Ireland – Eoin O’Donnell, IFI (Dublin)

Ireland - Eoin O'Donnell Ireland - Eoin O'Donnell

Cinema for me is…

Eoin in 23 frames

1. Describe yourself in ten words.
Adventurous, sarcastic, dependable & passionate writer, lover of all things film.

2. Your best quality? Your worst habit?
Best quality: I put a lot of care and thought into my writing which I’m proud of.
Worst habit: Over-thinking often leads to procrastinating probably a bit too close to some deadlines!

3. Your dream job?

4. What do you like most about your country?

5. Your favorite dish in your country?
Also Guinness.

6. Which word or phrase in your native language do you like the most and what does it mean?
Tóg go bog é’ – Take it easy!

7. What European capital have you visited lately?

8. Other than your own, which European country would you love to live in?
Is it cheating to say Italy?

9. What does Europe mean to you? 3 values.
Unity, Cooperation & Freedom of Travel.

10. What film made you fall in love with cinema?
Alien (Ridley Scott, 1979, US).

11. Your favorite film theatre? What do you like about it?
Irish Film Institute in Dublin, anywhere I can see Lawrence of Arabia (David Lean, 1962, GB) in 70mm is perfect in my eyes!

12. Who is your movie hero?

13. Which movie director would you like to be?
Steven Soderbergh – travelling around the world with a group of friends, constantly experimenting & never forgetting to have fun.

14. Briefly describe your favorite scene.
John Carpenter’s The Thing (1982, US)’s final scene is perfection; when Childs slumps down opposite MacReady, neither of them knows if the other is human, and both of them are seemingly too tired to care. Every line, every glance and body movement is a deliberate choice to put doubt in our minds about whether one or neither of them is the creature, and the fact that people today still argue about details as small as the actors’ breathing shows that it ended the film on the perfect note of tension and ambiguity.

15. What are the 3 best European films you have seen in the last year?
Druk (Thomas Vinterberg, 2020, DK)
Portrait de la jeune fille en feu (Céline Sciamma, 2018, FR)
Det sjundee inseglet (Ingmar Bergman, 1956, SE)

16. Which film character do you most identify with?
Llewyn Davis (Inside Llewyn Davis, Joel & Ethan Coen, 2013, US).

17. Your favorite soundtrack or song?
Ennio Morricone’s score for Per un pugno di dollari (Sergio Leone, 1964, IT).

18. If you had to live in a movie, which one would you like it to be?
Men in Black (Barry Sonnenfeld, 1997, US).

19. Your life becomes a bio-pic. Who plays the role of you?
Adam Driver (I wish).

20. Which talent would you most like to have?
Drawing & painting.

21. What is your most treasured possession?
My passport.

22. What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Getting to take part in 27 Times Cinema & the Venice International Film Festival!

23. What is your motto?
‘Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it’

Eoin O’Donnell is the Ambassador of Irish Film Institute. Find out more about the Cinema here.