MEDIA Films on Irish Screens May 2019
30 April 2019

MEDIA Films on Irish Screens May 2019

WOMAN AT WAR | France, Iceland, Ukraine | 03 MAY

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. 


HIGH LIFE | France, Germany, UK, Poland, USA | 10 MAY

High Life directed by Claire Denis is a high-concept, sexually explicit psychological drama set on board a spaceship. A group of convicts are deceived into a space mission and forced by scientist Juliet Binoche to procreate. Robert Pattison tries to resist the experiments but to no avail... 


Birds of Passage (Pájaros de Verano) | Mexico, Colombia, Denmark | 17 MAY

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 workshop programme.

SUNSET (Napszallta) | HUNGARY | 31 MAY

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 Sunset. Book tickets here



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


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.