Shorts, fea­tures, guests ga­lore at 25th Foyle fest

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Have the good peo­ple at Derry’s Foyle Film Fes­ti­val treated their 25th an­niver­sary with blasé care­less­ness? They most cer­tainly have not.

As al­ways, the Os­car-af­fil­i­ated shorts sea­son of­fers pun­ters the best of al­ter­na­tive film-mak­ing from home and abroad, but the or­gan­is­ers have also man­aged to pack the 2012 event, which be­gins on Wed­nes­day, with a fine ar­ray of fea­ture pre­mieres and ap­pear­ances by spe­cial guests.

Fes­tiv­i­ties be­gin with the Ir­ish pre­miere of Mat White­cross’s British gang­ster flick Ashes. Ray Win­stone and Jim Sturgess, the movie’s stars, will be in (hon­est, this is what it says in the pro­gramme) Derry~Lon­don­derry to in­tro­duce the film.

Other Ir­ish pre­mieres in­clude Thomas Vin­ter­berg’s hugely in­volv­ing The Hunt and the lat­est ver­sion of Great Ex­pec­ta­tions (will there be free vittles?). If you’re in the vicin­ity of the many-named city, also check out Ben Wheat­ley’s bril­liant Sight­seers and An­drea Arnold dis­cussing her some­what un­der­val­ued take on Wuther­ing Heights.

The Foyle Film Fes­ti­val is emerg­ing as the flag­ship of the Nerve Cen­tre, an in­no­va­tive in­sti­tu­tion that fea­tures a range of arts events, cut­tingedge projects and train­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties in (ahem) Derry~Lon­don­derry and Belfast.

Fes­ti­val di­rec­tor and pro­gram­mer Bernie McLaugh­lin com­ments: “I am de­lighted and ex­cited to be part of the 25th Foyle Film Fes­ti­val cel­e­bra­tions. It is cer­tainly a mile­stone year for the fes­ti­val and a tremen­dous achieve­ment for ev­ery­one as­so­ci­ated with this event over the last quar­ter of a cen­tury.” foyle­film­fes­ti­val.org.

Thomas Vin­ter­berg’s The Hunt gets its Ir­ish pre­miere at the Foyle Film Fes­ti­val in Derry

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