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The 8th annual British & Irish Film Season in Luxembourg will take place from 20 September 2017 until 30 September 2017.



British & Irish Film Season 2017 Presents:


Access All Areas (EN)

Director : Bryn Higgins
Starring : Ella Purnell, Edward Bluemel, Georgie Henley, Jordan Stephens
Genre : Music Drama - Duration: 94 mins
Synopsis : Set around the famous Bestival music festival on the Isle of Wight, the film follows four rebellious teenagers who escape the clutches of their dysfunctional parents in Bristol and set off on a road trip to the south coast. Once at the festival they follow their dreams... An upbeat adult drama with youthful exuberance, featuring a fabulous soundtrack, with the script written around the music, all leading to an emotionally-charged climax with a feel-good factor.

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Aithrí / Penance (IE) in Irish & English with EN sub-titles

Director : Tom Collins
Starring : Peter Coonan, Terry Byrne, Barry Barnes, Diona Doherty
Genre : Period Thriller - Duration: 85 mins
Synopsis : Apart from the start and the end of the film set in 1969 during the Troubles, this drama looks back over 50 years ago to the Easter Rising. Fire-brand Father Eoin O'Donnell is convinced that only violence will force Britain out of Ireland. He influences young Antaine to fight, but events spiral out of control. Father O'Donnell flees to Derry to seek penance.


All the Wild Horses (EN)

Director : Ivo Marloh
Starring : Devan Horn, Donie Fahy, Richie Killoran, Monde Kanyana (all race competitors)
Genre : Documentary - Duration: 90 mins
Synopsis : This documentary follows international riders from Ireland, the UK, USA, Canada and South Africa as they compete in the 1,000km Mongol Derby horse race across the Mongolian Steppe. The longest and toughest horse race in the world tests the physical, emotional and mental strengths of the riders in this endurance event. The film includes spectacular cinematography and also glimpses the locals' way of life. The riders get to stay in yurts of nomadic tribes. After a dramatic start, the riders battle heat, exhaustion and wild dogs, and the first casualties need medical attention…

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Ethel & Ernest (EN, LU, WA)

Director : Roger Mainwood
Starring : (the voices of) Jim Broadbent, Brenda Blethyn, Luke Treadaway,...
Genre : Animated - Duration: 94 mins
Synopsis : This hand-drawn animated film, based on the award winning graphic novel by Raymond Briggs, is an intimate and affectionate depiction of the life and times of his parents, two ordinary Londoners living through extraordinary events.

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Handsome Devil (IE)

Director : John Butler
Starring : Fionn O'Shea, Nicholas Galitzine, Andrew Scott, Moe Dunford, Amy Huberman, Ardal O'Hanlon
Genre : Drama - Duration: 95 mins
Synopsis : Ned and Conor are forced to share a bedroom at their boarding school. The loner and the star athlete at this rugby-mad school form an unlikely friendship until it's tested by the authorities... About bullying, fitting in and friendship.

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Kingsman 2

Kingsman 2: Golden Circle (EN, US), Avant-Premier

Director : Matthew Vaughn
Starring : Taron Egerton, Mark Strong, Colin Firth
Genre : Action adventure - Duration: 117 mins
Synopsis : When their headquarters are destroyed and the world is held hostage, the Kingsman's journey leads them to the discovery of an allied spy organisation in the US. These two elite secret organisations must band together to defeat a common enemy.

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Maudie (IE, CA), Avant-Premier

Director : Aisling Walsh
Starring : Sally Hawkins, Ethan Hawke
Genre : Drama - Duration: 116 mins
Synopsis : A gem of a drama based on the true story of Maud Lewis and her unlikely romance with a reclusive and cantankerous bachelor. Set in Nova Scotia, this melancholic and atmospheric tale follows Maud as her arthritis slowly cripples her, yet she forges a career as a talented artist. Together they live in a tiny cabin without electricity or running water, but they are content with their simple existence.

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Modern Life is Rubbish

Modern Life is Rubbish (EN)

Director : Daniel Jerome Gill
Starring : Josh Whitehouse, Freya Mavor, Ian Hart, Tom Riley
Genre : Romantic comedy - Duration: 105 mins
Synopsis : A modern emotionally-charged rom-com set in London where two 20-somethings meet in a record store. Part of the story is a series of flashbacks on their relationship from when they are separating, including splitting up their record collection; and part is going forward and seeing how they cope in their careers after going their separate ways - "mope or cope". He is an aspiring musician fronting a 3-piece band but who rejects modern technology and consumerism; she is a graphic designer and aspires to design an album cover but settles for working at an ad agency. A look at modern life with a terrific soundtrack.


Pilgrimage (IE, BE) in Irish, English, French, with EN sub-titles

Director : Brendan Muldowney
Starring : Tom Holland, Richard Armitage, Jon Bernthal, Stanley Weber, John Lynch, Ruaidhri Conroy, Hugh O'Connor
Genre : Medieval thriller - Duration: 96 mins
Synopsis : Game of Thrones meets The Revenant… Set mainly in 13th century Ireland at the time of the Crusades, with some dialogue in Irish Gaelic and French (not Latin) enhancing the atmospheric setting, this medieval thriller takes a look at religion and faith in those times. A Vatican emissary arrives at a West of Ireland Catholic monastery to bring an ancient relic back to Rome, but first they must get past the Normans and Celts in their path...

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The Farthest

The Farthest (IE)

Director : Emer Reynolds
Genre : Documentary - Duration: 121 mins
Synopsis : Using invaluable archive material and conducting exhaustive interviews of Carl Sagan and other scientists at NASA, The Farthest looks back at the frontier-breaking Voyager mission, exploring the planets in our Solar System, the Golden Record and the cosmos. A mesmerising voyage with a stunning sound track.

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The Maker

The Marker (EN)

Director : Justin Edgar
Starring : Frederick Schmidt, Ana Ularu, John Hannah
Genre : Crime thriller - Duration: 83 mins
Synopsis : A gritty crime thriller set in the Birmingham underworld. A tale of redemption where the protagonist, upon release from prison for killing a woman, seeks to find and help her daughter. He is wracked by guilt with his victim appearing in hallucinations. He then starts to unravel the seedy world of grooming linked with children's homes in his efforts to find the girl who has just turned 16.

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The Secret Scripture

The Secret Scripture (IE, EN)

Director : Jim Sheridan
Starring : Aidan Turner, Rooney Mara, Jack Reynor, Vanessa Redgrave
Genre : Drama - Duration: 108 mins
Synopsis : : Roseanne must vacate the soon-to-be demolished mental institution in Roscommon (Ireland) that she's called home for over 50 years. The hospital's psychiatrist, Dr. Grene, is called in to assess her condition. He finds himself intrigued by Roseanne's seemingly inscrutable rituals and tics, and her fierce attachment to her Bible, which she has over the decades transformed into a palimpsest of scripture, drawings, and cryptic diary entries. As Grene delves deeper into Roseanne's past, we see her as a young woman, whose charisma proves seductive. We learn that she moved to Sligo to work in her aunt's café, fell in love with a dashing fighter pilot, and that a local priest fell tragically in love with her...

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This Beautiful Fantastic

This Beautiful Fantastic (EN, SC)

Director : Simon Aboud
Starring : Jessica Brown Findlay, Tom Wilkinson, Andrew Scott, Jeremy Irvine
Genre : Comedy drama - Duration: 100 mins
Synopsis : : A young woman, abandoned at birth and working as a librarian, suffers from OCD and agoraphobia. Her landlord threatens to evict her unless she tidies up her garden which resembles a jungle. She develops a friendship with a cantankerous old man who lives opposite, and his cook whom he treats very badly. A wonderful quirky and comical, modern-day fairly-tale with a stellar cast.

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Tommys Honour

Tommy’s Honour (SC, US)

Director : Jason Connery
Starring : Peter Mullan, Jack Lowden, Ophelia Lovibond and Sam Neill
Genre : Drama - Duration: 117 mins
Synopsis : : A captivating period drama about the relationship between father and son, Jason Connery’s enthralling film is set against the fascinating backdrop of the early days of professional golf, starting off at St Andrew's in Scotland where Tom Morris was greenkeeper in times when gentry bet on the outcome of matches.

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Toy Gun

Toy Gun (BE, LU, DE)

Director : Marco Serafini
Starring : John Hannah, Federico Castelluccio, Luke Allen-Gale, Julian Sands, Hana Sofia Lopes, Claire Johnston, Julian Nest
Genre : Comedy drama - Duration: 90 mins
Synopsis : : A fun and gritty dark comedy about a meek young man (Ruggero) who impulsively robs a bank to prove to his ex-wife that he is courageous and masculine. A police investigation engulfs everyone except our unassuming hero. Through a set of hilarious coincidences, he gets away with the robbery, while corrupt bank officials take the fall for what looks like an inside job. Fargo meets The Big Lebowski, as Ruggero discovers a crime world of loan sharks and thugs.

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White Island

White Island (EN)

Director : Benjamin Turner
Starring : Lyndon Ogbourne, Joel Dommett, Elliot Gleave, Gala Gordon, Billy Zane, Billy Boyd
Genre : Comedy drama - Duration: 95 mins
Synopsis : : Set in London and Ibiza featuring a former DJ who is now a young recruitment professional and who has just won a promotion. His girlfriend's father, though, is a local gangster and when she dumps him, he learns to his cost that she has set him up by planting drugs in his bag. The problem is that he gave the bag to his friend who is on his way to Ibiza, so he must follow the trail to try and set things right.

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Writing Home

Writing Home (IE)

Director : Nagham Abboud, Elekson L. Dell'Armellina, Miriam Velasco
Starring : Tony Kelly, Caoimhe O'Malley, Geraldine McAlinden
Genre : Romantic comedy - Duration: 90 mins
Synopsis : : A high-tempo Filmbase production part-financed by crowd-funding, based around a successful Irish writer in London who is called home as his father is on his deathbed. While there his presence opens old wounds and he finds it difficult to adjust to quiet small-town life. With a superb script from a first-time writer with a tremendous soundtrack. Shot in Rathgar and Carlingford, Co Louth, amongst other locations. The film had three co-directors (two female): one Lebanese, one Brazilian and one Mexican.




Special Guests

BIFS 2017 is deligthed to be able to confirm the following Special Guests will be attending to participate in post-screening Q&A sessions about their films:

  • Access All Areas: Oliver Veysey, writer
  • Aithrí / Penance: Peter Coonan, actor; Edwina Forkin, producer – TBC
  • All the Wild Horses: Ivo Marloh, director/producer
  • Ethel & Ernest: Stephan Roelants, co-producer; Nicolas Debray, animation supervisor
  • The Farthest: Emer Reynolds, director
  • The Marker: Justin Edgar, director
  • Toy Gun: Jesus Gonzalez, producer; plus other cast & crew
  • Writing Home: Tony Kelly, actor

QuizTime BIFS WEB 2017



There are 4 options for ticketing, as follows:

    Individual tickets for “Kingsman 2: Golden Circle” are €9.70
    Individual tickets for all other screenings: €9
    Film Quiz: €60 for a team of 4 (includes the Film Quiz and screening of “Writing Home”)
    Season Special Ticket: €30 (select 5 films)

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