Chichester International Film Festival Starts Today!

The flash new seating is looking smart, the caterers are raring to go, the programme’s out with its eclectic 150 films from 35 countries to be screened at six Chichester venues and a bumper number of talent – 20+ directors, actors, producers, writers – are booked in. The 26th Chichester International Film Festival, the largest on the South Coast, opens its doors on 10 August for an 18-day film-fest with Hotel Salvation, winner of 10 Indian and international film awards. Directed by Shubhashish Bhutiani who will be attending the screening, the comedy stars Adil Hussain (Life of Pi). Back to Burgundy, the French drama-comedy starring Ana Girardot and François Civil brings the festival, run by Chichester Cinema at New Park, to a close on 27 August. The festival features Previews, Premieres, New Releases of UK, USA, European & World Cinema including Dolores (Preview, Germany, director Michael Rösel introducing his film); UK Premiere, Blood and Glory (South Africa, producer, Llewelynn Greeff in attendance); the English Premiere of That Good Night, John Hurt’s last film introduced by director Eric Styles. Programming by Roger Gibson, artistic director, also includes The Square, a preview from Sweden and winner of the Palme D’Or, Cannes; Noces (France); 7 Days (Italy); Dunkirk (UK USA, Mark Rylance, Cillian Murphy); Man Called Ove (Sweden); Marie Curie (Polish preview) and many more from Belgium, Finland, Myamar, Canada and Russia, Denmark’s films join Romanian ones with rich contemporary subjects.  Jazz Documentaries include the UK preview, Chasing Tranes, John Coltrane’s story and Jazz Ambassadors, Mick Csaky’ssneak preview of US propaganda towards the USSR by promoting African-American jazz greats. Don’t miss Risk, the Julian Assange documentary nor Stanley, Man of Variety, Timothy Spall on a multi-character roll, director Stephen Cookson introducing his priceless film. Retrospectives of Tilda Swinton and John Hurt are included as are Treasures of The Archives and the ever-popular Silent Films as well as talks and Q&As. Audience Awards are for Best Film, Best Documentary and Best Low-Budget Independent Film.

Previous festival guests have included Ralph Fiennes, Michael Winterbottom, John Lithgow.