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Festival Highlights for Upcoming Dublin Feminist Film Festival
19 Aug 2019 : News Desk
DFFF 2019 takes place from Thursday 22nd – Saturday 24th August in the Light House Cinema.

Now six years in the running, DFFF has established firm roots in Dublin’s cultural calendar, shining a spotlight on dynamic, fresh and exciting female directors who are trail blazing the way for women in film, both at home and abroad. This year's festival line-up includes films, documentaries and animation shorts by Irish women who bring intelligent, witty and provocative themes to the fore. 

DFFF 2019 is happy to present a season of Irish Female Filmmakers. This year, the festival is dedicated to highlighting the incredible work done by women in film across genres and filmmaking formats. Additionally, the festival has promoted the work of many international filmmakers, having brought films directed by women from Argentina, Indonesia, Afghanistan, Nigeria, Canada and Turkey to the screen.

Festival Programme 



Eamon (18:00)  

In this dark comedy, a family holiday brings to a head the destructive love triangle between Eamon (Robert Donnelly), a little boy with behavioural problems, his distracted mother, Grace (Amy Kirwan), and his sexually frustrated father (Darren Healy). Written and directed by Cork native Margaret Corkery, the film's creative approach to the absurdity of family dynamics won international acclaim for the film upon its release. Eamon was awarded the Independent Camera Award at the 44th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival and the Jury Prize for Direction at the US Cinequest festival.


DFFF Shorts Programme (19:45)

DFFF presents a selection of short films directed by women from around the world. In-keeping with this year's theme, several Irish shorts have been included, alongside maintaining the festival’s historical focus on international filmmaking. To be followed by a discussion with some of the Irish filmmakers and an awards ceremony.


Disco Pigs (21:15)

Kirsten Sheridan’s debut feature, Disco Pigs, was described by Screen Daily as marking “the emergence of a real film-maker of both passion and skill.” Pig (Cillian Murphy) and Runt (Elaine Cassidy) want to live in an insular world where they make their own rules and have their own language. But, days before their shared 17th birthday, the balance of their world begins to shift and threaten their private universe. Featuring excellent performances from Murphy and Cassidy as the inseparable pair, Sheridan’s direction confidently captures the evolution of a deep but increasingly destructive relationship. 



Dance Double Bill and Filmmakers Discussion (18:00)

Based on a poem by Doireann Ní Ghríofa, Five Letters To The Stranger Who Will Dissect My Brain (dir. Oonagh Kearney, 2018) is an experimental dance narrative film. Tracing the impact of an encounter with a cadaver on Viv (Venetia Bowe), a first year medical student, this innovative short uses movement and choreography to explore the power of the human body in life and in death. Winner of ‘Best Irish Short Film’ at the 2019 Dublin International Film Festival, “Five Letters” is director Oonagh Kearney’s latest “screendance” film, following on from Wonder House (2012) and The Wake (2016), both of which also brought the beauty of dance to the screen.


Kissing Candice (22:45)

Blending surreal ambiguity with biting social realism, Kissing Candice follows its titular protagonist, an epileptic teen who struggles with feelings of loneliness and isolation. When a handsome stranger aids her during one of her seizures, Candice’s world becomes an intriguing but sometimes unsettling blend of fantasy and escapism - often in ways that challenge viewers. As her visions grow more lifelike, she becomes entangled with a dangerous criminal gang.



Revolutions (16:00)

Energising, unflinching and poignant, Revolutions is Laura McGann’s trenchant portrait of Ireland’s efforts to enter the first ever Roller Derby World Cup and the ensuing personal fallout. Set against the backdrop of recession and post-recession Ireland and filmed over five years, Revolutions follows hungry players from Dublin and Cork as they attempt to fashion an international team despite their differences and own personal travails. 


DFFF: Women in Animation: Shorts Selection plus Filmmakers Panel Discussion


The Bird and the Whale (dir. Carol Freeman, 2018)

An Cailleach Bhéara (dir. Naomi Wilson, 2007)

From Darkness (dir. Nora Twomey, 2002)

Departure (dir. Aoife Doyle, 2018)

Late Afternoon (dir. Louise Bagnall, 2017)

The animated shorts programme has been chosen to celebrate the range of women and animation styles contributing to the international reputation of Irish animation. These include Carol Freeman’s The Bird and the Whale (2018), created using oil-paint on glass, and Naomi Wilson’s An Cailleach Bhéara (2007), a mythical stop-motion animation based on a folktale from Cork’s Beara peninsula. A folktale, this time an Inuit one, is also the basis of Nora Twomey’s From Darkness (2002), an early short from the Academy Award nominated director of The Secret of Kells and The Breadwinner. The selection concludes with two animations focused on elderly women: Aoífe Doyle’s Departure (2018), made by Pink Kong studios – one of Ireland’s few female-run animation studios – and Louise Bagnall’s Late Afternoon (2017). Bagnall’s award-winning short was nominated for an Oscar in 2019 and features acting legend Fionnula Flanagan in the main voice role. Viewed together, these diverse shorts reflect a selection of the talents of women working in Irish animation today!


Tickets available now from €8 at the Lighthouse Cinema

For more information on the festival, visit the Dublin Feminist Film Festival website

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