Day eight of the 19th Belfast Film Festival. Classics, director Q&A’s, a Frasier tribute and more.
We kicked off the day with a packed out screening of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid in the Movie House, Dublin Road; the 1969 classic about the leaders of a band of outlaws who find themselves on the run after a train robbery goes wrong.
Over in the Queen’s Film Theatre we screened Spring in a Small Town, the 1948 classic from Fei Mu, regarded as the finest work from the first great era of Chinese filmmaking.
Dark Lies the Island was screened in the Queen’s Film Theatre with a Q&A following the screening with director Ian Fitzgibbon and host Lisa Barros D’Sa. Described as ‘Ballykissangel on Crystal meth’, the pitch-black comedy centres on a small Irish town over a week-long period.
In the Beanbag Cinema we screened Up and Down, a film set around Col du Parpaillon, an intricate and challenging mountain pass in the southern French Alps, where a bicycle rally is held annually.
Over in SARC we hosted a special Dolby Atmos presentation of Ang Lee’s classic, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon; a legendary warrior’s stolen magic sword becomes the centerpiece of epic, intertwining love stories, set against the breathtaking landscapes of ancient China.
We also screened New Cinema titles The dead Centre, Madeline’s Madeline, Sunset and Brother’s Nest as well as Chinese director Bi Gan’s dream-like, 3D noir Long Day’s Journey Into Night in the Movie House, Dublin Road.
Over in the Black Box Frasier fans were treated to a night celebrating the much loved TV show, Tossed Salad and Scrambled Eggs. The event was such a hit we put on another show – both of which sold out!
Day eight finished up with a sold out screening of The Great Satan in the Beanbag Cinema, a 75 minute psychedelic comedy of clips from over 2,000 satanic, panic, religious and grade D horror movies.