Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival – Preview

Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival – Preview

Wed, Feb 26, 2020 – Sun, Mar 8, 2020

With the Dublin Film Festival starting today, we thought we’d have a look at some of the more interesting looking films and events in the Festival!

There’s lots to see, including some great Irish films, so an exciting few weeks ahead.

Opening Film‘Vivarium’ – February 26th, Cineworld, 6PM

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

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

Rialto – March 6th, Light House Cinema, 8.15PM

At 46, Dubliner Colm (Tom Vaughan-Lawlor) has a comfortable life: a managerial job in the city’s docks, two healthy teenage children, and a kind, loyal wife in Claire (Monica Dolan). After the death of his father, Colm’s emotional life cracks open. Unable to confide in Claire, Colm finds himself drawn to Jay (Tom Glynn-Carney), a 19-year old who quickly becomes his only solace from the pressures he feels.

Calm With Horses – March 5th, Light House Cinema, 8.30PM

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.

Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait – 2 Mar 2020 – 18.00 – Cineworld

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 seventeen cameras at various locations in the stadium, the film observes his footballing genius and intensity up-close and intimately.


Violet Gibson – 4 Mar 2020 – Cineworld

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.

Surprise Film 2020 – 1 Mar 2020, 1 Mar 2020

2020 ????
2019 Dragged Across Concrete
2018 Unsane
2017 Get Out
2016 Whiskey, Tango, Foxtrot
2015 Good Kill
2014 Muppets Most Wanted
2013 Welcome to the Punch
2012 This must be the Place, El Casa de Mi Padre
2011 Cedar Rapids
2010 Greenberg

Saint Maud – 2 Mar 2020

Described by Collider as “riveting” and “a carnal crisis of faith” this award-winning 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.

Citizens of Boomtown – 3 Mar 2020

With guests including Bono, Sinead O’Connor, Dave Stewart, Diarmaid Ferriter, Joseph O’Connor, Jools Holland, David Fricke, Roy Foster and Sting, Citizens of Boomtown explores the musical and social legacy of Ireland’s first rock superstars who changed their own lives, helped to change Ireland and with Live Aid changed the world. In this entertaining, dramatic and absorbing film, director Billy McGrath digs deep into the band’s history, its remarkable songbook and highlights the key moments of its huge success and subsequent fall in 1985. Why did this ‘gang’ of friends from Dún Laoghaire get together? And then break- up? What happened to them all afterwards? And how come the band regrouped in 2013?

Categories: Festivals, Header, Movies

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