The ADIFF Weekly Round-Up: Friday 9th June

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

Some things you need to know this week:

1. “Wonder Woman” earned the highest-ever US opening weekend total for a film directed by a woman, while also maintaining a 93 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes and a 52 percent female audience in a typically male dominated superhero genre. The Guardian —

2. Apple’s first original series “Planet of the Apps” premiered on Apple Music, iTunes, and its website on Tuesday evening. The show follows entrepreneurs as they prepare to pitch their ideas to venture capitalists, with help from celebrity advisors including Gwyneth Paltrow, Jessica Alba, and With this series and the upcoming release of “Carpool Karaoke”, Apple is paving its way into the field of original content.  THR —

3. Don’t cry too much. Barb will NOT be returning to season 2 of “Stranger Things”, according to series creators Matt and Ross Duffer. At least she and the memes live on in our memories. Season 2 premieres on Netflix on October 31. —

4. Steven Spielberg has finished casting his film “The Papers” with a list of big names. The film, which focuses on the legal battle over the Pentagon Papers, will star Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep, with a supporting cast that features Bob Odenkirk, Sarah Paulson, and Bradley Whitford to name a few. A January 2018 release date in Ireland is planned for the film. Empire —

5. Upcoming film “Trautmann” has begun filming in Northern Ireland. The film, directed by German director Marcus H. Rosenmueller, is about the life of former Man City German goalkeeper Bert Trautmann. German actor David Kross and British actress Freya Mayor will play Trautmann and his love interest Margaret. The film has a 2018 release date. Scannain —

6. Boulder Media are opening a second studio space in Dublin to house an expanded crew. "We are expanding significantly, hiring additional crew and starting new, exciting projects", said Robert Cullen, creative director, Boulder Media. IFTN —

7. George and Amal Clooney welcomed twins Ella and Alexander into the world on Tuesday 06/06. Now we have two more Clooneys to capture our hearts! “...Amal and George welcomed Ella and Alexander Clooney into their lives,” said the statement. “Ella, Alexander and Amal are all healthy, happy and doing fine. George is sedated and should recover in a few days.”

New releases in cinemas this week...

Berlin Syndrome – Directed by Cate Shortland and starring Teresa Palmer and Max Riemelt. “A passionate holiday romance leads to an obsessive relationship, when an Australian photojournalist wakes one morning in a Berlin apartment and is unable to leave.”

From the Land of the Moon – Directed by Nicole Garcia and starring Marion Cotillard. “In 1950s France, Gabrielle is a passionate, free-spirited woman who is in a loveless marriage and falls for another man when she is sent away to the Alps to treat her kidney stones. Gabrielle yearns to free herself and run away from Andre.”

The Mummy – Directed by Alex Kurtzman, written by Christopher McQuarrie and Jon Spaihts, starring Sofia Boutella, Tom Cruise and Russell Crowe. “An ancient princess is awakened from her crypt beneath the desert, bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia and terrors that defy human comprehension.”

My Cousin Rachel – Directed by Roger Michell, starring Sam Claflin and Rachel Weisz. “A young Englishman plots revenge against his mysterious, beautiful cousin, believing that she murdered his guardian. But his feelings become complicated as he finds himself falling under the beguiling spell of her charms.”

The Shack – Directed by Stuart Hazeldine, starring Sam Worthington and Octavia Spencer. “A grieving man receives a mysterious, personal invitation to meet with God at a place called ‘The Shack’.”

Wilson – Directed by Craig Johnson, starring Woody Harrelson and Sandy Oian-Thomas. “A lonely, neurotic and hilariously honest middle-aged man reunites with his estranged wife and meets his teenage daughter for the first time.”

And if you missed them at #ADIFF17, you can still catch these films in cinemas!

After the Storm

Get Out (the #ADIFF17 Surprise film)

Handsome Devil

I am not your Negro

Lady Macbeth

My Life as a Courgette

The Other Side of Hope

The Red Turtle

The Salesman

Oh, and to the rain...