Bristol Film Festival presents three fantastic screening events in the RWA main galleries. These specially ‘curated’ evenings feature films that explore the relationship between cinema and other artistic mediums. This is a unique chance to see specially selected films in our breath-taking gallery space, surrounded by artworks.
The series kicks off on Friday 11 March with Frida which tells the fascinating story of Frida Kahlo (Salma Hayek) – one of the most celebrated artists of the twentieth century. The film tracks her tempestuous relationship with fellow Mexican artist with Diego Rivera (Alfred Molina), and the development of Kahlo’s artwork which was deeply influenced by her personal pain and suffering.
After margaritas and canapés courtesy of Mexican street food restaurant Wahaca, Dr. Catherine Hunt of Bristol University will introduce the film, providing a cultural context and discussing the life and art of Frida Kahlo.
The following evening will be a screening of Thomas Hardy’s classic tale, Far From The Madding Crowd, starring Carey Mulligan. This film will take you away to the dramatic landscapes of Hardy’s Wessex, while you sit surrounded by artworks that capture the same rolling hills and wind-swept beaches in the current exhibition Inquisitive Eyes: Slade Painters in Edwardian Wessex, 1900 – 1914.
After a gin and tonic reception courtesy of Bramley & Gage, Professor Stephen Regan of Durham University will introduce the film, providing a cultural context and discussing the challenge of transferring Hardy to the screen.
The final film in this exciting series is Diva on Sunday 13 March. This beautiful film follows Jules, an opera-loving Parisian postman and his obsession with the famous opera singer, Cynthia Hawkins. When he secretly tapes her, Jules soon discovers that he has become embroiled in corruption and crime.
After a drinks reception in the galleries, Professor Andrew Spicer of the University of the West of England will introduce the film, providing a cultural context to the cinéma du look movement.
To book your place at any of these events, please visit the Bristol Film Festival website.