The Cheltenham International Film Festival

27th May - 1st June 2019

 

Hello and welcome to the launch of the Cheltenham International Film Festival - a jamboree of film screenings, events, receptions and more. Throughout the festival, we will be screening an array of films from emerging filmmakers who have achieved critical acclaim all over the world,  independent films - features and shorts -  and acknowledging the work of great filmmakers. Our full festival programme is now live! 

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FILM PROGRAMME

MONDAY 27TH MAY

18:00

SCREENING:  Sometimes Always Never – Preview Screening (Followed by Q+A with Director Carl Hunter)

Scrabble-obsessed tailor turned sleuth seeks missing son.   

Location: Cineworld

Alan (Bill Nighy) has two passions: making suits and playing Scrabble. He had two sons, but Michael went missing 10 years ago after a particularly acrimonious Scrabble session. Alan and his other son, Peter, are on a quest to find Michael, and suspect a mysterious online Scrabble master holds the key to Michael’s fate. Carl Hunter’s debut film, based on Frank Cottrell Boyce’s powerfully tragicomic script, boasts a wonderful supporting cast and explores family rifts alongside sharp wordplay and even sharper gentlemen’s attire.

Director                            Cast   

Carl Hunter                      Bill Nighy, Sam Riley, Alice Lowe, Jenny Agutter, Alexei Sayle


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UK                                   2018                           12A                        91 mins                                                             



19:30

SCREENING: Capernaum  (Sub-titles)

Immersive portrayal of refugee lives in Beirut.

Location: Parabola Arts Centre

Having fled his abusive family, 12-year-old Zain is alone on the streets of Beirut. Taken in by single mother Rahil, he forms a strong bond with her baby Jonas, but the relative idyll is cut short when Rahil is jailed and Zain is faced with supporting Jonas. Inspired by real-life experiences of its young cast, the film’s events are bookended by an astonishing framing device: Zain’s attempt to sue his parents for giving him life. Nadine Labaki’s Oscar-nominated third film won the Jury Award at Cannes.

Director                            Cast

Nadine Labaki                 Zain Al Rafeea, Yordanos Shiferaw, Nadine Labaki


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Lebanon, France, US       2018                            15                        126 mins                                                               



20:00

Reception at The Botanist

Location: The Botanist

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TUESDAY 28TH MAY

 10:00 – 10:45

MASTER CLASS: Make up / SFX

Location: Chapel Arts

SFX make up is an integral part of film making; making an actor look older or younger; it provides reality to a scene, adding abrasions, wounds or deformities. And, it can playfully add horror to a horror film. We have planned a special session with a leading SFX makeup artist (tbc) to pass on some of the tips and secrets of the profession. Learn what products go into making a good makeup kit, what the job involves and how to find your way to a job in the industry.

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10:00

SCREENING: Maria By Callas (Sub-titles)

The world’s most flamboyant opera diva – in her own words.

Location: Cineworld

More than forty years after her death, no opera singer can match the charisma and talent possessed by Maria Callas, who combined her stellar career with a private life that ensured she was never off the front pages. This marvellous documentary, composed of original footage and using her own words, gives intimate insight into Callas’ talent, her fame, and the price she ultimately paid.

 

 

Director                            Cast   

Tom Volf                             Fanny Ardant, Joyce DiDonato, Maria Callas


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France                                2017                           12A                       119 mins                                                             



11:00 – 11:45

MASTER CLASS: Costume With Caroline Harris

Location: Chapel Arts

Award-winning costume designer Caroline Harris has nearly 25 years of experience as a costume designer working in film and in television. Among others, she is known for Repo Men, Legend, The Awakening and more recently Hunter Killer, starring Oscar winner Gary Oldman and Gerard Butler. Her television credits include the Netflix sci-fi drama Black Mirror: Bandersnatch and the TV series Mars and Hard Sun with Jim Sturgess. Caroline is a great supporter of young, emerging filmmakers and it is good to welcome her to the Festival.

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12:15 – 13:00

MASTER CLASS: Composing for Film With Laura Rossi

Location: Chapel Arts

Laura Rossi is a composer for film, TV and concert works. Credits include Battle of the Somme, London to Brighton, Song for Marion, Silent Shakespeare, The Cottage, Prisoners Wives and The Eichmann Show. In 2016/17 she was artistic director for Somme100 FILM, a project coordinating 100 live orchestral performances of her score for the 1916 film, The Battle of the Somme. The project was attended by an audience of over 37,000 people, involved over 4,200 musicians, and was televised live on BBC1 with the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

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13:30 – 14:15

MASTER CLASS: The Art of Cinematography with with Piotr Sobocinski Jr

Location: Chapel Arts

A graduate of the world-famous Film, Television and Theatre School, in Lodz, Piotr comes from a long line of great cinematographers, starting with his grandfather, Witold Sobocinski, who worked with Roman Polanski and Andrzej Wajda. He is also the son of Piotr Sobocinski, who, among others was Director of Photography on Kieslowski’s Three Colours: Red. Piotr Jr carries on the tradition and is recognised as one of Poland’s leading cinematographers – always in demand and working with Poland’s best directors on films such as Gods (Bogowie) one of the country’s most successful films in recent years.

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14:00

SCREENING: Love Sonia (Sub-titles)

Nightmarish look at the world of global sex trafficking

Location: Parabola Arts Centre

 The disturbing tale of a young woman’s awakening to the
darker realities of life when she attempts to rescue her sister, whom their father sells to a Mumbai sex trafficking ring. Mrunal Thakur gives an astonishing performance as Sonia, whose mission distances her from both her geographical and metaphorical home. Shipped first to Hong Kong then to the USA, she loses track of sister Preeti and is swallowed up by her  terrifying predicament. A film that casts light on a truly terrible aspect of modern life.

 

Director                            Cast

Tabrez Noorani               Mrunal Thakur, Richa Chadha, Freida Pinto, Demi Moore


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India                                    2018                            18                        122 mins                                                               



15:00

NETWORKING SESSION

Location: The Botanist

Free to attend           



16:45

SCREENING:  Arctic (Sub-titles)

Visually stunning heart-in-the-mouth tale of survival through perseverance  

Location: Parabola Arts Centre

“A spare, stripped-to-the-essentials survival thriller, with a touching humanism at its heart, Arctic is the brilliant debut feature of a You-Tuber known for his short sci-fi films. Mikkelson, in great form, is a pilot downed in the Arctic and pondering his options. When a further accident introduces a second human being into the isolation, his hand is forced. We never know his name, we only stare aghast at his predicament, and spellbound by his super-human struggle to overcome. “

 

Director                            Cast   

Joe Penna                      Mads Mikkelsen, Maria Thelma Smáradóttir


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Iceland                                   2018                           12A                        98 mins                                                               



18:00

SCREENING: Mandy  

Nicolas Cage at his mad best

Location: Frog and Fiddle

“Red and Mandy, a couple living in blissful isolation a Californian forest, are torn apart by their not-so-friendly neighbours – a demonic biker gang summoned by Messianic cult leader Jeremiah. Red goes on a rampage involving blood, guts and a home-made axe. Referencing countless genre classics (play Spot That Film, horror fans), what sets Mandy apart is not only Cage (if you appreciate utterly bonkers acting, Nicolas Cage is your guy) but also the vision of Panos Cosmatos, who creates a world of demonic extravagance. “

Director                            Cast

Panos Cosmatos           Nicolas Cage, Andrea Riseborough, Linus Roache


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US, Belgium, UK                  2018                            18                        121 mins                                                               

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19:00

SCREENING:  Mug (Sub-titles)

Dark, satirical winner of Silver Bear, Berlin FF

Location: Parabola Arts Centre

Jacek is a scruffy, heavy-metal-loving no-hoper, with a girlfriend and a family, some of whom love him. He is working on an enormous statue of Jesus when a horrific accident requires facial surgery, making him all but unrecognisable and unable to speak. The medical procedure is unique and he becomes a celebrity of sorts, but his personal isolation increases. The responses of his community, family and girlfriend are what drives this extraordinary Polish comedy/drama: ‘Absurd… Vicious… Hilarious…’ -The Upcoming.

Director                            Cast   

Malgorzata Szumowska  Mateusz Kosciukiewicz, Malgorzata Gorol


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Poland                                  2018                           15                         91 mins                                                               



20:30

SCREENING:  Ring (Sub-titles)

Twenty years since this classic revolutionised horror.

Location: Frog and Fiddle

In 1999 horror audiences experienced new thresholds of dread and unease at screenings of an unexpectedly successful Japanese film, adapted from a cult novel and its director’s 2nd feature. Ring’s very effective premise is that even modern technology is not immune to the ancient power of a curse. It sent shivers down the spine back then, and in tonight’s screening of the 20th anniversary 4K restoration the shivers will be all the more tangible.

 

Director                            Cast   

Hideo Nakata                  Nanako Matsushima, Miki Nakatani, Yûko Takeuchi, Hitomi Satô


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Japan                                 1998                            15                        96 mins                                                               

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21:00

SCREENING:  Mid 90s

Hollywood star Jonah Hill’s directorial debut about LA street life

Location: Parabola Arts Centre

This is some kind of wonderful: a coming-of-age film that is fresh, authentic and totally engaging. Mid-1990s Los Angeles: 13-yr-old Stevie is living with his too-young mum and a bullying older brother. So, when a gang of skateboarding kids take them into their community, his life is complete – or so he thinks. Erstwhile actor Hill conjures an authentic and unsentimental portrayal of place and time from his own script, and throws in a to-die-for soundtrack for good measure.

 

Director                            Cast   

Jonah Hill                    Sunny Suljic, Katherine Waterston, Lucas Hedges


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USA                                   2018                            15                        85 mins                                                               



 

WEDNESDAY 29TH MAY

9:50

SCREENING:  Hotel Mumbai (Sub-titles)

Dev Patel at his best in true-life action film

Location: Cineworld

In 2008, an Islamic terrorist group unleashed a 4-day wave of attacks on Mumbai. Hotel Mumbai is a potent brew of excitement, credible tension and human courage, focusing on the assault on the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, two members of staff who put their lives on the line to save others and a couple desperate to save their unborn child. A compelling, nail-biting drama, based on hundreds of hours of interviews and transcripts of mobile phone conversations, that grips from start to finish.

Director                            Cast   

Anthony Maras           Dev Patel, Armie Hammer, Nazanin Boniadi


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Australia, US                      2018                            15                      125 mins                                                               



13:30

SCREENING: Maiden

Tracy Edwards and her all female crew were not given much chance

Location:  Parabola Arts Centre

This story of Tracy Edwards’ participation in the 1990 Whitbread Yacht Race is awe-inspiring. Tracy and her all-female crew were treated as a joke by the media – until they started to show that they were as good as their male counterparts. Using original footage of the race itself, this is an amazing account of the triumph of the underdog over adversity and prejudice.

 

Director                            Cast

Alex Holmes       Tracy Edwards


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UK                                        2018                            12A                        97 mins                                                             



16:00

Festival Highlight: Tribute to Mike Leigh 

 

SCREENING:  Nuts in May (Followed by Director Q&A) 

Hilarious, dark and personally chosen by Mike Leigh for our screening

Every year, the Festival will acknowledge and pay tribute to great filmmakers. In 2019, we are proud to honour Mike Leigh by screening two of his early films, selected by the director himself, who will attend the Festival.

Location: Parabola Arts Centre

Ah, the ‘Golden Age’ of British television! The BBC’s ‘Play for Today’ was a culturally significant series for which, in 1976, Mike Leigh made this film and introduced the world to the wonderful Alison Steadman (whose fame rocketed a year later with her role in Leigh’s Abigail’s Party). Nuts in May is a classic Leigh creation of excruciating social awkwardness, centring on a couple determined to enjoy a quiet camping trip but disturbed by unwelcome fellow campers. A real treat to see this on the big screen.

Director                            Cast   

Mike Leigh                    Roger Sloman, Alison Steadman, Anthony O’Donnell


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UK                                       1976                        PG                         84 mins                                                               



18:30

Festival Highlight: Tribute to Mike Leigh 

 

SCREENING: Bleak Moments (Followed by Director Q&A)

“This film is a masterpiece, plain and simple” – Roger Ebert

Every year, the Festival will acknowledge and pay tribute to great filmmakers. In 2019, we are proud to honour Mike Leigh by screening two of his early films, selected by the director himself, who will attend the Festival.

Location:  Parabola Arts Centre

“Mike Leigh’s first film launched the career that has seen him become one of the UK’s most admired and acclaimed directors, examining a wide range of subjects with incisive precision in the 12 features he has since made. Reflecting in The Guardian in 2013, Leigh asked ‘…did I really invent this painful, tragic-comic tale of a beautiful but suppressed young woman, tied to her elder, mentally challenged sister?’. Bleak Moments is one of the most impressive debuts of the last 50 years, and Leigh remains very proud of the film which epitomised the essence of his subsequent cinematic style.”

 

Director                            Cast   

Mike Leigh               Anne Raitt, Sarah Stephenson, Eric Allan


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UK                                       1971                          PG                       106 mins                                                               



21:15

SCREENING: The Guilty (Sub-titles)

Unfolding in real time, this is real edge-of-your-seat stuff

Location: Parabola Arts Centre

“Sometimes the simplest plots are the best. A policeman in a call centre is called by a woman who’s been kidnapped. He is her only lifeline to the world, and he must try to help her by mobilising his colleagues from his relatively helpless position at his desk. As the situation unfolds his certainty about what is happening at the other end of the phone line starts to break down. This nail-biting Danish thriller is short, sharp and utterly compelling. “

 

Director                            Cast   

Gustav Möller           Jakob Cedergren, Jessica Dinnage, Omar Shargawi


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Denmark                            2018                            15                        85 mins                                                                 



 

THURSDAY 30TH MAY

10:30

SCREENING: Another Day of Life

Brilliant animation of Polish journalist’s coverage of the Angolan civil war

Location: Cineworld

Based on Ryszard Kapuściński’s book of the same name, this mostly animated account of the time he spent in Angola in 1975 recreates the visceral experience of a hardened war correspondent coping with the daily chaos and terror of war. Kapuściński is right in the heart of darkness and as his situation intensifies he begins to question the ethics of his profession, a doubt that will eventually lead to his abandoning it to concentrate on writing.

 

Director                                                   Cast   

Raúl de la Fuente & Damian Nenow     Miroslaw Haniszewski, Vergil J. Smith, Tomasz Zietek


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Poland, Spain,                   2018                           12A                       85 mins                                                             

Germany, Belgium



10:30 – 11:15

MASTER CLASS: Raising Finance with Alice Cabanas

Location: Queen’s Hotel

Alice Cabañas, Talent Executive South West, British Film Institute (BFI) Network looks after and encourages local talent in the South West region of England. Alice’s experience with young filmmakers goes back to her time with the British Council’s Film Team, where she was Film Programme Manager, responsible for short film and new talent. Prior to that, Alice headed up communications, strategy and development for the Encounters Festival, in Bristol where she ran year-round training and development initiatives for new and emerging filmmakers. Alice has also been mentor for new talent schemes within the creative sector, including Guiding Lights and Re: Present.

     



11:30 – 12:30

MASTER CLASS: Film Finance, Sales and Production with Gail Egan, Potboiler Productions & Phil Hunt, MD Bankside Films & Headgear Films

Location: Queen’s Hotel

Gail Egan established Potboiler Productions in 2000, one of the leading independent production companies in the UK, producing and executive producing over 20 films. Alongside Potboiler, Gail continues to collaborate with Mike Leigh’s Thin Man Films, executive producing Vera Drake, Happy-Go-Lucky, Another Year, Mr Turner and most recently, Peterloo. Among others, Gail is known for producing The Constant Gardener, starring Ralph Fiennes and Rachel Weisz and A Most Wanted Man, starring Philip Seymour Hoffman. More recently, Potboiler has produced the eagerly awaited The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind, directed by the actor, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Yuli about Carlos Acosta, the first black principal guest at the Royal Ballet.

Phil Hunt is Co-Managing Director of Bankside Films, international film distribution, and Founder/Managing Director of Head Gear Films, investment company, which has invested in over 50 films in the past decade. Phil is a leading source of finance for producers and provider of international distribution through Bankside. Most recently the company financed Animals which premiered at Sundance 2019 and Papi Chulo, which premiered at Toronto International Film Festival – both to praise and positive reviews. Phil is also a BAFTA voting member; mentor to National Film and Television producing students; regular speaker on the industry circuit; and founder/festival director of the British Film Festival of Kurdistan, Iraq (www.bffk.net).

     



13:45 – 14:30

MASTER CLASS: What You Need to Know about Film Festivals with Rich Warren, Director, Encounters Film Festival

Location: Queen’s Hotel

Rich Warren is Festival Director for Encounters Film Festival, the UK’s leading short film and animation festival, based in Bristol, UK. The festival showcases and supports the progression of new and emerging talent in film and animation. Rich began working for the festival in 2008 but he also continues to support new and emerging talent with roles such as the Talent Scout for the National Film and Television School, UK. His role requires him to attend festivals across Europe and he spends hours of his life embedded in the short form searching for new talent and emerging trends.

          



14:30

SCREENING: Happy as Lazzaro (Sub-titles)

Modern-day fable asks: What’s the good of being good?

Location: Parabola Arts Centre

Set in a timeless present, Rohrwacher’s extraordinary third feature combines realism, fantasy and social commentary. The story centres on holy innocent Lazzaro: a benign young man, exploited by the aristocratic Marchesa who owns the land on which he lives and works. When the aristocrat’s son Tancredi takes a shine to him, suggesting that he and Lazzaro might be brothers and enrolling him in a scheme to stage Tancredi’s ‘kidnapping’, the status quo begins to disintegrate. Greeted with a wave of five-star reviews – not to be missed.

Director                            Cast   

Alice Rohrwacher              Adriano Tardiolo, Sergi López, Alba Rohrwacher


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Italy, Switzerland,            2018                        12A                       125 mins                                                                     

France



17:00

SCREENING: Mary Queen of Scots (Followed by Director Q&A)

Josie Rourke’s first and much talked about film

Location: The Princess Hall, CLC

Josie O’Rourke’s film highlights the complex relationship between Elizabeth (Margot Robbie) and her cousin Mary (Saoirse Ronan), who was a danger to Elizabeth’s hold on the English throne. The two women were locked in a dynastic rivalry that could only end badly.

 

 

 

Director                            Cast   

Josie Rourke               Saoirse Ronan, Margot Robbie, Jack Lowden


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UK/US                                  2018                            15                       124 mins                                                               



18:00

MASTER CLASS: Into Film’ Programming Workshop

Location: The Wilson

Cheltenham International Film Festival are delighted to be joining forces with film education charity, Into Film and The Wilson Art Gallery and Museum, to deliver a workshop on film programming for young people aged 16-19.Participants will learn about careers in cinema exhibition, how films are programmed and what goes into running a film festival. No previous programming experience is necessary, just a love of film!

Tickets available via The Wilson         



18:00

SCREENING: Sorry To Bother You

Wildly inventive Sci-Fi satire

Location: Frog and Fiddle

“Cassius Green is living with his girlfriend Detroit when he gets a job as a telesales operative. His initial underperformance is turned on its head by the discovery of his ‘white voice’ which propels him to unexpected success, but at an orgy for ‘power callers’ Cash inadvertently discovers the mind-blowing truth behind the company’s banal facade. Deftly blending social commentary with out-there sci-fi wackiness, Boots Riley’s debut is a bolt of illuminating satire.”

Director                            Cast   

Boots Riley                     LaKeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson


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US                                       2018                            15                       111 mins                                                               

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18:00

SCREENING: Suicide Room (Sub-titles) (Followed by Director Q&A)

2011 film resonates today – about suicide and the impact of social media

Location: Parabola Arts Centre

Spoiled teenager Dominik goes from hero to zero when a moment’s carelessness sends his popularity spiralling. Shunned at school, he finds an online community/family, complete with avatar, where his fellow sufferers contemplate the possibility of self-extinction while wearing the disguise of alternative personalities. A great chance to see a film that encapsulates so much of what affects young people today.

 

Director                            Cast   

Jan Komasa                Jakub Gierszal, Roma Gasiorowska, Agata Kulesza


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Poland                               2011                            15                       110 mins                                                             



20:30

SCREENING: Blindspotting

Tense, witty, social commentary in this hip-hop comedy-drama

Location: Frog and Fiddle

“Collin and Miles are old buddies, totally at ease despite an obvious difference – Collin is black and Miles white. That’s unfortunate in their hometown of Oakland, once a multiracial mixed-income community in which tensions grow as white gentrification increases. Miles feels the need to buy a gun and Collin witnesses a white cop shoot a black man in cold blood. Suddenly it seems that Collin will be lucky to complete the final three days of his year-long parole period without violation.

Director                                  Cast   

Carlos López Estrada           Daveed Diggs, Rafael Casal, Janina Gavankar


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US                                   2018                            15                        95 mins                                                                     

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21:00

SCREENING: Styx (Sub-titles)

Taut moral thriller where cool self-reliance meets others’ desperation

Location: Parabola Arts Centre

“Lone sailor Rieke – Western, professional, privileged – is faced with a moral and practical dilemma when she comes across a drifting boat full of migrants. She’s instructed not to help and realises that if she tries she risks disaster. Questioning the extent of personal responsibility, Styx is photographed in a way which places the viewer at Rieke’s shoulder, implicating us in the crisis and creating an overwhelming sense of dread and tension. An utterly gripping cinema experience.”

Director                            Cast   

Wolfgang Fischer           Susanne Wolff, Gedion Oduor Wekesa, Felicity Babao


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Germany, Austria              2018                            12A                       94 mins                                                             



FRIDAY 31ST MAY

9:50

SCREENING: A Coach’s Daughter (Sub-titles) (Followed by Director Q&A)

Sensitive road movie about an ambitious father and his independent teenage daughter

Location: Cineworld

“Wiktoria is a talented young tennis player, travelling the circuit with her father as she has done for some years. He is a demanding coach and parent but they are inseparable it might seem, until a young man of her age – and an older woman of his – come their way and their close bond begins to unravel. The film’s treatment of perennial issues is done in a bittersweet, funny and intelligent way, and the ultimate implication is that, rather than being about an overly pushy parent and an excessively dutiful daughter, both have outgrown their bond and are desperate for freedom.”

Director                            Cast   

Lukasz Grzegorzek         Jacek Braciak, Karolina Bruchnicka,                                                         Bartlomiej Kowalski


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Poland                               2018                            15                        93 mins                                                               



      

14:00

SCREENING: Girl (Sub-titles)

True story of young ballerina born a boy

Location: Parabola Arts Centre

In this brilliantly conceived and executed film, we follow a young person previously identified as male who now sees herself as female and is at the start of undergoing transition. She wants to be a ballerina, which means training with other girls, who do not accept her. Girl won the Sutherland Trophy for Best First Feature at the 2018 London Film Festival, but has attracted controversy, primarily for casting a cis-gendered actor (Victor Polster is male) in a trans role. See this marvellous film and decide where you stand.

Director                            Cast   

Lukas Dhont                       Victor Polster, Arieh Worthalter, Oliver Bodart


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Belgium, Netherlands      2018                            15                       109 mins                                                               



16:30

Steven Berkoff in Person Shakespeare’s Heroes & Villains (Followed by Q&A)

Shakespeare’s Heroes and Villains is a journey through Shakespeare’s most notorious villains with Steven Berkoff as your informed and entertaining tour guide.

Location: Chapel Arts

From the “genius” villain that is Richard III to the “wannabe” villain, Macbeth, to the “student” villain Hamlet, Berkoff portrays each of these and then goes on to analyse and discuss their motivation and what influences their decisions. Steven Berkoff will present the film and take audience questions afterwards.

 



16:30

SCREENING: We the Animals

Haunting coming-of-age, dysfunctional family drama

Location: Parabola Arts Centre

 “Documentarian Zagar’s award-winning debut feature has been compared to Moonlight, and to the work of Terence Malick. It’s the story of three brothers living with constantly warring parents: while the two eldest harbour conventional dreams and seem destined to emulate their father, Jonah, the youngest, under the protection of his mother, develops a rich fantasy life within which he struggles to create his own reality. A beautifully lyrical film skilfully mixing coming-of-age realism with escapist fantasy.”

Director                            Cast

Jeremiah Zagar      Evan Rosado, Josiah Gabriel, Isaiah Kristian


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US                                       2018                            15                         93 mins                                                               



18:45

SCREENING:  Foxtrot (Sub-titles)

Acclaimed and reviled Israeli war film

Location: Parabola Arts Centre

“In his brilliant, multi award-winning second feature Samuel Moaz again draws on his experience as an Israeli army conscript, and again aims to understand rather than to judge. The first and third acts of the film are set in an apartment in Tel Aviv, where a couple receive some terrible news; the central act takes place at Checkpoint Foxtrot on Israel’s northern border, where four young conscripts pass the time by goofing off and casually tormenting Palestinians. This outline doesn’t reveal the sudden drama,  twists and subtlety of a film which grips from start to finish, and reveals deeper truths about the situation in Israel.”

 

Director                            Cast   

Samuel Maoz                     Lior Ashkenazi, Sarah Adler, Yonaton Shiray


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Isreal                                   2017                            15                       113 mins                                                               



19:00

SCREENING: Rudeboy: The Story of Trojan Records

Iconic music of the legendary label celebrated.

Location: The Wilson

“Trojan Records, named after one of the original ‘sound systems’, emerged in 1968 to cater to a vibrant mixed race youth culture which had an appetite for imported West Indian sounds. Before its demise in 1975 Trojan had scored numerous chart hits and had established a credibility for the music which went on to influence the Two-Tone artists, bands such as The Clash, and many since. Rudeboy explores the legacy of this iconic label and features many of its roster of artists, as well as the great music they created. “

 

Director                            Cast

Nicolas Jack Davies        Andre Dwayne, Marcia Griffiths, Toots Hibbert


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UK                                        2018                            12A                     85 mins                                                               



21:00

SCREENING: It Must Schwing! – The Blue Note Story (Sub-titles)

Terrific doc about the iconic jazz label

Location: The Wilson

Fleeing Hitler, Alfred Lion and Francis Wolff arrived in New York to discover a wealth of largely unappreciated music created by black musicians. Fascinated by the cutting-edge richness of these sounds, the two white Germans established Blue Note Records in 1939 to champion the likes of Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins and John Coltrane, and went on to create one of the greatest recorded music legacies of the 20th century. This amazing film traces the story of the label also responsible for some of the most schwinging record cover art in history.

Director                            Cast   

Eric Friedler                      Herbie Hancock, Quincy Jones, Sonny Rollins


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Germany                             2018                           12A                        115 mins                                                             



21:30

SCREENING:  Werewolf

Psychological horror, Audience Award winner at Tallinn Black Nights FF

Location: Parabola Arts Centre

“Despite its title, Werewolf is more a psychological than a supernatural horror film. A group of children are abandoned in a crumbling forest mansion after liberation from a Nazi labour camp. With only a tenuous grasp of reality after years of incarceration, and danger all around (including a slavering pack of rogue camp guard dogs), survival is a lottery. A dazzling slice of allegorical horror by writer-director Adrian Panek, whose second feature owes much to Lord of The Flies and the traditions of European fairy tale.”

 

Director                            Cast   

Adrian Panek                    Kamil Polnisiak, Nicolas Przygoda, Sonia Mietielica


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Poland, Netherlands, Germany                                15                        88 mins                                                       

 

SATURDAY 1ST JUNE

10:00

SCREENING: Woman at War (Sub-titles)

Comedy-drama-thriller with one woman vs the authorities

Location: Cineworld

“A lone woman strides across a breath-taking Icelandic landscape with bow and arrow to declare war on the smelting plant that is damaging the local environment. A pain in the neck to the authorities, who are courting Chinese investment, this warrior is complex and sympathetic – as much choir mistress and adoptive mother as renegade. A visually stunning movie which manages to avoid tub-thumping, but gets its message across all the more effectively by presenting a heroine who has pressing everyday concerns as well as a single-minded conviction in her actions.”

Director                            Cast   

Benedikt Erlingsson       Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir, Jóhann Sigurðarson


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Iceland                                2018                           12A                       110 mins                                                               

 



14:00

SCREENING: Birds of Passage (Sub-titles)

Epic tale about erosion of tradition in pursuit of material wealth

Location: Parabola Arts Centre

 This film, one of the highlights of 2019, shows how in the early 1960s a few American Peace Corps workers triggered a drug war amongst families of the theretofore highly traditional Wayúu people of remote Northern Colombia. But this is much more than a film about drugs. The directors’ sensitivity towards the culture of the region, and their understanding of the motives of the individuals, captures the unique nature of the landscape and the indigenous people, as well as exposing without demonizing the delusions of grandeur that overcome those suddenly drenched in money. Vital, thrilling filmmaking.

Director                                            Cast

Cristina Gallego, Ciro Guerra      Carmiña Martínez, José Acosta, Natalia Reyes


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Colombia, Denmark, Mexico    2018                            15                         125 mins                                                       



16:50

SCREENING: Vox Lux

Glittering pop diva epic, with a score by the late, great Scott Walker

Location: Parabola Arts Centre

“Natalie Portman stars as Celeste, a woman whose traumatic childhood has been the basis for a stellar career as a singer and icon to millions. She was involved in a traumatic incident as a child which triggered worldwide attention, and the film culminates in a comeback concert in which all her crises amalgamate. Co-starring Jude Law as her manager, this is an epic, unforgettable movie.”

 

Director                            Cast   

Brady Corbet                     Natalie Portman, Willem Dafoe, Jude Law


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US                                   2018                            15                       114 mins                                                                       



19:00

SCREENING: Polina (Sub-titles)

Gifted Bolshoi ballerina falls for French dancer, leading to self-discovery

Location: The Wilson

Polina concentrates on the eponymous heroine, who is determined to be a Bolshoi dancer. Her parents are devastated when she announces her imminent departure for France to discover a more visceral and grounded form of dance under the stern tutelage of Juliette Binoche. The film is superbly choreographed by husband and wife team Valérie Müller and Angelin Preljocaj.

 

Director                                                 Cast   

Valérie Müller, Angelin Preljocaj        Anastasia Shevtsova, Juliette Binoche


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France                                  2016                           12A                       108 mins                                                               



19:15

Festival Award Ceremony


Location: The Queen’s Hotel

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Festival Highlight: Tribute to Mike Leigh 

 

Every year, the Festival will acknowledge and pay tribute to great filmmakers. In 2019, we are proud to honour Mike Leigh by screening two of his early films, selected by the director himself, who will attend the Festival.

The director will be introducing two of his earliest films: Bleak Moments, based on a stage play of 1970; and the comedy Nuts in May, produced for BBC TV in 1976. In the latter part of the 1980s Leigh turned decisively to cinema, with a series of mainly domestic comedies and dramas, including High Hopes, Life is Sweet, Secrets & Lies, Naked and Happy-Go-Lucky. More recently he has embraced history and biography, with Topsy-Turvy (about Gilbert and Sullivan), Mr Turner (about the painter JMW Turner) and Peterloo (about the Peterloo massacre of 1819).

 

Nuts in May (Followed by Director Q&A)

Bleak Moments (Followed by Director Q&A)

BOOKING INFORMATION

Online booking:

Available 24/7 at www.cheltfilm.com

There is a transaction fee of 75p per booking.

TICKETS FOR SCREENINGS/EVENTS AT THE CHELTENHAM PLAYHOUSE - available from Cheltenham Playhouse

In person:

Tickets may be purchased from the Cheltenham Playhouse Box Office during opening hours from:

10:00-16:00, Tuesday–Friday, 10:00-14:30 on Saturdays.

Cheltenham Playhouse is located at

47-53 Bath Road, GL53 7HG. (No booking fee).

By telephone:

The Cheltenham Playhouse Box Office is open for telephone callers on: 01242 522852 from:

10:00-16:00 Tuesday–Friday, 10:00-14:30 on Saturdays. (No booking fee).

Tickets purchased from the Cheltenham Playhouse Box Office in advance will be available for collection on the door at each specific event unless you request for them to be posted to you (75p charge applies).

Any remaining tickets will also be available on the door

(cash only).

Please note; refunds will only be given in the event that a screening is cancelled.

TICKETS FOR SCREENINGS/EVENTS AT THE WILSON - available from The Wilson. Go to Cheltenhamtownhall.org.uk and go to ‘What’s On’ and click other.  The films you wish to book will appear there.
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TICKETS FOR ALL OTHER VENUES - available from Cheltenham Playhouse

BOOKING INFORMATION

Online booking:

Available 24/7 at www.cheltfilm.com

There is a transaction fee of 75p per booking.

In person:

Tickets may be purchased from the Cheltenham Playhouse Box Office during opening hours from:

10:00-16:00, Tuesday–Friday, 10:00-14:30 on Saturdays.

Cheltenham Playhouse is located at

47-53 Bath Road, GL53 7HG. (No booking fee).

By telephone:

The Cheltenham Playhouse Box Office is open for telephone callers on: 01242 522852 from:

10:00-16:00 Tuesday–Friday, 10:00-14:30 on Saturdays. (No booking fee).

Tickets purchased from the Cheltenham Playhouse Box Office in advance will be available for collection on the door at each specific event unless you request for them to be posted to you (75p charge applies).

Any remaining tickets will also be available on the door

(cash only).

Please note; refunds will only be given in the event that a screening is cancelled.