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Revisit a classic: Close Encounters of The Third Kind

Richard Dreyfuss stars in Close Encounters of The Third Kind

STEVEN Spielberg's 1977 sci-fi epic returns to cinemas this weekend to mark its 40th anniversary with a new 4K digital print of his preferred 1998 ‘Special Edition' cut.

The film stars Richard Dreyfuss as Roy Neary, an e?ectrical worker who encounters a UFO while investigating a large-scale power outage, then becomes obsessed with a distinctive desert landmark for reasons he can't quite explain.

As it turns out, Roy's not the only one who can't get the ominous Devil's Tower out of his head – though he might be alone in sculpting it out of mash.

Audiences will also be treated to a short feature about the making of the iconic film, which includes an all new interview with Steven Spielberg.

“The movie that I made was not intended to be a science-fiction movie,” insists Spielberg.

“I really believed that there was something up there. I still believe we're not alone in the universe.”

Let's just hope that if any extra terrestrials do treat us to a close encounter, they're just as friendly as the ones in his films.

:: Screening daily at QFT Belfast until Sunday, tickets and times via Queensfilmtheatre.com

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