Calling all cinephiles: the star-studded Cambridge Film Festival is nearly here – but, if you can’t wait until opening night, head to Grantchester Meadows, where open air screenings of Cinema Paradiso, The Lego Movie and The Grand Budapest Hotel will be held every evening over the bank holiday weekend.
The main festival, held at the Cambridge Arts Picturehouse, will open on Thursday with Magic in the Moonlight, a romantic comedy directed by Woody Allen and starring Emma Stone and Colin Firth. More hotly-tipped highlights include the UK premiere of Tommy Lee Jones’ critically acclaimed Western The Homesman, starring Hilary Swank and Meryl Streep; Amour Fou, a dryly witty period drama from Cannes favourite Jessica Hausman; and the late William Seymour Hoffman’s last completed film, A Most Wanted Man: Anton Corbijn’s shadowy adaptation of John Le Carré’s post 9/11 spy thriller. Don’t miss the documentary 20,000 Days on Earth, co-directed by Ian Forsyth and Jane Pollard, which follows the creative cycle of erratic musical genius Nick Cave and looks set to become an instant cult classic.
The Cambridge Film Festival runs from August 28th until September 7th. To see full film listings or to pre-book tickets, visit the event website.