Mark Cousins’ dreamlike evocation of his home city drives far beyond its overfamiliar political story to find a capital of rich history and startling beauty.
Our guide is not Cousins himself, but a 10,000-year-old lady who claims to be the spirit of the city itself, taking us on a journey through the city’s rich, complex and often tragic history. Cousins’ talent, in collaboration with cinematographer Christopher Doyle, is in finding visions of beauty amid the seemingly mundane, composing painterly pictures interspersed with film clips and archive footage. The evocative soundtrack by great Belfast DJ and film composer David Holmes (Ocean’s Eleven, Hunger, ‘71) mixed with Cousins’ poetical narration give the film its dreamlike quality. From wandering through the streets, meeting jaunty pensioners Rosie and Maud, to the horrors of the Troubles, I Am Belfast is an impassioned, politically engaged and inventive love letter from Cousins to his hometown.
Documentary 2019 92 mins Director: Damon Gameau
Award-winning director Damon Gameau embarks on a journey to explore what the future could look like if we embraced the best solutions to improve our planet.
Documentary 2019 95 mins Director: Zed Nelson
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Documentary 2019 93 mins Director: Alla Kovgan
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Documentary 2019 101 mins Director: Lauren Greenfield
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Documentary 2019 98 mins
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Documentary 2019 94 mins Director: Suhaib Gasmelbari
Beautifully shot documentary about four members of the 'Sudanese Film Club' who decide to revive an old cinema.
Biopic 1986 93 mins Director: Derek Jarman
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Love Is the Devil: Study for a Portrait of Francis Bacon Love Is the Devil: Study for a Portrait of Francis Bacon
Biopic 1998 87 mins Director: John Maybury
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Drama 2007 96 mins Director: Joanna Hogg
On a Tuscan break a fortysomething woman finds herself drawn to the company of a group of partying teens, including a young Tom Hiddleston (in one of his earliest roles).
Drama 1987 140 mins Director: James Ivory
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Drama 2018 89 mins Director: Mark Jenkin
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Drama 1970 101 mins Director: Nicolas Roeg
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Directed by Mark Cousins
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Documentary 2012 81 mins Director: Mark Cousins
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Documentary 2013 101 mins Director: Mark Cousins
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The Story of Film part 5: The Devastation of War and a New Movie Language The Story of Film part 5: The Devastation of War and a New Movie Language
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Documentary 2011 62 mins Director: Mark Cousins
This stunning series closes with an appraisal of post-9/11 cinema, analysis of its best directors and a speculative look at film in the future.
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Anthology 2020 122 mins Director: Various
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Anthology 2020 113 mins
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Drama 2019 132 mins Director: Bong Joon Ho
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Drama 2019 136 mins Director: Trey Edward Shults
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Drama 2018 76 mins Director: Scott Graham
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Drama 2019 105 mins Director: Jukka-Pekka Valkeapää
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