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Belfast Film Festival: 10 days of star-studded premieres, quirky events and the best in world cinema

By Kirsten Elder

The Belfast Film Festival is back with its annual ten-day film festival, packed full of star-studded premieres and the best in world cinema.

Celebrating its 15th year The Belfast Film Festival combined with 02 are preparing to roll out the red carpet on 16 April until the 25 April.

Over 100 screenings will be shown across Belfast city in venues including Queen’s Film Theatre, Belfast Waterfront, The Mac, Strand Arts Centre, the Black Box, Movie House Dublin Road, the Sunflower, Culturlann, Duncairn Centre and the Festival’s Beanbag Cinema.

The opening night world premiere will be a homecoming moment for Belfast-raised critic and filmmaker Mark Cousins whose feature, I Am Belfast, will leave audiences looking at the city in a whole new light through the eyes of a 10,000 year old woman. Its score is by David Holmes, Belfast born composer and producer whose film soundtracks include Out of Sight, Ocean’s 11 and Hunger.

“I found myself thinking about Belfast a lot, what a beautifully cinematic place it is and I wanted to capture the humour, the way people talk, our warmth but also our damage, I just want to tell the truth,” said Mark Cousins

Sporting stars from yesteryear are expected to attend the star-studded UK premiere on 24 April of feel-good football drama, Shooting for Socrates, a David and Goliath story about Northern Ireland squaring up to the mighty Brazil in the 1986 World Cup. 

Co-written by Marie Jones and director James Erskine, the film stars Rebus leading man John Hannah as manager Billy Bingham, Conleth Hill (Game of Thrones) as legendary sports reporter Jackie Fullerton, Ciaran McMenamin (Primeval) as Sammy McIlroy, and Nico Mirallegro (Hollyoaks) as a young David Campbell making his Northern Ireland debut on the world stage.

With the closing night seeing the UK premiere of The Survivalist, the feature debut of Northern Ireland filmmaker Stephen Fingleton whose Oscar-shortlisted film SLR screened at the Festival in 2014. Local actor Martin McCann shines in this tale of a ruthless loner who lives off a small plot of land in post-collapse Northern Ireland.

For more information about the Belfast Film Festival please visit www.belfastfilmfestival.org

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