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QFT50 Programme

Screen/Print Exhibition

To celebrate one year of SCREEN/PRINT and the 50th anniversary of QFT, the Naughton Gallery presents a one of a kind film poster exhibition.
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QFT50 Opening Night: First Man

EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW The Academy Award-winning team of director Damien Chazelle and star Ryan Gosling (La La Land) reunites for this biopic on the adventures and life of Neil Armstrong, from his entry into NASA's astronaut program in 1961 to his epoch-making walk on the moon eight years later.
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QFT50 Exhibition

Since opening its doors in 1968 QFT has occupied a very special place in Belfast’s cultural landscape. Marking the culmination of a year-long AHRC funded research project undertaken by film scholar Dr Sam Manning, QFT presents a fascinating insight into its extraordinary fifty-year history.
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Cal

Pat O’Connor’s legendary 1984 film Cal, based on the novel by Bernard MacLaverty, kept the doors open at QFT when times were hard.
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50 Years of Queen's Film Theatre

In October 1968, Queen’s Film Theatre opened in a converted lecture hall on the university campus with a policy of ‘showing the best international films past and present’. Fifty years later, it remains a much-loved venue for cinema-goers in Belfast and beyond.
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Memories of Underdevelopment

One of the first Cuban films to achieve significant success abroad, Tomás Gutiérrez Alea’s intimate and densely layered Memories of Underdevelopment is a landmark work of the country’s cinema.
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A-Z of Belfast Cinemas

Join filmmaker Brian Henry Martin on an alphabetical odyssey, a special illustrated talk to celebrate the golden age of the cinema.
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A Northern Soul

A Northern Soul glimpses Hull as it transforms into the City of Culture 2017 and its people hoping for change.
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Stories From The Troubles

Stories from the Troubles - Independent documentaries since the 1998 ceasefires.
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Tower. A Bright Day.

NASZ EXPRESS, POLISH CULTURAL WEEK AND QFT50 PRESENT: An idyllic countryside family reunion takes a turn for the sinister in this remarkable directorial debut.
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Jeannette: The Childhood of Joan of Arc

The ever-unpredictable Bruno Dumont (Li’l Quinquin) takes another thrilling hairpin turn with this audacious, 15th century-set heavy metal musical composed by Igorrr (aka Gautier Serre).
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The Passionate Politics of Joan of Arc

Bruno Dumont’s metal musical Jeannette: The Childhood of Joan of Arc is a wildly different take on the much-loved, and often-adapted, myth of Joan of Arc.
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Wild Nights With Emily

OUTBURST & QFT50 PRESENT: The notion of acclaimed poet Emily Dickinson as a tortured recluse is well and truly punctured in Madeleine Olnek’s (The Foxy Merkins) delightfully funny film, featuring a wonderful performance by Molly Shannon as the supposedly reserved literary icon.
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Queer Cinema: Rewind and Fast Forward

Dr Monica Pearl presents a fascinating take on the history and future of queer cinema for QFT’s 50th birthday celebrations, in partnership with Outburst Queer Arts Festival.
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Possum

EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW The long-awaited debut feature from cult writer/director/actor Matthew Holness (Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace), Possum is a stylish, unique, dark and twisted psychological horror.
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My 20th Century

From Ildikó Enyedi (whose latest film On Body and Soul has gone on to be a huge prize-winner), this magical film spins a tale of twin girls, Dora and Lili, who are born in 1880 Budapest on the same moment Thomas Edison presents his electrical lightbulb to the world.
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Good Vibrations

If ever a film embodied the anarchic, irreverent spirit of Belfast then Good Vibrations is it.
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Faces Places

Marking a long-awaited return to filmmaking in the year of her 90th birthday, Face Places sees iconic filmmaker Agnès Varda forging an unexpected collaboration with photographer JR as they embark on a road trip like no other.
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Bloodyminded

The morality of war past and present is explored in Bloodyminded: the UK’s first interactive live streamed feature film, shot in a single take and broadcast to cinemas and online - once and once only.
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The European Film Industry in the New Millennium

While Europe has witnessed new records of film produced per year and a consistent development of policies and initiatives dedicated to cross-border collaborations, European films still struggle to travel past their national limits, and their “European-ness” seems obfuscated by the persistence of a national cinema framework.
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Dogman

EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW After premiering in Competition at Cannes to rave reviews, Matteo Garrone’s (Gomorrah, Tale of Tales) Dogman surrounds us in the world of Marcello (Marcello Fonte), his dog grooming business in Magliana, a distant suburb of Rome, and the criminal temptations that surround him there.
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QFT50 Anniversary Night: Viva Maria!

At 8.30pm on 16 October 1968, QFT opened its doors for the first time with a screening of Louis Malle’s anarchic comedy Viva Maria!
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Peterloo

EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW The 62nd BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express® presents the UK premiere of Mike Leigh’s Peterloo live from HOME in Manchester, simulcast to cinemas around the UK.
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Seeing in the Dark

Yes, the hardware does matter! Projectors used to be a source of spectacle and fascination, from the days of the Phantasmagoria and the mighty Triurnial to the carbon-arc machines of the early 20th century. Now they're digital DLPs. So does it matter what's happening behind your head?
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Touch Me Not

Romanian director Adina Pintilie’s Berlin Golden Bear winner is a bold, quietly provocative drama about one woman struggling with her fear of intimacy.
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The Devil's Doorway

EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW Aislinn Clarke's debut feature film – which holds the dual distinction of being the first feature horror film written and directed by an Irish woman – is a confident and timely chiller.
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My Left Foot

A huge hit at QFT upon its initial release in 1989, My Left Foot launched Jim Sheridan’s international career and propelled Irish cinema onto the world stage.
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Mark Kermode Film Night: The Breadwinner

THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT! CINEMAGIC & QFT50 PRESENT: Film Critic, broadcaster and journalist Mark Kermode returns to Cinemagic for his annual Film Night to introduce and discuss The Breadwinner, his 2018 festival pick!
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The Secret of Kells

CINEMAGIC & QFT50 PRESENT: Celtic mythology, magic and fantasy come together in a riot of colour and detail, in this enchanting Oscar-nominated animation about the power of imagination and faith to carry humanity through dark times.
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Song of the Sea

CINEMAGIC & QFT50 PRESENT: This Oscar-nominated follow up to The Secret of Kells is another gorgeous hand-drawn animation - indeed, it’s been hailed as one of the most blissfully beautiful films ever made!
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Cartoon Saloon Animation Workshop

CINEMAGIC & QFT50 PRESENT: Join Oscar-nominated animation studio, Cartoon Saloon (The Secret of Kells, Song of the Sea, The Breadwinner) as one of their resident artists presents an industry workshop exploring the exciting world of animation.
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Mark Kermode: How Does It Feel? Book Tour

CINEMAGIC & QFT50 PRESENT: How Does It Feel? - A Life of Musical Misadventures Mark Kermode recounts his utterly foolhardy attempts to fulfil his dreams of becoming a pop star - from building an electric guitar from scratch while at school, to playing tea-chest bass on the kids TV show 'Utterly Brilliant', to becoming the musical director of a major TV show - all without ever learning to read music.
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Make Me Up

THE NAUGHTON GALLERY AT QUEEN'S & QFT50 PRESENT: Siri wakes to find herself trapped inside a brutalist candy-coloured dreamhouse. Despite the cutesy décor, the place is far from benign, and she and her inmates are encouraged to compete for survival while being watched over by surveillance cameras, 24/7.
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Derry Girls

THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT! NORTHERN IRELAND SCREEN & QFT50 PRESENT: Join us in celebrating the success of Northern Ireland’s Derry Girls, Channel Four’s award-winning comedy series currently in production on its second series.
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Women Over 50 Film Festival Shorts

A selection of short films drawn from the most recent Women Over 50 Film Festival (WOFFF).
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Night of the Living Dead

Night of the Living Dead, directed by horror master George A. Romero, is a great story of independent cinema: a midnight movie hit turned box-office smash that became one of the most influential horror films of all time.
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Shoplifters

EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW This year’s surprise Cannes Palme d’Or winner is one of Japanese director Kore-eda Hirokazu’s (Our Little Sister, The Third Murder) finest films, about a loving, unconventional family making ends meet on the margins of Tokyo.
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Together + Live Jazz Score

BELFAST INTERNATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL & QFT50 PRESENT: A unique screening with live accompaniment by Raymond MacDonald and Christian Ferlaino (Saxophone and percussion) to create a dynamic reinterpretation of Mazzetti’s groundbreaking film Together (Best Avantgarde Film, Cannes Film Festival 1956).
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Midnight Movie All-Nighter

To celebrate QFT's 50th Birthday and our 18 year working relationship, Belfast Film Festival and QFT present an all-night 'midnight movie' event, from dusk ‘til dawn. This is your chance to stay up all night, eat badly and have your head fried…
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Wildlife

EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW In Paul Dano’s directing debut, Carey Mulligan and Jake Gyllenhaal capture the cracks that occur in a marriage when a young wife kicks against the constraints of 1950s domesticity.
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A Better Tomorrow 2018

EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW Ding Sheng remakes John Woo's seminal Hong Kong crime thriller A Better Tomorrow for a new generation.
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Women in Film, 1968-2018

Drawing on a range of local and international films and filmmakers, this talk will provide an overview of key developments of women in film over the last 50 years.
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Bhaji On The Beach

Gurinder Chadha’s Bhaji on the Beach is an empowering and cultured comedy about the bond between women regardless of age and background.
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Suspiria

Luca Guadagnino (I Am Love, Call Me by Your Name) pays homage to Dario Argento’s horror classic with this delicious feminist update.
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The Green Fog

Guy Maddin’s (The Forbidden Room) latest cinematic fever dream is a madcap medley of excerpts from Hollywood movies and TV shows, re-edited into an ingenious, frequently hilarious tribute to Hitchcock’s Vertigo.
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Monty Python's Life of Brian

Monty Python delivers a scathing, anarchic satire of both religion and Hollywood's depiction of all things biblical with their second film Life of Brian.
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From Battleship Potemkin to Last Tango in Paris: Film Censorship in Northern Ireland

This talk will explore the controversies faced by particular films within Northern Ireland.
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QFT50 Closing Night: Widows

EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW A heavyweight cast — including Viola Davis, Daniel Kaluuya, Liam Neeson, Jacki Weaver, Colin Farrell, and Michelle Rodriguez — propels Steve McQueen’s white-knuckle thriller (co-written by Gone Girl’s Gillian Flynn) about four women left in a deadly lurch when their criminally connected husbands are all killed.
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