The ADIFF Weekly Round-Up: Friday 7th July

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

Some things you need to know...

1. The Irish Film Institute has released its strategic plan for the next five years, focusing on their increased commitment to Irish film. Read more on Scannain.

2. “Cardboard Gangsters”, co-written and starring #ADIFF17 Discovery Award Winner John Connors, is set to open in cinemas in the UK on August 4 after an impressive run in Ireland. Read more here.

3. After ongoing legal battles over the simultaneous release on streaming services and in cinemas for films including Cannes favorite “Okja” and other indie features, European digital initiatives are working hard to offer new options for these works. Read more on Variety.

4. #ADIFF17 films “Donald Cried”, “A Quiet Passion”, “Personal Shopper”, and “Get Out” make IndieWire’s list of Top 17 Indie Movies of the year. View the full list here.

5. Volta Award Winner Dame Angela Lansbury will star in US-UK co-produced miniseries "Little Women", based on the novel by Louisa May Alcott. Filming is due to start this month right here in Ireland. British actors Michael Gambon and Emily Watson are also set to join the American cast. Read more on Screen Daily.

And new releases in cinemas this week—

* denotes an Irish film.

It Comes At Night– Directed by Trey Edward Shults and starring Carmen Ejogo, Christopher Abbott, Joel Edgerton and Riley Keough

“When a mysterious disease hits the city, Paul alongside his wife, Sarah, and their teenage son, Travis, retreat to a home in the countryside. In this forested area, they have made a life for themselves far away from civilisation, until one day, a man named Will comes and asks for help. Deciding that having more people there will allow them to better defend themselves against threat, Paul invites Will to bring his family to the house.”

*Sanctuary– Directed by Len Collin and starring Amy-Joyce Hastings, Stephen Marcus, and Tara Breathnach

“Larry and Sophie, two people with intellectual disabilities, long to be together in a world that does everything to keep them apart.”  #ADIFF17

Spider-Man: Homecoming– Directed by Jon Watts and starring Marisa Tomei, Michael Keaton, Robert Downey Jr., Tom Holland, and Zendaya

“After the events of Civil War, Peter Parker (Tom Holland) is eager to prove himself to Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) and join the Avengers as a fully-fledged member. But Parker has to balance his ambitions with the realities of his daily life as a teenager in high school. However, when he tries to take down a gang of arms dealers led by a dangerous criminal (Michael Keaton), he gets more than he bargained for...”

The Midwife– Directed by Martin Provost and starring Catherine Deneuve, Catherine Frot, and Olivier Gourmet

“A midwife gets unexpected news from her father's old mistress.”

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

Cardboard Gangsters (Co-written and starring #ADIFF17 Discovery Award Winner John Connors)

Halal Daddy (Co-written by ADIFF Board Member Mark O’Halloran)