A galaxy of stars are set to shine at the 35th annual Cambridge film Festival

Far from the Madding Crowd

Far from the Madding Crowd - Credit: Archant

The 35th Cambridge Film Festival - the UK’s third longest-running festival - will roll into town next month with screenings at a variety of venues.

One of the UK’s most prestigious and well-respected film festivals, 2015 also celebrates festival director Tony Jones’s 30th anniversary with the festival.

This year’s programme boasts something for everyone from families to film connoisseurs with a diverse mix of films and includes seven World Premieres, 55 UK Premieres, with films from more than 30 countries.

There will also be special guests and complementary events and workshops.

Movies on the Meadows launches the festival with the return of the biggest and best outdoor cinema experience over the bank holiday weekend event August 29 to 31, under the night sky at Grantchester Meadows, on the banks of the River Cam.

As part of the Movies on the Meadows weekend, acclaimed A/V DJ duo, Addictive TV will perform a specially curated festival remix set of their ‘supercuts’ following the outdoor screening of Back To The Future on Sunday August 30.

Riverside Romance on Monday August 31, will feature classic love stories; Douglas Sirk’s All That Heaven Allows, Max Ophüls Letter From An Unknown Woman and Thomas Vinterberg’s recent adaptation of Far From The Madding Crowd, plus a special punt-side screening of Jean Renoir’s Partie de Campagne, on the river itself, with hampers, blankets and brollies.

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Cambridge’s Opening Night Gala will feature Star*Men (September 3). The film follows four exceptional UK astronomers.

The Light is to present a significant portion of the festival programme and will be screening major titles from the programme as well as hosting a number of high profile events, including a special 3D evening with Brian May on September 4.

Two screens at the Light will be dedicated to festival films for the full 11 days, including Lates@TheLight, a programme of late night thrills.

The Cambridge Family Film Festival returns and this year’s programme focuses on favourite characters from much-loved children’s books, including screenings of Mr Men, The Gruffalo, the original BBC TV Paddington Bear series, Harry Potter, Charlie and Lola and a Roald Dahl Day, plus Family Film Festival favourite, acclaimed musician, composer and broadcaster Neil Brand, returns with Keaton for Kids, a special show celebrating the magic deadpan of comic genius Buster Keaton including a live performance to Keaton’s Steamboat Bill, Jr.

The main features programme includes a host of world and UK premieres from around the world, highly anticipated titles, award-winning debuts and inspiring, hard-hitting documentary subjects.

Highlights include the UK premiere of Robert Redford’s The Company You Keep. Redford stars and directs in this tense and intelligent political thriller.

The UK premiere of Infinitely Polar Bear, the hilarious and heartbreaking semi-autobiographical directorial debut by screenwriter Maya Forbes (Diary of a Wimpy Kid), stars Mark Ruffalo as Cameron, a man with bipolar disorder, who is left to manage his kids when his wife goes to business school.

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