Rodrigo Sorogoyen’s The Beasts crowned Best Film at the Dublin International Film Festival
- Klaus Härö’s drama My Sailor, My Love has won the Award for Best Irish Feature, whilst Joe Lee’s 406 Days snagged Best Irish Documentary and the ICCL Human Rights Award
It’s a wrap for the 2023 edition of the Dublin International Film Festival, one of Ireland’s most prestigious film events. This year, the festival unspooled from 23 February-4 March.
The jury of the Dublin Film Critics’ Circle, presided over by Tara Brady, crowned Rodrigo Sorogoyen’s The Beasts [+see also:
interview: Rodrigo Sorogoyen and Isabe…
film profile] (Spain/France) as Best Film. The picture revolves around a middle-aged French couple who move to a remote village, seeking closeness with nature. However, their presence inflames two locals to the point of outright hostility and shocking violence. Showcased at Cannes in 2022 and crowned Best Foreign Film at this year’s Césars, the film’s main cast includes Marina Foïs, Denis Ménochet, Luis Zahera, Diego Anido and Marie Colomb.
The Awards for Best Irish Feature went to Klaus Härö’s My Sailor, My Love [+see also:
film profile] (Finland/Ireland). Toplined by James Cosmo, Brid Brennan and Catherine Walker, the movie follows a retired sea captain and his daughter who must reassess their strained relationship after he begins a new romance with a widowed housekeeper.
Meanwhile, the Irish doc 406 Days by Joe Lee snagged both the Award for Best Irish Documentary and the ICCL Human Rights Award. The feature, which zooms in on the heartbreak, courage and rage of the workers involved in the 2020 Debenhams picket, was billed by the ICCL jury as “an incredible testimony to the strength and resilience of a group of mostly female workers in the face of the might of an international company”.
Finally, the gongs for Best Director and Best Screenplay went to France’s Léa Mysius, the helmer of The Five Devils [+see also:
film profile] (France), and Romania’s Cristian Mungiu, for R.M.N. [+see also:
interview: Cristian Mungiu
interview: Judith State
film profile] (Romania/France/Belgium/Sweden), respectively.
Here is the full list of this year’s award winners:
How to Blow up a Pipeline - Daniel Goldhaber (USA)
Kanaval: A People’s History of Haiti – Leah Gordon and Eddie Hutton-Mills (Haiti/UK)
Best Irish Documentary
406 Days – Joe Lee (Ireland)
George Byrne Maverick Award
Michael Dwyer Discovery Award
DCU Documentary Award
Cara Holmes – Notes from Sheepland (Ireland)
5 Lamps Discovery Awards
Best Irish Short
Lamb – Sinead O’Loughlin (Ireland)
Shadow – Janna Kemperman (Ireland)
Best International Short
Will You Look at Me – Shuli Huang (China)
Blind Spot – Elias Neijens (USA/UK)
Did you enjoy reading this article? Please subscribe to our newsletter to receive more stories like this directly in your inbox.