Dublin International Film Festival 2024: Ten Movies that You Should See

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The annual Dublin International Film Festival (DIFF) is set to return, bringing a diverse lineup of movies from around the world.

The festival kicks off on the 22nd of February and will run until the 2nd of March, 2024. All screenings will be at the Light House Cinema.

From thought-provoking dramas and captivating documentaries to thrilling horror flicks, here are ten mustn’t-miss films at this year’s Dublin International Film Festival.

1. The Beast

Lea Seydoux plays Gabrielle in a sci-fi movie that tries to simulate what a world controlled by artificial intelligence could be like…where human emotions are deemed a threat.

The Beast is a loose adaptation of Henry James’ 1903 novella, The Beast in the Jungle. Screening time is set for Feb. 27, 4 PM.

2. Dear Jassi

Cult filmmaker Tarsem Singh (The Cell, The Fall) returns to the big screen after an eight-year hiatus through Dear Jassi.

In this Romeo-and-Juliet tale inspired by true events set in 1996 India, the character of Jassi falls in love with Mithu, a rickshaw driver. Could their love be enough to fight what is dictated by Punjabi society?

The movie has been awarded the Platform Prize at the Toronto International Film Festival. Screening time is on Feb. 29, 8 PM.

3. Humanist Vampire Seeking Consenting Suicidal Person

Sasha (Sara Montpetit), a teenage vampire who doesn’t want to kill people for their blood, meets Paul (Félix-Antoine Bénard), a boy suffering from depression – enough to volunteer to be her next meal.

The Canadian film is in French and, based on reviews, has hit that sweet spot between comedy, horror, and drama. Screening time: Feb 28, 8:30 pm.

4. King Frankie

After his father’s death, Frankie, a Dublin taxi driver running his own tiny taxi firm, comes face to face with something that happened ten years ago; and forgiving himself is the first thing that Frankie must do. Screening times: Feb 24 and 27, 7 pm.

a very clever film that says a lot about contemporary Ireland

– DIFF director Grainne Humphreys

5. Memory

This US drama shows how the structured life of social worker Sylvia blows apart when Saul, who is suffering from early onset dementia, follows her home from their high school reunion.

Peter Sarsgaard won Best Actor for his performance in this film at the Venice Film Festival. He played Saul. Screening time: Feb 28, 6 pm.

6. Red Rooms

Red Rooms mixes courtroom drama and the thriller of serial killers in this Canadian movie that zeroes in on a model who grows an obsession with a murderer who broadcasts the torture leading to the death of his victims to a paying audience on the dark web. Screening time: Feb 24, 9 pm.

7. Sleep

A pregnant woman needs to find a way to stop the violent sleepwalking behaviours of her husband before he causes serious harm to their family in this South Korean horror mystery. Screening time: Feb 25, 8:15 pm.

8. Twig

Set in Dublin, the young Twig (Sade Malone) sets out to do the right thing when the local crime lord determines to let his brother’s body rot in the street.

Twig is a modern and powerful retelling of the Greek tragedy, Antigone. Screening times: Feb 22, 6:30 pm and 9 pm.

9. Drive-Away Dolls

A comedy caper directed by Ethan Coen (The Big Lebowski, Fargo), this film follows Jamie and Marian on an impromptu road trip to Tallahassee. Things go awry when they run into a group of clumsy criminals on the way. Screening time: Feb. 27, 9 PM.

The Surprise Film

10. The Surprise Film

Each year at DIFF, the Surprise Film is shown amid great speculation and no one – not even the projectionist – knows the film’s title until the first few frames on screen slowly reveal its true identity.

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Every year, there is a surprise film that even the projectionist does not know. A former surprise film is 300. Screening time is set for March 2, 5 PM.

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