The Berlinale Report

By Cat Earley What do you imagine when you think of a cinema? Is it the crunch of buttery popcorn? The hurried footsteps on the blacktop as patrons scurry to their seats? The dimming of the lights before the big event? Now, what about a film festival? Is it pretentious voices wafting towards directors inContinue reading “The Berlinale Report”

The Future Tense – DIFF Part 2

Review by James Mahon The Future Tense ( Christine Molloy and Joe Lawlor, 2022) should not work cinematically. As a video essay format it seems more suited to a YouTube or Podcast platform in the tradition of Joe Rogan et al. Yet definitely unlike a Joe Rogan podcast, The Future Tense not only works, butContinue reading “The Future Tense – DIFF Part 2”

Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom

Review by Chiara Gregor Writer and director Pawo Choyning Dorji’s debut feature-film Lunana – a Yak in the Classroom (2019) was submitted to the Oscars for Best International Feature not once but twice; so it must have surprised both the Bhutanese as well as the international audiences when it was included in the nominations theContinue reading “Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom”

New Normal – DIFF Part 1

Review by Ines Murray Gomez New Normal (Jung Bum-shik, 2022) is a collection of interconnected short films that take place within the span of a few days in Seoul. They all contain some degree of social commentary on a variety of topics, primarily the naive over-reliance on technology of South Korean culture and primarily youngContinue reading “New Normal – DIFF Part 1”

Bus Girl

Review by Cat Earley Everything Everywhere All at Once (2022, Daniel Kwan & Daniel Scheinert) broke the critical mile across multiple modes when it first premiered at South by Southwest last year; open themes of depression that engage, rather than clash, with an equally open silliness that permeates the narrative and makes its message moreContinue reading “Bus Girl”

Must Watch Films DIFF 2023

By Katie McKenna The Dublin International Film Festival is a highlight of the year for any Irish cinephile. However, with their extensive line-up it’s hard to know what films to watch. Don’t worry, here at Trinity Film Review we’ve gone through the line-up and made a list of the five films that must not beContinue reading “Must Watch Films DIFF 2023”

Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio

Review by Leah Kelly Announced in 2008, Guillermo Del Toro’s passion project Pinocchio (2022) was certainly worth the wait. Based on Carlo Collidini’s The Adventures of Pinocchio, it reimagines the classic story set to the backdrop of Mussolini’s Italy. Del Toro was struck by the similarities between Pinocchio and Frankenstein – someone is created andContinue reading “Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio”