Brian May, a 24-hour movie marathon and a focus on space are just some of the treats that are in store for film lovers in Cambridge this month. The third longest-running film festival in the UK returns to Cambridge for another eclectic programme of films this September. Cambridge Film Festival, which champions independent films and documentaries as well as more mainstream new releases, takes place across several venues, including the Arts Picturehouse and the Light Cinema, 3-13 September.
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Over the ten-day period, expect more than 150 films for everyone, including 55 UK premieres and seven world premieres, plus workshops, competitions and talks from directors and stars of the movie world.
This year’s festival welcomes legendary Queen guitarist Brian May, who will be talking about his interest in astronomy and all things 3D. And films fans are invited to spend the night at the Picturehouse for BBC Arena at 40: Night and Day – The Arena Time Machine.
This year’s Opening Gala Night, 3 September, will feature a screening of Star*Men, which follows four UK astronomers on a road trip to the Southwest States.
Other highlights include the UK premiere of Robert Redford’s The Company You Keep, a tense and intelligent political thriller about an anti-Vietnam War militant attempting to escape his radical past. Redford also stars in A Walk In The Woods, an adaptation of Bill Bryson’s 1998 travel memoir about his return to the US. Taking inspiration from Iranian film-makers Abbas Kiarostami and Jafar Panahi, the world premiere of Dance Iranian Style blends documentary and fiction. There’s also a chance to see the UK premiere of Infinitely Polar Bear, the funny and heartbreaking semi-autobiographical directorial debut by screenwriter Maya Forbes (Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days) starring Mark Ruffalo.
Organisers are expecting lots of interest in Legend, starring Tom Hardy in a double role as the Kray Twins, and Woody Allen’s philosophical thriller, Irrational Man, starring Joaquin Phoenix.
There’ll also be a focus on Catalonian cinema, classic Swedish and modern German cinema, Hitchcock, horror (look out for Lates@TheLight) and the popular Family Film Festival.
Watch the brilliant new trailer for Cambridge Film Festival 2015 here