April 11–21, 2013
What’s It All About?
The National Media Museum hosts the Bradford International Film Festival (BIFF) annually. In June 2009, Bradford was designated the world’s first UNESCO City of Film for its links to the production and distribution of films, its media and film museum and its cinematographic legacy. Since 1995, BIFF has developed a range of strands and guest retrospectives alongside an attempt to showcase the best new films from around the world.
Watch Out For!
The festival will be presenting a special showcase on Indian films this year in view of the centenary of Indian cinema. The BIFF will be showing a selection of new and classic Indian films ranging from its first feature, Raja Harishchandra, which originally premiered on May 3, 1913, through UK premieres of new releases.
The film season will also complement the exhibition, ‘Bollywood Icons: 100 Years of Indian Cinema’, at the festival’s main venue, the National Media Museum in the city.
This exhibition will chart the career highs and lows and romantic entanglements of many of Hindi films most famous stars, through the fabulous posters used to promote their films. The exhibition will display 53 vintage and contemporary posters, including rare first prints from Bambaiwali (1941) and Coolie (1983) as well as breathtakingly vibrant handpainted prints featuring the first family of Indian cinema, the Kapoors – Teesri Manzil (1966) and Ram Teri Ganga Maili (1985). It will also feature clips from Raja Harishchandra.
Films showcased under the special Hindi film section – Happy Birthday, Indian Cinema! – includes:
• Raja Harishchandra (excerpt)
• A Throw Of Dice [Prapancha Pash]
• Shatranj Ke Khiladi
• Mother India
• Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge
• Mumbai Cha Raja
The Look Of Love
Michael Winterbottom’s warm and witty film, The Look Of Love, follows Paul Raymond, a nude theatre owner and top-shelf magazine publisher, as he approaches retirement and begins to consider his legacy. It features Steve Coogan, Imogen Poots and Anna Friel in lead roles. BIFF will also be showcasing a segment on Alexey Balabanov: Russia’s Maverick Maestro, including films like Cargo 200, A Stoker and Me Too.
European Features Competition
• Faith Love & Whiskey
• Kill Me
• A Night Too Young
• To Kill A Beaver
• Vegetarian Cannibal
The Special Guest at BIFF this year is Sir Tom Courtenay, who will also be awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award.
The Reluctant Fundamentalist
Based on the best-selling book by Mohsin Hamid, this Mira Nair film featuring Riz Ahmed and Kate Hudson will close the festival.