The Favourite Wins Big at British Independent Film Awards


The Irish produced film The Favourite picked up a record-breaking 10 wins at the British Independent Film awards.

Yorgos Lanthimos’  film scooped some of the major awards  including the night’s main prize, best British Independent Film, as well as best Director for Lanthimos and best Screenplay for writers Deborah Davis and Tony Mcnamara. Following her win at Venice, Olivia Colman picked up the award for Best Actress with her co-star Rachel Weisz winning best supporting actress.

Commenting on the wins, Element Pictures Producer Ed Guiney said “I’m thrilled for all involved in The Favourite we had a wonderful cast and crew who worked on this film led by visionary director Yorgos Lanthimos and we’re all hugely grateful to BIFA for this massive recognition. “

Other wins on the night for The Favourite were best casting for Dixie Chassay, best cinematography for Robbie Ryan, best costume design for Sandy Powell, best make up and hair design for Nadia Stacey and best production design for Fiona Crombie.

The Favourite will be released in Ireland on 1st January 2019.


Full list of awards

Best British independent film The Favourite
Best director Yorgos Lanthimos, The Favourite
Best screenplay The Favourite
Best actress Olivia Colman, The Favourite
Best actor Joe Cole, A Prayer Before Dawn
Best supporting actress Rachel Weisz, The Favourite
Best supporting actor Alessandro Nivola, Disobedience
Best casting The Favourite
Best costume design The Favourite
Best cinematography The Favourite
Best editing American Animals
Best effects Early Man
Best make up & hair design The Favourite
Best music You Were Never Really Here
Best production design The Favourite
Best sound You Were Never Really Here
Best documentary Evelyn
Best British short film The Big Day
Most promising newcomer Jessie Buckley, Beast
The Douglas Hickox award for best debut director Richard Billingham, Ray & Liz
Debut screenwriter Bart Layton, American Animals
Breakthrough producer Jacqui Davies, Ray & Liz
Discovery award Voyageuse
Best international independent film Roma




Irish Film Review @ Cork Film Festival: The Favourite







Irish-Backed ‘The Killing of a Sacred Deer’ Wins @ Cannes


Yorgos Lanthimos and  Efthymis Filippou have picked up the award for Best Screenplay at the closing ceremony of the 70th Cannes Film Festival for the Irish-backed The Killing of a Sacred Deer. The prize was shared with Lynne Ramsay’s You Were Never Really Here.

The Killing of a Sacred Deer was produced by Ed Guiney and Andrew Lowe’s Element Pictures. Lanthimos and his regular collaborator, Efthymis Filippou, co-wrote the project, which was shot last Autumn in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Speaking from Cannes, Element Pictures Producer Ed Guiney commented that “All of us at Element are absolutely delighted with the script prize for Efthymis and Yorgos. Yorgos has made a masterful signature film which will enthrall audiences around the world. We are very grateful to all of our financiers including Film4, New Sparta, Hanway and the Irish Film Board”

The Killing of a Sacred Deer  sees Colin Farrell reunite with Lanthimos. Farrell stars as Steven, a charismatic surgeon forced to make an unthinkable sacrifice after his life starts to fall apart when the behaviour of a teenage boy he has taken under his wing takes a sinister turn. Nicole Kidman also stars as the wife of Farrell’s character, along with young, Irish actor Barry Keoghan, Raffey Cassidy , Sunny Suljic, Bill Camp and Alicia Silverstone.

The film is financed by Film4 and New Sparta Films along with the Irish Film Board. The project was developed by Element Pictures with support from Film4. HanWay Films is worldwide sales agent with A24 on board as US distributor.


Cannes 2017: full list of winners

Caméra d’Or (best first feature)

Jeune Femme (Montparnasse-Bienvenüe) (dir: Léonor Serraille)

Best short film

A Gentle Night (dir: Qiu Yang)

Best screenplay

The Killing of a Sacred Deer (dir: Yorgos Lanthimos); You Were Never Really Here (dir: Lynne Ramsay)

Jury prize

Loveless (dir: Andrei Zvyagintsev)

Best actress

Diane Kruger, In the Fade (dir: Fatih Akin)

Best actor

Joaquin Phoenix, You Were Never Really Here (dir: Lynne Ramsay)

Best director

Sofia Coppola, The Beguiled

Grand Prix

120 Beats per Minute (dir: Robin Campillo)

70th Anniversary prize

Nicole Kidman

Palme d’Or

The Square (dir: Ruben Östlund)








‘The Lobster’ Starts Shooting


Element Pictures have announced that principal photography started last week on The Lobster, the first English language film by Yorgos Lanthimos, whose Dogtooth won numerous international awards and was nominated for the Oscar® for Best Foreign Language Film. Shooting takes place over seven weeks on location in Ireland.


John C. Reilly, Ashley Jensen, Michael Smiley and Jessica Barden join the previously announced Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Ben Whishaw, Léa Seydoux, Olivia Colman, Ariane Labed and Angeliki Papoulia.


A love story set in the near future where single people, according to the rules of The City, are arrested and transferred to The Hotel.  There they are obliged to find a matching mate in 45 days.  If they fail, they are transformed into an animal of their choosing and released into The Woods.  A desperate Man escapes from The Hotel to The Woods where The Loners live and falls in love, although it is against their rules.


The Lobster is co-written by Lanthimos and his long-time collaborator, award-winning Efthimis Filippou.


It is being produced by Element Pictures, Limp and Scarlet Films. Producers on the film are Lanthimos, Lee Magiday, Ed Guiney and Ceci Dempsey, with Element’s Andrew Lowe and Film4’s Tessa Ross and Sam Lavender acting as executive producers. Isabel Davis is the lead executive for the BFI Film Fund, and Rory Gilmartin for Bord Scannan na hEireann/Irish Film Board.
Partnering on the project are Christos V. Konstantakopoulos of Faliro House in Greece, Carole Scotta of Haut et Court (who will be both the French co-producer and distributor of the film) and Derk-Jan Warrink, Joost de Vries and Leontine Petit of Lemming Films in Holland.


The Lobster is being financed by Film4, Bord Scannan na hEireann/Irish Film Board, the BFI Film Fund (the first film through its minority co-production strand), Eurimages, Greek Film Centre, CNC, the Dutch Film Fund and Canal+.


Volta Facebook App Now Available

(The Guard)

Volta, the Irish video on demand service for Irish and international independent film,  announced the launch of its Social Viewing Facebook App, in addition to the existent online platform. The Facebook app is the first of its kind for an Irish company and allows consumers nationwide to stream, share, gift and rate the full Volta catalogue of films from directly within their Facebook account.


Launched in January by Jimmy Deenihan TD, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Volta is an initiative of Element Pictures. Speaking about the new app, Andrew Lowe, Director of Element Pictures said: We have developed this Facebook app together with our European partners in the Eurovod Federation to strengthen our offering and position in the market and to enable our customers share their passion in film with their friends.  We want to harness the unique power of Facebook to enable our users to build a nationwide community around Volta and to have fun with their friends sharing their choices in film.  We are very encouraged by the feedback to date on this app, and we look forward to introducing other innovations to Volta over the coming months.”


The social viewing app allows film fans to instantly stream titles from the Volta catalogue while logged into their Facebook account. A central feature allows users to share films with their friends and make a rental purchase as a gift for a friend.  App users can discover and choose films in many ways: tailored lists based on titles previously viewed by their friends, the most popular titles among the Volta Facebook community and also films based on the user’s current ‘likes’ and interests on Facebook.


A key consumer benefit of the service is the instant access to independent films for regional audiences: often, independent films are released in Dublin for a limited theatrical run. Volta brings a huge catalogue of recent independent titles which haven’t been shown outside art-house cinemas in Dublin to all broadband connected homes in Ireland.


A key part of Volta’s offering is ‘day and date’ releases; films available on Volta on the same day as their theatrical release. The recently released Irish film SILENCE is an example of one such release, and UK films THE ISLAND PRESIDENT and TOWN OF RUNNERS were also available on Volta on the same day as in cinemas. These films and more such releases will also be available on the Volta Facebook App.


Recent additions to the catalogue include Irish hits like THE GUARD, SENSATION, PARKED and THIS MUST BE THE PLACE, along with a collection of other Paolo Sorrentino films, and international hits like SHAME and WOMAN IN BLACK. The LCD Soundsystem documentary SHUT UP AND PLAY THE HITS will also be available on Volta soon.



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Celebrating 25 years of Film Ireland magazine, Exhibition Piece 5 – Issue 39 Feb/Mar 1994 ‘Low Fat Filmmaking’ interview with ‘Ailsa’ Producer Ed Guiney and Director Paddy Breathnach


Dearbhla Regan talks to director Paddy Breathnach and producer Ed Guiney about their experiences making Ailsa a psychological drama set in Dublin.

Paddy Breathnach went on to direct the acclaimed I Went Down, Man About Dog amongst others, while Ed Guiney founded Element Pictures (The Wind That Shakes The BarleyThe GuardGarage) with Andrew Lowe.

This article appeared in Film Ireland issue 39 Feb/Mar 1994 which was edited by Hugh Linehan.

To view 150 DPI high res version of this article click here.



‘Silence’ Receives Theatrical Release on July 27th 2012

Eoghan is a sound recordist who is returning to Ireland for the first time in 15 years.  His reason for returning is a job offer: to find and record places free from man-made sound. His quest takes him away from towns and villages into remote terrain.

Throughout his journey, he is drawn into a series of encounters and conversations which gradually divert his attention towards a more intangible silence, one that is bound up with the sounds of the life he had left behind.

Influenced by elements of folklore and archive, Silence unfolds with a quiet intensity, where poetic images reveal an absorbing meditation on themes relating to sound and silence, history, memory and exile.

Winner of the MICHAEL DWYER DISCOVERY AWARD 2012 at JDIFF, Silence will be released in cinemas by Element Pictures Distribution on July 27th 2012.

Speaking on the release, Director/Writer  Pat Collins commented that “When a film is completed you feel a great sense of responsibility to the crew, the cast and to the work itself that this film should reach an audience.  And it’s a great thrill to have the film released in cinemas, where the film will look and sound its best.  When we were shooting this film, out in the Irish countryside we were always thinking of those big empty landscapes in terms of the big screen. I think the final film is how we originally envisaged it and that’s a good way to feel about a film.”


Jimmy Deenihan T.D, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht launches Volta in Dublin

Element Pictures today launched Volta, a new Irish video on demand service featuring the best of Irish and international independent films. Volta was officially launched by Jimmy Deenihan T.D, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. The Minister was joined at the event by Andrew Lowe and Ed Guiney of Element Pictures and guests including representatives from the Irish Film Board and the Irish film industry.

Volta is unlike any other video on demand services currently available in Ireland, in that it focuses on Irish films and the best of independent world cinema, with titles to rent from €3.99 and to purchase from €6.99. There are no subscription fees and users can stream or download films in full. Volta is also unique in bringing selected films to the site ‘day-and-date’ with their theatrical release (on the same day that they are available in cinemas).  New films on the service are otherwise made available at the same time as the DVD release. It is currently the only Irish VOD platform showing The Guard and other Irish highlights include The Secret of Kells, Garage and As If I’m Not There with more added weekly. Recent Irish films including Sensation and Parked will join the catalogue soon, alongside classic Irish films like The Wind That Shakes the Barley. Volta is working closely with leading Irish and U.K independent producers and distributors to add future content to Volta’s growing offering. Hundreds of top international titles alongside independent features are also available on the site.

Volta also plans to partner with RTÉ to acquire premium RTÉ produced drama that will feature on the service in the future.  The addition of Irish produced content of this quality is testament to Volta’s support of the Irish television and film production sector.

Minister Deenihan, who spoke of the significance of the service for Irish consumers and the Irish film industry said ‘This unique new service will bring the best of Irish and international independent films to a much wider audience than was previously possible. As part of the Element Picture group, Volta marks a major shift in the development of online platforms for film consumption in Ireland. Developments such as this will provide the Irish film industry with a distribution channel which has the potential to reach hundreds of thousands of homes in Ireland. The impact Volta will have on the film industry is likely to be significant, especially in its efforts to combat film piracy.’

Speaking at the launch, Andrew Lowe said ‘We are delighted to launch Volta, the first Irish owned Video On Demand service in the Irish market.  As an active production, distribution, and, since the re-launch of the Light House cinema in Dublin’s Smithfield, an exhibition company, we are uniquely placed to present and promote the best Irish and international independent cinema in a convenient and cost effective way. We are launching Volta now as advances in technology and broadband infrastructure make the service technically viable, changes in the retail sector make it essential to create a space where specialist cinema can be discovered and consumed, and there is an onus on the industry to provide safe and legal alternatives to pirated films. We are very pleased to launch Volta with The Guard available exclusively on our service.’

The site also features editorial content with exclusive articles, interviews and behind the scenes footage from many of the films available. The search and filter features allow users to browse films by director, cast, crew, year, country of origin or keyword, a unique feature unavailable elsewhere. Consumers can browse the full catalogue of before entering any personal or payment information and the Volta CinePass offers significant savings for those who pre-purchase rental credits.


Shadow Dancer European Premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival

Element Pictures today announced that Shadow Dancer has been selected to have a gala out of competition screening at the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival which takes place from 9 -19 February  2012. This festival is undoubtedly one of the most important dates for the international film industry with over 400 films screened through-out the 10 day festival.

Shadow Dancer, directed by James Marsh has a stellar cast including Clive Owen , Gillian Anderson and Andrea Riseborough  Irish actors include Aidan Gillen and Domhnall Gleeson.

Shadow Dancer tells the story of single mother, Colette McVeigh who when caught red handed in London by the MI5 is given a simple choice: either spend 25 years in jail without seeing her 6 year old son grow up or return to home to spy on her brother, leader of the Belfast IRA and the last obstacle to a viable peace process.

It is the story of one woman’s incredible fight to protect her son whilst being forced to betray those she loves. Shadow Dancer is written by Tom Bradby and is based on his novel, which he wrote 12 years ago after spending 2 years as ITN political correspondent in Belfast.

Commenting on the selection Element Pictures Producers Andrew Lowe & Ed Guiney ‘are delighted that James’ brilliant film will have its European premiere at the Berlinale where we enjoyed such a warm reception with The Guard last year’

Shadow Dancer is a Unanimous Entertainment, Element Pictures and WildBunch Production in association with LipSync Productions with the participation of the Irish Film Board. Irish audiences will have an opportunity to see 9 -19th in cinemas when it goes on theatrical release later this year.


Element Pictures’ Andrew Lowe on the reopening of Light House Cinema Smithfield on Friday, 20th January 2012

[Fionnuala Sweeney Arts Council, James Hickey Irish Film Board, Andrew Lowe Element Pictures]

The Light House Cinema, Smithfield was officially relaunched this morning and will reopen for business on Friday, 20th January 2012.

The cinema, which closed in March 2011, will be run by Element Pictures and will screen the best of international art house and Irish cinema, as well as re-runs of classics and special events.

Films that will screen over the opening weekend include the highly-praised Shame, starring Irishman Michael Fassbender, Golden Globe winner, The Artist, Madonna’s new film, W.E and the Clint Eastwood-directed, J. Edgar with leading man, Leonardo DiCaprio.

Speaking this morning, the director of Element Pictures, Andrew Lowe, gave some of the background to the reopening, ‘The Irish Film Board and the Arts Council together with the Department [of Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht] were a cultural consortium and had a big investment in the  cinema when it first opened in 2007, contributing to the cost of fitting it out, so when it closed at the end of March 2011 they were very concerned to find an operator to retain the same ethos of the cinema.’

‘So they appointed a receiver who had a tender process and we were selected in June 2011 and we spent the last 6 months in negotiation with the landlord and NAMA. Those talks concluded and now we are delighted to be in a postition to reopen the cinema this Friday night.’

‘Our approach has been that having secured the deal is to get the cinema open as soon as possible. There has being a huge amount of good will from people towards the cinema, and we want to get feedback from customers and then over the coming months start to slowly make some changes. We do want to improve the interior but  not in any radical way. We want to make it more comfortable, and broaden the range of facilities that are available in terms of the catering.’

‘Broadly speaking our strategy is to run the cinema as an art house cinema, it will show Irish movies and the best of independent cinema with an emphasis on marketing so that we get in as many people as possible. We are interested in also taking on films that are only playing on video-on-demand at the same time, which is not something that cinemas generally embrace. We will encourage launches, and exhibitions, both commercial and cultural, and are investing in satellite technology to bring live opera and other live events to the cinema.’

‘The original Light House opened in 2007 and the terms and conditions reflected the property bubble at the time which was ultimately unsustainable. We have had the opportunity in 2011 and 2012 to come up with a more realistic deal, that alone will help to ensure that we do survive. The Light House had built up quite a decent audience at the end and we hope to get them back in. One of the criticisms in the past was that people didn’t know where it was as it is quite hard to find, so we need to overcome that.’

‘We have managed to negotiate a lease at a more sensible level and reflects what is going on in the property world today, commercial rents today reflect what businesses can afford to pay. The landlord and NAMA have both been very constructive, and we appreciate that, and the Minister Jimmy Deenihan has worked tirelessly behind the scenes with NAMA to try and make this happen. He has put a lot of energy in general to see that buildings with a cultural remit that are in NAMA’s portfolio are exploited to their full potential.  He was instrumental in encouraging NAMA to engage with us in a positive way and they did prioritise us and we are very grateful for that.’

 Gordon Gaffney



Light House Cinema to Reopen for JDIFF have reported that the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival is to host some of its prestigious film screenings in the Light House cinema in Smithfield.


The cinema closed down in April of last year after running up a rent debt of over €100,000 but is now reopening under the new management of Element Pictures. While the movie distribution company have yet to release an official statement on its new venture, it has already posted a hiring notice for cinema staff.

Twenty staff lost their jobs when the Light House closed last year.



(Lenny Abrahamson’s Adam and Paul)

Element Pictures are delighted to announce that Principal Photography begins this week on Lenny Abrahamson’s new film WHAT RICHARD DID. 


Set in present day Dublin the story follows a group of privileged teens over the course of the summer after they leave school, focusing in particular on Richard, a popular sports star, whose life is changed forever after a senseless act of violence.

WHAT RICHARD DID is directed by Lenny Abrahamson (Adam & Paul, Garage, Prosperity), written by Malcolm Campbell (SkinsShameless), produced by Ed Guiney and executive produced by Andrew Lowe both of Element Pictures (The GuardThe Wind that Shakes the Barley). It is loosely based on Kevin Powers award winning 2008 novel Bad Day at Blackrock.

The film stars an ensemble of young Irish actors including Jack Reynor, Sam Keeley and Roisin Murphy as well as established talent including Lorraine Pilkington and Lars Mikkelsen (star of the Danish hit series, The Killing)

The film will shoot in and around Dublin and Wicklow for 5 weeks and is backed by the Irish Film Board and Element Pictures.

Irish audiences will get the chance to see WHAT RICHARD DID in 2012 when it’s released through Element Pictures Distribution.

For Further Information please call Nell Roddy on 01 618 5032 or email


THE GUARD Is The Number 1 Independent Irish Film Of All Time

THE GUARD has  overtaken THE WIND THAT SHAKES THE BARLEY in the Irish box-office  to become the most successful independent Irish film of all time. Overtaking other successful Irish titles including IN BRUGES, VERONICA GUERIN & MAN ABOUT DOG, THE GUARD has now grossed over €4.13 million in Ireland. This figure is also significantly ahead of other heavy-weight films this year like THE HANGOVER 2, THE KINGS SPEECH, TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON and PIRATES OF THE CARRIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES.

THE GUARD is also finding audiences around the world and has been in the top 10 in the UK, Australia and New Zealand already this month. In the US, it has grown week on week and now in its sixth week with a box-office total of nearly $3m million and it has now expanded close to 200 screens in the US. With further releases planned for later this year in Germany, France, Italy and Holland, we expect  THE GUARD to become one of the most successful Irish film exports in recent times.

Written and directed by John Michael McDonagh, the film is produced by his partners in Reprisal Films, Chris Clark and Flora Fernandez Marengo, along with Ed Guiney and Andrew Lowe of Element Pictures (who also co-produced THE WIND THAT SHAKES THE BARLEY). Element Pictures Distribution is distributing the film in Ireland.

Speaking on the phenomenal success of the film, writer-director John Michael McDonagh commented that ‘It’s been extremely satisfying for me that such a hard-drinking, whoring, drug-taking, anti-authoritarian character as Sergeant Gerry Boyle has struck so resounding a chord with Irish and International audiences.’

On behalf of Element Ed Guiney said ‘This is a landmark film for Irish cinema and we are delighted to be part of it. Its brilliant that it has hit so big at home but its also more important than ever that Irish film punches above its weight internationally – and its case proven with The Guard.’

James Hickey, Chief Executive, Irish Film Board said ‘This is great news for the Irish film industry.  We’re delighted to see an Irish film compete successfully with major Hollywood blockbusters here in Ireland and also achieving a strong audience response worldwide.  It’s a testament to the local and the international appeal of Irish film and the quality of filmmaking in Ireland.’

Speaking on behalf of Reprisal Films, Chris Clark and Flora Fernandez Marengo said: ‘We are thrilled that the Irish public have taken the film to their hearts in such numbers. To become the biggest Irish film of all time is an incredible honour for a British production company with its first feature! We thank John Michael McDonagh, our partner at Reprisal Films, for his incredible work as writer-director and we will always be in debt to Brendan Gleeson for his genius performance as Sergeant Gerry Boyle. ‘

THE GUARD is an Irish/UK co-production, backed by the Irish Film Board and Section 481 as well as International Financiers. It’s produced by Chris Clark and Flora Fernandez Marengo for Reprisal Films and Ed Guiney and Andrew Lowe  for Element Pictures.


'The Guard' is in hot pursuit of €1.5mill at the Irish Box Office

Darkly comic Irish thriller The Guard continues to storm the Irish box office with takings of €397,000 this past weekend taking its total past €1.42 million.

In a weekend that saw the final installment of  the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, break all time weekend records in North America this represents an extremely strong showing for an independent Irish feature.

The €410,000 showing earned it second place in Ireland behind the bespectacled wizard and it took in €94,000 yesterday Monday July 18th alone suggesting strong word of mouth.  It also came in at number 5 in the combined UK and Ireland box office totals.

Click here for full list of cinemas showing The Guard.

The Guard is released in the US on July 29th & in the UK on August 19th

Read our review of The Guard here


'The Guard’ Sundance World Premiere

The Guard, received much acclaim at its world premiere in Park City, Utah as part of the prestigious Sundance film festival.  The Guard was selected as the opening film of the World Dramatic Competition at the 2011 festival.

The Los Angeles Times reported that film buyers flocked to the sold out screening ‘ moths to a flame, making it a fitting festival launch’. According to Variety ‘… it’s Gleeson who rightly owns the screen as a beer-swilling, crotch-grabbing, Derringer-firing crusader with one hell of a filthy mouth to go along with his heart of gold.’ and the director John Michael McDonagh’s ‘filmmaking crackles with energy’.

Directed by John Michael McDonagh, The Guard’s cast, includes Brendan Gleeson (In Bruges, Harry Potter, The General) Don Cheadle (Iron Man 2, Crash, Hotel Rwanda) Fionnuala Flanagan (Lost, Transamerica) Liam Cunningham (Hunger, The Wind that Shakes the Barley) and Mark Strong (KickAss, Sherlock Holmes).

The Guard is a thriller-comedy set on the west coast of Ireland where Sergeant Gerry Boyle (Gleeson)  is a small-town cop with a confrontational personality, a subversive sense of humour, a dying mother, a fondness for prostitutes, and absolutely no interest whatsoever in the international cocaine-smuggling ring that has brought FBI agent Wendell Everett (Cheadle)to his door.

The Guard is an Irish/UK co-production, backed by the Irish Film Board and Section 481 as well as International Financiers. It’s produced by Chris Clark and Flora Fernandez Marengo for Reprisal Films and Ed Guiney (Garage) and Andrew Lowe (The Wind that Shakes the Barley) for Element Pictures.

Irish audiences will get an opportunity to see The Guard in cinemas when it goes on theatrical release this summer through Element Pictures Distribution.


Part-Irish production ‘ESSENTIAL KILLING’ wins two awards

Part-Irish production, Essential Killing, has picked up the Special Jury Prize at the 67th Venice Film Festival. The leading actor, Vincent Gallo (Arizona Drean, Buffallo 66), has also won the Coppa Volpi for Best Actor for his performance in the film.

Essential Killing was directed by veteran Polish director Jerzy Skolimowski, and also starring Emmanuelle Seigner (The Diving Bell & The Butterfly, La Vie En Rose), and had its world premiere screening at the festival. It will also be screened this week as part of the Masters programme in Toronto Film Festival, which runs from 9–19 September.

Essential Killing is a thriller that tells the story of an Afghan man, captured by American forces in Kabul, who finds himself transported to a nameless European country. He manages to escape into the vast frozen woodland. Forced into extreme survival mode, he must kill anyone who strays into his path.

The script was written by Skolimowski and Ewa Piaskowska, and produced by Skopia Film in co-production with Element Pictures. An Irish/Polish/Norwegian/Hungarian co-production, the film was partly funded by the Irish Film Board and was shot in Israel, Poland and Norway with the sound post-production in Ireland.

Irish audiences will get to see Essential Killing in cinemas when it goes on theatrical release later this year. The trailer is currently available to view on You Tube.


'The Craic' available in DVD for the first time in Ireland

Element Pictures Distribution has announced the premiere Irish DVD release of The Craic from December 4th.  Set in 1980’s Belfast, this fish-out-of-water comedy about two Irish runaways in Australia stars the stand-up comedian Jimeoin and Alan McKee.

Fergus and Wesley are enjoying a nice quiet pint – until they insult Colin, a local gangster, about his hair implants.  Things go from bad to worse when they walk unwittingly into the middle of a British S.A.S raid that sees Colin carted off. In a bid to escape his vengeance, the lads decide to flee Belfast for Sydney.

Life is good down under until their visas run out and immigration officials close in.  On the run again, Fergus and Wesley travel down the coast in search of beaches, babes and beer.  But Colin has turned informer and is now in Australia as part of the ‘Supergrass’ program.  What’s more, he has framed the boys for terrorist crimes back home and they’re now high on the British Most Wanted list. In the chaos that follows, will Fergus and Wesley head for the hills again or stand and face the music down under?