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Foreign cinema is expanding our horizons

31 March 2011 4:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

International film festivals are flourishing across the country. But are they aimed at native speakers only, or are Brits finally embracing foreign cinema?

On a chilly Sunday evening in March, the lobby and bar of the Riverside Studios in London are heaving. The cheery chap behind the ticket desk, says they're nearly sold out. The audience has come to see Venice, the latest film from the master of Polish magical realism, Jan Jakub Kolski. It tells the story of an 11-year-old boy whose dream of a trip to Venice is wrecked by the outbreak of war in 1939; he is sent to stay with his aunt in her sprawling villa, where the pair build a vision of the city in her flooded basement.

The screening is part of the annual Kinoteka Polish film festival which runs until 13 April in London and other UK cities. If you like foreign film, the London Spanish film festival, »

- Jon Henley

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