Cinecity – 14th Brighton Film Festival runs from 11 to 27 November 2016

CINECITY – 14th Brighton Film Festival

11 -27 Nov 2016

CINECITY, the region’s biggest celebration of cinema, celebrates the 14th edition this November with the very best in world cinema and a packed programme of premieres, previews and treasures from the archive, live soundtracks and free education screenings and special events.

Tickets go on sale Monday 24 October 2016.

CINECITY 2016 opens on Friday 11 November with a special preview of Free Fire, Ben Wheatley’s new action thriller. Due for release in March 2017, Free Fire was shot entirely on location in a warehouse in Brighton and features Brie Larson, Cillian Murphy, Sharlito Copley and Arnie Hammer.

The Festival closes on Sunday 27 November with a one-off screening of a hugely original comedy directed by Maren Ade. Toni Erdmann was the standout film at this year’s Cannes where it received the highest ever star rating from critics and will be released in Febuary 2017.

A series of special Brighton screenings will feature short dramas, art documentaries and will also explore Brighton & Hove’s success as a place for experimental film-making.

A related exhibition runs at Spotlight Gallery, Brighton Museum & Art Gallery and at the University of Brighton Gallery at Grand Parade.

Other highlights of the Festival include Jarmusch Day (Sunday 13 November) which features two new brilliant films from pioneering American indie film-maker Jim Jarmusch.

Music documentary Gimme Danger is Jarmusch’s hymn to the legendary Iggy and the Stooges whilst Paterson, featuring Adam Driver, is his acclaimed new drama.

Kenneth Lonergan’s Manchester By the Sea, starring Casey Affleck and Michelle Williams, which has received ecstatic reviews and is hotly tipped for the Academy Awards.

The Best of British cinema talent is represented by A United Kingdom, Amma Asante’s follow up to her acclaimed 2013 feature Belle and Lady Macbeth, which picked up rave notices after its premiere in Toronto last month.


This year’s world cinema strand is the most international line-up to date and presents a host of award-winning titles from around the globe. Fresh from leading international festivals, many of the films have been brought to Brighton for special one-off screenings.

Look out for:

Wolf and Sheep – the debut feature of 26 year-old Shahrbanoo Sadat, Afghanistan’s first-ever female director and winner of the top award in the Directors’ Fortnight section of this year’s Cannes.

The erotically charged, psychological thriller The Handmaiden from South Korean Park Chan-woo, inspired by Sarah Waters’ 2002 novel Fingersmith.

The Salesman from Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, winner of the Best Screenplay and Best Actor at this year’s Cannes.


Notable debuts in CINECITY 2016 include:

Raw directed by Julia Ducournau, a bold and bloody exploration of womanhood with echoes of both Catherine Breillat and the body horror of early David Cronenberg. A number of cinema-goers reportedly fainted at a recent screening at the Toronto Film Festival.

Atlantic Heart is the debut feature from Brighton-based director Robbie McCallum. Filmed in Cape Verde, Africa, it is the first full-length narrative feature ever shot in the rare Kriolu language and focuses on teenage siblings Lucas and Telma.

Lady Macbeth is the highly acclaimed debut from William Oldroyd, Director in Residence at London’s Young Vic theatre.

Look out for other First Features in this year’s line-up including: Black Hen, Sworn Virgin, Kiki and Cassette: A Documentary Mixtape.

Full details of the festival programme will be on the CINECITY website on Mon 24 Oct when tickets will also go on sale.

The best way for cinema-goers to see as much of the festival as possible is to take advantage of the special ticket deals such as the 4 for 3 – which offers a 4th film absolutely free when you buy tickets for 3 films. (This can also be used to get 2 titles free when buying tickets for 6 films).

There are also a number of tickets for all festival films priced at just £5 for those aged 25 and under.

For more information, and to book tickets, please Click Here.

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