Dublin Feminist Film Festival to Take Place This Month

The Dublin Feminist Film Festival will be screening movies on November 21 and 22 which shine a spotlight on women.

Taking place in the Lighthouse Cinema, Smithfield, Dublin 7, as well as the neighbouring Generator Hostel, the theme for DFFF2018 is Reframe/Refocus. Rather than foreground particular topics, the programme this year will feature films not only directed by women, but also shot by female cinematographers.

“In emphasising the role of the cinematographer, we aim to expand the notion of who ‘makes’ a film and what ‘Films by Women’ means, while also raising questions about whether and how films shot by women feature a different or other gaze,” said the organisers in a statement. This comes after Rachel Morrison garnered an Academy Award nomination as Director of Photography on the film Mudbound in 2017.

The Lighthouse will screen three international films as part of the festival. as well as a series of shorts. Indonesian thriller The Seen and Unseen examines the trauma facing young Tantri as she and her family nervously await a prognosis for her hospitalised twin brother. XXY is an Argentinian drama examining the live of an intersex teenager.

The festival will also show critically acclaimed documentary Cameraperson, Kirsten Johnson’s autobiographical documentary about her life and career as a cinematographer for the likes of Laura Poitras (Citizenfour). It brings together 20 years of Johnson’s personal and professional footage, weaving together scenes from around the world that have left their mark on Johnson.

The shorts programme includes 50-minute movie Parklands. The 1996 Australian thriller features Cate Blanchett in her first starring film role as a young woman investigating her dead father’s sordid past.

The Generator Hostel will host a series of free talks including one focusing on ‘Women and Cinematography” from Trinity lecturer Dr Paula Quigley and a conversation between filmmakers Deirdre O’Toole and Eimear Ennis Graham.

Tickets to most screenings cost €11 (€9 for students). €13/€9 is the price for the combined ticket for the Shorts Programme and Parklands. For the full-line up and tickets, visit www.dublinfeministfilmfestival.com.

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