Belfast Film Festival: Shooting for Socrates is Belfast’s very own David and Goliath story
Shooting for Socrates is one of the most talked about films to be showcase at the upcoming Belfast Film Festival next month.
This joyous comedy is portrayed as a David and Goliath story set in our great city against the backdrop of the 1986 World Cup and the conflict of the troubles.
Marie Jones’ film is about following your dreams, no matter where you come from, and losing your heart to the ‘beautiful game’.
In a Northern Ireland divided on religious lines, nine-year-old Tommy learns to make sense of his world through his passion for football and his father’s love of Greek philosophy.
Meanwhile, the country’s football team battle against the odds to the World Cup finals to earn a place against the modern day Goliath- the Brazilian football team led by the remarkable politician/philosopher/footballing genius Socrates de Souza.
The 10-day Belfast Film Festival begins on April 16 and takes place in a host of venues across the city.
Festival Director Michele Devlin is looking forward to showcasing local talent at the annual festival.
She said: “The opening night will be a homecoming moment for Belfast-raised critic and filmmaker Mark Cousins whose wonderful feature ‘I Am Belfast’ will leave audiences looking at the city in a new light. Marie Jones Shooting for Socrates celebrates all things football, with her World Cup 1986 tale, and Marty McCann shines in the UK premiere of Stephen Fingleton’s ‘The Survivalist’.
“Join us as we take you around the world with over 100 films in 10 glorious days of cinematic excellence.”