All over for another year : Donald Clarke from the Irish Times reflects on the good and the bad of this year's festival. + more
access CINEMA release Our Children opens in Irish Film Institute and Triskel Christchurch from Friday May 10th
access>CINEMA releases the Belgian drama Our Children (A Perdre La Raison) at the Irish Film Institute, Dublin and Triskel Christchurch Cork from today, May 10th. + more
Director Mike Mills
From Mike Mills, the writer/director of Thumbsucker, comes a new comedic drama about how deeply funny and transformative life can be, even in its most serious moments. Beginners unfolds through two intertwined storylines of Oliver and his father, Hal: in the present day, Oliver grudgingly attends a Halloween party where he meets Anna, an alluring French actress. But even as their budding courtship progresses, Oliver finds himself constantly dwelling upon his recently deceased father’s last years. At the age of 75, shortly after the death of his wife, Oliver’s father Hal came out of the closet. Disregarding his advanced years and a diagnosis of terminal cancer, Hal gleefully embraced his senior bon vivant lifestyle: hitting the clubs, buying a new wardrobe, and, eventually, dating a new boyfriend half his age. Throughout the film, these two narrative strands subtly illuminate each other, as Oliver strives to reconcile his father’s exemplary lessons on hope, courage, and romance to his own cloistered life. Drawing upon autobiographical events, Beginners imaginatively explores the hilarity, confusion, and surprises of love. – Seattle International Film Festival 2011
Running Time 105m
Filmmaker, graphic designer and artist, Mike has completed a number of music videos for Air, Pulp and Moby, commercials for Levi’s, Gap and Nike, short films and documentaries. His first feature film, Thumbsucker, won acting awards at the 2005 Sundance film festival and at the Berlin International film festival.