IFTAs to Palme D’Or, Denis Lehane, Bealtaine Festival & More


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That's a Wrap on Cannes

We are delighted to see Jacques Audiard take home the Palme D’Or for Dheepan, with A Prophet and Rust & Bone as two outstanding films under his belt. Hungarian cinema is continuing to grow and shine with László Nemes taking home the Grand Prix for Son of Saul and the weird and wonderful looking The Lobster by director Yorgos Lanthimos, who has previously shown his films Dogtooth and Alps at DIFF. The Lobster is an Irish co-production by Element Pictures, presented by Bord Scannan na hEireann and starring Colin Farrell. Finally, The Second Game Romanian director Corneliu Porumboiu


Palme d'or


Grand Prix

SAUL FIA (Son of Saul) by László NEMES

Best Director Award

HOU Hsiao-Hsien for NIE YINNIANG (The Assassin)

Jury Prize


Best Actress Award

Rooney MARA in CAROL by Todd HAYNES


Best Actor Award

Vincent LINDON in LA LOI DU MARCHÉ (The Measure of a Man) by Stéphane BRIZÉ

Best Screenplay Award




Palme d'or




LA TIERRA Y LA SOMBRA by César Augusto ACEVEDO presented during La Semaine de la Critique


The Jury of the CST has awarded the VULCAN AWARD OF THE TECHNICAL ARTIST to:

Tamas ZANYI, sound engineer, for the outstanding contribution of sound to the narration of SAUL FIA (Son of Saul) by László NEMES.



HRÚTAR (Béliers / Rams) by Grímur Hákonarson


ZVIZDAN (Soleil de plomb / The High Sun) by Dalibor Matanić


Kiyoshi Kurosawa for KISHIBE NO TABI (Vers l’autre rive / Journey to the Shore)


COMOARA (Le Trésor / Treasure) by Corneliu Porumboiu


MASAAN by Neeraj Ghaywan

Ex aequo

NAHID by Ida Panahandeh


Dennis Lehane - the writer behind Mystic River and Gone Baby Gone - in conversation with Declan Hughes at The Irish Writer’s Centre

Irish Writers Centre, 19 Parnell Square, Dublin 1 - Thursday 28 May @ 7.30pm - Fee:  €18 / €15 IWC Members - Booking via Eventbrite

Dennis Lehane, novelist, screenwriter and writer-producer, has just released his latest novel World Gone By (Little, Brown) and will be giving a talk at the Irish Writer’s Centre to discuss this latest endeavour, writing for print and screen and will reveal all about the much discussed Love/Hate US adaptation.

Dennis Lehane grew up in Boston. His novels have been translated into more than 30 languages and have become international bestsellers and include Mystic River, Gone Baby Gone, Darkness Take My Hand and Moonlight Mile. His most recent work World Gone By, a psychologically and morally complex novel set in World War II was published March 2015. Three of his novels - Mystic River, Gone Baby Gone and Shutter Island - have been adapted into award-winning films.

Lehane was a staff writer on the acclaimed HBO series The Wire and is a writer-producer on the fourth season of HBO’s Boardwalk Empire. His film The Drop features James Gandolfini in his last movie role. It has recently been reported in the press that Dennis has been approached to adapt the Irish crime drama Love/Hate for a US cable television network.

Dennis will be interviewed by writer and playwright Declan Hughes. Click here for more.


IFTA Awards

If you weren’t tuned into the IFTA Awards highlights last night, here is the full list of awardees, with the Lifetime achievement award going (with a standing ovation) to the wonderful Jim Sheridan.

Best Film: Song of the Sea

Best Director Film: Lenny Abrahamson for Frank

Best Script Film: Terry McMahon for Patrick’s Day

Irish Film Board Rising Star: Sarah Greene

Best Lead Actor Film: Moe Dunford for Patrick’s Day

Best Lead Actress Film: Deirdre O’Kane for Noble

Best Supporting Actor Film: Domhnall Gleeson for Frank

Best Supporting Actress Film: Sarah Greene

George Morrison Feature Documentary: In A House That Ceased To Be

Best Animation Short: Somewhere Down The Line

Best Short Film: Rockmount

Best Drama in association with BAI: Love/Hate 5

Best Director Drama: Ciaran Donnelly for Vikings

Best Script Drama: Stuart Carolan for Love/Hate

Best Lead Actor Drama: Aidan Gillen for Charlie

Best Lead Actress Drama: Charlie Murphy for Love/Hate

Best Supporting Actor Drama: Stephen Rea for The Honourable Woman

Best Supporting Actress Drama: Aisling Franciosi for The Fall

Best Director of Photography: James Mather for Frank

Best Costume Design: Lorna Marie Mugan for Peaky Blinders

Best Editing: Emer Reynolds for One Million Dubliners

Best M.A.C. Make-Up and Hair: Vikings

Best Original Score: Stephen McKeon for Queen and Country

Best Production Design: John Paul Kelly for The Theory of Everything

Best Sound: Patrick’s Day

Best International Film: Boyhood

Best International Actor: Eddie Redmayne for The Theory of Everything

Best International Actress: Julianne Moore for Still Alice


To Watch:

We really like this video of Frances McDormand, Salma Hayek and Isabella Rossellini talking about their experience of being working women in film:


The Hollywood Reporter Chief Film Critic, Todd McCarthy, gives the breakdown of his Cannes experience in this short and punchy video clip: First, Last, Best and Worst.



To See - Albert Maysles

The late great Albert Maysles sadly passed on the 5th March this year. We paid tribute to the director at DIFF this year with his film Iris about the fashion icon Iris Apfel. We recently came across this older blog from The Selby which shows the documentary maker in his creative home with his wife Gillian Walker, which looks like a small oasis of creativity in the middle of Harlem: click here for more.


To Do:

Bealtaine Festival

There’s still time to catch some events at Bealtaine Festival, organised by our friends at Age & Opportunity. Read the full programme here or go to

Click here to view the Bealtaine Programme.

"Welcome to Age & Opportunity’s 20th Bealtaine festival, celebrating creativity as we age. All over the country, Bealtaine events are running in arts centres, theatres, libraries, galleries, community centres, local halls, care settings, in the main cultural institutions and even out in the open air during May. The focus this year is on looking at ourselves and our country from the inside and outside."


'From Book To Screen' -  Festival of Writing and Ideas

Our Festival Director Grainne Humphreys will be interviewing legendary directors Ian McEwan (Atonement), Michael Cunningham (The Hours), and Neil Jordan (Michael Collins) at a panel in Borris, Carlow as part of the Festival of Writing and ideas on June 6th. So whether you are local, or are looking for a cultural weekend break, be sure to check out the for more information on their programme running from 5th-7th June.


DIFF Programme in Cinemas

Now in:

- A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

- A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence

- Cinderella

- Clouds of Sils Maria

- Force Majeure

- Glassland

- Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck

- Phoenix

- The Canal

- The New Girlfriend

- The Tribe

- While We’re Young


Coming Soon:

- Miss Julie

- The Town that Dreaded Sundown

- The Deadlands


* See full details below!


Now in Cinemas

- A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

If you see only one Iranian vampire western this year, make it Ana Lily Amirpour’s stunningly stylish and original debut.

- A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence

The peerless Roy Andersson completes his trilogy of deadpan tragicomedies with this extraordinary film, winner of the Golden Lion at Venice.

- Cinderella

Disney’s spectacular live action version of the classic fairy tale is directed by Kenneth Branagh and stars Lily James and Cate Blanchett.

- Clouds of Sils Maria

An actress is drawn into mind games with an arrogant young rival in this powerful drama starring Juliette Binoche and Chloë Grace Moretz.

- Force Majeure

A husband’s act of cowardice begins to poison his relationships with his family in this dark psycho-comedy-drama from Ruben Östlund (Play).

- Glassland

Toni Collette and Jack Reynor star in this award-winning drama about a young man sucked into the Dublin gang world.

- Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck

Toni Collette and Jack Reynor star in this award-winning drama about a young man sucked into the Dublin gang world.

- Phoenix

A young man at a deaf school is drawn into a brutal world of crime in this award-winning and astonishingly original thriller.

- The Canal

When his wife is found dead in the canal, a film archivist finds himself the prime suspect in this nerve-shredding supernatural thriller.

- The New Girlfriend

A young husband’s grief over the death of his wife takes unexpected forms in François Ozon’s deliciously subversive

- The Tribe

A young man at a deaf school is drawn into a brutal world of crime in this award-winning and astonishingly original thriller.

- While We’re Young

Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts play fortysomethings trying to stay down with the kids in this sparkling comedy from the director of Frances Ha.


Coming Soon

- Miss Julie

Jessica Chastain, Colin Farrell and Samantha Morton star in this stunning adaptation of Strindberg’s play, directed by Liv Ullmann.

- The Town that Dreaded Sundown

The ‘Phantom Killer’ stalks the small Texan town where he once wreaked havoc years before in this fiendishly clever remake of the 1976 cult horror classic.

- A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

If you see only one Iranian vampire western this festival, make it Ana Lily Amirpour’s stunningly stylish and original debut.

- The Dead Lands

When his village is destroyed, a young boy goes looking for revenge in this dazzling action-

adventure set in pre-colonial New Zealand.