Words by Adela Ryle
The festival runs until December 1, offering the very best in global premieres and previews, archival treasures, local films, artists’ cinema and educational talks and screenings.
At the heart of this year’s CINECITY festival is a major celebration of legendary Czech surrealist Jan Švankmajer, whose darkly comic screen work is cited as a major influence by directors such as Terry Gilliam, Tim Burton and the Quay Brothers.
Celebrating 50 years since the release of his first film, the festival presents a complete retrospective of the artist’s six features and 26 shorts, complemented by an exhibition at the University of Brighton.
‘Jan Švankmajer: The Inner Life of Objects’ runs in partnership with the festival, presenting his work across the arts as well as sets, costumes, puppets and objects from many of his best-loved films, including Alice, Punch and Judy and Little Otik.
In addition to Švankmajer’s work and a wide selection of home grown cinema, this year’s festival offers the most international selection to date, with films from China, Laos, Singapore, India, Israel, Kurdistan, Iran, Poland, Czech Republic, Scandinavia, France, Mexico and the USA.
Highly anticipated pre-release titles and award-winning films such as Alexander Payne’s road movie Nebraska are presented alongside one-off screenings of rare world cinema.
The events take place across Brighton & Hove, with an expanded programme presenting screenings at Dukes@Komedia for the first time.