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Film Festival Starts Tomorrow

Ranelagh Film Festival sponsored by the Stella Cinema,

The Delvin Hotel.


Our film festival is on Sunday May 14th - and Monday May 14th at the Stella Cinema in the Delvin Hotel Ranelagh


SUNDAY May 14th


11am - 1pm

Castro Spies, followed by Q&A - this is a fundraiser for Ranelagh Arts

'Castro's Spies' is the kind of documentary where you know the story could easily be turned into a movie, but it would never be able to capture any of the richness or the integrity of a documentary. Not only that, it seems all but virtually certain that no mainstream US studio would even dare take on the story for fear of it being accused of collaboration and communism.



1pm - 2pm

Builders and Visionaries

“Builders and Visionaries - 19th C Developers in Ranelagh and Rathmines”

A documentary film inspired by the popular Ranelagh walks. Produced by Ranelagh Arts featuring Honor O’Brolchain, Susan Roundtree and Elizabeth Smith.



MONDAY May 15th


10am – 11am Documentaries Short.

  • HP Lovecraft and the Moon Bo: Leading scholars and experts in Gothic Literature, Religions, Folklore, Environmental Science and Mythology explore both the real and fantastical landscapes coded into HP Lovecraft's classic short story - 'The Moon Bog' - set within Ireland's ancient Peatlands.

  • The Martyrs of Khartoum: The Martyrs of Khartoum is the story of three doctors, Sara Ali, Sarah Khalifa and Rania Ahmed, and the roles they played during the Khartoum Massacre in Sudan on 3rd June, 2019. All three doctors risked their own lives by responding to the young protesters who were attacked by security forces in Khartoum, Sudan’s capital, that day. These security forces included the notorious Janjaweed militia, infamous for their killings in Darfur, western Sudan. The young people who were killed in Khartoum on 3rd June were referred to as “martyrs” by their fellow protesters. In this short film, Sara, Sarah and Rania describe the dramatic events of that day, the unbreakable spirit of the young protesters and their hopes for the future of Sudan. Resonant Frequency : Resonant Frequency is a short film about community and radio set in Dublin, Ireland. The story is told through the experiences of DIY broadcasters who have fashioned their own unique shows and voices through the platform of Dublin Digital Radio, an online radio station setup as a credible alternative to mainstream commercial broadcasters. The station has given a home and platform to a diverse network of creative scenes across Ireland, with roots from Chicago to Tokyo. Turn on, tune in and get involved

  • The Small Steps: Three generations of Ireland’s finest knifemakers live around Bantry Bay, between Schull and Glengarriff. This short documentary looks at the small steps they follow through their process of knifemaking.



11am – 12pm

Feature Short followed by presentation of Festival winner.


  • Come down: Ciara won't come downstairs. Shane isn't happy. But finding Ciara's gratitude journal inspires a chaotic plan to restore balance.

  • The Book of Babies Names: A woman must face dark realities as she chooses a name for her unborn baby.

  • "Apocalypse notes (music is in danger)": French with English subtitles. What would happen if, like polar bears, music was about to disappear? If all of a sudden, all the melodies in the world are already composed? if no new song could be invented? How would mankind react? That's what Thomas, a young and enthusiastic musician, is about to say to Jeanne, his fiancée.

  • Ghosting: Alice invites her ex-boyfriend over to solve an awkward problem; his grandmother is haunting her house.

  • The Oral Exam | An Bhéaltriail: Irish with English subtitles. An overly confident Leaving Cert. Irish student does his oral exam with a world-weary examiner.

  • Lamb: An ordinary day takes a sinister turn for a woman and her child when a stranger walks into their isolated rural home.



12: 30 – 2:15 pm

How to tell a secret

'How To Tell A Secret' explores the act of disclosure of being HIV positive and the stigma that drives people to withhold their status in contemporary Ireland.



2: 15pm – 4: 15pm

Ranelagh Arts Fundraiser AN CAILÍN CIÚIN (THE QUIET GIRL)

The Quiet Girl is a 2022 Irish coming-of-age drama film written and directed by Colm Bairéad. The dialogue is mostly in Irish. Set in 1981, the film follows a withdrawn nine-year-old girl who experiences a loving home for the first time when she spends the summer on a farm with distant relatives in Rinn Gaeltacht, County Waterford. The film was nominated for Best International Feature Film at the 95th Academy Awards.

Q&A with director Colm Bairéad



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