MR JONES | Poland/Ukraine/UK | 7TH FEBRUARY
Directed by Agnieszka Holland, Mr Jones is the extraordinary story of the real-life Welsh journalist who uncovered Stalin’s genocidal famine in Ukraine which killed almost 10 million. Screenwriter, Andrea Chalupa, was inspired by her grandfather from eastern Ukraine to script this drama about the courageous Welsh journalist Gareth Jones who first brought the Ukranian famine to the world’s attention in the 1930s. Stars James Norton, Vanessa Kirby, Peter Sarsgaard.
PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE | FRANCE | 28 FEBRUARY
Directed by Céline Sciamma and starring Noémie Merlant and Adèle Haene. Marianne is commissioned to paint the wedding portrait of Héloïse, a young woman who has just left a convent and is in mourning for her sister. As Héloïse is a reluctant bride-to-be, Marianne arrives under the guise of companionship, observing Héloïse by day and secretly painting her by firelight at night. Intimacy and attraction grow as the women become closer.
MEDIA FILMS AT DUBLIN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
We're delighted that two Irish MEDIA supported films from Fantastic Films will screen at Dublin International Film Festival 2020! Keep an eye out for our announcement of an Industry event at DIFF where we will chat to Fantastic Films about their funding and development journeys for these films. Another Irish MEDIA film will also premiere - Samson Film's ROSE PLAYS JULIE.
VIVARIUM OPENING GALA FILM | 26TH FEBRUARY, CINEWORLD
Imogen Poots (I Kill Giants) and Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network) star in this sci-fi thriller directed by Lorcan Finnegan and written by Garret Shanley with Lorcan Finnegan. The story sees a young couple in search of the perfect starter home. After following a mysterious real estate agent to a new housing development, the couple becomes trapped in a maze of identical houses and are forced to raise an otherworldly child.
SEA FEVER | 7TH MARCH, LIGHTHOUSE CINEMA
Sea Fever written and directed by Neasa Hardiman screens on 7th March in Lighthouse Cinema. The crew aboard a West of Ireland fishing trawler marooned at sea fall victim to a gradually spreading parasite in their water supply. Hermione Corfield (Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation) stars as Siobhan, a young marine biology student who boards a trawler run by a couple played by Connie Nielsen (Wonder Woman 1984; Gladiator) and Dougray Scott. When the ship hits an unseen object, a mysterious bioluminescent force infiltrates the vessel, and the crew begins a fight for survival while marooned at sea. Book your DIFF tickets here for SEA FEVER.
Directed by Ladj Ly. Stéphane (Damien Bonnard) has recently joined the Anti-Crime Squad in Montfermeil, the suburb of Paris where Victor Hugo set his novel Les Miserables. Alongside his new colleagues Chris (Alexis Manenti) and Gwada (Djebril Zonga) he finds tensions running high between local gangs. When the trio finds themselves overrun during the course of an arrest, a drone captures the encounter, threatening to expose the reality of everyday life. Inspired by the 2005 Paris riots, and Ladj Ly’s short film of the same name, Les Misérables is a provocative insight into the tensions between residents and police. Book your DIFF tickets here for this film.
ZIDANE | FRANCE, ICELAND | 5TH MARCH
Douglas Gordon and Philippe Parreno’s fascinating portrait of one of football’s all-time greats follows him in real time over the course of one memorable match played in 2005. Using seventeen cameras at various locations in the stadium, the film observes his footballing genius and intensity up-close and intimately. Part of The Beautiful Game: A Season of Football Films with EURO2020 - book here.
THE TRUTH | FRANCE, JAPAN | 5TH MARCH
Legends of French cinema Catherine Deneuve and Juliette Binoche join director, Hirokazu Koreeda (Shoplifters) to paint a moving portrait of family dynamics. Fabienne (Catherine Deneuve) is an aging French movie star who, despite her momentary lapses in memory, remains a force to be reckoned with. After the publication of her memoirs, her daughter Lumir (Juliette Binoche) returns to Paris with her husband (Ethan Hawke) and their young daughter to commemorate its release. A battle of wits ensues as the mother and daughter fight over their versions of the past. Book your DIFF tickets here for THE TRUTH.
Jack London’s novel is transposed to Naples in Pietro Marcello’s adaptation of the novel. Luca Marinelli won best actor at Venice for his role as an aspiring writer who dreams that success will bring both social status and the affections of a wealthy young student. BOOK HERE.
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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.