Action-packed festival celebrates world cinema

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The 4th Buxton Festival of World Cinema will feature 22 full-length films from 12 different countries.

Big hits such as Lady in the Van, Brooklyn and Inside Out are part of the programme which includes plenty of family-friendly titles and workshops for the kids during the Easter holiday.

The festival kicks off in rumbustious fashion on March 25 with the British cartoon The Big Knights, a story of the well-meaning, but hopeless Sir Morris and his brother Sir Boris.

Among the other animations are the Japanese fairytale Ponyo (March 27) and the huge Pixar success Inside Out (March 28). The family-friendly programme also includes the exciting Spanish adventure of Zip and Zap and the Marble Gang (March 29), a story featuring a pair of troublesome twins.

Documentaries such as The Gleaners & I (March 25) and A Syrian Love Story (April 1) focus directly on two issues: how food is (over)produced and wasted and the harrowing experiences of refugees.

Both films will be preceded by discussions in the afternoon about how we might respond to these issues.

Recent European successes La famille Belier and Mia Madre will also get a screening. The festival ends on a high note on April 1 with the Argentinian black comedy Wild Tales, one of the most successful foreign language films of 2015.

The festival is produced by Buxton Film in association with Buxton Opera House and all screenings will take place in the Pavilion Arts Centre. The Festival is sponsored by the University of Derby and details of the full programme (including daily workshops) can be found at www.buxtonfilm.org.uk.

Tickets – just £4 (£3.50 concessions) - are on sale from the Opera House box office.