Dublin International Film Festival celebrates women as filmmakers

STUNNING new Irish films by multi award-winning Charlie Kaufman are featuring alongside women as filmmakers in the Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival 2020, ongoing until Sunday, 8th March at a variety of locations around Dublin City, Ireland.

Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival Director Grainne Humphries at the opening night gala in Dublin, Ireland

The Belfast, Northern Ireland born Mark Cousins turns the spotlight on the integral role of women in the development of film art in the 14-hour documentary, ‘Women Make Film: A New Road Movie Through Cinema’ until this Sunday, 1st March.

‘Vivarium’ star Imogen Poots at the Dublin Film Festival opening night gala in Dublin, Ireland

The epic programme in five parts, featuring Tilda Swinton, Sharmila Tagore, Jane Fonda, Adjoa Andoh, Thandie Newton, Carry Fox and Debra Winger sheds fresh light on the often-overlooked role played by women in the film industry across the world over the last 110 years.

Irish TV Presenter Lisa Cannon talked Virgin Media viewers through the Dublin Film Festival opening night gala and what to expect in the coming days and nights

The festival schedule includes ‘Rose Plays Julie’, an intense story of revenge in a tale about a young woman searching for her biological mother while undertaking a journey leading to revelations that are as much devastating as dangerous. ‘Sea Fever’ will also feature, a female-led Irish thriller by BAFTA winning writer/director Neasa Hardiman; the film sees a marine biology student aboard a trawler, isolated from her superstitious crew as they struggle through a deadly parasite in their water supply.

‘Vivarium’ co-star Senan Jennings at the Dublin International Film Festival opening night gala in Dublin, Ireland

“It is a joy for us to have Charlie Kaufman as a guest at the festival,” said Festival Director Grainne Humphreys. “The festival has long championed screenwriters and screenwriting, and we are truly honoured to welcome one of the most original and vital voices in modern cinema.”

‘Vivarium’ producer Brendan McCarthy and his daughter Liadh at the Dublin Film Festival opening night gala

The annual film festival supported by the Arts Council of Ireland aims to champion the best in Irish cinema across all genres. The closing gala feature film will be ‘Herself’, a drama led by women directed by Phyllida Lloyd about a mother who aims to rebuild her life for her two young daughters following separation from a possessive former partner: the film features Clare Dunne, Harriet Walter, Conleth Hill and Ian-Lloyd Anderson and will be released next year by Element Distribution and Picturehouse Entertainment to Irish and UK cinemas.

‘Vivarium’ director Lorcan Finnegan was at the Dublin Film Festival opening night gala

In a statement by Paul Farrell, Vice President of Commercial at Virgin Media, “The Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival provides a feast of Irish and world cinema, showcasing in particular the immense talent and creativity of the Irish film production sector which we are delighted to support and promote as Ireland’s leading connected entertainment provider.”

The Festival is currently screening more than 110 feature films, documentaries, short films and archive programmes as well as special artist tributes, conversations, panels, workshops and music events.

Join the conversation online at www.diff.ie, @DublinFilmFest on Twitter and on Instagram @dublinfilmfestival. The festival can be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/dublinfilmfestival.


Kim Mullahey

Kim Mullahey

Kim Mullahey is Pynck.com’s Ireland Correspondent. She holds an honours undergraduate degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Chicago and has taught Adult Education Creative Writing Studies. Through a media career spanning nearly 25 years Kim has written and photographed regional news, national and international horse sports, fashion and lifestyle. Kim lives with her husband and son in Kildare Ireland, and a stray marmalade cat who has adopted the family.

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