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Following on from Culture Night’s event Dublin Will Be Written in My Heart, which showed off the city through the eyes of its filmmakers, another Fillum event will be finding its way to the Circular Bar this Halloween season, a night with a twist. Dublin After Dark will show a different side of the city, not strictly horror, but a darker shade of shorts, all screening on Friday 29th October.

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Spooky season is once again upon us film fans. The fun, watch-horror-movies-every-night spooky season of Samhain that is, as opposed to the unending nightmare of our daily lives. For those that love the former, the Irish Film Institute has you covered, as their annual Horrorthon series returns to the big screens at Eustace Street this October 22nd – 25th.

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Irish director Rachel Carey’s Dublin-based comedy Deadly Cuts is coming soon and a new trailer is out now. The film will hit cinemas nationwide this 8th October.

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Taking place on Friday 17th September, Culture Night 2021 invites us all to come together again, and there’s no shortage of film events for us to do just that. One we’re really excited for at Film In Dublin will be a screening of short films that put the fair city at their centre. ‘Dublin Will Be Written In My Heart’ will offer an evening of shorts celebrating Dublin in all its glory, beauty and blemishes.
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The full programme has been announced for GAZE 2021. Dublin’s biggest LGBTQ+ film festival revealed the full list of films on offer for this year’s return to cinemas, all set to take place from 29 September – 3 October.

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The sixteenth edition of Culture Night will take place across Ireland on Friday 17 September 2021 and a number of special events in the fair city of film will be of interest to culture vultures of the cinematic persuasion.
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Director: Michael Sarnoski  Starring: Nicolas Cage, Alex Wolff, Adam Arkin  Runtime: 92 minutes


A bloodied, weathered Nic Cage sits in an up-market restaurant. The man staring back at him is crippled with  embarrassment, terrified of what comes next. “We don’t get a lot of things to care about” whispers Cage before asking the all-important question..:

“Who has my pig?”

I spent the first 30 minutes of Pig searching for a touchstone to make sense of what I was experiencing. The trailer promised yet another revenge story with Nic Cage navigating his way through a bizarre set-up (in this instance, the case of the missing truffle pig…) and I was, in all honesty, quite excited at the prospect. 2018’s Mandy, while not perfect, was an interesting watch which proved, once again, Cage’s ability as a leading man AND that his reach didn’t stop past the straight-to-DVD bargain bin (if you remember what those are). From its trailer, Pig looked like another venture into this space and I was excited.

However, Michael Sarnoski’s Pig is something I truly didn’t expect. What starts as a madcap revenge thriller slowly unfolds into something altogether different and more unique: a tale of deep sadness, fear & loss punctuated by moments of true beauty with raw, human performances at its core. In short, Pig is the biggest surprise of the year and one of this year’s best.

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Many a movie lover in the fair city of film is dying for the day when cinemas are back open again, but as we all know, a cinema is only as good as its programming. At the Light House Cinema in Smithfield and the Pálas in Galway, that selection is curated by Charlene Lydon, a genuine buff with a storied career and a fine eye for film. 

In the latest Movie Memories, Film In Dublin spoke with Charlene to get more info on her own background, the secrets to a good slate of cinema and her hopes for the future as the chance of a return to Screen 1 becomes an ever so slightly bright light projected on the end of a long, uncertain tunnel.

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Dublin’s biggest film festival makes its return this March. Things will be different, but the biggest celebration of cinema in the fair city of film is scheduled to go ahead this Spring. The best of filmmaking from Ireland and around the world will be shared at VMDIFF 2021 in a new multi-platform programme to meet the challenges of our current times. The Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival 2021 will be a varied selection of films available in cinemas, outdoors and at home.

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