The films competing in the Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes were announced today. Irish interest emerges in the form of Ruairi Robinson’s Last Days on Mars. You may recognise that name. A decade ago, Ruairi received an Oscar nomination for his superb animated short Fifty Percent Grey (see below). His debut feature stars Liev Schreiber and Romola Garai in the tale of a perilous mission to the red planet. Adapted from a story by Sydney J Bounds, the picture, partly financed by the Irish Film Board, features visual effects from a team based at Screen Scene in Dublin.