2 October 2017

Battle Of The Sexes As Cambridge Film Festival Launches 37th Programme

With BFI London Film Festival launching this week, another long-running film festival has launched it's 2017 programme, The Cambridge Film Festival. The 37th edition of the festival will be a Battle Of The Sexes and Lynne Ramsay's Cannes Film Festival will open and close the festival this year. A Programme that promises to deliver its 'typically diverse' range of films with a slogan of 'Something for everyone' and a quick look at this programme they will.

The opening night gala screening on Thursday 19th October will be BATTLE OF THE SEXES, directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris. The story of one of the biggest TV sporting events of all time – the 1973 tennis match between women’s world champion Billie Jean King and ex-men’s champ and serial hustler Bobby Riggs - stars Emma Stone as King and Steve Carell as Riggs with Andrea Risborough, Natalie Morales, Sarah Silverman and Bill Pullman.

The closing night film will be Lynne Ramsay’s YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE starring Joaquin Phoenix. Glasgow-born Lynne Ramsay is widely reckoned to be one of the most original and ambitious directors of contemporary British independent cinema. CFF is proud to present her new feature, winner of two awards and a seven-minute standing ovation at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, alongside other great examples from her intriguing and audacious body of work including features RATCATCHER, MORVERN CALLAR and WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN.

The festival will screen 92 feature-length films, 127 shorts, with 18 UK premieres and 4 World premieres representing titles from 33 countries including: Todd HaynesWONDERSTRUCK, basedJulianne Moore, Michelle Williams and newcomers Oakes Fegley and Millicent Simmonds as Paddy Considine’s much anticipated directorial follow up to Tyrannosaur, JOURNEYMAN, a physically and emotionally bruising boxing drama that focuses on a pugilist rebuilding his life and career after a near fatal injury which stars Considine with fine support from recently appointed Dr Who star Jodie Whittaker; the chilling THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER starring Colin Farrell and Nicole Kidman in which Faust meets Sophie’s Choice; Jessica Woodworth and Peter Brosen’s delightful comedy and the perfect watch in the post-Brexitean mood THE KING OF THE BELGIANS and the highly anticipated follow-up to iphone sensation Tangerine from US indie wunderkind Sean Baker, THE FLORIDA PROJECT.
Ben and Rose – two children from two different eras who secretly wish their lives were different;

on Brian Selznick’s critically acclaimed novel, it stars

The Palme d’Or winner at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, Ruben Ostlund’s (Force Majeure) knife-sharp satire THE SQUARE; Andrey Zvyagintsev’s stark and emotionally desolate tale of a Russian LOVELESS.the generation-spanning Chinese drama MOUNTAINS MAY DEPART, the delicately observed Argentinian road movie THE DESERT BRIDE;a homage to the 20th century’s most impassioned artistic statements, MANIFESTO, starring Cate Blanchett;And a tribute to Jean-Pierre Melville in his centenary year with a screening of one of the greatest heist movies ever made THE RED CIRCLE.
couple in the throes of a terrible separation

The festival forged new partnerships to deliver an even more diverse range of movies with India Unboxed and Korean Cultural Centre further establishing Cambridge Film Festival’s reputation as a champion of high quality, world cinema. Both new strands give festival goers a chance to experience the classic of the old masters of Indian cinema and a taster if contemporary Korean cinema. With Satyajit Ray’s CHARULATA; Ritwik Ghatak’s THE CLOUD-CAPPED STAR and the UK premiere of Kim Ki-Duk’s THE NET who uses the story of a North Korean fisherman who drifts to the South to explore the ideological divisions of the Korean peninsula.

It's not just about the best from Asian cinema, the festival also has the Camera Catalonia strand is dedicated to contemporary Catalan cinema and profiles the varied and creative output arising from one of Europe’s oldest cultures. This strand is in its sixth season and The African Film Festival returns for its sixteenth edition, boasting some of the best African films from the last year which FÉLICITÉ;
display the extraordinary cinematic talent of Africans across the continent, including the winner of the Jury Grand Prix at Berlinale

The Cambridge Film Festival also caters for those who wish to venture into the weird, wonderful and downright strange world of cinema with another boundary-pushing programme of late night screenings of features and accompanying shorts including: Icelandic horror RIFT and The Distant Sea; FASHIONISTA set in the ‘weird’ capital of the world, Austin, Texas with The Stylist; cabin-in-the-woods horror TONIGHT SHE COMES plus Smear; violent and quirky WELL; Manchester-set chiller HABIT; and modern gothic fairytale THE FOREST OF THE LOST SOULS.

The Cambridge Family Film Festival returns 21st - 26th October with a bumper programme of much-loved film and television characters old and new, presented in a family-friendly environment with selected free and reduced price screenings (the first films of the day, screening at 10am, are free and tickets for the 11am screenings are just £4 each).

For a full look at whats on offer at The Cambridge Film Festival and to book tickets please head over to their official website http://www.cambridgefilmfestival.org.uk.

The festival will run from 19th until 26th October.

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