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5 March 1998 Edition

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Cinema: Fascinating Festival highlights

Dublin Film Festival Director Aine O Halloran (who is also the director of the West Belfast Film Festival) has put together a great collection of films for this year's festival (3-12 March).

The opening film was Francis Ford Coppola's The Rainmaker, an adaptation of a John Grisham novel in which a Southern lawyer talkes on an immoral insurance corporation.

But the heart of the festival is, as always, the foreign and independent films which you have no chance of seeing anywhere else. For example, on Friday you can see Four Days in September, Brazil's entry in last year's Oscars. It is an account of the kidnapping of the US ambassador to Brazil by left-wing revolutionaries. Or - sure to be an interesting experience - an Austrian version of Flann O'Brien's classic, At Swim Two Birds, which you can see on Saturday.

On Sunday you can catch Tom Collins's Bogwoman, the story of a young Donegal woman who marries a Derry man and settles in the Bogside in the 1960s. The film charts the period up to the Battle of the Bogside.

On Friday there is the world premiere of Cycle of Violence, which claims to be the first film made entirely in the Six Counties in twenty years. It is a thriller/love story whose star is a journalist who is sent to the suspiciously named small country town of Crossmaheart. There ``with the help of the local sergeant'' (I know, but that's what it says in the publicity notes) he ``unravels a web of intrigue''. It was written by the prolific Colin Bateman.

Always worth catching at the Festival are the shorts programmes and this year there is a wide selection of Irish short films on offer.

For further information, phone Dublin 670 8666
By Brian Campbell

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