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Belfast Film Festival kicks off

The Belfast Film Festival kicked off at the Moviehouse on Dublin Road last night with the premier of the new Colin Farrell movie Triage.

Over 16,000 people are expected to attend the festival, which this year has been extended to 16 days.

And over the next week the red carpet will be rolled out to welcome big screen stars such as Belfast movie actor Ciarán Hinds, star of Steven Spielberg's Munich and the forthcoming final Harry Potter films, who will be attending the premiere of his major new movie, The Eclipse.

Two-time Academy Award winning cinematographer Haskell Wexler will also be in town.

This year’s jam packed programme of 125 events includes 30 UK/Irish premieres.

Newry actor John Lynch will also visit Belfast for a screening of his new film, 5 Day Shelter, and will be conducting a masterclass in acting as well as reading from his latest novel.

Film fans eagerly awaiting to see award winning films will not be disappointed. Conor McPherson’s The Eclipse, which won Best Film award at the Irish Film and Television Awards (IFTA’s) this year, can look forward to its Northern Ireland debut.

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It features a simmering and charismatic performance by our very own Ciarán Hinds alongside Aidan Quinn, winner of the IFTA for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the film.

Ken Wardrop will introduce his documentary film His and Hers, a huge hit at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. This delightful film is sure to win the hearts of local audiences.

For full information on the programme or to book go to www.belfastfilmfestival.org

Tickets are also available by phoning Belfast Welcome Centre on 028 9024 6609 or in person at 47 Donegall Place, Belfast

5 festival events to delight the film buffs

  • American: The Bill Hicks Story — rare and previously unseen performance footage and the testimonies from the friends and family of the late stand-up comedian create a deeply perceptive film
  • Tetro — the latest offering from iconic Italian-American director Francis Ford Coppola, in his first screenplay since his 1974’s The Conversation
  • The Eclipse — the IFTA-winning supernatural drama stars Belfast actor Ciaran Hinds in a leading role as a widower struggling to come to terms with his wife’s death
  • Lagan Boat Screenings — enjoy contemporary water-borne horror classics, Deep Rising and Lake Placid, on a boat on the River Lagan
  • The A-Z of Belfast Cinemas — film pundit Brian Henry Martin explores the history of Belfast’s cinemas in this special live event

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