Borderlines Film Festival: 3 – 19 March 2023

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Three Children sit in a car, one is driving. The driver has shaggy brown hair and is wearing sunglasses with one lens missing

Tickets go on sale Friday 27 January 2023

The abundantly popular Borderlines returns to 22 venues across Herefordshire, Shropshire, Malvern and the Welsh Marches as an exclusively in-person, big screen film festival for its 21st edition in 2023.

Early each spring, Borderlines brings films and people together from near and far for a perennially fresh cinema experience. The Festival offers you a hand-picked array of previews, films showing prior to their UK cinema release, everything from Allelujah, adapted by Call the Midwife’s Heidi Thomas, from the 2018 Alan Bennett stage play to The Eight Mountains, a story about boyhood friends bonding in adulthood set in the stunning Aosta valley overlooked by the Italian Alps.

New releases – like the beautifully observed Alcarràs (pictured), about a Catalonian farming family facing an uncertain future, winner of the Golden Bear at this year’s Berlinale – come to you from all over the world. Corsage stars the magnificent Vicky Krieps (Phantom Thread) in a subversive biopic of Empress Elisabeth of Austria (‘Sissi’).

Talented Australian pianist and composer Meg Morley returns to Malvern to accompany the newly restored, Au Bonheur des Dames, one of the last silent films to be produced in France, a festival collaboration with South West Silents. Adapted from a Zola novel set in a sparkling department store, it’s both a celebration of Parisian life and a biting satire on consumerism.

There’s a tribute to French auteur Jean-Luc Godard, who died last September, with a screening of Alphaville, his 1965 tongue-in-cheek venture into sci-fi. And you couldn’t possibly see rarities like the atmospheric 1950s Argentinian film noir The Black Vampire anywhere other than Borderlines. We can promise that there’s truly something in the mix for everyone to get excited about.

This year, Borderlines is highlighting accessibility, and captioned screenings are available at Malvern Theatres for Oscar-nominated films The Whale and Women Talking, as well as the deliciously entertaining What’s Love Got to Do With it? starring Lily James and Emma Thompson, for which there is also a Relaxed screening.

Book now via the Malvern Theatres Box Office 01684 892277 or online at or

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