Senna and Soy Cuba documentaries at Branchage Film Festival

By 12 September, 2011

The Branchage Film Festival will be returning to Jersey (in the Channel Islands) for the fourth time this September. As well as a top-draw selection of films, there will be live soundtracks, parties and performances across a variety of Jersey’s venues.

Here’s what the press release has to say about the festival:

Now in its 4th year, Branchage combines a creative, lovingly- curated programme full of site-specific events and one-off performances with all the idiosyncratic charm of Jersey, making it a captivating cinematic weekend away. With internationally renowned films and artists in a unique, island setting, Branchage is the ideal festival destination.

Among the films that caught our eyes were Senna and Soy Cuba. The first is the story of Ayrton Senna, compiled by director Asif Kapadia from hours and hours of home footage and news coverage of the Formula One driver. The result is one of the most compelling documentaries you’ll ever see and a simultaneously joyous and heartbreaking portrait of Senna. The film will be showing on the opening night of Thursday 22nd September.

Soy Cuba (I Am Cuba) takes place in Cuba in 1964, shortly before the revolution changed the island forever. The film, directed by Mikhail Kalatozov, was largely forgotten about until the 90s when a new generation discovered it and duly fell in love with it’s original direction. Now restored by Francis Ford Coppola and Martin Scorcese, the film is a glorious document of a country in transtion. Soy Cuba will be showing on Sunday 25th September.

For the full list of films, information on parties and special events and to buy tickets go to the festival website:

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