The ADIFF Weekly Round-Up: Friday 8th September

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

Some news from the week - 

1. The Toronto International Film Festival kicked off this week. The line-up features a number of Irish films including "The Killing of a Sacred Deer" by Yorgos Lanthimos, "The Cured" by David Freyne, and "The Lodgers" by Brian O'Malley. See more of the line-up on TIFF.

2. Will Smith has tweeted the first picture from the set of the upcoming live-action version of "Aladdin". The films stars Smith as Genie and Mena Massoud as Aladdin. See more on Variety.

3. "Return to Montauk" has confirmed its Irish release date. The film, written by Volker Schlöndorff and Colm Tóibìn, will be released in Irish cinemas on October 6th. See more on IFTN.

4. Irish Film Board has announced it is reopening The International Production Fund. The fund is designed to assist Irish producers attract international film and TV projects to undertake production in Ireland. Read more about this on Scannain

5. "Lady Bird" starring Saoirse Ronan has received rave reviews following its premiere at Telluride Film Festival, with Oscar buzz already surrounding Ronan's performance. The film does not have a confirmed Irish release date, however you can check out the trailer on entertainment.ie

New releases in cinemas this week - 

*denotes an Irish film

Insyriated - Directed by Philippe Van Leeuw and starring Diamand Bou Abboud, Hiam Abbass and Juliette Navis. "A mother attempts to keep her family safe as war rages and a sniper lies in wait outside her home. This nerve-wracking study of life in Damascus won an Audience Award at Berinale"

It - Directed by Andy Muschietti and starring Bill Skarsgard, Finn Wolfhard and Javier Botet. "In a small town in Maine, several children (Finn Wolfhard, Sophia Lillis, Jaeden Lieberher) come face to face with life problems, bullies, growing-up and a supernatural creature that takes the shape of a clown called Pennywise (Bill Skarsgard)

*The Drummer and The Keeper - Directed by Nick Kelly and starring Demot Murphy, Jacob McCarthy, Adrian Hudson and Annie Ryan " This films tells the story of the unlikely friendship formed between two young men: Gabriel, a reckless young drummer who revels in rejecting society’s rules and Christopher, a 17-year-old with Asperger’s Syndrome, who yearns to fit in. This heartwarming story shows the strength of the human bond in the face of adversity.

Wind River - Directed by Taylor Sheridan and starring Elizabeth Olsen, Jeremy Renner and Jon Bernthal. "A young FBI agent (Olsen) teams with a veteran game tracker (Renner) to investigate a murder that occured on a Native American reservation."

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

*Maudie

The Farthest

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