Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival 2020

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Tickets Introductions Schedule Virgin Media Opening Gala: Vivarium Film Listings Virgin Media Gala: Calm with Horses Closing Gala: Herself Awards In Focus Industry Events Fantastic Flix Film Listings Fantastic Flix Workshops & Events Festival Map


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Silver Screen Catch our Silver Screen Specials weekdays from 2pm for senior (65+) film lovers for the reduced ticket price of €7

Aznavour by Charles Mon 02 Mar / Light House 1 / 14:00

— Individual Ticket: €7 3 Silver Screen Films: €18 6 Silver Screen Films: €33

When Women Won Thur 05 Mar / Light House 1 / 16:00

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It Must Be Heaven Tue 03 Mar / Light House 1 / 14:00 Confucian Dream Wed 04 Mar / Light House 1 / 14:00

Violet Gibson Fri 06 Mar / Light House 1 / 14:00




Sponsor’s Introduction

Chairperson’s Welcome

We are very excited to enter the second year of our partnership with the Dublin International Film Festival. This year’s lineup is one of the most packed and diverse to date, with nearly 40% of the films directed by women, a strong representation from the LGBTQ+ community, a wide range of world cinema and of course, the very best of Irish Film. This rich and exciting programme is a reminder of the power of film to showcase the different ways stories can inspire, entertain and empower. At Virgin Media we are invested in helping Ireland discover great entertainment– whether it’s discovering a hidden gem, being the first to see a new release or perking up a commute with a box set on the go.   We know that Irish people love film, and through this partnership we want to help Irish audiences discover the best of Irish and international cinema while connecting even more people to Ireland’s premier film festival.   We are thrilled that Innocent Boy, the winning entry of Virgin Media Discovers, a short film competition launched by Virgin Media in 2019, will have its world premiere at this year’s film festival.   Whether you are a regular film festival-goer or a first-timer, get ready to discover different at the 2020 Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival.

The Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival exists to delight and challenge Irish audiences with a unique festival experience. This is no ordinary trip to the movies. In this programme, you will find a diverse selection of cinematic gems and filmmaker events designed to be shared with your fellow film-lovers.   2020 is the second year of our title sponsorship with Virgin Media. Building on last year’s success, this partnership allows us to expand the scope and depth of experience of the festival – enabling a broader audience to truly “Discover Different”.   I would like to acknowledge the support of our partners and sponsors as well as our long-term funding partners, the Arts Council and Screen Ireland. The Festival cannot happen without their ongoing encouragement.   The passion you’ll see on screen is replicated in the extraordinary festival team, backed by a committed band of volunteers whose sole aim is to ensure that you have an exceptional experience.   My fellow board members are a group of people representing a diversity of thought, experience and talent united by a love of cinema and a commitment to give Irish audiences a world-class festival.   As always, the most important thanks go to you, the audience. Simply put, we are here because of you. Whether you’re dipping your toe or diving in, we promise you’ll discover something special.

Niamh O’Driscoll Head of Brand & Marketing – Virgin Media


Aidan Greene Chairperson

Director’s Introduction —

Welcome to the 2020 Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival – a 12 day extravaganza of cinema and an opportunity to see the very best of world cinema and film talent in Dublin. Our Irish film programme is one of the strongest in years, with a wonderful line up of features, documentaries and shorts. I must highlight both our Opening Night film, Lorcan Finnegan’s superb Vivarium, and our Closing Night film, Phyllida Lloyd and Clare Dunne’s heartbreaking Herself – plus a special mention of Tom O’Sullivan’s Arracht, which will tour to venues around the country during the festival. This year marks the second year of our Documentary Competition, and we have a wonderful line-up this year which includes a mini focus on portraits of artists – a subject at the heart of both Reel Arts films this year. Contemporary cinema is celebrated with a stellar lineup of world cinema accompanied by some of the most dazzling film talents, including Charlie Kaufman, Trine Dyrholm, Pawel Pawilowski, Marjane Satrapi and Alice Winocour. Our panoramic sweep of contemporary world cinema includes a surprising number of superb British debut features which belies the fears that the political discord of recent years would impede rather than inspire creativity. This year’s festival was inspired by 2020 – the opportunity to review the past with fresh eyes – as well as by the monumental documentary, Women Make Film. We are excited to present a curated retrospective of rare female-directed features from around the world, starting with two spectacular silent films from 1922.

Looking forward, the festival is keenly aware of the need to support and nurture the future of filmmakers. Our new initiative First Frame spearheads this effort by targeting third level film students across Ireland. Produced with the input of all the relevant institutions, this year’s programme will include workshops and a film student competition. We will celebrate Federico Fellini’s centenary with a series of musical tributes across the city, and we will bring filmmakers and audiences together in seminars, debates and screenings across the 12 day festival. Through industry events and public discussions, film quiz and pop up concerts, we hope that there is something for everyone and that you can find some time to join us. As ever this festival has an array of partners – we would like to recognize our title sponsor Virgin Media for their dynamic and vital support for this important arts event; The Arts Council, our core funder, who has supported us since the very start; the Merrion Hotel, which is the reason our guests never want to leave Dublin; Screen Ireland; Screen Skills Ireland; Creative Europe; all our partners and of course the embassies and organisations who help us bring the event to screens. A huge thanks to all our venues, our distributors and of course the festival team and board of directors. Gráinne Humphreys Festival Director


Schedule Main Festival + Special Events / 26 Feb – 08 Mar Wednesday 26 / 02 18:15 1hr 37m

21:00 1hr 37m

Vivarium * (Virgin Media Opening Gala) Cineworld 17 Vivarium * (Virgin Media Opening Gala) Cineworld 17

Key Film Screenings: Listed In Black

Thursday 27 / 02

Friday 28 / 02


First Frame Light House 1

10:00 1hr

18:15 1hr 20m

Sequin in a Blue Room Light House 1

Creative Europe Case Study Chocolate Factory

12:00 1hr

18:15 2hr 4m

Spring Tide Cineworld 4

Meet the Filmmakers Chocolate Factory

18:30 2hr

Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am Light House 2

14:00 1hr

Screen Producers Ireland Event Chocolate Factory

15:00 2hr 46m

The Domain (A Herdade) * Light House 1

18:00 1hr 27m

The Sound of Dali Cineworld 4

18:15 1hr 26m

Arracht * Light House 1

18:15 1hr 45m

Ditte & Louise * Cineworld 3

20:30 1hr 30m

Beyond the Horizon Light House 3

20:30 1hr 39m

Send Me to the Clouds * Cineworld 4

20:30 1hr 47m

Proxima * Light House 1

20:45 1hr 25m

Broken Law * Cineworld 17

20:00 2hr 8m

Queen of Hearts * Light House 1

20:50 1hr 39m

If You Are Happy Cineworld 4

20:50 1hr 28m

Mickey and the Bear Light House 2

Galas, Special Events & Festival Highlights: Listed In Red In Focus, Industry: Listed In Purple * Film will be accompanied by an introduction, Q+A, discussion or live musical accompaniment

Please Note: Additional events may have been added after this catalogue went to print. Please check our website for the most current schedule.

Film Screenings: Listed In Black Galas, Special Events & Festival Highlights: Listed In Red In Focus, Industry: Listed In Purple

Saturday 29 / 02

Sunday 01 / 03

11:00 1hr 42m

Les Misérables Cineworld 17

11:00 1hr 37m

It Must Be Heaven Cineworld 17

11:00 3hr

Women Make Film: A New Road Movie Through Cinema * Light House 2

11:00 3hr

Women Make Film: A New Road Movie Through Cinema * Light House 2

12:00 1hr

Enterprise Ireland Networking Lunch Chocolate Factory

15:00 2hr

14:00 1hr 53m

Flowers of Shanghai Cineworld 4

14:30 1hr 40m

The Mystery of Henri Pick Light House 1

15:00 3hr

Women Make Film: A New Road Movie Through Cinema * Light House 2

16:30 1hr 23m

Aznavour by Charles Cineworld 4

18:00 1hr

Street Leagues * Cineworld 17

18:30 1hr 52m

Military Wives Cineworld 4

18:30 12m

Innocent Boy * Light House 2

19:45 3hr

Women Make Film: A New Road Movie Through Cinema * Light House 2

20:00 1hr 51m

Hearts and Bones Cineworld 3

20:30 1hr 40m

Rose Plays Julie * Light House 1

* Film will be accompanied by an introduction, Q+A, discussion or live musical accompaniment

Monday 02 / 03 12:00 1hr

I’m Going to Write Him a Script He Can’t Refuse Central Library Ilac, Dun Laoghaire Library

Women Make Film: A New Road Movie Through Cinema * Light House 2

12:30 1hr 30m

Filmmakers Choice – RIAM Concert Goethe Institut

15:15 1hr 39m

The Audition Light House 1

14:00 1hr 23m

17:30 1hr 19m

Shorts 1 * Light House 1

Aznavour by Charles Light House 1 Olivia Light House 1

17:30 ?hr ??m

Surprise Film Cineworld 17, Cineworld 4

16:00 1hr 32m 18:00 1hr 36m

Shorts 2 * Light House 3

18:30 2hr 4m

Vitalina Varela Light House 3

18:00 1hr 31m

19:45 1hr 43m

Radioactive * Light House 1

Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait Cineworld 3 Saint Maud * Light House 2

20:00 1hr 43m

You Will Die at Twenty Cineworld 4

18:15 1hr 23m 18:30 1hr 20m

New York Our Time * IFI 1

18:30 1hr 32m

The County Light House 1

20:00 1hr 39m

Jawline Light House 3

20:20 2hr 9m

Martin Eden Light House 1

20:30 1hr 56m

Heroic Losers Cineworld 4


Schedule Main Festival + Special Events / 26 Feb – 08 Mar Tuesday 03 / 03

Wednesday 04 / 03

14:00 1hr 37m

It Must Be Heaven Light House 1

14:00 1hr 25m

Confucian Dream Light House 1

16:00 1hr 35m

The Wayward Girl Light House 1

16:00 1hr 29m

Adoption Light House 1

18:00 1hr 33m

Rocks Cineworld 3

18:00 1hr 17m

Deerskin Light House 2

18:00 1hr 30m

Shorts 3 * Light House 1

18:00 1hr 25m

Shorts 4 * Light House 3

18:00 1hr 52m

The Kindness of Strangers * Cineworld 4

18:30 1hr 15m

Charlie Kaufman in Conversation Cineworld 17

18:30 1hr 4m

Skin+Soul * IFI 1

20:00 2hr 10m

Bacurau * Light House 1

20:10 2hr 4m

True History of the Kelly Gang Light House 1

20:00 1hr 38m

Initials S.G. Light House 3

20:30 1hr 45m

Violet Gibson * Cineworld 4

20:30 1hr 40m

Patrick Light House 3

20:45 2hr 3m

Synonyms Cineworld 4


Thursday 05 / 03 11:00 1hr 30m

Charlie Kaufman Masterclass Light House 4

14:00 1hr 36m

Concrete Night Light House 1

16:00 50m

When Women Won * Light House 1

18:00 1hr 28m

Endless Sunshine on a Cloudy Day * Cineworld 4

18:00 1hr 46m

The Truth Light House 1

18:15 1hr 30m

Lynn + Lucy Light House 3

20:15 1hr 35m

School of Seduction Light House 3

20:30 1hr 41m

Calm with Horses * (Virgin Media Gala) Light House 1

20:45 1hr 26m

Make Up Cineworld 3

Please Note: Additional events may have been added after this catalogue went to print. Please check our website for the most current schedule.

Film Screenings: Listed In Black Galas, Special Events & Festival Highlights: Listed In Red In Focus, Industry: Listed In Purple

Friday 06 / 03

* Film will be accompanied by an introduction, Q+A, discussion or live musical accompaniment

Saturday 07 / 03

Sunday 08 / 03

14:00 1hr 45m

Violet Gibson * Light House 1

11:00 1hr 54m

The Specials Cineworld 17

11:00 1hr 33m

Bombay Rose Cineworld 17

16:00 1hr 43m

Sugar Cane Alley Light House 1

11:00 1hr 30m

14:00 1hr 36m

End of Sentence * Cineworld 3

16:00 1hr 34m

The Hottest August Light House 3

Paweł Pawlikowski Filmmaking Masterclass Light House 2

14:00 1hr 21m

18:00 2hr 1m

Anne Devlin * IFI 1

Soleil et Ombre * / The Smiling Madame Beudet * IFI 1

18:00 1hr 41m

Shorts 5 * Light House 1

14:00 2hr 19m

The Invisible Life of Eurídice Gusmão Light House 1

18:00 1hr 51m

Twelve Thousand Light House 3

16:00 1hr 50m

Give Me Liberty Cineworld 3

20:00 1hr 45m

Our Ladies Cineworld 4

16:40 1hr 18m

20:15 1hr 33m

Rialto * Light House 1

About Endlessness Light House 1

20:45 1hr 30m

Shorts 6 * Light House 3

18:15 1hr 32m

Herself * (Closing Gala) Cineworld 17

22:30 2hr

We Are Little Zombies Light House 1

12:00 1hr

Peter O’Brien: Fashion in Film Chocolate Factory

14:00 1hr

Diversity Panel – Gender in Screen Chocolate Factory

14:00 1hr 37m

Farewells * Light House 1

16:00 1hr 21m

Kifaru Light House 3

16:00 1hr 35m

Two of Us (Deux) Light House 1

16:20 1hr 38m

Lara Cineworld 3

18:00 1hr 36m

Billie Light House 2

18:00 1hr 15m

Windmill Lane * Cineworld 17

18:15 1hr 18m

Supernova * Cineworld 4

18:30 1hr 31m

Maternal Cineworld 3

18:30 1hr 20m

Santiago, Italia Light House 3

20:30 1hr 42m

Balloon Cineworld 3

20:40 1hr 44m

Moffie Cineworld 4

20:45 1hr 29m

Sea Fever * Light House 1


Schedule Fantastic Flix: Family Events / 26 Feb – 08 Mar Find the Fantastic Flix listings on pages 123 – 131

Mid Term Break 10:00 4hr

Introduction to Movie Making The Ark Tue 18 – Fri 21 Feb

11:00 & 14:00 1hr 30m

Animation Inspiration! – The beautiful silhouette animations of Lotte Reiniger The Ark Sat 22 Feb

Saturday 29 / 02 12:00 1hr 40m

Wednesday 04 / 03 10:00 3hr

Careers in Screen IFI

13:00 1hr 23m

Charlie Chaplin Shorts * Light House 1

16:30 1hr 32m

Marona’s Fantastic Tale * Cineworld 3

Saturday 07 / 03 11:00 1hr 32m

16:00 1hr 21m

Film Screenings: Listed In Purple Gala & Special Events: Listed In Red Workshops: Listed In Black

Onward Light House 1

Sunday 01 / 03

Marona’s Fantastic Tale * Odeon Point Village 2

Sunday 08 / 03 11:00 1hr 30m

Trolls World Tour Light House 1

14:00 40m

Fantastic Flix Shorts 1 * Light House 3

16:00 85m

Fantastic Flix Shorts 2 * Light House 3

Kifaru Light House 3

* Film will be accompanied by an introduction, Q+A, discussion or live musical accompaniment

The Science of Ghosts

While You Live, Shine

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The Great Wall

Making the Grade

OĂ­che Nollaig na mBan

The Floating World


About Endlessness Adoption Anne Devlin Arracht Aznavour by Charles —

104 68 85 29 39

Bacurau Balloon Beyond the Horizon Billie Bombay Rose Broken Law —

72 97 31 95 100 30

Calm with Horses Charlie Chaplin Shorts Concrete Night Confucian Dream —

81 125 76 68

Deerskin Ditte & Louise —

69 31

End of Sentence Endless Sunshine on a Cloudy Day —


Fantastic Flix Shorts Farewells Flowers of Shanghai —

126 93 38

Give Me Liberty —


Hearts and Bones Heroic Losers Herself —

42 57 105

If You Are Happy Initials S.G. Innocent Boy It Must Be Heaven —

25 72 41 44

Jawline —


Kifaru —


93, 128

Lara Les Misérables Lynn + Lucy — Make Up Marona’s Fantastic Tale Martin Eden Maternal Mickey and the Bear Military Wives Moffie — New York Our Time — Olivia Onward Our Ladies —

94 35 78

79 126 57 96 25 40 98


52 124 88

Patrick Proxima —

65 32

Queen of Hearts —


Radioactive Rialto Rocks Rose Plays Julie —

50 89 60 42

Saint Maud Santiago, Italia School of Seduction Sea Fever Send Me to the Clouds Sequin in a Blue Room Short Films #1 Short Films #2 Short Films #3 Short Films #4 Short Films #5 Short Films #6 Skin+Soul Soleil et Ombre Spring Tide Street Leagues Sugar Cane Alley Supernova

53 97 79 98 30 22 46 54 62 70 86 90 64 101 22 39 84 96

Surprise Film Synonyms —

49 65

The Adventurer 125 The Audition 45 The County 56 The Domain (A Herdade) 28 The Floorwalker 125 The Hottest August 84 The Immigrant 125 The Invisible Life of Eurídice Gusmão 103 The Kindness of Strangers 61 The Mystery of Henri Pick 38 The Smiling Madame Beudet 101 The Sound of Dali 28 The Specials 92 The Truth 78 The Wayward Girl 60 Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am 23 Trolls World Tour 127 True History of the Kelly Gang 64 Twelve Thousand 85 Two of Us (Deux) 94 — Violet Gibson Vitalina Varela Vivarium —

72 45 19

We Are Little Zombies 89 When Women Won 77 Windmill Lane 95 Women Make Film: A New Road Movie Through Cinema 36 — You Will Die at Twenty — Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait




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Picture House The Festival’s outreach programme Picture House brings the film festival experience to those in health care facilities who can’t easily access the big screen. Donating to Picture House supports the ongoing costs of the programme and allows us to bring the magic of film to more people around the country. For more info see

Picture House is one of the brightest things about this festival. I’ve seen it make people laugh, cry, remember. It engages them in a get together otherwise beyond their reach. I’m proud to be part of something so vital. Brenda Fricker, Picture House Patron

Sci-Fi, Mystery

Vivarium Virgin Media Opening Gala — Info: Wed 26 Feb / Cineworld 17 / 18:15 / 1hr 37m Info: Wed 26 Feb / Cineworld 17 / 21:00 / 1hr 37m Director: Lorcan Finnegan / 2019 Country: Ireland, United States Writer: Garret Shanley, Lorcan Finnegan Cast: Imogen Poots, Jesse Eisenberg

Irish director Lorcan Finnegan has assembled a top international cast for his second feature and follow-up to his debut, Without Name.

proportions. The estate appears to expand and all efforts to escape bring them back to the same house – then a baby boy appears.

His sci-fi suspense thriller, steeped in satire on suburbia and parenthood, stars Jesse Eisenberg and Imogen Poots as a young couple looking for a starter home. Persuaded by a strange real estate agent, they decide to visit a brand-new development of homes on the outskirts of the city. The picture-perfect estate laid out under a sunny sky is attractive, but the couple gradually start to realise they are trapped in a scenario of nightmarish

Filmed in Ireland and Belgium, The Hollywood Reporter described Vivarium as: “A superior genre piece at heart, but elevated by its high-calibre leads plus a script rich in political and cultural resonance”. Filmmakers in attendance


In association with

Thursday 27th Feb / 10:00 – 18:00 / Light House Cinema Each year, Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival takes place in venues across the capital city while a film tour criss-crosses the entire country. Alongside its industry and general public audiences, the festival targets the 17 third-level institutions across Ireland that offer film-related courses in order to encourage students to attend the films and events that comprise our programme and encourage film appreciation. In 2020, the Festival forays into the student film world in a brand new way with First Frame, an expanded student film initiative and competition. First Frame is built upon a carefully curated selection of short films made by thirdlevel students in Ireland and begins with a morning of talks and workshops, followed by afternoon screening sessions. The day caps off with an awards reception where the winning student short film is announced. The festival would like to acknowledge the support of The Walt Disney Company, Ireland and are excited to present our First Frame event in association with Disney.Pixar ONWARD. — “We are delighted to partner with Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival on their 1st First Frame event. What an innovative concept. Disney.Pixar’s ONWARD is a perfect fit given it is the tale of two teenage elf brothers, who embark on a quest to find if there’s still some magic left in the world so they can spend one day with their father, who had died when they were too young to remember him. We wish all those entering the First Frame competition luck.” Trish Long, Vice President of The Walt Disney Company, Ireland

First Frame

First Frame Film Student Day —

Thursday 27 / 02 Discover Different — Sequin in a Blue Room Light House 1 / 18:15 / Page 22 Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am Light House 2 / 18:30 / Page 23 Mickey and the Bear Light House 2 / 20:50 / Page 25



Sequin in a Blue Room Info: Thurs 27 Feb / Light House 1 / 18:15 / 1hr 20m Director: Samuel Van Grinsven / 2019 Country: Australia Writer: Jory Anast, Samuel Van Grinsven Cast: Anthony Brandon Wong, Conor Leach, Ed Wightman, Jeremy Lindsay Taylor

Following a chance encounter at a sex party, a teenage boy aims to track down the man he is fixated with in Samuel Van Grinsven’s Lynchian-style feature. Until now, Sequin has favoured no-ties hook-ups over relationships – and this decision sets him on a thrilling but dangerous path.


Spring Tide Info: Thurs 27 Feb / Cineworld 4 / 18:15 / 2hr 4m Director: Yang Lina / 2019 Country: China Writer: Yang Lina Cast: Elaine Jin Yam Ling, Hao Lei Part of the Shanghai International Film Festival Partnership


Filmmaker Yang Lina looks at three generations of one family – and by extension, three very different periods in Chinese history – in her tale of a woman pulled between the needs of her mother and daughter. Family ties, obligations and secrets rise to the surface in this tenselywoven drama.


Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am Info: Thurs 27 Feb / Light House 2 / 18:30 / 2hr Director: Timothy Greenfield-Sanders / 2019 Country: United States Cast: Hilton Als, Oprah Winfrey, Toni Morrison Nomination: Documentary Competition

The late powerhouse author looks back over her life and literary career in this in-depth documentary which features contributions from, among others, Barack Obama and Oprah Winfrey. Through her extraordinary story and some of her most-acclaimed works, it serves as a historical account of race and survival in America.


Queen of Hearts Festival Highlight — Info: Thurs 27 Feb / Light House 1 / 20:00 / 2hr 8m Director: May el-Toukhy / 2019 Country: Denmark, Sweden Writer: Maren Louise Käehne, May el-Toukhy

Cast: Gustav Lindh, Magnus Krepper, Trine Dyrholm With the support of the Embassy of Denmark in Ireland

The prestigious Audience Award winner at Sundance, May el-Toukhy’s erotic thriller is a tale that delivers more than its share of gutwrenching moments. Trine Dyrholm has been gathering critical raves for her performance as a married woman and successful lawyer who enters into a reckless relationship with her stepson. The film goes to dark and dramatic places in its story of sexual politics and betrayal.

In her director’s statement for the film, el-Toukhy describes Queen of Hearts as the story of a tragic fall from grace and says how the burden of making mistakes that hurt others was a theme she wanted to explore. “That’s how it is for most people: our flaws and insufficiencies define us. They help us grow if we have the capacity to admit our errors, but if we are not capable of doing so they can taint and shatter us, and eventually create great inner loneliness.” Trine Dyrholm in attendance Followed by Volta Ceremony



If You Are Happy Info: Thurs 27 Feb / Cineworld 4 / 20:50 / 1hr 39m Director: Xiaoming Chen / 2019 Country: China Writer: Xiaoming Chen Cast: Fu Miao, Guan Xuan Part of the Shanghai International Film Festival Partnership

In a culture where people buy expensive homes in a community with a good school to secure a better future for their children, a Shanghai professor is in a frantic race against time to do so for his daughter. If You Are Happy plays both as a thriller and an observation of how we live now.


Mickey and the Bear Info: Thurs 27 Feb / Light House 2 / 20:50 / 1hr 28m Director: Annabelle Attanasio / 2019 Country: United States Writer: Annabelle Attanasio Cast: Ben Rosenfield, Calvin Demba, Camila Morrone, James Badge Dale, Rebecca Henderson

A sun-soaked coming-of-age tale set in Montana, Mickey and the Bear revolves around a teenage girl willing to take personal risks in her quest for independence and sense of self. Mickey has a loving but complex relationship with her dad, an Iraq war veteran with PTSD, whose circumstances place her at a crossroads.


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Friday 28 / 02 Discover Different — The Domain (A Herdade) Light House 1 / 15:00 / Page 28 Ditte & Louise Cineworld 3 / 18:15 / Page 31 Beyond the Horizon Light House 3 / 20:30 / Page 31



The Domain (A Herdade) Info: Fri 28 Feb / Light House 1 / 15:00 / 2hr 46m Director: Tiago Guedes / 2019 Country: Portugal, France Writer: Gilles Taurand (in collaboration), Rui Cardoso Martins, Tiago Guedes Cast: Albano Jerónimo, Miguel Borges, Sandra Faleiro

Portugal’s political and social history comes under the spotlight in Tiago Guedes’ sweeping drama about power and family loyalties. It revolves around a privileged family of landowners, told over several generations, whose opposing characters and policies weave into each period in a film where the political and the personal stand together. Filmmakers in attendance


The Sound of Dali Info: Fri 28 Feb / Cineworld 4 / 18:00 / 1hr 27m Director: Zhang Yang, Xiao Wang / 2019 Country: China Part of the Shanghai International Film Festival Partnership


Zhang Yang’s sumptuous, lovingly filmed documentary looks at the sights, sounds and senses of Dali through the course of various seasons. A film about the rhythm of nature and the power of beauty in the everyday, it’s a poignant reminder of what is ours – and what is ours to lose.


Arracht Info: Fri 28 Feb / Light House 1 / 18:15 / 1hr 26m Director: Tom Sullivan / 2019 Country: Ireland Writer: Tom Sullivan Cast: Dónall Ó Healaí, Michael McElhatton, Saise Ní Chuinn Nomination: Discovery Award Nominee

Actor and filmmaker Tom Sullivan’s feature debut is a strong, character-driven thriller set during a tumultuous period in Irish history. Told in the Irish language and set on the eve of The Great Hunger, Arracht (meaning Monster) tells of a fisherman who takes in a stranger on the request of a priest. Events that follow lead to tragic personal struggles, but hope may come in the form of a young girl who needs his help. Filmmakers in attendance

Festival Tour In association with access>Cinema, and with the support of the Arts Council, we are delighted to bring Arracht to six venues outside Dublin as part of the Festival tour. Arracht will be shown at the the following venues throughout March 2020. Mon 2 Mar, Pavilion Theatre, Dún Laoghaire Tue 3 Mar, Garter Lane Arts Centre, Waterford Thu 5 Mar, Sligo Film Society @ The Model, Sligo Sat 7 Mar, Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge, Kildare TBC, Solstice Arts Centre, Navan, Meath TBC, Droichead Arts Centre, Drogheda, Louth — See for more details 29


Send Me to the Clouds Info: Fri 28 Feb / Cineworld 4 / 20:30 / 1hr 39m Director: Congcong Teng / 2019 Country: China Writer: Congcong Teng Cast: Chen Yao, Jiuxiao Li, Xinming Yang Part of the Shanghai International Film Festival Partnership

One woman’s pursuit of pleasure in very difficult circumstances is the subject of this witty feminist comedy/drama. By telling the story through the eyes of its central character, a woman who hasn’t opted for marriage or parenthood, it also focuses on China’s so-called “Leftover” women in their late twenties. Filmmakers in attendance


Broken Law Info: Fri 28 Feb / Cineworld 17 / 20:45 / 1hr 25m Director: Paddy Slattery / 2019 Country: Ireland Writer: Paddy Slattery Cast: Ally Ni Chairain, Gary Lydon, Gemma-Leah Devereux, Graham Earley, John Connors, Ryan Lincoln, Tristan Heanue Nomination: Discovery Award Nominee


A respected Garda finds his loyalties tested to the absolute limit in this crime thriller starring Cardboard Gangsters cast members John Connors, Tristan Heanue and Graham Earley. The film, which marks the feature debut of filmmaker Paddy Slattery, tells the story of two estranged brothers on opposite sides of the law. Filmmakers in attendance


Ditte & Louise Info: Fri 28 Feb / Cineworld 3 / 18:15 / 1hr 45m Director: Niclas Bendixen / 2018 Country: Denmark Writer: Ditte Hansen, Louise Mieritz Cast: Adam Brix, Anders W. Berthelsen, Ditte Hansen, Henrik Noél Olesen, Lotte Andersen, Louise Mieritz, Marijana Jankovic With the support of the Embassy of Denmark in Ireland

Two middle-aged actresses and close friends decide to take their comedy show on the road in a telling and wryly observed comedy that was a big hit in its native Denmark. Not having achieved what they hoped for in their careers so far, the friends decide to kick back – but is the world ready for their new-found rebellion? Filmmakers in attendance


Beyond the Horizon Info: Fri 28 Feb / Light House 3 / 20:30 / 1hr 30m Director: Delphine Lehericey / 2019 Country: Switzerland, Belgium Writer: Delphine Lehericey, Joanne Giger, Roland Buti (book author) Cast: Clémence Poésy, Fred Hotier, Laetitia Casta, Luc Bruchez With the support of the Embassy of Switzerland in Ireland

Set over the long, scorching-hot days of a 1970s summer, a teenage boy suspects the heat is impacting on the animals on his family farm but also the people around him. He doesn’t know it yet, but a great deal will change over the course of the sun-soaked summer. Top actors Laetitia Casta and Clémence Poésy are joined by newcomer Luc Bruchez.


French Focus Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival is delighted to introduce a wonderful selection of French titles in 2020, presented in partnership with the French Embassy in Ireland. Proxima Alice Winocour (Germany, France) The Mystery of Henri Pick Rémi Bezançon (France, Belgium)

You Will Die at Twenty Amjad Abu Alala (Sudan, France, Egypt, Germany, Norway, Qatar) Twelve Thousand Nadège Trebal (France) The Specials Éric Toledano, Olivier Nakache (France) Synonyms Nadav Lapid (France, Germany, Israel)

Aznavour by Charles Marc di Domenico (France)

Soleil et Ombre Musidora, Jacques Lasseyne (France)

Deerskin Quentin Dupieux (France)

The Smiling Madame Beudet Germaine Dulac (France)

Drama, Action

Proxima Info: Fri 28 Feb / Light House 1 / 20:30 / 1hr 47m Director: Alice Winocour / 2019 Country: Germany, France Writer: Alice Winocour, Jean-Stéphane Bron (in collaboration), Marcia Romano (contributing writer), Nynne Oldenburg (contibuting writer) Cast: Eva Green, Matt Dillon With the support of the French Embassy in Ireland


This drama from Alice Winocour (Augustine) sees Eva Green give a powerful performance as Sarah, an astronaut preparing for a potential mission to Mars and struggling to align single motherhood with the intense training schedule involved. Much of the film was shot in real-life training facilities at the European Space Agency. Alice Winocour in attendance

Saturday 29 / 02 Discover Different — The Mystery of Henri Pick Light House 1 / 14:30 / Page 38 Aznavour by Charles Cineworld 4 / 16:30 / Page 39 Rose Plays Julie Light House 1 / 20:30 / Page 42


Drama, Crime

Les Misérables Festival Highlight — Info: Sat 29 Feb / Cineworld 17 / 11:00 / 1hr 42m Director: Ladj Ly / 2019 Country: France Writer: Alexis Manenti, Giordano Gederlini, Ladj Ly Cast: Alexis Manenti, Damien Bonnard, Djibril Zonga

A thrilling drama set in Montfermeil, a working-class district on the outskirts of Paris, Les Misérables was selected as France’s Best International Feature Film entry for the Oscars. That is, of course, the same district that features in Victor Hugo’s classic tale, and which director Ladj Ly references in his contemporary feature. Set around a small group of policemen who routinely patrol one of the toughest estates in the district, it unfolds through the eyes of a new recruit, Stéphane (Damien Bonnard), who is shaken

by the unpredictable and volatile nature of day-to-day life at his new posting. Even more shocking to him is the routine corruption of the two senior officers he’s been tasked with learning from. It’s a tale of power structures and struggles in an environment which is tested to its very limit. The Los Angeles Times’ Kenneth Turan wrote: “What makes Les Misérables such an immersive experience is the crackling sense of authenticity that is the film’s birthright”.


Women Make Film: A New Road Movie Through Cinema Special Event — Programme 1: Sat 29 Feb / Light House 2 / 11:00 / 3hr Programme 2: Sat 29 Feb / Light House 2 / 15:00 / 3hr Programme 3: Sat 29 Feb / Light House 2 / 19:45 / 3hr Programme 4: Sun 01 Mar / Light House 2 / 11:00 / 3hr Programme 5: Sun 01 Mar / Light House 2 / 15:00 / 2hr Director: Mark Cousins / 2019 Country: United Kingdom Nomination: Documentary Competition


Tilda Swinton, Jane Fonda and Thandie Newton are among the narrators of Women Make Film, Mark Cousins’ epic, 14-hour opus on female filmmakers. It is split into segments that can be viewed as stand-alone films. Shot and edited by Cousins, the meticulously researched documentary is told over 40 chapters and emerges as a lovingly-made, shrewdly alternative take on the history of cinema. It’s a story that spans thirteen decades and five continents, featuring over 700 film clips from hundreds of female directors. Four years in the making, the documentary stands as an epic exploration of the history of cinema. It all unfolds through the lens of – and the perspective of – some of the world’s greatest female filmmakers. Other well-known contributors to the documentary include Debra Winger, Kerry Fox, Adjoa Andoh and Sharmila Tagore. The film is executive produced by Tilda Swinton.


For its screening in Dublin, Cousins has divided the 14-hour documentary into five separate screenings, which can be viewed together or as standalone films.

Programme 4: Explores how directors handle melodrama, sci-fi, depictions of hell, tension, stasis, what is left out, story reveals, memory, and time.

Programme 1: Discovers how directors achieve tone, believability, introduce characters, capture conversations, and handle framing and tracking shots.

Programme 5: Shows how directors depict interiors, the existential, love, death, endings, and song and dance.

Programme 2: Looks at how directors stage scenes, capture journeys, discoveries, depict the adult child, exercise economy, editing, point of view, and close-ups. Programme 3: Examines how directors portray bodies, sexuality, home, religion, work, politics, changing gears, and comedy.

At a time when there are growing calls for gender equality and diversity in film and other mediums, Women Make Film shows in rich detail the lengths female filmmakers have gone to and the obstacles they’ve overcome, historically and throughout the world, to tell great stories. Mark Cousins in attendance 37


Flowers of Shanghai Info: Sat 29 Feb / Cineworld 4 / 14:00 / 1hr 53m Director: Hou Hsiao-Hsien / 1998 Country: Taiwan, Japan Writer: Bangqing Han (novel), Eileen Chang (translation), T’ien-wen Chu Cast: Michelle Reis, Michiko Hada, Tony Chiu-Wai Leung Part of the Shanghai International Film Festival Partnership

Taiwanese filmmaker Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s much-loved adaptation of the novel of the same name has emerged as a classic of Asian cinema. Set during the turn of the 19th century, the tale of a group of courtesans working their trade in the city makes for a visually unforgettable cinematic experience.

Drama, Comedy

The Mystery of Henri Pick Info: Sat 29 Feb / Light House 1 / 14:30 / 1hr 40m Director: Rémi Bezançon / 2019 Country: France, Belgium Writer: Rémi Bezançon Cast: Camille Cottin, Fabrice Luchini With the support of the French Embassy in Ireland


An entertaining French whodunnit which channels the spirit of Agatha Christie in luscious Brittany. When a manuscript is discovered in a remote library, penned by a now-deceased pizzeria owner, it rapidly becomes a sensation in France. But one literary intellectual smells a rat, and is determined to uncover the truth.


Aznavour by Charles Info: Sat 29 Feb / Cineworld 4 / 16:30 / 1hr 23m Info: Mon 02 Mar / Light House 1 / 14:00 / 1hr 23m Director: Marc di Domenico, Charles Aznavour / 2019 Country: France Writer: Marc di Domenico With the support of the French Embassy in Ireland

Much-loved French/Armenian singer Charles Aznavour is the subject of this intimate documentary feature which remembers his legacy through extensive footage he filmed himself and the thoughts of family and friends. The film’s makers have also sourced interviews of some of his most famous admirers, including Edith Piaf and Frank Sinatra.


Street Leagues Info: Sat 29 Feb / Cineworld 17 / 18:00 / 1hr Director: Daniel F. Holmes / 2019 Country: Ireland Cast: Colin Farrell Nomination: ICCL Human Rights Film Award

Featuring contributions from actor Colin Farrell, Street Leagues spotlights the redemptive power of sport, told through the personal testimonies of the homeless men and women who have found a sense of belonging and purpose in the beautiful game. It follows the Irish Street Leagues as they aim to progress through a major tournament. Filmmakers in attendance


Drama, Comedy

Military Wives Info: Sat 29 Feb / Cineworld 4 / 18:30 / 1hr 52m Director: Peter Cattaneo / 2019 Country: United Kingdom Writer: Rachel Tunnard, Rosanne Flynn Cast: Emma Lowndes, Jason Flemyng, Kristin Scott Thomas, Sharon Horgan

Sharon Horgan and Kristin Scott Thomas head the cast of Military Wives, a feel-good film about the extraordinary success of the choir of the same name. It tells of the women who supported each other as their husbands fought in Afghanistan, finding comfort in the redemptive power of music.

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Short, Drama

Innocent Boy Festival Highlight — Info: Sat 29 Feb / Light House 2 / 18:30 / 40m (including filmmaker panel) Director: John Connors / 2020 Country: Ireland Writer: John Connors, Tiernan Williams

An all-Traveller cast stars in this drama about a young boy who uses the power of his imagination to cope with some tough realities in his life. Jack lost his mum at a young age, has a hearing impairment and is misunderstood and bullied at school. But joy and escape come in the fantasy world he has created with his best friend and beloved mare, Queenie.

Innocent Boy was the winner of the 2019 Virgin Media Discovers Competition, chosen from over 600 submissions. Virgin Media Discovers is a short film competition to discover and support the very best filmmakers in Ireland. Filmmakers in attendance



Hearts and Bones Info: Sat 29 Feb / Cineworld 3 / 20:00 / 1hr 51m Director: Ben Lawrence / 2019 Country: Australia Writer: Beatrix Christian, Ben Lawrence Cast: Andrew Luri, Bolude Watson, Hayley McElhinney, Hugo Weaving Nomination: ICCL Human Rights Film Award

Director and co-writer Ben Lawrence’s drama feature, starring Hugo Weaving, looks at an unlikely friendship following trauma. A Sudanese refugee asks a war photographer not to exhibit photos of a massacre in his village years earlier – but while revisiting the terrible events of that day, they make an extraordinary discovery.


Rose Plays Julie Info: Sat 29 Feb / Light House 1 / 20:30 / 1hr 40m Director: Christine Molloy, Joe Lawlor / 2019 Writer: Christine Molloy, Joe Lawlor Country: Ireland, United Kingdom Cast: Aiden Gillen, Ann Skelly, Orla Brady

Family ties and long-buried secrets form the backbone of Rose Plays Julie, a psychological thriller that comes to the Festival with strong early reviews. It centres on a veterinary student who has a loving relationship with her adoptive parents but is determined to track down her birth mother – and now has a name and number. Initially rejected, she is undaunted, even if it means uncovering troubling truths. Filmmakers in attendance


Sunday 01 / 03 Discover Different — The Audition Light House 1 / 15:15 / Page 45 Vitalina Varela Light House 3 / 18:30 / Page 45 You Will Die at Twenty Cineworld 4 / 20:00 / Page 50



It Must Be Heaven Festival Highlight — Info: Sun 01 Mar / Cineworld 17 / 11:00 / 1hr 37m Info: Tues 03 Mar / Light House 1 / 14:00 / 1hr 37m Director: Elia Suleiman / 2019

Country: France, Qatar, Germany, Canada, Turkey, Palestine Writer: Elia Suleiman Cast: Elia Suleiman, Kareem Ghneim, Tarik Kopty

Palestine’s Oscars entry for Best International Feature Film was also selected to compete for the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. Elia Suleiman’s droll, absurdist new comedy centres on Es, who is looking to make a new life in Europe, only to find signs of home in the most unexpected places. A decade following the writer, director and actor’s last film, he again shows his knack for physical comedy in a drama that explores not only the ongoing struggle in Palestine, but also of the emigrant Palestinian and where they see their place in the world.

It Must Be Heaven expands from its opening scenes set in Palestine and Nazareth before moving its story to the great cities of Paris and New York, where the migrant explores cultural differences, the thrill of being a stranger in a new environment, and the charms and realities each city has to offer. Variety called it: “Whimsical and wistful yet infused with a yearning for the stability of place”.



The Audition Info: Sun 01 Mar / Light House 1 / 15:15 / 1hr 39m Director: Ina Weisse / 2019 Country: Germany, France Writer: DaphnĂŠ Charizani, Ina Weisse Cast: Ilja Monti, Jens Albinus, Nina Hoss, Serafin Mishiev, Simon Abkarian

Nina Hoss heads the cast of a drama about a teacher so inspired by her pupil that it threatens her career and family. Acclaimed actor-turned-director Ina Weisse weaves a story of a woman whose personal life is in decline and who channels all of her energies into getting the best out of her music student.


Vitalina Varela Info: Sun 01 Mar / Light House 3 / 18:30 / 2hr 4m Director: Pedro Costa / 2019 Country: Portugal Writer: Pedro Costa, Vitalina Varela Cast: Vitalina Varela

The highly anticipated new film from Portuguese master Pedro Costa centres on its title character, a middle-aged woman who arrives in Lisbon three days after learning of her husband’s death. Her grief and confusion is compounded by the fact that he unexpectedly left her to go to the city three decades earlier.


Screen Ireland Shorts #1

A selection of Screen Ireland shorts curated by Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival.

The Grass Ceiling


Director: Iseult Howlett / 15 mins Producer: Frankie Fenton

Director: Suri Grennell / 9 mins Producer: Bjorn McGiolla

Three successful female athletes explore how being physically courageous, unapologetically competitive and deeply passionate in team sport can unlock a freedom to really occupy your own skin.

At the precipice of womanhood and plagued with foreboding dreams, Maria must confront the mistrust of her family as a strange epidemic sweeps through Ireland.

Info: Sun 01 Mar / Light House 1 / 17:30 / 1hr 19m Country: Ireland Filmmakers in attendance

Above the Law

Sister This

Director: Bryony Dunne / 15 mins Producer: Patrick Campbell

Director: Claire Byrne / 20 mins Producer: Claire Gormley

Traversing the same bodies of land and water, this short film conceptually links the intercontinental routes of migratory birds with the journeys of refugees and migrants.

Struggling financially and doing everything to survive, two sisters argue but realise the last thing they can afford is shame.

Break Us

Welcome to a Bright White Limbo

Director: Rioghnach Ní Ghrioghair / 9 mins Producer: Claire McCabe Mark and Sophie plan to rob a post office, but as things go awry, they each discover what they’re really made of…

Director: Cara Holmes / 11 mins Producer: Zlata Filipovic Oona Doherty is a Belfast based dancer and choreographer. This poetic and visually arresting documentary is a portrait of Oona and the creative process of her award winning show ‘Hope Hunt’. 47

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See it. Hear it. Feel it. Visit

? Surprise Film Special Event — Info: Sun 01 Mar / Cineworld 17, Cineworld 4 / 17:30

A tradition since the early days of the festival, the Surprise Film is one of the highlights of the programme. No one, not even the projectionist, knows what the film is – until the very last minute. 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015

????? Dragged Across Concrete Unsane Get Out Whiskey, Tango, Foxtrot Good Kill

2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003

Muppets Most Wanted Welcome to the Punch This Must Be the Place Cedar Rapids Greenberg Hamlet 2 The Escapist 300 The Jacket The Squid & The Whale Starsky & Hutch Buffalo Soldiers


Romance, Drama, Biography

Radioactive Info: Sun 01 Mar / Light House 1 / 19:45 / 1hr 43m Director: Marjane Satrapi / 2006 Country: Hungary, United Kingdom Writer: Jack Thorne, Lauren Redniss (graphic novel) Cast: Anya Taylor-Joy, Rosamund Pike, Sam Riley

The extraordinary achievements of physicist and pharmacist Marie Curie (Rosamund Pike) are brought to screen in Marjane Satrapi’s (Persepolis) latest feature. Based on the graphic novel of the same name, it focuses on her relationship with fellow scientist Pierre Curie and their ambition to develop radium and change the face of medicine. Marjane Satrapi in attendance


You Will Die at Twenty Info: Sun 01 Mar / Cineworld 4 / 20:00 / 1hr 43m Director: Amjad Abu Alala / 2019 Country: Sudan, France, Egypt, Germany, Norway, Qatar Writer: Amjad Abu Alala, Yousef Ibrahim Cast: Islam Mubarak, Mahmoud Alsarraj, Moatasem Rashed, Mustafa Shehata With the support of the French Embassy in Ireland


Seeking a blessing for her firstborn child, a mother is instead presented with a curse in this film’s daring premise. Growing up with what those around him believe is a sentence to die a young man, the boy seeks friendship, love and life ambitions as his family comes under increasing strain and pressure at the prospect of his passing.

Monday 02 / 03 Discover Different — Saint Maud Light House 2 / 18:15 / Page 53 The County Light House 1 / 18:30 / Page 56 Martin Eden Light House 1 / 20:20 / Page 57



Olivia Info: Mon 02 Mar / Light House 1 / 16:00 / 1hr 32m Director: Jacqueline Audry / 1951 Country: France Writer: Dorothy Bussy (novel), Pierre Laroche (screenplay) Cast: Edwige Feuillère, Marie-Claire Olivia, Simone Simon Part of the Women Make Film Retrospective

French filmmaker Jacqueline Audry’s classic tells of three women in a dramatic love triangle at a French finishing school. Adapted from Dorothy Bussy’s novel, it centres on one girl’s intense crush on a teacher, to the chagrin of one of her peers. The LA Times called it: “dense with the swoonworthy perfume of desire”.

Sport, Documentary

Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait Info: Mon 02 Mar / Cineworld 3 / 18:00 / 1hr 31m Director: Douglas Gordon, Philippe Parreno / 2006 Country: France, Iceland Part of The Beautiful Game: A Season of Football Films with EURO2020


Douglas Gordon and Philippe Parreno’s fascinating portrait of one of football’s all-time greats follows him in real time over the course of one memorable match played in 2005. Using 17 cameras at various locations in the stadium, the film observes his footballing genius and intensity up-close and intimately.


Saint Maud Info: Mon 02 Mar / Light House 2 / 18:15 / 1hr 23m Director: Rose Glass / 2019 Country: United Kingdom Writer: Rose Glass Cast: Jennifer Ehle, Morfydd Clark, Turlough Convery

Described by Collider as “riveting” and “a carnal crisis of faith,” this awardwinning psychological horror marks an impressive debut from writer/director Rose Glass. It tells of a young, extremely religious carer who becomes obsessed with saving the soul of her charge in a tale of trauma and control. Filmmakers in attendance


New York Our Time Info: Mon 02 Mar / IFI 1 / 18:30 / 1hr 20m Director: Vivienne Dick / 2020 Country: Ireland Nomination: Documentary Competition — New York Our Time was funded under the Arts Council Reel Art scheme which is designed to provide film artists with a unique opportunity to make highly creative, imaginative and experimental documentaries on an artistic theme.

Celebrated filmmaker and artist Vivienne Dick weaves a personal and philosophical documentary remembering 1970s New York in its heyday for bohemian artists and musicians. Featuring contributions from many of her contemporaries at that time, the film also contrasts the “No Wave” movement with contemporary culture amid present-day concerns. Filmmakers in attendance


Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival Shorts #2



Director: Christian Kinde / 17 mins Producer: Joel Maguet

Director: David Bartlett / 17 mins Producer: Will Poole

Unhappy with her home life, teenager Lilah runs away to the city with her secret boyfriend, putting her family’s forgiveness to the ultimate test.

Inside a dying Weimar Kabarett club, sevenyear-old Roma Helene hides in a wardrobe, concealed by tap-dancer Katharina who plans to escape.



Director: Faye Jackson / 15 mins Producer: Faye Jackson

Director: Steven Chatterton, Mark Arrigo / 20 mins Producer: Julia Taylor-Stanley, Tiernan Hanby

Esther and Miriam are being forcibly deported when there’s an outbreak of a deadly virus with calm-inducing effects that only kills white people.


Adnan, an imaginative ten year old Syrian refugee boy, must use all his creativity to break through his mother’s PTSD or risk losing her forever.

Info: Mon 02 Mar / Light House 3 / 18:00 / 1hr 36m Country: United Kingdom Filmmakers in attendance

Birthday Girl

Night Out

Director: Portia A. Buckley / 17 mins Producer: Michael Lindley, Jason Maza

Director: Amelia Hashemi / 10 mins Producer: Harry Starkey-Midha, Helen Dulay

A single mother’s 43rd birthday party ends in disaster when her lover unexpectedly arrives and clashes with her overprotective son.

Being a teenager is hard. Figuring out who you want to be is harder. Sometimes a night out can change everything.

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Drama, Comedy

The County Info: Mon 02 Mar / Light House 1 / 18:30 / 1hr 32m Director: Grímur Hákonarson / 2019 Country: Iceland, Denmark, Germany, France Writer: Grímur Hákonarson Cast: Arndís Hrönn Egilsdóttir, Sveinn Ólafur Gunnarsson

Rams director Grímur Hákonarson returns with the story of a middle-aged widow, Inga, who embarks on a path of autonomy following the sudden death of her farmer husband. Stunned by the status quo that operates within the farming industry, she aims to take on the Goliaths who control it.


Jawline Info: Mon 02 Mar / Light House 3 / 20:00 / 1hr 39m Director: Liza Mandelup / 2019 Country: United States Cast: Austyn Tester Nomination: Documentary Competition


A 16-year-old boy aims to escape rural life in Tennessee by becoming an online influencer in what is a timely documentary about contemporary social media. Through his efforts to achieve internet stardom, the film offers a compassionate and nuanced take on what it really means to navigate your growing pains online.

Romance, Drama

Martin Eden Info: Mon 02 Mar / Light House 1 / 20:20 / 2hr 9m Director: Pietro Marcello / 2019 Country: Italy, France, Germany Writer: Maurizio Braucci, Pietro Marcello Cast: Jessica Cressy, Luca Marinelli, Vincenzo Nemolato With the support of the Italian Institute of Culture

Luca Marinelli won best actor at Venice for his role in Pietro Marcello’s film, which adapts Jack London’s novel and sets it in an unspecified period in Italy. Marinelli plays an aspiring writer who dreams that success will bring both social status and the affections of a wealthy young student.

Drama, Comedy, Adventure

Heroic Losers Info: Mon 02 Mar / Cineworld 4 / 20:30 / 1hr 56m Director: Sebastián Borensztein / 2019 Country: Argentina, Spain Writer: Eduardo Sacheri (novel), Sebastián Borensztein Cast: Andrés Parra, Carlos Belloso, Chino Darín, Daniel Aráoz, Luis Brandoni, Marco Antonio Caponi, Ricardo Darín, Rita Cortese, Verónica Llinás

A group of neighbours band together to get their cash back from the people who scammed them in a fresh, comedic take on the heist movie. The rural Argentinians may not seem like a match for the big-city bankers who have stitched them up – but that makes them all the more fun to root for.


Poster Exhibition: Alternative Take Festival Film as interpreted by NCAD Second Year Graphic Design and Illustration Students. Light House Cinema 20 Feb — 03 March


Image: ‘Martin Eden’ by Faye Larkin

Tuesday 03 / 03 Discover Different — Rocks Cineworld 3 / 18:00 / Page 60 Patrick Light House 3 / 20:30 / Page 65 Synonyms Cineworld 4 / 20:45 / Page 65



The Wayward Girl Info: Tues 03 Mar / Light House 1 / 16:00 / 1hr 35m Director: Edith Carlmar / 1959 Country: Norway Writer: Niels Johan Rud (novel), Otto Carlmar Cast: Atle Merton, Liv Ullmann With the support of the Royal Norweigan Embassy in Ireland Part of the Women Make Film Retrospective

The legendary Liv Ullman makes an earlycareer acting appearance in Edith Calmar’s provocative drama. She plays a delinquent teenager who moves with her boyfriend to a cabin in the woods following a brush with the law. But their isolated world comes under threat from both family and a passer-by.


Rocks Info: Tues 03 Mar / Cineworld 3 / 18:00 / 1hr 33m Director: Sarah Gavron / 2019 Writer: Claire Wilson, Theresa Ikoko Country: United Kingdom Cast: Bukky Bakray, D’angelou Osei Kissiedu, Kosar Ali


Set in London’s east end, this energetic Toronto breakout hit focuses on a Nigerian British girl, nicknamed Rocks, who is suddenly tasked with looking after her younger brother. Sarah Garvon’s film blends wit, drama and emotional resonance, channeling a social-realism aesthetic and featuring mainly nonprofessional young actors.


The Kindness of Strangers Festival Highlight — Info: Tues 03 Mar / Cineworld 4 / 18:00 / 1hr 52m Director: Lone Scherfig / 2019 Country: Germany, Denmark, Canada, Sweden, France, United Kingdom, United States Writer: Lone Scherfig

Cast: Andrea Riseborough, Bill Nighy, Tahar Rahim, Zoe Kazan, Andrea Riseborough, Caleb Landry Jones With the support of the Embassy of Denmark in Ireland

Acclaimed Danish filmmaker Lone Scherfig has assembled a starry cast including Bill Nighy and Zoe Kazan for her latest, set over one tough winter in New York. A number of different characters struggle with dramatic events as they fight for better lives in the fable about humanity and the power of love. They include a young mother (Kazan) who is seeking a new life for herself in the city with her young boys after leaving an abusive

relationship. Nighy plays Timofey, the eccentric owner of a top Russian restaurant, who hires an ex-con seeking to rebuild his life as a manager. Andrea Riseborough is a busy nurse who wants to give more to her community, and Caleb Landry Jones a young man determined to beat his own demons in a film that gently intertwines to the sounds and sights of one of the world’s greatest cities. Bill Nighy & Lone Scherfig in attendance 61

Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival Shorts #3

Young Mother


Director: John Robert Brown / 12 mins Producer: John Robert Brown, Tibo Travers, Danielle Harvey

Director: Allyn Quigley / 14 mins Producer: Simon James Doyle

A lone teenage girl roams the streets of Dublin urgently trying to buy alcohol in this intense family drama.

A taxi driver returning to work after the death of his daughter crosses paths with the person responsible.

Hasta La Vista

CiĂşnas (Silence)

Director: Laragh McCann / 6 mins Producer: Aaron McEnaney

Director: Tristan Heanue / 13 mins Producer: Tristan Heanue

A genre-blending short film setting dance, music and an ethereal aesthetic against a backdrop of friendship, love, lust and betrayal.

A couple embark on a journey in the midst of a family crisis.


Info: Tues 03 Mar / Light House 1 / 18:00 / 1hr 30m Country: Ireland Filmmakers in attendance


A White Horse

Director: Nathan Fagan, Luke Daly / 20 mins Producer: Aaron McEnaney

Director: Shaun O’Connor / 11 mins Producer: Sinead Barry

In the aftermath of a violent assault, twentysomething Danny struggles to accept the full extent of his injuries.

1970’s Ireland. A scared and confused young girl enters a public phone booth and rings home. But her parents are waiting for the call...

Starry Night Director: Emma Smith / 14 mins Producer: Caoilinn Handley Cara must make a choice – abandon her sisters, and pursue her dreams? Or sacrifice herself, for theirs?



Skin+Soul Info: Tues 03 Mar / IFI 1 / 18:30 / 1hr 4m Director: Ciara Nic Chormaic / 2020 Country: Ireland Nomination: Documentary Competition — Skin+Soul was funded under the Arts Council Reel Art scheme which is designed to provide film artists with a unique opportunity to make highly creative, imaginative and experimental documentaries on an artistic theme.

Skin+Soul is an exploration of fashion photography as an artform through the work of internationally renowned photographer Perry Ogden. Challenging perceptions of beauty in his imagery, Ogden was one of the first to use models and non- models together in his work. His iconic Pony Kids series is regularly cited as an influence on contemporary designers. He has been taking photographs for over thirty years for Italian, British and American Vogue, Dazed, The Face, W Magazine, Arena and a host of other global fashion and art publications. Filmmakers in attendance

Drama, Crime, Biography

True History of the Kelly Gang Info: Tues 03 Mar / Light House 1 / 20:10 / 2hr 4m Director: Justin Kurzel / 2019 Country: Australia, United Kingdom Writer: Peter Carey (novel author), Shaun Grant (screenplay) Cast: Charlie Hunnam, Essie Davis, George MacKay, Nicholas Hoult, Russell Crowe, Thomasin McKenzie


Justin Kurzel has assembled a big-name cast for his western period thriller adapted from the acclaimed novel by Peter Carey. The filmmaker brings his own sense of place and of anarchy to the violent tale of the infamous Australian/Irish outlaw, as his battles and crimes play out in a wild and unforgiving landscape.

Drama, Comedy

Patrick Info: Tues 03 Mar / Light House 3 / 20:30 / 1hr 40m Director: Tim Mielants / 2019 Country: Belgium Writer: Benjamin Sprengers, Tim Mielants Cast: Jemaine Clement, Kevin Janssens With the support of the Embassy of Belgium in Ireland

Belgian director Tim Mielants (Peaky Blinders) blends tragedy and comedy in his debut feature, set in a nudist community. Patrick’s father runs the campsite frequented by nudists in the Ardennes region. He is shaken by both his sudden death and the loss of his favourite tool – but there is further trouble brewing.

Drama, Comedy

Synonyms Info: Tues 03 Mar / Cineworld 4 / 20:45 / 2hr 3m Director: Nadav Lapid / 2019 Country: France, Germany, Israel Writer: Haim Lapid, Nadav Lapid Cast: Louise Chevillotte, Quentin Dolmaire, Tom Mercier With the support of the French Embassy in Ireland

A Golden Bear winner at the Berlin Film Festival, Nadav Lapid’s frenetic French/ Israeli thriller is a clever take on identity and self-determination. It’s largely inspired by the filmmaker’s own story, having left the Middle-East for Europe in his twenties, as he struggled with his own Israeli background and sense of self and place.












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Confucian Dream Info: Wed 04 Mar / Light House 1 / 14:00 / 1hr 25m Director: Mijie Li / 2019 Country: China, United States Writer: Evita Yuepu Zhou, Mijie Li Cast: Chaoyan, Little Chen, Mei Nomination: Documentary Competition

A young mother becomes fixated with the process of Confucianism – an ancient Chinese system of thought and behaviour. Its aim is to promote harmony, but her desire to instil the belief in her young child leads to fractious family clashes, in an already challenging home life, in this observational Chinese documentary.


Adoption Info: Wed 04 Mar / Light House 1 / 16:00 / 1hr 29m Director: Márta Mészáros / 1975 Country: Hungary Writer: Ferenc Grunwalsky, Gyula Hernádi, Márta Mészáros Cast: Gyöngyvér Vigh, Katalin Berek, Péter Fried Part of the Women Make Film Retrospective


Hungarian filmmaker Márta Mészáros’s much-loved film saw her win the coveted Golden Bear at Berlin in 1975 – the first woman to do so. The movie tells the story of a factory worker who wants to have a child with her married lover, only to have her desire rejected and ridiculed. Downtrodden but undaunted, she decides to go it alone in what is regarded as a powerful entry in the history of feminist cinema.


Deerskin Info: Wed 04 Mar / Light House 2 / 18:00 / 1hr 17m Director: Quentin Dupieux / 2019 Country: France Writer: Quentin Dupieux Cast: Adèle Haenel, Jean Dujardin With the support of the French Embassy in Ireland

Charlie Kaufman in Conversation Info: Wed 04 Mar / Cineworld 17 / 18:30 / 1hr 15m

The Artist’s Jean Dujardin and a fringed beige jacket that has seen better days are the buddy-movie co-stars of this unique film. The jacket’s wearer, we discover, has just separated from his spouse. He starts communication with his jacket in this surprising and offbeat black comedy.

Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival is excited to host multi award-winning screenwriter, producer and director Charlie Kaufman, who will give a unique insight into his creative process in a public interview with Mark O’Halloran. From Being John Malkovich through to Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Anomalisa, Kaufman has created some of cinema’s most memorable films, and this will be an unmissable event for any cinema lover.


Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival Shorts #4

Hard, Cracked The Wind Director: Mark Jenkin / 17 mins Country: UK Producer: Linn Waite, Kate Byers A young Cornish poet is compelled to buy an old writing case, curiously engraved with her own initials.

A Nice Place To Stop Director: Hiball / 17 mins Country: Australia Producer: Hiball, Wednesday Sutherland The lives of a tourist couple intertwine with the local youth of a coastal town, in a series of surreal vignettes.

Elephant In The Room

I’ll Be Here For A While

Director: Chanelle Eidenbenz / 20 mins Country: Switzerland Producer: Filippo Bonacci

Director: Dylan & Dakota Pailes-Friedman / 11 mins Country: United States Producer: Lizz Astor, Leo Swartz, Rebeccah Pailes-Friedman

Irna senses that the relationship with her son Jago is getting more and more hopeless. She seeks refuge in her own world, whose center is Elias, a rubber doll. 70

After a long day in New York City, Lenny kisses his estranged mother gently on the forehead. “Could you stay for a while?”

Info: Wed 04 Mar / Light House 3 / 18:00 / 1hr 25m Country: Various International Filmmakers in attendance

The Oceans Are The Real Continents Director: Tommaso Santambrogio / 20 mins Country: Italy Producer: Lav Diaz, Gianluca Arcopinto Set in a decadent yet in-crisis Cuba, this black & white film follows the love story of thirtysomethings Alex and Edith.


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Music, Drama, Comedy

Initials S.G. Info: Wed 04 Mar / Light House 3 / 20:00 / 1hr 38m Director: Rania Attieh, Daniel Garcia / 2019 Country: Argentina, Lebanon, United States Writer: Daniel Garcia, Rania Attieh Cast: Diego Peretti, Julianne Nicholson

The winner of Tribeca’s Nora Ephron Award revolves around a Serge Gainsbourg cover singer and is set against Argentina’s quest to win the World Cup. Our protagonist is down on his luck, struggling with a romance and a criminal past in this pitch-black comedy and shrewd character study.

History, Drama, Biography

Violet Gibson Info: Wed 04 Mar / Cineworld 4 / 20:30 / 1hr 45m Info: Fri 06 Mar / Light House 1 / 14:00 / 1hr 45m Director: Barrie Dowdall / 2020 Country: Ireland Writer: Barrie Dowdall, Siobhán Lynam Cast: Olwen Fouéré, Paraic Cullen, Susan Barrett, Laura Kelly


The extraordinary true story of the Irish woman who shot Mussolini is brought to life in Barrie Dowdall’s documentary. Violet Gibson, daughter of the Lord Chancellor to Ireland, shot the dictator at point-blank range as she faced a Fascist mob in Rome in 1926. The film looks at how she almost changed the course of history and the enormous personal price she paid. Filmmakers in attendance

Mystery, Adventure, Action

Bacurau Festival Highlight — Info: Wed 04 Mar / Light House 1 / 20:00 / 2hr 10m Director: Kleber Mendonça Filho, Juliano Dornelles / 2019 Country: Brazil, France

Writer: Juliano Dornelles, Kleber Mendonça Filho Cast: Bárbara Colen, Silvero Pereira, Sônia Braga, Thomas Aquino, Udo Kier With the support of the Embassy of Portugal in Ireland

The winner of the Jury Prize at Cannes Film Festival, Juliano Dornelles and Kleber Mendonca’s (Aquarius) drama is set in a Brazilian village in the near future following the death of the community’s beloved matriarch. Upon hearing the news of her death, a documentary filmmaker heads deep into the Brazilian outback in a mid to document how the community has been affected. As his connection to the local people gains traction, he is entrusted with some astonishing secrets they have kept

deep within themselves. But there are even darker agendas at play. The genrebusting thriller is effective both as a hard-hitting drama and a commentary on contemporary concerns in Brazil. Part sci-fi, part thriller, part western, Bacurau is also a takedown on modernisation hailed as “wonderful and demented” by Indiewire, citing a “sensational” performance from actor Sônia Braga. Kleber Mendonça Filho in attendance


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Concrete Night Info: Thur 05 Mar / Light House 1 / 14:00 / 1hr 36m Director: Pirjo Honkasalo / 2013 Country: Finland, Sweden, Denmark Writer: Pirjo Honkasalo, Pirkko Saisio Cast: Anneli Karppinen, Jari Virman, Johannes Brotherus Part of the Women Make Film Retrospective

Shot in stunning black and white and directed by Finnish filmmaker Pirjo Honkasolo (The 3 Rooms of Melancholia), Concrete Night is set in a chaotic home in suburban Helsinki. Simo opts to spend one night with his older brother before he goes to prison, not prepared for what the shocking following 24 hours will bring.


Endless Sunshine on a Cloudy Day Info: Thur 05 Mar / Cineworld 4 / 18:00 / 1hr 28m Director: John Connors / 2019 Country: Ireland Cast: Anthony McCann, Eoin McCann, Jade McCann, Kim McCann

Jade McCann was working in media when she was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer in 2018. She decided to share her story with her followers as she underwent treatment for the disease. Her dad, Anthony, had been diagnosed with stage four cancer just three weeks before her diagnosis. This documentary tells how they faced into illness, resilience and hope together. Filmmakers in attendance



When Women Won Info: Thur 05 Mar / Light House 1 / 16:00 / 52m Director: Anna Rodgers / 2020 Country: Ireland Writer: Anna Rodgers, Zlata Filipovic, Hugh Rodgers

Anna Rodgers’ documentary goes behind the emotional story of the Together for Yes campaign to repeal the eighth amendment and transform Irish society forever. It tells how, following the tragic death of Savita Halappanavar, three Irish feminists set about establishing a grassroots, women-led social movement. What followed next was one of the most historic and seismic shifts in Irish society in the past 35 years. Filmmakers in attendance


The Truth Info: Thur 05 Mar / Light House 1 / 18:00 / 1hr 46m Director: Hirokazu Kore-eda / 2019 Country: France, Japan Writer: Hirokazu Koreeda Cast: Catherine Deneuve, Juliette Binoche

Shoplifters writer/director Hirokazu Koreeda makes his first film outside of his native Japan. It tells of French film diva Fabienne (Catherine Deneuve), whose fans adore her but whose family relationships are more complex. Kore-eda again explores the sensitive dynamics of family, brought to a head when Fabienne publishes her memoirs.


Lynn + Lucy Info: Thur 05 Mar / Light House 3 / 18:15 / 1hr 30m Director: Fyzal Boulifa / 2019 Country: United Kingdom Writer: Fyzal Boulifa Cast: Nichola Burley, Roxanne Scrimshaw


Critical praise has been strong for Fyzal Boulifa’s highly anticipated tale of an intense friendship set in an English working-class community. Blue-haired Essex girl Lucy has become a mother for the first time. When a tragedy strikes, she turns to lifelong friend Lynn for support amid rumours, speculation and accusations.


School of Seduction Info: Thur 05 Mar / Light House 3 / 20:15 / 1hr 35m Director: Alina Rudnitskaya / 2019 Country: Austria, Denmark, Norway, Russia Nomination: Documentary Competition

In contemporary Russia, women attend classes to learn how to use their allure to attract wealthy men. Filmmaker Alina Rudnitskaya trains her camera on three of them in this absorbing, revealing documentary. She finds all of them have their own reasons for seeking a better life in a society where status matters.

Thriller, Drama

Make Up Info: Thur 05 Mar / Cineworld 3 / 20:45 / 1hr 26m Director: Claire Oakley / 2019 Country: United Kingdom Writer: Claire Oakley Cast: Joseph Quinn, Molly Windsor, Stefanie Martini, Theo Barklem-Biggs

A passionate romance unfolds in a Cornish holiday park in Claire Oakley’s genre-shifting tale. Part romantic drama, part psychological thriller, it tells of Ruth, who moves into the remote park with her boyfriend, only to make a startling discovery. Sight & Sound called it “gorgeous and inventive” and Screen International “an arresting debut”.


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Mystery, Adventure, Action

Calm with Horses Virgin Media Gala — Info: Thur 05 Mar / Light House 1 / 20:30 / 1 hr 41m Director: Nick Rowland / 2019 Country: Ireland, United Kingdom Writer: Joe Murtagh Cast: Barry Keoghan, Cosmo Jarvis, Niamh Algar, David Wilmot

A top-level cast, which includes Barry Keoghan, Cosmo Jarvis, Niamh Algar and David Wilmot, stars in the hugely anticipated feature debut from award-winning short filmmaker Nick Rowland, with a screenplay by Joseph Murtagh. Set in rural Ireland, it tells the story of exboxer Douglas ‘Arm’ Armstrong, who has become a feared enforcer for powerful local drug-dealing family the Devers. He’s also trying to be a good and supportive dad to his five-year-old son, Jack, who has autism. Already torn between criminal dealings and

family obligations, Arm’s loyalties are truly tested when he is asked to kill for the first time. Tense, character-driven, and filmed on location in the west of Ireland, Rowland’s drama-thriller and its cast have already drawn rave early word-of-mouth reviews. Screen International critic Wendy Idea describes it as a film “drenched in a sense of place”, adding: “Rowland combines striking visual flair with razor-wire character studies”. Filmmakers in attendance 81

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History, Drama

Sugar Cane Alley Info: Fri 06 Mar / Light House 1 / 16:00 / 1hr 43m Director: Euzhan Palcy / 1983 Country: France, Martinique Writer: Euzhan Palcy, Joseph Zobel (novel) Cast: Darling Légitimus, Douta Seck, Garry Cadenat Part of the Women Make Film Retrospective

Euzhan Palcy’s much-loved debut, made with the encouragement of Francois Truffaut, centres on an adolescent who lives with his grandmother on a sugar cane plantation in 1930s Martinique. A remarkable story of an everyday childhood lived under colonial rule, it was lauded by Roger Ebert as a film where “everything will fit together so naturally that we wonder where these people have been all of their lives”.


The Hottest August Info: Fri 06 Mar / Light House 3 / 16:00 / 1hr 34m Director: Brett Story / 2019 Country: United States, Canada Cast: Clare Coulter Nomination: Documentary Competition


The collective anxiety of a city at a crossroads is the subject of Brett Story’s multi-layered documentary, which focuses on New York over a one-month period. The film’s raw power is in the testimony of ordinary New Yorkers as they face climate crisis amid political and social chaos.


Anne Devlin Info: Fri 06 Mar / IFI 1 / 18:00 / 2hr 1m Director: Pat Murphy / 1984 Country: Ireland Writer: Pat Murphy

Cast: Bosco Hogan, Brid Brennen, Des McAleer

Pat Murphy’s groundbreaking, remastered drama about the woman commonly known as Robert Emmet’s housekeeper feels timely in the ongoing conversation about forgotten women in Irish history. Brid Brennan shines as Devlin, a woman of principles who refuses to be broken or betray her beliefs amid temptation, punishment and great suffering. Pat Murphy in attendance

Romance, Drama

Twelve Thousand Info: Fri 06 Mar / Light House 3 / 18:00 / 1hr 51m Director: Nadège Trebal / 2019 Country: France Writer: Nadège Trebal Cast: Arieh Worthalter, Nadège Trebal With the support of the French Embassy in Ireland

Two free-thinking soulmates embark on a quest for happiness in the French comedy/ drama debut from Nadège Trebal, who also stars. Love and money become intertwined when Frank loses his job, and fearing it will damage his relationship with Maroussia, sets about finding another that pays exactly the same as hers.


Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival Shorts #5

The Butterfly Love Song

A Legacy of Horses

Director: Luke Morgan / 14 mins Producer: Luke Morgan, John Herbert, Seamus Scanlon

Director: Annika & Jessica Karlsson / 16 mins Producer: Systerskaparna AB

Mervue, 1983. Everyone is out to get Seamus. So, when the formidable Block twins call around to his house and order him to take their sister to the school hop, Seamus starts to panic.

TRUE Director: Shane J. Collins / 8 mins Producer: Shane J. Collins A grandfather struggles with his identity and grandson’s homophobia.


A documentary about a father and son that are a part of an extraordinary urban horse culture.

Cailín Álainn (Pretty Girl) Director: Megan K Fox / 11 mins Producer: Hazel Cullen A tender bi-lingual drama about a transgender teen who comes out for the first time at a cross dress disco in the Gaeltacht.

Info: Fri 06 Mar / Light House 1 / 18:00 / 1hr 41m Country: Ireland Filmmakers in attendance




Director: Ciaran Dooley / 6 mins Producer: Matt D’Arcy

Director: Shaun Dunne / 4 mins Producer: Shaun Dunne

Director: Emma Wall / 13 mins Producer: Jo Halpin

Over the course of her 21st birthday, Ava explores the grief felt by the loss of her twin sister and attempts to overcome it.

Based on a series of interviews, Coventry is a stylized exploration of the stigma regarding leaving a marriage in pre-divorce Ireland.

Set in 1978, Pat tells the story of a lonely music lover who keeps in touch with her son in New York through the only phone box in the village.


Independent Susan

Iarscoláire (Past Pupil)

Director: Ken Wardrop / 3 mins Producer: Ken Wardrop

Director: Shaun Dunne / 11 mins Producer: The Ark

Susan is bravely setting up a new home so she can live independently for the very first time.

An abandoned school building in Dublin’s City Centre opens its doors to former pupils for one day only…

Director: Brendan Canty / 15 mins Producer: Paula Steward A 16 year old school dropout interviews for a job, but when he’s let down by his brother, he lashes back and looks to his friends for support.


Drama, Comedy

Our Ladies Info: Fri 06 Mar / Cineworld 4 / 20:00 / 1hr 45m Director: Michael Caton-Jones / 2019 Country: United Kingdom Writer: Alan Sharp, Alan Warner (from his ‘The Sopranos’), Michael Caton-Jones Cast: Abigail Lawrie, Eve Austin, Kate Dickie, Marli Siu, Rona Morrison, Sallie Messham, Tallulah Greive

A group of Catholic schoolgirls take a walk on the wild side in a raucous comedy of gals behaving badly. The students are in Edinburgh for a choir competition, but they’re more interested in hooking up, drinking and partying. The Times’ Kevin Maher said it features five of “the most compelling, neatly drawn and slightly terrifying female protagonists committed to film”.





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Rialto Info: Fri 06 Mar / Light House 1 / 20:15 / 1hr 33m Director: Peter Mackie Burns / 2019 Writer: Mark O’Halloran Country: Ireland, United Kingdom Cast: Tom Glynn-Carney, Tom Vaughan-Lawlor

Directed by Peter Mackie Burns and adapted by Mark O’Halloran from his stage play Trade, early reviews have been strong for this acclaimed drama. Tom Vaughan-Lawlor plays Colm, a man struggling with the death of his destructive father and other personal crises. Unable to confide in loved ones, he seeks solace in the arms of a young male prostitute, putting family life at even greater risk. Filmmakers in attendance


We Are Little Zombies Info: Fri 06 Mar / Light House 1 / 22:30 / 2hr Director: Makoto Nagahisa / 2019 Country: Japan Writer: Makoto Nagahisa Cast: Keita Ninomiya, Satoshi Mizuno, Mondo Okumura, Sena Nakajima

“No pulsating, psychedelic, pop-punk phantasmagoria ought to be as moving and smart,” wrote Variety’s Jessica Kiang of the story of four teenagers seeking to connect with their emotions following bereavement. They do so through forming a kick-ass band, making beautiful noise together as they seek a way through their personal chaos.


Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival Shorts #6

Info: Fri 06 Mar / Light House 3 / 20:45 / 1hr 30m Country: Various International Filmmakers in attendance

She Runs

Quiet Land Good People

Director: Qiu Yang / 20 mins Country: China Producer: Lin Fan, Edmond Yang, Justin Bechberty, Damien Megherbi

Director: Johannes Bachmann / 25 mins Country: Switzerland Producer: Zurich University of Arts

In an ordinary Chinese winter, a small city junior high student, Yu, tries to quit her school aerobic dancing team.

A Swiss headmistress and politician deals with her son’s radical attitude.


Lake of Happiness

Director: Sonia K. Hadad / 15 mins Country: Iran Producer: Pouria Heidary Oureh

Director: Aliaksei Paluyan / 30 mins Country: Belarus, Germany, Spain Producer: Laiaksei Paluyan, Jörn Möllenkamp, Eduardo M Escribano Solera

A teenage girl reluctantly becomes involved in a delivery and winds up trapped in a unexpected cycle of events.


In a small Belarusian village where time seems to stand still, nine-year-old Jasja’s father sends her to an orphanage after her mother’s death.

Saturday 07 / 03 Discover Different — The Specials Cineworld 17 / 11:00 / Page 92 Two of Us (Deux) Light House 1 / 16:00 / Page 94 Lara Cineworld 3 / 16:20 / Page 94 Moffie Cineworld 4 / 20:40 / Page 98


Drama, Comedy

The Specials Festival Highlight — Info: Sat 07 Mar / Cineworld 17 / 11:00 / 1hr 54m Director: Éric Toledano, Olivier Nakache / 2019 Country: France Writer: Éric Toledano, Olivier Nakache Cast: Alban Ivanov, Benjamin Lesieur, Brian Mialoundama, Helene Vincent, Reda Kateb, Vincent Cassel With the support of the French Embassy in Ireland

Written and directed by Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache, whose hilarious C’est La Vie closed the Festival in 2017, The Specials stars Vincent Cassel as a man who works with children and young adults who are autistic. Based on a true story, they’re determined to continue their work despite the threat of closure. The tale is based on the experiences of Stephane Benhamou, who has run a shelter for teenagers and young adults with autism for years in Paris.


Filmmakers Toledano and Nakache have become beloved pioneers of French social comedy and won rave reviews for their latest when it debuted at the Cannes Film Festival, with Cassel being singled out for his performance. Variety called his “a zealous, live-wire performance as a man who exists to serve the people that most caretakers don’t want to be bothered with”. The duo’s other films include Les Intouchables, which was a smash hit in France and beyond, becoming France’s second-biggest box-office hit when it was released in 2011 and voted that country’s cultural event of the year in a public poll.

Romance, Drama

Farewells Info: Sat 07 Mar / Light House 1 / 14:00 / 1hr 37m Director: Wojciech Has / 1958 Country: Poland Writer: Stanisław Dygat, Wojciech Has Cast: Maria Wachowiak, Tadeusz Janczar With the support of the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Dublin

Set in Poland during the late 1930s and early 1940s, Wojciech Has’s evocative, lyrical film captures the sense of fear and helplessness in the country as World War 2 took a hold. The story revolves around starcrossed young lovers Pawel and Lidka, who find love before being forced apart. War has a devastating impact on both of them, making them evaluate their lives when they meet years later. Introduced by Paweł Pawlikowski Part of the Inspirations Series


Kifaru Info: Sat 07 Mar / Light House 3 / 16:00 / 1hr 21m Director: David Hambridge / 2019 Country: Kenya, United States Nomination: Documentary Competition

The ongoing tragedy that is the extinction of wildlife gets a personal dimension in this bittersweet documentary. It follows two young Kenyan rangers tasked with looking after Sudan, the last male northern white rhino known to exist in the world. A tale of conservationism and extinction at its very brink.


Drama, Comedy

Two of Us (Deux) Info: Sat 07 Mar / Light House 1 / 16:00 / 1hr 35m Director: Filippo Meneghetti / 2019 Country: France, Luxembourg, Belgium Writer: Filippo Meneghetti, Malysone Bovorasmy Cast: Barbara Sukowa, Martine Chevallier

For decades, two retirement-age women living in the same apartment building have been keeping a huge secret – they are passionately in love. Nina (Martine Chevallier) is a free spirit but Madeleine (Barbara Sukowa) has been hiding her relationship from her adult children. Their love is truly tested when dramatic events change their lives.

Music, Drama

Lara Info: Sat 07 Mar / Cineworld 3 / 16:20 / 1hr 38m Director: Jan-Ole Gerster / 2019 Country: Germany Writer: Blaz Kutin Cast: Corinna Harfouch, Tom Schilling


German filmmaker Jan-Ole Gerster follows the award-winning Oh Boy with this tale of a woman preparing to celebrate her 60th birthday. Her son, whose work as a pianist has long been her focus, is presenting a major recital, but all is not as it seems in the film, starring legendary German actress Corinna Harfouch.

Documentary, Biography

Billie Info: Sat 07 Mar / Light House 2 / 18:00 / 1hr 36m Director: James Erskine / 2019 Country: United States Writer: James Erskine Nomination: Documentary Competition

One of music’s all-time greats, Billie Holiday, is brought to screen in director James Erskine’s thorough film about the legendary singer. From the producers of Man on Wire and Maiden, it draws from hundreds of hours of interviews from Linda Lipnack Kuehl, whose unfinished biographical project accessed many of Holiday’s most celebrated peers.


Windmill Lane Info: Sat 07 Mar / Cineworld 17 / 18:00 / 1hr 15m Director: Alan Moloney / 2019 Country: Ireland

Director Alan Moloney’s film shows how a grimy warehouse in an inconsequential part of Dublin’s docklands became one of Ireland’s most important cultural cornerstones. Windmill Lane would become a mecca for music and the arts, with its output inspiring many at a time of remarkable cultural and social change in Ireland. Filmmakers in attendance



Supernova Info: Sat 07 Mar / Cineworld 4 / 18:15 / 1hr 18m Director: Bartosz Kruhlik / 2019 Country: Poland Writer: Bartosz Kruhlik Cast: Marcin Hycnar, Marcin Zarzeczny, Marek Braun With the support of the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Dublin

Set in one Polish village and unfolding in a ‘real time’ narrative, Supernova centres on three men and one event which threatens to transform all of their lives. The drama revolves around the aftermath of a shocking accident and the response to it by some very different and volatile characters. Filmmakers in attendance


Maternal Info: Sat 07 Mar / Cineworld 3 / 18:30 / 1hr 31m Director: Maura Delpero / 2019 Country: Italy, Argentina Writer: Maura Delpero Cast: Agustina Malale, Denise Carrizo, Lidiya Liberman


Set in a mother and children’s refuge in Buenos Aires, this critically acclaimed drama focuses on a rebellious young mother who lives with her daughter in the facility, run by nuns. When a novice nun arrives to work there, what emerges is a layered tale of female identity and human behaviour.

History, Documentary

Santiago, Italia Info: Sat 07 Mar / Light House 3 / 18:30 / 1hr 20m Director: Nanni Moretti / 2018 Country: Italy, France, Chile Writer: Nanni Moretti Cast: Carmen Castillo, Patricio Guzmán, Salvador Allende Nomination: Documentary Competition, ICCL Human Rights Film Award With the support of the Italian Institute of Culture

Nanni Moretti’s critically revered documentary recounts an extraordinary period in South American history – Chile’s 1973 coup d’état which led to the ousting of a leader and the rise of Pinochet. Told through the testimonies of those present at the time, it tells of the role of the Italian embassy in supporting many affected.


Balloon Info: Sat 07 Mar / Cineworld 3 / 20:30 / 1hr 42m Director: Pema Tseden / 2019 Country: China Writer: Pema Tseden Cast: Jinpa, Sonam Wangmo, Yangshik Tso Nomination: ICCL Human Rights Film Award

Two young boys have found what they believe to be balloons in their family home, making for new playthings. It emerges they are condoms in a beautifully rendered, critically acclaimed drama, set in 1980s Tibet, which looks at politics, China’s family size policy, individual autonomy and spirituality.


Romance, Drama

Moffie Info: Sat 07 Mar / Cineworld 4 / 20:40 / 1hr 44m Director: Oliver Hermanus / 2019 Country: South Africa, United Kingdom Writer: Jack Sidey, Oliver Hermanus Cast: Hilton Pelser, Kai Luke Brummer, Matthew Vey, Ryan de Villiers, Stefan Vermaak

A gay teenager is conscripted to war in 1980s South Africa in Oliver Hermanus’s critically acclaimed conflict drama. Nicholas is terrified of standing out when he’s signed up for war on the Angolan border, where being labelled a “moffie” is the ultimate slur and could lead to brutal bullying and punishment.

Sci-Fi, Horror

Sea Fever Info: Sat 07 Mar / Light House 1 / 20:45 / 1hr 29m Director: Neasa Hardiman / 2019 Country: Sweden, Ireland, United States, United Kingdom, Belgium Writer: Neasa Hardiman Cast: Connie Nielsen, Dougray Scott, Hermione Corfield


A BAFTA winner for her direction on Happy Valley, Nessa Hardiman takes to the sea for her science-fiction thriller featuring a starry cast. A young marine biology student is struggling with life among the closely-knit crew of a fishing trawler. But when many of them are struck down by a strange and lethal infection, they must work together if they are to survive. Neasa Hardiman in attendance

Sunday 08 / 03 Discover Different — The Invisible Life of Eurídice Gusmão Light House 1 / 14:00 / Page 103 Give Me Liberty Cineworld 3 / 16:00 / Page 104 About Endlessness Light House 1 / 16:40 / Page 104


Romance, Drama, Animation

Bombay Rose Festival Highlight — Info: Sun 08 Mar / Cineworld 17 / 11:00 / 1hr 33m Director: Gitanjali Rao / 2019 Country: India, Qatar, France, United Kingdom Writer: Asad Hussain, Gitanjali Rao Cast: Amit Deondi, Cayli Vivek Khare, Gargi Shitole

Colourful animation brings the sights and sounds of the sprawling metropolis of Bombay vividly to life in a film which took six years to make. It tells the stories of various characters who live, work and love in the city, including a girl who works as a dancer at an illegal nightclub, a young Muslim fleeing a violent life, and a down-on-his-luck watchmaker. A red rose is the common thread in the tale of three meaningful but complicated love


stories, in a movie where the colours and rich animation leap from the big screen. Written and directed by animator Gitanjali Rao, it screened at Critics Week in Venice and in the Contemporary World Cinema section at Toronto. It’s a multi-layered film that handles sometimes-challenging storylines with grace and a lightness of touch. “Even by the standards of artisan arthouse animation, it’s quite a vision,” wrote Guy Lodge of Variety.


Soleil et Ombre / The Smiling Madame Beudet Special Event — Info: Sun 08 Mar / IFI1 / 14:00 / 1hr 21m With the support of the French Embassy in Ireland With live music accompaniment from Stephen Horne Soleil et Ombre: Director: Musidora, Jacques Lasseyne / 1922 Country: France Cast: Musidora

The Smiling Madame Beudet: Director: Germaine Dulac / 1922 Writer: André Obey, Germaine Dulac Country: France Cast: Alexandre Arquillière, Germaine Dermoz

French actress and filmmaker Musidora shines on screen and as co-director in this silent 1922 melodrama which revolves around a love triangle. The harsh cruelty of rejected love forms the tale of an Andalusian woman who is passionately in love with a bullfighter, only to be spurned for another woman.

Regarded as one of the first feminist movies, Germaine Dulac’s 1922 silent film tells of a woman trapped in an unhappy marriage to her rude, domineering husband. Frustrated and fantasising of escape, she decides to load the gun he uses to parody suicide, only to change her mind the next day.




End of Sentence Info: Sun 08 Mar / Cineworld 3 / 14:00 / 1hr 36m Director: Eflar Adalsteins / 2019 Country: Iceland, Ireland, USA Writer: Elfar Adalsteins, Sigurjon Sighvatsson, David Collins Cast: John Hawkes, Logan Lerman, Sarah Bolger

Filmed in Ireland and Alabama, this drama starring John Hawkes and Sarah Bolger follows a young ex-con and his father as they go on a road trip to scatter the ashes of their mother and wife. They aim to find common ground but get a lot more besides in a tale described as “beautifully observed, sensitively played and smart” by The Hollywood Reporter. Filmmakers in attendance


The Invisible Life of Eurídice Gusmão Info: Sun 08 Mar / Light House 1 / 14:00 / 2hr 19m Director: Karim Aïnouz / 2019 Country: Brazil, Germany Writer: Inés Bortagaray, Karim Aïnouz, Martha Batalha (novel), Murilo Hauser Cast: Carol Duarte, Gregorio Duvivier, Julia Stockler

Winner in the Un Certain Regard category at Cannes, this film revolves around two inseparable sisters who are forced to live apart in 1950s Rio de Janeiro. Karim Ainouz’s immersive, beautiful-looking melodrama explores feminist politics as the women suffer in a misogynistic society, not least at the hands of their father.



Give Me Liberty Info: Sun 08 Mar / Cineworld 3 / 16:00 / 1hr 50m Director: Kirill Mikhanovsky / 2019 Country: United States Writer: Alice Austen, Kirill Mikhanovsky Cast: Chris Galust, Lauren ‘Lolo’ Spencer, Maxim Stoyanov

A colourful group of characters populate this warm-hearted story which follows a day in the life of a medical transport driver. Set during a stressful day on the job, it uniquely features many non-professional actors who bring their own experiences to the story. Director Kirill Mikhanovsky drove such a van himself as a younger man.


About Endlessness Info: Sun 08 Mar / Light House 1 / 16:40 / 1hr 18m Director: Roy Andersson / 2019 Country: Sweden, Germany, Norway Writer: Roy Andersson Cast: Amanda Davies, Bengt Bergius, Marie Burman


A best director winner at Venice Film Festival for Roy Andersson, About Endlessness is a series of brief but beautiful vignettes which opens with the sight of a couple floating over the German city of Cologne. Wry and eclectic, it’s a series of personal stories about profound moments in everyday life.


Herself Closing Gala — Info: Sun 08 Mar / Cineworld 17 / 18:15 / 1hr 32m Director: Phyllida Lloyd / 2019 Country: Ireland Writer: Clare Dunne, Malcolm Campbell Cast: Clare Dunne, Ian Lloyd-Anderson, Conleth Hill, Harriet Walter Nominations: Discovery Award Nominee, ICCL Human Rights Film Award

Directed by Phyllida Lloyd (Mamma Mia!) and produced by Element Pictures (The Favourite), teaming up with Sharon Horgan’s production company Merman, the Festival is proud to present Herself as its Closing-Night Gala. Written by and starring actor Clare Dunne, the film tells the story of Sandra (Dunne) who has parted ways with her possessive and domineering ex-partner. Sandra sets out to rebuild her life from scratch in order to provide a happy and peaceful home for her two young daughters.

But she finds herself struggling to fight back against a shattered housing system. Undaunted, she sets about building her own place to call home, as she is determined to rebuild her and her family’s lives. The film, set and filmed in Dublin, has a stellar cast which also includes Ian Lloyd-Anderson, Conleth Hill and Harriet Walter. Filmmakers in attendance


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– Volta Award – Discovery Awards – Short Film Awards – Virgin Media Audience Award – ICCL Human Rights Film Award – Documentary Competition – Dublin Film Critics Circle Awards


Every year, the Festival’s diverse range of awards champions excellence in filmmaking. From shorts to features, children’s films to documentaries, and from emerging artists to some of the most accomplished actors, writers and directors working today, the Festival awards offer recognition for every type of film and every kind of filmmaker at every stage of their career.


Charlie Kaufman Volta Award

Charlie Kaufman is an American screenwriter and director of many films including Anomalisa, Synecdoche, New York, Adaptation, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and Being John Malkovich. As a screenwriter, Kaufman achieved sudden recognition in the 1990s for his screenplay for Being John Malkovich. It was nominated for an Academy Award and won several other accolades, including a BAFTA for best original screenplay. Kaufman went on to win an Academy Award for his work on Eternal Sunshine for the Spotless Mind and has been nominated two additional times; he is a threetime BAFTA winner for screenwriting; and he


has been nominated for three Golden Globe Awards, among many other film honours. In 2008 Kaufman made his directorial debut with the ambitious and critically acclaimed Synecdoche, New York starring Philip Seymour Hoffman. In 2015 he wrote and directed the stop-motion animated Anomalisa. The Festival is honoured to award Charlie Kaufman with a Volta Award for contribution to the world of film.

Trine Dyrholm Volta Award

Trine Dyrholm is one of Denmark’s most famous and successful actresses, as well as an accomplished singer-songwriter and director. In 1998 Dyrholm landed a breakout role as a bewildered hotel maid in the chaotic family drama The Celebration, the first film created under the strict rules of Dogme 95. The international audience got to know Dyrholm in her role as a bitter wife and mother in the Oscar-winning drama In a Better World. During her prolific career, Dyrholm has mesmerised audiences and critics all over the world in her well-chosen roles including the family TV-drama The Legacy, Susanne Bier’s All You Need Is Love and Thomas Vinterberg’s

The Commune, for which she won a Silver Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2016. In 2019, Trine Dyrholm received Gothenburg Film Festival’s first ever Best Actor Award for her role in the acclaimed Queen of Hearts. The Festival is honoured to award Trine Dyrholm with a Volta Award for contribution to the world of film.



Discovery Awards

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The Irish film industry has never been busier — productions both large and small are reaching wider audiences, and there is an abundance of talent working in the sector today. The Discovery Awards aim to identify, champion, support and encourage new and emerging talent both in front of and behind the camera.

2019 Discovery Award Nominees

Writer/ Director: Moth Other Credits: The Christmas Ward, Blonde

Cara Holmes

Director: Welcome to a Bright White Limbo Other Credits: Queen of the Plough, Leaving Limbo

Claire Byrne

Clare Dunne


Dónall Ó Héalaí

Allyn Quigley

Writer/Cast: Herself Other Credits: Ascending Grace, Pat (cinematographer) 112

Composer: Welcome to a Bright White Limbo Other Credits: El Hor, A Bump Along The Way

Director: Sister This Other Credits: Ascending Grace, Pat (cinematographer)

Lead Actor: Arracht Other Credits: Impossible Monsters, Traders

Discovery Award Jury

Claire Dix

Director – Sunlight, We Are Moving

Rebecca O’Flanagan

Producer – Treasure Entertainment

Tony Cranstoun Editor – Vivarium, The Farthest

Jason Foran

Producer, Manager – Teach Solais

2019 Discovery Award Nominees

Gwen Jeffares Hourie

Costume Designer: Broken Law, Sister This Other Credits: Five Letters To The Stranger Who Will Dissect My Brain

Phil Blake

Cinematography: Break Us, Sister This Other Credits: Cynthia

Laragh McCann

Luke Morgan

Director: Hasta La Vista Other Credits: Music Videos ‘Never Young Not Yet Old’ – Gemma Dunleavy, ‘Sea Shades’ – Jape

Director: The Butterfly Love Song Other Credits: Sooner or Later, Peggy and The Grim

Shaun O’Connor

Tristan Heanue

Director: A White Horse Other Credits: Mary, Uisce Beatha

Writer/Director: Ciúnas (Silence) Other Credits: Today, A Break In The Clouds



Shorts Film Award — The short film format has always been a crucial part of the festival, acting as both a showcase for future talent and as an art form in its own right.

ICCL Human Rights Film Award — Info: Fri 6 Mar / RHA / 18:30 ICCL is delighted to announce our inaugural Lifetime Contribution to Human Rights/ Human Rights Champion Award, which will take place in Dublin on 6 March. With this award, ICCL will honour a prominent member of the film community who has used their voice to advance the cause of human rights both at home and abroad; a person who passionately advocates for a better world. 114

For 2020, the Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival is proud to host its largest programme of short films to date, with three programmes dedicated to the best Irish short films of the past 12 months, together with an additional three strands highlighting some of the most significant recent International work. The Short Film Awards recognise the best Irish and International shorts in the programme, as chosen by our jury.

The presentation of the Lifetime Contribution Award will take place alongside our annual Human Rights Film Award. This award celebrates films which help audiences to connect with the human stories behind rights violations and to learn about the many forms activism can take. The films nominated for the 2020 ICCL Human Rights Film Award are: – Hearts and Bones – Herself – Street Leagues – Balloon – Santiago, Italia


Virgin Media Audience Award — Each year, you, the audience gets to vote on the films that bring a smile to your face; a tear to your eye; inspire you or clean knock your socks off! Our team of supremo volunteers will be at hand to help you cast your votes after each eligible film. Join us for a screening of the winner of the Virgin Media Audience Award 2020, as chosen by this year’s audience. Info: Fri 12 Mar / Light House Cinema / 18:30

Previous Winners of the Audience Award 2019: Maiden 2018: The Breadwinner 2017: The Farthest 2016: Viva 2015: The Salt of the Earth Previous Winners of the Audience Award for Short Film 2019: 99 Problems 2018: Time Traveller 2017: The Nation Holds its Breath 2016: Little Bear 2015: Boogaloo & Graham



Documentary Competition —

The following films will compete in our Documentary Competition:

The Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival Documentary Competition will recognise excellence in the field of documentary making. In its second year we are lucky to have three esteemed judges on our panel; Ania Trzebiatowska, Tadhg O’Sullivan and Roisín Geraghty.

– Jawline – New York Our Time – Skin+Soul – Billie – School of Seduction – The Hottest August – Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am – Santiago, Italia – Women Make Film – Confucian Dream – Kifaru

Documentary Competition Jury

Ania Trzebiatowska

Programmer, Sundance Film Festival – CHAIR


Tadhg O’Sullivan Filmmaker and Sound Designer

Roisín Geraghty Producer and Film Programmer


Dublin Film Critics’ Circle Awards — Supported by Limelight Communications

Ireland’s professional film critics will announce their awards for Best Film, Best Director, Best Irish Film, Best Documentary and Best Performances from the 2020 festival line-up.

In Focus

VIVA FELLINI — Info: Time & Date TBC / Chocolate Factory Tickets: See for details See for details on pop up concerts

Presented in partnership with the Italian Cultural Institute and Screen Composers Guild Marking this year’s centenary of one of cinema’s most prolific auteurs, Federico Fellini, we will celebrate the filmmaker’s work through a very special series of free concerts across the city. Working with our wonderful partners at the Italian Cultural Institute and Screen Composers Guild, Viva Fellini highlights the music of Fellini’s close collaborator and esteemed composer, Nino Rota. Focusing on some of the greatest musical work across Fellini’s filmography, the concerts will feature music from La Strada (1954), La Dolce Vita (1960), Il Bidone (1955) and Amarcord (1973).


These performances take place at different locations throughout the city with renditions of Rota’s work performed by The Tiny Quartet, a Dublin based ensemble who put their unique stamp on any music that they lay their hands on. From David Bowie to Spandau Ballet, from The Prodigy to Future Islands, they span the decades with their strikingly eclectic performances, veering effortlessly from beautiful, melodic bliss to fiery, foot-stomping dance tunes. They are Sarah Lynch on violin, who is also a film composer; Donal Gunne on guitar; and Graham Heaney on double bass. For VIVA FELLINI, the quartet will be joined by the talented Alison Reynolds on saxophone, bringing the soundtrack of Fellini to the streets of Dublin.

In Focus

Diversity Panel – Gender in Screen — Info: Sat 7 Mar / Chocolate Factory / 14:00 Tickets: See for details In 2019, the festival signed up to the 50/50 by 2020 Gender Parity Pledge. While acknowledging the significant strides made so far, there is a lot more to do before this aspiration becomes a reality. Alongside our

I’m Gonna Write Him A Script He Can’t Refuse — Info: Mon 2 Mar / Ilac Library / Time TBC Info: Mon 2 Mar / dlr LexIcon Library / Time TBC Tickets: See for details

partners at Screen Ireland, the festival is committed to addressing the issue of gender inequality in Irish filmmaking and screen content, in particular the roles of writers and directors. For the 2020 event, the festival has invited a group of Irish and International filmmakers to discuss the state of contemporary cinema and the strategies being used to bring about change.

We will celebrate our festival screenwriters and the art of screenwriting with lunchtime panels in the dlr LexIcon Library and the Central Library. This is a not-to-be-missed opportunity to learn about the craft and graft of screenwriting – where the inspiration springs from, how the ideas develop and the process through drafts and redrafts to the final version. Whether you’re an aspiring screenwriter, a film lover or passionate about storytelling, this is your chance to learn about the behind the scenes process of writing a great script. 119

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Filmmaker’s Choice – Concert —

2020, on this occasion entitled Filmmaker’s Choice.

Info: Mon 2 Mar / Goethe-Institut / 12:30 / 1hr 30m Tickets: See for details

In partnership with the Festival and Goethe-Institut Irland, the Academy turns to a selection of Ireland’s most distinctive filmmakers to nominate musical works of special personal significance to them.

Following the success of previous Royal Irish Academy of Music presentations with leading Irish writers, artists and theatre directors, Ireland’s oldest music conservatoire will mount another collaborative ‘choice’ programme in

An eclectic mix of musical works nominated by distinguished filmmakers such as Lorcan Finnegan, Orla Brady, Niamh Algar and Neasa Hardiman will be performed by exceptional musicians of the RIAM.

Cinematic Inspirations: Peter O’Brien —

Recognized as one of Ireland’s top designers in theater and fashion, Peter O’Brien joins us for a talk on his favourite films. A longtime movie fan, Peter will take us through an illustrated talk of the films which influenced his career.

Info: Sun 8 Mar / Chocolate Factory / 14:00 Tickets: See for details


In Focus

The Empire Film Podcast Live — Info: Fri 06 Mar / Cineworld 3 / 18:30 Tickets: See for details

Film Quiz — Info: Thur 5 Mar / Venue TBC / 20:00 Tickets: See for details

Join us for The Empire Film Podcast Live, the official podcast of Empire, the world’s biggest and best movie magazine. The Festival is delighted to welcome Chris Hewitt and his podteam to Dublin for an afternoon of filmrelated fun and chat with special guests.

The Film Quiz is back, hosted by filmmaker and pop-culture enthusiast Derek O’Connor! Unlease your inner film nerd and be in with the chance to win Season Tickets and much more. €60 per table. All proceeds go to Picture House, the Festival’s outreach programme. See for more details.



Industry Events — The Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival is pleased to offer a variety of special events for film industry professionals based out of our Festival Hub, the Chocolate Factory.

For the full list of industry events and ticketing infomation see

– Filmmaking Masterclass with Paweł Pawlikowski (Ida, 2013, Cold War, 2018), the critically acclaimed and multi-award winning filmmaker.

– Creative Europe Case Study A practical workshop on the possibilities of co-productions and leading filmmakers through the entire process, from start to successful festival launch and release.

– Screenwriting Masterclass with awardwinning writer and director Charlie Kaufman (Being John Malkovich, 1999, Synecdoche, New York, 2008).

– Filmmakers Networking We invite filmmakers of all levels to join us for the valuable opportunity to shake hands and ask questions of festival directors and film distributors.

— The filmaking and screenwriting masterclasses are presented with the kind support of Screen Skills Ireland.


Fantastic Flix Family Events

Fantastic Flix is the Festival’s strand for families and young people between 4 – 17 years old, focusing on contemporary cinema, short films, workshops and discussions. This year we’re delighted to bring you a stellar line-up of films, such as Pixar’s Onward, Trolls World Tour and a collection of classic Charlie Chaplin short films. We will also be screening Marona’s Fantastic Tale from Romanian animator Anca Damien, who is visiting the festival to discuss her work and career.


Family, Comedy, Animation

Onward Fantastic Flix Gala — Info: Sat 29 Feb / Light House 1 / 12:00 / 1hr 40m / Cert TBC Director: Dan Scanlon / 2020 Country: United States Writer: Dan Scanlon Cast: Chris Pratt, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Octavia Spencer, Tom Holland

The eagerly anticipated new fantasy/ drama from Disney Pixar tells of two young elves who aim to bring back their late father for one day. Trouble is, the siblings are not very good at magic – and struggle to conjure up the rest of their dad following a trick that goes badly wrong. The studio has a reputation for creating funny and emotionally resonant stories, and the film is partly inspired by Onward director Dan Scanlon’s own relationship 124

with his brother. Scanlon’s previous films include the hit prequel Monster’s University. Onward’s story is set in a suburban fantasy world meticulously created by Disney Pixar animators, bringing visually to life a story about two siblings setting out to discover if there is still a little magic left in the world. The big-name cast bringing their voices to the movie’s colourful characters include Chris Pratt, Tom Holland, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Octavia Spencer.


Charlie Chaplin Shorts Special Event — Info: Sun 01 Mar / Light House 1 / 13:00 / 1hr 23m / Cert TBC Director: Charlie Chaplin / 1916, 1917 Country: United States

Writer: Charlie Chaplin Cast: Charlie Chaplin With live musical accompaniment from Serge Bromberg

As one of the most loved and well known comedians of cinema, Charlie Chaplin may be a character that needs no introduction ­— but in inventing the character known as The Little Tramp, Chaplin conquered early Hollywood and even built his own studios where he could be in complete control over his universe. Here he made legendary films such as The Dictator, Modern Times, and City Lights. He also created shorts, and we’re delighted to present these three newly restored gems.

The Immigrant Spending weeks at sea with the tides going high, Chaplin wobbles back and forth on ship trying to stave off the sea sickness and spend his time as well as he can. Upon reaching the shore of New York, he visits a fancy restaurant and meets a lady in distress. Being broke in the city of dreams makes it a lot less inviting than he had hoped for, but Chaplin always finds a way.

The Adventurer As in so many of his films, Chaplin wrestles with authority and police officers — here as a convict on the run who ends up in a very rich family after saving the mother from drowning. The husband of the daughter is not impressed by the new hero’s presence and does everything in his power to get rid of him when he finds out he’s a convict.

The Floorwalker Trying to make his way through a department store, our main character causes all the mayhem that we can expect from him as he partially or completely demolishes the store while getting entangled in a vicious scheme by the company owners. Filmmakers in attendance


Family, Drama, Animation

Marona’s Fantastic Tale Info: Sun 01 Mar / Cineworld 3 / 16:30 / 1hr 32m / Cert TBC / Info: Sat 07 Mar / Odeon Point Village 2 / 11:00 / Dog Friendly Screening Director: Anca Damian / 2019 Country: France, Romania, Belgium Writer: Anghel Damian Cast: Bruno Salomone, Lizzie Brocheré, Thierry Hancisse

Told through exquisite animation and the eyes of a lost puppy, the film follows the story of a dog who, following an accident, reflects on her life, owners, adventures and experiences. Marona’s story reveals a sense of affection and empathy that will appeal to animal lovers and animation fans everywhere. Anca Damian in attendance

Family, Shorts

Fantastic Flix Shorts 1

Fantastic Flix Shorts 2

Info: Sun 08 Mar / Light House 1 / 14:00 / 40 mins / Ages 6–9yrs Filmmakers in attendance

Info: Sun 08 Mar / Light House 1 / 16:00 / 85 mins / Ages 9–12yrs Filmmakers in attendance

Today We Are / Jillian Ostrander Soup / Franklin Okike, Aya Kashima The Girl at the End of the Garden / Bonnie Dempsey Elsa and The Night / Jons Mellgren Luz / John Banana

Robot Will Protect You / Nicola Piovesan Streets Of Fury / Aidan McAteer My Hero / Mac Montero Tuesday for a Mermaid / PJ Wood Comrade Anna / Hae-Sup Sin A White Dog Over the Fog / Jung Seung-hee The Girl at the End of the Garden / Bonnie Dempsey


Family, Animation

Trolls World Tour Festival Highlight — Info: Sun 08 Mar / Light House 1 / 11:00 / 1hr 30m / Cert TBC Director: David P. Smith, Walt Dohrn / 2020 Country: United States Writer: Glenn Berger, Jonathan Aibel Cast: Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Rachel Bloom, Ozzy Osbourne

Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake lead a big-name voice cast in the latest adventure featuring the popular DreamWorks Animation characters. A follow-up to the studio’s 2016 hit, Trolls World Tour sees the much-loved children’s characters hitting new musical heights. When Poppy (Kendrick) and Branch (Timberlake) make the remarkable discovery that they are just one of six different Troll tribes scattered throughout various lands, it sets them on a thrilling

musical adventure. The tribes, they learn, are devotees of many different types of music – including funk, country, techno, classical, pop and rock. Variety is the spice of life – but then the Trolls learn that hardrockers Queen Barb (Rachel Bloom) and her dad, King Thrash (Ozzy Osbourne) want to mute all other types of music and let rock reign supreme. They all join forces in a bid to prove to the rock queen that contrasting styles brings musical harmony.



Kifaru Info: Sat 07 Mar / Light House 3 / 16:00 / 1hr 21m / Cert TBC Director: David Hambridge / 2019 Country: Kenya, United States Nomination: Documentary Competition

The ongoing tragedy that is the extinction of wildlife gets a personal dimension in this bittersweet documentary. It follows two young Kenyan rangers tasked with looking after Sudan, the last male northern white rhino known to exist in the world. A tale of conservationism and extinction at its very brink.

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Fantastic Flix Events & Workshops

Animation Inspiration! – The beautiful silhouette animations of Lotte Reiniger — Info: Sat 22 Feb / The Ark / Ages 8–12yrs Workshop 1: 11am-12.30 Workshop 2: 2pm-3.30pm Tickets: €16/€14 Booking through The Ark

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Careers in Screen — Info: Wed 4 March / IFI / 10:00—13:00

Careers in Screen is presented by Irish Film Institute and Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival with the kind support of Screen Skills Ireland and BAI.

Before there were Disney blockbusters, there was Lotte Reiniger, bringing her artful paper cut characters crafted by hand to life on the big screen. Animator Maria Steinmetz will introduce you to the works of Lotte Reiniger, famous for silhouette animations of the 1930s–50s. Enjoy a showing of Lotte’s work followed by the chance to design and make your own silhouette animation. Discover how shadow and light can be manipulated with simple paper creations to make awesome effects on screen. Using simple cutting techniques and stop motion, watch as your ideas are transformed into a unique and magical silhouette animation.

For the third year in a row, the Festival and IFI will offer an inspiring and innovative day of events for young people interested in a career in the film & TV industry. Aimed at senior cycle students aged 15–17, the event will feature special guests drawn from diverse film and TV disciplines.


Fantastic Flix Events & Workshops

Introduction to Movie Making —

As part of Fantastic Flix at The Ark, learn to create an on-screen world through artful techniques, props, scriptwriting, clever camera work and editing with Createschool.

Presented in partnership with The Ark

Do you have a story idea you’d like to bring to life on screen? These introductory filmmaking workshops with Createschool will teach you some of the tips, tricks and tools you need to create your movie masterpiece. In an enjoyable and creative environment, discover how simple it can be for anyone to make their own films using mobile technology. Whether you want to share a story you’ve already imagined or create a new one from scratch, you’ll learn lots of new movie-making skills to help you on your way to cinematic greatness!

Info: Mid-Term Break workshops Tue 18 – Fri 21 Feb: 10am—2pm The Ark / Ages 9–12 Tickets: €25/€22 (20% off for members) Booking through The Ark

Screen 8 — Screen8 is sponsored by The Digital Hub.


Now in its second year, Screen 8 is a free after-school programme run by The Digital Hub and Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival. Screen 8 is designed to give young people an opportunity to unleash their creativity and develop film making skills and talents. To find out more about taking part in Screen 8, see

Fantastic Flix Events & Workshops

Fantastic Flix Children’s Jury — Presented in partnership with The Ark

A jury of 10–12 year olds will have the opportunity to watch, evaluate and review Fantastic Flix titles from around the world. They´ll confer and then award one film Best Fantastic Flix Film of 2020. This is a great opportunity for movie-mad children to see some great films, share their opinions and discover the craft of critiquing film.

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The Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival Volunteers Programme is an exciting means to become an integral part of Ireland’s premier cinematic event every February. It’s a great chance to meet like-minded people and make contacts in the world of arts, festivals and film making. Every year, the diverse range of characters we recruit both amazes and excites us. From all ages and nationalities, the volunteers generously contribute to staffing the various departments and venues for the run of the festival. Wherever needed, they are there with an enthusiasm, warmth and dedication that make us proud to know them. From everyone here on the festival team, thank you to all the wonderful people who volunteer their time, and help make the festival what it is. Your welcoming smiles and personalities are what the audience remember and take with them, long after the festival has ended. Helen Hutton Managing Director

Festival Club Café en Seine There’s no better place to take stock after screenings than the official Festival Club. Discuss the day’s films over a drink with friends, meet festival filmmakers and staff, or grab a bite to eat before your next movie. Festival ticket holders will receive a 10% discount on food and drinks in Cafe En Seine and all other Mercantile venues for the for the duration of the festival.

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