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UCL Festival of the Moving Image, 4-7 November

24 October 2008

The UCL Bloomsbury Theatre's second annual UCL Festival of the Moving Image, highlighting the theme of 'cities on film' and specifically highlighting the work of the great Cuban film-maker Tomás Gutiérrez Alea on the 80th anniversary of his birth, will be formally opened on Tuesday 4th November at a ceremony to be attended by Vanessa Redrave.

Media are welcome to attend.

The Festival also pays special tribute to late directors Humberto Solás and Sergio Núñez and to the late actor Paul Newman for their exceptional work in cinema. The four days will consist of themed film showings starting at 09.30 daily followed by Panel Discussions at 19.45.

Highlights of the festival include:

Tuesday 4 November 2008
Havana and its Moving Image
Vanessa Redgrave will be attending the Opening Ceremony at 09.30am.

Wednesday 5 November 2008
Beyond 1968: Dissidence, Cinema and the City
Vanessa Redgrave and David Henn (Photographer) will take part in the Panel Discussion following the showing of The Fever.

Thursday 6 November 2008
Literature and Authors in/on Film
Including the UK premiere of El viajero inmóvil (The Motionless Traveller) which will be introduced by Director Thomás Piard who will also take part in the Panel Discussion.

Friday 7 November 2008
'The Transcultural City, Films and Filmmakers
Ken Loach and Želimir Žilnik will take part in the Panel Discussion.


Notes for Editors

  1. The Festival is being organised by the UCL Department of Spanish and Latin American Studies, the British-Cuban heritage Foundation, the UCL Film Studies Programme and the UCL Bloomsbury Theatre, with funding from UCL Futures and input from the UCLU Film and TV Society, the UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies and the UCL Department of Scandinavian Studies. More information can be found at www.thefestivalofthemovingimage.co.uk
  2. To request a press pass or interviews or attend the opening ceremony, contact Frank Penter at the UCL Bloomsbury Theatre on 07904 069740, frank@thebloomsbury.com
  3. The Bloomsbury Theatre is celebrating its 40th anniversary year. The theatre was built by UCL in 1968 and continues to support a wide range of academic and student productions as well as hosing many highly acclaimed professional events.
  4. Information about the organisations involved can found on their websites: