Words: Eva O’Beirne
For the 17th year in a row, members of the Dublin Film Critics Circle have announced their picks for Best Film, Best Director, Best Irish Film, Best Documentary and Best Performances from the Dublin International Film Festival 2023 programme.
The Dublin Film Critics Circle comprises professional critics working regularly in the Irish capital. The body hands out these annual awards at the Dublin International Film Festival. The awards were once again supported by Limelight Communications.
Irish filmmakers were present at Generator in Smithfield, Dublin, to accept their awards, with video messages from international winners also shown at the ceremony.
This year’s DFCC Award winners at DIFF are:
Best Film: The Beasts
Best Director: Léa Mysius, The Five Devils
Best Screenplay: Cristian Mungiu, RMN
Best Actress: Kristine Kujath Thorp, Sick of Myself
Best Actor: Eden Dambrine, Close
Best Debut Feature: Michal Blasko, Victim
Best Editor: Nico Leunen, Eight Mountains
Best Cinematography: Marine Altan, Thunder
Best Score: Nadah El Shazly, The Damned Don’t Cry
Best Ensemble: How to Blow Up a Pipeline
Best Documentary: Kanaval: A People’s History of Haiti
Best Irish Film: My Sailor, My Love
Best Irish Documentary: 406 Days
George Byrne Maverick Award: Mark Cousins
Michael Dwyer Discovery Award: Zara Devlin
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