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My Old School closes 20th VMDIFF; Vicky picks up Best Irish Documentary at Dublin Film Critics Circle Awards
07 Mar 2022 : News Desk
Vicky wins Best Irish Documentary at DFCC Awards
The curtain came down on the 20th Anniversary Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival on Saturday night with the Irish Premiere of My Old School, director Jono McLeod’s look at the 1990’s Brandon Lee story, one of the strangest and most notorious imposter cases of modern times.

The Festival welcomed McLeod and fellow Scot, actor Alan Cumming to Dublin to close out a truly wonderful 12 day celebration of Irish and world cinema.

Also announced on the Closing Night were the hotly anticipated Dublin Film Critics Circle (DFCC) Awards, crowning Vortex as Best Film, with the Best Irish Film award going to An Cailín Ciúin. The Best Documentary title went to Maisie with Vicky taking Best Irish Documentary.

"It is always a pleasure and a privilege to be part of the critics' jury at the Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival,” said DFCC Chair Tara Brady, when speaking about the Awards. “This year, the Dublin Film Critics' Circle were especially gladdened by several exceptional Irish films, and, in particular, two wonderful Irish language movies, Róise & Frank and An Cailín Ciúin. We are proud to be in a position to pay tribute to such talents as Kelly Campbell and Tristan Heanue.”

“We felt honoured to watch an irresistible performance from Udo Kier, and to welcome new work from such masters of the medium as Terence Davies, Sean Baker, and Gaspar Noe,” continued Brady. “It was equally thrilling to encounter tremendous films from emerging talents, including Hive, Happening, Cannon Arm and the Arcade Quest, Maisie, Playground, Vicky, and Small Body.”

“Since we last held the awards ceremony in early 2020. cinema has been overshadowed by an existential threat. It's great to be back watching Gráinne Humphreys' creatively curated programme,” Brady concluded.

Further DFCC accolades were awarded to: Laura Samani, (Small Body) for Best Director; Anamaria Vartolomei, (Happening) for Best Actress; Udo Kier, (Swan Song) for Best Actor; Terence Davies, Benediction for Best Screenplay; Frédéric Noirhomme, (Playground) for Best Cinematography; Róise & Frank for Best Ensemble. Sean Baker, (Red Rocket) for Best Editor, and writer/director Blerta Basholli, (Hive) for Best Debut Feature. The Best Documentary title went to Maisie with Vicky taking Best Irish Documentary. The Special Jury Prize went to Cannon Arm and the Arcade Quest.

The DFCC this year announced writer/director Tristan Heanue (Harvest) as recipient of the George Byrne Maverick Award and director Kelly Campbell (An Encounter) as recipient of the Michael Dwyer Discovery Award. 

“There have been an extra special intensity to the audience responses to the screenings in this year’s festival.  From the tears flowing after our Opening Night film An Cailín Ciúin to the laughter of our comedy strand (Róise and Frank, The Good Boss amongst others) to the emotional drain of Gasper Noe's Vortex to the nerve shredding horrors You Are Not My Mother and The Feast.. it has been a roller coaster!” said VMDIFF festival director Gráinne Humphreys, when speaking about this year’s festival. “I must pay credit to the tireless festival team who have worked so hard to bring this year’s film show to life - to the filmmakers whose work we celebrate and the audiences who joined us, we are tired but very happy”

Click here for the full awards details and recipients.

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