The nominations for the 90th Academy Awards are in. Proud to see Cartoon Saloon there for the 3rd time with The Breadwinner now in contention to take home a coveted prize on 4 March 2018, perhaps its luck of the Irish – 3rd time lucky! We had the pleasure of attending the film’s European Premiere last October at The BFI London FF. Dingle IFF has always had a long tradition of screening the most acclaimed movies of the year, many of which feature multiple Oscar-nominated filmmakers.

The_Breadwinner_(film)_posterThe Breadwinner (2017) is an animated drama directed by Irish woman Nora Twomey (The Secret of Kells) and produced by Hollywood phenomenon Angelina Jolie. Based in Afghanistan under the Taliban regime, Parvana (an eleven-year-old girl) dresses like a boy to support her family after her father’s unjust arrest.

As the war progresses, Afghan’s rich culture and history is preserved through Parvana’s storytelling. Despite her harsh reality, she refuses to give up hope. She embraces the new world of freedom and danger, determined to reunite her family.

The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2017. It is scheduled to be released in Ireland on 25 May 2018. It was nominated for Best Animated Feature Film at this year’s Golden Globe Awards and successfully claimed the Critic’s Choice Movie Awards for the same category.

Today Nora Twomey said “I am absolutely thrilled that the TheAcademy has nominated THE BREADWINNER for Best Animated Feature. At a time when women’s voices are coming to the forefront, the story of a young girl using her voice for what she believes in is more relevant than ever.”

The Dingle International Film Festival would also like to congratulate:

Saoirse Ronan on her 3rd Academy Award nomination for her performance in Lady Bird. Ronan previously opened Dingle IFF in 2009.

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, directed by Martin McDonagh, which received three Academy Award nominations for: Best Original Score, Best Picture and Original Screenplay.

Daniel Day Lewis for his nomination for Actor in a Leading Role for his performance in Phantom Thread.

Dublin-born Consolata Boyle nominated for her Costume Design  (Victoria and Abdul).

Star Wars: The Last Jedi on their nomination for: Best Original Score, Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing. Star Wars filmed on the Dingle Peninsula’s scenic coastline, home to the Dingle IFF.

We wish every success to this year’s contenders.

The Dingle International Film Festival will run 22- 25 March 2018. Housed within a Gaeltacht area, Dingle IFF is proud to promote the Irish language and is the only festival offering an award for Irish Script writing with its Físín event. Dingle is home to many filmmakers, one of Ireland’s only independent cinemas, is a known film location (Star Wars, Ryan’s Daughter, Far and Away) and a major tourist destination making it the perfect home for our festival.

For information on how to book tickets and festival passes, as well as other films showing at Dingle IFF 2018, visit https://www.dinglefilmfestival.com

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