Smash-and-grab makes off with 2 gongs

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The Raid (above), Gareth Evans’s In­done­sian ac­tion film, is the first picture to win both the au­di­ence prize and the Dublin Film Crit­ics Cir­cle’s best film award at the Jame­son Dublin In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val. It’s an ex­tra­or­di­nary film with an ex­tra­or­di­nary story be­hind it. Evans, a young Welsh­man, trav­elled to Jakarta with an empty knap­sack and some­how man­aged to knock to­gether a vi­o­lent epic.

“There was no way we wanted this to look like a film made by a for­eigner com­ing into Jakarta,” he told Reel News. “We’ve been blown away by the re­sponse we’ve been get­ting. We could never have an­tic­i­pated that.” The Raid is cur­rently down for re­lease on May 18th in these ter­ri­to­ries.

Nuala: A Life and Death, a mov­ing doc­u­men­tary on the ca­reer of Nuala O’faolain, took the best Ir­ish film prize from the DFCC. Michael Fuith, ter­ri­fy­ingly blank in this week’s Michael, won the award for best ac­tor. Greta Gerwig, hi­lar­i­ously pre­ten­tious in Whit Still­man’s Dam­sels in Dis­tress, was hon­oured as best ac­tress.

As ever, the DFCC pre­sented a “dis­cov­ery award” named in hon­our of Michael Dwyer, this pa­per’s late film cor­re­spon­dent. This year, the hon­our went to Eoghan Mac Gi­olla Bhríde for his col­lab­o­ra­tion with Pat Collins on the sin­gu­lar docu­d­rama Si­lence.

Guests at the prize-giv­ing in­cluded Gareth Evans, the great Ira­nian di­rec­tor Mar­jane Sa­trapi and Mar­ian Fin­u­cane, a prime force in the cre­ation of Nuala: A Life and Death.

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