Ma Vie de Courgette / My Life as a courgette (Switzerland, France) 02 june
My Life as a Courgette, directed by Claude Barras, was nominated for both an Academy Award and a Golden Globe. The nine year old, Courgette, is befriended by a police officer, Raymond, who accompanies him to his new foster home filled with other orphans his age. At first he struggles to find his place in this strange and, at times, hostile environment. But with the help of Raymond and his newfound friends, Courgette learns to trust and love again as he searches for a new family of his own. The Irish Film Institute is showing both subtitled and dubbed versions of the film. The IFI will also provide Open Captioned (OC) accessible screenings of My Life as a Courgette on Tuesday, 06 June at 14.00 and Wednesday, 07 June at 18.30. Find out more about accessible screenings at the IFI here.
from the land of the moon (france) 23 june
Directed by Nicole Garcia, From the Land of the Moon is adaptation of a novella by Italian writer, Milena Agus. Marion Cotillard stars in this melodrama as a woman, deemed to be a spinster, who agrees to an arranged and loveless marriage towards the end of the second World War. A woman looking for passion, she falls in love with a wounded war veteran which has long-term consequences for her life and family.
a mAN CALLED OVE (sweden/norway ) 30 JUNE
Based on Fredrik Backman’s international best selling novel, and one of Sweden's biggest locally-produced box office hits ever, A Man Called Ove is a comedy starring Rolf Lassgård whose performance as Ove won him the Best Actor award at the 2016 Seattle Film Festival. Ove is the quintessential angry old man next door. An isolated retiree with strict principles and a short fuse, Ove has given up on life. A boisterous young family moves in next door and accidentally flatten Ove’s mailbox, earning his special brand of ire. From this inauspicious beginning an unlikely friendship forms and we come to understand Ove’s past happiness and heartbreaks.
Alone in Berlin (Germany, France, UK) 30 june
Starring Brendan Gleeson and Emma Thomson, Alone in Berlin, is based on Hans Fallada’s 1947 novel, Every Man Dies Alone, about ordinary people Germans resisting the Nazi regime. In Berlin in 1940, a couple (Thomson and Gleeson) receive the news that their only son has lost his life in the battlefield. They are devasted and decide to resist the Nazi regime in their own way. Based on the true story of Otto and Elise Hampel, a working-class Berlin couple arrested in 1943 for writing a series of postcards against the Nazis, which they left in public places around the city.
STILL SHOWING - THE RED TURTLE (FRANCE, JAPAN, BELGIUM) 26 MAY
The Red Turtle is directed by Dutch-British animator Michaël Dudok de Wit and produced by Toshio Suzuki from Japan and is a co-production between Wild Bunch and Studio Ghibli. A fantasy fable without dialogue, the film tells the story of a man who becomes shipwrecked on a deserted island and meets a giant red turtle...
The Red Turtle was nominated for Best Animated Feature Film for the 2017 Academy Awards and is supported by Automatic Distribution Funding support.
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