MEDIA Films on Irish Screens, February 2018
01 February 2018

MEDIA Films on Irish Screens, February 2018


A Woman's Life (Une Vie), directed by Stéphane Brizé, is an adaptation of Guy Maupassant's novel Une Vie. A story of love, betrayal, and anguish set in the repressive patriarchal world of early 19th century Normandy. Jeanne (Judith Chemla) is a young woman full of childish dreams and innocence when she returns home after finishing her convent schooling. Little by little her illusions are stripped away when she marries a local Viscount, Julien de Lamare (Swann Arlaud), who reveals himself to be a miserly and adulterous partner.  The film competed at the 73rd Venice Film Festival, where it won the Fipresci Prize for Best Film in competition. A Woman's Life (Une Vie) was supported at both development and distribution stage by Creative Europe. 

dublin international film festival | 22 feb to 04 Mar

Four films supported by Creative Europe MEDIA funding - two of them Irish - are showing in this year's Dublin International Film Festival


Black 47 from Fastnet Films is the Opening Gala film. Directed by Lance Daly, this is a thriller set during the worst year of Ireland’s Great Famine. 

The film centres on Feeney, an Irish Ranger fighting for the British army abroad, who returns home to reunite with his family. As those around him die of starvation, he encounters a devastated countryside and a people brutalised by years of suffering in a land where chaos has replaced law and order. Horrified by the death and illness imposed upon his own family, Feeney sets out to avenge the injustices that have destroyed his community and country. Black 47 was supported by MEDIA Slate Funding.


Irish filmmaker and animator Nora Twomey makes her solo directorial debut in The Breadwinner which is showing on 22 Feb and has been nominated for Best Animated Film Oscar 2018.  Parvana, an 11-year-old girl whose family, like many others, struggle for a better life under Taliban rule in 2001. Parvana cuts her hair and dresses like a boy in an attempt to help her family survive following the wrongful arrest of her father.

Twomey’s film drew the attention of UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie, who is executive producer. The Breadwinner is a co-production between Aircraft Pictures Canada, Melusine Productions Luxembourg and Irish company, Cartoon Saloon. Supported by Creative Europe's Sales Agent scheme, the film goes on release in Ireland on 25 May,  2018. 

2017 German film directed by Fatih Akin. It was selected to compete for the Palme d'Or in the main competition section at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival. Out of nowhere, Katja's (Diane Kruger) life falls apart when her husband Nuri and little son Rocco are killed in a bomb attack. Her friends and family try to give her the support she needs, and Katja somehow manages to make it through the funeral. However, the mind-numbing search for the perpetrators and reasons behind the senseless killing complicate Katja‘s painful mourning - opening wounds and doubts. The film was supported through Creative Europe’s Automatic Distribution funding scheme.


Director Andrew Haigh follows up his the Oscar-nominated film, 45 Years, with Lean On Pete. Adapted from a Willy Vlautin novel this is the story of fifteen-year-old Charley Thompson. Charley and his single father hope to find a new start and more stability when they move to Portland, Oregon. Charley takes a summer job with a washed-up horse trainer and befriends a failing racehorse named Lean on Pete.



access<CINEMA: Via its national network of non-profit and voluntary organisations, access>CINEMA screens the best of European films across Ireland in 80 venues and film clubs such as Solstice Arts Centre, NavanSource Arts Centre, Thurles; the Galway Film Society, Townhall Theatre; Carlow Visual CentreCork Cine Club; and The Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire

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VOLTA VODThe 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 Irish funded films, animations, documentaries, and TV programmes here on our Current Projects page.