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Exploding minds and blind chess feature in this year's Brighton's CineCity

The Argus: Exploding minds and blind chess feature in this year's Brighton's CineCity Exploding minds and blind chess feature in this year's Brighton's CineCity

A man whose mind exploded and young chess prodigies are showcased in a groundbreaking Brighton and Hove film festival.

CineCity takes place at venues across the city later this month and features the cutting-edge work of home grown talent.

Brighton-based Toby Amies debut feature documentary is a documentary about Drako Zarhazar who suffered from a bizarre condition known as anterograde(corr) amnesia and was unable to create memories.

Algorithms, directed by Ian McDonald, is a documentary shot in India focusing on a group of boys who dream of becoming chess masters in the mystifying world of blind chess.

This year the festival will also include films from Singapore, Laos, Kurdistan, China, Iran, India, Israel, Mexico, as well as Poland, Czech Republic, Scandinavia, France and the US.

The award-winning roster includes A Touch of Sin, winner of Best Screenplay at this year's Cannes Film Festival; and The Rocket, winner of Audience Awards at Sydney, Melbourne and Tribeca Film Festivals and Best First Feature at the Berlin Film Festival.

Czech surrealist Jan Švankmajer is at the heart of the festival, including an exhibition at the University of Brighton that features sets, puppets, costumes, and artwork from many of his acclaimed films including Alice, Punch and Judy and Little Otik.

Tickets for all screenings are now on sale and the principal venues are the Duke of York's Picturehouse and the two-screen cinema at Dukes@Komedia.

Pictured left to right: Toby Amies, director of The Man Whose Mind Exploded; Geetha Jay - producer, Algorithms; Tim Brown, co-director, Brighton Film Festival; Ian Macdonald, director, Algorithms; Lisa Wolfe, marketing manager, Oska Bright; and Colin Orre, general manager, Duke of Yorks

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