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133 movies in 10 days: Belfast film festival will be wickedly entertaining

By Allan Preston

The Belfast Film Festival is back for its 16th year, promising a record number of screenings over its 10 days.

Running between April 14 and 23, the event will have premieres of films, documentaries and the best of international cinema. In total, there will be 133 movies from 30 countries.

As well as the Queen's Film Theatre, cinema-goers can choose from a range of venues including the Movie House on Dublin Road, The Mac, Strand Arts Centre, the Sunflower, An Culturlann, Duncairn Centre, the Black Box, and the event's Beanbag Cinema.

Adding to the experience, audiences will be treated to plenty of post-screening discussions with film-makers.

This year renowned English screenwriter and director Terence Davies will be honoured with the festival's outstanding contribution to cinema award.

He will give a public talk about his 40 years in the industry, a period that has included critically acclaimed films works such as Distant Voices, Still Lives and The Long Day Closes.

Killian Scott, star of RTE crime drama Love/Hate, will be in Belfast to speak to audiences about Traders, a new thriller about recession-hit Ireland and the extreme lengths people will go to to hang on to wealth.

The closing night gala screening features the Stephen Frears biopic Florence Foster Jennings starring Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant in a comedy about an aspiring but tone deaf opera singer.

Other top picks include Green Room, in which X-Men star Sir Patrick Stewart gives a chilling performance as a white supremacist. For the more committed film buffs, there's a six-hour screening of the epic Arabian Nights trilogy.

Speaking ahead of the start of the event next month, festival director Michele Devlin said there would be something for everyone.

"This year's Belfast Film Festival promises some truly exceptional world cinema, including Argentinian mafia family drama The Clan; Japanese Yakuza thriller Mr Six; Miles Ahead, the Don Cheadle biopic of Miles Davis, and black comedy Swansong, featuring a superb cast of British and Irish talent," she added.

Michele said she was also excited to feature more women directors in the festival than ever before, with films like Parisienne, a fish out of water drama by Lebanese director Danielle Arbid.

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