Festival of World Cinema at Buxton

If you are a film fan then you need to make sure you head over to Buxton for the Easter break as an eight-day Festival of World Cinema is being launched on Good Friday.

It is the fourth year the festival has been staged in the town and it is fast becoming one of the most successful in the region with 22 films from 12 different countries being screened. There will also be free discussions and workshops most afternoons.

Big hits such as Lady in the Van, Brooklyn and Inside Out are part of the programme which includes plenty of family-friendly titles for the holiday week.

The festival kicks off in rumbustious fashion on March 25 with the British cartoon The Big Knights which features the well-meaning, but rather hopeless, Sir Morris and his brother Sir Boris as two medieval knights who try to do good but encounter a series of mishaps. From the makers of Peppa Pig, and including the unmistakeable voice of Brian Blessed, The Big Knights is an exciting start to the festival.

After the screening there will be a free workshop in which children will have the chance the remember and re-tell the stories of Sir Boris and Sir Morris.

Among the other animations are the Japanese fairytale Ponyo (March 27) and the huge Pixar success Inside Out (March 28).

The family-friendly programme also includes the exciting Spanish adventure of Zip and Zap and the Marble Gang (29 March). Zip and Zap are troublesome twins and are sent to a school where they will be brought into line – but things don’t work out that way.

The recent version of Macbeth – paired with the landmark Japanese telling of the story, Throne of Blood (March 27) – probes the question of what drives a man to commit acts of immoral violence?

Documentaries such as The Gleaners & I (March 25) and A Syrian Love Story (April 1) focus directly on two issues: how food is over-produced and wasted and the harrowing experiences of refugees. Both films will be preceded by discussions in the afternoon about how we might respond to these issues.

Recent European successes La Famille Belier and Mia Madre tell very different, but moving, stories about how families cope with the tensions and excitement of life together.

The Festival ends on a high note with the Argentinian black comedy Wild Tales, which was one of the most successful foreign language films of 2015. It has been screened in Buxton already, but such was its success that it is back.

The Festival is produced by Buxton Film in association with Buxton Opera House and all screenings will take place in the Pavilion Arts Centre.

The Festival is sponsored by the University of Derby and full programme details can be found at http://www.buxtonfilm.org.uk. Tickets are on sale from the Opera House box office.