The ADIFF Weekly Round-Up: Friday 14th July

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

Some things you need to know...


1. #ADIFF17 Discovery Award Winner Niamh Algar has been cast in Channel 4’s new drama “The Virtues”. The drama, in development by Shane Meadows and Jack Thorne, is set to air in 2019. “The Virtues” is about a troubled man who returns to Ireland to confront his childhood in the care system. Read more on Screen Daily.


2. Irish language documentary “Rocky Ros Muc” is set to have a US cinema release in New York and Los Angeles. The film, directed by Michael Fanning, will be eligible for the Oscars in 2018. Read more on IFTN.


3. Actor Joe Pesci is coming out of retirement to star in Martin Scorsese’s gangster film “The Irishman”. The film will also feature Scorsese favorites Robert DeNiro and Al Pacino. Read more here.


4. Actress Lily James has been cast in the sequel to 2008’s “Momma Mia”. James will play a young Meryl Streep in “Momma Mia: Here We Go Again!” due out in July 2018. Read more on THR.


5. The IFI is showing a number of classic science fiction films this weekend. The celebration ends with a showing of #ADIFF17 Best Irish Documentary winner “The Farthest” on Sunday evening. Click here for more information.


And new releases in cinemas this week—

* denotes an Irish film.


Cars 3– Directed by Brian Fee and starring Owen Wilson

“Lightning McQueen sets out to prove to a new generation of racers that he's still the best race car in the world.”



David Lynch: The Art of Life– Directed by Jon Nguyen and starring David Lynch

“Artist and filmmaker David Lynch discusses his early life and the events that shaped his outlook on art and the creative process.”



*Pilgrimage– Directed by Brendan Muldowney and starring Jon Bernthal Richard Armitage, and Tom Holland

“Kilmanan, 1209 and a small order of monks are visited by Brother Geraldus (Stanley Weber) who brings with him a papal decree: he is to take a sacred relic the monks have been hiding back to Rome. To ensure safe passage to Waterford where a France-bound boat awaits, Geraldus is accompanied by the reluctant brothers – novice Diarmuid (Holland), wise Ciaran (Lynch), cowardly Cathal (O'Connor), guarded Rua (Ruaidhrí Conroy), and a muscular mute (Bernthal) - but the fellowship of the rock is beset by treacherous Normans (headed up by Richard Armitage) and marauding Celts…”



The Beguiled– Directed by Sofia Coppola and starring Colin Farrell, Elle Fanning, Kirsten Dunst, and Nicole Kidman

“The year is 1864 and the American Civil War rages in the state of Virginia. While out in the woods surrounding her boarding school, a girl named Amy discovers an injured Union soldier named John McBurney (Farrell) who is on the brink of death. Headmistress Martha Farnsworth (Kidman) agrees to take him into the school and nurse him back to health, after which they will turn him over to the soldiers. The young women of the household, including a teacher named Edwina (Dunst) and one of the eldest of the five students there, Alicia (Fanning), become increasingly infatuated with John.”



War for the Planet of the Apes– Directed by Matt Reeves and starring Andy Serkis, Steve Zahn, and Woody Harrelson

“In the aftermath of Dawn For The Planet Of The Apes, Caesar (Andy Serkis) has led his people into the woods to hide from Col. McCullough (Woody Harrelson), a merciless warlord who commands a battalion of soldiers that are hellbent on destroying apes once and for all. Before long, Caesar suffers an unimaginable loss that sees him set out on a quest for personal revenge...”


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)




The Farthest