This must be the place


Winner of Fisín 2012 to be announced –
at the screening of our closing film

The Phoenix Cinema, Sunday 18th March 7pm, €12 with reception

Director: Paolo Sorrentino Producer/s: Andrew Lowe, Ed Guiney, Nicola Giuliano, Andrea Occhipinti, Francesca Cima, Carlotta Calori, Stefano Massenzi
Starring: Sean Penn, Frances McDormand, Judd Hirsch, Eve Hewson, Kerry Condon, Harry Dean Stanton, David Byrne Print Source: Element Pictures Distribution

Cheyenne is a fifty-year-old Jewish rock star – goth music, red lipstick, white makeup – who has quit the scene. He lives a very cushy life in Dublin, plagued by boredom which he tends to see as slight depression. He leads the life of a man who has retired early. The death of his father, with whom he had not been on speaking terms for some time, takes him back to New York.
Here he reads some diaries, which enable him to bring into focus the last thirty years of his father’s life. Years spent obsessively searching for a Nazi criminal who had taken refuge in the United States. With implacable slowness and no talent for investigating, Cheyenne decides, quite illogically, to continue his father’s research and to set off across the United States to track down a ninety-year-old German who has probably already died of old age.

Beguiling performances abound and the director’s taste for extremely beautiful composition is very much to the fore …
Nick James, Daily Telegraph


Good Cake Bad Cake

The Story of Lir

ST. James’ Church – 5.30pm €10

The film will be introduced by its director Shimmy Marcus and producer Edwina Forkin
Director: Shimmy Marcus Producers: Shimmy Marcus and Edwina Forkin Music: Lir Print Source: Zanzibar Productions

A biopic about a bunch of teenagers from Dublin who dreamed of conquering the musical world, only to see their hopes destroyed by bad luck, disasters, and tragedies. LIR, once feted by the music industry as ‘the next U ‘, dreamed of escaping their bleak 80’s existence, but their downfall is only matched in grandeur by the scale of their ambition. This documentary explores through their love of music, gigs and recording, near fatal accidents and breakdowns, their goal for a chance to become rock stars, and it examines how this lifestyle and journey impacted on the individual members.

20 years on LIR continue to play the occasional gig. They are fundraiser’s to defend themselves in an ongoing court case against their ex-manager which to date has cost them thousands.

A story of a band, not unlike thousands of others, who followed their dreams, and made countless sacrifices to try and fulfill them. It is in turn hilarious, and heartbreaking. It portrays the side of the business no-one ever sees. Unlike the great music documentaries about mega star bands, this is the other side of the coin, the story that will inevitably befall most bands.


Winner of Fisín 2012 to be announced
The winner of the competition will be presented with a cash prize of €5,000 and €1,000 worth of lighting equipment hire sponsored by Cian de Buitléar’s company Teach Solais, before our closing feature.

Five filmmakers have been pitching their proposals to a panel during the festival. Thank you to our panel: writer Louise Ní Fhiannachta, writer Marina Ní Dhubháin and director Cathal Watters.

The opportunity has been put together by the festival to encourage writing of film scripts in the Irish language. The idea was conceived by Tor Cotton, a sponsor of the festival.

The winning film will be screened in 01 . Each finalist will also receive a personalised commemorative leather notebook designed by Conor Holden and full access to the festival.

Road to the Oscars with Q&A

sFollowing the screening, Andrew Meehan,Development Executive, Irish Film Board will chat with the filmmakers including Steph Green (New Boy) about their experience of their journey to the Oscars and how it has benefited them. There will also be an opportunity for questions from the audience.

Give Up Yer Aul Sins

Director: Mike Ahern & Enda Loughman
Animator: Alan Shannon
Director: Cathal Gaffney
Producer: Darragh O’Connell

sMore than 40 years ago, young Dublin children were recorded on a battered tape recorder as they gave their interpretation of stories from the bible. The story of John the Baptist, is told by a little girl with great passion and an obvious delight in the telling of it …

oscar nominated 2002

Fifty Percent Grey

Director: Ruairi Robinson
Producer: Seamus Byrne

sSgt. Cray wakes up alone, with only his gun, a wide-screen tv, and a lot of spare time, his options become increasingly limited… Sgt. Cray has all the time in the world to do very little… Eternal peace and tranquility isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Life can play cruel tricks on people. So can Death. In the end, it all averages out in shades of grey. In death, there is no black and white.

oscar nominated 2002

The Door

Writer/Director: Juanita Wilson
Producer: Louise Curran, James Flynn

sThe Door is based on the true story of a father and his young daughter set in Russia 1986.

oscar nominated 2010

Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty

Director: Nicky Phelan
Writer: Kathleen O’Rourke
Producer: Darragh O’Connell

sGranny O’Grimm, a seemingly sweet old lady, loses the plot as she tells her version of Sleeping Beauty to her terrified granddaughter.

oscar nominated 2010

The Crush

Writer/Director: Michael Creagh
Producer: Damon Quinn

sLove is never child’s play. Ardal Travis is in love. There’s just one problem. He’s an eight year old schoolboy and the object of his affection is his teacher, the gorgeous Miss Purdy. When she becomes engaged to her unworthy, crass boyfriend, Ardal is forced into taking drastic action.

oscar nominated 2011

New Boy

Writer/Director: Steph Green
Producer: Tamara Anghie
Based on the short story by Roddy Doyle

sBased on a short story by Roddy Doyle this poignant and comedic short film deftly captures the experience of being the new boy in school through the eyes of Joseph, a nineyear old African boy.

oscar nominated 2009


Writer/Director: Peter McDonald
Producer: Eimear O’ Kane

sWhen Damian is forced to serve as an altar boy at an important mass in his local parish he faces a difficult choice: conform to the status quo or serve an extended ban from his passion in life… football.

oscar nominated 2012



86mins/2011/DCP/Costa Rica-France-uSa-Nicaragua-uK/Colour
Director/Producer: Dominic Allan Cinematography: Dewald Aukema Editor: Paul Carlin Main Cast: Jean Marc Calvet

The Phoenix Cinema – 4.30pm €10

Never believe you’ve played your last hand …
French painter Jean Marc Calvet recounts his incredible life story as a street kid turned Cannes bodyguard who abandoned his family, robbed a Miami mobster, hid out in Central America and at the age of 8 overcame addictions through an extraordinary metamorphosis in which he began to paint. That was seven years ago. Now his intricate paintings sell for five figures, but he remains desperate to reconcile with his son he left behind.

Followed by Q&A
Dominic Allan will be interviewed by Alison Poltock, Director, East End Film Festival
Trained in production and post-production of feature films, television and advertising in UK, Dominic rose in the 1990s to become an award-winning documentary director and producer, making films all over the world such as: Mandela The Living Legend (BBC1, International Emmy Nominee), The Pipeline (BBC Storyville, Cine Golden Eagle Winner at Washington), Israel Undercover (BBC , Foreign Press Association ‘TV Story of the Year’ and ‘Journalist of the Year’). His independent feature documentary CALVET premiered this year at Edinburgh International Film Festival and Sheffield Doc/Fest (Special Jury Award Nominee). Dominic now lives and works out of Barcelona.


Listowel on Film …

Both films will be introduced by directors Rory Kirby and Steven Byrne

ST. James’ Church – 4pm €10

Making Magic Happen
27mins/2012/Ireland/Colour Director/Producer: Steven Byrne

Since its inauguration in 1971, Listowel Writers’ Week has remained true to the vision of its founders, welcoming poets and writers, musicians and thinkers from around the world for readings, conversation and craic. This offbeat documentary uncovers the story behind the festivals quiet self-confidence and captures the atmosphere and excitement of the fortieth anniversary Writer’s Week in June 011.
Featuring Neil Jordan, Joseph O’Connor, Rita Ann Higgins, Kevin Barry, Richard Dawkins, Colm Toíbín and Julie Feeney and with archive recordings of John B. Keane and Bryan MacMahon.

Joe Lios Tuathail
Ar tharrchóir agus ar ardán (On his tractor and on stage.)

26mins/2012/Colour/Ireland/Digibeta Director: Rory Kirby
Commissioned by TG4

This documentary delves into the extraordinary life of Joe Murphy, North Kerry farmer and Artistic Director of the thriving St. John’s Theatre in Listowel. He is the driving force behind bringing around 200 shows and exhibitions annually to this rural town, all the while fattening his livestock for their annual trip to the cattle market. We all live one life, Joe Murphy lives two.


Where do we go now?

The Phoenix Cinema – 2pm €10

Winner the Audience Award at the Toronto International Film Festival
Director: Nadine Labaki Producer: Anne-Dominique Toussaint Script: Nadine Labaki, Jihad Hojeily, Rodney Al Haddad Editor: Véronique Lange Print Source: Revolver Films

Set against the backdrop of a war-torn country, Where Do We Go Now? tells the heart-warming tale of a group of womens’ determination to protect their isolated, mine-encircled, community from the pervasive and divisive outside forces that threaten to destroy it from within.

United by a common cause, the women’s unwavering friendship transcends, against all the odds, the religious fault lines which crisscross their society and they hatch some extraordinarily inventive, and oftentimes comical, plans in order to distract the villages men folk and defuse any sign of inter-religious tension.

A series of chaotic incidents tests the women’s’ ingenuity as they manage, with sass, to successfully stave off the fall-out from the distant war. But when events take a tragic turn, just how far will the women go in order to prevent bloodshed and turmoil?


Tales of the Night


The Phoenix Cinema – 12 noon Free

Presented in association with Dingle Business Chamber
Curtha i láthair ag Cumann Gnó an Daingin
Booking essential – Contact Gráinne Kavanagh
Limited to 5 persons per booking.
Festival pass holders will also have to book.

Director: Michael Ocelot Producer/s: Christophe Rossignon, Philippe Boëffard Script: Michel Ocelot, Rodolphe Chabrier, Mathilde Germi, Éric Serre, Léo Silly Pelissier and Alice Bouchier Music: Christian Maire Print Source: Soda Pictures

From celebrated French animator, Michel Ocelot comes his new feature Tales of the Night. Ocelot fans will already be familiar with his sparkling stories and jewel-like imagery from features such as Kirikou and The Princes’ Quest; Tales of the Night is his first D feature (presented here in D) and the screen bursts into life with every story.

Set in a little cinema, two children and a projectionist meet every night to act out various tales set in forests and cities of gold and populated with sorcerers, fairies and powerful kings. An instant classic and a visual delight for any child and parent.

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