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MEDIA Films July 2024

The Green Border directed by Agnieszka Holland
The Green Border directed by Agnieszka Holland

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:

The Sparrow | The Lighthouse, Pálás Galway, Triskel Cork, IFI Dublin

Irish film The Sparrow opens in Irish cinemas on Friday 5th July. Michael Kinirons writes and directs this story set in a remote fishing village in West Cork. Winner of the Best Irish First Feature award at the 2022 Galway Film Fleadh, this is a coming-of-age tale about guilt and grief set in a remote fishing village in West Cork.

Teenager Kevin Coyle grapples with guilt over a deadly secret. As his world unravels and consequences mount, Kevin is pushed to confront the truth in a heart-wrenching climax that will change him forever.

Supported in development by MEDIA funding awarded to Tiger Darling Productions.

A Greyhound of a Girl | IFI Dublin and nationwide

Based on the novel by Roddy Doyle, this animation stars the voice talents of Brendan Gleeson, Sharon Horgan, Rosaleen Linehan, Charlene McKenna, and Mia O’Connor as Mary.

Mary, an 11 year old, dreams of being a great chef, encouraged by her gran. When her gran’s health starts to fail, the women of the household travel through the older woman’s past, addressing family history and memories.

The Green Border | Pálás Galway

Three-time Oscar® nominee, Polish filmmaker Agnieszka Holland directs this critique of a humanitarian calamity that continues to unfold. Winner of the Special Jury Prize at the 2023 Venice Film Festival.

In the forests that make up the 'green border' between Belarus and Poland, refugees from the Middle East and Africa are lured by government propaganda promising easy passage to the European Union. Unable to cross into Europe and unable to turn back, they find themselves trapped.

'Through the focal characters of Bashir (Jalal Altawil, a non-professional whose own migration journey informed the film), his wife Amina (Dalia Naous) and their three children, alongside characters from Afghanistan and West Africa, their ordeal is expressed with nightmarish clarity: immediately following their crossing, the Polish border guard forces them back into Belarus, assaulting, battering and manhandling them, to an extent that crosses into its own realm of human rights abuse. And then the process is recommenced by the Belarusian military.' (Excerpt from Cineuropa review by David Katz).

Supported by MEDIA's Films on the Move funding strand.

La Chimera | Triskel Cork, IFI Dublin, Pálás Galway

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.

Àma Gloria | Triskel Cork, 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, Àma Gloria received MEDIA Sales Support.

Crossing | IFI Dublin

CROSSING is directed by Levan Akin (Sweden, Denmark, France, Turkey, Georgia/ Totem Films). Lia, a retired teacher from Georgia, makes a promise to her dying sister to find her trans niece, Tekla. A young neighbour, Achi, tells her that her long lost niece has crossed the border into Turkey. Lia travels to Istanbul with the unpredictable Achi to find her. Exploring the depths of the city, they cross paths with a transgender lawyer called Evrim who helps them in their search.

That They May Face the Rising Sun | Triskel Cork 7 - 10 July

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.

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