Keswick Film Festival 2019

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If you love a good film and you’re mad about the Lake District, then you absolutely can’t miss this year’s Keswick Film Festival, which runs from the 28th of February to the 3rd of March 2019.

Keswick Film Festival logoNow in its 20th year, the Keswick Film Festival brings together movies from all genres to suit all tastes. With award-winners, small independent offerings, world cinema, documentaries, short films, and talks and retrospectives, you’ll be spoiled for choice!

Most shows will be shown in Keswick at the Alhambra Cinema on St. John’s Street (right opposite the Sally’s Cottages’ office – pop in to say hello!) and the Theatre by the Lake, with a couple of screenings at Rheged near Penrith. Film passes are available to get you into any available film throughout the festival, or buy individual tickets for the particular film you would like to see.

Take a look below at some of the exciting films due to be shown throughout the festival:

Jellyfish: 28th Feb, 7pm, Alhambra Cinema

Jellyfish at the Keswick Film Festival
Director: James Gardner
Starring: Liv Hill, Cyril Nri
Cert: 15

Looking after her manic-depressive mother and younger brother and sister, bullied at school, and holding down a job, 15-year-old Sarah finds release and joy in her hidden talent for comedy. Encouraged by her drama teacher and working towards a graduation showcase, the teen finds the different aspects of her life more and more difficult to maintain. Opening the Keswick Film Festival, this award-winning film is a touching and heartbreaking story supported by a powerforce of new talent both in front of and behind the camera.

Disobedience: 1st March, 4pm, Theatre by the Lake

Disobedience at the Keswick Film Festival
Director: Sebastián Lelio
Starring: Rachel Weisz, Rachel McAdams
Cert: 15

Following the death of her father, Ronit is pulled back into the Orthodox Jewish community of the family that shunned her for her sexuality. Finding her friend Esti – with whom she shared a complicated romantic bond – is now married to a rabbi does not prevent old feelings from resurfacing and the two explore the boundaries of love and faith within their conservative community.

Birds of Passage: 1st March, 4pm, Alhambra Cinema

Birds of Passage at the Keswick Film FestivalDirectors: Cristina Gallego, Ciro Guerra
Starring: Carmiña Martínez, José Acosta, Natalia Reyes
Cert: 15

Charting the rise of the Columbian drug trade, Birds of Passage is told through the eyes of an indigenous Wayuu family that becomes involved in selling marijuana to America. In this visually stunning true story, greed, passion and honour collide, putting lives, traditions, and culture at stake.

Fighting With My Family: 2nd March, 10am, Alhambra Cinema

Fighting with my Family at the Keswick Film Festival
Director: Stephen Merchant
Starring: Florence Pugh, Dwayne Johnson, Lena Headey, Vince Vaughn, Nick Frost
Cert: 12A

Born into a family of wrestlers, Raya and her brother Zak have always wanted to follow in their parents’ footsteps and become WWE superstars. But when only Raya is given a spot on the competitive training programme, she must tackle the cutthroat world of professional wrestling on her own. The heart-warming comedy is based on an incredible true story and stars WWE legend Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson as himself.

Sorry to Bother You: 2nd March, 1.15pm, Rheged

Sorry to Bother You at the Keswick Film FestivalDirector: Boots Riley
Starring: Lakeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson
Cert: 15

Who knew that a story about a call centre worker could be so entertaining? Sorry to Bother You follows mild-mannered Cassius Green as he scales the corporate ladder thanks to his ability to adopt a ‘white voice’. But at what cost does his success come? This surreal comedy tackles themes of racism and workforce oppression with a fresh eye.

Sometimes Always Never: 2nd March, 8pm, Theatre by the Lake

Sometimes Always Never at the Keswick Film FestivalDirector: Carl Hunter
Starring: Bill Nighy, Sam Riley, Jenny Agutter
Cert: 12A

Director Carl Hunter – a long-time friend of the Keswick Film Festival – presents this touching story of Alan, a tailor searching for his missing son, Michael. With a body to identify, a relationship to repair with his youngest son, and a mysterious online scrabble player who could be Michael, Alan strives to bring his broken family back together.

The film will be followed by a Q&A with Carl Hunter and members of the cast.

Another Day Of Life: 3rd March, 11am, Alhambra Cinema

Another Day of Life at the Keswick Film Festival
Director: Raúl de la Fuente, Damian Nenow
Starring: Miroslaw Haniszewski, Vergil J. Smith, Tomasz Zietek
Cert: 12A

Bringing together animation and documentary making, Another Day of Life is based on a book written by Polish war correspondent Ryszard Kapuściński and follows the idealist as he heads to Angola to write a story on the civil war. There on the advent of the country regaining its independence, it was an experience that changed Kapuściński forever.

A Long, Hot Summer in Palestine: 3rd March, 11am, Theatre by the Lake

A Long, Hot Summer in Palestine at the Keswick Film FestivalDirector: Norma Marcos
Cert: TBC

“I’m 16 and I’ve already been through 3 wars.” Shocked by this viral tweet by Farah Baker, director Norma Marcos set off for Bethlehem to speak with Palestinians before, during and after the war on Gaza. This powerful documentary discovers the daily life of normal people during the conflict and learns how they strive to rebuild their society under the heavy weight of oppression.

A Long, Hot Summer in Palestine, presented by Keswick Peace and Human Rights Group, sees its UK premiere at the Keswick Film Festival and is followed by a Q&A with the director.

Arctic: 3rd March, 6pm Alhambra Theatre

Arctic at the Keswick Film FestivalDirector: Joe Penna
Starring: Mads Mikkelsen, Maria Thelma Smáradóttir
Cert: PG

Stranded in the arctic following an aeroplane crash, a man must decide between remaining in the semi-safety of his makeshift camp or setting out into the unknown danger of the Arctic. An official selection at the Cannes Film Festival, Arctic is a quiet yet intense adventure film that will draw you in.

Green Book: 3rd March, 8pm, Alhambra Cinema

Green Book at the Keswick Film Festival
Director: Peter Farrelly
Starring: Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali
Cert: 12A

The festival closes as strong as it opens with Green Book. Sweeping up at this weekend’s Golden Globes Awards with gongs in the categories of Best Motion Picture, Best Supporting Actor and Best Screenplay, this tale of friendship, racism, and violence is full of humour and heart. Based on a true story, the viewer follows Italian-American bouncer Tony and renowned African-American pianist Dr Don Shirley as they travel to Don’s concerts across the southern American states. Amongst the bigotry and racism of 1960s America, the two unlikely companions build a deep and lasting friendship


We hope you find something that you’re excited to see here and there are many more fantastic films being screened throughout the festival.


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