Star Men, Palio and Night and Day to bookend Cambridge
by Naman Ramachandran
- Queen guitarist Brian May is set to participate in a 3D event at the gathering
The 35th Cambridge Film Festival (3-13 September) will open with Alison E Rose’s Star Men [+see also:
film profile] (UK/Canada/US), which follows four exceptional astronomers on a road trip. The gathering will have two closing events. The festival’s closing-night gala screening is of Cosima Spender’s Palio [+see also:
film profile] (UK), which captures the intensity of the world’s oldest horse race, the Palio, in Sienna. In addition, the festival will present as a closing event BBC Arena’s Night and Day – The Arena Time Machine, a 24-hour continuous film marking the passage of day to night to day, exactly in sync with British Summer Time on 13-14 September, made entirely from material from the Arena archive, featuring the likes of Nelson Mandela, Bob Dylan, The Beatles, Harold Pinter, Luis Bunuel and Andy Warhol.
The festival will also host a 3D evening with legendary Queen guitarist Brian May where he will discuss 3D with Dennis Pellerin, co-author of Diableries: Stereoscopic Adventures in Hell, and where they will present their stereoscopic short film One Night in Hell and a curated compilation of restored 3D rarities.
Highlights of the German Cinema strand, in association with the Goethe-Institut and German Films, include Christian Braad Thomsen’s Fassbinder: To Love Without Demands, Marcin Malaszczak’s The Days Run Away Like Wild Horses Over the Hills [+see also:
film profile] and Janina Herrhofer’s After Work. The Camera Catalonia strand, in association with the Institut Ramon Llull, features Maria Ripoll’s Traces of Sandalwood [+see also:
film profile] and Silvia Munt’s The Marina Café.
The Cambridge Film Festival is operated by the charitable Cambridge Film Trust and funded by BFI Film Forever.