Trailer: Dark Lies the Island

Written by Irish author Kevin Barry and based around characters he created for his own short story collection, Ian Fitzgibbon’s (Death of a Superhero) pitch-black comedy centres on a small Irish town over a week-long period.

If you’re going get involved with men in a small Irish town, they might as well be the Mannions – and Sara is involved up to her neck. The Mannions are a feuding family in the town of Dromord who are all set at each other. Sara is married to Daddy Mannion but holding a candle for her first love, his son Doggy. When she also gets involved with his brother, trouble looms.

An impressive Irish cast including Peter Coonan, Charlie Murphy, Pat Shortt and Moe Dunford flesh out this unique, dark, comedy which offers on-the-nose observations about Irish life.

 

 

 

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Trailer: An Engineer Imagines

 

Underappreciated at home in Ireland until now, Peter Rice has a global reputation as one of the most important engineers of the 20th Century making groundbreaking contributions to many of the most celebrated buildings in world architecture such as the Sydney Opera House, the Lloyd’s Building in London, the Inverted Pyramid at the Louvre and the Pompidou Centre in Paris.

The new trailer gives a preview of BAFTA-Award winning director and cinematographer Marcus Robinson’s stunning 35mm time-lapse photography that sensationally showcase Rice’s extraordinary buildings.

 

An Engineer Imagines will be on limited release in Irish cinemas 1st March.  

 

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Trailer: Gaza

Take a look at the new Official Trailer for Irish made Sundance-bound documentary Gaza, a film that takes a look into everyday lives on the strip, premiering in competition at the Sundance festival on January 29.

 

From directing duo Garry Keane (The Deafening, The Writing in the Sky) and Award-winning conflict photographer Andrew McConnellGAZA is a beautiful portrait of everyday Gazan citizens. It brings us into a unique place beyond the reach of television news reports to reveal a world rich with eloquent and resilient characters, offering us a cinematic and enriching portrait of a people attempting to lead meaningful lives against the rubble of perennial conflict.

 

It’s hard to imagine anybody living a normal life in the Gaza Strip. Frequently labeled as the world’s largest open-air prison, it makes an appearance on news reports every time a confrontation erupts between Israel and Hamas. From TV sets thousands of miles away, this tiny piece of land has been reduced to an image of violence, chaos and destruction. So what do the people do when they’re not under siege?

 

Referencing the film’s official selection, Garry Keane said, “On behalf of my co-director colleague Andrew McConnell and I, it is a huge honor for our film GAZA to be selected for the Sundance Film Festival 2019 in the World Cinema Documentary Competition. This is not only a professional Everest for us both, but even more so, it is a clear testament to the resilience and bravery of our contributors who have shared their lives with us in this beautiful and much misunderstood place. It is a privilege to have spent time with them and to have had the chance to bring their stories of hope and survival in one of the most unique places on earth to the world’s most prestigious documentary festival.”
 

 

GAZA is a Real Films and Filmoption International co-production in association with Fine Point Films and Gebruder Beetz Filmproduktion, produced by Brendan J. Byrne (Bobby Sands: 66 Days, Elián) with Paul Cadieux (The Triplets of Belleville, P.S. Jerusalem), Garry Keane, Andrew McConnell and Executive Producer Trevor Birney (No Stone Unturned, Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God) and Christian Beetz (The Cleaners). The editing is by Mick Mahon (Citizen Lane, The Queen of Ireland) and the Original Score is by Grammy and Emmy Award-winning Canadian composer Ray Fabi.
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‘The Hole In The Ground’ in Cinemas March 1st

 

Lee Cronin’s The Hole In The Ground will be released in Irish and UK cinemas on Friday, 1st March.

The film which will have its world premiere at the renowned Sundance Film Festival later this month is Cronin’s feature debut which he co-wrote with Stephen Shields.  It stars Séana Kerslake (A Date For Mad Mary), James Quinn Markey (Vikings), James Cosmo (T2 Trainspotting), Simone Kirby (Jimmy’s Hall), Steve Wall (An Klondike) and Kati Outinen (Le Havre).

Trying to escape her broken past, Sarah O’Neill (Séana Kerslake) is building a new life on the fringes of a backwood rural town with her young son Chris (James Quinn Markey). 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.

Speaking about the cinema release, director Lee Cronin said: “I’m so excited to finally be bringing The Hole in the Ground to my home crowd. It’s a film with a uniquely unsettling Irish identity, and one that I hope will terrify people both when they are in the cinema, and long after they go home and turn the lights out. A short month after it’s world premiere at Sundance, Irish cinema-goers will be right there as the first in the world to be able to see the film as a big screen experience. Horror is best served in a dark room with lots of people crawling on edge together. We made a movie with that in mind”.

The Hole in the Ground was shot on location in Dublin, Kildare and Wicklow and was produced by Conor Barry and John Keville for Savage Productions with Benoit Roland and Ulla Simonen for Wrong Men and MADE.  The film was funded by Screen Ireland, the BAI and Headgear Films with support coming from Wallimages and the Finnish Film Foundation.

Wildcard Distribution will be releasing the film in Ireland.

Vertigo Releasing will be distributing the film in the UK.

 

 

 

http://filmireland.net/2019/01/02/irish-films-to-look-out-for-in-2019/

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Trailer: Cellar Door

Cellar Door tells the story of young lover Aidie (Karan Hassan) as she searches for her son while in the grip of the Church. But as she gets closer to the truth, she suffers uncontrollable shifts in time and place that send her spiralling. With a unique point of view on a familiar trauma, Cellar Door cuts deep into Aidie’s subjective experience.

Something is forcing Aidie to relive the moments that led to her being institutionalised. Aidie must work out the mystery, break free from the cycle and find her son.

At its core,Cellar Door is an emotional, character driven story. At its surface, it is a physical manifestation of the state of Aidie’s mind. The film is the journey from that core to that surface. It is a subjective study of Aidie as she unravels the emotionally charged mystery of her life.

Cellar Door is a moving mystery thriller – an exploration of love regained and loss relived – that ends with a jolt as Aidie awakens to something beyond all expectations

In Select Cinemas January 25th

Cert 15A

Running Time 90 minutes

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Trailer: Making The Grade

 

Ken Wardrop’s Making The Grade 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 goal but reaching Grade Eight is considered a pinnacle. This endearing and uplifting documentary explores the bond between piano teachers and their pupils as they struggle through these grades. This is a story of the transformative power of music and the pride and happiness it provides both the students and teachers. It may inspire us all to keep making the grade.

The filmmakers travelled the length and breadth of the country to film with teachers and their students as they prepared for their piano grade exams. The film features characters from as far afield as Kylemore Abbey in the West, to Derry City in the North and down to Crosshaven, Cork in the South.

 

Making The Grade will screen at this year’s SXSW film festival and is in Irish cinemas from 13th April.

Making The Grade is a Reel Art film funded by the Arts Council and operated in association with Filmbase.

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Trailer: The Killing of a Sacred Deer

Yorgos Lanthimos’ highly anticipated The Killing of a Sacred Deer  will be released in cinemas on November 3rd .

Lanthimos has crafted a sensational thriller brimming with unsettling humour and creeping dread, steeped in Greek tragedy, existential horror, Hitchcockian psychodrama, and riveting suspense. Darting confidently between genres to subvert our expectations at every turn, The Killing of a Sacred Deer firmly cements Lanthimos in the pantheon of world-class auteurs and marks him as a cinematic provocateur without precedent.

Dr. Steven Murphy (Colin Farrell) is a renowned cardiovascular surgeon presiding over a spotless household with his ophthalmologist wife Anna (Nicole Kidman) and their two exemplary children, 12-year-old Bob (Sunny Suljic ) and 14-year-old Kim (Raffey Cassidy). Lurking at the margins of his idyllic suburban existence is Martin (Barry Keoghan), a fatherless teen who Steven has covertly taken under his wing. As Martin begins insinuating himself into the family’s life in ever-more unsettling displays, the full scope of his intent becomes menacingly clear when he confronts Steven with a long forgotten transgression that will shatter the Murphy family’s domestic bliss.

The film was produced by Ed Guiney and Andrew Lowe’s Element Pictures, the producers of The Lobster and Oscar-winner Room. It was financed by Film4 and the Irish Film Board, who also were financiers of The Lobster , and New Sparta Films, whose involvement was brokered by HanWay Films. The project was developed by Element Pictures and Film4. HanWay Films are the worldwide sales agent.

 

 

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Trailer: The Drummer and The Keeper

 

The Drummer and The Keeper tells the story of the unlikely friendship formed between two young men; Gabriel, a reckless young drummer with bipolar disorder, who revels in rejecting society’s rules and Christopher, a 17 year old with Asperger’s Syndrome, who yearns to fit in. This heartwarming story, shows the strength of the human bond, in the face of adversity.

Written and directed by Nick Kelly, whose short film Shoe was shortlisted for an Academy Award, The Drummer and The Keeper was produced by Kate McColgan for Calico Pictures, with support from the Irish Film Board.

 

The Drummer and The Keeper is in cinemas from 8th September 2017

 

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