A weekly round-up of film news, events and cinema releases.
Some things you need to know…
1. Irish actors Ruth Negga, Ciarán Hinds & Domhnall Gleeson join the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. This talented bunch will now be eligible to vote for the 2018 Oscar nominees. Read more on IFTN.
2. Donald Clarke lists the top 10 films of 2017 so far, including five #ADIFF17 films. Read more here.
3. 21st Century Fox is still in talks to buy the other 61% of Sky but talks have stalled. Read more on Screen Daily.
4. Galway Film Fleadh has launched its 2017 Festival Programme! Check it out here.
5. The British Film Institute has appointed Will Massa and Danny Leigh to the curatorial team for its BFI National Archive. Read more about it on Screen Daily.
And new releases in cinemas this week—
* denotes an Irish film.
A Man Called Ove– Directed by Hannes Holm and starring Bahar Pars, Filip Berg and Rolf Lassgard. “Ove, an ill-tempered, isolated retiree who spends his days enforcing block association rules and visiting his wife's grave, has finally given up on life just as an unlikely friendship develops with his boisterous new neighbors.”
All Eyez On Me– Directed by Benny Boom and starring Danai Gurira, Demetrius Shipp Jr., Jamal Woolard, and Kat Graham. “Tells the true and untold story of prolific rapper, actor, poet and activist Tupac Shakur.”
Baby Driver– Directed by Edgar Wright and starring Ansel Elgort, Eiza Gonzalez, Jamie Foxx, Jon Bernthal, Jon Hamm, Kevin Spacey and Lily James. “After being coerced into working for a crime boss (Kevin Spacey), a young getaway driver (Ansel Elgort) finds himself taking part in a heist doomed to fail with a team of misfit bank robbers.”
Despicable Me 3– Directed by Kyle Balda and Pierre Coffin and starring Kristen Wiig, Miranda Cosgrove, Steve Carell and Trey Parker. “After being forced out of AVL after failing to capture Balthazar Bratt (Trey Parker), Gru (Steve Carrell) and Lucy (Kirsten Wiig) are contacted by his long-lost twin brother, Dru (Carrell). Meanwhile, the Minions - demoralised because Gru is no longer evil - abandon their master and set off to find a new one...”
*Halal Daddy– Directed by Conor McDermottroe and starring Art Malik, Colm Meaney and Sarah Bolger
“While managing a run down abattoir, young Muslim Raghdan Aziz stumbles through cultural chaos and generational conflicts, dealing with enraged fathers, stoned buddies and an alleged ex-lover of his girlfriend.”
Kedi– Directed by Ceyda Torun
“In the city of Istanbul, there are more than just human inhabitants. There are also the stray domestic cats of the city who live free but have complicated relationships with the people themselves. This film follows a selection of individual cats as they live their own lives in Istanbul with their own distinctive personalities. However, with this vibrant population, is the reality of an ancient metropolis changing with the times that may have less of a place for them.”
*Revolutions– Directed by Laura McGann. “Filmed over four years, this cleverly named Irish documentary from the producer of When Ali Came to Ireland and Unbreakable provides an unflinching and poignant insight into the trials and tribulations, both personal and sporting, of the women on the forefront of Ireland's burgeoning Roller Derby scene.”
Risk– Directed by Laura Poitras and starring Jacob Appelbaum, Julian Assange and Sarah Harrison. “Director Laura Poitras follows up her stirring 2014 documentary on Edward Snowden with something that's in the wheelhouse: This intimate exploration of the under-fire Wikileaks creator Julian Assange is a little looser than her Citizenfour, preferring an easy-going fly-on-the-wall style than the studied and structured approach of her Oscar winner. The close confines and the unprecedented restricted access cause director and subject to fall out…”
The House– Directed by Andrew Jay Cohen and starring Amy Poehler, Jason Mantzoukas, Ryan Simpkins and Will Ferrell. “A dad convinces his friends to start an illegal casino in his basement after he and his wife spend their daughter's college fund.”
And if you missed these films or talent at #ADIFF17, catch these in cinemas—