The ADIFF Weekly Round-Up: Friday 4th August

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

Some things you need to know...

1. #ADIFF17 film “The Farthest” lands an August release date in the USA! The film will be hitting cinemas in Los Angeles and New York City on August 11. Read more on Variety.



2. Irish filmmaker Neil Jordan has cast Chloë Grace Moretz and Isabelle Huppert in his new film, “The Widow”. Irish producer James Flynn is also on board. Jordan is currently in pre-production for his new film, “The Trainer”, with Liam Neeson. Read more on IFTN.



3. Christopher Nolan’s war epic “Dunkirk” continues to dominate the box office, showing impressive performances in North America and the UK. The film, starring #ADIFF16 Discovery Award Winner Barry Keoghan, Cillian Murphy, and Kenneth Branagh, is in cinemas now. Read about its performance on Screen Daily.



4. ADIFF made the Getaway’s list of 14 must-visit film festivals! To see the full list, click here.



5. Ever wanted to be in front of the camera? Consider applying to be an extra! BBC’s newest miniseries, an adaptation of the Louisa May Alcott novel “Little Women”, is currently casting extras for its filming dates in Ireland. U.S. television series “Into the Badlands” is also looking for extras for filming in Wicklow and Dublin.

Click here for information on “Little Women”.

Click here for information on “Into the Badlands”.



And new releases in cinemas this week—

* denotes an Irish film.


Land of Mine– Directed by Martin Zandvliet and starring Joel Basman, Louis Hofmann, and Roland Moller

“In post-World War II Denmark, a group of young German POWs are forced to clear a beach of thousands of land mines under the watch of a Danish Sergeant who slowly learns to appreciate their plight.”



England is Mine– Directed by Mark Gill and starring Jack Lowden, Jessica Brown Findlay, Jodie Comer and Laurie Kynaston

“It was a time of paisley shirts and sweater vests. Of shopping trolleys in the canal. Foggy, dimly-lit alleyways and cul-de-sacs. Of unemployment and bills and duffel coats. And it was a time when Morrissey was still plain old Steven Patrick Morrissey, a morose music critic who sends off his barbed reviews of late seventies Manchester music scene to the NME. Living at home, squirreled away in his bedroom, the turning point in Morrissey's introverted existence comes when he bumps into outgoing Linder Sterling (Brown Findlay), who in turn introduces him to Billy Duffy (Lawrence), a budding guitarist for punk outfit The Nosebleeds…”


*Maudie– Directed by Aisling Walsh and starring Ethan Hawke and Sally Hawkins

“An arthritic Nova Scotia woman (Sally Hawkins) works as a housekeeper for a gruff fishmonger (Ethan Hawke) while she hones her skills as an artist, eventually becoming a beloved figure in the rural community and beyond.”



Shin Godzilla– Directed by Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi and starring Hiroki Hasegawa, Satomi Ishihara, and Yutaka Takenouchi

“Japan is plunged into chaos upon the appearance of a giant monster.”



The Emoji Movie– Directed by Anthony Leondis and starring Ilana Glazer, James Corden, and T.J. Miller

“Alex (Jake T. Austin) is an average kid, struggling to talk to a girl he fancies at school and completely addicted to his smartphone. Little does Alex know that inside his phone is a digital city called Textopolis, where emoji Gene (T.J. Miller) struggles with his own problems. Gene is meant to keep a constant ‘Meh’ expression on his face but he can’t help exhibiting other emotions like joy and excitement. Desperate to be accepted by his peers, Gene goes on a journey to become a normal emoji, enlisting the help of Hi-5 (James Corden) and Jailbreak (Anna Faris) along the way.”


Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets– Directed by Luc Besson and starring Cara Delevingne, Clive Owen, Dane DeHaan, Ethan Hawke, and Rihanna

“Set in the 28th century, an intergalactic space station named Alpha, which is comprised of a melting pot of species and cultures from all over the galaxy, lives as a peaceful unit. When a mysterious presence threatens the ecosystem, Valerian (DeHaan) and his partner Laureline (Delevingne), special operatives working for the human police forces, are enlisted to investigate.”



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


The Farthest


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


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


Their Finest