PREVIEW: Chichester International Film Festival

The Legend of Barney Thomson, just one of the festival's 120 films, stars The Full Monty's Robert Carlyle.
The Legend of Barney Thomson, just one of the festival's 120 films, stars The Full Monty's Robert Carlyle.
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Chichester International Film Festival opens its doors on Thursday, August 13 with a preview of 45 Years (15), starring Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay.

Its closing gala 18 days later on Sunday, August 30, will show the UK premiere of Russian film Two Women (12A). Starring Ralph Fiennes, this film is based on a play by Ivan Turgenev.

Joining these are no less than 120 films including 44 premieres, previews and new releases from all over the world plus documentaries, special events and Q&As with directors, producers, actors and writers.

The first week’s choices include the preview of Gemma Bovery (12A), starring Gemma Arterton and Brighton-directed My Accomplice (15).

The festival screens UK premieres of sci-fi dark humoured Flytrap (USA, 15), Spain’s Sonata for Cello (15), and the thriller Marshland (15).

On top of this there will be two Russian premieres; A White White Night (15) and Chagall-Malevich (15) joined by further UK premieres. These include Son of Trauco (Chile, 15), which tells the story of Jaime who discovers the truth about his father, and Hilda (Mexico, 15), the name of the new housemaid in obsessive Mrs. Lemarchand’s household.

Aside from the celebration of film, there will be a mix of food, music, talks, discussions and much more

A dictator’s final days are seen through the eyes of a young boy whose grandfather loses his powers in The President (15).

Iranian director Jafar Panahi’s latest film Closed Curtain (15) is not to be missed as are documentaries Harvest (France, TBC), Leslie Howard: The Man Who Did Give A Damn (UK) and Fabergé: A Life Of Its Own (UK/USA, PG).

The world premiere of Tasting My Future (TBC) by Brighton-based director Silvie Collier will also be shown on Friday 14 .

Music lovers are well served by a rich mix including jazz and classical. Supreme composer Carl Davis will present Chaplin: The Mutuals (U), and his music for these shorts.

William Alwyn, composer of no less than 200 scores for films, is celebrated in style by talks and screenings including Odd Man Out (PG), The Card (U) and Green for Danger (PG), plus live music by the celebrated Park Lane Group of musicians.

Jazz & Film: An Evening of Latin-American Jazz with the Bobby Wellins Quintet joins Chico and Rita, a love story.

Czech and Polish films include New Wave’s The Fireman’s Ball (U), Closely Observed Trains (15), the enchanting Kolya (12A) and Gypsy (15), a UK Premiere.

Orson Welles’ centenary is celebrated by a clutch of films including Citizen Kane (U) and The Third Man (PG).

Aside from the celebration of film, there will be a mix of food, music, talks, discussions and much more. Reserved seats are available at the six venues; Chichester Cinema at New Park, Picture Palace, The Studio, Priory Park, Chichester Cathedral and St John’s Chapel.

For more information visit chichestercinema.org or call 01243 786650.

COMPETITION

Chichester International Film Festival’s 120+ films include more than 50 premieres, previews and new releases over 18 days. One is The Legend of Barney Thomson, directed by and starring Robert Carlyle, a flavoursome black comedy also starring Emma Thompson and Ray Winstone. But where is it set – Glasgow or Edinburgh? Win a pair of tickets to see the film on Monday, August 24 at 9pm or Tuesday, August 25 at 1.15pm. E-mail your answer to features@thenews.co.uk by midnight on Thursday, August 20 with Chichester Film Festival comp in the message field.