THE FAVOURITE | OPENS 01 JANUARY 2019!
European Cinema Night 5th December, Lighthouse Cinema
Between 3rd and 7th December, 34 Europa Network cinemas in 27 countries hosted the first edition of the European Cinema Night sponsored by Creative Europe MEDIA and Europa Cinemas. Celebrating all the European films which were made, distributed and exhibited thanks to MEDIA and Europa Cinema support. We held a free screening of The Favourite by Yorgos Lanthimos followed by a chat with Ed Guiney from Element Pictures on The Favourite has had a very interesting journey through the development process! The film received MEDIA development funding in the very early stages of its development and was later taken on by director Yorgos Lanthimos and produced by Element Pictures.
The Favourite is winning awards and nominations everywhere it goes! Following the film's 10 BIFA awards, Element Pictures’ production The Favourite continues on its award path with 5 Golden Globe nominations including Best Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, Best Screenplay and a Best Actress nomination for Olivia Colman in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy and Best Supporting Actress noms for both Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz.
The film has also achieved 14 nominations in the Critics’ Choice awards! Best Picture, Best Comedy, Best Director; Best Original Screenplay; Best Actress; Best Comedy Actress for Colman, Best Supporting Actress for Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz, and Best Ensemble Cast. This puts The Favourite in the lead as a major Oscar contender!
MUG | POLAND | 07 DECEMBER
Mug (Twarz) is a Polish film directed by Małgorzata Szumowska. Jacek loves heavy metal, his girlfriend and his dog. His family, his small hometown, his fellow parishioners all see him as an amusing freak. He works on a construction site which is making the tallest statue of Jesus in the world. When a severe accident disfigures him completely, all eyes turn to him as he undergoes the first facial transplant in the country.
Mug is a blackly comic, biting and emotional drama from award-winning director Małgorzata Szumowska (Body, Elles, In the Name Of) which won the Silver Bear Jury Grand Prix at the 2018 Berlin International Film Festival and features stunning performances from Mateusz Kościukiewicz, Agnieszka Podsiadlik and Małgorzata Gorol. The film is supported by Creative Europe MEDIA Distribution Funding.
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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.
You can read more about upcoming Irish funded films, animations, and TV programmes in our 2018 round-up here.