The second European Film Screenings are set to hit Abu Dhabi and Dubai next week, with films from across the continent. The event, which is free to attend, will showcase 18 films from 18 European countries. Ireland is officially represented in the selection by Aoife Kelleher’s award-winning documentary One Million Dubliners, but it is not the only Irish film at the event as Cartoon Saloon’s Oscar nominated animation Song of the Sea will open events, representing co-producers Luxembourg.
Glasnevin Cemetery is Ireland’s national necropolis, home to over one million people who by their final resting place, are honorary Dubliners. The cemetery has a remarkable history that makes it one of Ireland’s most popular tourist attractions, along with being a place that evokes profound emotions for its regular visitors. One Million Dubliners reveals the often unspoken stories of ritual, love, loss, redemption, emotion and history.
One Million Dubliners is the feature directorial debut of Kelleher and is produced by Rachel Lysaght for Underground Films. The film was made in association with RTÉ, the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland and Shoot for the Moon with the participation of Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland (FÉ/SI) is the national development agency for Irish filmmaking and the Irish film, television and animation industry./The Irish Film Board.
The The Irish Film and Television Academy (IFTA) is an all-Ireland organisation with a Membership of 1,240 individuals across 14 Chapters of Discipline. award-winning, and Oscar nominated Song of the Sea follows Ben and his little sister Saoirse, the last selkie, who can transform from seals to people, and her journey to the sea, to find her voice and sing the “Song of the Sea” to save all of fairy kind from being lost forever.
An all-star voice cast features in the film, including Brendan Gleeson, Fionnula Flanagan, David Rawle, Lisa Hannigan, Pat Shortt, and Jon Kenny. The score comes from The Secret of Kells collaborators Bruno Coulais and the Irish band Kila.
Other films that will screen over the 10 days include Bogowie from Poland, Dark Horse from the UK, The Grump from Finland, and The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared from Sweden.