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MEDIA Film News March 2023


MEDIA supported films screening this month across Ireland in cinemas and online.

We also highlight films showing in independent cinemas and cinema clubs that are part of the Europa Cinemas network as well as films supported by other Creative Europe and EU initiatives such as Eurimages Cinema Fund, European Film Promotion, the European Film Awards, European Cinema Night and the LUX Audience Award.

The Irish members of Europa Cinemas include:

MEDIA Films Awarded at Berlinale 2023

Congratulations to the cast and crew of the MEDIA supported films that won awards at Berlinale 2023.

  • THE KLEZMER PROJECT | Best First Feature Award | A film by Leandro Koch (Austria, rgentina 2023)
  • SILVER HAZE | Winner of Teddy Jury Award | A film by Sacha Polakwith (Netherlands, UK 2023)
  • TÓTEM | Best Film of Competition by the Ecumenical jury | A film by by Lila Avilés (Mexico, Denmark, France 2023)

CLOSE | IFI Dublin, Lighthouse, Pálás and Nationwide | Screening now

Nominated for Best International Feature in the 2023 Oscars, CLOSE from Belgian director Lukas Dhont explores the relationship between two teenage boys in a heart-breaking story about friendship and loss. The film details how Léo and Rémi’s relationship changes from summer holidays and through a school year where the boys face social pressures.

In cinemas now across Latin America, the UK and Ireland. Streaming exclusively in the UK, Ireland, Latin America, India and Turkey from 21st April on MUBI.

The film was supported by Eurimages European Cinema Support fund which is the cultural support fund of the Council of Europe. Read a review of CLOSE on the Cineuropa website here.

SAINT OMER | Triskel Arts Centre Cork, 12 - 15 March

SAINT OMER is director Alice Diop’s fiction feature film debut after a series of acclaimed documentaries. Young novelist Rama attends the trial of Laurence Coly, a young woman accused of killing her 15-month-old daughter by abandoning her to the rising tide on a beach in northern France. But as the trial continues, the words of the accused and witness testimonies will shake Rama’s convictions and call into question our own judgement.

The film was awarded with the Lion of the Future and the Silver Lion - Jury Prize at the 90th Venice International Film Festival. Diop was nominated for Best European Director and the film for Best Feature Film Selection at the 2022 European Film Awards.

TRIANGLE OF SADNESS | Lighthouse Dublin

Directed by Ruben Östlund and starring Woody Harrelson, Harris Dickinson, and Charlbi Dean. Östlund's follow-up to the THE SQUARE, a caustic evisceration of the art world, targets the excess and vanity of the super-rich.Carl (Harris Dickinson), a young male supermodel, and his girlfriend Yaya (Charlbi Dean), a successful social media influencer, have snagged a free cruise on a luxury yacht, with an idiosyncratic, Marx-quoting, frequently inebriated captain (Woody Harrelson).

Triangle of Sadness won Best European Film, Best Director (Ruben Östlund), Best Screenwriter (Ruben Östlund) and Best Actor (Zlatko Burić) at the European Film Awards 2022. It's also nominated for the LUX Audience Award 2023 - you can rate the 5 films nominated for the Lux Award 2023 here. [Note: The film contains a sequence of flashing lights which might affect those susceptible to photosensitive epilepsy].


Explore Volta's online catalogue The Best of LGBQ Cinema which includes the MEDIA supported Irish film VIVA directed by Paddy Breathnach and written by Mark O'Halloran.

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