Euro film clas­sics in Belfast

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For­mi­da­ble! Bravo! The pro­gram­mers of the Stella Ar­tois Con­ti­nen­tal Clas­sics at the Queen’s Film Theatre in Belfast have out­done them­selves this year. This ter­rific sea­son, which be­gins next Fri­day, draws heav­ily from the canon of es­sen­tial Euro­pean clas­sics made dur­ing the golden years of art-house cin­ema. (Okay, they’re also show­ing Amélie, but never mind that.)

The French films in­clude Jean-Pierre Melville’s heist drama Le Cer­cle Rouge, Jean-Luc Go­dard’s thrilling Bande à Part and Jac­ques Tati’s time­less com­edy Mon­sieur Hu­lot’s Hol­i­day. Teu­tonophiles can look for­ward to Rainer Werner Fass­binder’s Fear Eats the Soul, that odd re­work­ing of Douglas Sirk’s All That Heaven Al­lows. Fans of Rus­sian mis­ery should seek out An­drei Tarkovsky’s great The Sac­ri­fice. There are plenty more great films (and Amélie) where that came from.

The Stella Ar­tois Con­ti­nen­tal Clas­sics sea­son be­gins next Fri­day, Au­gust 15th . For de­tails go to www. queens­filmthe­atre.com.

Fleadh shorts see the light

The pop­u­lar­ity of short movies on­line has been a boon for the medium, but the best place to place to see such films is surely still in the cin­ema. With that in mind, the good peo­ple at Dublin’s Light House cin­ema will present a pro­gramme of win­ning shorts from the re­cent Gal­way Film Fleadh this Sun­day af­ter­noon. Fol­low­ing an in­tro­duc­tion by the Fleadh’s Steve Woods, The Best of the West, which in­cludes such gems as Sean Brani­gan’s Martin and Luke McManus’s Dan­ger High Volt­age, will com­mence in Screen 1 at 4pm. www.light­house­cin­ema.ie.

Terry still tilt­ing at wind­mills

Oh no, not this again. Demon­strat­ing a de­ter­mi­na­tion that long ago passed from dogged to de­mented, Terry Gil­liam says he still in­tends to progress with his cher­ished, cursed rein­ven­tion of Don Quixote. De­spite hav­ing Johnny Depp on board, The Man Who Killed Don Quixote col­lapsed in dis­ar­ray and debt eight years ago.

“As far as we’re con­cerned, it’s on. When Johnny’s ready, we’re ready,” Terry said. “We’re just talk­ing about dates to film. Ba­si­cally it all de­pends on his sched­ule, but oth­er­wise we’re set. It will be next year some time, be­fore next sum­mer any­way.”

In re­lated Hell-FreezesOver news, it seems as if In­glo­ri­ous Bas­tards, Quentin Tarantino’s long-awaited war film, is fi­nally set to start film­ing in the au­tumn. We’ll see, shall we?

Pre­mieres fit for a queen

Aside from their low qual­ity, what do The Man With­out a Face, The Grinch, True Blue and Hot Shots all have in com­mon? The sur­pris­ing an­swer is that they were pre­vi­ous se­lec­tions for that hi­lar­i­ously out­dated shindig, The Royal Film Per­for­mance. This year, fol­low­ing 2007’s em­bar­rass­ing can­cel­la­tion of the “con­tro­ver­sial” Brick Lane, cur­rently un­con­firmed mem­bers of the Wind­sor dy­nasty will get to see Harry Pot­ter and the Half-Blood Prince. How nice for them.

Hang on a mo­ment! Hot Shots? How did that hap­pen?

Olsen-Ledger con­nec­tion

So, what does Mary-Kate Olsen know about the death of Heath Ledger? Ear­lier this week, it was sug­gested that the ac­tress, one half of the feared Olsen Twin Mob, had re­fused to speak to of­fi­cials look­ing into Ledger’s demise un­less she was given free­dom from im­mu­nity. (Some­what mys­te­ri­ously, the masseuse who dis­cov­ered Ledger’s body spent nine min­utes try­ing to phone Mary-Kate be­fore she thought to dial 911.)

Olsen’s lawyers later de­nied the claims and an­nounced that their client had co-op­er­ated in full with the au­thor­i­ties. Our own lawyers tell us it might be best just to write “Hmm?” and leave it at that. Hmm?

Com­mand per­for­mance: Michael Gam­bon in Harry Pot­ter and the Half-Blood Prince

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