Foyle Film Festival opens tomorrow

Jean Dujardin and B�r�nice Bejo who star in 'The Artist'.
Jean Dujardin and B�r�nice Bejo who star in 'The Artist'.
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The Foyle Film Festival opens this week with a programme of screenings, workshops and special events that will appeal to movie lovers of all ages. The theme of the festival ‘Events That Shook The World’ is proving to be one of the most popular with audiences to date.

The festival opens tomorrow night at 8pm with the Irish premiere of The Artist in the Omniplex Cinema. The Artist is a contemporary movie paying homage to the Golden Age of silent film, and to Tinseltown in the 1920s. Lead actor Jean Dujardin received the Best Actor Award at this year’s Cannes Film Festival for his outstanding performance, and has also been tipped as a contender for the Oscars in 2012.

On Thursday 24 November at 6pm in the Nerve Centre, Fat Cows Lean Cows, the first of the documentary films in competition will be shown. Fat Cows, Lean Cows is a documentary that takes an intimate and poignant exploration into the relationships between three men working in western Negev. They run a dairy farm that is a micro cosmos of the outside world which joins together 3 human stories of 3 such different people, but yet so similar.

Everyday life and an extraordinary life merge together at the Nerve Centre 7pm on Thursday for a short film and feature package – Blue Rinse and Vidal Sasson: The Movie. Some find solace on a therapist’s couch, in a pew, or on a barstool. Blue Rinse is a delightful look at a Dublin hair salon that caters to a senior clientele proves, there may be no better spot to find a willing ear than in a stylist’s chair.

Vidal Sassoon is more than just a hairdresser - he’s a rock star, an artist, and a craftsman who ‘changed the world with a pair of scissors’. With the geometric, Bauhaus-inspired hairstyles he pioneered in the 1960s and his ‘wash and wear’ philosophy, Sassoon revolutionised the art of hairstyling, leaving an indelible mark on popular culture.

One of the most anticipated screenings of the festival is the Irish premiere of 50/50 starring Seth Roegan and Joseph Gordon Levitt this Thursday 24 November at 9pm at the Omniplex.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays Adam, a 27-year-old who is diagnosed with a rare form of spinal cancer, and his often funny fight to beat the disease. With the help of his best friend, his mother, and a young therapist at the cancer clinic, Adam learns what is most important in life.

Tabloid will also be screened on Thursday 24 November at The Nerve Centre Cinema 2. This documentary film tells the story of former Miss Wyoming (Joyce McKinney) who is charged with abducting and imprisoning a young Mormon missionary. Academy Award-winner Errol Morris’ Tabloid follows the much stranger-than-fiction true-life adventures of Joyce McKinney, a former “beauty queen” whose single-minded devotion to the man of her dreams leads her across the globe and directly onto the front pages of the British tabloid newspapers. Equal parts love story, film noir, brainy B-movie and demented fairy tale, Tabloid is a delirious meditation on hysteria.

Booking for all festival films and events (including Omniplex Screenings) can be made at The Nerve Centre box office which is open Monday – Friday, 9.30pm - 5.30pm from Wednesday 2 November 2011. Tel: 028 7137 3456 / 7126 7432 / 7126 0562. For further information on the Foyle Film Festival log onto: