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Aesthetica short film festival to turn York's historic spaces into cinemas

9 October 2013 4:07 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Some 300 short films from 30 different countries will be showcased at festival where medieval architecture shares top billing

Film festivals may take place all over the UK, but not many are able to engage quite so seamlessly with the natural surroundings as the Aesthetica short film festival in York.

iThe festival's 15 unexpected screening sites have been chosen to allow filmgoers to experience the rich, medieval history of York while taking in the best of contemporary short film.

Cherie Federico, Aestheica's director, says the festival is a chance to "turn a city into a cinema". Locations include the medieval King's Manor buildings, which was the seat of government for Tudors and Stuarts and is now home to the University of York's archaology department.

Thirteen Thirty One, a quirky gastropub in York's Latin Quarter, has its own cinema, complete with reclining seats and table service, and is also one of the venues.

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Bafta Shorts 2013 – review

11 April 2013 4:06 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

A story of a Moroccan hex is the highlight of this year's crop, but Lynne Ramsay's contribution disappoints

Some vivid and effervescent talent is on display here in this selection of short films nominated in the 2013 Baftas. For me, the best is The Curse, about a young woman in Morocco who finds that a gaggle of malign kids have got a hold over her. It has real dramatic force: I wonder if director Fyzal Boulifa has considered developing it as a feature-length project? Eamonn O'Neill's I'm Fine Thanks is a raw and unexpectedly disturbing animation about a young man's anger, alienation and depression: O'Neill's graphics remind me of the work of Chris Ware. Good Night, directed by Muriel d'Ansembourg, is a engaging if flawed study – perhaps influenced by Catherine Breillat – of two teenage girls out on the town and out of their depth. The most disappointing item, very surprisingly, »

- Peter Bradshaw

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