ADIFF 2017 kicks off on February 16th and features a strong selection of Irish films alongside a host of top-drawer international films. Windmill Lane Pictures are very proud to have post produced 6 of the films screening!
Aisling Walsh's Irish/Canadian co-production Maudie opens the festival on February 16th. The film is based on the life of Nova Scotia folk artist, Maud Lewis, and is an unlikely romance in which the reclusive Everett Lewis (Ethan Hawke) hires a fragile yet determined and gifted woman named Maudie (Sally Hawkins) to be his housekeeper. Maudie, bright-eyed but hunched with crippled hands, yearns to be independent, to live away from her protective family and to create art.
Directed by Ken Wardrop, The Piano Lesson screens at ADIFF on February 20th. In Ireland over 30,000 piano students prepare for exams each year. In this surprisingly quirky and uplifting documentary, we are invited into the world of the piano lesson. The film examines the special bond between piano teachers and their pupils, shares in the students’ struggles and marvels at their teachers’ dedication. It is a film with buckets of charm and an endearing subtext.
A comfortable Ontario family is thrown into turmoil when its eldest daughter decides to withdraw from the world and start pan-handling on a street corner in the drama Unless. Irish director Alan Gilsenan’s Canadian co-production is screening on February 22nd and is based on the award-winning novel from Canadian author Carol Shields.
Jim Sheridan's The Secret Scripture screens on February 18th. The film is an adaptation of Sebastian Barry’s 2008 Man Booker Prize nominated novel of the same name, is the story of a one-hundred-year-old woman, Roseanne McNulty (Rooney Mara), who now residing in Roscommon Regional Mental Hospital decides to write her autobiography.
Short film The Nation Holds Its Breath is directed and written by Kev Cahill and is part of the ADIFF Shorts 3 on February 25th. On the day of the most important football match in Irish history, an expectant father is torn between witnessing the miracle of childbirth and the miracle of reaching the quarterfinals of the World Cup.
Director John Butler closes ADIFF on February 26th with the beautifully tender and wonderfully funny coming-of-age drama Handsome Devil. The charming film centers around Ned, a certified outcast in his rugby-crazy, all-boy boarding school. His mind is set on expulsion or escape, until the arrival of a new English teacher and a new roommate, a surprisingly sensitive rugby player with more than a few secrets, sets Ned on a path towards finally allowing himself to be heard.
Shortlisted for an Oscar, The King’s Choice is directed by Erik Poppe . On the 9th of April 1940, German troops invade Oslo. The king of Norway is faced with a choice, which will change his nation forever. This is a film about real events, which turned a brave man into the people’s king. Windmill Lane VFX worked on the Irish-Norwegian co-production which screens on February 22nd.
You can view the full programme here http://www.diff.ie/