ADIFF Weekly Round-Up: Friday 11th August

A weekly round-up of film news, events and cinema releases.

Some things you need to know…

1. Irish Actor Ruth Negga (Love/Hate, Preacher) is set to star alongside Brad Pitt in the new sci-fi epic “Ad Astra”. Negga was nominated in the Academy Awards for her leading role in “Loving”. Read more on Variety

2. The Arts Council has announced the deadline for the 2017 Reel Art scheme. Operated in association with Filmbase and the Audi Dublin International Film Festival, Reel Art will wholly support two films with grants of €70-€80,000 per project. Reel Art films will premiere at the Dublin International Film Festival in February 2019. The deadline for receipt of applications is Friday 13th October 2017 at 5pm. Read more on Scannain.

3. George R.R. Martin’s ‘Nightflyers’ series to film at Troy Studios! Read more on IFTN

4. Read the China Box Office Mid Year Report on Screen Daily

5. ..and just in case you have seen it, this lovely short doc shares what Jim Carey has been up to inside his painting studio. Read more on Indiewire

 

New releases in cinemas this week -

*denotes an Irish Film

A Ghost Story - Directed by David Lowery and starring Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara: Affleck and Mara are a couple who have just moved into a one bed rural Texan home and there are creepy things a-happening in the middle of the night. Just as there are hints of division in the relationship Affleck dies in a car crash… but he comes back as a ghost, complete with white bed sheet, to watch over Mara and follow her as she comes to terms with her grief…”

Annabelle: A Creation - Directed by David F. Sandberg and starring Javier Botet, Miranda Otto and Stephanie Sigman: “A dollmaker named Samuel Mullins (Anthony LaPaglia) lives in harmony with his wife Esther (Miranda Otto) and daughter “Bee” (Samara Lee) until the young girl dies in a tragic accident. Twelve years later, Samuel brings a group of six girls and their supervising nun Sister Charlotte (Stephanie Sigman) into the Mullins’ house after their orphanage shuts down. The girls initially love their new home, but then a series of strange occurrences, particularly surrounding a creepy doll and a door that refuses to stay locked, change their minds.

Atomic Blonde - Directed by David Leitch and starring Charlize Theron, James McAvoy and Sofia Boutella: “An MI6 agent (Charlize Theron) is sent to Berlin days before the fall of the Berlin Wall, where she is ordered to make contact with a fellow MI6 agent (James McAvoy) and recover a stolen list of double-agents working in Europe and get a Stasi informant across the Wall.”

The Nut Job 2 - Directed by Carl Brunker and starring Katherine Heigl, Maya Rudolph and Will Arnett: “Following the events of the first film, Surly and his friends must stop Oakton City's mayor from destroying their home to make way for a dysfunctional amusement park.”

 

We Love…

This newly released trailer for “Mother!” by Darren Aronofsky. Starring Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem, “Mother!” hits Irish cinemas in November 2017

 

And if you missed these films or talent at #ADIFF17, catch these in cinemas—

 

*Maudie

Land of Mine (#ADIFF16)

The Farthest

Dunkirk (starring #ADIFF16 Discovery Award Winner Barry Keoghan and festival regulars Kenneth Branagh and Cillian Murphy)