Belfast Film Festival: Three to See

Mustang is the opening gala screening at Belfast Film Festival tonight

:: Mustang, tonight, Moviehouse, Dublin Road, Belfast, 7pm

THIS Turkish movie was nominated for an Academy Award for its powerful, unexpectedly tense portrayal of five adolescent orphans struggling to break free from the tyrannical regime of traditional morality instituted by their controlling grandmother and uncle.

An auspicious Turkish language feature debut from filmmaker Deniz Gamze Erguven.

:: Miles Ahead, Friday April 15, QFT Belfast, 6.40pm.

DON Cheadle stars as jazz legend Miles Davis in this new biopic, which he also directed, co-wrote and co-produced.

It centres on an exciting extended encounter between Davis and an exclusive interview-chasing Rolling Stone reporter, Dave Brill (Ewan McGregor), who gets a lot more than he bargained for from his subject.

This acclaimed film offers an impressionistic look at the druggy jazzman's turbulent times during a five year period of self-imposed retirement in the 1970s, involving car chases, shoot-outs and lost love.

:: Awaydays and Insulin, Friday April 22, QFT Belfast, 4pm.

SCREENING as part of the Belfast Film Festival's Shorts Competition, Awaydays is a 14 minute film from Boogaloo & Graham director Michael Lennox that's effectively a prequel to Stephen Fingleton's hit apocalyptic thriller The Survivalist.

It follows a father who uses his weekend custody of his two sons to train them in survival skills, so that they might have a better chance of living through the 'end times' he believes to be imminent – rightly, as it turns out.

Ryan and Andy Tohill's short Insulin is also set in the same pre-Survivalist world a few years into the collapse, as a pharmacist and his diabetic wife encounter a stranger at their fortified shelter.

Can they trust his offer of salvation?

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