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CineCity 14th Brighton Film Festival

It's Only the End of the World, Xavier Dolan.

Welcome to CineCity: home to the brightest and most diverse cinema Brighton has to offer. With this year’s festival now in full swing, we explore the best of what to look out for in the week ahead!

CineCity is Brighton’s premier film festival and one of the largest showcases of cinema in the UK. Now in its 14th year, this celebration of the big screen only continues to grow. This year’s programme features sixty-five events, presenting both the latest releases and some old favourites. The festival also provides a chance to see locally-made projects and even try your own hand at film-making with a series of masterclasses from industry professionals.
Whether you’re a fan of globe-trotting mega-films or locally-crafted passion-projects, CineCity has something for you, your mate and your mate’s mum. We’ve picked out a few suggestions from the festival’s second week to get you off the sofa and into the cinema!
The Birth of a Nation – for lovers of movie spectacle.
The Birth of a Nation is the centrepiece of CineCity’s closing weekend. Named after – and in response to – D.W. Griffith’s legendary but controversial masterpiece, this political action-thriller charts the trials of a slave rising in America’s antebellum south. Written, acted and directed – his debut feature – by Nate Parker, the film also includes turns from Armie Hammer and Penelope Anne Miller. Expect dramatic speeches and sweeping visuals; The Birth of a Nation will be a particularly interesting watch given the recent events of American politics.
The Birth of a Nation screens at 6pm on 26 November at the Duke of York’s Picturehouse, Brighton. For more information and tickets, see online.
Its Only the End of the World – for foreign film fans.
Heard of Xavier Dolan? Probably not. Movie industry insiders certainly have though. This ultra-talented Québécois directed his first feature film at the age of 19 – it’s disgusting isn’t it. His latest release It’s Only the End of the World depicts a depressed writer’s attempts to reconcile with his quarrelsome family. Featuring an all-star cast – Vincent Cassel, Marion Cotillard and recent Bond-girl Lea Seydoux – this is a chance to see one of the rising stars of international cinema just before he takes the world by storm. Definitely not to be missed.
It’s Only the End of the World screens at 6.30pm on 25 November at the Duke of York’s Picturehouse, Brighton. For more information and tickets, see online.
Vampyr – for the fervent cinephile.
Yep, you guessed it – it’s a vampire film. But this is no Twilight. Vampyr is the 1932 release from legendary film director Carl Theodor Dreyer, and his first working with sound. Young traveler Allan Gray (Julian West) is visited in the night by a mysterious figure who leads him on a bizarre chase into the world of the blood-sucking coffin-dwellers. The CineCity screening is accompanied by a live score from specialist silent film musicians Stephen Horne and Minima. Vampyr might not be for everyone, but if you are the movie-fanatic this is a must.

Vampyr, Carl Theodor Dreyer.
Vampyr screens with live accompaniment at 2.30pm on 27 November at the Duke of York’s Picturehouse, Brighton. For more information and tickets, see online.
Catalyst Club CineCity Special – for those looking for something different.
Tired of sitting in a cinema seat? This might be for you. Catalyst Club CineCity Special is off the beaten track – literally and metaphorically. Hosted in local favorite the Latest Music Bar, this event comprises of three 15-minute lectures on weird and wacky film related topics. Academic and journalist Stella Sims explores the strange celebrity persona of 50s icon Doris Day; comic book expert Tim Pilcher grapples with the madness of Mexican cult film director Alejandro Jodorowsky and his legendary feature El Topo; and Dave Mounfield explores the wonderfully eccentric life of Norman Wisdom. Education but not as you know it, Catalyst Club is set to be a raucous evening. 
Catalyst Club CineCity Special is a live event happening at 8pm on 24 November at Latest Music Bar. For more information and tickets, see online.
For a full list of CineCity’s events and screenings, visit their website.