Red carpet to roll out at film festival

CANNES, Venice…and now Babergh!The Suffolk district has joined the list of illustrious destinations today after it announced it would be holding its very own film festival featuring movies from around the world.

CANNES, Venice…and now Babergh!

The Suffolk district has joined the list of illustrious destinations today after it announced it would be holding its very own film festival featuring movies from around the world.

The Babergh International Film Festival, also known as the Wider Picture Project, will take place during April and May in an effort to bring global films to communities without permanent cinemas.

Eight venues around Babergh will show flicks with an aim of promoting understanding of other cultures and lifestyles and introducing viewers to foreign language films.

Jill Barton, Babergh District Council's arts and community development officer, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for film lovers in Babergh to view some very different films which will highlight the diverse cultures across the world and also aid promotion of the numerous digital cinema venues across the district.”

The venues taking part in the festival include Polstead Village Hall, Hollywood At Hadleigh in the Ansell Community Centre, Screen At Sproughton in the Tithe Barn, and Peninsular Pix in Tattingstone's village hall.

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The venues are part of Suffolk digital cinema network, an organisation set up four years ago to help show films in towns and villages in Suffolk without cinemas.

Some of the screenings will be accompanied by food from the film's country of origin.

Tickets cost £3 for adult shows and £1 for children's films.

Would you like more entertainment facilities where you live? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich IP4 1AN or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk.

The films which will be shown as part of the film festival

Volver

Etre et Avoir

The Story Of the Weeping Camel

The Motorcycle Diaries

Azur & Asmar: The Princes' Quest

Pan's Labyrinth

Cannes:

The Cannes Film Festival was founded in 1939 and is one of the world's oldest, most influential and prestigious film events.

The private festival is held annually, usually in May, at the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès, in the resort town of Cannes, in the south of France.

The 61st Annual Cannes Film Festival will be held between May 14 and 25 May, 2008.

Venice:

The Venice Film Festival is the oldest in the world.

It began in 1932 and since then has taken place every year in late August or early September on the island of the Lido in Venice.

Screenings take place in the historic Palazzo del Cinema.

It is one of the world's most prestigious film festivals and is part of the Venice Biennale, a major biennial exhibition and festival for contemporary art.

The festival's principal awards are the Leone d'Oro (Golden Lion), which is awarded to the best film screened at the festival, and the Coppa Volpi (Volpi Cup), which is awarded to the best actor and actress.