The stars of Europe’s big screen come to Kilkenny

SUBTITLE is Ireland’s newest film festival and a unique opportunity to catch some of the most popular European films and a chance to meet their makers and stars.

SUBTITLE is Ireland’s newest film festival and a unique opportunity to catch some of the most popular European films and a chance to meet their makers and stars.

If you’re looking for provocative, funny, accessible and smart European films, then SUBTITLE is for you. Focusing on films from the Scandinavian, Benelux, Central and Eastern European countries – countries who produce a max of 50 films a year - this festival brings together a feast of films that will make you see cinema in a whole new way.

There’s a world of filmmakers across Europe creating films that have delighted audiences across the world with their comedy, tragedy, intelligence and beauty and the festival is bringing some of the best of these films to Kilkenny in November including Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Let the Right One In, The Killing, The Bridge and Borgen.

SUBTITLE has pulled together some of the very best films from the last ten years from Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Iceland, Belgium, the Netherlands, Austria, Romania, Poland, Bosnia Herzegovina, Ukraine, Czech Republic and beyond and are bringing them all to Kilkenny.

A brainchild of the Cat Laughs Comedy Festival and Kilkenomics teams, it’s the first festival of its kind in Ireland and it’s being hosted in the best place in Ireland for any festival, the medieval city of Kilkenny.

Wonderfully funny comedies include the Finnish Lapland Odyssey, Danish Truth about Men and Romanian California Dreamin’, while things get inky black and dangerously funny in Norway’s Jackpot and Belgium’s Aaltra. There is no shortage of powerful drama with Romania’s Four Months, Three Weeks and Two Days (the actor Vlad Ivanov who gives an astonishing performance in this film, will attend the festival), the Dutch Skin, the Finnish Naked Harbour and the Polish Suicide Room. If you like your thrillers super smart and dangerous book early for Belgian Loft (so good they remade it twice – once by the Dutch, and currently by Hollywood) and The Alzheimer Case, Icelandic Black’s Game and Danish Deliver Us from Evil. Horror fans can enjoy Sweden’s Let the Right One In and Norway’s Troll Hunters, among others.

Festival highlights include: Remake: A series of films celebrating the original European movies Hollywood can’t resist remaking. Among them: Danish Brødre by Susanne Bier (remade as Brothers), Norwegian Headhunters by Morten Tyldum (being remade with Mark Wahlberg), Iceland’s Reykjavik Rotterdam (remade as Contraband) and Either Way (just remade as Prince Avalanche, with Emile Hersch and Paul Rudd) and Iceland’s New Wave: Icelandic filmmakers keeping things super cool (includes 2012’s thriller and massive festival hit Black’s Game and heartbreaking drama Volcano). Another highlight is Spotlight on Staho: a journey through the films of Danish auteur Simon Staho. Staho is one of the most important filmmakers working in Europe. He has worked with everyone from Noomi Rapace to Mads Mikkelsen, Lena Endre to Nicolaj Coster Waldau. The director will attend the festival and discuss his work with audiences over the weekend.

Among the confirmed artist talks is The Composition of Crime: Frans Bak, composer, talks about his work on Scandi film and TV hits, in particular, crime phenomenon The Killing. The festival will host a new European Film Awards ceremony – the inaugural Angela Awards – on the evening of November 25 in the Set Theatre. Well-known Irish and European names will attend for a celebration of European Cinema and its talents.

Confirmed festival guests include Swedish actress and Bergman and Millennium Trilogy star, Lena Endre; Cristian Mungiu favourite, Romanian actor Vlad Ivanov; Flemish writer Bart De Pauw; rising stars Jakub Gierszal, from Poland, Hannah Hoekstra from the Netherlands 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, Frans Bak.

SUBTITLE will take place at a number of venues across the city including The Set at Langton’s, Cleere’s and the Watergate Theatre. The Cinemobile will also roll into town for the weekend. There are great value tickets starting at €5, multi-ticket bundles and concessions to be had. Many local hotels and restaurants in Kilkenny will provide deals and discounts for Subtitle customers. See for more details.