35th Cambridge Film Festival Launches

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Tonight marks the launch of the 35th Cambridge Film Festival, the UK’s third longest-running film festival. From 3rd September to 13th September the diverse programme will features films from over 30 countries including 7 world premieres and 55 UK premieres. The festival opens with Star*Men, the Alison Rose documentary about four UK astronomers, Donald Lynden-Bell, Roger Griffin, Wal Sargent and Neville Woolf, whose work helped build the world’s biggest observatories and led to key discoveries about the cosmos. Lynden-Bell and Griffin will join Alison Rose as special guests for the Opening Night event.

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The festival will close with the UK premiere of Cosima Spender’s equestrian documentary Palio, depicting the world’s oldest and most intense horse race in Sienna. Other UK premieres include Mark Ruffalo starrer Infinitely Polar Bear and Robert Redford’s The Company You Keep, while other highlights range from Bill, the comic exploration of the lost years of William Shakespeare from the team behind TV’s Horrible Histories and Yonderland, to psychological drama Eadweard about photographer, pre-cinema pioneer (and murderer) Eadweard Muybridge, Abel Ferrara’s Pasolini and retrospectives of filmmakers Lech Majewski and Victor Sjöström.

We will be posting select reviews from the festival in due course. For more information visit the Cambridge Film Festival website http://www.cambridgefilmfestival.org.uk/

David is a filmmaker, artist and failed astronaut from Birmingham, UK. His short films have been shown on BBC TV, at the BFI and at BAFTA. Only bats and small dogs are likely to have seen them. He has written for the stage and has exhibited artwork in Birmingham's municipal art gallery. Few can correctly guess his age, to his occasional annoyance.