Today: February 21, 2024

The Screen Arts

Picturehouse Cinemas, very much one of the key pioneers behind alternative programming, is proud to announce a brand new cross arts initiative, THESCREEN ARTS FESTIVAL, this summer. Showcasing a wide range of arts content – ballets, operas, plays, and concerts, both pre-recorded and live – the festival will also include a number of related films, documentaries and special events, including a satellite Q&A with Sir David Attenborough to accompany the first widecinema screening of BAFTA winning documentary FLYING MONSTERS 3D (main photo) – all programmed into a variety of themed strands.

Ballet highlights will include: the UK Premiere for a brand new restoration of Tchaikovsky’s SWAN LAKE from 1966 featuring the legendary partnership of Rudolf Nureyev and Margot Fonteyn · a fascinating new documentary about legendary choreographer Pina Bausch -DANCING DREAMS · the UK Premiere of an inspiring documentary chronicling Cambodian teenager Sokvannara Sar’s meteoric rise to stardom with the Seattle Ballet – DANCING ACROSS BORDERS.

The Opera strand boasts: three productions from the Met Opera 2010/2011 season (Tosca, Madama Butterfly, and La Fille du Regiment) · a live production of Verdi’s epic NABUCCO from Sicily · another chance to see the acclaimed modernized DON GIOVANNI from Glyndebourne · a classic THREE TENORS concert from 1990.

From Theatre comes: a one-off repeat show of the National Theatre’s acclaimed production of Chekhov’s THE CHERRY ORCHARD starring Zoe Wannamaker · three stunning productions from last year’s acclaimed season at the Globe Theatre (Henry IV Parts 1 and 2, The Merry Wives of Windsor)

The Festival also offers the following Film gems: A Q&A with the legendary Sir David Attenborough tied to the first UK-wide cinema screening of FLYING MONSTERS, the BAFTA winning doc about flying dinosaurs · a rare chance to see Orson Welles’ lost 1965 masterpiece CHIMES AT MIDNIGHT – a brand new, never seen before restoration · a pair of visually ravishing films about Renaissance art – the UK Premiere of Lech Majewski’s striking new film about Pieter Breugel THE MILL AND THE CROSS (UK Premiere) and Peter Greenaway’s 2007 Rembrandt film NIGHTWATCHING · the UK Premiere of the Roger Corman documentary – CORMAN’S WORLD: EXPLOITS OF A HOLLYWOOD REBEL

Lyn Goleby, Managing Director of City Screen said, “The Screen Arts Festival is a celebration of all the performance arts strands that have proved such a success with our cinema audiences over the last five years. With our repertoire continuing to expand, live and recorded performance art screenings are playing an increasingly important role in our cinema programming.”


RUSSIAN ARK (Film) – Friday 29th July

Aleksandr Sokurov | Russia | 2002 | 99 mins

This film really sums up the celebratory cross Arts principle driving the Festival. The epic scope of Sokurov’s stunning 2002 film encompasses a joyous tribute to centuries of fine art, stunning classical music and dance, and pioneering cinematic technology.

THE CHERRY ORCHARD (Play) – Friday 29th July

Howard Davies | National Theatre | 180 mins

The National Theatre’s ambitious production of Chekhov’s darkly funny play has already wowed critics and will return to the big screen once more for a one off show in the Theatre strand. Spearheaded by a courageous performance by Zoe Wanamaker as the ageing matriarch Madame Ranevskaya, the play depicts a once-wealthy, now debt-ridden Russian family at the end of the 19th century as they descend ontheir countryside estate before its sale.

FLYING MONSTERS (Film – Documentary) – Saturday 30th July

Matthew Dyas | UK | 2011 | 67mins

Atlantic Productions’ BAFTA winning documentary explores the colourful world of flying dinosaurs – brought to breath taking life through state of the art CGI technology. Accompanied by Sir David Attenborough’s expert commentary, the film is a visual feast, a highly informative glimpse at a long lost prehistoric world and a lot of fun too. A live by satellite Q&A with Attenborough will accompany the film.

DANCING ACROSS BORDERS (Film – Documentary) – Saturday 30th July – UK Premiere

Anne Bass | US | 2010 | 92 mins

The UK premiere of Anne Bass’ wonderful documentary, chronicling the meteoric rise to stardom of teenage dance prodigy Sokvannara Sar. Whilst holidaying in Cambodia, filmmaker AnneBass saw Sar dance and, spotting a true un-tapped talent, invited him to the US to train with dance legend Olga Kostritzky. The film is a feast for the eyes and testament to a truly inspiring success story.


(Film – Documentary) – Saturday 30th July

Alex Stapleton | US | 2011 | 95 mins

A huge hit at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, Alex Stapleton’s revealing and funny documentary explores the life and career of a true Hollywood maverick, charting Corman’s humble beginnings as a hack screenwriter, via his years producing hit B-movie classics in the 1960s and 1970s, right up to his reception of a Lifetime AchievementAcademy award in 2010.

THE MILL AND THE CROSS (Film) – Sunday 31st July – UK Premiere

Lech Majewski | Sweden | 2011 | 92 mins

As part of the Fine Art strand, Lech Majewski’s breathtaking film is about Renaissance master Pieter Breugel, masterfully portrayed by Rutger Hauer. A haunting, impressionistic film about the construction of Breugel’s 1564 painting The Road to Calvary, the film crafts a loose narrative around the murder of a peasant by the Spanish Inquisition and speculative exploration of Breugel’s own tortured artistic process.

CAVE OF FORGOTTEN DREAMS (Film) – Sunday 31st. July

Werner Herzog | France/Canada/USA/UK/Germany | 2010 | 90 mins

Having gained unprecedented access through the tightest of restrictions, Herzog has captured on film, with specially designed 3D cameras, the interior of the Chauvet Cave in southernFrance. This is where the world’s oldest cave paintings were discovered in 1994. A mesmerising 3D documentary.

DON GIOVANNI (Opera) – Sunday 31st July

JonathanKent | Glyndebourne | 2010 | 210 mins

Just one of a host of hit productions from Picturehouse Cinemas’ successful run of opera broadcasts, Jonathan Kent’s hugely popular production of Mozart’s DON GIOVANNI from Glyndebourne’s 2010 season returns for a one-off show. Reset against a slick corporate European backdrop in the late 1970s, Gerald Finley’s Don is now a pin-stripe suited sleazeball, master seducer of women, and doomed to a grisly comeuppance in the opera’s stonking final act showdown.

CHIMES AT MIDNIGHT (Film) – Monday 1st August – UK Premiere (Restoration)

Orson Welles | US | 1965 | 115 mins

Playing in a strand themed around one of Shakespeare’s most brilliant creations, the lecherous bawd Sir John Falstaff, Orson Welles’ little-seen masterpiece will screen in a newly restored version before its DVD release later in the year. With a script combining text from a range of Shakespeare’s plays, Welles’ boisterous film charts the career of Falstaff as drinking companion and strange mentor to the young Prince Hal.

NUREYEV AND FONTEYN: SWAN LAKE (Ballet) – Monday 1st August – UK Premiere (Restoration)

Truck Branss | Austria | 1966 | 107 mins

A never-before-seen restoration of the historic Rudolf Nureyev and Margot Fonteyn’s performance of Tchaikovsky’s exquisite ballet, performed at the Vienna State Opera House in 1966. The performance was choreographed by Rudolf Nureyev and conducted by John Lanchbery, with the Wiener Symphoniker orchestra.

MRS CAREY’S CONCERT (Film – Documentary) – Tuesday 2nd. August

Bob Connolly & Sophie Raymond | Australia | 2011 | 95 mins

Fresh from its UK premiere at the Sheffield Documentary festival, we are proud to include MRS CAREY’S CONCERT in this diverse programme. A powerfully moving portrait of passionate High School Music Director Karen Carey, and her preparations for a school concert at the Sydney opera house, the film provides a rare and intimate insight into the world of child music prodigies as they prepare for the gig of their young careers.

MOZART’S SISTER (Film) – Tuesday 2nd August – UK Premiere

René Féret | France | 2010 | 120 mins

René Féret’s feisty new biopic presents the life of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s older sister Nannerl (Marie Féret). A child prodigy, Nannerl nonetheless lived in the shadow of her brother’s achievements, and became victim to a neglectful father, who forced her to give up the violin and composition “for her own good”. Imbued with righteous retrospective anger at the suppression of this other Mozart this startling French film proves to be a modern feminist story set against the backdrop of a sumptuous costume drama. A fascinating companion piece to Jonathan Kent’s strikingly modern production of DON GIOVANNI.

NIGHTWATCHING (Film) – Wednesday 3rd August

Peter Greenaway | UK/France/Netherlands/Poland | 2007 | 135 mins

Peter Greenaway’s bold take on the life of Flemish master Rembrandt Von Rijn – and in particular the intrigue surrounding the creation of his colossal 1642 painting The Night Watch – gets another theatrical outing in a one off screening as part of our Fine Art strand. The film is a visual feast, spearheaded by a blistering central performance by Martin Freeman, and breathtakingly composed on a truly epic scale. A fitting companion to the screening of Lech Majewski’s THE MILL AND THE CROSS.

THE THREE TENORS LEGENDS (Concert Film) – Wednesday 3rd August

Brian Large | Italy | 1990 | 86 mins

Magic was created in July 1990 when Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo and José Carreras met onstage at the Baths of Caracalla in Rome and became the Three Tenors. This awe-inspiring concert film captures some of the greatest hits for the tenor voice sung bythese operatic legends and friends. featuring music from Giacomo Puccini, Franz Lehár, Leonard Bernstein, Andrew Lloyd Webber and many more.

DANCING DREAMS (Film – Documentary) – Thursday 4th August

Rainer Hoffman | Germany | 2010 | 92 mins

After Wim Wenders’ striking 3D experimental tribute to legendary dance choreographer Pina Bausch earlier this year, Hoffman’s more traditional documentary focuses on the creation of one of the most striking pieces featured in that film, the surreal dance hall drama Kontakthof. An account of the ten months of gruelling rehearsal leading to its first performance at her Tanztheater Wuppertal, Hoffman’s film provides a revealing look at Bausch’s methods and an insight into troupe of dedicated and skilled young dancers.

TOSCA (Opera) – Thursday 4th August

Luc Bondy | USA | 2010 | 140 mins

Ahead of the Met Opera’s exciting new programme for the 2011-12 season, three of their most successful productions will be re-screened – shows that have already proved huge hits with our dedicated opera audiences. First up will be this powerfully moving and visually ravishing staging of Puccini’s tragic tale of the doomed heroine Tosca, her love for persecuted artist Cavaradossi and seduction by the ruthless Scarpia.

FALSTAFF (Opera) – Friday 5th August

Richard Jones | UK | 2008 | 136 mins

Another archive production from Glyndebourne of Verdi’s FALSTAFF, based on Shakespeare’s riotously funny play THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR, continues the Falstaff strand in gloriously baroque style.

HENRY IV PART I (Play) – Saturday 6th August

Dominic Dromgoole |UK | 2010 | 180 mins.

The Falstaff strand features this production from last year’s critically acclaimed season at the Globe Theatre, the first in Shakespeare’s mammoth history play. Prince Hal, son of Henry IV, seems to be squandering his life among the whores, boozers and petty rogues of Eastcheap. And the greatest of these rogues is the fat knight, Sir John Falstaff, a liar, glutton, lecher, cheat, braggart, fool and sponger who also possesses wit, warmth, intelligence and a gigantic sense of fun. But besidethese scenes of glorious misrule gathers a nationwide rebellion led by the Duke of Northumberland and his charismatic son, Hotspur. This electrifying production combines compelling power politics with the hilarious antics of Falstaff, Shakespeare’s greatest comic creation. Features an Olivier award-winning performance from Roger Allam as Falstaff.

HENRY IV PART II (Play) – Sunday 7th August

Dominic Dromgoole |UK | 2010 | 180 mins.

In Part II, Hotspur is dead and Prince Hal has proved his mettle on the battlefield, but Henry IV lies dying and the rebels, though scattered, show no sign of declaring their allegiance to the Crown. Even Falstaff is forced out of the taverns to raise a scratch militia in the country. But will his attachment to the rising Hal be rewarded with promotion and the life of ease he feels sure he deserves? At least the equal of Part 1, Henry IV Part II includes some of the greatest moments in Shakespeare: the deathbed scene of the old King, when Hal contemplates the crown; the reunion of Falstaff with his old boon companion, Justice Shallow; and Hal’s devastating rejection of Falstaff himself.

MADAMA BUTTERFLY (Opera) – Monday 8th August

Anthony Minghella 2009 | USA 2008 | 160 mins.

Patricia Racette is riveting in the title role of Anthony Minghella’s stunning production of Puccini’s tragedy. The beloved production became an instant classic when it opened in the 2006–07 season. Marcello Giordani is American Navy Lieutenant B.F. Pinkerton, and Dwayne Croft and Maria Zifchak co-star.

NABUCCO (Live Opera) – Tuesday 9th August

Enrico Castiglione | Sicily |Live, Approx 180 mins

A new production of Verdi’s gloriously melodramatic opera comes live from Teatro Antico Taormin. Featuring Joan Pons in the title role, the epic story follows the plight of the Jews as they are assaulted, conquered, and subsequently exiled from their homeland by the Babylonian King Nabucco (Nebuchadnezzar ).

A LETTER TO ELIA (Film – Documentary) – Wednesday 10th. August FIRST UK WIDE SCREENING

Martin Scorsese |2010 | USA | 60 mins

Another festival hit, Scorsese’s passionate homage to one of his key cinematic influences, the controversial director Elia Kazan, is a fascinating documentary tribute, featuring clips from some of Kazan’s finest films and interview footage with the director himself.

LA FILLE DU RÉGIMENT (Opera) – Wednesday 10th. August Digital

Laurent Pelly | 2010 | USA | 140 mins

A repeat show for the Met’s gloriously funny production of Donnizetti’s hilarious comic opera, about a feisty tomboy heroine forced into more proper circles suitable for her newly discovered aristocratic background.

THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR (Play) – Thursday 11th August

Christopher Luscombe | UK | 160 mins

The final show in the Falstaff strand, this hilarious production from last year’s Globe season sees fat knight Sir John imagining that Mistress Ford and Mistress Page have each fallen for him, and deciding to seduce them both, as much for their husbands’ money as for their personal charms. Wise to the old rogue’s tricks, the women turn the tables on him with a series of humiliating assignations and a very damp, extremely smelly laundry basket. Shakespeare’s hilarious and brilliantly constructed farce gave birth to a tradition that reaches down to the modern TV sitcom.

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