Tickets for the Cheltenham International Film Festival (www.cheltflm.com) have gone on sale.
The Festival launches on 27th May with a preview of a new film, Sometimes Always Never, starring Bill Nighy, Jenny Agutter and Sam Riley and making his directorial debut is Carl Hunter who will attend the opening and be guest of honour at the reception at The Botanist following the screening.
The Festival will screen the best of independent films from all over the world, in competition; including films which have won major prizes at Cannes and Berlin International Film Festivals and new films such as Hotel Mumbai. Nearer home, the Festival programme includes films starring Natalie Portman, Jude Law, Nicolas Cage, Juliette Binoche and Mads Mikkelsen.
Mike Leigh, one of cinema’s great directors, leads a parade of well-respected filmmakers coming to Cheltenham for the Festival. The Festival will pay tribute to Mike Leigh and screen two of his earliest films, Bleak Moments and Nuts in May. Other names appearing at the Festival include Josie Rourke, director of Mary Queen of Scots, the legendary actor/director/writer Steven Berkoff and from Poland, Jan Komasa, one of a group of Polish emerging directors making a name in the international arena. The Festival will screen Komasa’s classic, Suicide Room.
Other leading film industry professionals are attending the Festival to take audience Q&A, conduct master classes and panels, and generally mix and interact with members for the public and students of film, creating a festive atmosphere for people to question and exchange views. Among the names are Piotr Sobocinski Jr, from a long line of cinematographers who have worked with the best of Polish directors, including Roman Polanski. And, producers such as Gail Evans known for Constant Gardner and a number of Mike Leigh films, and Phil Hunt, one of the most prolific investors in feature films today.
Also in attendance are members of our jury including Laurence Marks, one half of the BBC comedy-writing duo, Marks & Gran, responsible for Birds of A Feather, among others, and Emma Samms M.B.E. of ‘Dynasty’ fame.
There are different sections to the Festival, including women in film, Polish country focus, film shorts and documentaries screening in venues across town including: Cineworld, Parabola Arts Centre, Princess Hall (Cheltenham Ladies College), The Wilson, Chapel Arts, Frog & Fiddle, Queen’s Hotel and more.