Disney Brings Its Magic To The Foyle Film Festival

Disney Brings Its Magic To The Foyle Film Festival

The most eagerly anticipated Disney film of 2013, Saving Mr Banksthe extraordinary untold story of how one of the most beloved tales of all time, Mary Poppins, was brought to the big screen, will have its Northern Ireland premiere at the closing night of the Foyle Film Festival in Brunswick Moviebowl.

Also added to the festival line-up on Sunday November 24 is Disney’s latest family film, Frozen, a stunning comedy adventure from the creators of Wreck it Ralph andTangled. It will have an exclusive screening at the Foyle Film Festival, before it officially arrives in the cinema on December 6.

Saving Mr Banks focuses on the real-life battle between P.L. Travers, played by Emma Thompson and Walt Disney, played by Tom Hanks, over the movie rights to her famous literary character – ‘Mary Poppins.’ Film critics are already predicting Oscar nominations for both actors, who are both previous two-time Academy Award winners. They lead a stellar international supporting cast including Colin Farrell, Paul Giamatti and Ruth Wilson.

Speaking about the role, Emma Thompson told BBC News: ‘What was fun was inhabiting someone who refused to let the fairy dust work. I loved her belligerence. I loved playing her rudeness, and her honesty.’

Just in time for the festive season and already nominated for a 2014 Academy Award is Frozen. Based loosely on Hans Christian Andersen's The Snow Queen, the musical animation follows Anna (voice of Kristen Bell), a fearless optimist, who teams up with extreme mountain man Kristoff (voice of Jonathan Groff) and his sidekick reindeer Sven in an epic journey. They encounter mystical trolls, an amazing and comedic snowman named Olaf, Everest-like conditions and magic at every turn in a race to find Anna’s sister Elsa (voice of Idina Menzel), the Snow Queen, and save their kingdom from eternal winter.

Bernie McLaughlin, Foyle Film Festival director said: ‘We couldn’t have asked for a more magical way to end this year’s Foyle Film Festival. Disney films have been delighting audiences for years and will continue to do so for many more. It is our pleasure and honour to premiere two of Disney's biggest releases this year - what a treat for our young audience, and of course the young at heart!’

Saving Mr Banks and Frozen are the latest films to be added to a strong line-up of screenings, workshops and events at the 2013 Foyle Film Festival. To view the festival’s full programme and for ticketing links, visit www.foylefilmfestival.org.

The Foyle Film Festival is supported by Northern Ireland Screen and Derry City Council.


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