We Gather (Short Film) ★★★★★ Belfast Film Festival

In his short film We Gather, Dominic Curran has captured the utter devastation of grief in such a beautifully wrenching manner. From top to bottom, this is a tremendous piece of short film cinema. A young man struggles with regret as the passage of time gives way to a flowing

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Smashing and Entering (Short) ★★★ 3/4 Belfast Film Festival

Joe Laverty’s Smashing and Entering is a great-looking short that shows us the power of independent women. Emer Casey’s performance demands your attention as the fearless Goretti – A short film that leaves you wanting more. First, her privacy is assailed by nuisance callers who soon discover they are more

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Everything Looks Simple from a Distance (Short Film) ★★★★ Belfast Film Festival

Conor Toner’s marvelous short film Everything Looks Simple from a Distance is a thoughtful film that takes an emotional turn in the last few minutes. Cailum Carragher gives us an excellent performance as our idealistic lead. It’s 1969. The Americans have not landed on the moon yet, and political tensions

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Puppet Tears (Short Film) ★★★★ Belfast Film Festival

163 seconds of fantastic work from Conor Lambert is all we get in Emma Brennan’s remarkable Puppet Tears. In less than three minutes, we can explore multiple themes with such wonderful deftness, a short that excites you for its future possibilities. A lonely puppeteer cares for his lonely puppet child,

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Suspicious Minds (Short Film) ★★★ Belfast Film Festival

Imelda O’Reilly‘s bittersweet short film Suspicious Minds calls out to all who have moved away to start anew. A reminder that no matter why you left, if you need to, you can still call that place home. A romance at a trippy Halloween rave goes wrong. Lola’s (Gina Costigan) very

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Postpartum (Short Film) ★★★★ Belfast Film Festival

Tania Notaro captures with overwhelming precision the fears and struggles women can face with motherhood in her second short, Postpartum. This film will strike a chord with many, a must-watch. Life takes a dark turn when a young woman, Mary (Tania Notaro), faces the realities of motherhood. Motherhood is one

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Hangnail (Short) ★★★ 1/2 Belfast Film Festival

Grace Connor’s Hangnail is a dream that quickly becomes a nightmare for our young protagonist. It is a strong cautionary tale that shows the daunting task some teenagers have in trying to find their place in society. Young and impressionable Erin (Mollie Milne) is dying for a peek into the

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Baby Steps (Short Film) ★★★★ Belfast Film Festival

A wonderful joy of a 9-minute short, Baby Steps takes us through the fears of going through a pregnancy. It is an entertaining and unexpectedly touching film; Hannah Mamalis has made a delightful gem. Em (Hannah Mamalis) is 7 months pregnant and feels no connection to the baby inside her.

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The Zone of Interest ★★★★★ Belfast Film Festival

Simply put, there is nothing like The Zone of Interest. Jonathan Glazer has created the most haunting, shattering, and breathless film in recent memory. Deliberately horrifying, this is cinema at its most impactful. The commandant of Auschwitz, Rudolf Höss, and his wife Hedwig strive to build a dream life for

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