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.
The festival may be suspended for now, but great films continue. As a loyal audience of WOW Film Festival, you can now enjoy three months of MUBI – including Bacurau - entirely free.
This crazy, inventive, witty Brazilian Western with a sci-fi twist is unlike anything you will have seen. Teresa travels home for the funeral of her grandmother in Bacurau, a fictional village in the sertão (North Brazilian outback) that celebrates its misfit inhabitants.
But on her arrival, she finds it beset by a series of sinister events that suggests a systematic attempt to wipe the village from the map. The film’s wild-hearted fury and extreme violence is clearly a cinematic riff on the work of directors like Alejandro Jodorowsky and Sergio Leone. But it’s also no doubt a retort to the election of far- right president Jair Bolsonaro. Hallucinatory and formally thrilling, Bacurau is an utterly distinctive experience.
“The combination of satire and savagery is pretty fierce and intriguingly unique.” Daily Telegraph
“utterly distinctive film-making, executed with ruthless clarity and force.” Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
Winner of the Jury Prize Cannes Film Festival 2019
Although sadly the remaining WOW Film Festival dates have been cancelled, we wanted to share these pictures from our launch earlier this month at The Riverfront in Newport, where 120 women came together for the Wales premiere of Made in Bangladesh.
The event was a collaboration with Newport's International Women's Day organisers, and drew women from across Newport and Cardiff.
Many thanks to Red Cross Wales, Rajma Begum, Women Connect First, Wales TUC, BAWSO, WEN Wales, Nilu Ahmed, Amy Morris and everyone who made it a great success.
All being well, we hope to be back with more events like these in the not too distant future.
In the light of current circumstances we have decided to suspend WOW Film Festival. None of the screenings and events that are currently planned over the next month will take place. Anyone who has purchased a ticket in advance will be entitled to a full refund.
This feels like the responsible thing to do as we believe that during a pandemic the overarching logic is to limit social contact. We are hoping that this is merely a postponement and that we can run the festival at a later date. However there are currently so many unknowns that it is not clear whether we will be in a position to do so. We will update you all as things progress.
Should you wish for a list of recommended films during your period of self-isolation do by all means email me for my latest tips.
WOW Wales One World Film Festival Director