Duke of York's Picturehouse / Duke's @ Komedia

Brighton Festival 2015

The Duke of York’s and Duke’s at Komedia are thrilled to host a series of screenings as part of this year’s Brighton Festival, taking place throughout May.

Cinecity have curated the film selection for the festival this year, working closely with guest director Ali Smith to put the programme together. Highlights include a celebration of legendary French filmmaker Agnès Varda – who will also present a special screen talk about her work – and a trio of contemporary British female directors, Carol Morley, Joanna Hogg and Clio Barnard, who will attend in person to share and discuss their work.

Supported by Film Hub South East, part of the BFI Film Audience Network.


Screenings and Events:

Duke’s at Komedia
Sun 3 May, 1.30
La Pointe Courte (PG)
Director: Agnès Varda. France 1955. 77 mins. French with English subtitles.

Widely regarded as the first film of the French New Wave, LA POINTE COURTE is a graceful study of a couple’s changing relationship as they visit a small Mediterranean fishing village to decide whether to stay together or break up. Their tale alternates with sequences of the life of the local fishermen and their families, as the villagers dispute fishing rights with government inspectors and suffer the death of a young child. Edited by renowned director Alain Resnais, this is a beautiful and remarkable debut.


Agnès Varda-Photographie Julia Fabry © ciné-tamaris

Agnès Varda

Duke of York’s Picturehouse
Sun 3 May, 4.30
Agnès Varda: Screen Talk

Legendary French filmmaker Agnès Varda was recently granted a Lifetime Achievement Award by the European Film Academy for her outstanding body of work. An outspoken feminist throughout her career, Varda, now 86, has created some of the most interesting female protagonists in 20th-century film. In this special Brighton Festival event, Varda presents a lecture exploring her screen career, illustrated with extracts from her films. (Suitable for those aged 15 and over. Event length approx. 90 mins.)



Duke’s at Komedia
Mon 4 May
Agnès Varda: From Here to There Double Bill (one ticket covers both screenings)
3.30: Episodes 1–3 (135 mins approx.)
6.30: Episodes 4–5 (90 mins approx.)

Part travelogue, part art documentary, part visual essay, this series originally made for French TV chronicles the indefatigable filmmaker’s travels around the world – to Mexico, Portugal, Italy and Russia – meeting film luminaries such as Alexander Sokurov, Carlos Reygadas, Chris Marker and Manoel de Oliveira and visual artists including Christian Boltanski and Annette Messager. Infused with Varda’s characteristic insight and inquisitiveness, it also traces her own history, including a celebration of her late husband, filmmaker Jacques Demy, and a trip to the location of her first feature, where she meets a local fisherman who starred in the film.
— Suitable for those aged 15 and over. French with English subtitles.

Duke of York’s Picturehouse
Sat 9 May, 10.30am
BAFTA Kids: Behind the Scenes

In a fascinating showcase of the films, television, games and websites nominated for the 2014 BAFTA Children’s Awards, Cat Sandion (CBeebies) and Ben Shires (Officially Amazing!) host a lively mix of demonstrations, behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with top talent, from animators to writers, directors to designers. Nominees included HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2, Shaun the Sheep, TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES and Wolfblood, so there’s something for everyone, plus prizes to be won!

This event is aimed at ages seven to 12, and the whole family can come and enjoy the activities and have a chat with the people behind your favourite programmes and games.

Duke’s at Komedia
Sun 10 May, 1.30
Vagabond (15) plus introduction
Director: Agnès Varda. France 1985. 106 mins. French with English subtitles.

Varda’s heartbreaking film opens with the jarring death of Mona, a young homeless woman whose frozen body is found in the French countryside. Mona’s story is told through a series of accounts by those who barely knew her, but who touched her life during her final weeks. We learn of her nomadic existence, drifting through villages and towns via a series of random encounters. A brilliantly told tale, VAGABOND features a stunning performance from Sandrine Bonnaire as the impassive lead.

The screening is introduced by film director Carol Morley, whose feature DREAMS OF A LIFE screens on Monday 11 May.

Duke’s at Komedia
Mon 11 May, 6.30
Dreams of a Life (12A) plus director Q&A
Director: Carol Morley. UK/Ireland 2011. 95 mins

Nobody noticed when Joyce Carol Vincent died in her bedsit above a shopping mall in North London in 2003. Her body wasn’t discovered for three years, surrounded by Christmas presents she had been wrapping and with the TV still on. Newspaper reports offered few details of her life, not even a photograph. Carol Morley’s moving documentary drama interweaves interviews with imagined scenes from Joyce’s life in a powerful portrait of not only of Joyce, but also of urban living. It’s also about how little we may ever know each other, but nevertheless, how much we can love.

Contains brief moderate sex references and references to domestic abuse.

Duke’s at Komedia
Sun 17 May, 1.15
Archipelago (15) plus director Q&A
Director: Joanna Hogg. UK 2010. 115 mins.

Joanna Hogg is one of the most important voices in British independent cinema. Her second feature (following her 2007 breakthrough UNRELATED) is a raw, biting drama that paints a bittersweet portrait of a family in crisis. Edward (Tom Hiddleston) is soon to depart on a volunteer trip to Africa, but before he sets off, his mother and sister organise a family get-together on the remote and beautiful Scilly Isle of Tresco. As relatives gather, tensions and anxieties buried deep within the family come to the surface.


I Know Where I'm Going!

I Know Where I’m Going!

Duke’s at Komedia
Sun 17 May, 4.00
I Know Where I’m Going! (U) plus introduction
Directors: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger. UK 1945. 88 mins.

Selected by Joanna Hogg to complement the screening of her film ARCHIPELAGO, Powell and Pressburger’s classic is a wonderfully unconventional romance. A headstrong young woman journeys to the wild Scottish Highlands and is forced by her encounter with this magical, mythic world and its exotic customs to revise her materialistic priorities.

The screening will be introduced by Joanna Hogg.


Duke’s at Komedia
Mon 18 May, 6.30
The Arbor (15) plus director Q&A
Director: Clio Barnard. UK 2010. 94 mins.

Winner of a host of awards, Clio Barnard’s extraordinary debut feature is a brilliant blend of narrative and documentary. She beautifully retraces the fascinating true story of troubled 1980s playwright Andrea Dunbar (writer of The Arbor and Rita, Sue and Bob Too!) and her tumultuous relationship with her daughter. Through the use of actors and lip-synched interviews, real-life testimonies emerge with a haunting level of disconnection to form a distinctive, hugely compelling film.

The Arbor

The Arbor

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