Big Screen Films to Brighten Up Your Summer, Come Rain or Shine

Big Screen Films to Brighten Up Your Summer, Come Rain or Shine

Forget the typical Northern Irish (wet) weather with the Foyle Film Festival’s latest programme of screenings and digital workshops, running throughout the summer.

The season launches on Monday, July 18, with Victoria, a heist drama, which was shot in one uninterrupted two and a half hour take on the streets of Berlin, from acclaimed writer/director Sebastian Schipper.

Other highlights include Bayou Maharajah – a documentary exploring the life and music of New Orleans piano legend James Booker, the man Dr John described as “the best black, gay, one eyed junkie piano genius New Orleans has ever produced.”

The programme showcases the talent of celebrated French actor Vincent Cassel with a short season of his movies – including a special 15th anniversary screening of Read My Lips. Cassel plays ex-conman Paul who befriends deaf secretary Carla and introduces her to the criminal underworld. Also screening is Cassel’s most recent success – romantic drama Mon Roi and an all-time classic of international cinema La Haine.

To celebrate Ken Loach’s second success at Cannes with I, Daniel Blake, we feature a special screening of Versus: The Life And Work Of Ken Loach, an affectionate look at Ken Loach’s career and an insight into the man himself. It features well-chosen clips from his early ground-breaking work for the BBC, including Up the Junction and Cathy Come Home.

As part of the Foyle Pride Festival we’re running a week of special screenings, including Mapplethorpe: Look At The Pictures – the first definitive portrait of the controversial American artist Robert Mapplethorpe since his death from AIDS in 1989. While the complementary documentary Black, White + Gray explores Sam Wagstaff’s transformation from museum curator to Mapplethorpe’s lover and patron.



As well as showcasing the best in documentary and contemporary film, the Foyle Film Festival is offering a series of fun and action-packed animated movies and hands-on workshops for younger audience over the summer holidays. Spend two spellbinding weeks in the company of Harry Potter, wicked witches and wizards. Discover the magic of Disney, create your own animated movie and design your own characters based on The Jungle Book, The BFG, Finding Dory, Big Hero 6, Frozen, and more. Bring LEGO to life by creating your very own short LEGO stop motion film, get to grips with green screen technology, or produce your own comic book story using LEGO. Or maybe you want to be a Jedi warrior – no problem – simply sign up for our Junior or Senior Jedi Film School and make it happen!


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