Formerly the Chinese-Language Film Festival, the East Asia Film Festival Ireland has risen through the ranks of the Dublin cinema scene to become among the highlights of the festival calendar, offering outstanding East Asian cinema on an Irish stage. Classic films, hard-to-access current features and masterclasses from a diverse filmmaking perspective are on offer once again at this year’s festival, which takes place at the Irish Film Institute once again from April 11th until the 14th.
This International Women’s Day, Women in Film Television Ireland and the Irish Film Institute will be presenting a programme of shorts, to highlight and celebrate some of the brightest women directors working in film and television in Ireland today. ‘Brief Encounters: Women in Film and TV Short Film Showcase’ takes place in the IFI this week.
Director: Lee Cronin Starring: Seána Kerslake, James Quinn Markey Running Time: 90 minutes
Director: Marie Monge Starring: Stacy Martin, Tahar Rahim Running Time: 105 minutes
It’s common practice for films in France to have very different titles in their native tongue than in the translated English. Marie Monge’s Treat Me Like Fire goes by the more straightforward Joueurs (“Players”) when shown at home, as it was during last year’s Cannes Film Festival. They seem like very different names at a glance but both ultimately have the same energy; Treat Me Like Fire a Lana Del Rey-ven cigarette exhale on the film’s story of burning, fleeting, dangerous romance, while “Players” is more Stevie Nicks to the ears, an indication not just of the film’s gambling content but of the general circumstances under which players will love you.
Director: Wanuri Kahiu Starring: Samantha Mugatsia, Sheila Munyiva Running Time: 82 minutes
One of 2018’s more underseen and personable films in a collection of new romantic comedies was Love Simon , a queer teen romance that managed to jog where other films had once walked, allowing itself to focus funly, freely and matter-of-factly on the romance of its gay lead in a setting where other obstacles where pointedly settled. Wanuri Kahiu’s story of queer African adolescence deserves plenty of props for following in that vein as much as it can, focusing on the falling stage of two young Kenyan girls’ romance in spite of and beyond the very real national context. Rafiki is a delicate but vibrant love story, a smile that can’t help breaking out.
The Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival 2019 has begun! Already the year’s seminal celebration of cinema in the fair city of film has held numerous exciting events. Just this morning, Irish filmmaker Paddy Breathnach hosted a workshop with Sean Bailey of Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Production, engaging Irish industry professionals with one of the most prominent players. Young minds got a chance to have an early look at The Kid Who Would Be King, Joe Cornish’s exciting family adventure film. There’s a lot to keep track of and the festival hasn’t even had it’s Opening Gala yet, formally launching tonight with the Irish premiere of John Butler’s latest film, Papi Chulo .To help our readers navigate through this fantastic fortnight of film, we’ve picked out a couple of highlights from this year’s programme. You can check out the full schedule here but before then, make sure to give our highlights a look:
Ahead of the release of Irish horror The Hole in the Ground, Film In Dublin caught up with director Lee Cronin and star Séana Kerslake to chat about filming in the forest, working with young actor James Quinn Markey and more.