The 13th Belfast Film Festival closes this Sunday with the premiere of the extraordinary film Final Cut.
Scenes from an array of famous movies from as far back as the early 1900s feature in the ‘ultimate love story’ that is Hungarian director Gyorgy Palfi’s film.
Final Cut is entirely made up of clips from some of the most iconic films ever made.
The film took over three years to make. Palfi has collected scenes from more than 450 international films and assembled them into a narrative.
Penelope Cruz, Brad Pitt, Kim Novak, Sean Connery, Brigitte Bardot, Daniel Craig, Leonardo Di Caprio, Gary Oldman, Audrey Hepburn and Meryl Streep are only some of the movie stars that feature in this epic love story with a difference.
The film will be screened at 7pm on Sunday at Movie House Cinema, Dublin Road.
The festival’s closing weekend boasts an array of special screenings and fantastic film features to finish off the 11-day feast of celluloid.
Tonight (Friday, 19th April) the festivities will include the screening of multi-layered, deeply humorous thriller Crave in the Beanbag Cinema. It’s the story of a mentally unstable crime photographer who spirals into madness.
Also showing in the intimate setting of the Beanbag Cinema tonight is The Deflowering Of Eva Van End. In the film an ugly duckling has her life turned upside down by a handsome exchange student.
Terrance Dicks is in tonight’s festival line-up, too. He is presenting a talk at Waterstones in Belfast city centre. The scriptwriter, most famous for his long association with Doctor Who, will be discussing his many TV and film experiences.
The topic of motherhood is covered over the closing weekend with The Motherhood Manifesto, a powerful and engaging documentary about motherhood in America. This will be shown at the BFF Micro Cinema tomorrow and the theme continues into Sunday at the same venue with a debate and the documentary Motherhood By Choice.
Also on Saturday at the Micro Cinema, witty New York filmmaker Nina Davenport will introduce her film First Comes Love in which she documents her quest to have a baby alone when aged over 40.
The Evil Dead 2 is being screened outdoors in Belfast’s Ormeau Park the same night to a sell-out audience.
The Short Film Competition is taking place at the QFT over the weekend with four programmes, two on Saturday and another two on Sunday. Short films from an array of genres will be presented, from poetic documentaries to experimental film to drama.
The Man Who Loved Cinema is the story of Michael Open in his own words. He was the driving force behind the QFT from 1969 to 2004. The documentary short on the man who shone a much-needed cinematic light during the darkest days of The Troubles is followed by his own choice of classic film, Toto The Hero. The event takes place at the QFT on Saturday.
Wonderfully animated and heart-warming family film Ernest and Celestine will be shown on Sunday afternoon in the QFT.
Full information on the closing days of the festival is available through the 13th Belfast Film Festival Programme, distributed at key venues around the city, or online at www.belfastfilmfestival.org.
Tickets for the festival are still available online at www.belfastfilmfestival.org, by phoning the Festival Box Office on 028 9024 6609 or from the Belfast Welcome Centre at 47 Donegall Place, Belfast.