It’s always the best way to kick the new year into gear when the Dublin International Film Festival announce their schedule. This year there are treats, goodies and film fun for all. Below we take a gander at the Irish films hitting the festival screens.
The festival runs 20 February – 3 March 2019.
Papi Chulo (DIR/WRI: John Butler)
WED 20 FEB/6:00PM/8:30pm CINEWORLD
A solitary and alienated television weatherman “hires” a middle-aged Latino migrant worker to be his friend, in this darkly comedic reflection on class, ethnicity, and companionship in contemporary Los Angeles.
CAST: Matt Bomer, Alejandro Patiño, Elena Campbell-Martinez
When Hitchcock Met O’Casey (Brian O’Flaherty)
THU 21 FEB/6:15PM/ LIGHT HOUSE CINEMA
It was a collaboration between one of Ireland’s most noted playwrights and cinema’s greatest directors, yet the 1930 release of Juno and the Paycock is often neglected in the repertoire of both men. Brian O’Flaherty’s documentary aims to find out why.
Dublin on Screen
A Girl From Mogadishu (Mary McGuckian)
Fri 22nd/8:30pm/Odeon Point Village 2
Based on the real life story of Ifrah Ahmed – youth leader and advocate against Female Genital Mutilation in Somalia and Horn of Africa.
Cast: Aja Naomi King, Barkhad Abdi, Martha Canga Antonio
Dub Daze (DIR/WRI: Shane J. Collins)
Dan and Baz are two friends looking for kicks on their last day of school. Cork medical students Jack and Seán arrive in the capital to find their way amongst Ireland’s affluent youth, while songwriter Fi struggles to break through on the cut-throat Dublin music scene.
CAST: Jack Hudson, Derek Ugochukwu, Abdul Alshareef
Virgin Media DIFF Shorts 1 (Various)
Virgin Media DIFF Shorts 2 (Various)
Virgin Media DIFF Shorts 3 (Various)
Floating Structures (Feargal Ward, Adrian Duncan)
What Time is Death? (Paul Duane)
Virgin Media DIFF Shorts 4 (Various)
Dark Lies the Island (DIR: Ian Fitzgibbon WRI: Kevin Barry)
Virgin Media DIFF Shorts 5 (Various)
Land Without God (Gerard Mannix Flynn, Maedhbh McMahon, Lotta Petronella)
She’s Missing (DIR/WRI: Alexandra McGuinness)
GAZA (Garry Keane, Andrew McConnell)
Prisoners of the Moon (Johnny Gogan)
SAT 2nd Mar/4:30PM/Light House Cinema
This drama/creative documentary brings to life the story of Arthur Rudolph, a scientist who played a key role in NASA’s historic 1969 moon landing. He was one of a number of Nazi rocket scientists who assisted America as they tried to win the space race. The film examines Rudolph’s work and alleged involvement in war crimes, and screens as the fiftieth anniversary of the moon landing approaches.
CAST: Jim Norton, Cathy Belton, Marty Rea
Greta (DIR: Neil Jordan WRI: Neil Jordan, Ray Wright)
A sweet, naïve young woman is trying to make it on her own in New York City, Frances doesn’t think twice about returning the handbag she finds on the subway to its rightful owner. That owner is Greta an eccentric French piano teacher with a love for classical music and an aching loneliness. Having recently lost her mother, Frances quickly grows closer to widowed Greta. The two become fast friends – but Greta’s maternal charms begin to dissolve and grow increasingly disturbing as Frances discovers that nothing in Greta’s life is what it seems.
CAST: Chloë Grace Moretz, Maika Monroe, Isabelle Huppert
This documentary strips back the glamorous image of the Sicilian Mafia, showing the harsh reality of life, death and business at the hands of those who wield it. It does so through the eyes and lens of photographer Letizia Battaglia, who captured their brutality on her own terms. Fear and threats did not prevent her from documenting what has been described as her “archive of blood” in all of its raw power.
Dirty God (DIR: Sacha Polak WRI: Susie Farrell, Sacha Polak)
Sun 3rd MAR/ 5:30pm/Light House Cinema
A young mother aims to rebuild her life following a vicious acid attack which left her seriously injured and with life-changing facial burns. As the impacts of her trauma on family life and relationships make themselves felt, she must dig deep to get her life back. In the lead role, Polak has cast newcomer Vicky Knight, herself a burns survivor.
CAST: Eliza Brady-Girard, Dana Marineci, Wendy Albiston