A packed silver jubilee programme included UK Premieres of THE LAST MITTERAND; CRASH; BROKEN FLOWERS; Hayao Miyazaki's HOWL'S MOVING CASTLE, introduced by the author of the film's source novel, Diana Wynne Jones; KING'S GAME; NIGHTWATCH; SARABAND; SILVER CITY (attended by director John Sayles); WITH BLOOD ON MY HANDS - PUSHER 2 introduced by director Nicolas Winding Refn, who also curated a season of film's that have influenced his work; GHOST IN THE SHELL 2: INNOCENCE; ENRON: THE SMARTEST GUYS IN THE ROOM; ROCK SCHOOL; and FOREST FOR THE TREES, alongside a Studio Ghibli season and a retrospective for the Russian silent director Dziga Vertov.
Michael Winterbottom and producer Andrew Eaton attended for a surprise screening of their latest collaboration, and other Festival regulars Monika Treut and Peter Greenaway brought new work to the screen.
Sir Christopher Frayling was in town to talk about his book 'Once Upon a Time in Italy', while a one-day forum on the cultural overload brought some of the country's top film writers to the city. Speakers included: Jonathan Romney (The Independent on Sunday), Peter Bradshaw (The Guardian), Tim Robey (The Daily Telegraph), Nick James (Sight and Sound), Charles Gant (Heat), Peter Preston (The Guardian), Damon Wise (Empire), and Gareth Evans (Vertigo and Time Out).
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