Donald Clarke

Whingeing about cinema and real life since 2009

DFCC and surprise film at JDIFF

We had an impressively suave line-up of talent at the Dublin Film Critics Circle Awards. Marjane Satrapi, Marian Finucane and Gareth Evans all turned up to accept awards at the perennially diverting soiree in the Irish Film Institute. This year’s …

Sun, Feb 26, 2012, 17:50

   

We had an impressively suave line-up of talent at the Dublin Film Critics Circle Awards. Marjane Satrapi, Marian Finucane and Gareth Evans all turned up to accept awards at the perennially diverting soiree in the Irish Film Institute. This year’s (genuinely) hard-working panel comprised: President Tara Brady and Mr Donald Clarke, both of this parish; Ms Brogen Hayes of movies.ie; Ms Nicola Timmins of Average Film Reviews; Mr John Maguire of The Sunday Business Post; Ms Roe McDermott of Hot Press and Dr “Diamond” Dave O’Mahony of Access Cinema. They are all very fine people.

The eventual winner of best film was Gareth Evans’s The Raid. Working in Indonesia, the Welshman has delivered one of the most fluid, original action films in recent years. Shuffling from rugby match to airport, Gareth swanned in to wave at the punters and express his gratitude. (Apologies for the crappy photographs. My camera failed.)

L to R: Gavin Burke of Phantom FM; Tara Brady, DFCC President; Gareth Evans.

Marian Finucane, instigator and narrator of Nuala: A Life and Death, joined director Patrick Farrelly to receive their gong for best Irish film. Made for RTÉ, the picture unearths stories about Nuala O’Faolain that fairly rattle the heart.

Marian Finucane and Patrick Farrelly.

The full list of award-winners is detailed below. Most films will be coming your way fairly soon. A few have not yet received distribution or broadcast dates.

BEST FILM
The Raid
BEST IRISH FILM
Nuala: A Life and Death
BEST ACTOR
Michael Fuith – Michael
BEST ACTRESS
Greta Gerwig – Damsels in Distress
BEST SCREENPLAY
Footnote
BEST DOCUMENTARY
Samsara
BEST DIRECTOR
Nuri Bilge Ceylan – Once Upon A Time In Anatolia
MICHAEL DWYER DISCOVERY AWARD
Eoghan Mac Giolla Bhride
SPECIAL JURY AWARDS
Ivan Kavanagh – Tin Can Man
Ruben Östlund – Play
Aisling Loftus – Death of a Superhero
Vincent Paronnaud & Marjane Satrapi – Chicken with Plums

The (second) surprise film turned out to be Paolo Sorrentino’s This Must be the Place. I had already seen the picture at Cannes and thought it pretty good. As you will be aware, this is the one starring Sean Penn as an aging rock star, based in Dublin, who sets off across America in search of a Nazi war criminal. I thought the stuff with Penn was really good. He comes across as an unholy — but benign — combination of Robert Smith and Michael Jackson. It’s a very eccentric performance that just about stays the right side of madness. The film seemed less secure in its American sections. The road meandered a little too much and the drama lost a degree of focus. But it’s a very impressive, very original piece of work. You can all see it late next month.

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