Kicking off this year’s festival, and headlining a strand of films exploring the role of the media, Manipulating the Message, is Sidney Lumet’s iconic 1977 picture, Network. Introducing Network is award-winning journalist and broadcaster Samira Ahmed who, amongst many other projects, presents Newswatch on BBC1 and Radio 4’s Front Row.
Programme highlights of this year’s festival include:
- English Premiere of Mark Kidel’s new documentary Becoming Cary Grant
- Special Preview of the new restoration of the Coen Brothers’ debut Blood Simple (Director’s Cut)
- Aardman Animations’ Peter Lord presents 1933’s King Kong on 35mm
- UK Premiere of Jean-Luc Godard’s La Chinoise (50th anniversary re-release) with video essay introduction by 20th Century Flicks’ Jonathan Bygraves.
- Italy’s Il Cinema Ritrovato festival presents highlights including Bill Morrison’s Dawson City – Frozen Time and the newly restored music festival classic Monterey Pop
- Special Preview of restored Merchant Ivory classic Howard’s End (1992)
- UK premiere of the restoration of Lewis Milestone’s The Front Page
- India on Film strand, including Satyajit Ray’s The Music Room presented by film critic and historian David Robinson
- 50th Anniversary screening of Guess Who’s Coming For Dinner plus recent hit Get Out
- A complete 10-hour screening of Krzysztof Kieślowski’s TV epic Dekalog
- UK premiere of Herbert Kline’s Museum of Modern Art restored 1939 Lights Out in Europe
- Academy-Award nominated producer Stephen Woolley (The Crying Game/Carol/Their Finest) presents highlights from the wartime Girls Like Us season at BFI Southbank, including Millions Like Us with Author Lissa Evans (Their Finest Hour and a Half.)
- In this 50th anniversary year of the Sexual Offences Act of 1967, marking 50 years since the passing of playwright Joe Orton, with a 30th Anniversary showing of Prick Up Your Ears and a new restoration of Entertaining Mr Sloane.
- Critic/curator Tara Judah presents a new digital restoration of Lizzie Borden’s feminist sci-fi feature Born in Flames with writer/curator Karen Alexander, author Sophie Mayer and programmer Muffin Hix
- Feminist-horror collective The Final Girls present Sidney J. Furie’s cult film The Entity (1982) with Peter Tscherkassky’s Outer Space (2009)
New to Cinema Rediscovered in 2017:
The State of Things: Film Critics’ Sprint, an open-door talent hub led by writer, programmer and critic Tara Judah with guests including filmmaker and video essayist Charlie Lyne (Beyond Clueless) and invites aspiring and early career film critics to reflect on film criticism, both now and in the future.
The Archive Sessions, presented in partnership with The Independent Cinema Office (ICO), involve leading event producers, curators, musicians and archivists and are designed to inspire and inform cinema professionals.
The weekender is followed by a UK wide Cinema Rediscovered tour of selected highlights in venues including Chapter (Cardiff), Broadway (Nottingham), Home (Manchester), QFT (Belfast), Filmhouse, (Edinburgh) Showroom (Sheffield), mac (Birmingham) and Exeter Phoenix.
A new partnership with curated online cinema platform MUBI also complements this year’s festival and continue the Cinema Rediscovered experience for both cinema and online audiences across the UK.
View the full programme and buy tickets here.