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QFT July programme packs a punch

18 out of 20 films featured in July programme can only be seen at QFT!

The July programme at QFT will bridge the gap between those engaged with the summer of sport and those who would rather not talk about the “O” word. With 14 new releases and 3 one off events the QFT will be screening a total of 20 different films for audiences to enjoy - 18 of which cannot be seen in any other cinema in Northern Ireland. From family screenings to hard hitting documentaries the choice on offer at Northern Ireland’s leading independent cinema is second to none.

Susan Picken, Head of QFT commented ‘For sports and culture fans alike, this summer promises to be a once in a lifetime experience. We are delighted to present our latest world-class selection of films which reflect these themes and will help to make this a summer to remember.’

For those interested in the sporting theme this month’s selection of restored and re-issued classics known as the “Super Second Sight” programme will feature the timeless sporting tale from the 1924 Paris Olympic Games Chariots of Fire (Friday 27- Sunday 29thJuly). Alternatively, try a taste of original Arnie in Total Recall (Monday 30th and Tuesday 31st July) or a bit of water sport action in the digitally restored Jaws (Wednesday 1st-Thursday 2nd August).

With 14 new releases our July programme provides something for all tastes. For romance Emily Blunt provides an enchanting performance in the heartfelt and intelligent Your Sister’s Sister (13th July – 26th July) whilst A Royal Affair provides romance in an historical context based on a remarkable true story (22nd June-5th July). On a musical note, eclectic director Christophe Honore returns to musicals with Beloved (3rd July-5th July) - a bittersweet film with great heart and emotion and for pure cinema artistry documentaries John Ford: Dreaming The Quiet Man (29th June-2nd July), Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present (27th July-30th July) and Swandown (31st July-2nd August) hit all the right notes.

A sliding scale of thrills and grit is available for audiences who can take their pick from 2011 Cannes Jury prize winner Polisse (29th June-5th July) - a crime drama with a touch of humour and humility, the powerful psychological drama The Hunter (27th July-9th August) or the potent cocktail of mayhem, sex and betrayal delivered by Killer Joe (13th July-26th July), fresh from its premiere at the Edinburgh Film Festival. Alternatively, The King of Devil’s Island, (3rd -5th July) based on true events, is a gripping and brutal tale of an uprising at a notorious Norwegian borstal.

From Robin Pattinson in Cosmopolis (13th-26th July) to Willem Dafoe in The Hunter and Jean Dujardin (The Artist) in The Players (27th July-2nd August) the line-up of heart-throbs appearing in new releases at QFT in July will provide a pleasant distraction from the power and perspiration of the sports agenda.

Every three months, in partnership with Jameson Irish Whiskey, the QFT presents a themed film experience featuring a title - as voted for by audiences on-line - which celebrates cult classics from a range of different genres. Our July “Jameson Presents” event promises to pack a punch as the movie selected is the sporting spectacular ROCKY. Presented by BBC’s Ralph MacLean the evening kicks off at 9pm in the Jameson Bar followed by the screening at 10pm. Appropriate boxing attire is optional! (Saturday 28th July).

Continuing on the sporting theme The Cultural Olympiad hits the QFT Screens in July with the chance to be the first to see Alfred Hitchcock’s early British masterpiece The Lodger restored to its former glory by the BFI National Archive and presented with live music accompaniment from the London Symphony Orchestra and Nitin Sawhney Band. Award winning composer and producer Nitin Sawhney has composed a brand new score for the film and this one –off screening will feature a pre-show reel of mini-docs and a Q& A session with Nitin Sawhney where audience members can tweet their questions. (Sat 1st July @ 7:30pm).

For families in search of a summertime distraction during the holidays the QFT Dickens 2012 screenings continues with the 1960’s classic Oliver! which is one of British film-maker Carol Reed’s greatest triumphs. In addition the Ulster Museum and QFT continue their special film season to coincide with the Age of the Dinosaur exhibition which runs until 16 September. The Land Before Time will be screened on Sunday 29th July at 2pm and One of our Dinosaurs is Missing will be shown on Sunday 26th August at 2pm.

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