VOLTA.IE ANNOUNCES SECOND ANNUAL STREAMS: THE EUROPEAN ONLINE FILM FESTIVAL

Volta, the video on demand platform for Irish and international independent films, today announced the programme for the 2nd annual STREAMS: The European Online Film Festival, which will run from November 15th 2013 to December 15th 2013 on www.volta.ie.

The online film festival will run simultaneously on nine Video on Demand platforms across Europe (all members of EuroVOD) and will give Irish audiences exclusive access to seventeen recent European feature films and documentaries that haven’t yet premiered outside of their national territories. All foreign language films have English subtitles and users can opt to stream films individually for €2.99 or buy a festival pass for €24.99 to enjoy all the films at a lower cost.

Highlights include Mama Illegal, an Austrian documentary which follows three Moldovan women over seven years who have left their families to work illegally as cleaners in Austria. Their struggles reflect those of illegal and trafficked women everywhere, whose dreams of a brighter future are often not realised. Gourmands nationwide will love Entre Les Bras, a French documentary on three Michelin starred chef Michel Bras and his decision to hand over his restaurant to his son, Sebastien, who has been working with him for 15 years. This is a moving and joyful portrait of an outstanding family who have devoted themselves to Haute Cuisine for three generations.

Audiences across Europe will now also have the chance to see Irish films Silence andTim Robinson: Connemara, both directed by Pat Collins, which are the official Irish entries for the festival. STREAMS is the first festival of its kind in Europe and titles will be available to stream on volta.ie for a month. The carefully curated selection showcases an incredible mix of feature films and documentaries from across Europe.

The films:

      • Shelter (Podslon), by Dragomir Sholev, Comedy / Drama, 2010, Bulgaria

 

      • Love.net, by Ilian Djevelekov, Drama / Romance, 2011, Bulgaria

 

      • Entre les bras, Paul Lacoste, Documentary, 2011, France

 

      • Chercher le garçon, Dorothée Sebbagh, Drama, 2012, France

 

      • Nice Guy, Pascal Bergamin, 2011, Drama, Switzerland

 

      • Mary & Johnny, Samuel Schwarz & Julian Grünthal, Drama, 2011, Switzerland

 

      • Otel-lo, Hammudi Al-Rahmoun, Drama, 2012, Spain

 

      • Enxaneta, Alfonso Amador, Drama, 2012, Spain

 

      • Mama Illegal, Ed Moschitz, Documentary, 2011, Austria

 

      • Anfang 80, Sabine Hiebler & Gerhard Ertl, Drama, 2011, Austria

 

      • De leur vivant, Géraldine Doignon, Drama, 2012, Belgium

 

      • Twa Timoun, Jonas D’Adesky, Drama, 2012, Belgium

 

      • Leg ihn um, Jan Schütte, Comedy, 2012, Germany

 

      • Kleine Verbrechen (Small Crime), Christos Georgiou, Comedy, 2008, Germany

 

      • Silence, Pat Collins, Drama, 2012, Ireland

 

      • Tim Robinson: Connemara, Pat Collins, Documentary, 2012, Ireland

 

    • XL, Martein Thorsson, Drama, 2013, Iceland

By logging on to volta.ie or www.streamsfilmfestival.com (from November 15th) fans can enjoy films selected for the festival and also access exclusive editorial content and video bonuses.

WHAT RICHARD DID SELECTED TO SCREEN AT THE TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL, APRIL 17 -28

Following on from last month’s five IFTA awards, WHAT RICHARD DID success story continues as it’s selected to screen as part of the Tribeca Film Festival this April. The prestigious festival was founded by Robert De Niro and is an annual celebration of film, music and culture.

WHAT RICHARD DID has already screened at numerous international film festivals to outstanding critical acclaim, including The Toronto International Film festival and the BFI London Film Festival.

Adapted from Kevin Power’s novel BAD DAY IN BLACKROCK and written by Malcolm Campbell (SKINS, SHAMELESS), who recently picked up the Best Screenplay Award at Evening Standard British Film Awards, WHAT RICHARD DID is the third film from acclaimed director Lenny Abrahamson, whose previous work includes GARAGE and ADAM & PAUL. He is currently in post-production on FRANK which stars Michael Fassbender, Domhnall Gleeson and Maggie Gyllenhaal.

WHAT RICHARD DID features an ensemble of young Irish actors including Róisín Murphy, Sam Kelly and Jack Reynor, who has recently signed with US talent agency WME and is tipped to be the next big acting talent to come out of Ireland.

Speaking on the selection, producer Ed Guiney said  “Tribeca is one of the powerhouses of independent cinema in America and we could not have better backers for  the North American release of WHAT RICHARD DID.”

WHAT RICHARD DID is now available on DVD and On-Demand.

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VOLTA.IE TO HOST STREAMS: THE EUROPEAN ONLINE FILM FESTIVAL

Volta, the Irish owned and operated video on demand service for independent film, will be the exclusive Irish host of STREAMS: The European Online Film Festival. STREAMS is presented in association with the Independent European Video on Demand Platforms of the EuroVoD network. The online festival will run simultaneously on seven European Video on Demand platforms from Dec 1st to Dec 31st.

This new and unique festival will give Irish audiences exclusive access to fourteen recent European feature films and documentaries that haven’t yet premiered outside of their national territories. Audiences across Europe will now also have the chance to see recent Irish releases One Hundred Mornings and Sensation. The festival is the first of its kind in Europe and titles will be available to stream on volta.ie for the entire month of December. The carefully curated selection showcases an incredible mix of feature films and documentaries from across Europe.

By logging on to volta.ie or www.streamsfilmfestival.com (from December 1st) fans can enjoy films selected for the festival and also access exclusive editorial content and video bonuses. All foreign language films have English subtitles and users can opt to stream films individually for €2.99 or buy a festival pass for €24.99 to enjoy all the films at a lower cost.

The Films

Perfect Stranger, Spain
Starring Colm Meaney. Winner: Best International First Feature Award at the Galway Film Fleadh 2012. The mysterious arrival of a foreigner to a small village in a Mediterranean island awakens interest from a diverse group of residents.

Diamond Flash, Spain
Five women, each with different agendas, are linked in some way to Diamond Flash, a mysterious character who will change their lives forever.

Still Life, Austria
An unexpected letter forces siblings Bernhard and Lydia to confront each other and to deal with their family history. A powerful, disturbing portrait of a family, struggling to cope with the sins of their father.

The Fatherless, Austria
Four siblings reunite for their father’s funeral and thrash out their complicated and conflicting feelings about their childhoods, uncovering buried secrets. “Amazingly assured” IndieWire.

All That Remains, Switzerland
Four people, bound by the common thread of a deeply personal loss, take to the road at a pivotal moment in their lives, hoping to move ahead. Along the way they unexpectedly intersect with one another, forever altering their understanding of brotherhood, friendship, and love.

Nomad’s Land : In the Footsteps of Nicolas Bouvier, Switzerland
Winner, Golden Gate Award For Best Documentary Feature, San Francisco International Film Festival. A travelogue documentary charting an early explorer.

Hotel Deutschland 2, Germany
Twenty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Stefan Paul returns East Berlin for a tour of the arts and music scenes.

Sohnemänner, Germany
A moving story about the complex relationship between a father and son, told in a serious and humorous way.

Berlin Telegram, Belgium
Leila and Antoine were passionately in love until one day, Antoine leaves Leila for someone else. Leila’s reaction is to abandon her life in Brussels to start afresh in Berlin, taking with her nothing but a small video camera.

Fils Unique, Belgium
The story of a divorced taxi driver from the north of France, who is asked by his mother, recently diagnosed with cancer, to take in his cantankerous father, a man he has not spoken to in ten years.

Living on Love Alone, France
“Very watchable…. Czajka has thoroughly mastered the unforced naturalism that French cinema has such a knack for”. The Guardian. A story of love, and the things that bind us.

Crossdresser, France
A documentary featuring various men who indulge in cross-dressing, an activity seen as incongruous with their day to day lives as married fathers.

One Hundred Mornings, Ireland
A handful of people are left struggling to survive in a remote village in rural Ireland following a catastrophic event.

Sensation, Ireland
When an Irish farmer dies, his sole heir Donal is left some land; but Donal hasn’t inherited much in terms of social skills. He finds it hard to talk to women, and in frustration turns to the internet where he hooks up with Kiwi call-girl Kim. She has plans to open her own brothel, a dream Donal decides to help her realize.

Volta is part of the EuroVod Network, a collection of seven video on demand platforms which offer the best independent film online. Based in seven different European countries, the other participating platforms are UniversCiné (France), Flimmit (Austria), Volta (Ireland), leKino.ch (Switzerland), Filmin (Spain), UniversCiné.be (Belgium) and Good!Movies (Germany).

About EuroVOD

Created in 2010, EuroVoD is a collaborative management model between video on demand platforms, production companies and distribution companies specialising in independent cinema of high artistic quality. EuroVoD works with more than 200 rights holders, producers, distributors and sales agents to bring independent films to millions of people throughout Europe.

Volta (Ireland) is an initiative of Element Pictures, Ireland’s leading film production and distribution company. Volta recently won the Best eCommerce/Services website at the Realex Payments Irish Web Awards 2012. www.volta.ie.

UniversCiné (France) is an initiative of the main French independent cinema producers and distributors. It has a catalogue of more than 2230 titles on its Video on Demand platform, the most popular portal of independent cinema in France.www.universcine.com.

UniversCiné Belgium is an initiative of Belgian producers and many of the distributors operating in Benelux. A catalogue of more than 1400 titles is available on the bilingual (French and Flemish) Video on Demand platform, www.universcine.be.

Filmin (Spain), is an initiative of Spanish producers, distributors, DVD editors, and theatrical exhibitors of art-house films: Alta Films, Cameo, Continental, El Deseo, Golem, Tornasol Films, Wanda Vision. www.filmin.es.

Good!Movies (Germany) is the home video-label of ten German distributors of independent films. www.goodmovies.de.

Flimmit (Austria) is the main independent VoD platform in Austria, With its two services, the Flimmit VOD shop and the Flimmit Online Movie Guide, Flimmit is a multiple times awarded model throughout Europe. www.flimmit.com.

leKino.ch (Switzerland), is the brand new Swiss VoD platform specialised in independent movies with a spotlight on Swiss films. leKino.ch launched and is available in German, French and English, with editorial content featuring interviews, articles etc. onwww.lekino.ch.

WHAT RICHARD DID SELECTED TO SCREEN AT 56TH BFI LONDON FILM FESTIVAL

Following on from last month’s announcement that WHAT RICHARD DID will screen at Toronto International Film festival, Element Pictures are delighted to announce that Lenny Abrahamson’s next feature has been selected to screen at the BFI London Film Festival this October.

WHAT RICHARD DID follows Richard Karlsen, golden-boy athlete and undisputed alpha-male of his privileged set of South Dublin teenagers, through the summer between the end of school and the beginning of university. The world is bright and everything seems possible, until one summer night Richard does something that destroys it all and shatters the lives of the people closest to him. Featuring extraordinary performances from its mainly young cast, WHAT RICHARD DID is a quietly devastating study of a boy confronting the gap between who he thought he was and who he proves to be.

Adapted from Kevin Power’s novel BAD DAY IN BLACKROCK and written by Malcolm Campbell (SKINS, SHAMELESS), WHAT RICHARD DID is the third film from acclaimed director Lenny Abrahamson, whose previous work includes GARAGE and ADAM & PAUL. The film features an ensemble of young Irish actors including Jack Reynor, Sam Keeley and Róisín Murphy as well as established talent including Lorraine Pilkington and Lars Mikkelsen (star of the Danish hit series, THE KILLING).

Director Lenny Abrahamson commented on the selection of his film, saying that “I’m delighted to have been invited to screen What Richard Did at this years’ London Film Festival. I discovered with my last film that the LFF is a real film makers’ festival which attracts great audiences so I’m really looking forward to it.”

Producer Ed Guiney added that “We are so proud of What Richard Did and thrilled that UK audiences will first get to see it at the wonderful LFF “

The 56th BFI London Film Festival will take place from October 10 – 21.

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WHAT RICHARD DID will be released in Irish Cinemas on October 5th.

The European Premiere of What Richard Did will screen as part of the Gala Closing Night Screening of IFI20, September’s month-long celebration of 20 years of the Irish Film Institute at its premises in Temple Bar, Dublin. Founded in 1943, the Irish Film Institute is Ireland’s national cultural institution for film. It provides audiences throughout Ireland with access to the finest independent, Irish and international cinema; it preserves and promotes Ireland’s moving image heritage through the IFI Irish Film Archive, and provides opportunities for audiences of all ages and backgrounds to learn and critically engage with film.