MEDIA Films on Irish Screens February 2020
03 February 2020

MEDIA Films on Irish Screens February 2020

MR JONES | Poland/Ukraine/UK | 7TH FEBRUARY

Directed by Agnieszka Holland, Mr Jones is the extraordinary story of the real-life Welsh journalist who uncovered Stalin’s genocidal famine in Ukraine which killed almost 10 million. Screenwriter, Andrea Chalupa, was inspired by her grandfather from eastern Ukraine to script this drama about the courageous Welsh journalist Gareth Jones who first brought the Ukranian famine to the world’s attention in the 1930s. Stars James Norton, Vanessa Kirby, Peter Sarsgaard. 

 

PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE | FRANCE | 28 FEBRUARY

Directed by Céline Sciamma and starring Noémie Merlant and Adèle Haene. Marianne is commissioned to paint the wedding portrait of Héloïse, a young woman who has just left a convent and is in mourning for her sister. As Héloïse is a reluctant bride-to-be, Marianne arrives under the guise of companionship, observing Héloïse by day and secretly painting her by firelight at night. Intimacy and attraction grow as the women become closer. 

 

MEDIA FILMS AT DUBLIN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 

We're delighted that two Irish MEDIA supported films from Fantastic Films will screen at Dublin International Film Festival 2020! Keep an eye out for our announcement of an Industry event at DIFF where we will chat to Fantastic Films about their funding and development journeys for these films. Another Irish MEDIA film will also premiere - Samson Film's ROSE PLAYS JULIE

VIVARIUM OPENING GALA FILM | 26TH FEBRUARY, CINEWORLD

Imogen Poots (I Kill Giants) and Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network) star in this sci-fi thriller directed by Lorcan Finnegan and written by Garret Shanley with Lorcan Finnegan. The story sees a young couple in search of the perfect starter home. After following a mysterious real estate agent to a new housing development, the couple becomes trapped in a maze of identical houses and are forced to raise an otherworldly child. 

Fantastic Films received €50,000 from MEDIA's Single Project funding scheme in 2014 to develop VivariumBook your DIFF tickets here for VIVARIUM.  

 

SEA FEVER | 7TH MARCH, LIGHTHOUSE CINEMA

Sea Fever written and directed by Neasa Hardiman screens on 7th March in Lighthouse Cinema. The crew aboard a West of Ireland fishing trawler marooned at sea fall victim to a gradually spreading parasite in their water supply. Hermione Corfield (Star Wars: The Last JediMission: Impossible - Rogue Nation) stars as Siobhan, a young marine biology student who boards a trawler run by a couple played by Connie Nielsen (Wonder Woman 1984; Gladiator) and Dougray Scott. When the ship hits an unseen object, a mysterious bioluminescent force infiltrates the vessel, and the crew begins a fight for survival while marooned at sea. Book your DIFF tickets here for SEA FEVER.  

 

ROSE PLAYS JULIE | 29TH FEBRUARY,  LIGHTHOUSE CINEMA

Family ties and long-buried secrets form the backbone of Rose Plays Julie, a psychological thriller written and directed by Christine Molloy and Joe Lawlor. A veterinary student tracks down her birth mother who wants nothing to do with her. Set against a backdrop of misogyny, revenge and longing, Rose undertakes a journey that leads her to revelations that are both devastating and dangerous. Stars Ann Skelly, Orla Brady, Aidan Gillen. BOOK TICKETS.
 
 

LES MISERABLES | FRANCE | 29TH FEBRUARY

Directed by Ladj Ly.  Stéphane (Damien Bonnard) has recently joined the Anti-Crime Squad in Montfermeil, the suburb of Paris where Victor Hugo set his novel Les Miserables. Alongside his new colleagues Chris (Alexis Manenti) and Gwada (Djebril Zonga) he finds tensions running high between local gangs. When the trio finds themselves overrun during the course of an arrest, a drone captures the encounter, threatening to expose the reality of everyday life. Inspired by the 2005 Paris riots, and Ladj Ly’s short film of the same name, Les Misérables is a provocative insight into the tensions between residents and police. Book your DIFF tickets here for this film

 

ZIDANE | FRANCE, ICELAND | 5TH MARCH

Douglas Gordon and Philippe Parreno’s fascinating portrait of one of football’s all-time greats follows him in real time over the course of one memorable match played in 2005. Using seventeen cameras at various locations in the stadium, the film observes his footballing genius and intensity up-close and intimately. Part of The Beautiful Game: A Season of Football Films with EURO2020 - book here

 

THE TRUTH | FRANCE, JAPAN | 5TH  MARCH

Legends of French cinema Catherine Deneuve and Juliette Binoche join director, Hirokazu Koreeda (Shoplifters) to paint a moving portrait of family dynamics. Fabienne (Catherine Deneuve) is an aging French movie star who, despite her momentary lapses in memory, remains a force to be reckoned with. After the publication of her memoirs, her daughter Lumir (Juliette Binoche) returns to Paris with her husband (Ethan Hawke) and their young daughter to commemorate its release. A battle of wits ensues as the mother and daughter fight over their versions of the past. Book your DIFF tickets here for THE TRUTH.  

 
MARTIN EDEN | ITALY, france, germany | 2ND MARCH. LIGHTHOUSE

Jack London’s novel is transposed to Naples in Pietro Marcello’s adaptation of the novel. Luca Marinelli won best actor at Venice for his role as an aspiring writer who dreams that success will bring both social status and the affections of a wealthy young student. BOOK HERE.

 

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. They have received MEDIA funding through the Distribution Selective scheme

Check their programmes listings here to see the best indie films across Ireland including many MEDIA supported titles. 

ONLINE STREAMING OF IRISH AND EUROPEAN FILMS ON VOLTA

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 upcoming Irish MEDIA funded films, animations, and TV programmes on our Current Projects page.