The 2014 SUBTITLE European Film Festival draws to a close today but there’s still a chance to catch eight more European film screenings in Kilkenny before the lights get switched off after tonight’s closing awards ceremony.

1A Coffee In Berlin

Cleere’s, 1pm

This film is based on the incredible true story of Guolaugur Frioþórsson, the sole survivor of a fishing accident in 1984 off the south coast of Iceland. Frioþórsson swam for over 5 hours in freezing cold waters, but bizarrely only showed mild symptoms of hypothermia, when he finally reached a hospital. His remarkable survival and exceptional physiology provides the context for a film which pits human feelings of loneliness and guilt against the world wide fame, which he attracted. Director Baltasar Kormákur draws out a beautifully understated performance from his leading man (Ólafur Darri Ólafsson) and the cinematography is stunning; there is one scene in the film that is so full of danger, it is worth the price of admission alone. Icelandic entry for the 2013 Foreign Language Oscar.

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2Stockholm Stories

Cinemobile, 1.15pm

Knock-out performances and a very clever screenplay define this multi-story film from Sweden. An aspiring writer obsessed with darkness and light; an uptight single mother unable to adopt; a game developer learning Japanese for his big break; and a noisy relationship break-up are the overlapping ingredients here in a film of dark secrets, political duplicity and intricate life lessons in the world of art and commerce. Humour is peppered throughout and it is set in cold, dark November. What more could you need?

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3A Royal Affair

Cleere’s, 3pm

Truth About Men’s Nikolaj Arcel is an incredibly talented and versatile Danish director and this lavish historical drama was shortlisted for both a Best Foreign Language Academy Award in 2012 and a Golden Globe to boot. It features wonderful performances from Danish hero, Mads Mikkelsen, together with rising star Alicia Vikander (Pure) and newcomer Mikkel Følsgaard, who won Best Actor at the Berlin Film Festival for his portrayal of King Christian VII. This film is a treat for the eyes and ears and is highly recommended for anyone who missed it in the cinema.

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Cinemobile, 3.15pm

Pawel Pawlikowski has directed a masterpiece with Ida and for those of you who haven’t seen it in the cinemas, this is one of the must-see films at the festival. A young nun in 1960’s Poland is on the brink of taking her vows when she discovers a troubling family secret at the time of Nazi occupation. It prompts her to take a journey, opening up a new world to her that challenges her strongly-held beliefs and values. Two outstanding performances dominate this film: Agata Trzebuchowska (‘Anna’) and Agata Kulesza (‘Wanda’). Frame for frame, this is truly great filmmaking.

5Les Intouchables

Cinemobile, 5pm

Such was the word of mouth on this film at last year’s festival, that many punters couldn’t get into the final screening and so it’s back by popular demand. And no surprise at all here. It is a fabulously funny comedy from France that plays brilliantly with stereotypes around race, unemployment and disability. It features outstanding performances from both Omar Sy and François Cluzet and it picked up 7 César nominations. Any comedy that grosses $445 million worldwide must be doing something right. If you missed it last year, or during its theatrical release, then give yourself a treat and head along. We have a feeling that a few will be back for a second look…

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Cleere’s, 5.45pm

Nokas is a riveting heist movie, based around Norway’s most spectacular bank robbery in the coastal town of Stavanger in 2004. Played with such naturalistic precision by the actors, the picture captures the audience almost like a documentary. Part of this is down to the script, which avoids ‘interpretation’ and sticks with the facts as thrown up by a huge national investigation; it also benefits from the approach of director Erik Skjoldbjærg (who wrote and directed the original Insomnia with Stellan Skarsgaard) as he knits together the four key perspectives: robbers, police, bank employees and the public. This is unlike the Hollywood flashy heist movies, and all the better for it.

7Three Many Weddings

Cleere’s, 7.45pm

Spain’s biggest box office hit of 2013, this is a full-on comedy romp with plenty of laugh-out-loud moments. Imna Cuesta (Cousinhood) plays lab technician, Ruth who, after being dumped by her most recent boyfriend, is invited to three weddings of ex-boyfriends. Ruth is determined to turn up, but not alone and to that end she brings new intern (hunky Martiño Rivas) as her partner. Each of the weddings brings its own set of outrageous challenges, forcing Ruth to figure out what kind of life partner she really wants. Cuesta really shines in her first comedy role.

8The Tribe

*** Warning: Contains Explicit Sexual Content / NSFW ***

Cinemobile, 8pm

This is one of the most raw, disturbing and compelling dramas you could imagine. Winner of the Grand Prix in Cannes this year, The Tribe is set in an institution for young deaf offenders, and the film opens with a new arrival on his first day. However, there are no words or subtitles throughout the film; it is an extraordinary and quite brilliant conceit as it shows how much of our communication is elemental. It opens the mind because the ears aren’t working. Masterfully directed by Ukrainian director Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy, this is a not a film for the faint-hearted, and there are several scenes that will never leave you; but it is outstanding original cinema, dealing with big, everyday issues, universal in too many countries. A remarkable picture.

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9The Angela Awards

The 2013 Angela Awards