Welcome back guys! As my time in Ireland is gradually winding down, I started to think that there wouldn't be much else to do before I leave May 4th. Luckily for me, however, I was totally wrong! the Dingle International Film Festival (DIFF) came to town last weekend (the 15th-18th), and there was a great deal of fun and mischief to be had.
In total, the festival boasted more than 60 events over the span of 4 days, including 35 films and a number of interviews, workshops, and celebrations. Although a Festival Pass (that would cover everything) was attainable for €100, there were also smaller bundles valued at €25 each: the Rock Bundle (music-related films), the Shorts bundle (just the shorts collections), and the Literature bundle (the one that I took advantage of; all the films that originated from books). So, armed with tickets for 7 different films, I embarked on what was definitely one of the best expereinces I've had since I got here.
The films themselves were really varied; a couple I went in knowing what they were about, but for the majority of them, I had no idea what I'd gotten myself into. They were all independent films besides one (Easy Money) which, being one of the ones I went to see blind, was the most surprising film I saw! It was this awesome foreign gang film that took place in Spain, although the main characters were Norwegian, Arabian and Hispanic. The other ones that really stuck out were Lore, a film about a German family right as the last days of World War II concluded; and Live Forever: The Ray Bradbury Odyssey, which painted a shockingly vivid picture of one of the most talented, dedicated, passionate American writers of the 20th century.
In addition to all the festivities themselves, the DIFF was a great chance to converse with a lot of locals who I probably wouldn't have met otherwise. We grabbed a bite to eat, moved conversations about films to fancy hotel lobbys, and took it to the pubs afterwards to unwind and enjoy some traditional Irish music. All in all, it was a really cool experience, and one that I'll always think of when I think back to my time in Ireland.
Stay Frosty, Brenty