Join in a celebration of British and Irish films while meeting cast & crew, directors and actors and possibly even win a flight to London or Dublin! Check out the programme and buy your tickets now.
In 2010, the British & Irish Film Season (BIFS) started in Luxembourg as a way to celebrate the rich array and diversification of film-making across the British Isles (England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Isle of Man).
Meet the people behind and in front of the camera
This ten day event will screen 17 feature-length films, from a cross-section of genres and representing mainly independent cinema; and will kick off with the screening of the romantic drama MAUDIE, starring Sally Hawkins and Ethan Hawke.
An exciting addition to the programme this year will be a Quiz Night (the winners take home LuxAir tickets!) which will take place on the 21st of September at Cinémathèque before the screening of Writing Home. All other films will be receiving their Luxembourg premiers during the length of the festival.
The audience will also have the privilege of meeting actors, directors and producers at a number of the events, including intimate Q&A sessions post-screenings. For cinema-enthusiasts to film-making students alike, this is a rare opportunity to learn more about the world of film production and meet some of the most interesting players in British and Irish cinema today.
Our Top 6 Picks
All the Wild Horses: Tuesday, September 26 – 18:30 @ Cine Utopia #3
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 1,000 km 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…
Toy Gun: Wednesday, September 27 – 18:30 @ Kinepolis Kirchberg #3
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.
Modern Life Is Rubbish: Thurs 28 Sep – 20:30 @ Cinémathèque
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.
Writing Home: Tues 21 Sept – 20:30 @ Cinémathèque
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.
White Island: Fri 29 Sept- 20:30 @ Cinémathèque
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.
The Farthest: Mon 25 Sept -19:00 @ Kinepolis Kirchberg #4
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.
The British & Irish Film Season will have screenings across three different venues, Ciné Utopia in Limpertsberg, Kinepolis Kirchberg and the Cinémathèque in Luxembourg-ville. The popular Season Special Ticket will be available for purchase online, enabling festival-goers to see five films for the price of three standard cinema tickets (€30). Please visit www.bifilmseason.lu for the entire schedule. Ticketing will also be available for €9 at the venues prior to screenings, depending on availability.