Some 44 films are on the bill for the inaugural Subtitle European Film Festival that’s coming to Kilkenny from November 19-25, writes Tess Felder.
And it will also be “a chance to meet their makers and stars.”
There will be comedies such as the Finnish Lapland Odyssey, Danish Truth about Men and Romanian California Dreamin’, dramas such as Romania’s Four Months, Three Weeks and Two Days, the Dutch Skin, the Finnish Naked Harbour and the Polish Suicide Room, and thrillers such as Belgian Loft and The Alzheimer Case, Icelandic Black’s Game and Danish Deliver Us from Evil. And for horror fans there will be Sweden’s Let the Right One In and Norway’s Troll Hunters.
Several themes are also highlighted in the festival bill. “Remake” is a series of films celebrating the original European movies that Hollywood can’t resist remaking, including: 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).
There are also a selection of “Iceland’s New Wave” and a “Spotlight on Staho” – an exploration of the films by Danish director Simon Staho, who is due to attend the festival and discuss his work with audiences over the weekend.
Festival talks confirmed so far also include “The Composition of Crime,” in which composer Frank Bak will discuss his work on Scandi film and TV hits, in particular The Killing.
The festival will also host a European Film Awards ceremony – the inaugural Angela Awards – on November 25 at 8pm in the Set Theatre. Presented by Neil Delamere, the awards will celebrate the achievements of actors, directors, writers, composers and cinematographers throughout Europe. They are named after the late Angela Cook, “an avid film fan and supporter of the arts.”
Confirmed festival guests so far 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; and Danish composer of The Killing, Frans Bak.
Brought to you by the Cat Laughs Comedy Festival and Kilkenomics teams, it’s the first festival of its kind in Ireland.
Tickets can be booked at www.subtitlefest.com, and a box office at 15-16 John Street, Kilkenny will open next Monday.