Every year the Dublin Film Critics Circle award the best at the Jameson Founded in 2003, the Dublin International Film Festival sets the agenda of the year with its programme of outstanding Irish and international film. with a ceremony at the end of the festival. This year the big prize went to Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy’s The Tribe, a frankly extraordinary film about a deaf mute teenager struggles to fit in at a boarding school.
Best Director went to Ruben Östlund for his avalanche drama Force Majeure, which won the Jury Prize in Un Certain Regard at Cannes last year. Yuri Bykov won Best Screenplay for The Fool, with Lyle Vincent’s sublime cinematography on A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night rightly recognised.
On the home front Gerard Barrett’s Sundance favourite Glassland took Best Irish film, with Wheel Of Fortune: The Story And Legacy Of The Fairview Lion Tamer taking Best Irish Documentary. Prolific cinematographer Piers McGrail was awarded the Michael Dwyer Discovery prize for his work on Let Us Prey, Glassland, and The Canal. The opening scene of Let Us Prey being a particular highlight.
The festival wraps up today with annual delight the Surprise Film, an audience with Julie Andrews, and a 50th anniversary screening of The Sound of Music.
The film list of winners are below. There’s even a neat video on the Irish Times website.
BEST FILM – The Tribe
BEST DIRECTOR – Ruben Östlund – Force Majeure
BEST SCREENPLAY – Yuri Bykov – The Fool
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY – Lyle Vincent – A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
BEST DOCUMENTARY – Cobain: Montage of Heck
BEST ACTOR – Cliff Curtis – The Dark Horse
BEST ACTRESS – Nina Hoss – Phoenix
BEST IRISH FILM – Glassland
BEST IRISH DOCUMENTARY – Wheel Of Fortune: The Story And Legacy Of The Fairview Lion Tamer
BEST DEBUT – Chaitanya Tamhane – Court
MICHAEL DWYER DISCOVERY – Piers McGrail – cinematographer Let Us Prey, Glassland, The Canal
SPECIAL JURY PRIZE – A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Contemplating Existence
SPECIAL JURY PRIZE – Eden
SPECIAL JURY PRIZE – Tu Dors Nicole
SPECIAL JURY PRIZE – 10,000 KM