Buxton Festival of World Cinema at the Pavilion Arts Centre and Pauper’s Pit

The Fox and The Child, stars Bertille Noel-Bruneau.
The Fox and The Child, stars Bertille Noel-Bruneau.
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Twenty films will be screened over seven days at the Buxton Festival of World Cinema.

Twenty films will be screened over seven days at the Buxton Festival of World Cinema.

The third annual film feast in the town’s Pavilion Arts Centre and Pauper’s Pit runs from March 23 to 29.

Film fans will see some of the best releases of the past year and acclaimed creations from cinema’s history.

Among the recent British successes on offer are Mr Turner, Pride, What We Did On Our Holiday and Northern Soul. Timothy Spall’s portrayal of JMW Turner – commonly called ‘Britain’s greatest artist’ – has already won awards in Cannes and New York. Pride celebrates the alliance between striking Welsh miners and London-based gay activists in the mid-Eighties.

If past Buxton festivals are anything to go by many will be keen to see the golden nuggets from cinematic history. Ingrid Bergman’s centenary falls in 2015 and in Hitchcock’s Notorious she plays Alicia who is asked to spy on Nazis in Brazil.

The French classic, Le Jour Se Leve, begins with a murder – but who is the dead man and why was he killed?

French film-making of a different generation is represented by Francois Truffaut’s La Sirene du Mississippi.

Two double bills aimed at families are included. The Fox and the Child, pictured, is a French film which traces the relationship between a 10-year-old girl and a fox. Extracts from Michel Ocelot’s animation Tales of the Night will accompany The Fox and the Child.

The other family programme features White Mane, filmed in black-and-white in the Camargue. A young boy is in competition with a group of ranchers to ‘capture’ a wild horse. An animation set to Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf completes the programme.

Tickets £4 and £3 (concessions) from the Opera House. For full details, see www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk/buxton-festival-of-world-film Tickets £4 and £3 (concessions) from the Opera House.