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From February to March there are some exclusive screenings of classic films in captivating locations as part of Bristol’s Film Festival.

Bristol Film Festival’s 2019 series features sci-fi masterpieces, animated classics and comedy films from now and yesteryear. The festival opens on Friday, February 15 and concludes on Wednesday, March 20 after 18 marvellous screenings light up iconic venues across the city.

The first screening in the Bristol Film Festival calendar this year is Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s crowning achievement from 2001 and a true 21st-century landmark – his French-language romantic comedy film, Amélie. Audrey Tautou plays a waitress and wallflower who decides to deal with loneliness with random acts of kindness for those around her. The screening is on Wednesday, March 15, in the Avery’s Wine Cellar and accompanied by a tipple.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s needs no introduction. This 1961 rom-com launched catchphrases and made a household name of its leading lady. What grander location could be found for this film than the RWA on Clifton’s Triangle. The screening is booked for Thursday, February 28. There are some family favourites for the beginning of March including Aardman’s Early Man on Friday, March 1, and Raiders of the Lost Ark on March 1 and 2, both at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery. Pixar’s Wall-E kicks-off the weekend with an impressive Planetarium screening on Saturday, March 2. 

In the middle of March there are three British motion picture classics. Battle of Britain is noted for its stunning dogfight scenes that employed over 100 vintage aircraft left over from the conflict. It starred Michael Caine, Laurence Olivier, Trevor Howard, Christopher Plummer and Robert Shaw in what was, at the time, one of the most expensive of its kind. It set the standard for World War Two films followed by, amongst others, Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk. It will be screened on Wednesday, March 6 at Aerospace Bristol. The Grand Budapest Hotel and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy will be shown on Friday, March 8 and Saturday, March 9, both at Avery’s Wine Cellar. The films were both nominated at the Oscars for their screenplays and their respective writers received acclaim for their intelligent handling of complex stories.

Rounding off the festival on March 15 and 16 are early and late screenings of Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner. This neo-noir film ushered in a new era of storytelling in motion picture, much like the post-modern book it was based on, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, did for literature. There are also early and late screenings of Touching the Void, which was last year adapted for stage by Bristol Old Vic. This 2003 docudrama covers Joe Simpsons and Simon Yatess near-fatal 1985 climb in the Peruvian Andes.

For tickets, prices, venues and a complete list of screenings, visit www.bristolfilmfestival.com

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