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Swinton’s Festival To Hit The Road

Swinton's Festival To Hit The Road

The Guardian has reported that actress Tilda Swinton and film critic Mark Cousins have officially announced the follow-up to last year’s “Ballerina Ballroom Cinema of Dreams” – a film festival they created in a former ballroom in Nairn, Scotland, complete with beanbags for seats and free entry if you brought cake. The new event will be titled “A Pilgrimage,” and, as Swinton hinted at an indieWIRE talk during the Tribeca Film Festival, this year’s event will be mobile, literally. For eight and half days beginning August 1st, Swinton, Cousins and their team will tour with a huge 80-seat, 37 tonne cinema, decorated to resemble a Christmas tree bauble, through remote communities in Northern Scotland.

“There was a buzz with last year’s festival,” Cousins told The Guardian, “and this year we want to do something just as warm, friendly and international.”

A bus will follow the mobile cinema, to accommodate those “too frail or young, or plain tired,” to pull the cinema. Swinton and Cousins will camp along the away and sent out an email last week asking for company. The email asked for “a roving, raving, ambluant, perambulant circus of grannies and firemen, walkers, skateboarders, mountain bikers, hobblers and totterers on stilettos to join our happy breed.”

Films announced to screen at the fest include Akira Kurosawa’s Macbeth-inspired “Throne of Blood,” to be shown in Candor; Peter Watkin’s “Culloden,” to be shown on Culloden Moor, where the battle the film depicts actually occured; as well as Preston Sturges’ “Sullivan’s Travels,” Fridrik Thor Fridriksson’s “Cold Fever” and Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s “A Canterbury Tale.”

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