In 1939, the cinema where this festival is based first opened its doors. 75 years later, it's celebrating by screening every film nominated for Best Picture at that year's Oscars.
Dark Victory and Gone With The Wind
(Country: US; Year: 1939; Director: Edmund Goulding; Writer: Casey Robinson, based on the play by George Emerson Brewer Jr and Bertram Bloch.; Stars: Bette Davis, George Brent, Humphrey Bogart, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Ronald Reagan, Henry Travers)
A young heiress diagnosed with terminal brain cancer must decide how to spend her last few weeks of life.
Gone With The Wind
(Country: US; Year: 1939; Director: Victor Fleming, George Cukor; Writer: Sidney Howard, based on the book by Margaret Mitchell.; Stars: Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Thomas Mitchell, Evelyn Keyes, Ann Rutherford, George Reeves, Fred Crane)
A Southern belle is caught up in a torrid affair as the US Civil War rages around her.
Goodbye, Mr. Chips (Goodbye Mr Chips)
(Country: UK; Year: 1939; Director: Sam Wood, Sidney Franklin; Writer: R.C. Sherriff, Claudine West; Stars: Robert Donat, Greer Garson, Terry Kilburn, John Mills, Paul Henreid, Judith Furse)
A teacher on the brink of retirement reflects on his career.
(Country: US; Year: 1939; Director: Leo McCarey; Writer: Delmer Daves, Donald Ogden Stewart; Stars: Irene Dunne, Charles Boyer, Maria Ouspenskaya, Lee Bowman, Astrid Allwyn)
A man and woman fall in love aboard a ship but agree to part until the man has had a chance to seek his fortune.
Mr. Smith Goes To Washington (Mr Smith Goes To Washington)
(Country: US; Year: 1939; Director: Frank Capra; Writer: Sidney Buchman, Lewis R. Foster; Stars: James Stewart, Jean Arthur, Claude Rains, Edward Arnold, Guy Kibbee, Thomas Mitchell)
A naive man is persuaded to become a senator, but when he encounters corruption he discovers inner steel.
Stagecoach and The Wizard Of Oz
(Country: US; Year: 1939; Director: Ernst Lubitsch; Writer: Charles Brackett, Billy Wilder; Stars: Greta Garbo, Melvyn Douglas, Ina Claire)
A Russian woman in Paris on business finds herself falling for a man of whom she strongly disapproves.
Of Mice And Men
(Country: US; Year: 1939; Director: Lewis Milestone; Writer: Eugene Solow, based on the book by John Steinbeck.; Stars: Lon Chaney Jr., Burgess Meredith, Betty Field, Charles Bickford, Roman Bohnen)
A physically powerful man with a learning disability and his loyal friend get work on a ranch during the Great Depression.
(Country: US; Year: 1939; Director: John Ford; Writer: Dudley Nichols, Ben Hecht, based on the short story, Stage To Lordsburg, by Ernest Haycox; Stars: John Wayne, Claire Trevor, Thomas Mitchell, George Bancroft, John Carradine, Andy Devine, Louise Platt, Donald Meek, Berton Churchill, Tim Holt)
Classic western adventure.
The Wizard Of Oz
(Country: US; Year: 1939; Director: Victor Fleming; Writer: Noel Langley, based on the book by L Frank Baum; Stars: Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr, Jack Haley, Billie Burke, Margaret Hamilton, Charley Grapewin, Pat Walshe, Clara Blandick)
Swept away to a magical land, young Dorothy sets out to find the wizard who can help her get home, meeting some unusual friends along the way. Out on IMAX reissue.
(Country: US; Year: 1939; Director: William Wyler; Writer: Charles MacArthur, Ben Hecht ; Stars: Merle Oberon, Laurence Olivier, David Niven, Flora Robson, Donald Crisp, Geraldine Fitzgerald)
An adaptation of the literary classic, exploring the passion between an advantaged young woman and a troubled outsider.