So This is ChristmasKen Wardrop

As a small Irish town prepares for Christmas, some people struggle with the stress, expectations and loneliness the holiday brings. A nostalgic film full of compassion, Irish humour and plenty of tenderness.

14 years ago, Irish director Ken Wardrop also made an appearance at Docville with his award-winning documentary His & Hers, in which he managed to tell universal stories of love in a highly original, authentic and heartwarming way. A kaleidoscope of unique lives and personal experiences. This year he revisits the format with a film about all the emotions that the Christmas period evokes.  In a rural region in the Irish Midlands, we meet five ordinary people who openly share about their Christmas feelings, memories, loneliness, expectations... A film that touches your heart in an utterly charming way....

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International selection

After a rigorous selection process, DOCVILLE nominated ten brand new auteur documentaries that represent what the festival stands for: excellently made documentaries that are not only strong in terms of content, but also have an eye for the visual aspect and therefore deserve a place on the big screen.  The best film will be awarded the Canvas Jury Prize and may start dreaming of an Oscar, because the winner of this competition will be longlisted for the Academy Awards.

Mildly comical Family Portret

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Directed by Ken Wardrop
2024 90 min.
Subtitles: English


International selection


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