The Cambridge Film Festival is back.
The 34th Cambridge Film Festival started last night with, among other things, the UK debut of Woody Allen’s new movie, Magic in the Moonlight (the festival has a long-standing relationship with Allen, 20 of whose films have seen their UK premiere in Cambridge – other films to have previewed include Reservoir Dogs and Pirates of the Caribbean).
The festival runs for ten days (28th August – 7th September), and hosts a startlingly wide range of UK and international movie releases – something like 150 features, documentaries, shorts and animations.
Cambridge does not have many cinemas – there is the Cineworld complex just over the bridge from the school, the Vue in the Grafton Centre, and the 3-screen Arts Picturehouse on Regent Street, which specialises in smaller art house releases. The latter has been endangered for just over a year since its take-over by Cineworld, when the Competition Commission (now the Competition and Markets Authority), the regulator responsible for overseeing questions of monopolies arising from takeovers, announced that either the Cineworld complex or the Arts Picturehouse would have to be sold.
The situation is still not resolved, and the Cambridge Film Festival (which has its offices in the Arts Picturehouse) cannot run screens in the Cineworld complex until it is; for this reason it has extended its range of venues to include Emmanuel College (just over the road from the Arts Picturehouse, or I suppose vice versa) and St. Philips Church on Mill Road.
You can browse the films on offer at the festival website, here.