We are delighted to announce the full programme for our 2015 Festival, themed Fact or Fiction!
With an expanded focus on new cinema and artists’ moving image, this year's Festival presents new commissions by Paul Rooney, Seamus Harahan, Elise Florenty & Marcel Türkowsky and CIRCA Projects; the European premiere of Peter Burr’s Cave Exits and UK premieres of new works by artists Ben Rivers, Renate Lorenz & Pauline Boudry and Pacho Velez. The Festival’s 2015 Artists in Focus are Seamus Harahan and Deimantas Narkevicius, whose works are featured in both retrospective screenings and exhibitions.
This year sees the UK premieres of three features and more than 20 short and mid-length films, as well as ten other feature films, opening with Nils Malmros’ Sorrow and Joy and closing with Alonso Ruiz Palacios’ Güeros. It also marks the 50th anniversary of The War Game, Peter Watkins’ controversial feature about the harrowing aftermath of a nuclear war, and revisits Pere Portabella’s ravishing 1970 masterpiece, Vampir – Cuadecuc. In another Festival Highlight, Turner Prize nominee Phil Collins introduces a 35mm screening of Mohsen Makhmalbaf ‘s Salam Cinema. The Festival also presents the Inntravel Short Film Awards, celebrating the short form internationally, each film competing for a cash prize sponsored by Inntravel and awarded by our jury Salomé Lamas, Beatrice Gibson and curator Fatos Üstek.
Giff-Gaff, created by CIRCA Projects, is a commissioned weekend-long series of events exploring fact or fiction and unravelling Berwick's history through disjointed narratives from local and invited storytellers; a new map of Berwick created by artist Ant Macari; a performance by 2015 Jarman Award nominated artist Bedwyr Williams; a musical piece by harpist Rhodri Davies contextualising time slippage and the Brythonic language of Wales and Northumberland; and the launch of Richard Rigg's publication of new work n, which deals with the constructed image through a fabricated rock fall in the Welsh mountains.
Berwick New Cinema is a new forum which questions traditional understandings of film and moving image, from short desktop documentaries and flicker films such as Seven Signs that Mean Silence by Sara Magenheimer and Blinder by Tim Leyendekker, to award-winning mid length films including Abdul & Hamza (Marko Grba Singh) and the UK premieres of feature films such as Sueñan los Androides (Androids Dream) (Ion de Sosa), Limbo (Anna Sofie Hartmann) and Mercuriales (Virgil Vernier).
BFMAF 2015's Fact or Fiction programme challenges preconceived notions of documentary and narrative film, navigating the grey areas between fact and fantasy, documentary and narrative, journalism and propaganda. Festival Director Peter Taylor says, “2015's Fact or Fiction programme is about allowing audiences to experience processes that get to the real essence of cinema and give them something much more ambiguous, ambitious and complex.”