SUBTITLE European Film Festival



Now in its third edition, SUBTITLE kicks off today and will screen 25 films, including a number of Irish premieres. There is a fantastic diversity of choice available with films from France, Belgium, Germany, Spain, Italy, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Iceland, Russia and Ukraine all featuring on the programme. The opening film is the Dardenne brothers’ powerful drama Two Days, One Night starring Marion Cotillard. The closing film is the Ukrainian Cannes Grand Prix winner, The Tribe, truly one of the most original and provocative dramas ever committed to screen. They book-end a festival that also includes popular comedies, thrillers, action films and crime-dramas.

Highlights of this year’s programme include a number of Irish premieres, amongst them Norway’s Nokas, Germany’s A Coffee in Berlin (presented in co-operation with the Goethe-Insitut Irland), Finland’s Heart of a Lion, Sweden’s Stockholm Stories and Spanish comedy Three Many Weddings. Other highlights include the arresting Ukrainian drama The Tribe, Polish masterpiece Ida, Italy’s The Great Beauty and Romanian Silver-Bear-winning drama Child’s Pose.

The online box office is now open; visit SUBTITLE’s walk-in box office is at 14 John Street. T: +353 (0)56 7763837 E:

For more information and updates about the Festival, including announcements about the European guests joining in Kilkenny, visit




Angela Awards announced at SUBTITLE in Kilkenny



SUBTITLE European Film Festival drew to a close yesterday, Sunday 1st December, with the second Angela Awards, celebrating excellence in European filmmaking. Actors honoured at the awards included Norwegian actor Aksel Hennie (known for his role in the crossover hit Jo Nesbø’s Headhunters), Finnish actor Peter Franzén (who will shortly be seen on screens starring alongside Sean Penn in The Gunman), Russian actor Danila Kozlovsky (star of the forthcoming Vampire Academy alongside Gabriel Byrne) and Danish actor Pilou Asbaek (star of TV hit Borgen).


The Awards were hosted by actress and author Pauline McLynn in The Set Theatre, Kilkenny, with a host of luminaries attending, including director Jim Sheridan, actors Robert Sheehan, Amy Huberman, Laurence Kinlan, Sean McGinley, Tom Hickey, Peter O’Meara, Aisling Franciosi, Morten Suurballe (The Killing), Allan Hyde (True Blood) writer David Caffrey and Harry Potter producer Tanya Seghatchian in attendence amongst many others.


At the awards, Jim Sheridan also presented Emmy Award winning casting director Avy Kaufman with a Lifetime Achievement Angela. Kaufman was the casting diector for films as diverse as The Sixth Sense, The Life of Pi, Lincoln and Shame. She has also worked with Jim Sheridan casting many of his films.

SUBTITLE presents popular films from European countries such as Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Norway, Belgium, Netherlands, Spain, France, Austria, Hungary, Poland, Romania and Bosnia, across 7 days, featuring 70 screenings of 36 popular films from over 13 countries across Europe, the Festival makes you see cinema in a different way.

Full List of Winners:


Pilou Asbaek, Denmark, Actor (pictured)

For his role in: A Hijacking


Agnieszka Grochowska, Poland, Actor

For her role in: Walesa


Aksel Hennie, Norway, Actor

For his role in: Ninety Minutes


Peter Franzén, Finland, Actor

For his role in: Heart Of A Lion


Danila Kozlovsky, Russia, Actor

For his role in: Soulless


Antonio De La Torre, Spain, Actor

For his role in: Grupo 7


Marija Pikic, Serbia, Actor

For her role in: Children Of Sarajevo


Jakub Gierszał, Poland, Actor

For his role in: Suicide Room


Laura Birn, Finland, Actor

For her role in: Purge


Hannah Hoekstra, Netherlands, Actor

For her role in: Hemel


Jessica Grobowsky, Finland, Actor

For her role in: 8-Ball


Marwan Kanzari, Netherlands, Actor

Breakthrough: Wolf


Per-Erik Eriksen, Norway, Editor

Editing: Kon-Tiki


Avy Kaufman, US, Casting Director  

Lifetime Achievement: Casting






Additional premieres and guests confirmed for 2013 SUBTITLE European Film Festival



SUBTITLE (Kilkenny, 25th November – 1st December 2013)


SUBTITLE, Ireland’s newest film festival, have  announced the Irish premieres of two new Russian films at the Festival. Electric crime drama The Major, will open the Festival on 25th November, whilst epic disaster movie Metro will close the programme of screenings on 1st December. Both films are screening as part of the RESERGENT RUSSIA season at the Festival, a unique and exciting look at modern Russian cinema.


Norwegian actor Aksel Hennie, star of crossover hit Jo Nesbø’s Headhunters, has also been confirmed to attend the Festival in November, joining acclaimed Spanish actor Antonio de la Torre, whose films Cousinhood and Fat People will screen at the Festival; Russian star of the forthcoming Vampire Academy Danila Kozlovsky, whose films Soulless and We Are From the Future will screen; rising star from the Netherlands Hannah Hoekstra will also attend as well prominent Danish actor Nikolaj Lie Kaas (The Killing), whose film A Funny Man features in the programme.


Featuring popular films from European countries such as Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Norway, Belgium, Netherlands, Spain, France, Austria, Hungary, Poland, Romania and Bosnia, SUBTITLE offers a unique opportunity to catch some of the most popular European films that can’t be found at the multiplex, bringing together a feast of films that will make you see cinema in a whole new way.


Festival venues include The Set at Langton’s, the intimate Cleere’s and the much-loved Watergate Theatre, as well as the Cinemobile, which will roll into town for the weekend. For more information and updates about the Festival, join the Festival mailing list on the website or connect via Facebook /SubtitleFest or Twitter @SubtitleFest





Box Office: 14 John St., Kilkenny (walk-in box office open from Friday 22nd Nov)

T: +353 (0)56 7763837 (from 22nd November)

Angela Awards recognizes the best in European film at star-filled awards ceremony in the medieval city of Kilkenny, Ireland.

Part of:
SUBTITLE European Film Festival 2012
Kilkenny, Ireland

SUBTITLE is Ireland’s newest film festival and brought some of the most popular European films, and their makers to Kilkenny for the past week.

Some of the biggest names in film from across Europe came to enjoy the festival in the beautiful medieval city and celebrate with Irish stars at the Angela Awards.

Last night, Kilkenny was alight with stars of European cinema, as they gathered with a selection of Irish stars to celebrate the very best of European film at the Angela Awards.

The Angela awards marked the end of the first ever SUBTITLE European Film Festival which celebrated the work of some of the hottest film talent from across Europe. Pauline McGlynn hosted the ceremony, with Irish celebrities including Amy Huberman, Jim Sheridan, Robbie Sheehan, Padraic Delaney, Tom Hickey, Karl Shields and Charlie Murphy presenting the awards to the following international artists:

From FINLAND : Directors Dome Karukoski and Aku Louhimies were celebrated for their remarkable directing talents and contribution to European cinema. Leading man Jasper Päkkönnen was also awarded for his outstanding performances over the last ten years, including in three films presented at the festival, LAPLAND ODYSSEY, NAKED HARBOUR and FROZEN LAND. Also in Kilkenny for the festival and enjoying screenings and events were talented Finnish actress Laura Birn and designer Ville Seppanen. Other guests attending, and Angela Awards recipients, include Sweden’s Mikael Persbrandt and Lena Endre.

From the NETHERLANDS – Leading man Robert de Hoog was awarded for his outstanding performances since his breakthrough in SKIN. Director Antoinette Beumer was awarded for her remarkable directing talents and contribution to European cinema and Sacha Polak also received an Angela Award in recognition of her extraordinary debut feature HEMEL.
Also in Kilkenny enjoying the festival were Jelka van Houten, Maaik Krijgsman and Jeroen Spitzenberger.

One of POLAND’s leading talents Jakub Gierszal was awarded for his astonishing breakthrough performance in Jan Komasa’s SUICIDE ROOM, which was also screening at the festival, alongside Agnieszka Holland’s stunning IN DARKNESS.

Some of SCANDINAVIA’s leading talents were also celebrated. World-renowned director Jim Sheridan presented awards to Sweden’s Lena Endre and Mikael Persbrandt, in recognition of their extraordinary contributions to European cinema. Sheridan spoke at length of their work and outstanding talents. Casting Director Jeanette Klintberg also received an award for her important work on numerous Scandinavian and international productions. Also enjoying the festival were actors Lisa Werlinder and Simon J. Berger.

NORWAY’s Magnus Martens received an Angela for his razor-sharp screenplay and skilled direction of latest feature JACKPOT. While production designer Nina Bjerch Andresen was celebrated for her outstanding work on HEADHUNTERS. Other Norwegian talents attending the festival included actors Henrik Mestad and Hermann Sabado.

DANISH director Simon Staho was celebrated for his exceptional filmmaking talents and ongoing contribution to European cinema. He also enjoyed a reunion with long-time collaborators Lena Endre and Mikael Persbrandt. Composer Frans Bak was also honoured for his exceptional talents. As was actor Nicolaj Coster-Waldau for his significant contribution to European cinema. Also attending the festival were actors Morten Sasse-Suurballe and Laura Bach.

One of ROMANIA’s leading talents received an inaugural Angela Award in the medieval city of Kilkenny last night. Vlad Ivanov was honoured for his exceptional contribution to European cinema. Also awarded was George Pistereanu for his astonishing performance in IF I WANT TO WHISTLE I WHISTLE.

Festival directors Richard Cook and Holly Carey said:

“SUBTITLE’s first year brought a strong programme and a stellar line up of European filmmaking and acting talent to Kilkenny, for a week of screenings and special events, including an informal talent market with some of the top UK and Irish casting directors. Audiences have been enthusiastic about our unique new festival, the only one of its kind in Ireland, and this is reflected in sold out-screenings and great delight at the range and depth of the films on offer.

We hosted many of Europe’s leading talents over the weekend, celebrating their outstanding achievements at the inaugural Angela Awards, which turned out to be quite the event! Their work has inspired us and we believe that many of them, if even in some small way, found inspiration here in Kilkenny over a remarkable first festival. Many of our guests have already said to count them in for next year’s edition; and with the breadth and quality of filmmaking in Europe as it is now, there will be no shortage of talent and great movies for SUBTITLE 2013.”