Manchester Film Festival unveils line-up for anniversary edition

Feb 5, 2024
The Convert

Manchester Film Festival has announced its milestone 10th edition, scheduled to take place at the Odeon, Great Northern, from Friday 15 March to Sunday 24 March. This celebration of cinema will feature an incredible line-up of films from across the globe.

Kicking off the festival will be the UK premiere of The Convert, starring Guy Pearce. The Convert is directed by Lee Tamahori and tells the story of a preacher who arrives at a British settlement in 1830s New Zealand. His violent past is soon drawn into question and his faith put to the test, as he finds himself caught in the middle of a bloody war between Māori tribes.

Throughout the festival, audiences can immerse themselves in a diverse selection of films that have garnered praise and accolades at prestigious film festivals including Cannes, Venice, Toronto and Sundance. The Manchester Film Festival continues its tradition of introducing cutting-edge cinema to its audience.

Highlights include Sometimes I Think About Dying, La Chimera, Disco Boy and Queen of Bones, starring Martin Freeman.

The closing night promises to be a cinematic treat with the screening of the latest Rose Glass film, Love Lies Bleeding, starring Kirsten Stewart, Katy O’Brian and Ed Harris. Love Lies Bleeding sees Stewart star as Lou, a reclusive gym manager who falls hard for Jackie (O’Brian), an ambitious bodybuilder who’s heading to Las Vegas to pursue her dream. Their love soon leads to violence as they get pulled deep into the web of Lou’s criminal family.

One of the highlights of this year’s festival is the UK premiere of The Trap, marking the directorial debut of Lena Headey.

The festival is also proud to present four world premieres of UK films: Of God’s Men, Straight Through Crew, The Can, and Die Before You Die. Also presented will be ITV’s new restoration of the 1978 version of The 39 Steps, starring Robert Powell.

This year’s documentary selection includes We Dare to Dream, the latest film from For Sama director Waad Al-Kateab.

In total, 45 feature films from around the world will grace the festival, offering a rich tapestry of storytelling and cinematic artistry. Additionally, over 100 short films, including three sessions of North West Shorts showcasing local talent, will captivate audiences.

Film enthusiasts can secure their seats now, as tickets and passes are on sale. The festival offers five and 10-film passes, providing flexibility for attendees to enjoy multiple films with friends or family.

Manchester Film Festival stands at the forefront of celebrating cinema’s diverse and vibrant spirit, and the 10th edition promises to be a cinematic feast for all.

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