Open City releases line-up

Festival will open with Baronesa and close with The Swing

by Amber Wilkinson

Open City Documentary Festival today announced the programme for its eighth edition at venues across London, which will open with the UK premiere of Juliana Atunes' Baronesa and close with the UK premiere of The Swing, directed by Cyril Aris.

Baronesa charts the reality of life for two friends in the often-violent favelas of Belo Horizonte in Brazil, while Aris turns the camera on his own ageing grandparents to capture how they deal with love and loss - read what he told us about filming family.

The programme of the festival, which runs from September 4 to 9, will comprise 30 features and 48 shorts, with two world premieres, three European premieres and 26 UK premieres.

Both the gala films will compete for the Open City Award, alongside Casanova Gene and Flight of a Bullet. The festival will also host an Emerging International Filmmaker Award and Best UK Short Award.

The festival will also hold selected retrospectives of found-footage documentarian Penny Lane and Japanese pioneer of ‘action documentary' Kazuo Hara. Both filmmakers will be at the eventto present their work.

The festival's industry programme has also been expanded to cover a wide range of topics, including funding, marketing, distribution and production. Industry sessions will cover ethics, the challegnes of biopic documentaries and VR/AR. Filmmakers in attendance will include Tadhg O’Sullivan, Steven Eastwood, Elhum Shakerifar, Rebecca Day, Emma Davie, Edward Lawrenson, Simon Ball, Chloe White, Rose Palmer, Sierra Pettengill and David Charap.

The festival will also be hosting an Industry Bootcamp aimed at students and recent graduates. These sessions will be about preparing for the next steps in your career and getting ready to enter the industry. Each event is £5, or free with student accreditation.

The feature film line-up is:

Becoming Animal
The Best Thing You Can Do With Your Life
Breaking News
Casanova Gene
The Emperor's Naked Army Marches On
The End Of Fear
Extreme Private Eros: Love Song 1974
Flight Of A Bullet
Golden Dawn Girls
H Is For Harry
Hale County This Morning, This Evening
Home Of The Resistance
The Image You Missed
I Remember The Crows
Our Nixon
The Pain Of Others
The Patriot Game
This Is Home
Those Who Come, Will Hear
Self-Portrait: Sphinx In 47Km
Sennan Asbestos Disaster
The Swing
Voices Of The Sea
Winter Soldier

For details of venues and screenings visit the official site.

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