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MEDIA Film News October 2023

The Old Oak

Films news featuring films, awards, cinemas and VOD platforms that are supported by Creative Europe MEDIA and European Union initiatives.

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:

Hidden Assets Finale | RTE One and RTE Player, Sunday 8th October

Claire and her CAB team race against time to finally unmask those behind the terrorist bombings before the Antwerp port deal is signed. Season 2 of Hidden Assets was supported by MEDIA funding for TV & Online content awarded to Saffron Pictures.

The Old Oak | The Lighthouse Dublin & Palás Galway from 5th October

Nominated for the European Film Awards 2023 in the Feature Film category, THE OLD OAK is possibly the last film from acclaimed director, Ken Loach. The Old Oak is a pub in a small and declining former mining village in the north-east of England. Tension arise when Syrian refugees are resettled in the town. Written by Paul Laverty, the story explores how two traumatised communities engage with each other. A cross-community friendship develops when TJ encounters a young Syrian with a camera, Tara (Elba Mari). Can they find a way for the two communities to understand each other? 'A deeply moving drama about loss, fear and the difficulty of finding hope.'

The House That Jack Built | Triskel Arts Centre, Cork, 11th October

Screening as part of Triskel's Lars von Trier Season, The House That Jack Built stars Uma Thurman, Matt Dillon, and Bruno Ganz. Set in America, this psychological horror follows a serial killer, Jack (Matt Dillon) over 12 years from the 1970s to 1980s. Jack recounts his murders to Verge (Bruno Ganz), based on Dante's Inferno, as if each murder were a work of art. The film received MEDIA support for Development and Distribution.

The Innocent | IFI@Home

Directed by and starring Louis Garrel as well as Roschdy Zem, Anouk Grinberg and Noémie Merlant. A screwball comedy about family tensions, a criminal heist, and unexpected romance. A misguided son (Garrel) tries to protect his mother from her boyfriend but finds himself embroiled in an elaborate heist. Supported by MEDIA's Films on the Move funding.

Leave no Traces | MyHome.ie

Directed by Jan P. Matuszynski, the film begins in May 1983. High school student Grzegorz Przemyk and his older friend Jurek are arrested without cause by the local militia. At the police station, the pair are brutally beaten. Soon after, Grzegorz dies from his injuries. LEAVE NO TRACES was Poland’s submission for Best International Feature for the 2022 Oscars. Supported by MEDIA's Films on the Move funding.

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