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The dates for the 2013 Birtish and Irish film season are Wednesday 25 September to Tuesday 8 October 2013.

BIFS 2013 Compilation


Film season opening

2013 Press Conference


nff-the-100-year-old-man-who-climbed-posterByzantium (En)

Director: Neil Jordan

Duration: 118 mins

Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Gemma Arterton, Sam Riley

Genre: Fantasy, Horror

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Synopsis: Two mysterious women seek refuge in a run-down coastal resort. Clara meets lonely Noel, who provides shelter in his deserted guesthouyse, Byzantium. Schoolgirl Eleanor befriends Frank and tells him their lethal secret. They were born 200 years ago and survive on human blood. As knowledge of their secret spreads, their past catches up on them with deathly consequence. Described as "Twilight for grown-ups"


nff-the-100-year-old-man-who-climbed-posterHonour (IoM)

Director: Shan Khan

Duration: 104 mins

Starring: Auysha Hart, Paddy Considine, Faraz Ayub

Genre: Thriller

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Synopsis: An urban thriller set in West London centered on a young woman is targeted by her family for an "honour killing" and the bounty hunter who takes the job. mona is a young British Muslim girl on the run away with her Punjabi boyfriend. In a desperate bid to save face and their family honour; her mother and older brother enlist the help of a bounty hunter to track her down.


nff-the-100-year-old-man-who-climbed-posterIrish Short Films (Ir)


Synopsis: The short film programme contains a mix of films which vary in length and genres and it also includes some animation.





nff-the-100-year-old-man-who-climbed-posterLife's a Breeze

Director: Lance Daly

Duration: 85 mins

Starring: Pat Shortt, Fionnula Flanagan, Kelly Thornton, Eva Birthistle

Genre: Comedy Drama

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Synopsis: Life's a Breeze is a feel-good 'recession comedy' about a family struggling to stay afloat and stay together through hard times in Ireland. Unemployed slacker Colm (Pat Shortt), his aging mother Nan (Fionnula Flanagan) and his neice Emma (Kelly Thornton) must overcome their many differences to lead their family in a race against time to find a lost fortune.


nff-the-100-year-old-man-who-climbed-posterLove Eternal (Ir, Lu)

Director: Brendan Muldowney

Duration: 97 mins

Starring: Robert de Hoog, Pollyanna McIntosh, Amanda Ryan, Xenia Katina; also Tom Leick, Janice Algrove, Jill Kibbey

Genre: Drama

Synopsis: Based on the Japanese novel In Love with the Dead, from acclaimed author Kei Oishi, the film centres on an isolated and death-fixated young man who tries to make sense of the world, and his existence, in the only way he knows how... by getting closer to death. A dark and elegiac yet alternatingly inspiring portrayal of a damaged young man trying to find his way in a world he no longer understands.


nff-the-100-year-old-man-who-climbed-posterRun & Jump (Ir)

Director: Steph Green

Duration: 102 mins

Starring: Edward MacLiam, Maxine Peake, Will Forte

Genre: Drama

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Synopsis: Run & Jump follows Vanetia Casey, the spirited and impossibly optimistic centre of the Casey family, who is struggling to get life back to normal after her 38-year-old husband suffers a rare stroke that changes his personality. Entering the emotional fray is an American researcher who stays with them for two months. The film examines the various inter-twining relationships, including resistance, friendship and lvoe, with Ted's continued presence in the house setting the family on course for an emotional collision.



nff-the-100-year-old-man-who-climbed-posterRush (En)

Director: Ron Howard

Duration: 123 mins

Starring: Daniel Bruhl, Chris Hemsworth, Olivia Wilde, Natalie Dormer

Genre: Sports action drama, Biography

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Synopsis: Set against the sexy, glamorous golden age of Forumla 1 racing in the 1970s, the film is based on the true story of a great sporting rivalry between handsome English playboy James Hunt driving for Maclaren and his methodical, brilliant opponent Austrian driver Niki Lauda with Ferrari. The story follows their distinctly different personal styles on and off the track, their loves and the astonishing 1976 season in which both drivers were willing to risk everything to become world champion in a sport with no margin for error.


nff-the-100-year-old-man-who-climbed-posterThe Callback Queen (Ir, En)

Director: Graham Cantwell

Duration: 88 mins

Starring: Amy-Joyce Hastings, Mark Killeen, Sean T.O Meallaigh

Genre: Romantic comedy

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Synopsis: A romantic comedy set in London's film industry. When a vivacious young actress struggling to get her big break lands an audition for the lead role in a massive movie franchise based on the Prince of Chaos novels. Kate stands to learn that her profession is personal, and sometimes friction can create a spark.


nff-the-100-year-old-man-who-climbed-posterThe Great Hip Hop Hoax

Director: Jeanie Finlay

Duration: 93 mins

Starring: Gavin Bain, Billy Boyd

Genre: Docu-drama, Music

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Synopsis: Californian hip-hop duo Silibil n' Brains were going to be massive. No one knew the pair were really Scottish, with fake American accents and made up identities. With confessions from the scammers, insight from the music execs they duped and doodle reconstructions, the film chars the rolelr coaster story of the highs of the scam and the lows of madness and the personal toll the deception took. A film about truth, lies and everything in the desperate pursuit of fame.


nff-the-100-year-old-man-who-climbed-posterThe Spirit of '45 (En)

Director: Ken Loach

Duration: 94 mins

Starring: Winston Churchill, Tony Benn, Clement Attlee

Genre: Documentary

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Synopsis: A documentary on how the spirit of unity, which buoyed Britain during the war years, carried through to create a vision of a fairer, united society. Ken Loach takes us on a journey back in time laying bare the most fair and socially way of running a country. Following the end of World War II, the country followed ultra-socialist policies that improved the quality of life for everyone very dramatically. A contemplating feast and a nostalgic journey.


nff-the-100-year-old-man-who-climbed-posterUWANTME2KILLHIM? (En)

Director: Andrew Douglas

Duration: 92 mins

Starring: Jamie Blackley, Toby Regbo, Joanne Froggatt

Genre: Suspense drama, Thriller

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Synopsis: When 16-year-old Mark, a popular schoolboy, meets local girl Rachel on the Internet, he quickly finds himself in an intense online relationship. Besotted, he will do anything for her - even befriend and defend her bullied, loner brother John. The film follows the on-line and real-life relationships. Based on true events in the UK in 2003, uwantme2killhim? is the story of the dangers of the Internet, the new crime scene of the 21st century.