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The Best of ‘Oscar® Season’ Showcased in Foyle Film Festival’s Spring Programme
Foyle Film Festival’s 2017 Spring Programme, featuring a number of Northern Ireland premieres and exclusive screenings in Nerve Centre and Brunswick Moviebowl, will launch on Monday, April 3
First up is Andrea Arnold’s first US feature, American Honey, about a teen runaway who takes up with a travelling youth crew that drives across the American mid-west selling magazine subscriptions door to door. Newcome Sasha Lane stars alongside Shia LaBeouf and Riley Keough.
Following ‘Oscar® Season’, the programme shines a light on some of the biggest winners and nominees.
The Salesman, winner of the Oscar® for Best Foreign Language Film from renowned director Asghar Farhadi, explores how unexpected cracks can form in the foundations of a seemingly happy marriage. It will screen on April 10, followed by the Oscar-nominated Toni Erdmann, on April 24 in Brunswick Moviebowl. Maren Ade’s German comedy-drama finds excruciating humour and great pathos in a surreal collision between father and daughter.
Returning to themes which have haunted his whole career, Martin Scorsese’s Oscar®-nominated Silence is a film of grandeur and great fervour about Christianity, martyrdom and the silence of God. Starring Northern Ireland-born Liam Neeson, the critically acclaimed film will screen in Nerve Centre on May 15.
Fans of horror will rejoice as Brunswick Moviebowl hosts an one-off screening of The Autopsy of Jane Doe (April 26), a new horror movie from the director of Trollhunter that is as terrifying as it is smart.
The programme also features a number of real-life stories. Christine follows Christine Chubbuck, an ambitious TV news reporter in the 1970s struggling with depression, loneliness, and professional frustrations as she tries to develop her career. The tragic outcome is Christine’s on air suicide.
A highlight will undoubtedly be Tickled, the 'competitive tickling' documentary that led journalist David Farrier into the heart of America's darkness. As he delves deeper he comes up against fierce resistance, but that doesn’t stop him getting to the bottom of a story stranger than fiction.
Dancer follows professional ballet dancer Sergei Polunin who starts to question his existence and his commitment to perform just as he is about to become a legend, while Weiner takes a different approach - a fly on the wall documentary film about Anthony Weiner’s controversial election campaign for Mayor of New York City in 2013.
Tickets for all screenings can be pre-booked now at www.nervecentre.org. Foyle Film Festival is funded by the Department for Communities through Northern Ireland Screen and by Derry City and Strabane District Council.