BLACK 47 | IRELAND | 05 SEP
Black 47 from Fastnet Films, directed by Lance Daly, is an historical drama set in the time of the Irish famine. Feeney, an Irish Ranger fighting for the British army abroad, returns home to reunite with his family. As those around him die of starvation, he encounters a devastated countryside and a people brutalised by years of suffering in a land where chaos has replaced law and order.
Horrified by the death and illness imposed upon his own family, Feeney sets out to avenge the injustices that have destroyed his community and country. Starring Barry Keoghan, Hugo Weaving, Stephen Rea, Jim Broadbent and Sarah Greene. The film score is by composer Brian Byrne and was recorded by the RTÉ Concert Orchestra. Black 47 was supported by MEDIA Slate Funding awarded to Fastnet Films.
C'EST LA VIE! | FRANCE | 04 SEP
A behind-the-scenes comedy about wedding planners in a French castle, from Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano who had a hit in 2011 with Untouchable. The film received Automatic Distribution support for its release in Belgium, the Czech Republic, Germany, Spain, Hungary and Portugal.
FACES PLACES (VISAGES VILLAGES) | FRANCE | 21 SEP
Agnès Varda, octogenarian and pioneer of New Wave cinema, teams up with JR, a street artist specialising in large-scale outdoor photographic portraiture, in this docu-travelogue. They embark on a quest to honour the faces and places of rural France. Travelling from town to town in JR’s van, they immortalise the faces of intriguing locals they meet along the way with huge murals. Faces Places was nominated for Best Documentary in the 2018 Academy Awards.
THE WIFE | UK, SWEDEN, USA | 28 SEP
Joan (Glenn Close) has spent forty years sacrificing her own talent and ambitions to support her husband Joe's (Jonathan Pryce) literary career. On the eve of Joe’s attendance at the Nobel Prize for Literature, Joan will confront the biggest sacrifice of her life and some long-buried secrets. Based on the bestselling book by Meg Wolitzer, The Wife also features Max Irons, Annie Starke, Harry Lloyd, Elizabeth McGovern and Christian Slater. Supported by Creative Europe development funding and for its release in Belgium and the Netherlands is supported through the Automatic Distribution scheme.
COLD WAR / ZIMNA WOJNA | POLAND, UK, FRANCE | 31 AUGUST
Zimna Wojna / Cold War by Pawel Pawlikowski is set in the ruins of post-war Poland. Wiktor (Tomasz Kot) and Zula (Joanna Kulig) fall deeply and destructively in love. As musicians forced to engane with the Soviet propaganda machine, they dream of escaping to the West. One day they find a chance to make a break for Paris but they both make a split second decision that will mark their lives forever. As the years march on, Wiktor and Zula watch the world changing around them, always struggling to find their moment in time.
Winner of the Best Director award at the Cannes Film Festival 2018, Pawlikowski melds the personal with the political to exquisite effect. Set to a soundtrack that takes you from the rustic folk songs of rural Poland to the sultry jazz of a Paris basement bar, it’s a wistful and dreamlike journey through a divided continent and an ill-fated love. The film has received a total of €171,839 in MEDIA Development and Distribution funding.
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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.