The Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival runs from 3-14 March 2021 and this year comes to you online.
We take a look at the Irish films coming your way at this year’s festival.
Be Good or Be Gone
DIR/WRI: Cathal Nally
Set over the course of 4 days in contemporary Dublin, the film follows the story of Ste and Weed, two petty criminal cousins, who receive temporary release from Mountjoy prison.
CAST: Les Martin, Declan Mills
To The Moon
A cinematic ode to the moon, made in large part from archival sources combined with literary fragments and bound together by an original score.
Boys from County Hell
DIR: Chris Baugh WRI Chris Baugh, Brendan Mullin
A crew of hardy road workers, led by a bickering Father and Son, must survive the night when they accidentally awaken an ancient Irish vampire.
CAST: Jack Rowan, Nigel O’Neill, Louisa Harland
I Never Cry
DIR/WRI: Piotr Domalewski
Ola must travel to Ireland to bring her father’s body back to Poland after he died working at a construction site.
CAST: Zofia Stafiej, Kinga Preis, Arkadiusz Jakubik
Father of the Cyborgs
DIR: David Burke, Seán Ó Cualáin
A famous neurologist Phil Kennedy made global headlines in the late 1990s for implanting wire electrodes in the brain of a ‘locked-in patient’ to control a computer cursor with their mind. Compared to Alexander Graham Bell in The Washington Post, Kennedy became known as ‘The Father of the Cyborgs’. Travelling to South America in 2014, he made further headlines when tiny electrodes were implanted inside his brain in order to continue his research.
This film examines the ethical quandaries of self-experimentation and a future where technology and human brains combine.
DIR: Ivan Kavanagh
When a young boy falls ill to a mysterious illness, his mother must decide how far she will go to protect him from terrifying forces in her past.
CAST: Emile Hirsch, Andi Matichak, Luke David Blumm
DIR/WRI: Rachel Carey
A black comedy set in a working-class Dublin hair salon where the stylists become accidental vigilantes and community heroes as they take on the gang members and gentrifiers threatening their community.
CAST: Aidan McArdle, Angeline Ball, Ericka Roe, Lauren Larkin, Pauline McLynn, Shauna Higgins, Victoria Smurfit
The festival will also present programmes of Irish and international Shorts, including Screen Ireland Short Film Selection.
The 2021 Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival box office is open at www.diff.ie