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MEDIA Film News January 2023

Alcarràs by Carla Simón
Alcarràs by Carla Simón

MEDIA supported films screening this month across Ireland in cinemas and online.

We also highlight films showing in independent cinemas and cinema clubs that are part of the Europa Cinemas network. The Irish members of Europa Cinemas include:

Eight European films have been shortlisted for Best International Feature Film in the 2023 Oscars.

Irish film AN CAILÍN CIÚIN (THE QUIET GIRL) from Colm Bairéad has been selected as one of 15 international titles on the shortlist for best international film at the upcoming Academy Awards. An Cailín Ciúin won the Best Cinematography award for Kate McCullough's work on the film at the European Film Awards 2022.

Tarik Saleh’s CAIRO CONSPIRACY (previously called BOY FROM HEAVEN) has been shortlisted for Best International Feature Film for the 2023 Oscars. The film was part of the Feature Film Selection for the 35th European Film Awards. This French and Swedish production was supported by MEDIA development funding.

Edward Berger's ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT has been shortlisted for five categories for the Oscars. The film won European Makeup & Hair and European Visual Effects at the 35th European Film Awards.

The other shortlisted titles are:

  • Corsage (Austria) Marie Kreutzer (See below for Irish screenings this month)
  • Close (Belgium) Lukas Dhont
  • Holy Spider (Denmark) Ali Abbasi
  • Saint Omer (France) Alice Diop
  • EO (Poland) Jerzy Skolimowski

Alcarràs, Irish Film Institute Dublin, screening now

Writer/director Carla Simón's follows up her debut SUMMER 1993 with a beautifully observed ensemble drama about a family of Catalonian farmers who, after generations harvesting the same land, face eviction and an uncertain future. For as long as they can remember, the Solé family have spent every summer picking the peaches from their orchard in Alcarràs, a small village in Spain. But this year’s crop will be their last. The owner of the land is deceased, and his grandson and heir wants them to abandon the farming business so he can uproot the trees and install solar panels.
So as the children and the adults get together for the harvest, the family finds themselves at odds as to how they should go on, and risk losing more than their home.

PIGGY, Lighthouse Cinema Dublin | Pálás Galway | screening now

Carlota Pereda’s PIGGY / CERDITA is an adaptation of her award-winning 2018 short film of the same name. During a sweltering summer in rural Spain, Sara suffers from perpetual bullying from her peers. One day, Sara’s usual solo dip at the local pool is disrupted by the presence of a mysterious stranger and abuse at the hands of three girls. On the way home Sara witnesses her bloodied tormentors being kidnapped. Sara must decide whether to cooperate with the police or take her own path while discovering the power of desire and belonging, and the distinction between revenge and redemption.

THE WIND THAT SHAKES THE BARLEY | Volta rent now

Check out Volta's online collection of Irish films many of which were supported by MEDIA funding including Ken Loach's Irish civil war drama THE WIND THAT SHAKES THE BARLEY starring Liam Cunningham, Cillian Murphy, Padraic Delaney, and Orla Fitzgerald.

Set in 1920 Ireland when workers from field and country unite to form volunteer guerrilla armies to face the ruthless Black and Tan squads that are being shipped from Britain to block Ireland's bid for independence. Driven by a deep sense of duty and a love for his country, Damien abandons his burgeoning career as a doctor and joins his brother, Teddy, in a dangerous and violent fight for freedom. As the freedom fighters’ bold tactics bring the British to breaking point, both sides finally agree to a treaty to end the bloodshed. But, despite the apparent victory, civil war erupts and families, who fought side by side, find themselves pitted against one another as sworn enemies, putting their loyalties to the ultimate test.

TRIANGLE OF SADNESS IFI@Home

Directed by Ruben Östlund and starring Woody Harrelson, Harris Dickinson, and Charlbi Dean. Östlund's follow-up to the THE SQUARE, a caustic evisceration of the art world, targets the excess and vanity of the super-rich.

Carl (Harris Dickinson), a young male supermodel, and his girlfriend Yaya (Charlbi Dean), a successful social media influencer, have snagged a free cruise on a luxury yacht, with an idiosyncratic, Marx-quoting, frequently inebriated captain (Woody Harrelson). Among their fellow passengers are Winston and Clementine, elderly British arms manufacturers, and Dimitry, a slovenly Russian fertiliser magnate. Assembling for the captain’s gala dinner on a storm-tossed night, the rogues’ gallery of grotesques is inflicted with a series of humiliations that reveal the vulgar reality beneath their gilded exteriors.

Triangle of Sadness contains a sequence of flashing lights which might affect customers who are susceptible to photosensitive epilepsy.

CORSAGE, Triskel Arts Centre, Cork, 29th January to 1st February | Pálás Galway

Written and directed by Marie Kreutzer. Starring Vicky Krieps, Florian Teichtmeister, Jeanne Werner, Alma Hasan, Finnegan, Colin Morgan.

Empress Elisabeth of Austria is known for her beauty and fashion trends. But in 1877, she celebrates her 40th birthday and must fight to maintain her public image. With a future of only ceremonial duties in front of her, she rebels against her public image and comes up with a plan to protect her legacy. The film received Eurimages funding.

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