Your weekly round-up of film news, industry events and cinema releases
Some news from the week -
1. The Breadwinner, directed by Nora Twomey and produced by Angelina Jolie, will make its Irish premiere at ADIFF 2018. Based on Deborah Ellis' award-winning novel, The Breadwinner tells the extraordinary story of an 11-year-old Afghan girl Parvana, born into an ever-changing world of conflict and Taliban oppression, who must disguise herself as a boy to become her family's sole breadwinner. Click here for tickets
2. The Sundance Film Festival has unveiled it's full feature line-up for 2018. Titles include The Death of Stalin, Lizzie, and I Think We're Alone Now . Check out the full line-up here
3. Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board (IFB)have announced that following an internal review of its Screenplay Development Scheme which supports writers, writing teams and writer and director teams revisions to the scheme have been made and will re-open for applications in 2018. Read more on this on IFTN
4. The live-action adaptation of Mulan by Disney has cast its lead. Chinese actress Liu Yifei, also known as Crystal Liu, is set to play the title character in the adaptation directed by Niki Caro. Read the full story on The Hollywood Reporter
New releases -
Wonder - Directed by Stephen Chbosky and starring Jacob Tremblay, Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson
"The first day at school is hard but spare a thought for ten-year-old Star Wars fan August 'Auggie' Pullman (Tremblay). Born with facial abnormalities, Auggie has been home schooled by mum (Roberts) to save him from the cruelty of kids. Until now. Headmaster (Mandy Patinkin) takes pity on the sensitive science nut and employs three classmates – Jack (Noah Jupe), Julian (Bryce Gheisar) and Charlotte (Elle McKinnon) – to shepherd him through the dangerous halls. The three would come to play major roles, good and bad, over the next year"
Happy End - Directed by Michael Haneke and starring Isabelle Huppert, Jean-Louis Trintignant and Mathieu Kassovitz
"Set against the refugee crisis in Calais, Happy End concerns itself with a well-to-do family who own a construction business. Patriarch Georges (Trintignant) fears Alzheimer's is setting in and so has passed on the company to daughter Anne (Huppert), who hopes her unhinged son Pierre (Franz Rogowski) will get his act together and help her. Meanwhile, Anne's doctor brother Thomas (Kassovitz) takes in his depressed thirteen-year-old daughter Eve (Harduin) while his ex-wife recovers in hospital"
The Man Who Invented Christmas - Directed by Bharat Nalluri and starring Christopher Plummer, Dan Stevens and Jonathan Pryce
"After the huge success of his novel Oliver Twist and three subsequent failures, Charles Dickens (Dan Stevens) is beset by writer's block and financial woes. However, he soon finds inspiration from his family and decides to write a story about Christmas, a time of year that's fallen out of fashion in Victorian England"