Due to Covid 19 measures, Irish cinemas are closed but there are many options availabe for audiences to stream films via VOD platforms. Two MEDIA supported subscription streaming platforms to check out are Curzon Home Cinema and MUBI. You can also watch great collections of Irish and international films on VOLTA the Irish streaming platform.
Other Irish MEDIA projects to watch out for on television include children's animations - Dorg Van Dango, on RTEjr and RTE Player, supported by Slate Development funding awarded to Cartoon Saloon; and Jessy and Messy from JAM Media showing on PRIME Video.
VIVARIUM | IRELAND | 27 MARCH - STREAMING ON MULPTIPLE PLATFORMS
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 Vivarium.
VIVARIUM will be available across a number of digital platforms from Friday 27th March including: iTunes / Apple TV, Amazon, Sky Store, Microsoft Store, Playstation, Virgin, Google Play, Rakuten, BT, Curzon Home Cinema and BFI Player. It is currently available for pre-order on iTunes.
PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE | FRANCE | streaming on curzon home cinema
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.
The Painted Bird | Czech Republic, Ukraine, Slovakia | not yet streaming
Directed by Václav Marhoul, this is an adaptation of Jerzy Kosinski’s novel about a Jewish boy wandering through a cruel obstacle course of survival and abuse in Eastern Europe at the end of World War II. Directed, written and produced by Marhoul, the film features a staggering central performance from the young Petr Kotlár alongside an international ensemble including Udo Kier, Stellan Skarsgård, Harvey Keitel, Julian Sands and Barry Pepper. The film is said to have caused walkouts at its festival screenings due to scenes of graphic violence, including one moment in which someone has their eyeballs gouged out. 'The Painted Bird' was the Czech Republic’s official Oscar submission in the Best International Feature Film but missed out on a nomination.
THE TRUTH | FRANCE, JAPAN | streaming now on Curzon Home Cinema
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.
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.
Check their programmes listings here to see the best indie films across Ireland including many MEDIA supported titles.