HAPPY AS LAZARRO | Italy, Switzerland, France, Germany | 21 APRIL
In an isolated mountain community, overseer Marchesa has neglected to tell the villagers that sharecropping has in fact been made illegal - so they continue to work for almost nothing. Lazzaro is an innocent and kind teenager who’s always given some of the village’s most thankless tasks. After striking up an unlikely alliance with the Marchesa’s son, Lazzaro finds himself caught up in a fake kidnapping scheme that will ultimately send him on a journey through time itself. In her follow up to The Wonders, Alice Rohrwacher has crafted a thoughtful, surprising magical-realist fable that’s quite unlike anything else. Winner of Best Screenplay at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, the film was supported with a Creative Europe grant of €103,000 through the Selective Distribution scheme. Distributed in Ireland by access<
DONBASS | Germany, France, Ukraine, Netherlands, Romania | 26 APRIL
Sergei Loznitsa’s (The Trial) Donbass is a scathing political commentary on the war in Eastern Ukraine. In the Donbass, a region of Eastern Ukraine, a hybrid war takes place, involving an open armed conflict alongside killings and robberies on a mass scale perpetrated by separatist gangs. In the Donbass, war is called peace, propaganda is uttered as truth and hatred is declared to be love. Donbass unfolds as a series of impressively choreographed vignettes. The film is a co-production between Germany, France, Ukraine, Netherlands and Romania. German production company ma.ja.de. received funding toward the development of the project. The film was also supported through the Automatic Distribution scheme for release in Greece, Poland and France.
EVERYBODY KNOWS | SPAIN | 08 MARCH
Starring Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem, Everybody Knows is written by Asghar Farhadi and produced by the team behind the Academy Award®-winning, The Salesman. Laura (Cruz) returns from Argentina to her home town in Spain for her sister’s wedding, bringing her two children with her. Amid the festivities, Laura's eldest daughter is abducted. In the days that follow, family and community tensions surface and deeply hidden secrets are revealed. The film is supported by MEDIA Selective and Automatic distribution funding for its release in 35 territories.
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.