MEDIA Funded Films on Irish Screens in April 2017
04 April 2017

MEDIA Funded Films on Irish Screens in April 2017

I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO (UK) OPENS 07 APRIL

 When writer, James Baldwin died in 1987, he left behind an unfinished book, Remember This House. The book was to be a revolutionary, personal account of the lives and assassinations of three of his close friends - Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. I Am Not Your Negro is Raoul Peck’s envisioning of that story, reflecting on the life of the writer and his political struggle against racism. The film was supported at development stage by Creative Europe MEDIA.
 
 

CITY OF TINY LIGHTS (UK) OPENS 07 APRIL

Set in contemporary London, City of Tiny Lights, tells the story of a missing-persons case that ends up drawing its detective into a dangerous world of religious fanaticism and political intrigue. Starring Riz Ahmed of The Night Of and Girls; Billie Piper; Roshan Seth; and Cush Jumbo (The Good Wife). NDF Productions UK received development funding for the film through the previous MEDIA programme. 

A QUIET PASSION (UK) 07 APRIL

Cynthia Nixon stars as the American poet, Emily Dickinson, in this film from director Terence Davies (The Deep Blue Sea, Sunset Song). The film follows young Emily (Emma Bell) from her time at school to her later years (played by Cynthia Nixon), when she writes her poetry at night with the blessing of her father, Edward (Keith Carradine). Davies explores the poet's wit, intelligence and struggle with the conventions of her time, as well as her deep attachment to her sister (Jennifer Ehle) and father. The film received support for its distribution in Europe.  

 

THEIR FINEST (UK) 21 APRIL

Based on Lissa Evans’ novel, Their Finest Hour and a Half, this is a witty, romantic and moving portrayal of a young woman finding her way, and her voice, in the mayhem of war and the movies. In 1940s London, with the country’s morale at stake, Catrin (Gemma Arterton), a novice screenwriter, and a makeshift cast and crew, work under fire to make a film to lift the nation’s flagging spirits and inspire America to join the war.

Partnered with screenwriter, Buckley (Sam Claflin) and eccentric actor Ambrose Hilliard (Bill Nighy), the trio set off to make a film that will warm the hearts of the nation and capture the imagination of the American population. UK company, Wildgaze, received development funding for the film.

handsome devil (ireland) 21 april

Handsome Devil directed by John Butler is a coming of age tale from Irish novelist and filmmaker, John Butler. It follows the story of bullied outsider, Ned, and macho athlete, Conor, who are forced to share a bedroom at their rugby-mad boarding school. Their unlikely friendship takes them both by surprise as they bond over music and begin practicing guitar together. Treasure Entertainment included this project as part of their successful Slate Funding application in 2014. 

still showing ON IRISH SCREENS: THE SECRET SCRIPTURE, (IRELAND) 

The Secret Scripture was produced by Ferndale Films who received MEDIA development support for this project in 2012 under the Slate Funding Scheme. Based on Sebastian Barry’s acclaimed novel, this is Jim Sheridan’s first Irish-based film since The Boxer (1997).

The story explores the life of Roseanne McNulty (Vanessa Redgrave), a woman confined to a psychiatric hospital for five decades. As the institution is about to close, Dr. Grene (Eric Bana) is sent to see whether she’s fit to be released. He’s intrigued by Roseanne’s eccentricities and her diary. As he delves into her past, Dr. Grene gets to know the younger Roseanne (Rooney Mara) and learns the terrible truth about her confinement. 

 

GRADUATION / BACALAURAT (ROMANIA. FRANCE, BELGIUM) 

A film by Cristian Mungiu, the Romanian writer/director whose second feature, 4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS AND 2 DAYS, was awarded the Palme d’Or in Cannes in 2007. Graduation is the story of a father who goes to extreme lengths to ensure his daughter's academic success, encountering corruption and compromising his own morals.  At the 2016 Cannes Film festival, Mungiu shared the Best Director Award with Olivier Assayas for his film Personal Shopper which is also opening this week and is another MEDIA supported film.
 
 

PERSONAL SHOPPER (FRANCE, GERMANY, BELGIUM, CZECH REPUBLIC)

Director and writer, Olivier Assayas, shared the Best Director Award at Cannes 2016 with Cristian Mungiu for his film Personal Shopper. The story centres on Maureen (Kristen Stewart), a young American woman in Paris making her living as a personal shopper for Kyra, a celebrity. Maureen may also have the psychic ability to communicate with spirits, just like her twin brother, Lewis, who passed away recently. She soon starts receiving ambiguous messages coming from an unknown source. 
 
 

ELLE, (FRANCE) 

Dutch director Paul Verhoeven (Basic Instinct, Showgirls) returns with a thriller with French star Isabelle Huppert who won a Golden Globe for her performance as a businesswoman who takes matters into her own hands after a violent physical attack against her. The film received the support of the Automatic Distribution scheme. 

 

NATIONWIDE SCREENINGS OF EUROPEAN CINEMA IN ACCESS>CINEMA CLUBS

access<CINEMA: Via its national network of non-profit and voluntary organisations, access>CINEMA screens the best of European films across Ireland in 80 venues and film clubs such as Solstice Arts Centre, NavanSource Arts Centre, Thurles; the Galway Film Society, Townhall Theatre; Carlow Visual CentreCork Cine Club; and The Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire

ONLINE STREAMING OF IRISH AND EUROPEAN FILMS ON VOLTA

VOLTA VOD: The first independent Irish video on demand platform that gives cinema lovers the opportunity to watch films online in the comfort of their home. Volta has a wide selection of Irish films and a wonderfully curated selection of European and international independent feature films and documentaries. Check out their collections of films, many of which have been supported by Creative Europe funding.