Chester International Film Festival

Presented by Chester Film Society in partnership with Storyhouse and Edge Hill University
  • £9.50 / £8.50 for screenings before 5pm
    Aged Under 26: £7 / £6
    Chester Film Society Members: £5
  • Cinema
Kurz vor dem nächtlichen Start: Der Ballon entfaltet sich.

World cinema at Storyhouse

For the third year Storyhouse is delighted to host the annual Chester International Film Festival presented by Chester Film Society. A remarkable global selection of recent films that share stories and experiences from an array of countries.

Now in its 7th year, the Chester Animation Festival is a competition showcasing international animation following a call for submissions from talented filmmakers worldwide. We will present the final selection back to back in one showing on Sunday 15 March. The audience will then decide who will win the Audience prize for 2020. 

These films will not have general adverts or trailers – an introduction will precede each film which will start at the advertised time.

The Farewell (China/USA) PG

1 hr 38 | Drama in which a young woman and her family return to China to spend time with her maternal grandmother, who has been diagnosed with a terminal cancer.

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Rojo (Argentina) 15

1 hr 49 | Set before the coup that installed a military junta in Argentina, Benjamín Naishtat’s satire is a disturbing parable of iniquity in which a surreal night comes back to haunt a local counsellor.

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Balloon (Germany) 12A

2 hr 5 | You wouldn’t think an outing in a hot air balloon would be such a big deal. But when it’s 1979 and you’re desperate to flee East Germany and reach the West, the stakes cannot get much higher.

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Monos (Colombia) 15

1 hr 42 | Inspired by the upheaval in his native Colombia, Alejandro Landes’s story of teenage guerrillas descending into anarchy is a hypnotic triumph.

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And Then We Danced (Georgia/Sweden) 15 – Preview

1 hr 53 | A juxtaposition of the conservative world of Georgian dance and the freedom of self-discovery.

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The Whistlers (Romania) 15 – Preview

1 hr 38 | Veteran Romanian actor Vlad Ivanov is Cristi, is a corrupt Bucharest cop who has become involved in the drug money laundering setup he has been investigating.

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Permission (Iran) 12A

1 hr 28 | A fictionalised version of an extraordinary situation, Permission is the debut feature from Iranian dramatist and film-maker Soheil Beiraghi. 

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Animation Festival

The final selection of films for the Chester Animation Festival presented back to back.

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Guide Storyhouse Cinema

At Storyhouse you can see the best new, vintage, cult and family films in a cosy, boutique cinema.

Festival The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2020

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