Manchester film fest will premiere football legend Dennis Viollet documentary

After a successful first year, Manchester International Film Festival returns in 2016 from March 3-6.

The festival will kick off with the international premiere of sports documentary Dennis Viollet: A United Man, directed by the footballer’s daughter Rachel Viollet. Including talking heads from the likes of Sir Alex Ferguson, Brian Robson and Nobby Stiles, the touching film follows the career and legacy of Manchester-born footballing legend Dennis Viollet.

Programming and Co-Founding Director of ManIFF Al Bailey believes the Dennis Viollet documentary is the perfect opener for the Manchester-based festival which celebrates all manner of homegrown and international film.

Dennis Viollet: A United Man is a portrait of a boy born in Fallowfield, Manchester who survived the Munich air crash and went on to become not only the captain of Manchester United but also the first British footballer to pioneer the sport worldwide and bring ‘soccer’ to the US.”

The rest of the scheduled programme promises more than 90 films as well as on-screen appearances from some high profile names including James Franco, Martin Freeman, Rebecca Ferguson and Billy Zane.

The festival’s closing gala will centre around another international premiere, this time of Lina Maria Birbeck’s Swedish coming of age drama There Should Be Rules.

ManIFF is extending in a big way for its second year, with screenings taking place across many Manchester venues, from HOME to AMC Manchester.

Specifically themed days during the festival include ‘inspiring women in film’, ‘Music Saturday’ – featuring live performances from Brooklyn-born jazz musician and Woody Allen score composer Vince Giordano and ‘Sports Super Sunday’.

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