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MEDIA Film News May 2024

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News about European films, supported by the EU funding, showing in independent cinemas and cinema clubs that are part of the Europa Cinemas network. Includes news from 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:

That They May Face the Rising Sun | IFI, Lighthouse, Pálás Galway, Triskel Cork, & nationwide

That They May Face the Rising Sun is an adaptation of the final novel from John McGahern. Directed by Pat Collins who wrote the screenplay with Eamon Little. Pat Collins' previous documentary work includes John McGahern: A Private World (2005) as well as the feature films, Song of Granite and Silence.

Capturing a year in the life of a rural, lakeside community in Ireland in the 1970’s, the film stars Barry Ward (Jimmy’s Hall) and Anna Bederke (Soul Kitchen) in the lead roles. Lalor Roddy, Sean McGinley, Ruth McCabe, and first-time actor Phillip Dolan make up the cast of supporting characters.

Joe and Kate Ruttledge have returned from London to live and work among the small, close-knit community where Joe grew up. Now deeply embedded in life around the lake, the drama of a year in their lives and those of the memorable characters around them unfolds through the rituals of work, play, and the passing seasons. Irish company, South Wind Blows, received Creative Europe MEDIA development support for the film.

Pat Collins Film Season, Triskel Arts Centre, Cork | 19th to 29th May

With the release of Pat Collins' latest film , Triskel Arts Centre presents a season of films showcasing one of Irish cinema’s most distinctive voices. Working in both feature length narrative fiction and documentary, the West Cork filmmaker has demonstrated a lyrical style that has won much acclaim both nationally and abroad.

Pat Collins Film Season Screenings

  • Silence (2012), 19th May
  • Song of Granite (2017), 20th May
  • Henry Glassie: Fieldwork (2019), 21st May
  • The Dance (2021), 22nd May
  • That They May Face the Rising Sun (2024) from 25th May.

La Chimera | Lighthouse Dublin, Pálás Galway

Directed by Alice Rohrwacher, La Chimera, is a magic realist comedy set in 1980s Tuscany. English archaeologist, Arthur (Josh O'Connor) gets involved in an international network dealing in stolen Etruscan artefacts. After a spell in prison, Arthur returns to the hometown of his beloved Beniamina (Yle Vianello) who’s no longer of this world. 'Arthur holds himself accountable for Beniamina’s death and follows the thread of Ariadne held out by his lover, travelling ever deeper into the World of Spirits, almost wanting the ground above to close in over him, a symbolic representation of grief as we know it.' Camillo de March, Cineuropa review.

Europe Day Screenings at Cork International Film Festival | 9 - 11 May, The Arc Cinema Cork

Cork International Film Festival will host a curated programme of European short films to mark Europe Day 2024. From Thursday, 9th May, three programmes will be available to watch:

Details of the Europe Day Screenings can be found on Cork International Film Festival website.

Europe Day at Cork International Film Festival is supported by the Communicating Europe Initiative from the Department of Foreign Affairs.

Air Hostess 737 (screening in the Online Shorts Programme).

Vanina, a 39-year old flight attendant, works on a domestic route onboard a Boeing 737. She complains about her recently attached braces, in a late attempt for a perfect smile. What she really must do is confront her, since forever, absent mother, whose body lies in the cargo hold of the plane.

Piano Dreams | Irish Film Institute Dublin, Friday 24th May

Directed by Gary Lennon, Piano Dreams is a documentary that follows three young hopefuls and their dedicated families as they chase their dreams in the ultra-competitive world of piano playing in China. The opening night screening will be followed by a Q&A with director, Gary Lennon. Supported in development by MEDIA funding awarded to Irish company, Gambit Pictures.

The Teachers' Lounge | Triskel Cork; IFI Dublin, Lighthouse Dublin; Palás Galway

Directed by İlker Çatak and starring Leonie Benesch, Michael Klammer, and Rafael Stachowiak. Carla Nowak (Leonie Benesch) is an idealistic young teacher in her first job at a German middle school. Her relaxed relationship with her students is put under stress when a series of thefts occur at the school. A staff investigation leads to accusations and mistrust among outraged parents and angry students. Caught in the middle of these complex dynamics, Carla tries to mediate but the more she tries to do everything right, the more desperate her position becomes.

'Most of the success of this film is down to the great depth that screenwriter Johannes Duncker and Çatak gift to their lead character. The more Carla tries to do something right – and, in many circumstances, logical in terms of pedagogical principles – the more she is pushed to her limits, put under pressure, marginalised and denounced.' Review by by Davide Abbatescianni in Cineuropa. The film was also nominated for Best International Feature at the Academy Awards 2024.

Kidnapped | IFI Dublin; Triskel Arts Centre, Cork

Historical drama from Marco Bellocchio (The Traitor) that tells the story of a young Jewish boy abducted from his parents by the Vatican in 1858.

In the Jewish quarter of Bologna, the Pope’s soldiers burst into the home of the bourgeoisie Mortara family: by order of the cardinal (Filippo Timi), they have come to take six-year-old Edgardo to Rome. Unbeknownst to his parents, Edgardo had been secretly baptised by his nurse and under papal law he must receive a Catholic education. The struggles to have their son returned takes a political dimension, driven by the support of public opinion and the international Jewish community.

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