MEDIA Films on Irish Screens June 2019
31 May 2019

MEDIA Films on Irish Screens June 2019

PAPI CHULO | IRELAND | 07 JUNE

Starring Matt Bomer, Papi Chulo is a comedy drama set in Los Angeles about a lonely TV weatherman who strikes up an unusual friendship with an older Mexican worker and deals with themes of friendship, class, ethnicity and economic migration. Written and directed by John Butler (Handsome Devil). Papi Chulo is one of two Creative Europe supported Irish films from Treasure Entertainment that open in Ireland this June the other being Metal Heart (see below). Both films were developed with the help of Slate Development Funding

 

DIEGO MARADONA | UK | 14 JUNE

Diego Maradona by Asif Kapadia (AMY; SENNA) is an intense documentary on footballer Maradona made using TV archive footage as well as never-before-seen footage taken from Maradona’s personal archive. In Naples, a city where the devil would have needed bodyguards, Maradona became bigger than God himself but paid a price for his celebrity. An unforgettable story of talent, glory, despair, corruption and ultimately redemption. 

METAL HEART | IRELAND | 28 JUNE

Metal Heart is a comedy written by Paul Murray and directed by Hugh O'Conor. The film stars Jordanne Jones, Leah McNamara, Moe Dunford, Seán Doyle, and Alan Heffernan. A coming of age comedy drama about twins who suffer extreme sibling rivalry which reaches new heights when a new boy moves in next door to them. Developed with the help of Creative Europe Slate Development Funding. 
 
 

Still Showing in Cinemas

SUNSET (NAPSZALLTA) | HUNGARY 

Directed by László Nemes (Son of Saul), this is an historical drama set in Budapest in 1913. As in Son of Saul, Nemes keeps his focus tightly on the main character, Irisz, who arrives back in Budapest years after a family tragedy. Irisz looks for a job as a milliner at the well-known hat store that belonged to her late parents. When she is sent away by the store's new owner, she is  approached by a man who sends her on a journey into her past and into a society on the brink of downfall before World War I. Supported by MEDIA's Single Project and Distribution Selective funding. 

On Sunday 26th May at 5.30pm in the IFI Dublin, director László Nemes will attend for a Q&A at a special 35mm preview screening of SunsetBook tickets here

 

BIRDS OF PASSAGE (PÁJAROS DE VERANO) | MEXICO, COLOMBIA, DENMARK 

Birds of Passage, directed by Cristina Gallego and Ciro Guerra tells the story of an indigenous Colombian family who become involved in the drug trade. Inevitably, greed, passion and honour collide and a family war erupts that threatens their lives, culture and ancestral traditions. Birds of Passage received €40,000 in MEDIA support via International Co-productions Funds as part of Torino Film Lab's TFL Extended script workshopprogramme.
 
 

WOMAN AT WAR | FRANCE, ICELAND, UKRAINE 

Woman at War, directed by Benedikt Erlingsson, was winner of the LUX Prize 2018. Set in Iceland, this is the story of Halla, a middle-aged woman who leads a double life as an environmental activist waging war on the local aluminum industry. As Halla’s actions grow bolder she succeeds in pausing the negotiations between the Icelandic government and the corporation building a new aluminum smelter. But right as she begins planning her biggest and boldest operation yet, she receives an unexpected letter that changes everything. Woman at War received Creative Europe funding through the Sales Agents scheme and its release in Denmark was supported through the Automatic Distribution scheme. 

 

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

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.