The eagerly anticipated Subtitle Film Festival’s finally here.
The new fest, from the stables of the Cat Laughs and Kilkenomics, provides a unique opportunity to catch some of the most popular European films that can’t usually be found locally.
But this week you’ll get a great taster of what’s out there as Subtitle uses a number of local venues and visiting Cinemobile to showcase the works.
There’s a chance to meet filmmakers and stars of the screenings and see cinema in a whole new way with the focus on flicks from the Scandinavian, Benelux, central and eastern European countries – countries that produce no more than 50 films a year.
Though officially set from Thursday to Sunday, there’s a bit of a lead-in with a number of events already under way.
It began on Monday in the Set Theatre and Cleere’s, more yesterday at the same venues while today (Wednesday) you’ve six to choose from starting at 3pm. The rest will unfurl in the coming days and nights at both venues, the Watergate Theater and the cinemobile.
From Thursday lots of guest actors and filmmakers will fly in from across Europe, among them Swedish actress and Bergman and Millennium Trilogy star Lena Endre; Swedish actor Mikael Persbrandt; Danes Simon Staho and Game of Thrones and Headhunters star Nicolaj Coster-Waldau; CristianMungiu favourite, Romanian actor VladIvanov; Flemish writer Bart De Pauw; rising stars Jakub Gierszal from Poland and George Pistereanu from Romania; Finland’s biggest leading man Jasper Pääkkönen; Dutch star Robert de Hoog; Norway’s answer to the Coen Brothers, Magnus Martens; Danish composer of The Killing, FransBak; and Dutch director Antoinette Beumer.
There’ll be a series of free Meet the Makers events on Saturday and Sunday and the new European Film Awards Ceremony, the inaugural Angela Awards, on Sunday at the Set Theatre to which well-known Irish and European names will attend for a celebration of European cinema and its talents.
Enjoy the originals of Hollywood remakes, Icelandic new wave, Staho’s stories and more.
There are great value tickets starting at €5, multiticket bundles and concessions to be had. Many local hotels and restaurants in Kilkenny will provide deals and discounts for Subtitle customers.
For more see subtitlesfest.com.