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Irish Productions Screening At ADIFF – February 21nd – March 4th
23 Feb 2018 : Nathan Griffin
The 2018 Audi Dublin International Film Festival returns this year with over 100 films scheduled to screen across Dublin from February 21nd to March 4th.

Now in its 16th year, the festival prides itself on creating a programme which showcases the very best in international film and attracts high quality producers, writers, directors and actors. In the past, the festival has welcomed stars such as Al Pacino, Julie Andrews, Danny DeVito, Richard Gere and Russell Crowe to Dublin. This year's line-up includes guest appearances from Joaquin Phoenix, Rooney Mara, Vanessa Redgrave, Bill Pullman, Cillian Murphy and Moe Dunford.

This year’s festival has a great selection of top Irish productions on offer across the two weeks, following another strong year for Irish film. Below are some of the top Irish films screening at ADIFF of 2017/8:

Black 47 (Lance Daly / Fastnet Films) – Wednesday, February 21st

The highly anticipated film opened this year’s festival making its Irish debut at Cineworld in Dublin. The ‘Black 47’ made its world premiere earlier this month at the Berlin International Film Festival and is expected to be in cinemas in the coming weeks.

A gripping, pulsating thriller set during the worst year of Ireland’s Great Famine, filmmaker Lance Daly’s latest feature boasts an impressive Irish and international cast. Director Lance Daly, IFTA  Rising Star winner Barry Keoghan, Stephen Rea, Moe Dunford, Freddie Fox, and James Frecheville were all in attendance for the Irish premiere.

The Breadwinner (Nora Twomey / Cartoon Saloon) – Thursday, February 22nd

Irish filmmaker and animator Nora Twomey makes her solo directorial debut in this acclaimed feature that takes viewers to the streets of Afghanistan via Kilkenny’s Cartoon Saloon.

The film follows Parvana, an 11-year-old girl whose family struggles for a better life under Taliban rule. Based on Deborah Ellis’s novel, Parvana disguises herself as a boy to help her family survive following the wrongful arrest of her father. Twomey’s powerful film drew the attention of UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie, who is executive producer.

Gráinne Humphreys, Festival Director added:

“Nora Twomey has taken a much-loved book and fashioned a magical tale of survival with traditional Cartoon Saloon visual flair.”

The Lonely Battle of Thomas Reid (Fergal Ward) – Saturday, February 24th

It’s stressful and challenging to be in a dispute with your neighbour – but when that neighbour is technology giant Intel, it’s another league entirely. Feargal Ward’s emotional documentary centres on Kildare farmer Thomas Reid, who has for years been entrenched in a battle to keep his land. It tells how he risked everything to keep his 300-year-old ancestral home, taking on a body eager to boost employment in the area, through the courts when ordered to sell through a Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO).

The Cured (David Freyne / Tile Media) – Sunday, February 25th

Writer/director David Freyne has assembled an impressive cast for this contemporary horror drama that marks his feature debut. The film is set in the aftermath of a devastating virus that struck Europe and changed humans into zombie-like monsters years before.

While some remain ‘Resistants’ – immune to the antidote that has been found – many are haunted by memories as they attempt to reintegrate into society. Freyne’s fresh, bold take on the zombie film examines our ability to forgive the past and rise above fear.

The Science of Ghosts (Niall McCann) – Monday, February 26th

Director Niall McCann’s observational drama centres on a well-known Irish musician, Adrian Crowley. While being interviewed by a film crew for his latest album, an interruption causes Adrian to ponder – what would a film about his life be like? Could it ever really reflect who he is? His imagination takes him – and the audience – on a journey as he becomes a ghost visiting his own life, past and future. What emerges is a humorous and original take on the power of storytelling.

Phantom Island (Rouzbeh Rashidi) – Tuesday, February 27th

Phantom Islands is an experimental film that exists at the boundaries of documentary and fiction. Directed by Rouzbeh Rashidi, with the visual intensity that has marked him as one of Ireland’s most unique and radical filmmakers, it follows a couple adrift and disoriented in the stunning landscape of Ireland’s islands. Yet this deliberately melodramatic romance is constantly questioned by a provocative cinematic approach that ultimately results in a hypnotic and visceral inquiry into the very possibility of documentary objectivity

Good Favour (Rebecca Daly) – Tuesday, February 27th

Writer/director Rebecca Daly follows her acclaimed films Mammal and The Other Side of Sleep with this atmospheric parable which unfolds deep in the remote forests of central Europe.

The film is set in a devout Catholic village, where many residents are experiencing a crisis in their faith, and where a young stranger is welcomed into the community. To their surprise, he gradually reveals what appear to be special powers, prompting them to wonder whether he’s a positive force, or someone with more sinister motivations.

Twilight (Pat Collins) – Wednesday, February 28th

With acclaimed films such as Song of Granite and Silence, West Cork filmmaker Pat Collins has emerged as one of Ireland’s most gifted and beloved cinematic voices. With Twilight, he returns to his roots as a documentary maker with this film shot over two years in the beautiful surroundings close to his home in Baltimore. Featuring field recordings from the world-renowned sound artist Chris Watson, it is a poetic and contemplative film, focused on the twilight and the changing of day into night.

While You Live, Shine (Paul Duane) – Wednesday, February 28th

American musicologist Chris King is legendary in his field. His collection of and passion for old 78 records is inspiring, as is his ability to use modern technology to unlock their sonic secrets.

But his discovery of the music of Epirus in northern Greece was to transform King’s life, and the raw folk music he believes connects us with our most ancient ancestors prompted him to travel to the region. What emerges is some of the most hypnotic and stirring music you’ve never heard.

Muse (Jaume Balaguerú) – Wednesday, February 28th

Jaume Balagueró’s seductive supernatural thriller centres on a college professor struggling to come to terms with the death of his girlfriend. His attempts to return to a semblance of normal life have been thwarted by a recurring nightmare in which a woman is murdered violently.

When he learns a woman just like the one in his dreams dies in the exact same manner, he joins forces with another woman, who also dreams of her, placing them in a frightening world controlled by figures known as the Muses.

Gráinne Humphreys, Festival Director added:

“Set and shotin Dublin by Spanish director Jaume Balagueró, it’s a smart and sexy thriller with a castto die for – Frank Potente, Joanne Whalley, Leonor Watling and Christopher Lloyd.”

The Image You Missed (Donal Foreman) – Thursday, May 1st

The complexities of a father/son relationship are explored in this documentary from Irish director Donal Foreman (Out of Here). In it, Foreman grapples with the legacy of his estranged father, the late documentarian Arthur MacCaig, who gathered detailed archives during The Troubles in Northern Ireland, and contributions from others on their different experiences of nationalism.

Using over three decades of unseen footage, the film weaves a history of The North with the story of a son’s search to better know and understand his complicated father.

Damo & Ivor: The Movie (Andy Quirke, Ronan/Rob Burke) – Friday, May 2nd

They started life as a YouTube and TV sensation, now improbable siblings Damo & Ivor are bringing their unique brand of humour to the big screen. The slapstick action centres around the unlikely pair’s search for their long-lost brother, taking them on a wild adventure across Ireland. But unknown to Damo, Ivor is also hoping to bring the family closer together by reuniting them with their mother. As fans of the series will already be aware, with these two siblings involved, plans rarely run smoothly.

The Camino Voyage (Dónal Ó Céilleachair) – Friday, May 2nd

A crew of explorers take to the beloved, sacred Camino – not by land but by sea – in this evocative, immersive documentary. The adventurers, including a writer, two musicians, an artist and a stonemason, take to the waters in a traditional boat which they built themselves.

There are dangers and challenges in their 2,500 km modern-day Celtic odyssey all the way from Ireland to Northern Spain, but joys and inspiration too, as we are invited to join them on their remarkable, surprising journey.

Kissing Candice (Aoife McArdle) – Friday, May 2nd

Filmed under the Irish Film Board’s Catalyst scheme, Aoife McArdle’s stylish debut feature centres around a small Irish seaside community. It tells the story of Candice, a young woman who manages to be both volatile and vulnerable, and her relationship with a man who is sexy, fascinating, and involved with the wrong crowd.

Her infatuation places her in an invidious position with her tough, policeman father, in an area where a young boy has disappeared. McArdle’s energetic debut is enhanced by Jon Clarke’s original score. Stars IFTA Rising Star Nominee Ann Skelly

The Meeting (Alan Gilsenan) – Saturday, May 3rd

Following widespread acclaim for his film Meetings With Ivor, Alan Gilsenan returns with a powerful feature based on real-life events. During an emotional and highly charged encounter, a young rape victim seeks answers to questions which have haunted her since her attack. The woman is determined the experience will not deny her the right to personal freedoms as she endeavours to find some form of closure. It’s based upon a real-life encounter between a rape victim and her attacker upon his prison release.

A Mother Brings Her Son to be Shot (Sinéad O’Shea) – Saturday, March 3rd

Director Sinead O’Shea spent five years bringing this documentary about paramilitary activity at a time of peace in Northern Ireland to the big screen. As the film’s extraordinary title suggests, it centres on a shocking real-life case in a Republican stronghold in Northern Ireland where a Derry mother co-operates with the intervention of dissident Republicans in controlling her teenage son, who has a serious drugs problem.

The story that emerges is a fascinating and timely exploration of a postconflict community.

The Delinquent Season (Mark O’Rowe) – Saturday, March 3rd

Acclaimed playwright and screenwriter Mark O’Rowe (Intermission, Boy A) makes his directorial feature debut starring a stellar Irish cast. The movie is a character-driven drama which revolves around two couples who live in suburban Dublin. On the face of it, Jim and Danielle and Yvonne and Chris enjoy stable, happy marriages. But the cracks in their unions begin to appear when one of the couples has an altercation. It’s a tale of love and human nature that asks: how well can we ever really know each other?

This year’s Audi Dublin International Film Festival will also see the Sunday Times remain as the official media partner of the festival, and will see The Times, Ireland Edition featured across all of the Festival’s online and offline marketing channels. In addition, complimentary copies of The Times, Ireland Edition and The Sunday Times will be available to audience members at selected venues during the Festival.  

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