Irish Films To Look Out For in 2018

| March 8, 2018 | Comments (0)

2018 promises to be another great year for Irish film, including The Breadwinner, which recently beat Pixar’s Coco to win Best Animated Feature at the Los Angeles Film Critics Assn. Awards and is in the running for an Oscar nomination.

Below we take a look at some of the Irish films making their way to screens this year.

 

 

Noel Hill: Aisling Ghéar (Paddy Hayes)

27th January, IFI

A searing portrait of one of Ireland’s most renowned traditional musicians, concertina player Noel Hill, as he recovers from a serious assault that left him a battered shadow of his former self. Noel Hill’s dream of a new life with his young family in Connemara was shattered when he was brutally assaulted in a local pub by a builder with whom he had been in legal dispute. The physical damage to his face required ten hours of corrective surgery while the psychological damage robbed him of his ability to play music and blighted him with ongoing flashbacks and PTSD.


The Lodgers (Brian O’Malley)

Irish premiere at Cork Film Festival 12th November 2017 

In cinemas 9th March 2018

Set 1920’s, rural Ireland, Anglo Irish twins Rachel and Edward share a strange existence in their crumbling family estate. Each night, the property becomes the domain of a sinister presence which enforces three rules upon the twins: they must be in bed by midnight; they  may not permit an outsider past the threshold; if one attempts to escape, the life of the other is placed in jeopardy. When troubled war veteran Sean returns to the nearby village, he is immediately drawn to the mysterious Rachel, who in turn begins to break the rules set out by The Lodgers. The consequences pull Rachel into a deadly confrontation with her brother – and with the curse that haunts them.

CAST: Charlotte Vega, David Bradley, Moe Dunford

 

“stunning visual style, gothic-drenched atmosphere and strong acting by the two leads”

Read Loretta Goff’s review here


Damo & Ivor: The Movie (Rob Burke, Ronan Burke)

Irish premiere at ADIFF 2nd March 2018

In Cinemas 16th March 2018

 

Damo and Ivor embark on the mother of all adventures to find the last piece of their family puzzle and track down their long lost brother, John Joe. The adventure takes the brothers across Ireland where they discover that sometimes you can’t judge a book by its cover.

Cast: Andrew Quirke


Unless (Alan Gilsenan)

Irish premiere at ADIFF 22nd February 2017 

In cinemas 16th March 2018

Reta Winters has many reasons to be happy.  Suddenly, all the quiet satisfactions of her well-lived life disappear in a moment when her eldest daughter Norah inexplicably drops out of college and is found on a Toronto street corner, pan-handling and refusing to speak, holding a cardboard sign reading GOODNESS.

Cast: Catherine Keener, Hannah Gross, Hanna Schygulla, Brendan Coyle

 


Michael Inside (Frank Berry)

Irish premiere at Cork Film Festival 16th November 2017 

In cinemas 6th April 2018

The tale of Michael, a luckless 18-year-old who is misfortunate to be sent to prison. Vulnerable and alone, Michael is taken under the wing of a score-settling older prisoner.

CAST: Dafhyd Flynn, Lalor Roddy, Moe Dunford

“Dafhyd Flynn delivers an understated, emotional performance as Michael. Quiet and contemplative, his vulnerability is made evident as his incarceration looms”

Read Loretta Goff’s review here


Making The Grade (Ken Wardrop)

In Cinemas 13th April 2018

This documentary invites us into the world of the piano lesson. Every year teachers and students throughout Ireland prepare for graded musical exams. These exams can be pleasing for some but daunting for others. Each student has their own particular goal but reaching Grade Eight is considered a pinnacle Making The Grade explores the bond between piano teachers and their pupils as they struggle through these grades.


The Delinquent Season (Mark O’Rowe)

Irish premiere at ADIFF 3rd March 2018

In cinemas 27th April 2018

A tense drama which revolves around two couples in suburban Dublin – Jim and Danielle and Yvonne and Chris. On paper, they both appear to live in marital bliss, until an altercation between one couple occurs and cracks begin to appear in both of these seemingly steady marriages.

CAST: Cillian Murphy, Andrew Scott, Eva Birthistle


The Cured (David Freyne)

Irish premiere at ADIFF 25th February 2018

In cinemas 20th April 2018

Senan has been through hell. When the plague swept across Ireland he was among the thousands afflicted and rendered into rabid ghouls. Senan did horrible things he cannot forget — and neither can the public, nor the authorities charged with policing those released from captivity. Senan’s sister-in-law Abbie, however, is willing to give him a second chance. She lets him live with her and her young son, believing that Senan’s actions while infected were beyond his control. But as an angry anti-cured movement burgeons in tandem with an increasingly radicalized pro-cured movement, Abbie is forced to question just how far her trust should be pushed.

CAST: Ellen Page, Sam Keeley, Tom Vaughan-Lawlor


The Breadwinner (Nora Twomey)

Irish premiere at ADIFF 22nd February 2018

In cinemas 25th May 2018

Based on the best-selling children’s novel by Deborah Ellis, The Breadwinner tells the story of 11 year old Parvana who gives up her identity to provide for her family and try to save her father’s life. Parvana’s father Nurullah had told stories about history and imagination to Parvana as she helped him in the marketplace of Taliban controlled Kabul in the year 2001. When he is arrested Parvana finds the courage to look for him when everyone else had given up hope. She becomes a storyteller, remembering a brother she has once known. Every day is a challenge as Parvana tries to bring home enough food and water to support her mother, sister and little brother. She meets a fellow girl in disguise called Shauzia and together, they form a bond that will give them the strength to endure the war that comes to their doorstep in the Fall of 2001.

CAST: Saara Chaudry, Soma Chhaya, Noorin Gulamgaus


The Zoo (Colin McIvor)

In cinemas 4th May 2018


In 1941 marksmen from the Royal Ulster Constabulary, following a Directive from The Ministry of Public Security, shot dead 23 animals at Belfast Zoo. They destroyed one hyena, six wolves, one puma, one tiger, one black bear, one Barbary lion, two polar bears, one lynx and giant rat named Hugo. During these turbulent times, a woman secretly walked a young elephant from the zoo each evening to the backyard of her terraced home. There, she cared for and comforted it as the Luftwaffe bombs rained down over Belfast. This is a true story… and our setting for Zoo.

Seen through the eyes of 10 year old Tom, aided and abetted by his misfit friends, this moving adventure unfolds as Tom takes on the fight to save Buster the elephant.

Cast: Toby Jones, Ian McElhinney, Penelope Wilton


A Cambodian Spring ( Chris Kelly)

4th May 2018

An intimate and unique portrait of three people caught up in the chaotic and often violent development that is shaping modern-day Cambodia. Shot over six years, the film charts the growing wave of land-rights protests that led to the “Cambodian spring” and the tragic events that followed. This film is about the complexities – both political and personal, of fighting for what you believe in.


The Little Stranger (Lenny Abrahamson)

TBA

Dr. Faraday, the son of a housemaid, has built a life of quiet respectability as a country doctor. During the long hot summer of 1947, he is called to a patient at Hundreds Hall, where his mother once worked. The Hall has been home to the Ayres family for more than two centuries and is now in decline.  But Mrs Ayres, and her two grown children, Caroline  and Roddy, are haunted by something more ominous than a dying way of life.  When he takes on his new patient, Faraday has no idea how closely, and how terrifyingly, the family’s story is about to become entwined with his own.

CAST: Charlotte Rampling, Domhnall Gleeson, Ruth Wilson, Will Poulter


Dark Lies the Island (Ian Fitzgibbon)

TBA

A long-standing family feud in a small Irish town over the course of a week.

CAST: Charlie Kelly, Pat Shortt, Peter Coonan


Float Like A Butterfly (Carmel Winters)

TBA

Irish Traveller Francis has to fight for the right to pursue her passion…boxing. She is determined to make her idol Muhammad Ali proud, as well as her father who has recently been released from prison. But when she wants to show him just how tough she is, she soon comes to realise he’s got other plans for her.

CAST: Hazel Doupe, Dara Devaney, Johnny Collins


A Girl From Mogadishu (Mary McGuckian)

TBA

Based on the real life story of Ifrah Ahmed– youth leader and advocate against Female Genitale Mutilation in Somalia and Horn of Africa.


Good Favour (Rebecca Daly) 

Irish premiere at ADIFF 27th February 2018

TBA


On a glaring, hot day Tom, 17, walks out of an immense forest into the lives of a strictly devout Christian community carving out a remote existence in central Europe. He seems to have come from nowhere. The only physical sign of his life before is the wound on his torso that refuses to heal.

Cast: Vincent Romeo, Lars Brygmann, Clara Rugaard


Highway (Alexandra McGuinness)

TBA

When her best friend goes missing at a rodeo, Heidi goes on a search across the desert, digging up secrets and encountering the violence of life on the road.

CAST: Lucy Fry, Eiza González, Christian Camargo


Black 47 (Lance Daly)

Irish premiere at ADIFF 21st February 2018

TBA

Set in Ireland during the Great Famine, the drama follows an Irish Ranger who has been fighting for the British Army abroad, as he abandons his post to reunite with his family. Despite experiencing the horrors of war, he is shocked by the famine’s destruction of his homeland and the brutalization of his people and his family.

CAST: Barry Keoghan, Hugo Weaving, Jim Broadbent


Vita and Virginia  (Chanya Button)

TBA

The true story about the love affair between socialite and popular author Vita Sackville-West and literary icon Virginia Woolf.

CAST: Elizabeth Debicki, Gemma Arterton, Isabella Rossellini


Katie (Ross Whitaker)

TBA

Featuring the legendary Irish boxer Katie Taylor on her quest to change the game of women’s boxing yet again after a professionally devastating year.


The Hole in the Ground (Lee Cronin)

TBA

Trying to escape her broken past, Sarah O’Neill is building a new life on the fringes of a backwood rural town with her young son Chris. A terrifying encounter with a mysterious neighbour shatters her fragile security, throwing Sarah into a spiralling nightmare of paranoia and mistrust, as she tries to uncover if the disturbing changes in her little boy are connected to an ominous sinkhole buried deep in the forest that borders their home.

CAST: Sna Kerslake, James Quinn Markey


Dublin Old School (Dave Tynan)

TBA

Over a drug-fuelled lost weekend in Dublin, Jason, a wannabe DJ reconnects with his estranged homeless brother Daniel, a recovering addict.

CAST: Emmet Kirwan,  Ian Lloyd Anderson


A Mother Brings Her Son To Be Shot (Sinéad O’Shea)

A documentary exploring a broken community in Northern Ireland, scratches the surface of a staunchly republican populace and exposes how they take the law into their own hands.


 

If you have a film set for release in cinemas this year and would like us to feature it, email filmireland@gmail.com.

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