Listings: Berwick Film Festival

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Listings for the Berwick Film and Arts Media Festival (Wednesday to Sunday, September 17-21)


Opening Gala: Mamarosh

UK Premiere

7pm | Momcilo Mrdakovic | Serbia, Germany, Hungary | with English subtitles | 2013 | 106min | Sugg 15

The Maltings Cinema l £8 / £7 / £5.

Pera, a middle-aged film projectionist and his beloved mother travel from Belgrade to New York as refugees following the 1999 bombings. There he is disappointed to find that cinema has turned digital and pledges to show people the magic of celluloid.

Followed by…

Preview: The Twilight State

World Premiere

Ben Russell l UK, USA, South Africa, Swaziland | 2014

Custom House | FREE



I Know Where I’m Going!

Retrospective Screening

2pm l Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger l UK l 1945 l 88min l U

The Maltings Cinema l £5

Classic romantic drama. A headstrong woman who intends to marry for money is marooned on the Scottish Western Isles en route to her wedding.


Regional Premiere

4pm | Christian Schwochow | Germany | with English subtitles | 2013 | 102min| Suggested 15

The Maltings Cinema l £5

In 1975, Nelly and her son escape to West Germany for a new start and begin to question all they knew about the man in their lives.

Launch Event: The Lawes of the Marches

World Premiere

6pm | Katie Davies l UK | 2014 l 90min

Gymnasium Gallery l FREE

Meet artist in residence Katie Davies who explores how communities mark out the border land beneath the shadow of the Referendum, with live musical performance.

Inbetween Worlds

UK Premiere

8pm | Feo Aladag | Germany | with English subtitles | 2014 | 98min | Sugg. 15

The Maltings Cinema l £7 / £6 / £4

At an Afghani outpost, German soldier Jesper comes into conflict with his conscience; should he help his interpreter, Tarik, in a life-threatening situation or should he follow orders?

Short Stories from the Border

8:30pm | Various | 2012-14 | 85min l Suggested 15

The Barrels l £5

The Lion and the Unicorn

Rachel Maclean | UK | 2012 | 12min

Now Eat My Script

UK Premiere

Mounira Al Solh, | Lebanon | 2014 | 25min

Two at the Border

Tuna Kaptan, Felicitas Sonvilla | Germany, Turkey | 2013 | 30min


Gunhild Enger | Norway, Sweden | 2014 | 18min



The Mulberry House

Regional Premiere

1pm I Sara Ishaq | Egypt, Syria, UK, Yemen, UAE | with English subtitles | 2013 | 65min | Suggested 15

The Maltings Cinema l £5

Yemeni-Scottish activist Sara returns to Sana’a, Yemen’s capital, at the heart of an emerging revolution, redefining her place in Yemeni society, as well as her relationship with her father and grandfather. Q&A with director

The Uprising

Regional Premiere

6pm | Peter Snowdon | UK, Belgium, Yemen, Tunisia, Syria, Libya, Egypt, Bahrain | with English subtitles | 2013 I 78min | Suggested 15

The Maltings Studio l £7 / £6 / £4

Northumberland-born director Peter Snowdon presents a multi-camera view of the Arab revolutions, compiling footage recorded by citizens.

Q&A with director Peter Snowdon & producer Samm Haillay.

Live Event: Orchestra of Samples

New Commission

8pm I Addictive TV | 75min | Sugg. PG

The Maltings Cinema l £7 / £6 / £4

International audio-visual artists Addictive TV have filmed improvised recordings with hundreds of musicians from across the globe, including here in Berwick – sampling and fusing all manner of instruments and styles into one electrifying performance. This new commission sees folk musicians from Northumbria and the Borders including Alistair Anderson, Shona Mooney and Callum Younger perform alongside the duo.

Launch Event: Jukebox Kino

9:30pm til late

Kazmiranda Café | FREE

Jukebox Kino operates like an old school 45rpm singles-only club but with cinema! Celebrate the launch of this new distributor, and their first release Dummy Jim, with 7inch vinyl, and real ale.



The Legend of Sarila

Regional Premiere

11am | Nancy Florence Savard | Canada | 2013 | 82min | Sugg. U

The Maltings Cinema l £5

Wonderfully animated adventure in which three young Inuits go in search of a promised land, hoping to save their clan from famine.

Showing with: Every Drop Counts I Northumbrian Water I UK I 2014 I 5min

Workshop: Have a go VJ – AV mixing!

11am I 60min

The Maltings Studio l £3

A chance to have a go at sampling and remixing audio / video, led by Addictive TV. Age 14-18, booking essential. Visit the website for more details.

Young Filmmakers Showcase

1pm | Various | UK | 2013-14 | 90min

The Maltings Cinema l £5

A celebration of young filmmaking talent from across North East England and South East Scotland – with the return of the Chris Anderson Award, plus a new cash prize at stake!

Supported by the Simpsons McCreath Trust.

Artist Talk

1pm l 90min

The Maltings Studio l FREE

Artist talks from:

Kristina Cranfeld

Ben Russell

John Wallace & Prof Pete Smith

See ‘Installations.’

Approved for Adoption

Regional Premiere

3pm | Jung & Laurent Boileau| Belgium, France, South Korea| with English subtitles | 2012 | 74 | Sugg. 12A

The Maltings Cinema l £5

A young South Korean boy called Jung is adopted into a Belgian family. This animated documentary charts his coming to terms with his split cultural identity.

Q&A with co-director, Jung. Selected by young programmers from local schools.

Keeping House

World Premiere

3.30pm I Ian Fenton & Jacob Polley I UK I 2014 I 45min

The Maltings Studio l FREE

A documentary exploring the history and atmosphere of the William Cowe & Sons cockle shop premises in Berwick. 
Q&A with directors.

Forbidden Voices

UK Premiere

5pm | Barbara Miller | Switzerland | with English subtitles | 2012 | 93min | Suggested 15

The Maltings Studio l £5

How to start a revolution with a laptop. In Cuba, China and Iran, three fearless female bloggers combat the violations of human rights and freedom of speech in their countries.

Inntravel Short Film Awards

UK Premieres

7:30pm | Various | 2013-14 | 120min | Suggested 15

The Maltings Cinema l £7 / £6

From hundreds of entries responding to our Border Crossing theme, we bring you some of the best short films and artists’ videos from all over the world, each competing for a cash prize sponsored by Inntravel and awarded by our stellar jury: Guardian’s Head of Film Catherine Shoard, artist-filmmaker Marcus Coates, and head of the International Competition at Oberhausen Short Film Festival Hilke Doering. Presented by broadcaster and model Eunice Olumide.

The Embrace

Pilar Mata Dupont | South Korea | 2013 I 5min

La Estancia

Federico Adorno | Paraguay | 2014 l 13min

Uncertain Ground

Ian Nesbitt | UK, Borneo | 2014 | 12min


David Pérez Sañudo l Spain l 2013 l 17min


Martha Colburn | Netherlands | 2013 | 7min

Mondial 2010

Roy Dib | Lebanon| 2014 | 19min


Carolina Hellsgård | Germany | 2013 | 14min

Live Event: Sound & Vision with Philip Selway

World Premiere

9:30pm til late | UK | 2014

The Maltings Studio | £3

Join us as Philip Selway (Radiohead) performs his new single to accompany a Northumberland County Council commissioned video by Rannvá Káradóttir and Marianna Mørkøre. Selway will perform songs from his new album, and a live DJ set follows. Drinks on arrival.



Wee Shorts for Wee Ones

10.30am | Various | 2011-2014 | 45min & 30min activity | Sugg. U

The Maltings Studio l £5

A pick ‘n’ mix bag of some of the best animations from all over the world – each designed to delight the whole family, from ages 3 and up. Followed by free activity – a chance to draw your favourite character!

Kiss the Water

11am | Eric Steel | USA, UK | 2012 | 79min | PG

The Maltings Cinema l £5

In the Scottish Highlands, Megan Boyd twirled bits of feather, fur, silver and gold into works of art. A poetic portrait of the world’s most celebrated maker of fishing flies.

Q&A with animator Em Cooper.

Presented by Berwick Film Society.

Masterclass: Everyone’s a Critic - How to break into film criticism.

11am | 60min

Kazmiranda Café l FREE

A talk from North Eastern writer and film critic Michael Pattison. Find out more or book your place via the website. In partnership with New Writing North’s Cuckoo Young Writers programme.

Workshop: Create one GIANT movie poster!

12.30pm - 4pm

The Maltings Studio l FREE

Drop in to help draw, colour, sticker and glue as we create one huge movie poster to include every film in the festival! No need to book, just turn up! Suitable for all ages.

Artist Talk

The Town Hall l FREE

1pm l 90min

Panel discussion with: Rose Butler

Chiara Caterina, Jasmina Cibic, See ‘Installations’

Horizon Beautiful

Regional Premiere

1pm | Stefan Jäger | Switzerland, Ethiopia | with English subtitles I 2013 | 90min | Suggested 12A

The Maltings Cinema l £5

A football entrepreneur big shot on a promotional tour in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa, gets mixed up in a fake kidnapping. His supposed rescuer is a 12-year old street-kid with a plan.


Regional Premiere

3pm | Rani Massalha | France, Palestine, Germany | with English subtitles | 2013 | 85min | Suggested 12A

The Maltings Cinema l £5

A young Palestinian boy and his veterinarian father make an incredible journey to transport a giraffe from Israel to the Zoo in the West Bank – based on a true story.
Showing with: Migration I Mark Lomond I Canada I 2014 I 6min

From Scotland with Love

5pm | Virginia Heath | UK l 2014 | 74min | U

Paxton House Gallery l £7 / £6 / £4

A wonderful exploration of love, loss, resistance, migration, work and play – made entirely of Scottish film archive, and complete with a transcendent score by Fife-based musician King Creosote. 
Q&A with director. Presented by Paxton House, supported by Film Hub Scotland. Tickets available from Paxton House, The Maltings, and the Festival website.

La Mia Classe

Regional Premiere

5:30pm | Daniele Gaglianone| Italy | with English subtitles | 2013 | 92min | Suggested 15

The Maltings Cinema l £7 / £6 / £4

An actor plays the part of a teacher giving Italian lessons to a class of real life immigrants, blurring drama with documentary, in this film within a film.

Showing with: Your Views I Gillian Wearing I UK I 2013 I 3min

Closing Film: Ida


7:30pm | Pawel Pawlikowski | Poland, Denmark | with English subtitles I 2013 | 80min | 12A

The Maltings Cinema l £7 / £6 / £4

Ahead of its UK release we present Ida, in which Anna, a young nun in 1960s Poland, is on the verge of taking her vows when she discovers a dark family secret dating back to the Nazi occupation.

Followed by closing reception at The Maltings Bar.



Installations | FREE

Thursday September 18 – Sunday 21

11am – 6pm

Bankhill Ice House, John Wallace & Professor Pete Smith, Tweed-Sark Cinema

New Commission

UK | 2014 l 15min, looped

An audio-visual study of human links to the ecosystems of two rivers that mark the English-Scottish Border, weaving archive and contemporary footage of those who live, work, and play along their banks.

Presented in a former ice house on the north bank of the Tweed, this eight screen installation responds to environmental changes through live sensor feeds. 
In partnership with Northumbria University and Northumbrian Water, with support from Creative Scotland.

Berwick Town Hall

Council Chamber

Jasmina Cibic

UK Premiere

Fruits of Our Land
Slovenia | 2013 | 12min, looped

A re-enactment of a 1957 parliamentary debate discussing which artworks might be suitable to ‘decorate’ the newly built People’s Assembly and to represent post-war Yugoslavia.

Prison Cells

The Debatable Lands

UK Premieres

An exhibition of short films and videos from five international artists each exploring ‘debatable lands’ of the modern world – from tourists visiting the sites of the Berlin Wall or the Korean demilitarised zone to themes of containment and authoritarian control worldwide.

Chiara Caterina

Avant La Nuit

Belgium | 2013 | 3min, looped

Rose Butler

Lines Of Resistance

UK | 2013 | 7min, looped

Hayoun Kwon

Model Village

France | 2014 | 10min, looped

Sandra Fruebing

The Individual’s Pursuit

UK, Germany l 2013 l 9min, looped

Arash T. Riahi

That Has Been Bothering Me the Whole Time

Austria | 2013 | 10min, looped

Gymnasium Gallery

Katie Davies

The Lawes of the Marches

New Commission

UK | 2014 | 15min, looped

Artist in residence Katie Davies has spent the past six months filming hundreds of personal stories of participants involved in the Common Ridings, all along the border of England and Scotland.

An ancient tradition designed to preserve boundaries; the Riding of the Bounds takes on new significance in the lead up to the referendum. 
In partnership with Berwick Visual Arts.

The Magazine

Douwe Dijkstra


UK Premiere

Netherlands | 2014| 12min, looped

War on the kitchen table. Helicopters shred a newspaper, a drone fires on the broccoli. The absurd relationship between our daily lives and global news.

Coxon’s Tower

Adam Phillips & Sally Madge


World Premiere

UK | 2014 l 6min, looped

Shot on location at a small stone shelter on the north shore of Lindisfarne, a mysterious creature leaves its home on the ancient coastal rocks and starts an uncertain journey.

The Main Guard

Przemek Węgrzyn
Security Measures

UK Premiere
Poland | 2014 | 6min, looped

Humorous video inspired by the artist accidentally receiving warning messages from the US Embassy regarding potential safety problems for American citizens residing in Poland.

Custom House

Rachel Maclean

A Whole New World

Regional Premiere

UK | 2014 | 28min, on the hour & half hour

A timely exploration of colonialism, and surreal visualisation of a fallen empire, as told through grand narratives, cheap product placement, and a Disney soundtrack.

Custom House

Ben Russell

The Twilight State

New commission

UK, USA, South Africa, Swaziland | 2014 l 20min, looped

Set between Swaziland and South Africa, in a region still struggling with the divisions produced by an apartheid government, The Twilight State documents the dematerialization of borders through the spiritual lives of the territory’s inhabitants.

Part documentary, ethnography and dream cinema, filmed on Super 16mm, Ben Russell (A Spell to Ward off the Darkness) presents a kinetic installation.

Shoregate Ice House

Kristina Cranfeld

Manufactured Britishness

Regional Premiere

UK | 2013 | 13min, looped

A dystopian depiction of a future where immigrants must undergo physical assessments to demonstrate their worth as prospective British citizens.

Berwick Train Station

Martin John Callanan

Departure of All

UK | 2014 | Continuous loop

A flight departure board displaying live information for every single departure at all international airports.