Belfast Film Fes­ti­val an­nounces line-up

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - News - Michael Dwyer on film

The 8th Belfast Film Fes­ti­val (April 10th-19th) will open with Reser­va­tion Road, from Ho­tel Rwanda wri­ter­di­rec­tor Terry Ge­orge, a na­tive of Belfast and the fes­ti­val’s new pa­tron. The film is a taut psy­cho­log­i­cal thriller in which a col­lege pro­fes­sor (Joaquin Phoenix) be­comes ob­sessed with find­ing the man (Mark Ruf­falo) who killed his young son in a hit-and-run ac­ci­dent.

The fes­ti­val’s clos­ing film will be the Euro­pean pre­miere of Buy, Bor­row, Steal, a com­edy shot in Belfast and star­ring Heather Gra­ham as a young ex­ec­u­tive seek­ing the per­fect man to fa­ther her child. An­other pre­miere on the di­verse pro­gramme is Mac­dara Val­lely’s ur­ban drama Peace­fire, which was shot in Craigavon, Co Ar­magh and fea­tures John Travers.

Doc­u­men­taries on show will in­clude Joel Conroy’s Wa­verid­ers, which won the au­di­ence award at the Dublin fes­ti­val last month; an ex­tended ver­sion of At Home with the Clearys, Alison Mil­lar’s con­tro­ver­sial, Ifta-win­ning TV drama; Grant Gee’s pic­ture of a sem­i­nal rock band in Joy Di­vi­sion; and Bar­bet Schroeder’s Ter­ror’s Ad­vo­cate, deal­ing with the lawyer who de­fended Nazi war crim­i­nal Klaus Bar­bie.

New in­ter­na­tional fea­tures will in­clude Catherine Breil­lat’s The Last Mistress, François Ozon’s An­gel, Volker Schlon­dorff’s Ulzhan, and Ge­orge Ratliffe’s creepy US hor­ror-thriller Joshua, star­ring Sam Rock­well, Vera Farmiga and Dal­las Roberts. www.belfast­film­fes­ti­val.org

Reser­va­tion Road

Jen­nifer Con­nelly and Joaquin Phoenix in

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