With ‘Loving’ starring the Oscar-nominated Ruth Negga and ‘Fifty Shades Darker’ starring ‘Siege of Jadotville Actor Jamie Dornan already released this year, there is a steady stream of fresh titles hitting the big screen this month, with Irish and International projects alike.
The award-winning ‘Maudie’ from Aisling Walsh not only released to Irish cinemas yesterday but opened the 2017 Audi Dublin International Film Festival.
We interviewed the ‘Song For a Raggy Boy’ director just days before 'Maudie' screening at TIFF 2016, where she commended the performance of her lead actress Sally Hawkins.
Aisling Walsh, Director:
“Sally can transform herself utterly when she takes on a role. She becomes it. That has been one of the most incredible things about this project.”
‘Maudie’ sees Hawkins star as Nova Scotia housekeeper Maud Lewis, whose crippling arthritis did not impede her in becoming a beloved Canadian painter.
‘Maudie’ is produced by H is 4 Productions and is distributed in Ireland by Sony Pictures.
Lost in France, February 21st
Irish director Niall McCann (Art Will Save the World) continues his impressive roll of music documentaries with this examination of rise of the Scottish independent music scene in the 90s. It is led by cult label Chemikal Underground and features The Delgados, Bis, Mogwai, Arab Strap, Franz Ferdinand and other seminal acts.
‘Lost in France’ is produced by Still Films and distributed in Ireland by Curzon.
Monster Trucks, February 17th
Chris Wedge’s title features Lucas Till (The Disappointments Room), Jane Levy (Twin Peaks) and Thomas Lennon (A Futile & Stupid Gesture), among others. It follows Till’s character who builds a monster truck from bits and pieces of scrapped cars.
'Monster Trucks' is produced by Disruption Entertainment and is distributed in Ireland by Paramount Pictures.
John Wick: Chapter 2, February 17th
Keanu Reeves continues his role as the titular character in Chad Stahelski’s own sequel to his 2014 title, ‘John Wick’. In this instalment when he returns to the criminal underworld to repay a debt, John Wick discovers that a large bounty has been put on his life.
‘John Wick: Chapter 2’ is produced by Summit Entertainment and distributed in Ireland by Lions Gate
Moonlight, February 17th
This standout international title from Writer/Director Barry Jenkins is nominated for an impressive eight academy awards this Oscar season including Best Motion Picture, Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Naomie Harris), Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Mahershala Ali), Best Achievement in Directing and Best Screenplay in addition to several in the crafts categories.
It follows a young black man from childhood to adulthood as he struggles to find his place in the world while growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami.
'Moonlight' is produced by A24 and is distributed in Ireland by Altitude.
The Founder, February 17th
‘Birdman’ star Michael Keaton leads the cast in John Lee Hancock’s fictional exploration of Ray Kroc, the real-life founder of fast food super chain McDonald’s, whose success is was driven by as much ambition and persistence as ruthlessness.
‘The Founder’ is produced by FilmNation Entertainment and is distributed in Ireland by Studio Canal.