A WOMAN’S LIFE (UNE VIE) | FRANCE, BELGIUM
A Woman's Life (Une Vie), directed by Stéphane Brizé, is an adaptation of Guy Maupassant's novel Une Vie. A story of love, betrayal, and anguish set in the repressive patriarchal world of early 19th century Normandy. Jeanne (Judith Chemla) is a young woman full of childish dreams and innocence when she returns home after finishing her convent schooling. Little by little her illusions are stripped away when she marries a local Viscount, Julien de Lamare (Swann Arlaud), who reveals himself to be a miserly and adulterous partner. The film competed at the 73rd Venice Film Festival, where it won the Fipresci Prize for Best Film in competition. A Woman's Life (Une Vie) was supported at both development and distribution stage by Creative Europe.
dublin international film festival | 22 feb to 04 Mar
Four films supported by Creative Europe MEDIA funding - two of them Irish - are showing in this year's Dublin International Film Festival.
Black 47 from Fastnet Films is the Opening Gala film. Directed by Lance Daly, this is a thriller set during the worst year of Ireland’s Great Famine.
The film centres on Feeney, an Irish Ranger fighting for the British army abroad, who returns home to reunite with his family. As those around him die of starvation, he encounters a devastated countryside and a people brutalised by years of suffering in a land where chaos has replaced law and order. Horrified by the death and illness imposed upon his own family, Feeney sets out to avenge the injustices that have destroyed his community and country. Black 47 was supported by MEDIA Slate Funding.
2017 German film directed by Fatih Akin. It was selected to compete for the Palme d'Or in the main competition section at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival. Out of nowhere, Katja's (Diane Kruger) life falls apart when her husband Nuri and little son Rocco are killed in a bomb attack. Her friends and family try to give her the support she needs, and Katja somehow manages to make it through the funeral. However, the mind-numbing search for the perpetrators and reasons behind the senseless killing complicate Katja‘s painful mourning - opening wounds and doubts. The film was supported through Creative Europe’s Automatic Distribution funding scheme.
Director Andrew Haigh follows up his the Oscar-nominated film, 45 Years, with Lean On Pete. Adapted from a Willy Vlautin novel this is the story of fifteen-year-old Charley Thompson. Charley and his single father hope to find a new start and more stability when they move to Portland, Oregon. Charley takes a summer job with a washed-up horse trainer and befriends a failing racehorse named Lean on Pete.
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