above Us All with Cornwall Film Festival’s Patron, Mike Leigh’s Mr Turner featuring Best Actor award at Cannes winner, Timothy Spall will have a special screening.
Mike Leigh, Cornwall Film Festival’s Patron and award-winning British director sent Cornwall Film Festival this message.
‘We filmmakers toil away for months on end, performing our many tasks on both sides of the camera, and it’s exhilarating for us from time to time to stop for a moment to reflect that the wonderful thing about films is how they travel to the four corners of the world. Nowhere is a film better seen and savoured than at a film festival, and I’m always especially happy when my work is screened for your warm and enthusiastic audience at the Cornwall Film Festival’
I’m sorry that once again I can’t be with you this year, and I wish you and your team well for the Festival.
Other highlights in Falmouth include the Palme d’Or winner from the Cannes Film Festival, Winter Sleep; Saint Laurent, the French biography drama feature of fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent, and the British feature Still Life, described as “a poignant tale of life, love and the afterlife”, with Eddie Marsan, who won a Best Actor award at the Edinburgh International Film Festival. Foreign Language fans will be rewarded with the French drama Violette and the quirky comedy Attila Marcel.
In Falmouth the festival will also be screening some Traditional Tales from the South East of Cornwall in conjunction with the Mazed project, the competition winners from the 2014 CFF Short, Student, Feature and Animation film making competition and a selection of work from students of School of Film and Television at Falmouth University.
On November 22 and 23 in St Ives’ the theme is Territories. Australian favourite Mystery Road, winner of Best Film, Best Director and Best Actor at the 2014 Australian Film Critics Association Awards accompanies Effie Gray starring Dakota Fanning in this period drama written by Emma Thompson. Other multi-award winning features in St Ives include the Danish We Shall Overcome, beautiful documentary Watermark and Jimi: All Is by My Side, starring AndrÃ© Benjamin as Jimi Hendrix in this revealing biopic of Hendrix’s life on the London’s music scene.
The festival finale will be in Penzance November 29. As part of the major BFI Days of Fear and Wonder SCI-FI Season.
The title for this final quarter of the CFF is Dystopian Futures at the Savoy cinema, the Penzance Festival will feature bespoke workshops and screenings designed to help young people articulate their views on what the future holds.
Events include a mobile planetarium, filmmaking workshops and screenings in collaboration with Penwith Film Society (PFS). Highlights include a screening of Fritz Lang’s classic Metropolis on Saturday, November 29, and a Special screening of 2001: A Space Odyssey on December 4.
Film clubs across Cornwall will also be screening the 1961 feature The Day The Earth Caught Fire and other sci-fi titles.
Day pass applicants will have an exclusive application period of two weeks in which to file in forms that available online, to downloads and at all participating Merlin Cinemas. Day passes allow access to all feature films for one day (at Redruth, Falmouth & St Ives sites) at an affordable price.
Public tickets and reservations for passes will be available from the October 15 online at www.merlincinemas.co.uk, all participating venues with a full listing and feature trailers on www.cornwallfilmfestival.com website.
(from a press release)