Subtitle film festival a huge success in Kilkenny

Sean Keane

Reporter:

Sean Keane

Trish Duffe and Muireann Ryan pictured at the Angela Awards during the Subtitle Film Festival. Photo: Pat Moore.
SUBTITLE European Film Festival drew to a close on Sunday, winning rave reviews for the quality of the features shown and for bringing even more visitors to the city.

SUBTITLE European Film Festival drew to a close on Sunday, winning rave reviews for the quality of the features shown and for bringing even more visitors to the city.

Mayor of Kilkenny, Cllr Andrew McGuiness thanked founder of Subtitle, Richard Cook for bringing the festival to the city and for helping to prolong the tourist season.

“Subtitle has grown year on year and is now firmly established as a major event in the film world,” he said.

Mr Cook confirmed that ticket sales were up this year and that many of the films were sold out including one of the highlights, Untouchable shown in The Set on Sunday evening.

The festival ended on Sunday night with the third annual Angela Awards, celebrating excellence in European film. Actors honoured at the awards included Russian star Yuri Kolokolnikov (Game of Thrones, Transporter 4), Danish leading man, Kim Bodnia (The Bridge, Pusher), France’s Slimane Dazi (A Prophet), the Netherlands’ much-loved Carice van Houten (Game of Thrones, Black Book) and Germany’s Richard Sammell (Inglorious Basterds, Casino Royale).

The awards were hosted by actress and author Pauline McLynn (Fr. Ted, Eastenders) in the Set Theatre with musical support from the Camembert Quartet. A host of luminaries attended, including Lauren Cohan (The Walking Dead), Jim Sheridan (The Field, In the Name of the Father, My Left Foot), Aisling Franciosi (The Fall, Quirke), Barry Ward (Jimmy’s Hall), Sean McGinley (Love/Hate, The Wind That Shakes the Barley), Michael McElhatton (Game of Thrones) and Allan Hyde (True Blood).

The two European Actor Breakthrough Awards this year were sponsored by Spotlight, the UK’s leading casting resource. The acting breakthrough awards recognise young and exciting rising stars.

The Angela’s acknowledge the achievements of talent from across Europe and the presentations are made by well known actors, writers and directors from the Irish film industry. It’s a substantial and significant evening, but the tone is celebratory. Previous winners include: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Game of Thrones), Frans Bak (The Killing), Vlad Ivanov (Four Months, Three Weeks, Two Days), Mikael Persbrandt (The Hobbit), Nina Bjerch Andresen (Headhunters), Magnus Martens (Banshee), Jakub Gierszał (Dracula Untold), Avy Kaufman (Life of Pi, Lincoln), Danila Kozlovsky (Vampire Academy), Antonio De La Torre (Volver), Pilou Asbæk (Borgen), Askel Hennie (Headhunters), Agnieszka Grochowska (In Darkness),