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#IFTNfestival: Irish Film at the 2019 Berlinale & EFM
08 Feb 2019 : Nathan Griffin
The 2019 Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale) is underway with a number of Irish productions set to feature at the festival based in the German capital, which runs until February 17th.

Screen Ireland will spearhead the Irish entourage that are attending the festival by hosting the Irish Film 2019 stand at the European Film Market (EFM).

A number of Irish Films are slated to sell at the European Film Market, which runs from February 7th-15th in conjunction with Berlinale.

Neasa Hardiman’s ‘Sea Fever’ (Fantastic Films) and Mike Ahern & Enda Loghman’s ‘Extra Ordinary’ (Blinder Films) are both being handled by Epic Pictures, while Mark O’Halloran’s ‘Rialto’ (Marcie Films) is being handled by The Bureau Sales.

XYZ Films are handling Lorcan Finnegan’s new psychological thriller ‘Vivarium’ (Fantastic Films), Cathy Brady’s ‘Wildfire’ (Samson Films) is being handled by Great Point Media,

Sean McCormack’s ‘Ooops! Back in the Deep End’ (Moetion Films) is being handled by Global Screen & Eyescream Entertainment, while John Butler’s highly anticipated third feature ‘Papi Chulo’ (Treasure Entertainment) is being handled by Bankside Films.

Canadian sales agent Seville International has recently been revealed as the representative for Aoife Crehan’s new comedy ‘The Last Right’, which is being produced by Paul Donovan of Deadpan Pictures, Pippa Cross of Crossday Productions and Casey Herbert of Bright Cold Day Films.

Seamus Murphy's ‘A Dog Called Money’ and Kim Longinotto's ‘Shooting the Mafia’ will screen in Official Selection at the Berlinale, alongside a host of other Screen Ireland titles also screening and listed below.

Click here for a complete list of Screen Ireland titles screening and selling at EFM.

A Dog Called Money


As imaginative as the creative process it documents, A Dog Called Money is a uniquely intimate journey through the inspiration, writing and recording of a PJ Harvey record. 

Director Seamus Murphy
Irish Production Company Blinder Films
Sales Agent Autlook Sales

Sat 09 Feb, 17:00, International (Premiere)
Sun 10 Feb, 14:30, Colosseum 1
Mon 11 Feb, 12:00, CineStar 7
Thurs 14 Feb, 14:00, International
Sat 16 Feb, 17:00, International
Sun 17 Feb, 20:00, CineStar 7

Shooting the Mafia


Shooting the Mafia unflinchingly explores the stark reality of life, and death, under the oppressive yoke of the Corleonesi Mafia.

Director Kim Longinotto
Irish Production Company Lunar Pictures
Sales Agent Submarine Entertainment 

Sat 09 Feb, 11:00, CineStar 8
Wed 13 Feb, 17:00, CineStar 7 (Premiere)
Thurs 14 Feb, 22:30, CineStar 7
Fri 15 Feb, 17:30, Cubix 7
Sat 16 Feb, 14:30, Colosseum 1

Metal Heart

Sisters Emma and Chantal are worlds apart. Emma is self-conscious, and unsure of which path to take in life. Chantal, meanwhile, is beautiful, confident, and knows exactly where her life is headed. When their parents go away for the summer, their simmering sibling rivalry threatens to boil over, especially when the mysterious boy next door moves back in.

Director Hugh O'Conor
Screenplay Paul Murray
Irish Production Company Treasure Entertainment
Sales Agent Bankside Films

Thurs 07 Feb, 17:00, Cinemaxx 14

She's Missing

Heidi and Jane are best friends living in a small town in the desert. Jane — a Rodeo Queen contestant and military wife — goes missing and Heidi, now alone in the world, must begin a search across the desert.

Director/Screenplay Alexandra McGuinness
Irish Production Company Ripple World Pictures, TW Films
Sales Agent Carnaby Sales & Distribution 

Fri 08 Feb, 13:35, Cinemaxx 15         Sun 10 Feb, 12:00, Cinemaxx 15         


Bringing us to a unique place beyond the reach of television and politics, Gaza presents a portrait of its citizens who attempt to lead meaningful lives beyond the rubble of perennial conflict. 

Director Garry Keane, Andrew McConnell
Irish Production Company Real Films
Sales Agent Filmoption International 

Thurs 07 Feb, 13:40, Cinemaxx 11     Sun 10 Feb, 12:40, Cinemaxx 12       


Offering unprecedented access to legendary Irish boxer Katie Taylor, Katie charts the astonishing journey of the woman who put female boxing on the map.

Director Ross Whitaker
Irish Production Company True Films
Sales Agent WestEnd Films 

Sat 09 Feb, 11:10, Cinestar 2               
Mon 11 Feb, 14:35, Gropius Bau Cinema


A fierce and unapologetic celebration of female friendship, Animals is an intimate, funny and bittersweet examination of the challenges of turning talent into action, and being a modern woman, with faults, longings and competing desires.

Director Sophie Hyde
Irish Production Company Vico Films
Sales Agent Cornerstone Films

Fri 08 Feb, 11:20, Zoo Palast 3

Dirty God

Dirty God is a powerful film about motherhood, courage and self-acceptance, which follows Jade, a young mother recovering from an acid attack that has left her with severe facial burns. 

Director Sacha Polak
Screenplay Sacha Polak, Susanne Farrell
Irish Production Company Savage Productions
Sales Agent Independent Films

Fri 08 Feb, 14:50, Cinemaxx 3          
Mon 11 Feb, 13:05, Cinestar 5         

Dark Lies the Island

Adapted from Kevin Barry's collection of short stories, Dark Lies the Island follows the characters in a long standing family feud in a small Irish town over the course of a week.

Director Ian Fitzgibbon
Screenplay Kevin Barry
Irish Production Company Grand Pictures
Sales Agent Independent Films

Sat 09 Feb, 16:30, Cinestar 2

Never Grow Old

When a ruthless gang of outlaws terrorise a sleepy frontier town, the local undertaker, Patrick, faces a profound moral dilemma and as the death toll rises and without law or religion to turn to, Patrick must find a way to defeat the outlaws as they turn their brutal attention to this family.

Director/Screenplay Ivan Kavanagh
Irish Production Company Ripple World Pictures
Sales Agent Metro International Entertainment 

Fri 08 Feb, 15:50, Zoo Palast Club A

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