Over the next nine days I’ll be taking some time out of my schedule to attend a whole bunch of film screenings at Belfast Film Festival – and basically write about a few of them here on this blog.
This will include highly rated Turkish-French film Mustang, one of the nominees for Best Foreign Language Film at this year’s Academy Awards, and Florence Foster Jenkins, starring Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant, as the opening and closing night films respectively.
Other highlights that I’m particularly looking forward to include Japanese director Sion Sono’s latest eccentricity, the ‘fantasy drama’ Love & Peace; a punk rock band going up against a group of white supremacists in Green Room; Chinese crime drama Mr Six; Colombian film Embrace the Serpent, about a couple of European ethnographers venturing deep into the Amazon and ‘uncovering its mysteries’; and Traders, described as a ‘dark thriller set in recession-hit Ireland’. There’s also the typical selection of local independent and short films, some of which I plan to check out. Not to mention a retrospective of the career of British filmmaker and writer Terence Davies, including a public Q & A with the man himself and screenings of most of his films.
All round that’s quite a lot of film-related entertainment to look forward to in a nine day span. I’ll attempt to translate some of that into written form if and when I get the chance. In the meantime, check out the programme for yourself on their website.