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
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
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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.