WOW has been celebrating the riches of world cinema since 2001, bringing an eclectic, intriguing, and moving selection of films from around the globe to cinemas across Wales. WOW presents a selection of the very best in world cinema – and sometimes a film from Wales too.
Persian New Year, or Nowruz coincides with the opening weekend of the WOW film festival. Deeply rooted in Zoroastrian traditions, Nowruz, meaning ‘New Day’, has been celebrated for at least 3,000 years to mark the start of Spring.
When we found out that it was actually celebrated for two weeks, it was the perfect excuse to hold a little party in our west Wales home town of Cardigan, on Saturday 28th March.
Here we have Small World Theatre, a sustainable community arts venue resembling of a pagoda, creating the perfect space for a sociable evening involving great food and a great film!
Here's the 2015 WOW Festival trailer, carefully crafted by Jacob Whittaker, an artist and filmmaker based in Cardigan. The rather catchy tune is taken from Where is My Friend's Home?, Abbas Kiarostami's classic 'kid quest' movie, which features in our Iranian season, starting on March 21st. Enjoy!
WOW audiences from a couple of years back may well remember the stunning live soundtrack performance by Bronnt Industries Kapital. They are now releasing their new album Turksibon Monday 19th January 2015 on I Own You Records. The album is comprised of music from Bronnt's soundtrack to the acclaimed Russian film Turksib (1929, dir. Viktor Turin), commissioned by the British Film Institute and originally released as the centrepiece of The Soviet Influence: From Turksib to Nightmail, a collection of films looking at the influence of Soviet propaganda on British filmmaking. We wish them well with the new album and look forward to future projects.