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British & Irish Film Festival Luxembourg 2020
The 11th annual British & Irish Film Festival Luxembourg (BIFFL) takes place from Friday 18 September to Sunday 27 September 2020 inclusive, with weekday screenings from 21-25 September being held at the Cinémathèque.
This year, the festival will see some changes as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, as a result of the government’s deconfinement strategy, cinemas have opened up again and the festival organisers are looking forward to an exciting 10 days of cinema from England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland across many genres including drama, comedy, thriller, documentary and animation.
Nevertheless, we will be ensuring that the necessary hygiene regulations are respected in full, including social distancing, wearing of masks, cleaning of all surfaces, etc., according to the government legislation during the time of the festival.
This may mean that we cannot hold receptions and it may also mean a reduced programme of films – in any case, we will be programming the best selection that we can within the constraints imposed.
The Last Right
Lu 21 | 09 à 20h30
IE 2019 | voang | 106’ | De : Aoife Crehan | Avec : Brian Cox, Michael Huisman, Colm Meaney
A comedy-drama "road movie" telling the story of a man bringing the body of someone he barely knows for burial with his family. His good intentions are motivated by trying to patch up his relationship with his own brother. However, en route from West Cork to Rathlin Island, both romance and family secrets emerge to complicate the trip.
Ma 22 | 09 à 20h30
Pilis IE-LI 2020 | vo (anglaise et lithuanienne) stang | 115’ | De : Lina Luzyte | Avec : Barbora Bareikyte, Gabija Jaraminaite
This coming-of-age film follows Monika, a Lithuanian teenager living in Dublin with her mother, a former professional pianist who now works in a fish factory, and her grandmother who requires around-the-clock care. Monika is a passionate and talented singer and keeps pushing her mother to continue music with her, convinced they will make it big one day. When they get an invitation to play in The Castle, the relationship becomes strained between optimistic Monika and the pragmatic Jolanta, who sells their keyboard...
Me 23 | 09 à 20h30
IE 2019 | vostang | 86’ | De : Tom Sullivan | Avec : Dónall Ó Héalai, Saise Ní Chuinn, Dara Devaney
Set in Ireland in 1845 on the eve of The Great Hunger. Colmán Sharkey, a fisherman, father and husband, takes in a stranger at the behest of a local priest. Patsy, a former soldier in the Napoleonic wars, arrives just ahead of the Famine. As the crops rot in the fields, Colmán, his brother and Patsy travel to the English Landlord's house to request a stay on rent increases that Colmán predicts will destroy his community. His request falls on deaf ears and Patsy's subsequent actions set Colmán on a path that will take him to the edge of survival and sanity. It is only upon encountering an abandoned young girl that Colmán's resolve is lifted. Just in time for the darkness of his past to pay another visit.
Pimedate Ööde Filmifestival
Je 24 | 09 à 20h30
IE-GB 2019 | voang | 94’ | De : Karl Golden | Avec : Diarmaid Murtagh, Woody Norman
After suffering a personal tragedy, Daniel is separated from his wife and moved out of their home. He has drifted into a life on the street in London, with his only companion a dog called Bruno. They are inseparable, however Bruno goes missing one night after Daniel is assaulted. As he searches for his dog, he comes across a young boy also sleeping out in a children's playground. They form an emotional bond and each step of their journey takes them closer to home and the possibility of redemption.
Avant-programme : Pavement
GB 2020 | voang | 12’ | De : Jason Wingard | Avec : Steve Evets, Liz White, Tony Mooney
A modern day parable and a moral tale focusing on how difficult it can be to recover from a life on the streets. A man outside a bank begins to sink into the pavement. How people react will be key to his plight.
Ve 25 | 09 à 20h30
IE 2020 | voang | 70’ | Documentaire de : Jason Branagan
The story of the first Irish bobsleigh team to take part in the Olympics on the dream of an Irishman from London and a shoestring budget, with the shadow of sports politics hanging in the background.
In 1986, Larry Tracey took it upon himself to form the Irish Bobsleigh and Luge Association. He recruited a group of elite Irish rowers and set his sights on qualifying the team for the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary (where the famous Jamaican bobsleigh team became heroes). Having achieved qualification for the games, the stage was set for an historic Olympic debut. But one thing stood in their way - the Olympic Council of Ireland.