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Chichester International Film Festival

Chichester Cinema at New Park, New Park Road; St John’s Chapel, St John’s Street; Roundhill Picture Palace, New Park entrance; and Priory Park, Franklin Place; all Chichester

Friday-Sunday August 3-26

Tickets £8.50/senior citizens £8/Friends £7.50/students and unemployed £5.50/u15s £3.50/Student Gold £1

Leonard Bernstein and Virginia Woolf are at the heart of the 17th Chichester International Film Festival, which is launched by open air screenings at Priory Park, Chichester, including Grease (12A) on Friday August 3, The Incredibles 2 (U) on Saturday August 4 and The Greatest Showman (PG) on Sunday August 5. The festival celebrates Leonard Bernstein in Chichester in his centenary year by showing three Bernstein movies and also, thanks to the Royal Opera House, a transmission on Sunday August 19 of the Triple Bernstein Ballets including the interpretation of his Chichester Psalms as an original ballet. Watch Bernstein at the Movies (PG) on Thursday August 16, Bernstein as Lecturer, Broadcaster and teacher (PG) on Tuesday August 21 and Leonard Bernstein: Conducting West Side Story (cert TBC) on Friday August 24. West Side Story (PG) is screened on Saturday August 25. As the Pallant House Gallery in Chichester shows a Virginia Woolf exhibition (until September 16), the film festival will show four key films based on her works, with the actor Eileen Atkins, a Virginia Woolf expert, introducing her screenplay for Mrs Dalloway (PG), screened on Sunday August 12. Orlando (PG) is screened on Friday August 10, and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf and To The Lighthouse (PG) on Saturday August 11.  The festival is also marking the centenary of the Swedish director Ingmar Bergman by showing a series of his masterpieces: Summer With Monica (PG), Smiles of a Summer Night (PG), Wild Strawberries (15) on Tuesday August 14, The Seventh Seal (PG) on Thursday August 16, Persona (15) on Sunday August 19, Cries and Whispers (15) on Monday August 20, Fanny and Alexander (15) on Wednesday August 22, The Virgin Spring (15) on Thursday August 23 and Friday August 24, and The Silence (15) on Saturday August 25. There’s also a screening of Bergman and the Re-birth (Or Reinvention) of Art Cinema (cert TBC) on Monday August 20. The festival celebrates cinema old and new, the earliest represented by screenings of the restored Pandora’s Box (PG, 1928), on Saturday August 11, and Vampyr (PG, 1932)  in St John’s Chapel with live organ accompaniment by Ben Hall. Other highlights include a retrospective on Nordic Noir, seven films starring Daniel Day-Lewis, including My Left Foot (pictured above, right) and My Beautiful Laundrette, following his announcement of his retirement, new releases already exposed in the world film festivals, films exploring fundamentalism, documentaries, independent films including more than 20 titles from many countries with five of the being presented by their film makers, operas, and a live jazz and film event celebrating last year’s centenary of Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie and Thelonius Monk. The actor Steve Coogan will be in conversation with producer Andrew Eaton after a showing of Philomena (12A) on Friday August 17.

Picture of Leonard Bernstein: Paul de Hueck, courtesy of the Leonard Bernstein Office Inc.

Phone 01243 786650 or visit chichestercinema.org.

 


Bernstein and the Movies

Chichester Cinema, New Park Road, Chichester

Thursday-Sunday August 9-26

As part of the Bernstein In Chichester Festival marking the centenary of the birth of the composer Leonard Bernstein, West Side Story, On The Waterfront and On The Town will be screened during the 27th Chichester International Film Festival. Leonard Bernstein wrote the score for West Side Story (1961), which was rated by the American Film Institute as one of the best two musicals ever made. He also wrote the score for the 1954 Elia Kazan movie On The Waterfront, which dared to speak with a bold and identifiable musical voice and for which he was nominated for an Oscar. On The Town retained four songs composed by Bernstein from the original 1944 stage musical. There will also be two illustrated talks: Bernstein at the Movies and Leonard Bernstein: Broadcaster and Lecturer.

Read our feature on the Bernstein In Chichester Festival.

Phone 01243 786650 or visit chichestercinema.org.


Loving Vincent

The Old Market, 11a Upper Market Street, Hove

Monday August 20, 8pm

Tickets £6

Loving Vincent kicks off The Old Market’s August Animations double bill. It is the first fully painted feature film in the history of cinema, taking 125 artists over seven years to create a tribute to Vincent Van Gogh, one of history’s most renowned artists. Told in the same vein as a noir thriller, Loving Vincent explores the last months of Van Gogh’s life and the circumstances surrounding his death, while also celebrating the prolific amount of work he left in his wake. The unique style is created by painting over all 65,000+ frames of film by hand, and features an all-star cast including Douglas Booth, Jerome Flynn, Helen McCrory, Chris O’Dowd, Saoirse Ronan, John Sessions and more.

Phone 01273 201801 or visit theoldmarket.com.


The Red Turtle (U)

The Old Market, 11a Upper Market Street, Hove

Tuesday August 21, 8pm

Tickets £6

This beautifully animated movie is about a man who is shipwrecked on a tropical island inhabited by turtles, crabs and birds.

Phone 01273 201801 or visit theoldmarket.com.


Afternoon Tea at the Movies: The Sound of Music (U)

Chequer Mead Community Arts Centre, De La Warr Road, East Grinstead

Thursday August 23, 1pm

Tickets £5

Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer star in the heart-warming musical tale of The Sound of Music, which took the world by storm in 1965, earning five Oscars. This film is a rare combination of a powerful and moving story, with catchy, uplifting music and breath-taking scenery of Salzburg. An afternoon tea package is available.

Phone 01342 302000 or visit chequermead.org.uk.


Finding Your Feet (12A)

Ropetackle Arts Centre, Little High Street, Shoreham-by-Sea

Thursday August 23, 2pm

Tickets £3.50

On the eve of retirement, a middle-class judgmental snob finds that her husband has been having an affair with her best friend. She leaves him to live with her bohemian sister who lives on an inner-city council estate. The romantic comedy stars Imelda Staunton, Joanna Lumley, Timothy Spall, Celia Imrie and David Hayman.

Phone 01273 464440 or visit ropetacklecentre.co.uk.


Star Wars – The Last Jedi (12A)

Ropetackle Arts Centre, Little High Street, Shoreham-by-Sea

Friday August 24, 2pm

Tickets £3.50

In the 2017 epic space series, Rey develops her newly discovered abilities with the guidance of Luke Skywalker, who is unsettled by the strength of her powers. Meanwhile, the Resistance prepares for battle with the First Order. The film stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Lupita Wyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson and Gwendoline Christie.

Phone 01273 464440 or visit ropetacklecentre.co.uk.


Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (U) (1968)

De La Warr Pavilion, Marina, Bexhill-on-Sea

Saturday August 25, 8.30pm

Free

While truant from school, young siblings Jeremy and Jemima meet the beautiful Truly Scrumptious (Sally Ann Howes), who falls for their widowed father, Caractacus Potts (Dick Van Dyke), and his various oddball inventions, including the family’s noisy rebuilt car, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. One day at the beach, Caractacus tells Truly and the children a fanciful fable about the villainous Baron Bomburst (Gert Frobe) and his evil designs on the Potts family car.

Phone 01424 229111 or visit dlwp.com.


You Were Never Really Here (15)

The Old Market, 11a Upper Market Street, Hove

Monday September 3, 8pm

Tickets £6

Starring Joaquin Phoenix in one of his best on-screen performances to date, this story of an assassin for hire is a devastating portrayal of a man wrestling with years of repression and abuse while engaged in a cycle of violence he cannot control.

Phone 01273 201801 or visit theoldmarket.com.


Jeune Femme (15)

The Old Market, 11a Upper Market Street, Hove

Tuesday September 4, 8pm

Tickets £6

First-time director Léonor Serraille’s debut feature film is a live-wire comedy in French with English subtitles. A study in humour and urgency exploring modern life’s everyday misfortunes, France’s answer to Fleabag sees Laetitia Dosch explode onto the screen as Paula, a chaotic, impulsive thirty-something. Back in Paris after a long absence and finding the key to her boyfriend’s apartment no longer works, Paula goes on an erratic “voyage de la loon” around the city – broken-hearted, self-destructive, and with only her ex’s cat’s deadpan stares to rely on. By her nature unable to do anything but live in the moment, we watch as Paula tries her best to reclaim a measure of stability, making new allies and seeing the reappearance of figures from her past.

Phone 01273 201801 or visit theoldmarket.com.


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