cinecity 2018: boti’s top picks

CineCity is Brighton’s annual film festival, back for its 16th edition running from Friday 9th to Sunday 25th November, bringing a programme that’s chock-full of world cinema, premieres and previews, archive gems, live soundtracks and talks. Basically, there’s something for every level of film lover. Bringing the biggest celebration of cinema to the South, the partnership with the University of Brighton will see events take place across six venues in Brighton, Lewes, Eastbourne and Worthing. Here’s what we’ll be going for…

La Haine featuring a live score from Asian Dub Foundation (featured image)
First performed at the Barbican in 2001, Mathieu Kassovitz’s La Haine is a film that captures 24 hours in the lives of three young men in the French suburbs the day after a violent riot. The 1995 film will be shown at ACCA on Friday 16th November with a live score from none other than Asian Dub Foundation. It may be common now, but this very musical interpretation was one of the first ever live soundtracks when it debuted at London’s Barbican Centre in 2001. The band and film team have been working together for ten years and the perfect partnership has taken them on tour to Australia, post-riot Broadwater Farm Estate in London and it was even part of David Bowie’s Meltdown festival at London’s Southbank Centre. It’s been in demand since it was created, so it’s kind of a big deal. There are limited tickets left, so get in there quick. Stick around after the film for a 30-minute set from Asian Dub Foundation, who will be joined by Nathan ‘FluteBox’ Lee.
Friday 16th November, 8.00pm; £18
Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts, University of Sussex, Gardner Centre Road, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 9RA

Birds of Passage

A mafia story that starts in the late 1960s in northern Colombia, viewers will be transported back to the early days of the illegal drug trade in Colombia, following a Wayuu family’s rise and fall as they get involved in the Colombian drug trade. As they get involved in the big business of selling marijuana to fund Rapayet’s marriage, their lives, culture and ancestral traditions become under threat. The desert turns into a space used for their criminal enterprise that leads to greed, family conflict and war. Receiving 4 stars from The Guardian when they caught it earlier this year in Cannes, we’re chuffed we’ve bagged tickets to this one.
Tuesday 20th November, 6.30pm; £12.20
Dukes at Komedia, 44-47 Gardner St, Brighton BN1 1UN
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Film-maker at the Basketmakers
One of our favourite original boozers in Brighton will be hosting its first film show next month as one of the city’s leading experimental film-makers, Ian Helliwell, showcases 25 of his short films. Expect a mix of animation, abstraction and Super 8 found footage, along with (and probably the most interesting of them all) his own electronic music that he makes with Hellitron tone generators and tape loops. All the shorts are under four minutes long and you’ll be in good company as you watch many world premieres. Curious? We don’t blame you. It’s a free event and where else would you rather get cosy on a cold Monday night in November?
Monday 19th November, 7.00pm and 10.00pm; free
The Basketmakers, 12 Gloucester Rd, Brighton BN1 4AD

Blue Live

No, you’re not seeing things, the above is, in fact, a blue screen. Fancy having a go at staring at it for 79 minutes? That is what you’re invited to do to celebrate the closing of the festival on Saturday 25th November, as Blue Live comes to The Duke of York’s. Get comfortable and focus on a single static shot of blue, while the live sound and spoken word provide a narrative to evoke powerful images. Derek Jarman (who wrote the script), made the film just a year before his death from AIDS-related illness in 1994, when treatments for the virus made him see everything through a blue haze. The treatments allowed him to live longer but destroyed his eyesight in the process. The voice-over features the meanings of blue artistic, philosophical and metaphysical associations, connecting them to Jarman’s work. It’s certainly going to be one hell of a unique sensory experience and will see the festival out with a big, blue bang.
Sunday 25th November, 7.00pm; £12.20 for adults
Duke of York’s, Preston Rd, Brighton BN1 4NA
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