‘Michael Inside’ Nominated for European Film Awards 2018

 

Michael Inside was included among the 49 films on this year’s EFA Feature Film Selection, the list of feature-length fiction films recommended for a nomination for the European Film Awards 2018.

Michael Inside which stars Dafhyd Flynn, Lalor Roddy and Moe Dunford tells the story of Michael McCrea, an impressionable 18-year-old living with his grandfather Francis in a Dublin housing estate, who gets caught holding a bag of drugs for his friend’s older brother and is sentenced to three months in prison.

In the coming weeks, the over 3,500 members of the European Film Academy will vote for the nominations in the categories European Film, Director, Actor, Actress and Screenwriter. The nominations will then be announced on 10 November at the Seville European Film Festival in Spain. An 8-member jury will decide on the awards recipients in the categories European Cinematographer, Editor, Production Designer, Costume Designer, Hair & Make-up Artist, Composer, Sound Designer and – for the first time – Visual Effects Supervisor.

The 31st European Film Awards with the presentation of the winners will take place on 15 December in Seville.

For more information on the films and a complete list of the award categories:
www.europeanfilmawards.eu

EFA Feature Film Selection 2018

3 DAYS IN QUIBERON
3 TAGE IN QUIBERON

Germany, Austria, France
WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY Emily Atef
PRODUCED BY Karsten Stöter

ÁGA
ÁГА

Bulgaria, Germany, France
DIRECTED BY Milko Lazarov
WRITTEN BY Milko Lazarov & Simeon Ventsislavov
PRODUCED BY Veselka Kiryakova

ANNA’S WAR
ВОЙНА АННЫ

Russia
DIRECTED BY Aleksey Fedorchenko
WRITTEN BY Aleksey  Fedorchenko & Nataliya Meshchaninova
PRODUCED BY Andrey  Saveliev, Artem Vasilyev, Maxim Lojevsky, Dmitriy Vorobyev & Alexander Yashnik

ARRHYTHMIA
АРИТМИЯ  

Russia, Finland, Germany
DIRECTED BY Boris Khlebnikov
WRITTEN BY Natalia Meshchaninova
PRODUCED BY Ruben Dishdishyan & Sergey Selyanov

AYKA
Russia, Germany, Poland, Kazakhstan
DIRECTED BY Sergey Dvortsevoy
WRITTEN BY    Sergey Dvortsevoy & Gennady Ostrovsky
PRODUCED BY Thanassis Karathanos, Sergey Dvortsevoy, Martin Hampel & Anna Wydra

BEAST
UK
WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY Michael Pearce
PRODUCED BY Ivana MacKinnon & Kristian Brodie

BORDER
GRÄNS

Sweden, Denmark
WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY Ali Abbasi
PRODUCED BY Nina Bisgaard & Louis Tisne

BORG/McENROE
BORG   

Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Czech Republic
DIRECTED BY Janus Metz
WRITTEN BY Ronnie Sandahl
PRODUCED BY Fredrik Wikström Nicastro & Jon Nohrstedt

CARMEN & LOLA
CARMEN Y LOLA

Spain
WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY Arantxa Echevarría
PRODUCED BY Pilar Sánchez & Arantxa Echevarría

COBAIN
Netherlands, Germany, Belgium
DIRECTED BY Nanouk Leopold
WRITTEN BY Stienette Bosklopper
PRODUCED BY Stienette Bosklopper & Lisette Kelder

COLD WAR
ZIMNA WOJNA

Poland, UK, France
WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY Paweł Pawlikowski
PRODUCED BY Ewa Puszczyńska & Tanya Seghatchian

CUSTODY
JUSQU’A LA GARDE

France
WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY Xavier Legrand
PRODUCED BY Alexandre Gavras

DIAMANTINO
Portugal, France, Brazil
WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY Gabriel Abrantes & Daniel Schmidt
PRODUCED BY Maria Joao Mayer & Justin Taurand

DOGMAN
Italy, France
DIRECTED BY Matteo Garrone
WRITTEN BY Matteo Garrone, Ugo Chiti & Massimo Gaudioso
PRODUCED BY Matteo Garrone, Jean Labadie, Jeremy Thomas & Paolo Del Brocco

DONBASS
Germany, France, Romania, Netherlands, Ukraine
WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY Sergei Loznitsa
PRODUCED BY Heino Deckert

DOVLATOV
Russia, Poland, Serbia
DIRECTED BY Alexey German Jr.
WRITTEN BY Yulia Tupikina & Alexey German Jr.
PRODUCED BY Artem Vasilyev, Andrey Savelyev, Konstantin Ernst, Dariusz Jabłoński, Isabella Wojcik, Violetta Kaminska & Miroslav Mogorovich

FOXTROT
Germany, Israel, France
WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY Samuel Maoz
RODUCED BY Michael Weber, Viola Fügen, Eitan Mansuri, Cedomir Kolar, Marc Baschet & Michel Merkt

FUGUE
FUGA

Poland, Czech Republic, Sweden
DIRECTED BY Agnieszka Smoczyńska
WRITTEN BY Gabriela Muskała
PRODUCED BY Agnieszka  Kurzydło

GIRL
Belgium, Netherlands
DIRECTED BY Lukas Dhont
WRITTEN BY    Lukas Dhont & Angelo Tijssens
PRODUCED BY Dirk Impens

HAPPY AS LAZZARO
LAZZARO FELICE

Italy, France, Germany, Switzerland
WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY Alice Rohrwacher
PRODUCED BY Francesca Andreoli, Alexandra Henochsberg, Michael Weber, Tiziana Soudani & Michel Merkt

LONGING
GAAGUA

Israel
WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY Savi Gabizon
PRODUCED BY Chilik  Michaeli, Avraham Pirchi, Tami Leon, Savi Gabizon, Moshe Edery & Leon Edery

MADEMOISELLE PARADIS
LICHT

Austria, Germany
DIRECTED BY Barbara Albert
WRITTEN BY Kathrin Resetarits
PRODUCED BY Michael Kitzberger, Martina Haubrich, Wolfgang Widerhofer, Nikolaus Geyrhalter & Markus Glaser

MEN DON’T CRY
MUŠKARCI NE PLAČU

Bosnia and Herzegovina, Germany, Slovenia, Croatia
DIRECTED BY Alen Drljević
WRITTEN BY Alen Drljević & Zoran Solomun
PRODUCED BY Damir Ibrahimović & Jasmila Žbanić

MICHAEL INSIDE
Ireland
WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY Frank Berry
PRODUCED BY Aoife O’Sullivan, Donna Eperon & Tristan Orpen Lynch

MILADA
Czech Republic
DIRECTED BY David Mrnka
WRITTEN BY David Mrnka, Robert J. Gant & Robert J. Conant
PRODUCED BY David Mrnka, Kristina Hejduková, Pavel Müller, Ayelet Zurer & Robert Gant

MUG
TWARZ

Poland
WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY Małgorzata Szumowska
PRODUCED BY Jacek Drosio

ONE DAY
EGY NAP  

Hungary
WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY Zsofia Szilagyi
PRODUCED BY Agnes Pataki

PADDINGTON 2
UK
DIRECTED BY Paul King
WRITTEN BY Simon Farnaby
PRODUCED BY David Heyman

PETRA
Spain, France, Denmark
DIRECTED BY Jaime Rosales
WRITTEN BY Jaime Rosales, Michel Gaztambide & Clara  Roquet
PRODUCED BY Bárbara Díez, José María Morales, Antonio Chavarrías, Jérôme Dopffer & Katrin Pors

PITY
OIKTOS

Greece, Poland
DIRECTED BY Babis Makridis
WRITTEN BY Babis Makridis & Efthimis Filippou
PRODUCED BY Amanda Livanou, Christos Konstantakopoulos, Klaudia Śmieja & Beata Rzeźniczek

POMEGRANATE ORCHARD
NAR BAĞI

Azerbaijan
DIRECTED BY Ilgar Najaf
WRITTEN BY Asif Rustamov, Ilgar Najaf & Roelof Jan Minneboo
PRODUCED BY Mushfiq Hatamov & Ilgar Najaf

POROROCA
Romania, France
WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY Constantin Popescu
PRODUCED BY Liviu  Marghidan & Lissandra  Haulica

SCARY MOTHER
SASHISHI DEDA

Georgia, Estonia
WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY Ana Urushadze
PRODUCED BY Lasha Khalvashi & Tinatin Kajrishvili

SHOCK WAVES: DIARY OF MY MIND
ONDES DE CHOC: JOURNAL DE MA TÊTE

Switzerland
DIRECTED BY Ursula Meier
WRITTEN BY Ursula Meier & Antoine Jaccoud
PRODUCED BY Lionel Baier, Agnieszka Ramu & Françoise Mayor

STYX
Germany, Austria
DIRECTED BY Wolfgang Fischer
WRITTEN BY Wolfgang  Fischer & Ika Künzel
PRODUCED BY Marcos Kantis, Martin Lehwald & Michal Pokorny

THE CAPTAIN
DER HAUPTMANN

Germany, France, Poland
WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY Robert Schwentke
PRODUCED BY Frieder Schlaich & Irene von Alberti

THE GIANT
HANDIA

Spain
DIRECTED BY Aitor Arregi
WRITTEN BY Aitor Arregi, Jon Garaño, Jose Mari Goenaga & Andoni De Carlos
PRODUCED BY Xabier Berzosa, Iñigo Obeso, Fernando Larrondo, Iñaki Gomez & Koldo Zuazua

THE GUILTY
DEN SKYLDIGE

Denmark
DIRECTED BY Gustav Möller
WRITTEN BY Gustav Möller & Emil Nygaard Albertsen
PRODUCED BY Lina Flint

THE HOUSE BY THE SEA
LA VILLA 

France
DIRECTED BY Robert Guédiguian
WRITTEN BY Robert Guédiguian & Serge Valletti
PRODUCED BY Marc Bordure & Robert Guédiguian

THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT
Denmark, Sweden, France, Germany
WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY Lars von Trier
PRODUCED BY Louise Vesth

THE SUMMER
LETO

Russia, France
DIRECTED BY Kirill Serebrennikov
WRITTEN BY Mkhail Idov, Lily Idova & Kirill  Serebrennikov
PRODUCED BY Ilya Stewart, Murad Osmann & Charles-Évrard Tcheckhoff

THE WILD PEAR TREE
AHLAT AĞACI

Turkey, Germany, France, Bulgaria, FYR Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sweden, Qatar
DIRECTED BY Nuri Bilge Ceylan
WRITTEN BY Akın Aksu, Ebru Ceylan & Nuri Bilge Ceylan
PRODUCED BY Zeynep Özbatur Atakan

THOSE WHO ARE FINE
DENE WOS GUET GEIT

Switzerland
WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY Cyril Schäublin
PRODUCED BY Silvan Hillmann, Lara Hacisalhzade, Ralph Rutishauser, Cyril Schäublin

TOUCH ME NOT
Romania, Germany, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, France
WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY Adina Pintilie
PRODUCED BY Bianca Oana, Philippe Avril & Adina Pintilie

TRANSIT
Germany, France
WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY Christian  Petzold
PRODUCED BY Florian Koerner von Gustorf & Michael Weber

U – JULY 22
UTØYA 22. JULI

Norway
DIRECTED BY Erik Poppe
WRITTEN BY Siv Rajendram Eliassen & Anna Bache-Wiig
PRODUCED BY Stein B. Kvae & Finn Gjerdrum

UNDER THE TREE
UNDIR TRÉNU

Iceland, Denmark, Poland, Germany
DIRECTED BY Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson
WRITTEN BY Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson & Huldar Breiðfjörð
PRODUCED BY Grímar Jónsson, Sindri Páll Kjartansson & Þórir Snær Sigurjónsson

WHAT WILL PEOPLE SAY
HVA VIL FOLK SI 

Norway, Germany, Sweden
WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY Iram Haq
PRODUCED BY Maria Ekerhovd

WOMAN AT WAR
KONA FER Í STRÍÐ

Iceland, France, Ukraine
DIRECTED BY Benedikt Erlingsson
WRITTEN BY Benedikt Erlingsson & Olafur Egill Egilsson
PRODUCED BY Marianne Slot, Benedikt Erlingsson & Carine Leblanc

 

 

 

 

Review of Irish Film @ Cork Film Festival: Michael Inside

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Review of Irish Film @ Cork Film Festival: Michael Inside

Loretta Goff takes a look at Frank Berry’s tale of Michael, a luckless 18-year-old who is misfortunate to be sent to prison.  

Michael Inside takes a hard look at the ways that young people from disadvantaged communities can become caught in a cycle of crime that they have no desire to become a part of. The film follows 18-year-old Michael McCrea (Dafhyd Flynn), who lives with his grandfather Francis McCrea (Lalor Roddy) in a Dublin housing estate. Michael’s father is in prison, his mother died of a drug overdose when he was young, and he left school early, working odd jobs instead. However, he shows a desire to follow the “right path” and an interest in furthering his education on a social care course.

Unfortunately, Michael’s life derails simply because of a series of naïve mistakes, the result of both his youth and his environment. Though he is only on the side-lines of criminal activity, he is sent to prison for three months in an attempt by the judge to shock him into correcting his behaviour. The consequences of this decision are devastating.

Dafhyd Flynn delivers an understated, emotional performance as Michael. Quiet and contemplative, his vulnerability is made evident as his incarceration looms. This is subtly mirrored by the equally excellent performance of Lalor Roddy as his grandfather, who puts on a brave face and offers words of assurance, but again exposes hidden worry in quiet moments. The faces of both these actors do the work of revealing all that is left unsaid in the film, and they do it quite well, eliciting empathy from viewers.

Once inside, Michael is forced not only to grow up quickly, but also to harden. He is repeatedly told that he must fight back and, when he is taken under the wing of Moe Dunford’s character, this becomes inevitable. This character, with another strong performance from Dunford, appears to be on the precipice of violence at any given moment and holds a position of power within the prison, having been there for a while. Under his protection, Michael not only begins to develop a penchant for fighting back, but is also drawn in to the periphery of crime in much the same way as he was on the outside.

Dunford’s character warns Michael that “your sentence only starts when you’re released”, and this appears to hold some truth for Michael who, despite trying to turn his life around, is caught in a cycle of crime and incarceration. Director Frank Berry does an excellent job of framing Michael in such a way that he appears trapped both inside and outside of prison. This occurs not only through the repeated pressure to do favours for criminals in both places, but also with shots of Michael looking through grates on a bridge that mirror the grated windows of the prison and of shots from outside his house that look in on him, framed and trapped in the lit window, surrounded by the exterior darkness.

Authenticity was important to Berry, who also wrote this film, and in the Q&A following the screening at the Cork Film Festival he discussed the amount of research involved. He got the idea for it after making his last film in Tallaght (I Used to Live Here, in which Flynn also had a role), and knew he wanted to focus the narrative on a grandson and grandfather—a family dynamic seen a lot in disadvantaged areas. Berry had quite a few discussions with youth in these communities who did not want to become involved in crime, but were positioned there, and equally decided to reflect this in the film. He approached the Irish penal system with this idea and was set up with the prison rehabilitation service Pathways, which enabled him to interview a number of former prisoners about how being incarcerated changed their lives and ways of thinking.

Berry’s research and dedication to accurately representing the experiences of those he interviewed shows in his film. Michael Inside makes us feel for its titular character and, through the frustrating nature of the path his life takes, reveals the flaws in our systems. Dafhyd Flynn perhaps captured it best during the Q&A, saying that when he watches the film he “sees truth”.

Michael Inside, which won Best Irish Film at the Galway Film Fleadh, also won the Audience Award at the 62nd Cork Film Festival.

 

Michael Inside screened on 16th November 2017 as part of the 2017 Cork Film Festival (10 – 19 November)

 

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Teaser Trailer: Michael Inside

 

Wildcard Distribution have launched the brand new teaser trailer for Michael Inside, the latest feature film from writer-director Frank Berry (I Used to Live Here).

Michael Inside which stars Dafhyd Flynn, Lalor Roddy and Moe Dunford tells the story of Michael McCrea, an impressionable 18-year-old living with his grandfather Francis in a Dublin housing estate, who gets caught holding a bag of drugs for his friend’s older brother and is sentenced to three months in prison.

Director Frank Berry said: “Researched over eighteen months with former prisoners the film is an expression of many real-life experiences, and we very much look forward to Irish audiences seeing it.”

Michael Inside sees Berry once again working with Dafhyd Flynn, who gives a moving performance as Michael, after previously worked together on the critically acclaimed I Used To Live Here.  The release date for the film is currently being finalised.

The film will have its world premiere at the Galway Film Fleadh this month and will also be the topic of a panel session at the Fleadh Forum which will delve into the area of independent filmmaking looking at the creative approach taken by the filmmakers and discussing how to maximise limited resources to the best effect.

To find out more about the screening at the Galway Film Fleadh and buy tickets 

http://www.galwayfilmfleadh.com/index.php/project/michael-inside/

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