Irish Film at the 2018 Berlinale


Irish Film at the 2018 Berlinale

Posted: 12th February 2018

The 2018 Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale) runs from 15 - 25 February, with the IFB attending  the festival and hosting the Irish Film 2018 stand at the European Film Market (EFM).

Irish Film 2018 stand location:
G7 (upstairs on the balcony) in the Martin-Gropius-Bau, Niederkirchnerstraße 7
10963 Berlin.

Lance Daly's Black '47 and Aoife McArdle's Kissing Candice will screen in Official Selection at the Berlinale, alongside a host of other IFB titles also screening and listed below.

For a complete list of IFB titles screening, selling and coming to market at EFM, please click here

For a list of Irish delegates attending the Berlinale and EFM, please click here.             

Black '47

It’s 1847 and Ireland is in the grip of the Great Famine that has ravaged the country for two long years. Feeney, a hardened Irish Ranger who has been fighting for the British Army abroad, abandons his post to return home and reunite with his estranged family.  He has seen more than his share of horrors, but nothing prepares him for the famine’s hopeless destruction of his homeland that has brutalised his people and where there seems to be no law and order. He discovers his mother starved to death and his brother hanged by the brutal hand of the English. With little else to live for, he sets a destructive path to avenge his family.

Director Lance Daly
Writers PJ Dillon, Pierce Ryan, Eugene O’Brien, Lance Daly
Irish Production Company Fastnet Films
Sales Agent Altitude
Screening Fri Feb 16, 22.30, Berlinale Palast / Sat Feb 17, 16:15, CineStar 6 (140) / Sun Feb 18, 15:45, CineStar 2 (275)

Kissing Candice
Generation, European Premiere

17-year old Candice longs to escape the boredom of her seaside town, only finding solace in her vivid imagination. When a boy she dreams about turns up in real life, she becomes increasingly entangled with a dangerous local gang.     

Director/Writer Aoife McArdle
Irish Production Company Venom Films
Sales Agent Film Constellation
Screening Tues Feb 20, 20:30, Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW) / Thurs Feb 22, 15:30, Zoo Palast 1 / Sat Feb 24, 13:30, CinemaxX 1

The Breadwinner

The Breadwinner tells the story of eleven-year-old Parvana, who gives up her identity to provide for her family and to try to save her father’s life. A story of self-empowerment and imagination in the face of oppression, the film also celebrates the culture, history and beauty of Afghanistan with a cast that includes many performers of Afghan descent.    

Director Nora Twomey
Writer Anita Doran based on the novel by Deborah Ellis
Irish Production Company Cartoon Saloon
Sales Agent WestEnd Films

Screening Sun Feb 18, 09.00,  CineStar 5

Good Favour

Good Favour follows a young man named Tom who walks out of an immense forest into the lives of a strictly devout Christian community carving out a remote existence in central Europe. As Tom is initiated into their farming life and scriptural regime, he discovers the community is suffering a crisis of faith following a devastating loss.   

Director Rebecca Daly
Writers Rebecca Daly, Glen Montgomery
Sales Agent Visit Films
Screening Fri Feb 16, 17:45, CinemaxX 18 / Mon Feb 19, 17:30,  CinemaxX 17

The Delinquent Season

The Delinquent Season is a tense drama which revolves around two couples in suburban Dublin; Jim and Danielle and Yvonne and Chris. On paper, they both appear to live in marital bliss, until an altercation between one couple occurs, and cracks begin to appear in both of these seemingly steady marriages.      

Director/Writer Mark O'Rowe
Irish Production Company Parallel Films
Sales Agent Protagonist Pictures
Screening Fri 16 Feb, 16:15, CineStar 1 / Mon 19 Feb, 09:10, CineStar 1


Since the tragic and unexpected death of his girlfriend, Samuel, a professor of literature, suffers a recurring nightmare in which a woman is brutally murdered by a strange ritual. When the same woman who appears every night in his dreams is found dead in identical circumstances, Samuel sneaks into the crime scene to investigate. There he meets Rachel, a young woman who does not know anything but claims she also dreamed of the murder.          

Director Jaume Balagueró
Writers Jaume Balagueró, Fernando Navarro
Irish Production Company Fantastic Films
Sales Agent Filmax International
Screening Thurs 15 Feb, 18:15 CinemaxX 12 / Sat 17 Feb 12:25 Parliament Studio


IFB Staff Attending the Berlinale

Below is a list of IFB staff attending the Berlinale and EFM. For more information, please contact 

James Hickey, Chief Executive
Teresa McGrane, Deputy Chief Executive
Emma Scott, Production and Distribution Manager
Sarah Dillon, Production and Development Executive
Jamie Tuohy, Digital Marketing and Communications Assistant 

Dearbhla Regan, Project Manager
Lesley McKimm, Project Manager
Celine Haddad, Project Manager