For the third time in as many years Kilkenny will be transformed into a hub of European cinema as the SUBTITLE European Film Festival returns for 2014 from 24 November. We’ve written about the festival over the past few months but it’s only in recent days that the lineup has been revealed and where 2012 and 2013 excelled, 2014 is set to push the boundaries even further with a number of Irish premieres amongst this year’s screenings.
The opening film for 2014 the Dardenne brothers’ powerful drama Two Days, One Night starring Marion Cotillard which had a screening at the IFI earlier this year while Ukrainian Cannes Grand Prix winner, The Tribe, truly one of the most original and provocative dramas ever committed to screen, will close out the festival.
Speaking about this year’s festival, SUBTITLE Artistic Director Richard Cook said
“Part of SUBTITLE’s appeal is that it doesn’t restrict its entire programme exclusively to recent releases; the festival includes films from a ten-year span that audiences may have missed in theatres or not had the opportunity to see in Ireland. In 2014, films in this category include two terrific French comedies, Populaire and Les Intouchables; a Norwegian thriller called Nokas and Danish hit comedy Klown.”
Highlights of this year’s programme include a number of Irish premieres, among them Norway’s Nokas, Germany’s A Coffee in Berlin (presented in co-operation with the Goethe-Insitut Irland), Finland’s Heart of a Lion, Sweden’s Stockholm Stories and Spanish comedy Three Many Weddings. Other highlights include the arresting Ukrainian drama The Tribe, Polish masterpiece Ida, Italy’s The Great Beauty and Romanian Silver-Bear-winning drama Child’s Pose.
Over 25 guests will be at the 2014 Festival including Dutch star Carice Van Houten (Black Book, Game of Thrones), Danish actors Kim Bodnia (The Bridge, Love Is All You Need), Morten Suurballe (The Killing, The Bridge) and Allan Hyde (True Blood); Spanish rising star Laia Costa, French-Algerian actor, Slimane Dazi (A Prophet, Only Lovers Left Alive) and the award-winning German actor Richard Sammel (Inglorious Basterds, Casino Royale). One of Russia’s finest actors, Yuri Kolokolnikov, who featured prominently in this season’s Game of Thrones, will also be in Kilkenny.
On Sunday night, SUBTITLE stages the hugely popular Angela Awards, presented by actress and writer Pauline McLynn. This ceremony rewards European actors, writers, directors and cinematographers who have excelled during the year and the awards are presented by well known actors, writers and directors from the Irish film and TV industry. Although the awards are significant, the tone is celebratory and fun and superb live support is provided by The Camembert Quartet.