"A Film I Love..."

As part of CFF at Home, “A Film I Love…” returns with a season of exciting online film events where special guests introduce a film they love and explain why it means so much to them. 

Hear what they have to say prior to the screening of the film and get ready to discover mind-expanding cinema or re-watch a classic with a new perspective, and on a Pay What You Can Afford basis!


What's On...

 

LETTER FROM AN UNKNOWN WOMAN - Book Now

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Stefan Georgiou's debut feature DEAD CAT screened at the 2013 Cambridge Film Festival, Stefan went on to win Best Emerging Director at the Oaxaca Film Festival, the Golden Lion at the British Independent Film Festival and was BAFTA long listed for Outstanding Debut.

Stefan joins Jenny Nelson to discuss his love for Max Ophuls classic romance LETTER FROM AN UNKNOWN WOMAN.

Stefan speaks passionately not only about his love of Ophuls masterpiece but also how it influenced his love of film and how he strives to this day to bring something of the film into his own work.

LETTER FROM AN UNKNOWN WOMAN: 

1948, 90 Mins, Dir. Max Ophuls, Cast. Joan Fontaine, Louis Jourdan, Mady Christians.

In early 20th-century Vienna, Stefan Brand (Louis Jourdan) is about to leave the city because he faces a duel that he wants no part of. However, before he can do so, he gets an anonymous love letter that changes his life. Though Stefan is moved by what he reads, he doesn't realize that it was written by Lisa Berndle (Joan Fontaine), a young woman he has known but disregarded for most of his life. When he finally figures out who his admirer is, it may be too late to prevent a tragedy.

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GIRLHOOD

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Sarah Gavron is the acclaimed director of vital and powerful features BRICK LANE and SUFFRAGETTE, the former earning her a well deserved BAFTA nomination.

In 2019 Sarah attended the opening night of the 39th Cambridge Film Festival to present her multi award winning film ROCKS.

We are thrilled to welcome Sarah to "A Film I Love..." for a fascinating conversation with Jenny Nelson about Céline Sciamma's wonderful GIRLHOOD. The influence both GIRLHOOD and Céline Sciamma's approach to filmmaking have had on Sarah shine through a fascinating conversation.

GIRLHOOD
2014, 108 mins, Cert. 15, Dir. Céline Sciamma, Cast Karidja Touré, Assa Sylla, Lindsay Karamoh, Mariétou Touré

Oppressed by her family setting, dead-end school prospects and the boys' law in the neighborhood, Marieme starts a new life after meeting a group of 3 free-spirited girls. She changes her name, her dress code, and quits school to be accepted in the gang, hoping that this will be a way to freedom.
 


 

More fascinating "A Film I Love..." conversations are coming soon!
 


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Previous "A Film I Love..." Conversations


Writer, film programmer and broadcaster Anna Bogutskaya joins Jenny Nelson to talk about her “A Film I Love…” Pedro Almodovar’s ALL ABOUT MY MOTHER.


Film Editor of the Radio Times and host of Classic FM’s Saturday Night at the Movies Andrew Collins presents his second “A Film I Love…” the wonderful CARRY ON SCREAMING.

Our thanks again to Andrew for his continued support of the Cambridge Film Festival and “A Film I Love…


Chair of Cambridge Film Trust Isabelle McNeill speaks about her time with the Trust, her thoughts about the Festival and her "A Film I Love..."

Isabelle has chosen THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST


FilmBath’s executive director and founder of F-Rating Holly Tarquini talks about SPEED SISTERS from director Amber Fares.

SPEED SISTERS takes you on a surprising journey into heart of the first all-woman race car driving team in the Middle East.


Helen O'Hara is a British film journalist writing for Empire Magazine, amongst others. Her first book WOMEN VS. HOLLYWOOD: THE RISE AND FALL OF WOMEN IN FILM was published on the 18th February 2021, in which she explores women's roles - both in front of and behind the camera - since the birth of Hollywood, how those roles are reflected within wider society and what we can do to level the playing field. 

She has chosen the hilarious, heartwarming and immensely entertaining HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE as her "A Film I Love..."


Beth Webb is a film & TV journalist, broadcaster and host. She is a contributing editor for EMPIRE Magazine, and co-runs the Bechdel Test Fest, an award-winning celebration of women in film. 

For her "A Film I Love..." Beth has chosen seminal Talking Heads concert documentary STOP MAKING SENSE. In conversation with Cambridge Film Festival, Beth talks about why she loves both Talking Heads and STOP MAKING SENSE so much.


Film critic and contributing editor at Empire Magazine, Amon Warmann, talks to Jenny Nelson about a film he loves.

His chosen film is WHIPLASH, the Oscar-winning debut feature from Damien Chazelle. He has seen the film numerous times and it never fails to blow him away. His love of the Whiplash and particularly the ending (no spoilers here!!) shines through in this fascinating and enthusiastic conversation.

Amon Warmann is a Contributing Editor and monthly columnist at Empire Magazine. You can follow him on Twitter.


Observer film critic and culture writer Simran Hans has chosen the poetic and mesmerizing documentary TIME by Garrett Bradley. Winner of the top documentary prize at Sundance last year, Time is a deeply personal portrait of a woman’s resilience and an intimate portrait of mass incarceration in America. Simran describes how Bradley’s masterful integration of video diary material gives the film such an unforgettable emotional power, and how the film’s rich textures give such depth and poetry to the storytelling.

You can read Simran's reviews for The Observer here and more criticism, features and interviews via her website simranhans.com. Do follow her on Twitter.


Cambridge Film Festival's Jenny Nelson speaks with Film critic and host of the Girls on Film podcast Anna Smith about her "A Film I Love..." BOOKSMART, and in a fascinating conversation Anna explains why it is so much more than a teen coming-of-age comedy. As well as being hilarious, it is clever and authentic, with real heart.

You can hear more from Anna via her podcast Girls on Film and the BBC Film Review and please do follow her on social media - Twitter, Instagram, & LinkedIn


Mark Kermode selected a film that he confesses he does not understand at all, Andrew Kötting’s compelling THE WHALEBONE BOX. The film tells the story of three men who undertake a journey to return a box made of whalebone to the place where the whale was beached.

The UK's best-loved film critic and broadcaster presents his weekly journey around movie music on Scala Radio


Simon Mayo it turns out, really loves the three-hour epic AMADEUS, which coincidentally had its UK premiere at Cambridge Film Festival back in 1984. This masterpiece of filmmaking, which tells the story of the consuming rivalry between Mozart and Salieri, is engaging, beautifully performed and staged, and packed with emotional power.

Join Simon Mayo for his mid-morning classical music & entertainment show on Scala Radio

 



"A Film I Love..." Season 1 (2019)

 

Monday September 30th Radio Times Film Editor Andrew Collins chose Francis Ford Coppola's 1974 classic THE CONVERSATION.

Monday July 29th Presenter Angellica Bell chose James Cameron's 1984 cult masterpiece THE TERMINATOR.

Monday May 27th Classic FM's Tim Lihoreau chose the classic British comedy WITHNAIL AND I.

Monday April 29th Mathematician Bobby Seagull chose the Cambridge based period drama THE MAN WHO KNEW INFINITY.

Monday March 25th Poet Holly McNish chose Gurinda Chadha's powerful British road movie  BHAJI ON THE BEACH.

 



How to book 

  • Every month, new special introductions and films will be available to book via this page. To pre-book or book your tickets, please click on the links above.
  • Booking links on this site will take you through to our CFF At Home Screening Room (run by Eventive) where you can pay for and view films. You will need to create an account on Eventive when you book the films.
  • As a charity with the aim of bringing great films to as many people as possible we are offering these screenings on a Pay What You Can Afford basis. We hope that by removing the barrier of cost more people will be able to see these great films and hear why our special guests love them so much.
  • All tickets will be available on a sliding scale and you can choose what you pay based on your circumstances - you won’t be asked for any proof / ID. 

 

How to watch a film / introduction

  • It’s very simple! You will be able to watch the introduction and film by accessing our CFF At Home Screening Room here. Your booking email will also include a “watch now” button which will take you directly to it.  
  • Films will be available to watch on our CFF At Home Screening Room for two days, from 6pm on Friday to midnight on Sunday.
  • You will be able start watching your booked films at any time during their availability window. Once you start, you will have 48 hours to complete your viewing.
  • Each film screening will be preceded by a special introduction. The introduction will automatically play before the film.
  • Films are available to watch anywhere in the UK, so please do tell your friends and family about it! 
  • If you still have questions about “A Film I Love…” online, have a look at our FAQs.
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