This year's Cheltenham International Film Festival has a line-up heavily focused on British film past and present, including a special tribute to legendary director and producer Stephen Frears. it also provides an opportunity to see some gems from the international film festival circuit which have only just made it to these shores.

The festival runs from 15 to 24 September.

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The Old Oak
The Old Oak
A musing on the future of The Old Oak, the last remaining pub in a village in Northeast England, where people are leaving the land as the mines are closed. Houses are cheap and available, thus making it an ideal location for Syrian refugees.
Donya works for a Chinese fortune cookie factory in San Francisco. Formerly a translator for the U.S. military in Afghanistan, she struggles to put her life back in order. In a moment of sudden revelation, she decides to send out a special message in a cookie.
Between The Rains
Between The Rains
A coming-of-age documentary following a young member of a formerly nomadic northern Kenyan community as they deal with the environmental and psychological effects of climate change.
Fantastic Machine
Fantastic Machine
From the first camera to 45 billion cameras worldwide today, the visual sociologist filmmakers widen their lens to expose both humanity’s unique obsession with the camera’s image and the social consequences that lay ahead.
Typist Artist Pirate King
Typist Artist Pirate King
A road movie which draws from the archives of artist Audrey Amiss.
Riceboy Sleeps
Riceboy Sleeps
A Korean single mother raises her young son in the suburbs of Nineties Canada, determined to provide a better life for him than the one she left behind.
A young woman returns to her native mountain village, searching for answers about her troubled childhood, but as she tries to uncover the truth, ancient superstitions lead the villagers to accuse her of witchcraft and murder.
The story of the meteoric rise and catastrophic demise of the world's first smartphone.
Prison 77
Prison 77
Modelo Prison. Barcelona, 1977. A young accountant awaiting trial for embezzlement, joins forces with his cellmate and a collective fighting for the rights of ordinary prisoners.
Remember To Blink
Remember To Blink
A young woman engaged to help a pair of children fit into their new French family engages in a battle of wills with their new mum.
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Cheltenham International Film Festival Features

Stepping into character
Glenn Howerton on character creation and learning to like his work in BlackBerry
Seeking fortunes
Babak Jalali on cookie messages and casting challenges in Fremont
The pursuit of justice
Alberto Rodriguez on Spanish history and Prison 77
A spell in the country
Tereza Nvotová on superstition, misogyny and Nightsiren
Always the dream
Anthony Shim on multitasking and avoiding compromises to make Riceboy Sleeps
The fruits of chaos
Matt Johnson on relinquishing control and making BlackBerry
Found in translation
Anne Azoulay and Dovile Kundrotaite talk about language challenges and working with children in Remember To Blink
Adopting different perspectives
Austeja Urbaite on crafting a psychological battleground in Remember To Blink
Their core strength
Clara Stern on Pia Hierzegger, Michael Haneke, Jules Et Jim and Breaking The Ice

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