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Special Events Announced for the Belfast Film Festival

The Belfast Film Festival returns for its 13th year this April and whilst the full programme has yet to be announced, some details have begun to emerge. Below is a bit of info on three special events…

11 Apr at St. Anne's Cathedral Belfast
Show starts @ 20:30pm. All tickets £8.00

A unique opportunity to see Franco Zeffirelli’s version of Verdi's beloved opera, on the big screen, in a fantastic location. Members of NI Opera's Young Artists’ Programme will perform pieces by composers inspired by Verdi before the screening.

Set in Paris around 1850, La Traviata chronicles the doomed love between Violetta (soprano Teresa Stratas) and Alfredo (tenor Placido Domingo) Violetta, a famed escort, leads a seemingly charmed existence amidst the cream of Paris society. But, in fragile health, she is tired of living an empty life and when Alfredo introduces himself she finally sees a way out of her tawdry lifestyle. Deeply in love, all is blissful contentment until some home truths convince her to leave Alfredo and head back into the arms of another…

The movie, widely considered to be the best opera film ever made, offers extravagant sets, magnificent costumes, and charming locations. It features the Metropolitan Opera and Chorus under the direction of James Levine.

13 Apr at The Crumlin Road Gaol
Show starts at 8:00pm. All tickets £10.00

The Belfast Film Festival has teamed up with Crumlin Road Gaol to present an evening of prison movie clips and a screening of Paul Newman’s classic prison drama Cool Hand Luke. Audiences will also be given a short tour of the Gaol before the screening starts.

First up is a compilation of scenes from classic prison movies including The Blues Brothers, Stir Crazy, Jailhouse Rock, The Shawshank Redemption, Escape from Alcatraz, Escape to Victory and many more...

Paul Newman was nominated for an Oscar and George Kennedy received one for his work in this allegorical prison drama. Luke is sentenced to a stretch on a southern chain gang after he’s arrested for drunkenly decapitating parking meters. While the ambition of the captain is for each prisoner to “get their mind right,” it soon becomes obvious that Luke isn’t about to kowtow to anybody.

Along with stellar performances by Newman, Kennedy, and Martin, Cool Hand Luke features a superb supporting cast, including Ralph Waite, Harry Dean Stanton, Dennis Hopper, Wayne Rogers, and Joe Don Baker as members of the chain gang.

20 Apr at The Black Box
Show starts at 8.30pm. Doors at 8.00pm

For one night only, the Black Box shall become the Black Lodge, as the Belfast Film Festival heads into the deep dark woods of Twin Peaks. Bunch Of Cults film club present a screening of Fire Walk With Me, David Lynch’s cinematic conclusion to one of the greatest television series ever.

Afterwards stay for the David Lynch Twisted Prom… Lynchian rock and roll and small town subversion shall be the order of the night with the Double R Diner DJs aka Sunglasses After Dark’s DJ Ryan Fitzsimmons and Palookaville’s Joe Lindsay. Come as your favourite Twin Peaks character and join us for doughnuts and coffee that is as black as a moonless night. And hot! (There will be a full bar as well naturally)

Remember: The owls are not what they seem…

For further details on the Belfast Film Festival please visit their website or give them a follow on Twitter.

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