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MEDIA Film News June 2024

Piano Dreams, Gambit Pictures. Directed by Gary Lennon.
Piano Dreams, Gambit Pictures. Directed by Gary Lennon.

News about European films, supported by the EU funding, showing in independent cinemas and cinema clubs that are part of the Europa Cinemas network. Includes news from EU initiatives such as Eurimages Cinema Fund, European Film Promotion, the European Film Awards, European Cinema Night, and the LUX Audience Award.

The Irish members of Europa Cinemas include:

That They May Face the Rising Sun | IFI, Lighthouse, Pálás Galway, & nationwide

That They May Face the Rising Sun is an adaptation of the final novel from John McGahern. Directed by Pat Collins who wrote the screenplay with Eamon Little. Pat Collins' previous documentary work includes John McGahern: A Private World (2005) as well as the feature films, Song of Granite and Silence.

Capturing a year in the life of a rural, lakeside community in Ireland in the 1970’s, the film stars Barry Ward (Jimmy’s Hall) and Anna Bederke (Soul Kitchen) in the lead roles. Lalor Roddy, Sean McGinley, Ruth McCabe, and first-time actor Phillip Dolan make up the cast of supporting characters.Joe and Kate Ruttledge have returned from London to live and work among the small, close-knit community where Joe grew up. Now deeply embedded in life around the lake, the drama of a year in their lives and those of the memorable characters around them unfolds through the rituals of work, play, and the passing seasons. Irish company, South Wind Blows, received Creative Europe MEDIA development support for the film.

Piano Dreams | Lighthouse Dublin and Pálás Galway

Directed by Gary Lennon, Piano Dreams is a documentary that follows three young hopefuls and their dedicated families as they chase their dreams in the ultra-competitive world of piano playing in China. Supported in development by MEDIA funding awarded to Irish company, Gambit Pictures.

Àma Gloria | IFI Dublin, Lighthouse Dublin

Celebrated as one of the major discoveries of the Cannes Film Festival, Marie Amachoukeli writes and directs a drama that explores the bond between a six-year-old French girl and her nanny, Gloria who is from the West African island of Cabo Verde.

Cléo (extraordinary newcomer Louise Mauroy-Panzani) lives with her widowed father (Arnaud Rebotini) and has been raised by her beloved Cape Verdean carer, Gloria (Ilça Moreno Zego). After her mother's death, Gloria must return home to care for her own children. To ease their impending separation, Gloria invites Cléo to her island community to spend one last summer together. There, the young girl will discover an entirely different culture and a new family, and must learn to understand that the world does not revolve around her. From the producers of Celine Sciamma’s 'Petite Maman' and 'Portrait of a Lady on Fire' the film received MEDIA Sales Support.

La Chimera | IFI, Lighthouse, Pálás, Pavilion Theatre

Directed by Alice Rohrwacher, La Chimera, is a magic realist comedy set in 1980s Tuscany. English archaeologist, Arthur (Josh O'Connor) gets involved in an international network dealing in stolen Etruscan artefacts. After a spell in prison, Arthur returns to the hometown of his beloved Beniamina (Yle Vianello) who’s no longer of this world. 'Arthur holds himself accountable for Beniamina’s death and follows the thread of Ariadne held out by his lover, travelling ever deeper into the World of Spirits, almost wanting the ground above to close in over him, a symbolic representation of grief as we know it.' Camillo de March, Cineuropa review.

A Season of Classic Films | 2024 Programme

ACE (Association des Cinémathèques Européennes) has published the details of the 2024 edition of A Season of Classic Films which will see free screenings of restored films in cinemas and online, to raise awareness about the work of the European film archives and advocate for the significance of film preservation and cinema culture.

The restored films included in A Season of Classic Films 2024 can be explored here in the catalogue. The screenings will take place between June and December 2024 in cinemas across Europe and online

In Ireland, IFI Dublin will participate with rediscovered experimental films by Irish filmmaker, Flora Kerrigan. Recently rediscovered through a collaboration between the Irish Film Institute and Maynooth University, Kerrigan's work resonates with its timeless themes, filmmaking sensibility, and technical prowess. The IFI will introduce her films to new audiences through A Season of Classic Films, restoring them and commissioning a new musical accompaniment.

Irish Filmmaker Flora Kerrigan

Flora Kerrigan, an Irish filmmaker of the 1950s and 1960s, created a distinctive body of work characterised by creativity and innovation. Growing up in 1940s Cork in a highly conservative society, she attended Crawford Art School, immersing herself in a vibrant artistic community that fuelled her creativity. Over eight years, she crafted animation and live-action shorts that earned accolades and aired on RTE, Ireland's national television and radio broadcaster.

'After she relocated to the UK in the late 1960s, her work faded into obscurity. Kerrigan's films are marked by their despairing, disturbing, political, yet often darkly humorous narratives, influenced by surrealism, absurdism, and European animation techniques. They explore themes of death, destruction, and desire, employing wit, and are humorous and haunting in equal measure.' Read more here in the A Season of Classic Films 2024 catalogue.

ACE Joint Film Restoration Grant Winner 2024: Fantastic Flowers (1906-1920)

Thanks to the Joint Restoration Grant of A Season of Classic Films, an international collaborative effort between the Royal Film Archive of Belgium, Eye Filmmuseum, and Filmarchiv Austria has undertaken the restoration of lavishly coloured stencilled films from the early 20th century.

Fantastic Flowers is a compilation of short silent films produced between 1906 and 1920, displaying a profusion of colours that were applied to each frame using the Pathécolor process or similar stencilling techniques. Current digital restoration technologies allow processing each colour individually within the frame to reproduce the vibrancy of the coloured original nitrate elements

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