God’s Creatures: Opening Night

We are thrilled to announce that ‘God’s Creatures’ starring Emily Watson, Paul Mescal and Aisling Franciosi, will open the 2023 Dublin International Film Festival! We are proud to be celebrating homegrown talent including Paul Mescal, Fodhla Cronin O’Reilly and Shane Crowley for our opening night.

Directed by New York based filmmakers Saela Davis and Anna Rose Holmer (The Fits), God’s Creatures is a quietly devastating drama set on the north-west coast of Ireland. In a windswept fishing village, a mother is torn between protecting her beloved son and her own sense of right and wrong. A lie she tells for him rips apart their family and close-knit community in this tense, sweepingly emotional epic.

A wonderful showcase of Irish filmmaking talent, God’s Creatures is produced by Fodhla Cronin O’Reilly (Lady Macbeth, Ammonite), and written by Shane Crowley, based on a story he co-wrote with Cronin O’Reilly. Receiving its world premiere at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival Directors’ Fortnight, the critically acclaimed film also received five BIFA 2022 nominations: Emily Watson for Lead Performance; Paul Mescal and Aisling Franciosi for Best Supporting Performance; Shane Crowley for Best Debut Screenwriter and Danny Bensi and Saunder Jurriaans for Best Original Music. Following its Irish premiere at the festival, God’s Creatures will release to cinemas in Ireland on March 24th and the UK on March 31st.

“Our Opening Night is the wonderful God’s Creatures, a richly rewarding, simmering drama with great emotional depth set amid an elemental landscape with an impeccable cast led by Emily Watson and our own Paul Mescal”-  Gráinne Humphreys, Festival Director.

The full festival programme will be revealed on Tuesday 7th February at 1pm so make sure to put it in your calendars! Currently also available are our Season Tickets, priced at €220, that will give access to cinema screenings including one Gala or Special Event, as well as priority booking for this unmissable event. Cinema bundles are also available with 5 tickets for €55 and 10 tickets for €110 available at the link below.

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