Ray Winstone for Foyle Film Festival

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Film stars Ray Winstone and Jim Sturgess are coming to Derry to help the Foyle Film Festival mark an amazing milestone – 25 years in the film festival business.

Film stars Ray Winstone and Jim Sturgess are coming to Derry to help the Foyle Film Festival mark an amazing milestone – 25 years in the film festival business.

The festival launches on November 21 with the Irish premiere of Ashes, a contemporary film noir that follows a difficult reconciliation between father and son and the latest film from director Mat Whitecross (The Road To Guantanamo, Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll).

Renowned writer / director Andrea Arnold (Red Road, Fish Tank) will also be attending the festival to introduce her recent adaptation of the classic gothic tale Wuthering Heights.

Bernie McLaughlin, festival director, said: “Over the years the festival has welcomed stars like Brendan Gleeson, Julie Christie, Terry George, Neil Jordan, Wim Wenders, and Kenneth Branagh – to name but a few. And this year is no exception.

“As well as the famous faces, we have a packed programme of feature films, workshops, competition screenings, outreach and special events.”

“I am delighted and excited to be part of the 25th Foyle Film Festival celebrations. It is certainly a milestone year for the festival and a tremendous achievement for everyone associated with this event over the last quarter of a century.

Other festival highlights include a Pixar Retrospective in honour of the late Steve Jobs, with screenings of favourite Pixar films, including Toy Story 3, Wall-E and The Incredibles.

New Irish cinema is well represented; the movie Jump, which has received rave reviews, was filmed in and around Derry and the stars Martin McCann and Ciaran McMenamin will be in attendance.

Also screening is Good Vibrations, which charts the life of Terri Hooley, the DJ instrumental in bringing the punk movement to Belfast and for releasing The Undertones’ legendary single ‘Teenage Kicks’. Directors Lisa Barros D’Sa and Glenn Leyburn will be in attendance and The Undertones will play a special gig in the Nerve Centre as part of this year’s Festival Club.

This year the Foyle Film Festival, which is organised by the Nerve Centre, is delighted to announce a new partnership with the state of the art 7-screen Brunswick Moviebowl.

Caoimhin McClafferty, operations manager, said: “The Brunswick Moviebowl is thrilled to be hosting the 25th Foyle Film Festival on this their milestone year.

“It’s a fantastic programme of feature films, short films and documentaries, from around the world, and I would encourage everybody to come out and support this wonderful festival.”

The Foyle Film Festival is one of only a handful of Oscar® affiliated festivals, with the winners of the festival’s Light In Motion (LIM) Awards, sponsored by City of Derry Crystal, to be announced on the closing night.

Bernie McLaughlin added: “The city of Derry~Londonderry is renowned for extending a warm welcome to visitors old and new, and the Foyle Film Festival has been very lucky over recent years to be able to rely on a great hospitality partnership with the Tower Hotel. This year the festival is also delighted to announce a new partnership with The Ramada Da Vinci’s Hotel.”

“As our city prepares to play host to the 2013 UK City of Culture, and the recent release of a fantastic programme of events, it is an exciting time to be working in the arts and entertainment sector in Derry~Londonderry.”

The festival will close on Sunday 25 November with another Irish premiere of Thomas Vinterberg’s critically acclaimed foreign language film The Hunt, starring Mads Middelsen, who received Best Actor Award at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

For programme and booking information go to www.foylefilmfestival.org or call the festival box office on 028 7126 0562.

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