We take a look at some of the Irish films coming your way in 2022. We’ll update films, premieres, release dates and platforms and add reviews and interviews as they come in.

An Cailín Ciúin (DIR/WRI: Colm Bairéad)

Premiere at The Berlin International Film Festival 2022

In cinemas 13th May 2022

A quiet, neglected girl is sent away from her overcrowded, dysfunctional family to live with foster parents for the summer. She blossoms in their care, but in this house where there are meant to be no secrets, she discovers one painful truth. 

CAST: Catherine Clinch, Carrie Crowley, Andrew Bennett, Michael Patric, Kate Nic Chonaonaigh, Carolyn Bracken, Joan Sheehy

“a moving, poignant tableau that is impressive in its discourse and momentum”- June Butler


The Cellar (Brendan Muldowney)

Premiere at SXSW 2022

In cinemas 25th March 2022

Keira Woods’ daughter mysteriously vanishes in the cellar of their new house. She soon discovers there is an ancient and powerful entity controlling their home that she will have to face or risk losing her family’s souls forever.

CAST: Elisha Cuthbert and Eoin Macken

“skillfully build[s]a feeling of dread and despair” – Laura Cannon 


Young Plato (Declan McGrath, Neasa Ní Chianáin  WRI: Etienne Essery, Declan McGrath, Neasa Ní Chianáin)

Premiere at DocNYC 2021

In cinemas 18th March 2022

School headmaster Kevin McArevey tries to change the fortunes of an inner-city Irish community plagued by urban decay, sectarian aggression, poverty and drugs.

CAST: Kevin McAreveyJan-Marie Reel

“brings to attention the benefits of critical thinking and philosophy in schools” – Larissa Brigatti 

Podcast with Declan McGrath & Neasa Ní Chianáin


Wolf (DIR/WRI: Nathalie Biancheri)

Premiere at TIFF 2021

In cinemas 18th March 2022

Jacob, whose condition called species dysphoria makes him believe he is a wolf trapped inside a teenager’s body, hands himself to the care of a controversial clinic known as The Zoo, where extreme therapies are used. There, he forms a bond with a long-term patient named Wildcat. 

CAST: George MacKay and Lily-Rose Depp

“a unique film, which expertly walks the line between comically dark and shockingly disturbing. ” –Irene Falvey


Foscadh (DIR: Seán Breathnach)

Premiere at Galway Film Fleadh 2021

In cinemas 11th March 2022

Foscadh – Review of Irish Film at Galway Film Fleadh 2021

When his over-protective parents pass away, friendless recluse John Cunliffe discovers their land to be extremely valuable, and he is forced to navigate the choppy waters of trust, vengeance and romance for the first time.

CAST: Dónall Ó Héalai, Fionnuala Flaherty, Cillian O’Gairbhi

“a raw, emotionally wrought and at times excruciating excavation of loneliness and human vulnerability. ” – Seán Crosson 

Podcast with Seán Breathnach, Writer/Director of ‘Foscadh’


You Are Not My Mother (DIR/WRI: Kate Dolan)

Premiere at TIFF 2021

In cinemas 4th March 2022

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Char’s mother, Angela, has inexplicably disappeared. All that remains is her abandoned car. When she returns home without explanation the following evening, it becomes clear to Char and her grandmother, Rita, that something is amiss. She might look and sound the same but Angela’s behaviour has become increasingly frightening, as if she has been replaced by a malevolent force. As Halloween night looms, a night steeped in ancient myth and legend, Char realizes that she is the only one who can save her, even if it means potentially losing her forever.

CAST: Carolyn Bracken, Paul Reid, Ingrid Craigie, Jordanne Jones, Hazel Doupe

“skilfully weaves together the threats of familial dysfunction and Irish folk horror into a beautiful patchwork quilt of horror” –Naemi Dehde


The Dance (DIR: Pat Collins)

Premiere at BFI London Film Festival 2021

In cinemas 11th February 2022

The Dance - Review of Irish Film at Cork International Film Festival

Follows the staging of a new international dance and theatre work (MÁM) by the acclaimed choreographer Michael Keegan-Dolan from the first day of rehearsal to the opening night performance. 

an engaging, inspiring exploration of the creative process unleashed and given the freedom to blossom into a special collaboration” – Loretta Goff


Doineann (DIR: Damian McCann WRI: Aislinn Clarke)

Premiere at Galway Film Fleadh 2021

In cinemas 28th January 2022

Doineann – Review of Irish Film at Galway Film Fleadh 2021

The story of the disappearance of a woman and her baby on a remote Irish island. Her husband must put his trust in the island’s retired policewoman to help find his family before a storm hits the island.

CAST: Peter Coonan, Bríd Brennan, Clare Monnelly, Sean T. O’Meallaigh

hard to take your eyes off’ – Stephen Burke

Podcast with Director Damian McCann & Writer Aislinn Clarke of ‘Doineann’

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The Wonder (DIR: Sebastián Lelio WRI: Alice Birch, Sebastián Lelio)

Set in The Irish Midlands in 1862, the story follows a young girl who stops eating but remains miraculously alive and well. English nurse Lib Wright is brought to a tiny village to observe eleven-year old Anna O’Donnell. Tourists and pilgrims mass to witness the girl who is said to have survived without food for months. Is the village harbouring a saint ‘surviving on manna from heaven’ or are there more ominous motives at work?

CAST: Florence Pugh,Ciarán Hinds, Niamh Algar


It Is In Us All (DIR/WRI: Antonia Campbell-Hughes)

Premiere at SXSW 2022

A formidable man who cares for nothing is forced to confront his self-destructive core when a violent car crash involving a sexually charged boy who epitomises life, challenges him to face his truth.

CAST: Cosmo Jarvis, Rhys Mannion, Antonia Campbell Hughes, Claes Bang, Lalor Roddy


God’s Creatures (DIR: Saela Davis, Anna Rose Holmer WRI: Shane Crowley)

Premiere at Cannes Film Festival 2022

In a windswept fishing village in Kerry, a mother is torn between protecting her beloved son and her own sense of right and wrong. A lie she tells for him rips apart their family and close-knit community in this tense, sweepingly emotional epic.

CAST; Emily Watson, Paul Mescal, Aisling Franciosi


Nocebo (DIR: Lorcan Finnegan  WRI: Garret Shanley)

A fashion designer suffering from a mysterious illness that puzzles her doctors and frustrates her husband until help arrives in the form of a Filipino carer, who uses traditional folk healing to reveal a horrifying truth.

CAST: Eva Green, Mark Strong, Chai Fonacier


Sunlight (DIR: Claire Dix WRI: Ailbhe Keogan)

A recovering addict is caring for his terminally ill sponsor.

CAST: Ericka Roe, Barry Ward, Lydia McGuinness, Maureen Beattie


Bicycle Thieves: Pumped Up (DIR/WRI: Conor O’Toole)

Premiere at Galway Film Fleadh 2021

Bicycle Thieves: Pumped Up – Review of Irish Film at Galway Film Fleadh 2021

Mags, a pizza delivery cyclist with anger issues, has her bike stolen, and resolves to hunt down the thief and get her bike back. Hopefully before she gets evicted. A magical realist action comedy set in modern Dublin.

CAST: Roxanna Nic Liam, Donnacha O’Brien, Dave Emery

O’Toole’s first feature film hits the mark with its energy, creativity, and punchiness” – Loretta Goff


Aisha (DIR/WRI: Frank Berry)

Premiere at Cannes Film Festival 2022

Caught in limbo for years in Ireland’s immigration system, Aisha Osagie develops a friendship with former prisoner Conor Healy who she meets at one of the accommodation centres. Aisha and Conor’s growing friendship soon looks to be short lived as Aisha’s future in Ireland comes under threat.

CAST: Letitia Wright, Josh O’Connor


L.O.L.A. (DIR: Andrew Legge WRI: Andrew Legge, Angeli Macfarlane)

2 sisters in 1940 build a machine that can intercept broadcasts from the future.

CAST: Emma Appleton and Stefanie Martini 


The Cry of Granuaile (Donal Foreman)

Premiere at DIFF 2022

An American filmmaker, reeling from the death of her mother, enlists the help of a young Irish academic on a trip to the west of Ireland to research a film about Granuaile, the legendary 16th century pirate queen and “nurse to all rebellions.” As the two women journey towards a remote Atlantic island, lines begin to blur between memory and history, dream and reality.


The Ghosts of Baggotonia (Alan Gilsenan)

Premiere at DIFF 2022

An evocative film-poem exploring the literary and other ghosts of the bohemian quarter bordering Dublin’s Baggot Street during the mid-20th century. “Baggotonia” was both an area and a cultural movement, populated by writers, artists and other intellectuals living an anarchic life at odds with the conservative mores of the time.


How to Tell a Secret (DIR: Anna Rodgers, Shaun Dunne)

Premiere at DIFF 2022

An intimate exploration of HIV disclosure in Ireland. A portrait of a community at a pivotal point of change, the film examines the relationship between advocacy and art, stigma and secrecy. 

“Blending elements of theatre into the film, Dunne and Rodgers create a poetic tale of rebirth.” – Meghan Mickela 


North Circular (Luke McManus)

Premiere at DIFF 2022

Travels the length of the eponymous road exploring the history, music and streetscapes of this legendary artery that links some of Dublin’s most beloved and infamous places. From the Phoenix Park to Dublin Port this documentary evokes many narratives from the history of the nation to the urgent issues of today including the battle to save the legendary Cobblestone Pub.


Mr. Malcolm’s List (DIR: Emma Holly Jones WRI: Suzanne Allain)

A young woman in 1800s England enlists the help of her friend to get revenge on a suitor who rejected her for failing a requirement of his list.

CAST: Ashley Park, Theo James, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Freida Pinto


Ballywalter (DIR: Prasanna Puwanarajah WRI: Stacey Gregg)

Eileen makes ends meet by working as an unlicensed driver in her ex-boyfriend’s minicab. When Shane calls a taxi to get him to his classes, Eileen answers and a surprising connection is made.

CAST: Seána Kerslake, Patrick Kielty 


Vicky (Sasha King)

Premiere at DIFF 2022

In 2018 on the steps of The High Court, Vicky Phelan gave a now-infamous address where she exposed one of the worst women’s health scandals in Irish history, the cervical cancer debacle. Vicky is an exclusive and intimate journey into not only her fight to expose the truth of what happened for all women but also her own personal fight to stay alive. 

“To merely class this as a documentary would be myopic. This is a wake-up call, not just for the healthcare industry but for society as a whole.” – Saskia Steinberg


Let the Wrong One In (DIR/WRI: Conor McMahon)

Premiere at Fantastic Fest 2021

Matt discovers his brother Deco has become the latest victim of a group of vampires wreaking havoc in Dublin.

CAST: Eoin Duffy, Karl Rice, Anthony Head, Mary Murray, Hilda Fay, David Pearse

 “a playful nod-and-wink to the classics of the genre resulting in an entertaining romp of ridiculous gore, Irish jokes and practical effects.” – Aoife Fealy


Róise & Frank (DIR/WTI: Rachael Moriarty, Peter Murphy)

Premiere at DIFF 2022

In a seaside town, the recently widowed Róise struggles in the aftermath of her husband Frank’s passing two years prior. Grief-stricken, Róise has distanced herself from the world around her and those dearest to her. But when a stray dog follows her every move, a rejuvenated Róise starts to believe in the reincarnation of her husband and the power of enduring life in its next, tentative steps.

“not a dry eye in the house guaranteed at the closing credits” – June Butler


Nightride (DIR: Stephen Fingleton)

Premiere at DIFF 2022

A drug dealer attempts to go straight – by pulling off one last big job.

CAST: Moe Dunford, Joana Ribeiro, Gerard Jordan

“fires enough shots and packs some powerful punches across its tightly focused runtime to raise pulses and heart rates.” – Stephen Connolly


Dark Horse on the Wind (Myles O’Reilly)

Premiere at DIFF 2022

A look back at the life and songs of the late Traditional Ballad Singer Liam Weldon. A strong advocate for aural tradition and notoriously wary of self promotion, he left little behind in the way of recordings but his legacy is more alive today than ever, flourishing in a new generation of folk singers.


Continuing Traditions (Donal O’Ceilleachair)

Premiere at DIFF 2022

The musical cultures of Ireland and India meet – through the work of two of their greatest proponents – in Donal O’Ceilleachair’s documentary. Acclaimed Indian classical musician and composer Ustad Wajahat Khan and much-loved and renowned Irish musician and composer Peadar Ó Riada join forces in a musical meeting of East and West. In so doing, they reveal the shared musical heritage, cultural history and influences of their beloved native traditions.


The Peculiar Sensation of Being Pat Ingoldsby ( Seamus Murphy)

Premiere at DIFF 2022

Ingoldsby’s poems and candid anecdotes bear witness to a visceral relationship with his beloved Dublin, fellow Dubliners and anything that catches his interest. Personal challenges, a sensitive humanity and a lifetime as a maverick have taught him to harness reality and reach well beyond it to avenge the banal with absurd magic. It heals him as it does us.

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