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Posted on 04th November 2014 |

This November our 12+ programme of film screenings and film education workshops will take place in cinemas, arts centres and schools throughout Belfast. The 2014 world cinema programme is packed full of UK and Irish premieres of new films from Belgium, France, Canada, Germany, Slovenia, Iceland, Spain and the USA!

Returning for his 10th Cinemagic jaunt is the UK’s most dapper film critic and double bassist, Mark Kermode. Mark will be in conversation with Brian Henry Martin on Sat 22 Nov at 5.30pm in Queen’s Film Theatre, followed by a screening of his 10th anniversary festival pick, Powell & Pressburgers 1946 classic, A Matter of Life and Death.


We are pleased to announce that we will be screening the Northern Ireland premiere of Paddington on Sun 23rd Nov at 5.00pm in Odyssey Cinemas with thanks to Studio Canal. The timeless classic story of one young bear’s comic misadventures on the streets of London is getting the ‘big screen’ treatment for the first time and we are delighted to be showcasing it at the festival!


The film programme will open with the UK premiere of Mathias Malzieu & Stephane Berla’s stunning animated adventure Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart. Based on Malzieu’s best-selling book the film follows young Jack as he embarks on life with a strange infliction, born with a frozen heart a cuckoo-clock must be used as a replacement ticker! Although everything seems to be working fine, Jack must observe three golden rules! First he must never touch the hands of his clock. Secondly, he must control his anger. And last, but certainly not least, he must never, ever fall in love! Embracing Burton-esque gothic imagery and introducing us to many weird and wonderful characters, Malzieu’s delightful imagination is brought to life in this gorgeous animated tale.


Our programme section World Adventures and Fantasy Tales will introduce cinema-goers to Santa’s talking Moose (A Christmoose Story), a group of young German time-travellers (Mission: Sputnik), a Dutch Ghosthunter (Bobby and the Ghosthunters) and the beautiful wild stallion Windstorm (Windstorm).
Queen’s Film Theatre will be home to our 15+ programme of film screenings including the programme sections Growing Pains and A Disillusioned Youth. We are very pleased to welcome French director Christophe Cousin to Belfast to introduce the UK Premiere of his coming of age drama False Movement. A touching tale of one young boys struggle with acceptance, isolation and grief as he travels from his family home in France to make a new life with his mother in Canada after the death of his father. Violet (UK Premiere), The Good Life (UK Premiere) and Class Enemy (Irish Premiere), Slovenia’s official Academy Award entry, make up the 2014 ‘Growing Pains’ programme.


The ‘A Disillusioned Youth’ programme opens with the Northern Ireland Premiere of Edward Berger and Nele Mueller-Stofen’s powerful urban based drama Jack. This is a sensitive, compassionate and engaging unsentimental portrait of two boys and their brutal plight as they search for their mother through the unforgiving streets of Berlin. From the urban landscape of Jack we are transported to the stark wilds of rural Iceland for the power Metalhead. This no holds barred Scandinavian epic will have audiences speechless at the remarkable breakout performance by actress Thora Bjorg Helga and wanting to shout and yell to the exhilarating classic sounds of Megadeath and Judas Priest!


From the USA we have the UK Premiere of Beneath the Harvest Sky an intimate portrait of two teenage best friends as they take tragically different paths to realise their dream of making it to the big city! A remarkable feature debut for documentary filmmakers Aron Gaudet and Gita Pullapilly and starring Irish actor Aidan Gillen (Game of Thrones). ‘A Disillusioned Youth’ will close with the UK Premiere of Arctic. A vivid portrait of adolescent struggle in Spain at the height of the economic crisis.


Our Rewind programme based at Odyssey Cinemas will see us revisiting a number of cinema classics, including a 25th anniversary screening of Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure as well as Wayne’s World, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Young Frankenstein, Big Trouble in Little China and Peter Brooks’ film adaptation of the William Golding novel Lord of the Flies.


Creativity Corner will see workshops for young writers and filmmakers with director Charles Harris and animation filmmaker Joel Simon. Young Filmmakers will take centre stage at our three AES Cinemagic Young Filmmaker Showcase events and we will be closing the film programme with a special screening of all the short films produced in 2014 during Cinemagic Film Camps and Outreach Projects.


A full programme of screenings and events for secondary schools and college students will be running alongside our public film programme. Highlights in 2014 will include the Irish Premiere of Leave to Remain with an introduction and Q&A with BAFTA winning director Bruce Goodison. Emmy Award Winning Music Composer David Arnold (Skyfall, Independence Day, Stargate, Sherlock) will be in Belfast for a special schools Q&A looking at Music for Film. Writer and lecturer Roy Stafford will be leading a Genre Study workshop on ‘Nordic Noir’ crime fiction for TV and cinema and the BBFC will be returning for their annual talk on film classification before a screening of Captain Phillips.

Other highlights include Pitch that Brief, Animation with Cartoon Saloon, Special Effects Make-up with Triona Gogarty, Future Storyteller, Stopmotion with Flickerpix Animations, News and Current Affairs with Paul Clark, History Live!, Children & War Short Film Showcase, Glortha Aduaidh, Genre Study – The War Film, Animated Antics and our Jury’s Out! Secondary School Short Film Competition.


A full programme of events can be downloaded from the homepage of the Cinemagic Website!


Be Inspired!


Chris Shaw
Programmer

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