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BIFS 2018 Films

The 2018 British & Irish Film Season (BIFS) will take place from 19 - 29 September 2018. 

British & Irish Film Season 2018 Presents:

Black 47

Black 47 (IE / LU / US)

Director : Lance Daly (produced by Macdara Kelleher)
Starring : Hugo Weaving, Jim Broadbent, Sarah Greene, Barry Keoghan, Stephen Rea, Antonia Campbell-Hughes, Moe Dunford, Julian Nest, Philip Dutton, Valerie Scott, John Molloy, Liam McEvoy
Genre : Drama - Duration: 96 mins
Synopsis : Set in Ireland during the Great Famine, the drama follows an Irish Ranger who has been fighting for the British Army abroad, as he abandons his post to reunite with his family. Despite experiencing the horrors of war, he is shocked by the famine's destruction of his homeland and the brutalization of his people and his family.

Camino Voyage

Camino Voyage (IE)

Director : Donal O'Céilleachair
Starring : Oscar-winning musician Glen Hansard, artist Liam Holden, writer and poet Danny Sheehy, traditional Irish musician Brenday Begley, stonemason Breanndán Pháid Ó'Muircheartaigh
Genre : Documentary - Duration: 98 mins
Synopsis : A crew of two writers, two musicians, an artist and a stonemason build a naomhog - a Kerry currach - and embark on a journey that takes them from Dublin to Wexford, across the Irish Sea, along Devon and Cornwall, across the English Channel, along the north and west coasts of France, then the north and north-west coasts of Spain, to the Camino. This is a story of endurance, of adventure, of music and culture and, above all, achievement. The famous Camino de Santiago is a series of pilgrims' paths leading to the shrine of the apostle St James in the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia in north-western Spain.

Eaten by Lions

Eaten by Lions (EN)

Director : Jason Wingard
Starring : Jack Carroll (Britain's Got Talent finalist 2017), Antonio Aakeel, Johnny Vegas, Asim Chaudry, Darshan Jariwala
Genre : Comedy drama - Duration: 94 mins
Synopsis : After losing their beloved Gran, half-brothers Omar and Pete embark on a journey to find Omar's real father, in Blackpool. When they do, how will they be accepted and fit in with their new-found family? An oddball and heart-warming comedy full of laughs, set in contemporary Britain yet retaining cultural stereotypes.

Good Favour

Good Favour (IE, BE, NL)

Director : Rebecca Daly (produced by Conor Barry)
Starring : Alexandre Willaume, Clara Rugaard, Victoria Mayer, with Sofia Steele
Genre : Drama - Duration: 101 mins
Synopsis : A devout Christian community located in the woods away from civilisation is visited by a stranger. All they know is that his name is Tom, he is 17 and has a nasty wound to his side. While some villagers are initially wary, he is welcomed into the community where baptism is at 18 years of age. But the villagers themselves are hiding things from themselves...


In Darkness (EN)

Director : Anthony Byrne
Starring : Natalie Dormer, Ed Skrein, Emily Ratajkowski, Neil Maskell, James Cosmo, Joley Richardson
Genre : Thriller - Duration: 100 mins
Synopsis : Natalie Dormer (Game of Thrones, The Tudors, The Hunger Games) stars as Sofia, a blind pianist who is witness to a murder in the apartment above hers. She is drawn into the criminal underworld with Russians and Serbs, as well as the police asking questions. The mood is set from the opening scene which makes the audience aware of other senses than just sight, including sound. The suspense and plot twists will keep you on the edge of your seats... reminiscent of Hitchcock's "Rear Window".

John Hume in America

In The Name of Peace: John Hume in America (IE)

Director : Maurice Fitzpatrick
Starring : Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter, John Major, Tony Blair, Barack Obama
Genre : Documentary - Duration: 90 mins
Synopsis : Inspired by Martin Luther King, rising from the riot-torn streets of Northern Ireland to enlist American Presidents from Carter to Clinton, this is the story of the extraordinary work of Nobel Prize-winner John Hume to harness and leverage US support to help secure peace in Ireland. Narrated by Liam Neeson and scored by Bill Whelan.


Journeyman (EN)

Director : Paddy Considine
Starring : Paddy Considine, Jodie Whittaker
Genre : Drama - Duration: 92 mins
Synopsis : Matty Burton is the middleweight boxing champion of the world. Now, coming towards the end of his career, he knows that he must make his money and get out of the game. His aim is to secure a home with his wife Emma, and a future for their baby daughter Mia. After a titanic battle against Andre 'The Future' Bryte, Matty returns home to Emma, but moments later collapses on the living room floor from a delayed reaction to a devastating punch. When Matty awakes from the coma, the real fight begins. Suffering from memory loss and with his personality altered, Matty must begin to piece his life back together as his world disintegrates.

Old Boys

Old Boys (EN)

Director : Toby MacDonald
Starring : Alex Lawther, Pauline Etienne, Jonah Hauer-King, Joshua McGuire
Genre : Comedy drama - Duration: 96 mins
Synopsis : Set in an English all-boys boarding school before the times of modern technology, Amberson is a misfit struggling to fit in with his sports-playing peers. He is drawn towards Agnes, the daughter of the newly-arrived French teacher, but she only has eyes for Winchester. He then plays go-between, with Amberson and Winchester forging an unlikely alliance cum friendship. A charming and refreshing adaptation of Cyrano de Bergerac.

Postcards from the 48%

Postcards from the 48% (EN)

Director : David Wilkinson
Genre : Documentary - Duration: 114 mins
Synopsis : As a Remainer, the director travels across the UK to gather and represent the opinions of the 48% of people who voted to stay in the EU. While the referendum may well be over, David Wilkinson continues the debate. A powerful documentary which highlights many of today's political issues and feelings of the public, including that of English nationalism.

Richard the Stork

Richard the Stork (DE / BE / LU / NO / US)

Director : Toby Genkel, Reza Memari
Genre : Animated - Duration: 85 mins
Synopsis : Orphaned sparrow Richard is lovingly raised by a family of storks. When his adoptive parents and step-brother start getting ready for the long flight to warm Africa in the autumn, they have to tell hin the truth, that as a little sparrow, he is not made for such a long trip. With heavy hearts, they have to leave him behind. However, richard sets out for Africa on his own and gets help from Olga, an oversize pygmy owl and an an imaginary friend, Oleg. When they free Kiki, a singing parakeet, from his cage, a topsy-turvy adventure begins!

Shelter Me

Shelter Me: Apollo House (IE)

Director : Jim Sheridan
Genre : Documentary - Duration: 64 mins
Synopsis : As the homeless problem in Ireland seemed to go unnoticed by those in power, housing activists, well-known public figures, including Film Director Jim Sheridan, Musicians Glen Hansard , Hozier and others came together and took the law into their own hands. They broke into and took over an empty government building - Apollo House - in Dublin City Centre and were surprised and gratified at the reaction of the public.

Steel Country

Steel Country (EN, US)

Director : Simon Fellows
Starring : Andrew Scott, Bronagh Waugh, Denise Gough
Genre : Thriller - Duration: 89 mins
Synopsis : A gripping thriller starring Andrew Scott as Donald who has Asperger's Syndrome and works in the sanitation department of a Philadelphia town. When a young boy disappears and he feels the police are not doing enough, he plays detective and starts to unravel layers of seemingly tranquil suburbia.

Swimming with Men

Swimming with Men (EN)

Director : Oliver Parker
Starring : Rob Brydon, Jim Carter, Rupert Graves, Daniel Mays, Jane Horrocks
Genre : Comedy drama - Duration: 97 mins
Synopsis : A delightful British comedy in a similar vein to The Full Monty. Eric, a bored accountant, who swims at the local pool, feels his wife is neglecting him after she is elected to the local council. He teams up with an informal group of men who do synchronised swimming as a release from their own issues. Suddenly they find themselves invited to Italy for the World Championships...

Drummer and the Keper

The Drummer & The Keeper (IE)

Director : Nick Kelly
Starring : Dermot Murphy, Jacob McCarthy, Charlie Kelly, Peter Coonan
Genre : Drama - Duration: 92 mins
Synopsis : A film about an unlikely friendship, exploring trials and tribulations; Gabriel is a chaotic but aspiring drummer in a rock band but has his problems which include being a pyromaniac - when he is diagnosed as bipolar, he tries to hide it from his band members. His treatment sees him meet Christopher, an institutionalised 17 year-old with Aspergers Syndrome who enjoys playing football as goalkeeper. A very unlikely friendship ensues... with a cracking soundtrack and superb acting performances.

The Flag

The Flag (IE)

Director : Declan Recks
Starring : Pat Shortt, Moe Dunford, Simone Kirby, Brian Gleeson, Sorcha Cusack
Genre : Comedy drama - Duration: 84 mins
Synopsis : A light-hearted comedy caper including farce and slapstick. Harry Hambridge (Pat Shortt) plays a down-on-his-luck builder who returns home to attend his father's funeral. When going through photographs and rekindling memories, he comes across a letter in which his grandfather testifies that he raised the flag in the 1916 rising. However, the flag now hangs in a British Army Barracks and he makes up his mind to get it with the help of Mouse Morrisey (Moe Dunford) and other friends...


Zoo (NI)

Director : Colin McIvor
Starring : Toby Jones, Penelope Wilton, Art Parkinson, Amy Huberman
Genre : Family drama - Duration: 97 mins
Synopsis : An uplifting family film sees young Tom and his misfit friends fight to save 'Buster' the baby elephant during the German air raid bombings of Belfast in 1941.

Grá & Eagla

Grá & Eagla (Love & Fear) (IE)

Starring : Aine Gallagher
Genre : Short documentary - Duration: 15 mins
Synopsis : This short documentary follows Galway-based comedian Aine Gallagher as she prepares material for her bilingual stand-up comedy shows. The film offers fresh insight into what it means to be an Irish speaker in modern Ireland and gives encouragement to future Irish speakers.

Inside I'm Racing

Inside I'm Racing (IE)

Director : Aleksander Szeser
Starring : Frank Blake, Ethan Dodd, Clodagh Downing, Kelly Thornton
Genre : Short drama - Duration: 18 mins
Synopsis : A young autistic boy fascinated with Motorsport unexpectedly finds a chance to put his passion to the test…


Special Guests

BIFS 2018 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:

  • Black 47: Lance Daly (director) 
  • Camino Voyage: Donal O'Céilleachair (director)
  • Eaten by Lions: Hannah Stevenson (producer) & Jack Carroll (actor)
  • Good Favour: Rebecca Daly (director)
  • In The Name of Peace: John Hume in America: Maurice Fitzpatrick (director)
  • Postcards from the 48%: David Wilkinson (director)
  • Shelter Me: Apollo House: Zahara Moufid (director) – to be confirmed
  • Grá & Eagla (Love & Fear): Aine Gallagher
  • Old Boys: Pauline Etienne (actor)
  • Steel Country: Simon Fellows (director)


All tickets available from 5 September from www.luxembourg-ticket.lu.





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