The Chester International Film Festival 2017, presented by Chester Film Society, announces its programme of films for the 31st Film Festival taking place from 2-11 March.

The Film Festival this year will be held at the recently refurbished Festival Church in Queen Street, Chester and will show seven feature films from seven countries including Julieta and Dheepan, both 2017 BAFTA-nominated films.

Showing alongside the feature films will be the International Animation Festival - now in its fourth year and this time attracting over 270 submissions from 52 countries! These will be narrowed down to 12 finalists which will be shown and voted on for the Animation Festival Prize.

The feature films being shown are:

JULIETA (Spain, 2016, Cert 15) Thursday 2nd March. BAFTA-nominated film of a chance encounter causes a woman to reflect on the tragic circumstances surrounding the disappearance of her daughter.

HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE(New Zealand, 2016, Cert 12) Friday 3rd March A comedy drama in which a boy and his foster father become the subjects of a manhunt after they get stranded in the New Zealand wilderness.

THE CLAN (Argentina, 2016, Cert 15) Saturday 4th March The true story of the Puccio Clan, a family who kidnapped and killed people in the 80s.

FIRE AT SEA (Italy, 2016, Cert 12) Tuesday 7th March A documentary about the migrant crisis, chronicling the arrival of migrants on boats on the island of Lampedusa.

DHEEPAN (France, 2015, Cert 15) Thursday 9th March BAFTA-nominated Drama about the experience of a Tamil warrior and his surrogate family who flee to France following the Sri Lankan civil war.

EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT(Columbia, 2016, Cert 12) Friday 10th March. The story of an Amazonian shaman, the last survivor of his tribe, and his relationship with two European scientists who, forty years apart, come in search of a sacred healing plant.

HELL OR HIGH WATER (USA, 2016, Cert 15) Saturday 11th March Drama about two brothers in west Texas who decide to rob banks in order to raise the cash they need to pay off the debt on their family ranch.

All films will start at 7:30pm but doors at The Festival Church will be open from 6:45pm when guests can buy from a range of coffee and teas at the newly refurbished Gallery Cafe Bar beforehand.

Tickets for any film will be £4, or a Special Festival Pass will be just £20 allow the holder to attend all of the films.

Tickets and passes are available to buy at any of Chester Film Society's films being shown in January and February or they can be bought online at our Film Festival website: http://www.festival.chesterfilmfans.co.uk/

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