The 12th annual Cornwall Film Festival sees a programme jam-packed full of local, national and international short films as well as a diverse range of feature films from around the globe. Festival favourites such as Palme d’Or winning Blue is the Warmest Color, Clio Barnard’s latest The Selfish Giant and Paolo Sorrentino’s acclaimed The Great Beauty are amongst some of the delights this year, as well as Lukas Moodysson’s We are the Best! and Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s directorial debut Don Jon.
There is also a collection of documentaries to pick from including award winning experimental documentary Leviathan, about a fishing trawler off the coast of Massachusetts, Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer, about three young Spice Girls-inspired women in Moscow who take over the main Russian Orthodox cathedral for 40 seconds with an anti-Kremlin song, and science based The Unbelievers.
One of the highlights, for me personally this year at the festival, is the inclusion of Lottie Reiniger’s beautiful silhouette animation The Adventures of Prince Achmed from 1926. The film has been lovingly remastered with a newly recorded narration and will be a joy to behold for younger and older audiences alike.
In the style of other film festivals, such as the London Film Festival, CFF have opted for a mystery film slot this year. Only time will tell if it is worth the risk buying a ticket for an unknown film, but here’s hoping it’s a goody!
The presence of film critic Mark Kermode will no doubt attract large audiences too this year, be it for a conversation with the man himself on Cinema Past/Cinema Future or for a performance by his Skiffle band The Dodge Brothers who will be accompanying clips from silent films with some Blue-grass live music.
As well as all of this there are the usual master classes and workshops to whet your appetite for filmmaking. This year there is a talk with producer of The Tree of Life Nigel Ashcroft on working with Terrence Malick amongst many others.
My top three most anticipated films at the festival this year are Blue is the Warmest Color, The Selfish Giant and We are the Best!
Check back for reviews over the next couple of days.
For a full timetable of events and films visit www.cornwallfilmfestival.com
Nigel Ashcroft – A Life in Film