MEDIA Films on Irish Screens July 2018
03 July 2018

MEDIA Films on Irish Screens July 2018

MARY SHELLEY | UK, IRELAND | 06 JULY

Mary Shelly directed by Haifaa Al-Mansour and written by Emma Jensen tells the story of passionate and rebellious teenager Mary, daugther of feminist writer, Mary Wollstonecraft, the author of The Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792). Aged seventeen, Mary falls in love with kindred spirit and poet Percy Shelley. Their love affair scandalises her father and society when she runs away with him - he in turn abandons his wife and children. Mary struggles with Shelley's waywardness, the loss of a baby, and her attempts to find her own writing voice. Despite her struggles, by the age of 19, she will write the world’s first science fiction novel, Frankenstein

Mary Shelly is co-produced by Parallel Films (Ireland) with Hanway Films (UK) and IFC (US) with funding from Screen Ireland, Creative Europe, Ingenious Media, the BFI, and the Luxembourg Film Fund. Hanway Films (UK) received Sales Agent (Reinvestment) Funding from Creative Europe for the film. 

AUS DEM NICHTS (IN THE FADE) | GERMANY | STILL SHOWING

Aus dem Nichts (In the Fade) directed by Fatih Akin won best foreign language feature at the Golden Globes while Diane Kruger’s performance won Best Actress award at Cannes Film Festival, 2017. Katja's (Diane Kruger) life falls apart when her husband Nuri and little son Rocco are killed in a bomb attack. The trial and reasons behind the killings push Katja to the edge and leave her wanting justice. The film was supported through Creative Europe’s Automatic Distribution funding scheme.

 

MEDIA FILMS AT THE GALWAY FILM FLEADH 2018

BLACK 47 | IRELAND | SLATE FUNDING 

Black 47 from Fastnet Films, directed by Lance Daly, will close the 30th Galway Film Fleadh with a Gala screening at Town Hall Theatre on 15 July. 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. The film score is by composer Brian Byrne and was recorded by the RTÉ Concert Orchestra
 
Black 47 was supported by MEDIA Slate Funding awarded to Fastnet Films. The film is due to go on general release in Ireland in September 2018. Galway Film Fleadh has been supported by Creative Europe MEDIA Access to Markets funding since 1996. 
 
 

METAL HEART | IRELAND | SLATE FUNDING

Metal Heart directed by Hugh O'Connor and written by Paul Murray will have its world premiere at the Fleadh on Saturday 18:00, 14 July, Town Hall Theatre. Fraternal twin sisters Emma and Chantal are worlds apart. Emma is self-conscious, and unsure of which path to take in life – she dreams of starting a band with her best friend Gary, who secretly has a crush on her. Chantal, meanwhile, is beautiful, confident, and knows exactly where her life is headed. When their parents go away for the summer, their simmering sibling rivalry threatens to boil over, especially when the mysterious boy next door moves back in. Treasure Entertainment received Slate Development Funding for this project in 2015. Metal Heart has been nominated for the Fleadh's 2018 Bingham Ray New Talent Award.

UNDER THE TREE | Denmark, Germany, Iceland & Poland | Selective Distribution

Under the Tree is the story of a man who has to move back in with his parents after his wife throws him out. As he fights for custody of his four-year-old daughter, he is gradually sucked into a dispute between his parents and their neighbours regarding an old and beautiful tree, which casts a shadow over the neighbour’s lawn. The dispute with the neighbours intensifies – property is damaged, pets mysteriously go missing, security cameras are  installed and there's a rumor that the neighbor was seen with a chainsaw... From the producer of Rams

 

NICO, 1988 | ITALY, BELGUIM  

A road-movie dedicated to the last years of Christa Päffgen, aka Nico, one of Warhol’s muses, singer of the Velvet Underground and a woman of legendary beauty. Nico lived a second life after the story known to all, when she began her career as a solo artist.  The 'priestess of darkness' found her true calling after age forty, when she shook off the weight of her beauty and rebuilt her relationship with her forgotten son. Nico, 1988 is the story of Nico’s last tour with the band that accompanied her around Europe in the Eighties.
 

NATIONWIDE SCREENINGS OF EUROPEAN CINEMA IN ACCESS>CINEMA CLUBS

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

If you would like to know more about how to affiliate a film club to access<CINEMA you can find out more here

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 funded films, animations, and TV programmes in our 2018 round-up here