JDIFF countdown and Slamdance delight
What a week for Irish film. Not only does Conor Horgan’s haunting debut feature One Hundred Mornings get a Special Jury Mention at the Slamdance Film Festival in Utah, but the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival has launched its programme with plenty of cinematic goodies to look forward to. The latter kicks off with the European premier of Neil Jordan’s Ondine, while also featuring a celebration of Kristin Scott Thomas’ French film work, including the Irish premiere of her new film Partir. Then there’s the screening of I Am Love with director Luca Guadagnino and actor Tilda Swinton in attendance, Woody Allen’s Whatever Works starring Larry David, Tim Burton’s glorious-looking Alice in Wonderland 3D, a Russian season that includes a screening of Mermaid, a Korean season with Bong Jun-ho’s Mother, a screening of Horgan’s aforementioned Slamdance hit, a tribute to this newspaper’s late film correspondent Michael Dwyer which includes a series of films he particularly championed, and lots more to be found here. Some Blind Alleys gives its documentary tips here. Any other recommendations? While you’re at it, here’s the trailer for Horgan’s winner, a nice little pick-me-up for the weekend . . .