The Berwick New Cinema Competition’s 23 selections comprise our view of some of the most distinctive and unexpected works of new cinema and artists’ moving image being made around the world. Disregarding boundaries of genre, form, filmic conventions and expectations, these are vital works, imbued with a sense of liveness and agency in their resolute visions.→
For the 2019 festival, the Berwick New Cinema strand expands to incorporate feature and mid-length films which bring surprising perspectives and new forms into being. Five distinctive films comprise this year’s selection, shown in the UK for the first time, some fresh from top international festivals and others perhaps unjustly overlooked.→
Kira Muratova, a critically acclaimed titan of Russian-language cinema, made poetic, eccentric, astonishing films which have still too rarely been seen internationally. Muratova’s brilliantly trenchant imagination spans across twenty-two works, produced between 1961–2012.→
Artist in Profile
Marwa Arsanios has built a distinctive body of work spanning installation, performance and moving image over the last decade. In her incisive interrogations of gendered labour, non-human ecologies and the histories of collectivism she uses research and collaboration to confound documentary’s formal conventions.→
BFMAF’s essentially pluralist retrospective series provides a fresh look at classic works of cinema or a first view of overlooked masterpieces. Each film is all too rarely-seen and most are shown in new restorations for the first time in the UK.
Part screening, part talk or performance, Propositions provides a discursive setting to dive deep into new cinema. Whether filmmakers expand on their work, demonstrating research and contexts, or curators illuminate new perspectives and complications, Propositions shares discoveries encountered through research and practice.
Fantastika examines the many innovative ways filmmakers have utilised fairytales, folktales and fables in their work over the past sixty years. Curated by BFMAF Associate Programmer Herb Shellenberger, the series is international in scope, with films ranging between a number of genres and forms.→
BFMAF presents a number of projects with, by and for young people. This includes Kaleidoscope, a drop-in bean bag cinema with hands-on making activity for families, a programme of screenings for school groups and work by young artists from Berwick Youth Project.