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Belfast Film Festival 2019

The Belfast Film Festival is back for its 19th festival. This year the festival welcomes Lenny Abrahamson to QFT, while the programme is stuffed to the gills with incredible new films from around the world.

BFF '19: Terror Nullius: Soda Jerk

Equal parts political satire, eco-horror and road movie, a weird, dazzling, kinetic, dizzyingly ambitious, sensationally mishmashed beast of an Australian film, one part revisionist documentary, and one part LSD-infused compilation video.
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BFF '19: Shorts Competition Programme 4

Showcasing both first-time and established short filmmakers from all parts of Ireland, the short film programme this year is heaving with talent.
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BFF '19: Shorts Competition Programme 3

Showcasing both first-time and established short filmmakers from all parts of Ireland, the short film programme this year is heaving with talent.
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BFF '19: Shorts Competition Programme 2

Showcasing both first-time and established short filmmakers from all parts of Ireland, the short film programme this year is heaving with talent.
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BFF '19: Shorts Competition Programme 1

Showcasing both first-time and established short filmmakers from all parts of Ireland, the short film programme this year is heaving with talent.
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BFF '19: Summer

Robert Carlyle’s central turn is poignant and poweful in this tale of loyalty, loss and the destructive effects of social exclusion.
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BFF '19: Spring in a Small Town

Regarded as the finest work from the first great era of Chinese filmmaking, Fei Mu’s quiet, piercingly poignant study of adulterous desire and guilt-ridden despair – now restored – is a remarkable rediscovery.
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BFF '19: Animal Kingdom

In Animal Kingdom a ritual carves a dimension that melds character, object, landscape and the very tactile makeup of the film itself into one mutating, symphonic mass of spell casting, storytelling, living and dying.
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BFF '19: The Secret of Santa Vittoria

Join us for this special wine and film event. In Santa Vittoria, an Italian town renowned for its vineyards, the residents discover that the occupying Nazi troops plan to take all their wine for themselves. 50th Anniverary screening.
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BFF '19: I Am Evidence + Panel Discussion

I Am Evidence is a disturbing and powerful documentary, an investigation into the way sexual-assault cases are handled by police departments across the United States.
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BFF '19: Dead Good + Panel Discussion

An intimate portrait of those dealing with their dead, supported during the ritual of care after death by a team of women who are ‘giving death back to the people’.
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BFF '19: The Last Family + Introduction

Selected and introduced by Lenny Abrahamson. Exceptional camerawork and an unerring eye for period detail are boldly on display in Jan P. Matuszyński’s disturbing biopic of one of Poland’s best known artists.
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BFF '19: Lenny Abrahamson In Conversation

Lenny Abrahamson is an award-winning Irish screenwriter and director.
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BFF '19: Tumbbad

A greedy boy seeks out hidden riches in the dungeon beneath an ancestral house guarded by a terrifying deity.
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BFF '19: Shadow

Blood spills on an immaculate shadowy landscape in this visually stunning martial arts thriller from Chinese master Zhang Yimou.
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BFF '19: Ash is the Purest White

Heartbreak and resilience fuel this quietly epic saga, in which one woman’s fortitude and knack for crime carry her through a rapidly changing China.
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BFF '19: Gloria Bell

Sebastián Lelio (A Fantastic Woman) directs Julianne Moore in this remake of his 2013 film about a free-spirited, middle-aged divorcee hoping to find love on the dance floor.
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BFF '19: The Worlds of Ursula Le Guin

A feature documentary exploring the remarkable life and legacy of the late feminist author best known for groundbreaking science fiction and fantasy works.
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BFF '19: Maria By Callas

The first film to tell the life story of the legendary Greek/American opera singer completely in her own words.
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BFF '19: Thunder Road

A young police officer’s escalating struggles reach a breaking point in this grim yet awkwardly endearing character study.
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BFF '19: Dark Lies the Island + Q&A

Ballykissangel on Crystal Meth. If you’re going get involved with men in a small Irish town, they might as well be the Mannions - and Sara is involved up to her neck.
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BFF '19: Another Day of Life

Based on the book written by legendary Polish war correspondent Ryszard Kapuściński. Another Day Of Life tells the story of a journalist, left to himself to write a feature story on the civil war in Angola on the advent of its regaining independence in 1975. 
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BFF '19: Papi Chulo

John Butler’s (Handsome Devil) latest comedy/drama sees the filmmaker return to the themes of empathy and unlikely friendship. In this case, the bond forms between a well-heeled, gay presenter and an older, straight, labourer from Mexico.
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BFF '19: Support the Girls

A big-hearted comedy with a day in the life look at Double Whammies – a Hooters-style bar and its tight-knit, all-female staff.
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BFF '19: Float Like a Butterfly

Carmel Winters’ second feature revolves around a young Irish woman and aspiring boxer and her father, who has just been released from prison in 1960s Ireland.
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BFF '19: Mother's Instinct

The spirit of Alfred Hitchcock hovers over this lusciously designed psychological thriller set in 1960s Brussels. Two neighboring suburban housewives are best friends — until a tragic accident breaks the harmony between their clans, and paranoia and distrust take hold.
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BFF '19: Loro

Seduction, glamour, corruption, drugs and raucous poolside parties: the life and times of scandal-plagued Silvio Berlusconi have long-demanded a screen depiction, and who else to deliver it than Paolo Sorrentino, the Academy Award-winning director of ‘The Great Beauty’ and ‘The Young Pope’.
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BFF '19: Chained for Life

An actress struggles to connect with her disfigured co-star on the set of a European auteur’s debut. Through pitch-black satire, ‘Chained for Life’ examines the treatment of disability on screen and on set.
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BFF '19: Brother's Nest

On a cold morning in the middle of Victoria, Australia, two brothers arrive at the family home intent on murdering their stepfather Roger.
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BFF '19: In Fabric

‘The Duke of Burgundy’ writer-director Peter Strickland returns with a methodical, malevolent piece of cinematic couture.
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BFF '19: Sunset

Son of Saul director László Nemes deftly conjures the death throes of the Austro-Hungarian empire in an atmospheric mystery drama.
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BFF '19: Pond Life

Pond Life is a perfectly formed coming of age tale set in a quiet mining village outside Doncaster in the mid 90s with breakout performances from a talented cast of young actors.
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BFF '19: Fugue

Alicja suffers from dissociative fugue, a condition that has made her forget her identity.  After suffering an episode, she disappears. Two years later, she returns to her former family to assume against her will, her role as wife, mother and daughter.
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BFF '19: I Do Not Care If We Go Down in History as Barbarians

Tragic history repeats itself as farce in this darkly comic, politically timely meta-drama from Romanian director Radu Jude.
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BFF '19: Woman at War

The Cannes award-winning follow-up to Icelandic director Benedikt Erlingsson’s wildly popular festival hit ‘Of Horses and Men’ tells a funny and warm-hearted musical tale of a woman on a personal environmental crusade.
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BFF '19: An Elephant Sitting Still

The first and last film from the late Chinese director and author Hu Bo has a desolate beauty.
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BFF '19: The Third Wife

A 14-year-old girl struggles with family politics, her own agency, and the prospect of motherhood after she becomes the third wife of a wealthy landowner, in 19th century rural Vietnam.
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BFF '19: Birds of Passage

The filmmaking team behind the sublime Embrace of the Serpent addresses the origins of the Colombian drug trade. 
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BFF '19: The Angel

An attractive stylish portrayal of shallow serial killer, based on a real life, baby-faced murderer in 1970s Argentina.
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BFF '19: Madeline's Madeline

Josephine Decker crafts a challenging but juicy debut role for astonishing newcomer Helena Howard.
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BFF '19: Heavy Trip + Director Q&A

Turo is stuck in a small Finnish village where the best thing in his life is being the lead vocalist for the amateur metal band Impaled Rektum. The only problem? He and his bandmates have practiced for 12 years without playing a single gig.
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BFF '19: Sometimes Always Never

Bill Nighy, Sam Riley and Alice Lowe star in this stylish and heartfelt comedy-drama about a Scrabble-obsessed tailor searching for a lost son.
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