MEDIA Film News September 2021
01 September 2021

MEDIA Film News September 2021

We highlight a selection of MEDIA supported films screening this month across Ireland in cinemas and online. We also highlight independent cinemas and cinema clubs that are part of the Creative Europe supported Europa Cinemas network which includes the IFI, Dublin; Palás Cinema, Galway; Triskel Cinema, Cork; Lighthouse Cinema, Dublin; and Access Cinema clubs nationwide. 

Please note that in line with government guidelines, all patrons over the age of 18 must be fully vaccinated and bring their EU COVID Certificate along with photo ID to present upon entering the cinema screen. Check your local cinema for their guidelines as they may vary. 


Rose Plays Julie is the story of a young woman searching for her biological mother. Set against a backdrop of misogyny, revenge and longing, Rose undertakes a journey that leads her to revelations that are both devastating and dangerous. This Irish film was written and directed by Christine Molloy and Joe Lawlor. Produced by David Collins and Joe Lawlor. Starring Ann Skelly, Orla Brady, and Aidan Gillen. The film was supported by Slate Funding awarded to Samson Films. 



HERSELF follows the story of Sandra (Clare Dunne) a young Mum struggling to provide her two young daughters with a safe, happy home to grow up in. When it becomes clear that there are no other options left to her, she decides to build a house herself from scratch, drawing together a community of friends to support her. Supporting cast includes Harriet Walter and Conleth Hill (Game of Thrones). HERSELF was directed by Phyllida Lloyd and co-written by Clare Dunne and Malcolm Campbell. Supported by MEDIA's film distribution scheme. 


MISHA AND THE WOLVES is the dramatic tale of a woman whose Holocaust memoir took the world by storm before a fallout with her publisher revealed an audacious deception created to hide a darker truth. 



When sharp science student Asli meets charismatic Saeed in the mid 90’s, it’s love at first sight. The lovers marry, and Asli swears to be true to Saeed and never betray his secrets. Their future looks bright, but as the twenty-first century dawns, Saeed makes a decision that will not only shatter Asli’s dreams, but shake the whole world to the core. Set in Germany, Copilot is a fictionalised account of the relationship between one of the 9/11 terrorists and his wife.


ALICE AND THE MAYOR | access>CINEMA 3rd to 6th Sep

access>CINEMA is partnering the French Embassy in Ireland, the Alliance Française network and the Cork French Film Festival to present a free online screening of the French film ALICE AND THE MAYOR. This free screening will be available to start watching over a 3 day period from 8.30pm on 3rd September. As the number of tickets available are limited, advance booking here is strongly advised.

Lyon Mayor Paul Théraneau (Fabrice Luchini) has had a successful political career but finds himself unable to come up with any new ideas. Desperate for guidance and inspiration, he hires philosophy graduate Alice Heinmann (Anaïs Demoustier) much to the irritation of his usual advisory team…


POPPY FIELD | 2ND OCTOBER, LGBTQ+ Film Festival, Lighthouse Cinema 

GAZE, Ireland’s International LGBTQ+ Film Festival takes place from 29th September to 3rd October in IFI Dublin and Lighthouse Dublin. Have a look at the GAZE programme here
Romania's Eugen Jebeleanu directs his first feature, POPPY FIELD. The screenplay, written by Ioana Moraru, centres on a closeted gay gendarme, Cristi (Conrad Mericoffer), who tries to keep his sexual preferences a secret, as he works in an extremely macho and chauvinistic public institution. While his long-distance French boyfriend Hadi (Radouan Leflahi) is visiting him in Bucharest, Cristi is called out on mission to a movie theatre, where a homophobic group has interrupted the screening of an LGBTQ+ film. When a protester threatens to out him, Cristi’s life spirals out of control. Supported by Creative Europe MEDIA. Screens 2nd October, in Lighthouse Cinema.