Now in its third year, the East Asia Film Festival Ireland (EAFFI) brings together the voices of significant filmmakers from a multitude of
geographical contexts: from the Han river in South Korea to Osaka and Tokyo, from Hong Kong to Taipei, to the Wu mountains and small villages of subtropical China, to the villages and borders of Thailand and Malaysia.
Each skilfully addresses questions of identity and the burning issues of our time including ethnicity, nationhood and family. The festival is honoured to welcome auteur Tsai Ming-Liang and his long-term collaborator, actor Lee Kang-Sheng. They are both here to present rare screenings of three of Tsai’s films: The River (1997), one of the greatest films of the 1990s, I Don’t Want To Sleep Alone (2006), and his latest film, Your Face (2018). Tsai and Lee will also lead a Masterclass on Saturday 13th to be conducted by film critic Tony Rayns, one of the world's leading experts on Asian cinema.
The festival is pleased to offer a number of Irish premieres, including the festival’s opening film, Hong Sang-Soo’s latest comedy-drama Hotel by the River. Also screening is the stunning A First Farewell, which won prizes at both the Berlin and Tokyo film festivals, plus films from Locarno, Venice and Cannes, including Bi Gan’s Long Day's Journey Into Night, the modern romance Asako I & II, Zhang Ming’s The Pluto Moment, and the closing film, Phuttiphong Aroonpheng’s atmospheric Manta Ray.
The festival would like to thank the Arts Council, RTÉ Supporting the Arts, Dublin City Council, the Irish Film Institute, The Cultural Taiwan Foundation and the Taipei Representative Office in Ireland for their support with the Taiwanese Cinema Programme, and all our sponsors and partners for their invaluable support to EAFFI.
Maria O’Brien, Marie-Pierre Richard
East Asia Film Festival Ireland
Notes by Marie-Pierre Richard.
EAFFI is funded by the Arts Council.
APRIL 6TH – 30TH
Northern Ireland – Our Battle of Images is a programme of rarely-seen films that use alternative stylistic approaches to explore the Northern Ireland conflict.
The images that have come to define the conflict have been primarily those of television and fiction: news reports, talking head documentaries, gritty crime movies and human-interest dramas. However, there is another visual history of the conflict preserved in the lesser-known work of a diverse group of international, politically militant and formally experimental films of the 1970s and 1980s.
While most could be classed as documentarians, their innovative formal approaches discourage any complacent acceptance of the ‘real’, and often highlight how images of Northern Ireland have been manipulated and weaponised by the state and the media. Coming from various radical and artistic milieus in New York, London and Paris, the filmmakers collaborated with locals eager for representation outside the narrow frames of Irish and British media, and films such as The Patriot Game and Behind the Wire would even become organising and fundraising tools for Republicans and their international supporters.
Many of these films haven’t screened in Ireland since their initial circulation, if at all, and they are presented here collectively for the first time. This programme evolved in tandem with Donal Foreman’s documentary about his father Arthur McCaig, The Image You Missed, a frequent documentarian of the Troubles. This season has been curated in consultation with Sunniva O’Flynn, IFI Head of Irish Film Programming.
Introduction and film notes by Donal Foreman.
The screening on Saturday 6th will be introduced by Joseph Long, the screenings on Monday 15th, Tuesday 16th and Thursday 18th will be introduced by Donal Foreman, and the screening on Thursday 25th will be introduced by Dr Maeve Connolly of IADT.
ARCHIVE AT LUNCHTIME MARCH 2019: PROGRAMME 2
MINDING THE GAP
THE WHITE CROW
The IFI is supported by The Arts Council