Culture: The annual British and Irish Film Season kicked off Wednesday evening with a special screening at the Utopolis of Ol Parker’s “Now Is Good.”
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The season continues at the Utopia in Limpertsberg with the screening of another eight films through Monday October 8.
The opening film was a bitter-sweet drama about a young girl, played by Dakota Fanning, who learns that she is dying of leukaemia and compiles a bucket list that includes her wish to lose her virginity.
Also on the programme is James Marsh’s critically acclaimed Northern Ireland thriller Shadow Dancer starring Clive Owen as an MI5 agent and the excellent Andrea Riseborough as an IRA informant asked to betray her own family in order to protect her son’s welfare.
Scottish ghost story The Awakening (with Dominic West and Imelda Staunton) and Irish sci-fi comedy Grabbers are also on the bill. More Irish fare comes in the form of Stella Days, a comedy-drama starring Martin Sheen as a patriarchal priest in a 1950s Tipperary town that is witnessing the introduction of domestic electricity. Stephen Rea plays a civic leader who is abhorred by the screening of Hollywood films in the parish hall.
Sports drama Fast Girls is the story of rivals from different social strata on the British women’s sprint relay team, while feel good comedy The Decoy Bride stars and Kelly MacDonald as a single girl on a Scottish island who acts as a double for a Hollywood actress about to marry David Tennant with the inevitable consequences.
Finally, two directors will attend the screenings of their films. Peter Bach will be there on Thursday October 4 for his documentary Flanagan's Wake. The film is a moving story about artist Barry Flanagan who is wrestling with Motor Neuron Disease. And Harrison Wall (a former pupil of St George's International School) will attend the screening of his horror thriller Weaverfish on Saturday September 29.