Top 5 for Film Students

At DIFF this year, we’ve got an incredible selection to appease every type of film appetite. Even the most obscure-hungry film lovers have an ample variety of cinematic experiences to choose from. We aim to please! From hard-hitting documentaries to our grimy late-night screenings, we’ve got you covered.

We also want to support the next generation of cinema-goers, filmmakers, actors and industry professionals by making cinema available to as many people as possible, which is why we have our under 25 discount on all our evening and weekend screenings. Amazing!

With so much to choose from,  we’ve narrowed down our top 5 picks for film students, cinema fanatics and aspiring film professionals.

Documentarian Nancy delves into the 1969 beloved classic Midnight Cowboy, directed by John Schlesinger and starring Dustin Hoffman and Jon Voight. As their trailblazing exploration of male friendship marks a definitive shift in Hollywood filmmaking, Buirski examines the transition, what allowed it to happen, and why the unconventional film has had such a lasting impact. Make sure to catch the panel with Nancy as part of our online programme, ahead of the premiere!


Ivan Zulueta’s edgy 1979 Spanish arthouse horror is regarded as a cult classic, with the great Pedro Almodóvar among its biggest fans. Recently remastered, it follows a frustrated film director whose addiction to  heroin and complicated relationship with his girlfriend is enough to give anyone the shivers. The story takes a supernatural turn when an old video recording reveals a spectral figure visiting the filmmaker during his sleep resulting in a strange arrebato, or rapture.


Documentary filmmaker Nina Menkes examines the male gaze in cinema in her latest feature. Examining the work of filmmakers from the late 1800s to the present day, she challenges that sexist shot design contributes to an environment of sexual harassment and assault, as well as employment discrimination towards women in the screen and other industries. Screen International described the film as “A real no-bullshit breath of fresh air. With a torch.”


This gritty action movie is set towards the end of World War II, as a miner strikes it lucky when he uncovers a gold treasure in Lapland in Northern Finland. Taking his bounty, his luck looks to run out when he encounters a violent group of SS soldiers determined to take his gold. They don’t expect the miner to have sisu, the essence of Finnish courage and perseverance, as he bids to make his escape through enemy lines.


Have you ever felt like a supporting character in your own life? Sophie Linnenbaum’s daring and original film imagines what it would be like if you really were one. It tells of Paula – a supporting character in a movie – who dreams of having her own storyline by attending Main Character School and becoming a lead. A clever satire about identity and exclusion, The Ordinaries sees a woman battling these themes playfully in a filmic meta world.


Legendary film curators Erika and Ulrich Gregor met 65 years ago in West-Berlin and have never stopped watching, finding and showing films – founders of the first communal cinema in Germany, the ARSENAL, parents of the FORUM section of the Berlinale. Close friends and supporters for various now famous film directors, among them Jonas Mekas, Jim Jarmusch, Wim Wenders, Margarethe von Trotta. Interviews with many film makers are interwoven with 40 excerpts from films throughout film history and the life and love story of the Gregors, still vivid and still in love.

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 Are you under 25 and love going to the cinema? Adam McKay is offering YOU his seat at the movies!

Adam McKay, international film director, producer, and screenwriter is a Patron of Dublin International Film Festival.

As he will be unable to attend the 2023 festival in Ireland, he has generously offered his allocation of tickets for screenings to young film fans.Sounds exciting? Here is your chance to get a free ticket.If you are under 25 years old and would like to take Mr McKay’s seat, subscribe to our mailing list and we’ll be picking some lucky cinema-goers to go to the movies!

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