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Festival Programme Released for 32nd Foyle Film Festival
24 Oct 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.

The festival takes place from Friday 15th to Sunday 24th November 2019.

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, Foyle Film Festival 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 reveals a world rich with eloquent and resilient characters, offering a cinematic and enriching portait of people attempting to lead meaningful lives against the rubble of perennial conflict. Gaza has just been selected by IFTA 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.

Foyle Film Festival is funded by the Department for Communities through Northern Ireland Screen and Derry City and Strabane District Council. The Festival acknowledges the ongoing support of City of Derry Crystal, and venue partner Brunswick Moviebowl.

Click here to view the full programme on the Foyle Film Festival’s website.

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