Belfast Film Festival Beams with Pride
Special series of screenings planned as part of this year's LGBT celebration including the UK premiere of a new feature length documentary
Ireland's biggest LGBT celebration is set to give even more colour to Belfast Film Festival's summer programme with a series of special screenings taking place as part of Pride 2016.
On August 3 Dublin Road's Movie House Cinema will host the UK premiere of Deep Run, an intimate documentary revealing rebirth and courage within America’s deeply conservative Bible Belt. Executive produced by LGBT supporter Susan Sarandon, the feature-length debut by filmmaker Hillevi Loven is a powerful verité portrait of trans life in rural North Carolina.
Exiled by her family and rejected by an ex, 17-year-old Spazz has no one to lean on for support. But when Spazz falls in love again and summons up the courage to become Cole, a strong-willed trans man, his candid humor and steadfast, all-inclusive Christian beliefs counter the bigotry he experiences daily.
In Summertime, which screens on August 4, revolution is in the air in early 1970s France and two women’s blossoming relationship faces challenges beyond their control. From vibrant scenes of civil unrest on the streets of Paris, to the lushly photographed rural landscape that make up the latter section of the film, Catherine Corsini has crafted a beautiful and sensual film about two women in love.
Voted third in the list of the 30 Best LGBT Films of All Time, Happy Together (Beanbag Cinema, August 2) is a stunning display of filmmaking style and a fascinating love story evenly mixed into one film. Winner of Best Director at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival, Wong Kar-Wai’s expressionistic visual style is distinctive and dazzling as two lovers live out the waning days of their relationship.
In addition to the Belfast Pride screenings, Belfast Film Festival’s summer programme will deliver over 50 events throughout Northern Ireland, including outdoor picnic screenings in Crescent Park, Sense and Sensibility at Malone House, The Wicker Man at the Giant’s Ring, Aliens and The Matrix at T13, and Enter the Dragon in Billy Murray’s ProKick gym in East Belfast.
Michele Devlin, Belfast Film Festival Director, said: 'Based on the last few weeks, we’re hedging our bets with what the weather will do in Belfast and have planned a two-month summer bonanza both outside and indoors.
'Belfast Film Festival’s now well-established and very popular annual summer programme is expected to attract audiences of around 5,000, helping to make the city an attractive destination for residents and tourists.'
View the full summer programme at www.belfastfilmfestival.org and book tickets online, by phoning 028 9024 6609, or in person at Visit Belfast Welcome Centre in Donegall Square North.