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Just 5 great movies to catch at the Dublin International Film Festival this weekend

Settle down with some popcorn.

THE ANNUAL AUDI Dublin International Film Festival (ADIFF) had officially begun.

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The festival opened last night with the Irish premiere of ‘Black 47′, a psychological thriller about the Irish Famine, of all things.

If you missed it, don’t worry. The festival runs until Sunday 4th March and we’ve rounded up the top five picks for you to see this weekend.

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  • What: Revenge
  • When: Fri 23rd Feb / 22:45 (1hr 48m)
  • Where: Light House 1

If you aren’t squeamish, this is the film for you. This thriller tale of bloody and brutal revenge was one of Toronto’s biggest – and most debated – sensations. The protagonist Jen is a withdrawn young woman who is pushed to seek vengeance and retribution when her boyfriend and his friends carry out an extreme act of violence and betrayal during a debauched weekend trip.

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  • What: Beast
  • When: Fri 23rd Feb/ 18:15 (1hr 47m)
  • Where: Cineworld 9

Beast is a psychological thriller, loosely inspired by a real-life case, and set on the remote island of Jersey.

It tells the story of Moll, a troubled young woman isolated by her oppressive family and desperate to escape her gloomy life. She falls for a handsome stranger, who seems to offer her an escape. However, she is caught between him and her family when he’s suspected for a series of brutal murders.

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  • What: The Divine Order
  • When: Sat 24th Feb / 16:30 (1hr 36m)
  • Where: Cineworld 9

If you’re feeling revved up about the 8th Amendment Referendum, then this is the film for you! The story centres on Nora, unassuming housewife as she fights for the right of women in her Switzerland to vote. Shockingly, it takes places in 1971!  Nora, a young housewife who lives in a quiet Swiss village that has seen little of the social upheaval of the 1968 movement. But when Nora begins to campaign for the right of women to vote, she begins to experience some resistance of her own. The film’s timely, character-driven story shows how the political is always the personal.

 

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  • What: The Lonely Battle of Thomas Reid
  • When: Sat 24th Feb/ 18:30 ( 1hr 16m)
  • Where: Light House 1

An Irish documentary focusing on the emotional battle that Kildare farmer Thomas Reid has had with his neighbour to keep his 300-year old ancestral home and land. The tricky issue for Thomas is that his neighbour is technology giant Intel.

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  • What: Lots of Kids, A Monkey and A Castle
  • When: Sun 25th Feb / 14:00 (1hr 30m)
  • Where: Light House 3

This movie won the Best Documentary Feature at the 2017 Camden International Film Festival. It tells the story of Julieta Salmerón, an eccentric ‘Irish Mammy’ (who’s actually Spanish) through the eyes of her son.

Julieta’s been convinced all of her life that true happiness would come to her if she had ‘lots of children, a monkey, and a castle’, and so Julieta has dedicated her life to achieving those very things. And I mean, if kids, a monkey and a seriously nice gaff doesn’t sound like a good recipe for happiness, I don’t know what is.

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