Foyle Film Festival’s Autumn Programme

Foyle Film Festival’s Autumn Programme

Foyle Film Festival’s Autumn Programme launches Monday, September 12 on a musical note with Ethan Hawke turning in a brilliant performance as the legendary jazz musician Chet Baker in Born to be Blue.

Other musical treats include Tom Hiddleston as the charismatic country and western singer Hank Williams in I Saw The Light (September 20), while actor Don Cheadle makes his directorial debut and stars as jazz legend Miles Davis in Miles Ahead (10 October).

Also this season is a special 25th anniversary screening of the Alan Parker classic The Commitments. Sing Street – from John Carney, the writer and director of Once – is also based in Dublin and is the story of a young boy who forms a band in order to impress the girl he fancies. U2’s Bono has praised the movie commenting: “Most films won’t touch Sing Street’s portrayal of awakening.”

Reminiscent of Michael Haneke’s acclaimed Amour, Chronic is a hardhitting drama featuring a stunning performance from Tim Roth as a nurse who provides home care to three dying patients.

The power of cinema to challenge the audience is also clear in the documentary Notes On Blindness – the emotional story of writer and theologian John Hull who went blind just days before the birth of his first son.

Truth, starring Cate Blanchett and Robert Redford, strikes a topical note as this fact-based drama follows the 2004 US Presidential election and the media’s investigation into George W. Bush receiving preferential treatment from the military during the Vietnam War. The movie puts the spotlight on the dirty tricks employed by both sides in the media war over the presidency.

The Autumn programme also includes a Halloween Season featuring horrors such as The Boy. When Greta takes a job as a nanny she soon discovers that her young charge is a life-sized doll that the family treat like a real boy as a way of coping with the death of their child 20 years earlier. In When The Lights Went Out a young family discover that their new council house is inhabited by a violent poltergeist known as ‘The Black Monk’.

If that’s not enough for you then don’t forget this year’s Foyle Film Festival will run from Wednesday 16 to Sunday 20 November. Full details coming soon so mark it in your diary

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