BORDER | SWEDEN, DENMARK | 08 MARCH
Gräns/ Border by Ali Abbasi (Sweden, Denmark) is Sweden’s entry for the 2019 Oscars® and comes from the writer of Let the Right One In. Tina (Eva Melander) is a border guard who has the ability to smell human emotions and catch smugglers. When she comes across a mysterious man with a smell that confounds her detection, she is forced to confront hugely disturbing insights about herself and humankind. Border won Un Certain Regard Grand Prize at Cannes Film Festival 2018 and Spirit of the Festival Award, Cork Film Festival 2018. Released by access>CINEMA in Ireland with support from MEDIA's Selective Distribution scheme. Check here on access>CINEMA website to see where Border is screening nationwide. Border has receievd MEDIA Development and Distribution funding totalling €36,674.
EVERYBODY KNOWS | SPAIN | 08 MARCH
Starring Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem, Everybody Knows is written by Asghar Farhadi and produced by the team behind the Academy Award®-winning, The Salesman. Laura (Cruz) returns from Argentina to her home town in Spain for her sister’s wedding, bringing her two children with her. Amid the festivities, Laura's eldest daughter is abducted. In the days that follow, family and community tensions surface and deeply hidden secrets are revealed. The film is supported by MEDIA Selective and Automatic distribution funding for its release in 35 territories.
GIRL | BELGIUM, NETHERLANDS | 15 MARCH
Girl is a coming-of-age tale about identity and the journey to becoming who you’re meant to be. Determined 15-year-old Lara (Victor Polster) is a young woman who is fiercely committed to becoming a professional ballerina. She throws herself into this quest at a new school, but finds the usual frustrations and challenges of adolescence are heightened as her body does not bend to easily to the strict ballet discipline because she was born a boy. Though supported by her family, Lara’s adolescent frustrations and impatience are heightened as she prepares for gender reassignment surgery, pushing her body to its limits. Girl won Camera d'Or for Best First feature and Queer Palm at 2018 Cannes Film Festival. The film received €616,700 in Selective Distribution funding for its release in 28 countries.
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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.