The Cinema is curated by The National.

We are pleased to offer you a cinema programme free of charge as part of the festival. This year the Cinema is in the Camber Sands Memorial Hall just across the road from the main entrance. See your timecards / posters for the schedule on each day.

Cinema Rules:

Please consider others when watching the films.

  • If you want to talk, please talk outside.
  • The cinema exists on a first come, first served basis.
  • If you really want to see a film, you may have to get there early.
  • There is limited seating and we do not guarantee entry into any session.
  • ATP reserves the right to not allow you into the cinema, or to eject you from the cinema at our discretion. Please respect our staff on this matter.
  • There is no smoking in the cinema.
  • Please turn your phone off!

  • Best In Show
    2000, Dir. Christopher Guest, United States, 90 mins
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    Christopher Guest's (This is Spinal Tap, Waiting for Guffman) mockumentary looks at the lives and dodgy doggie loves of the contestants in the USA's most prestigious dog show, The Mayflower. The comedy is observational and mostly improvised, but there are also some genuinely hilarious set pieces and running gags as well as some perfectly timed one-liners, all of which repay repeated viewing. Owners really do become like their dogs as Guest presents a parade of brilliantly observed caricatures, revealing their human weaknesses and quirks and defying you not to find something immensely likeable about each one. This is Guest at his irreverent best.

    1942, Dir. Michael Curtiz, United States, 102 mins
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    A truly perfect movie, the 1942 Casablanca still wows viewers today, and for good reason. Its unique story of a love triangle set against terribly high stakes in the war against a monster is sophisticated instead of outlandish, intriguing instead of garish. Humphrey Bogart plays the allegedly apolitical club owner in unoccupied French territory that is nevertheless crawling with Nazis; Ingrid Bergman is the lover who mysteriously deserted him in Paris; and Paul Heinreid is her heroic, slightly bewildered husband. Claude Rains, Sydney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre, and Conrad Veidt are among what may be the best supporting cast in the history of Hollywood films. This is certainly among the most spirited and ennobling movies ever made.

    The Darjeeling Limited
    2007, Dir. Wes Anderson, United States, 91 mins
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    Wes Anderson's comic Indian road-movie, set on a train, follows three brothers on a road-to-nowhere as they try to bond with one another after the death of their father. Trying to rekindle their sibling affections, Francis (Owen Wilson), Peter (Adrien Brody), and Jack (Jason Schwartzman) Whitman travel across India to meet up with their mother (Anjelica Huston), who has forsaken western life to become a nun in the Himalayas. Along the way, the hapless brothers fall victim to a range of mishaps, involving, among other things, pepper spray and an unhealthy fondness for pharmaceuticals, as their well-intentioned trip spirals out of control.

    Eastern Promises
    2007, Dir. David Cronenberg, United Kingdom/Canada, 100 mins
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    David Cronenberg's signature obsessions flower in Eastern Promises, a stunning look at violence, responsibility, and skin. Near Christmas time in London, a baby is born to a teenage junkie - an event that leads a midwife (Naomi Watts) into the world of the Russian mob. Central to this world is an ambitious enforcer (Viggo Mortensen) who's lately buddied up with the reckless son (Vincent Cassel) of a mob boss (Armin Mueller-Stahl, doing his benign-sinister thing). The plot is classical to the point of being familiar, but Cronenberg doesn't allow anything to become sentimental; he and his peerless cinematographer Peter Suschitzky take a cool, controlled approach to this story. Because of that, when the movie erupts in its (relatively brief) violence, it's genuinely shocking. Cronenberg really puts the viewer through it, as though to shame the easy purveyors of pulp violence - nobody will cheer when the blood runs in this film.

    The French Connection
    1971, Dir. William Friedkin, United States, 104 mins
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    A milestone film from 1971 and winner of five Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actor, The French Connection transformed the crime thriller with its gritty, authentic story about New York City police detectives on the trail of a large shipment of heroin. Based on an actual police case and the illustrious career of New York cop Eddie Egan, the film stars Gene Hackman as Jimmy "Popeye" Doyle, whose unorthodox methods of crime fighting are anything but diplomatic. With his partner (Roy Scheider), Popeye investigates the international shipment of heroin masterminded by the suave Frenchman (Fernando Rey) who eludes Popeye throughout an escalating series of pursuits. The obsessive tension of Doyle's investigation reaches peak intensity during the film's breathtaking car chase, in which Doyle races under New York's elevated train tracks in a borrowed sedan - a sequence that earned an Oscar for editing and was instantly hailed as one of the greatest chase scenes ever filmed. Produced on location, The French Connection had an immediate influence on dozens of movies and TV shows to follow, virtually redefining the crime thriller with its combination of brutal realism and high-octane craftsmanship.

    Gentlemen Broncos
    2009, Dir. Jared Hess, United States, 89 mins
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    The folks behind Napoleon Dynamite proved themselves to be comedic quirk-masters, and Gentlemen Broncos fits right into Napoleon's moon boots. Michael Angarano stars as Benjamin, a self-conscious, home-schooled teen whose aspirations of being a science-fiction writer are played out Walter Mitty-style. His doting mother (Jennifer Coolidge) treats him to a weekend at a writing camp, where Benjamin meets his idol, sci-fi author Ronald Chevalier (Jermaine Clement, The Flight of the Conchords). Benjamin submits his "Yeast Lords" manuscript to Chevalier for the big-time writer's approval. But Chevalier is struggling for a hit book and he promptly plagiarizes Benjamin's work.

    Gerhard Richter, Painting
    Gerhard Richter, Painting
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    Documentary on the work of German contemporary artist Gerhard Richter. Shot over the course of three years, Corinna Belz's film charts the creative process of the renowned artist in his studio as he works on a series of large abstract canvasses. In addition, using old and new footage, the famously media-shy painter reveals his thoughts on a career that has kept him at the forefront of the art world for five decades.

    Harold and Maude
    1971, Dir. Hal Ashby, United States, 91 mins
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    Black comedies don't come much blacker than cult favourite, Harold and Maude (1972), and they don't come much funnier either. It seems that director Hal Ashby was the perfect choice to mine a load of eccentricity from the original Colin Higgins script, about the unlikely romance between a death-obsessed 19-year-old named Harold (Bud Cort) and a life-loving 79-year-old widow named Maude (Ruth Gordon). They meet at a funeral, and Maude finds something oddly appealing about Harold, urging him to "reach out" and grab life by the lapels as opposed to dwelling morbidly on mortality. Harold grows fond of the old gal - she's a lot more fun than the girls his mother desperately tries to match him up with - and together they make Harold and Maude one of the sweetest and most unconventional love stories ever made.

    Joy Division
    2007, Dir. Grant Gee, United Kindom, 93 mins
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    Hot on the heels of the Ian Curtis biopic, 'Control' (2007), comes this highly acclaimed documentary about one of the most influential bands to come out of the Manchester punk scene of the late 1970s. It provides a chronological account of the band's formation and growth up until Curtis's suicide and features candid interviews with the remaining band members who went on to become the equally influential New Order. The film also contains various clips of the band's performances as well as previously unseen footage.

    The Last Waltz
    1978, Dir. Martin Scorsese, United States, 117 mins
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    Martin Scorsese's 1978 documentary chronicling the farewell concert by The Band, featuring guest appearances from, among others, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Neil Diamond and Joni Mitchell. The performance took place at San Francisco's Winterland Ballroom on Thanksgiving Day, 1976, and marked the end of the group's 16 years of touring. The film also includes interview footage with all five members in which they discuss their experiences on the road.

    The Lives of Others
    2007, Dir. Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, Germany, 137 mins
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    Drama set in East Berlin prior to the fall of the communist government. Captain Gerd Weiser (Ulrich Muhe) is assigned to surveillance duties, specifically to collect information on popular dramatist Georg Dreyman (Sebastian Koch) and his actress partner Christa Maria Sieland (Martina Gedeck). As he becomes more and more submerged in their lives, Weiser's own attitudes to life, politics and the state begin to change, and it's not long before he finds himself in a dangerous situation.

    2007, Dir. Greg Mottola, United States, 113 mins
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    Striking a balance between raunch and sweetness is a tall order for any film, but the Judd Apatow-produced Superbad manages to serve up both in equal and satisfying portions without undercutting a consistent stream of laugh-out-loud performances and gags. Michael Cera (the sublime George Michael Bluth from Arrested Development) and unstoppable scene-stealer Jonah Hill (Apatow's Knocked Up) are lifelong pals who attempt to make up for years of obscurity by getting into one blow-out party before parting ways for college. An opportunity presents itself in the form of Hill's crush, the lovely Jules (Emma Stone), who wants the boys to bring liquor to her shindig. What follows is a combination road adventure and coming of age story as Cera and Hill tackle crazed party goers, a pair of overeager cops (played by co-scripter and producer Seth Rogen and Saturday Night Live's Bill Hader), and the hard truth about girls and their own emotional bond.

    Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby
    2006, Dir. Adam McKay, United States, 108 mins
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    Comedy starring Will Ferrell. NASCAR stock car racing sensation Ricky Bobby (Ferrell) is a national hero because of his 'win at all costs' approach. He and his loyal racing partner, childhood friend Cal Naughton Jr. (John C. Reilly), are a fearless duo known as 'Shake' and 'Bake' by their fans for their ability to finish so many races in the #1 and #2 positions, with Cal always in second place. When flamboyant French Formula One driver Jean Girard (Sacha Baron Cohen) challenges 'Shake' and 'Bake' for the supremacy of NASCAR, Ricky Bobby must face his own demons and fight Girard for the right to be known as racing's top driver.

    2009, Dir. Jonathan Parker, United States, 96 mins
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    Written and directed by Jonathan Parker, (Untitled) is a successful satire of an art community. Throughout the story - of two brothers with polar-opposite artistic temperaments who lust after their Chelsea "gallerist," Madeleine Gray (Marley Shelton) - the art and artists who populate the New York art world in real life make sneak appearances to blur lines between the filmic facade and reality. When experimental composer Adrian Jacobs (Adam Goldberg) visits Gray's posh apartment, among the silly art props are Takashi Murakami and Christopher Wool pieces. (Untitled) is a romantic comedy, but the more intelligent story lies in its pitch-perfect portrayal of the characters that comprise art commerce. Everyone - from catty gallerist Gray, to pretentious and phlegmatic blue-chip taxidermy artist Ray Barko (Vinnie Jones), to wealthy, trend-vulnerable art collector Porter Canby (Zak Orth) - plays their roles with an acuity that will make art world participants chuckle with recognition.

    Win Win
    2011, Dir. Thomas McCarthy, United States, 106 mins
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    Academy Award nominee Paul Giamatti stars as a lovable yet long-suffering lawyer and high-school wrestling coach who takes us on a brilliantly heartfelt journey through the game of life...where you can't lose 'em all. When Mike Flaherty (Giamatti) comes across a teenage runaway who also happens to be a be a champion wrestler, Mike's luck turns around in spectacular fashion. But his win-win situation soon becomes more complicated than he ever imagined when the boy's family affairs come into play. Co-starring Oscar nominee Amy Ryan and directed by Oscar-Nominee Tom McCarthy, this touching comedy will leave you cheering.