The midwife / La sage femme (france ) 7 july
Directed by Martin Provost, La Sage Femme, stars two major French actresses, Catherine Deneueve and Catherine Frot. Claire (Frot) is a midwife in a maternity hospital who is struggling to maintain her career and personal family life. Out of the blue, her father's old mistress, Béatrice (Deneuve) contacts her in dire need of help. Claire, faces a dilemma as Béatrice caused havoc in her life many years before... Written by Guy Bellinger. Supported by Selective Distribution funding.
pilgrimage (ireland) 14 july
Directed by Brendan Muldowney, Pilgrimage is a medieval drama set in Ireland in 1209. A group of monks set out on a pilgrimage across an Ireland that is in grip of tribal warfare and suffering the expansion of Norman invaders. Escorting a holy relic to Rome, the group's progress is seen through the eyes of a young novice and a mute lay-brother with a violent past.
The cast features Tom Holland (Spider Man) as a novice monk and Richard Armitage (The Hobbit) as a knight. Irish actors include John Lynch, Hugh O’Conor and Ruaidhri Conroy. Pilgrimage received Single Project Development Funding for Savage Productions. The film featured alongside Irish MEDIA funded documentary, The Farthest, at Tribeca Film Festival Viewpoint category. Pilgrimage will have its Irish premiere on 13 July at the Galway Film Fleadh, and opens in Irish cinemas on Friday 14 July.
the scribe / LA MÉCANIQUE DE L'OMBRE (france) 21 July
The Scribe (or The Eavesdropper) stars François Cluzet as Duval, who is unemployed and facing financial ruin. Duval is contacted by a mysterious employer who offers him work transcribing conversations obtained through phone tapping and he accepts without asking himself any questions about the organisation’s aims. But while this simple job allows him to get back on his feet, he quickly realises that it also plunges him into political intrigue and a brutal, bizarre underworld of the secret service. This French film received Automatic Distribution funding from Creative Europe to be released in Spain and Portugal.
The farthest (ireland) 28 july
By way of a series of interviews, animations, photographs, and never-before-seen archival footage, Emer Reynolds recreates the forty-five years it took the Voyager spacecraft to reach its current point in space, and the secrets it uncovered along the way. The enthusiastic men and women who built Voyager and nurtured it along its twelve-billion-mile flight (and counting) complete the film with fascinating behind-the-scenes stories.
Featuring stunning cinematography by Kate McCullough, the film is garnering great reviews at international festivals: it won the Audience Award at the Dublin International Film Festival and was one of three Irish films selected for the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival. It will also screen at the Galway Film Fleadh.
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