Donald Clarke

Whingeing about cinema and real life since 2009

Nuala and DFCC at JDIFF

A particularly busy festival grinds towards its close this weekend. We enjoyed the rush and the run. There were plenty of good films and the guests were starrier than ever. I had a very nice night this evening. I got …

Fri, Feb 24, 2012, 22:50

   

A particularly busy festival grinds towards its close this weekend. We enjoyed the rush and the run. There were plenty of good films and the guests were starrier than ever. I had a very nice night this evening. I got to talk to Marjane Satrapi after the screening of Chicken With Plums, her rather lovely follow-up to Persepolis. I had never met Marjane before, but had been informed that she would give no trouble at all. This certainly proved to be the case. An absolute trooper, she gave good anecdote and confirmed that — in the nicest possible way — she takes absolutely no prisoners.

As for Saturday, if you are not coming along to the Dublin Film Critics Circle awards at 5.30 in the IFI, try and get a ticket for Nuala: A Life and Death at the Light House. Narrated by my occasional colleague Marian Finucane, the film (to be shown soon on RTÉ) is an impossibly moving study of the life of the indomitable Nuala O’Faoláin. The excerpts from her last interviews with Marian are nearly unbearable and the contributions from her family and friends are consistently touching. The picture also features some amusing insights into the colorful world of Bohemian Dublin in the 1960s. If you can’t make it along don’t miss it on the telly.

All are welcome at the DFCC event. It generally proves to be a an entertaining, low-key, festive affair.