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Early bird tickets for Cinema Rediscovered 2024 are on sale now

By Robin Askew , Thursday May 9, 2024

The eighth annual edition of Cinema Rediscovered, Bristol’s nationally renowned celebration of restored archive cinematic gems, runs at various venues around the city from July 24-28, before setting off on a nationwide tour. The full programme has yet to be revealed, but for those who are prepared to take a punt on what is always a great line-up, early bird tickets are now on sale. Until June 5, you can bag a full festival pass for £90/£70 (concessions)/£50 (under 24s) – a saving of £30 each on the full price.

Highlights confirmed so far include the festival’s opening film: the UK premiere of the brand new 4K restoration of Jean-Pierre Melville’s stylish, hugely influential 1967 crime thriller Le Samourai, starring Alain Delon as a hitman who’s hunted by cops and gangsters alike after completing a job in Paris. Also showing on the opening day, hot from its international premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, is the new 4K restoration of Charles Vidor’s sultry 1946 noir Gilda, featuring a career-making performance by Rita Hayworth in the title role.

At least 14 other 4K restorations are promised, including John Sayles’ Oscar nominated 1996 noir-western Lone Star – starring a young Matthew McConaughey, alongside Kris Kristofferson and Chris Cooper – plus two films by Bristol-born J. Lee Thompson: The Weak and the Wicked (1954) and No Trees in the Street (1959).

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There’s also an 80th birthday tribute to pioneering African-American filmmaker Charles Burnett, including his long-lost 1999 feature, The Annihilation of Fish.

“One of the upsides of the surge in streaming and new social media platforms like Letterboxd is an increased interest and awareness of the history of film and a desire to see that history as originally intended: on the big screen in the company of others,” says festival founder Mark Cosgrove.

“This appetite from audiences is matched by the increased industry interest in restoring and reviving classics. The combination means Cinema Rediscovered 2024 is shaping up to be our most thrilling edition since the festival started in 2016.”

Go here to register and buy early bird tickets.

Main image: Alain Delon in ‘Le Samourai’ – Janus Films

Read more: Eighth edition of Cinema Rediscovered focuses on dangerous divas

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