Bath Film Festival celebrates its 25th anniversary this December with an 11-day city-wide programme of screenings featuring many of the hottest new titles before they go on general release and a renewal of the festival’s pioneering work to highlight female film talent.
The festival’s silver jubilee edition will run from Thursday 3 December to Sunday 13 December, offering a choice of more than 40 feature films, documentaries and shorts from all around the world, director talks and talent awards at various Bath city centre venues including the ODEON, The Little Theatre Cinema and the Little@Komedia.
The line-up includes the following previews of features and documentaries not yet on general release. An asterisk denotes previews which also carry the festival’s pioneering F-Rating because of the significant on or off screen contribution made to them by women.
• Room * – Based on Emma Donaghue’s best seller about a boy who is brought up to believe that his home is the whole world and then discovers ‘outside’.
• High-Rise – Starring Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons and Sienna Miller as residents of an elegant tower block where the order of life is disintegrating.
• Youth – Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel play old friends whose holiday is interrupted by the confused lives of their offspring and a call from the Queen.
• Janis: Little Girl Blue * – Cat Power’s documentary about the short but era-defining life of the rock and blues singer Janis Joplin
• Goodnight Mommy * – From Austria, an award-winning horror about twin boys who start to suspect that their mother may have been swapped for someone else.
• Couple in a Hole – A thriller in which a British pair struggle to survive in a French forest.
• A War – What happens when a Danish soldier makes a decision while serving in Afghanistan which impacts on the lives of his wife and children at home?
• Grandma * - A cross-generational comedy in which Lily Tomlin agrees to help her grand-daughter (Julia Garner) to cope with an unplanned pregnancy.
• Speed Sisters * – They’re bold; they’re fast; they’re the first all-women racing car team in the Middle East and they’re tearing up tracks and stereotypes.
• Ice and the Sky – A documentary by Luc Jacquet about the work of veteran ice scientist Claudius Lorius – the first to sound the alarm about global warming.
• Lamb – From Ethiopia, the story of a boy who is sent to live with rural relatives and what happens when they cast a hungry eye on his only friend: a pet sheep.
• The Club – A multi award-winning drama centred on an exiled community of disgraced priests and nuns and a church appointed investigator.
• A Bigger Splash * – Tilda Swinton plays a rock goddess whose holiday becomes darkly but comically complicated when unexpected guests arrive.
• Victoria * - Winner of three Berlin Film Festival prizes, a thriller about a young woman whose holiday flirtation takes a dangerous turn.
• The Assassin * – Film critics and festival juries have united to praise the beauty, emotional intelligence and excitement of this first martial arts film by Taiwan’s Hsiao Hsien Hou.
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