Framed by the imagery of trains travelling through various landscapes, these films will explore the feeling of being between two places, focusing on the journey rather than the destination.
The opening night, Friday 25 August, will see a double bill of early 20th century classics: the 1929 Soviet film TURKSIB, directed by Victor A Turin, and the 1936 iconic British documentary NIGHT MAIL, directed by Henry Watt & Basil Wright. The films will also be introduced by Henry K Miller, the professor of film at Cambridge University.
On Saturday 26 August you will travel to the great USofA with 2015’s IN TRANSIT, charting the stories of everyday passengers aboard Amtrak’s Empire Builder, the busiest long-distance train route in America.
On Sunday 27 August the event turns to contemporary Azerbaijan with the 2017 ALL THAT PASSES BY THROUGH A WINDOW THAT DOESN’T OPEN, the directorial debut from cinematographer Martin DiCicco, which captures the building of a bright future in the form of a new high-speed railway across the closed borders of Eurasia. The film will screen with the short SLEEPERS BEAT directed by Anastasia Kirillova.
On Sunday evening, the 2016 film RAILWAY SLEEPERS from first-time director Sompot Chidgasornpongse will take audiences on a journey through Thailand via its 19th century railway system, exploring the country’s history through the themes of modernity, progress, and nostalgia.
The festival will close with THE IRON MINISTRY on Monday 28 August, filmed over three years on China’s railways by acclaimed filmmaker J.P Sniadecki, who traces the vast interiors of a country on the move.
TURKSIB (1929, dir: Victor A. Turin) & NIGHT MAIL (1936, dir: Henry Watt & Basil Wright)
Double Bill + HENRY K MILLER INTRODUCTION
Friday 25 August |18:20
IN TRANSIT (2015, dir: Albert Maysles & Lynn True & David Usui & Nelson Walker & Benjamin Wu)
Saturday 26 August | 18:20
ALL THAT PASSES BY THROUGH A WINDOW THAT DOESN’T OPEN (2017, dir: Martin DiCicco)
Sunday 27 August | 16:00
RAILWAY SLEEPERS (2016, dir: Sompot Chidgasornpongse)
Sunday 27 August | 18:20
THE IRON MINISTRY (2014, dir: J. P. Sniadecki)
Monday 28 August| 16:00
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