Award-Winning Irish Film Sanctuary Goes On Tour

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one of the most ambitious, innovative and deeply moving Irish films of recent times” Film Ireland
 
 “Sanctuary is an utter joy of a movie” Galway Advertiser

The Audi Dublin International Film Festival brings one of the most original, freshest and funniest Irish romantic comedies of recent years, Len Collin’s Sanctuary to the Light House Cinema as part of the main festival and, in collaboration with access>CINEMA, to three regional venues, on a special tour which has been supported by the Arts Council Touring and Dissemination of Work Scheme.

Len Collin’s Sanctuary is a big screen adaptation of a hit play from Blue Teapot Theatre Company, Performing Arts School & Outreach programme for people with intellectual disabilities at the forefront of arts & disability in Ireland. The film premiered at the Galway Film Fleadh in 2016 where it won the Best First Irish Feature Award.

Larry and Sophie are in love. They bribe the feckless Tom to book them into a hotel for an afternoon tryst and look forward to getting to know each other, like countless couples before them. But Larry and Sophie aren’t any couple; they both have intellectual disabilities and Tom is their care worker. By attempting to be intimate, they aren’t just breaking the rules – they’re breaking the law.

Commenting on the shifting legal situation Inclusion Ireland Campaigns & Policy Lead Sarah Lennon said “Sanctuary brings light to the uncertain legal landscape for people with intellectual disabilities who wish to have intimate relationships. The timing of the Festival Tour with ADIFF and access>CINEMA will coincide with a law reform in the guise of the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Bill 2015 which is expected in the next week and will create improved legal certainty about who can and cannot have intimate, sexual relationships. There remains a lot to do and it is important that artists like Len Collin and Blue Teapot continue their advocacy.”     

Audi Dublin International Film Festival Screening
Sat 18th February | 20:30 | Light House Cinema
Smithfield Square, Dublin 7
Booking / information: 01 687 7974
http://www.diff.ie

Tour Schedule
Mon 20th February | 20:00 | Pavilion Theatre
Marine Road, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin
Booking / information: 01 231 2929
www.paviliontheatre.ie

Tue 21st February | 20:00 |Droichead Arts Centre
Stockwell Street, Drogheda, Co. Louth
Booking / information: 041 98 33946
www.droichead.com

Wed 22nd February | 20:00 |Riverbank Arts Centre
Main Street, Newbridge, Co. Kildare
Booking / information: 045 448327
www.riverbank.ie

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Podcast: Interview with Grainne Humphreys, ADIFF 2017 Festival Director

 

Film Directors John Butler and Jim Sheridan with Grainne Humphreys - ADIFF Festival Director when details were announced of the Audi Dublin International Film Festival 2017 which will take place from from 16th February 2017 to 26th February 2017. The world’s best films are coming to Audi Dublin International Film Festival with Vanessa Redgrave, Nathalie Baye, Kerry Fox, Ross Noble, Ben Wheatley, and Anna Friel joining top Irish talent Jack Reynor, Moe Dunford, Cillian Murphy, John Butler and Aiden Gillen on the red carpet. The 2017 programme rolls out the red carpet in cinemas right across the city for a rich mix of new films from across the world accompanied by top International and Irish guest talent that will see tens of thousands of Irish film fans seek out new cinema experiences across the eleven days and nights of the festival. Tickets go on sale and the digital programmewill be available to browse and download from 18.30 on 18th January at www.diff.ie, by phone on +353 1 687 7974 or in person at DIFF, 13 Ormond Quay. Pictures: Brian McEvoy No repro fee for one use
Film director John Butler and Jim Sheridan with Grainne Humphreys at the launch of ADIFF 2017. Picture: Brian McEvoy.

Grace Corry sat down with Grainne Humphreys, Festival Director of Audi Dublin International Film Festival to delve into the delights of this year’s festival.

 

The Audi Dublin International Film Festival takes place 16 – 26 February 2017.

Check out our preview of the Irish films screening at this year’s festival

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Preview of Irish Film @ ADIFF 2017

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The Audi Dublin International Film Festival returns 16th-26th February 2017 with a rich mix of homegrown films and films from across the world accompanied by top international and Irish guest talent across the eleven days and nights of the festival.

Here we take a look at the Irish films on offer at this year’s festival.

 

Maudie (Aisling Walsh)

Thurs, 16th Feb 2017 • 7:30pm @ Savoy 1

 

Based on a true story, Maudie is an unlikely romance in which the reclusive Everett Lewis (Ethan Hawke) hires a fragile yet determined woman named Maudie Dowley (Sally Hawkins) to be his housekeeper. Maudie, bright-eyed but hunched and with hands crippled by rheumatoid arthritis, yearns to be independent, to live away from her protective family, and she also yearns, passionately, to create art. Although untrained, Maudie begins to paint scenes of her rural life in Nova Scotia, and the simplicity and joy they express attract attention, first with her neighbours, then with tourists, and eventually with an international audience. Unexpectedly, gruff and inarticulate Everett finds himself falling in love. Maudie charts Everett’s efforts to protect himself from being hurt, Maudie’s deep and abiding love for this difficult man and her surprising rise to fame as a folk painter.

Jim Sheridan, Vanessa Redgrave, Eric Bana and Susan Lynch will attend this screening. 

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The Secret Scripture (Jim Sheridan)

Sat, 18th Feb 2017 • 7:30pm @ Savoy 1

 

Based on Sebastian Barry’s acclaimed novel, Jim Sheridan’s first Irish-set film since The Boxer (1997) explores the life and history of Roseanne McNulty (Vanessa Redgrave), a woman confined to the Roscommon Mental Hospital for 50 years. As the institution is about to close, Dr. Grene (Eric Bana) is sent to see whether she’s fit to be released. He’s intrigued by Roseanne’s eccentricities and her fierce attachment to her Bible, in which she’s been keeping a diary since she was first admitted. As he delves into her past, Dr. Grene gets to know the younger Roseanne (played by Rooney Mara) and eventually learns the terrible truth about her confinement. Shot in the starkly beautiful west of Ireland, The Secret Scripture uncovers a dark chapter in Ireland’s history.

Jim Sheridan and Vanessa Redgrave will attend this screening. 

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Amanda Coogan: Long Now (Paddy Cahill)

Sat 18th Feb 2017 • 12:00pm @ Irish Film Institute

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An exploration of Coogan’s durational performance art practice, the film captures Coogan during a gruelling six-week live durational exhibition, I’ll sing you a song from around the town. Hosted in Dublin’s RHA Gallery, the exhibition became the gallery’s most successful and visited in its history. Spanning six weeks, Coogan performs live, for six hours a day, five days a week for the entire run. The film visually explores the exhibition’s beautiful live performance, interwoven with Coogan’s reflections on the work.

Amanda Coogan will attend this screening.

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Without Name (Lorcan Finnegan)

Sat 18th Feb 2017 • 6:00pm @ Light House Cinema

Eric, a troubled land surveyor, takes up a job in a remote forest. Deep in the woods, he becomes aware of a malevolent presence, an intelligence of sorts. A silhouette flits between trees. The place fascinates the fragmenting Eric as much as it disturbs him. Is his mind playing tricks on him or is there some ancient horror wishing him harm?

Lorcan Finnegan, Alan McKenna and Niamh Algar will attend this screening.

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Pickups (Jamie Thraves)

Sat 18th Feb 2017  • 8:15pm @ Irish Film Institute

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Pickups, the new film directed by Jamie Thraves, is about a man called Aidan (conveniently enough, played by Aidan Gillen) who is suffering from insomnia, back trouble and the breakdown of his marriage. Aidan finds solace in a number of strangers he picks up, although he’s now concerned someone is stalking him. Work is getting on top of him too, he murdered a couple of people last week and he still has more people to kill.

Jamie Thraves and Aidan Gillen will attend this screening.

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Sanctuary (Len Collin)

Sat 18th Feb 2017 • 8:30pm @ Light House Cinema

Sanctuary on Tour:
Mon 20th Feb • 20:00 @ Pavilion Theatre, Dún Laoghaire
Tue 21st Feb • 20:00 @ Droichead Arts Centre, Drogheda
Wed 22nd Feb• 20:00 @ Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge

Larry and Sophie are in love. What could be more natural for them than to want to be alone, together? They bribe the feckless Tom to book them into a hotel for an afternoon’s tryst and look forward to getting to know each other, like countless couples before them. But Larry and Sophie aren’t any couple – they both have intellectual disabilities and Tom is their care worker. By attempting to be intimate, they aren’t just breaking the rules – they’re breaking the law.

While Larry and Sophie try to figure out their feelings, their future and how to use a condom, their friends from the training centre escape the not so watchful eye of Tom and go on a joyful rampage through Galway.

Len Collin will attend this screening.

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Sanctuary on Tour – Tickets available directly from the venues.


In Loco Parentis (Neasa Ní Chianáin, David Rane)

Mon, 20th Feb 2017 • 8:30pm @ Light House Cinema
Thurs, 23rd Feb 2017 • 2:00pm @ Light House Cinema

 

John and Amanda teach Latin and Maths and English and Electric Guitar at a fantastical stately home turned school – previously the country seat of the eccentric Lord Headfort. A career of nearly fifty years is drawing to a close for the teachers who have become legends with the mantra: reading! rithmetic! rock n roll! …. but for pupil and teacher alike, leaving is the hardest lesson to learn.

Both screenings will follow by a Q+A with Neasa Ní Chianáin and David Rane.

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The Piano Lesson (Ken Wardrop)

Mon 20th Feb 2017  6:30pm @ Irish Film Institute

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The Piano Lesson charts the musical journey of numerous piano students through the commitment and pressure of the keyboard examinations. The piano lesson offers a unique window into our students’ lives. It is an opportunity to consider the impact that music, learning and creativity has. We examine relationships with their teachers, their counterparts, of course the music and definitely the pianos. We will discover meaningful truth in their successes and setbacks; unearthing charming curiosities that will make us laugh and cry.

Director Ken Wardrop will attend this screening.

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Tomato Red (Juanita Wilson)

Sat 25th Feb 2017 • 8:45pm @ Light House Cinema

Tells the tale of two siblings, Jamalee and Jason Merridew, and their ex-con sidekick Sammy Barlach. For Jamalee, her hair tomato red suitably matching her rage and ambition, their small town American life just won’t do.
Jamalee’s dreams are made in Hollywood, among tuxedos and palm trees. Jason, blessed with drop-dead good looks, is the local object of female obsession and their ticket out of town. However, he hills and hollows of the Ozarks can be a very dangerous place. Sammy is meant to be the muscle Jamalee and Jason need to get out, but not even he can protect them from anything.

Juanita Wilson and Anna Friel will attend this screening.

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Nails (Dennis Bartok)

Mon 20th Feb 2017 • 8:45pm @ Cineworld

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Dana Milgrom (Shauna Macdonald), a track coach survives a near-death car accident, only to find herself almost completely paralyzed and trapped inside her own body, forced to communicate via an artificial voice program. While recovering she becomes convinced that some evil presence exists inside her hospital room and is intent on killing her. No one believes her – not even her own husband and daughter, who think she’s experienced a mental breakdown.

Shauna Macdonald, Leah McNamara and Ross Noble will attend this screening.

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Photo City (John Murphy, Traolach Ó Murchú)

Tue 21st Feb 2017 • 6:00pm @ Irish Film Institute

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Rochester, NY is a city defined by photography. Once dominated by Kodak, the city now faces a new digital future. Photo City presents a portrait of photography itself as told through the lens of the citizens of a place defined by the art form. The film explores how the various strands of the city interact with photography, how its past informs its present, and how the resilience of its citizens perhaps suggests a future.

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The King’s Choice (Erik Poppe)

Wed 22nd Feb 2017 • 8:40pm @ Cineworld

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On the 9th of April 1940, German troops invade Oslo. The king of Norway is faced with a choice, which will change his nation forever.

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Unless (Alan Gilsenan)

Wed 22nd Feb 2017 • 8:50pm @ Light House Cinema

A Toronto writer struggles with her daughter’s decision to drop out of college and runaway… only to discover her living on the street pan-handling and refusing to speak, with a cardboard sign reading GOODNESS around her neck. Based on the novel by Carol Shields.

Alan Gilsenan will attend this screening.

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Notes on Rave in Dublin (James Redmond)

Fri 24th Feb 2017 • 6:30pm @ Light House Cinema
Sun 26th Feb 2017 • 2:00pm @ Light House Cinema

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A roller coaster ride through the birth pangs of dance music in our dirty old town. From the democratic romance of those early loved up dancefloors to how a cold social stratification and commercialisation crept back. That left it up to a network of outsider labels, pirates, and ravers to establish the indigenous scene that we now call our own. This is a story of how an underground works, mutates and survives.

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The 4th Act (Turlough Kelly)

Sat 25th Feb 2017 • 6:15pm @ Cineworld
Sun 26th Feb 2017 • 4:30pm @ Light House Cinema

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The story of the €1bn regeneration of Ballymun, a high-rise working-class community on the north side of Dublin, through the eyes of the community itself. Drawing on hundreds of hours of local and personal archives collated over the past thirty years, the film explores themes of loss, community, hope and defiance as the residents of Ballymun watch their familiar landscape and way of living disappear.

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The Farthest (Emer Reynolds)

Sun 26th Feb 2017 • 2:00pm @ Savoy 1

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It is one of humankind’s greatest achievements. More than 12 billion miles away a tiny spaceship is leaving our Solar System and entering the void of deep space – the first manmade object ever to do so. Dying within its heart is a nuclear generator that will beat for perhaps another decade before the lights on Voyager 1 finally go out. But this little craft will travel on for millions of years, carrying a Golden Record bearing recordings and images of life on Earth. In all likelihood Voyager will outlast humanity. The Farthest celebrates these magnificent machines, the men and women who built them and the vision that propelled them farther than anyone could ever have hoped.

Director Emer Reynolds and Voyager Project Manager (1977) John Casani will attend this screening.

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Handsome Devil (John Butler)

 @ Savoy 1

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Bullied outsider Ned and macho athlete Conor are forced to share a bedroom at their rugby-mad boarding school. Their unlikely friendship takes them both by surprise as they bond over music and begin practicing guitar together. After their supportive English teacher encourages them to enter a local talent competition, Conor faces increasing pressure to choose between “manly” athletic pursuits and his new love of music. Meanwhile Ned has to decide whether to betray his new friend’s trust to save his own skin. Ultimately, each learns the importance of bravery, loyalty, and finding one’s own voice.

 

Director John Butler and cast members Moe Dunford, Fionn O’Shea, Nicholas Galitzine, Andrew Scott and Michael McElhatton will attend this screening.

 

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Short Films @ ADIFF

Lily (Graham Cantwell)

ADIFF Shorts 1 • Sun 19th Feb 2017 • 4:00pm @ Light House Cinema

A girl with a secret, on the cusp of becoming a young woman. When a misunderstanding with the beautiful and popular Violet leads to a vicious attack, Lily is faced with the greatest challenge of her young life.

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Second to None (Vincent Gallagher)

ADIFF Shorts  1 • Sun 19th Feb 2017 • 4:00pm@ Light House Cinema

Frederick Butterfield is tired of always being runner-up. When he becomes the world’s second oldest person, he hatches a plan to claim first place.

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Gridlock (Ian Hunt Duffy)

ADIFF Shorts 1 • Sun 19th Feb 2017 • 4:00pm@  Light House Cinema

Gridlock is a thriller set during a traffic jam on a country road. When a little girl goes missing from one of the cars, her father forms a desperate search party to find her, and soon everyone is a suspect.

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Breathe (James Doherty)

ADIFF Shorts 2 • Fri 24th Feb 2017 • 6:00pm @ Light House Cinema

A hardy Irish Traveller becomes increasingly concerned with his nine year-old son’s femininity and sets about toughening him up.

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Din (Helen Flanagan)

ADIFF Shorts 2 • Fri 24th Feb 2017 • 6:00pm @ Light House Cinema

Even when sinister noises begin haunting him in his isolated house, ailing farmer Pat refuses to admit that he needs help.

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The Nation Holds Its Breath (Kev Cahill)

ADIFF Shorts 3 • Sat 25th Feb 2017 • 6:15pm @ Light House Cinema 

On the day of the most important football match in Irish history, an expectant father is torn between witnessing the miracle of childbirth and the miracle of reaching the quarterfinals of the World Cup.

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Gone (Patrick Maxwell)

ADIFF Shorts 3 • Sat 25th Feb 2017 • 6:15pm @ Light House Cinema

Paul returns to his hometown to find that his ex-lover has a child with another man. As old sparks reignite, jealousy and revenge lead to fatal consequences.

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Strong Irish Line-up @ ADIFF 2017

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The Audi Dublin International Film Festival returns 16th-26th February 2017 with a rich mix of homegrown films and films from across the world accompanied by top international and Irish guest talent across the eleven days and nights of the festival.

This year’s festival includes new Irish films from Jim Sheridan, Emer Reynolds, Aiden Gillen, John Butler, Neasa Ní Chianán, Juanita Wilson and Ken Wardrop alongside the Irish premiere of Maudie, the internationally acclaimed biopic of folk artist Maud Lewis by award-winning Irish director Aisling Walsh (Song for a Raggy Boy) and starring Sally Hawkins and Ethan Hawke.

Jim Sheridan’s The Secret Scripture, adapted from the award-winning novel by Sebastian Barry, will receive a Gala Irish Premiere and see ADIFF present a Volta Award to Vanessa Redgrave. The Volta Award is the Festival’s most prestigious honour, reserved for those who have made an outstanding contribution to the world of film.

Top Irish talent Jack Reynor, Cillian Murphy will attend the Audi Gala screening of Ben Wheatley’s new film Free Fire. ADIFF’s new Centrepiece Gala will be Neasa Ní Chianán and David Rane’s In Loco Parentis documentary study of the Headfort School.

Witness film history in the making at one of the many World Premieres at ADIFF17 including Juanita Wilson’s Tomato Red with cast member Anna Friel in attendance; Dennis Bartok’s terrifying hospital horror Nails; and Aiden Gillen and Jamie Thraves’ Pickups that features Gillen playing a semi-fictionalised version of himself, a troubled actor weighing the price of success.

The Arts Council and ADIFF’s Reel Art documentary commissions receive their World Premieres at the Irish Film Institute. Ken Wardrop brings his characteristic warmth and humanity to piano grade exams in The Piano Lesson while John Murray and Traolach Ó Murchú’s Photo City delves into the celluloid history of Rochester, NY.

Rounding up a stellar festival at ADIFF’s  Closing Night Gala is the Irish premiere of Handsome Devil, John Butler’s (The Stag) new comedy-drama set in an Irish boarding school.

 

Tickets are sale online and the digital programme is available to browse and download  at www.diff.ie

Tickets are available by phone on +353 1 687 7974 or in person at DIFF, 13 Ormond Quay.

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Call For: ADIFF Volunteers

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The Audi Dublin International Film Festival needs a team of smart, enthusiastic volunteers who are ready to pull together and make the Festival a success.

Help will be needed in areas such as venues, hospitality, office administration, production, ticketing, promotions, marketing and communications so whether you are welcoming festival-goers to a venue and making sure that they’re getting the most out of the festival or helping behind the scenes at ADIFF HQ it’s a great way to get first-hand insight into the inner workings of an international entertainment event.

The festival takes its volunteers seriously and is proud of the diverse and committed group of people from Dublin and much further afield who generously give their time and who often return year after year. It’s also a chance for volunteers to build up experience, explore the city in a new way and to make new connections – both whilst on the job and of course relaxing after a film at the Festival Club.

Depending on individual availability, volunteers can either apply to be full-time (a minimum of one shift per day during the Festival) or part-time. Each volunteer needs to be able to commit to a minimum of 5 volunteering shifts.

Volunteer applications are now open! Go to the ADIFF website for more information and to download an application and make sure to apply before 5pm on January 13th, 2017. You must be over 18 to apply. Questions, comments or queries can be sent to John McHale, Volunteers Coordinator volunteers@diff.ie.

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Jack Reynor, Ben Wheatley and Cillian Murphy @ ADIFF

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Dates have just been announced alongside the first Audi Gala event, giving a sneak peak at the exciting guests lined up for the Audi Dublin International Film Festival.  Scheduled in 2017 to take place between 16th -26thFebruary, ADIFF sets the agenda for the year in film.

Top Irish talent Jack Reynor and Cillian Murphy are set to join cult-classic directing maestro Ben Wheatley (Kill List, High-Rise, Sightseers, A Field in England) for the exclusive Audi Gala screening of his gun-toting, 1970s-set crime caper Free Fire on Thurs Feb 23rd at 18.30 at the Savoy Cinema. Tickets are on sale now at diff.ie. More guests and events are already confirmed, but the festival line-up remains strictly under wraps at ADIFF HQ.

In Free Fire Justine (Brie Larson) has brokered a meeting in a deserted warehouse between two Irishmen (Cillian Murphy, Michael Smiley) and a gang led by Vernon (Sharlto Copley) and Ord (Armie Hammer) who are selling them a stash of guns. But when shots are fired in the handover, a heart stopping game of survival ensues.

Director Ben Wheatley said ‘It’s always very exciting to have a film at the Audi Dublin International Film Festival. Showing Free Fire feels particularly satisfying as two of its stars, Jack Reynor and Cillian Murphy, were in the audience for the screening of High-Rise in Dublin last year. Afterwards they took me out and showed me the town, and we gently drank fizzy water and were all done and dusted by 11 at night. Just how I like it. This year I hope to have some more of this moderate, sensible fun.’ 

Grainne Humphreys, Festival Director of ADIFF ‘One of the most distinctive and exciting talents in contemporary cinema, Ben Wheatley has assembled one of the best casts in recent memory for Free Fire. A generous and ever popular guest of the festival – I am delighted that Ben and company will join us to celebrate the deliciously black comedy which will dazzle audiences on February 23rd.’

Richard Molloy, Head of Marketing and Product from Audi Ireland said ‘We are really looking forward to year two of our relationship with the festival, in addition to hosting Cillian Murphy, Jack Reynor and Ben Wheatley at what will be a star-studded Audi Gala screening of Free Fire.  The Audi Dublin International Film Festival always attracts the best film talent from both Ireland and abroad, and this year’s lineup will certainly attract even more attendees to the 2017 festival.’

The much-coveted Festival season tickets have just gone on sale at the brand new website www.diff.ie. Getting your hands on one of these gold-dust passes is the only way to guarantee your entry to the full Festival line-up, including all galas and guest events. Gift vouchers are also available online now – a great way to give film lovers a touch of glamour to look forward to in the New Year.

The Dublin International Film Festival is sponsored by Audi, and funded by The Arts Council and The Irish Film Board. Key partners and funders include hotel partner The Merrion Hotel, print transport partner Wells Cargo, post-production partner Windmill Lane and media partners Entertainment.ie, 98FM, The Times & The Sunday Times.

Tickets for Audi Gala screening of Free Fire, ADIFF season tickets and gift vouchers are available now at www.diff.ie.

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Call For: 15th Audi Dublin International Film Festival Opens for Submissions

In 2017 the Audi Dublin International Film Festival will return for its 15th year, with submissions open from 20th April through Film Freeway, with entry available to features, documentary, family, animation and short-film until 1st October 2016. Bookended by Sundance, Berlin and the Oscars, ADIFF is essential in promoting Dublin as one of the world’s leading creative cities, in a month which immerses audiences in film worldwide.

 

ADIFF boasts a high volume of submissions every year with entries from over 55 countries. Early submitters will be able to apply at a reduced cost.

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ADIFF Irish Film Review: The Judas Iscariot Lunch

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Gemma Creagh was at Teresa O’Grady-Peyton’s documentary The Judas Iscariot Lunch, which screened at this year’s Audi Dublin International Film Festival.

The world premiere of The Judas Iscariot Lunch saw Screen 3 of The Lighthouse Cinema filled by 6:30pm, Thursday 25th February.  As the house lights went down, us audience members, ranging from 18 – 80, were greeted with an opening sequence of older gentleman, toasting wine, and chatting abstractly. This, in the same organic, gentle flow that would progress the whole piece, gave way to the exposition of who those men were growing up – and how they found they found themselves in their teens and studying at the Missionary Society of St Columban.

From the intimacy of their homes, thirteen Irish former priests – all quirky, chatty and charismatic characters from very different backgrounds – spoke frankly about how they came to be missionaries in East Asia, the Pacific and South America in the 1960s and ’70s and their struggles in adapting. This led on to the difficulties in their lives following their return. These men were among 200 priests who made the difficult decision to leave active ministry, many of whom ended up struggling to find their place in society again.

What is most striking about this documentary, and a testament to director Teresa O’Grady-Peyton, is the level of intimacy she reaches with these subjects. These are Irish men in their 60s, 70s and 80s who are chatting openly and humorously about sex – eliciting many a chuckle from this audience, mind you – as well as being honest about loneliness and loss.

Although not avoiding them for a second, O’Grady-Peyton, deals with issues of celibacy and faith within Catholicism, and does so with a surprising level of gentleness and understanding that doesn’t hijack the focus from these men and their stories. This may be in part with the fact Joe O’Grady, Teresa’s husband, was the inspiration for the documentary, after he left the church himself at aged 35.

Most of us left that evening, full of wine, nibbles and the feeling like we had just spent our time are chatting to close friends. These priests were branded Judas Iscariots by Pope Paul VI, and what haunted me for days afterwards is how they were, and continue to be, let down by the Church.

 

The Judas Iscariot Lunch screened on 25th February 2016 as part of the Audi Dublin International Film Festival 18 – 28 February)

 

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