Foyle Film Festival Programme 2018

Friday 16 Nov 2018 - 7:00pm to Sunday 25 Nov 2018 - 11:00pm

Foyle Film Festival’s much anticipated 2018 programme launches, and will celebrate its 31st year with a slate of Northern Irish premiere screenings, workshops and special guests.

With this years theme being ‘Voices’, the programme will commemorate a number of significant milestones, with screenings that give voice to momentous historical and cultural events.

Oscar® winning actress, and veteran political activist Vanessa Redgrave will be in attendance, bringing her directorial debut Sea Sorrow to the festival, and engaging in a post-screening discussion. Sea Sorrow is a timely film that gives voices to past and present refugees, as Redgrave explores the history of refugees in Europe and tells her own story as a two year old World War 2 evacuee from London.

Women’s stories are placed at the heart of the programme, commemorating 100 years of suffrage. Keira Knightley takes the starring role in Colette, our opening night screening, which tells the tale of the indomitable young writer who usurps restrictive gender norms in order to carve out a career for herself, away from her husbands dominating influence. The boundary defying work of the world's best selling female artist Yayoi Kusama, and the resilience that has allowed her to overcome institutional sexism, racism, and mental illness in a culture where that was a particular shame, will be celebrated in the documentary Kusama: Infinity. The festival will close with a N.I premiere screening of The Kindergarten Teacher, in which many believe Maggie Gyllenhaal gives a career best performance as a lonely teacher who finds reprieve from her dull and disappointing life in the form of a 5 year old poetic prodigy.

The programme responds to the events in Northern Ireland from 1959 to 1974 highlighted in Nerve Visual’s latest exhibition, Speeches, Strikes and Struggles: Curating Conflict, led by the Tower Museum. It offers the chance for the public to view rarely before seen collections.

As part of Anim18, the festival is delighted to host a special weekend programme exploring the history of animation in Northern Ireland and celebrating works by local pioneers of the artform.

Disney returns to the festival this year with a special screening of Ralph Breaks the Internet. The festival will also show family favourites Finding Nemo and Coco as part of a series of screenings targeted at those living with special needs, such as Dementia, physical and mental challenges, their families and carers.

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A full list of the screenings and events can be found below