Bono and a lamb book­end Belfast fes­ti­val

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The peren­ni­ally ex­cel­lent Belfast Film Fes­ti­val kicks off next Thurs­day. The fes­ti­val be­gins with a gala screen­ing of the muchan­tic­i­pated Killing Bono, and af­fairs close on April 14th with Be­hold the Lamb, an in­trigu­ing in­de­pen­dent pro­duc­tion from John McIl­duff that ap­pears to fol­low two odd­balls as they progress across the North with, yes, a lamb.

Other gala screen­ings in­clude Na­dia Tass’s Aus­tralian drama Match­ing Jack, star­ring lo­cal man James Nes­bitt; and Terry Ge­orge’s The Shore, star­ring Ciarán Hinds. But, given Ul­ster’s mys­ti­fy­ing ob­ses­sion with mo­tor­sports, the hottest ticket may well turn out to be TT3D: Closer to the Edge, a 3D study of the Isle of Man’s TT mo­tor­cy­cle race.

Among the other up­com­ing re­leases on dis­play we find Meek’s Cut­off, Kelly Re­ichardt’s ac­claimed west­ern star­ring Michelle Wil­liams; Or­anges and Sun­shine, Jim Loach’s mov­ing tale of a Bri­tish scan­dal; and the an­i­mated fea­ture My Dog Tulip.

As ever, a tasty se­lec­tion of spe­cial events will take place. Richard Lester’s un­der-rated 1974 nautical disas­ter movie Jug­ger­naut, star­ring Richard Har­ris, Omar Sharif and An­thony Hop­kins, will play in a boat on the La­gan. There’s a breath­less 15 Sec­ond Film Fes­ti­val. And, yes, the an­nual Pong Cham­pi­onship will be back. This is, ap­par­ently, the 10th year for the cel­e­bra­tion of Palae­olithic video games. belfast­film­fes­ti­val.org

An Ir­ish­man Down Un­der: James Nes­bitt with Kodi Smit-McPhee in Match­ing Jack

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