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32nd Foyle Film Festival gets underway this Weekend, November 15-24th
14 Nov 2019 : Nathan Griffin
Foyle Film Festival
The Foyle Film Festival returns for its 32nd year with another highly anticipated programme of cinematic treats, industry talks and previews of many major awards contenders. While the festival’s Oscar® and BAFTA affiliated Light In Motion Short Film Competition features the best short films and animations from around the world.

This year’s festival launches with the Northern Ireland Premiere of Hope Gap, which brings together Academy® Award nominee Annette Bening and BAFTA winner Bill Nighy in Academy® Award-nominated Writer/Director William Nicholson’s second feature. The film follows the disintegration of a marriage and the impact it has on the couple and their grown-up son Jamie. While the Closing Night Gala is Irish film The Last Right - a comedy-drama road movie telling the story of a man bringing the body of a stranger home for burial. 

As always, FFF showcases the best in Irish cinema and some of the programme’s highlights include Land Without God - an intimate portrait of a family coming to terms with decades of institutional abuse. Lost Lives is a major cinematic film inspired by the book of the same name, and marks the 50th Anniversary of the start of the conflict in Northern Ireland.

Also included in this year’s programme is the acclaimed documentary Gaza, which brings the audience into the lives of the people trying to lead meaningful lives against the rubble of perennial conflict. Gaza has also been selected as Ireland’s entry for the Oscars’ Best International Feature Film category in 2020.

This year also features a strong music strand with screenings including Mystify: Michael Hutchence - a documentary that explores the troubled life of the INXS lead singer. Hitsville: The Making Of Motown celebrates the 60th Anniversary of the legendary Motown Records with rare performances and behind the scenes footage. Music icons Elvis Presley and Judy Garland also feature in this year’s festival with Elvis: That’s The Way It Is and a special 80th Anniversary screening of the classic Wizard Of Oz.

The festival also provides fun for all the family with special festive movie screenings and Santa Claus himself in attendance to read seasonal stories, dispense presents and collect Christmas letters to take back to the North Pole…

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