Small Things Like These

Kleine Dinge wie diese
It is 1985 in the run-up to Christmas in a small town in County Wexford, Ireland. Bill Furlong toils as a coal merchant to support himself, his wife and his five daughters. Early one morning while out delivering coal at the local convent, he makes a discovery that forces him to confront his past and the complicit silence of a town controlled by the Catholic Church. Based on the novel of the same name by Claire Keegan.
by Tim Mielants
with Cillian Murphy, Eileen Walsh, Michelle Fairley, Emily Watson, Clare Dunne, Helen Behan
Ireland / Belgium 2024 English 96’ World premiere | Opening film


  • Cillian Murphy (Bill Furlong)
  • Eileen Walsh (Eileen Furlong)
  • Michelle Fairley (Mrs. Wilson)
  • Emily Watson (Sister Mary)
  • Clare Dunne (Sister Carmel)
  • Helen Behan (Mrs. Kehoe)


Director Tim Mielants
Screenplay Enda Walsh based on the novel of the same name by Claire Keegan
Cinematography Frank Van den Eeden
Editing Alain Dessauvage
Music Senjan Janson
Sound Design Senjan Janson
Sound Hugh Fox
Production Design Paki Smith
Costumes Alison McCosh
Make-Up Lynn Johnston
Casting Maureen Hughes
Line Producer Lorraine Hewson
Producers Alan Moloney, Cillian Murphy, Catherine Magee, Matt Damon, Drew Vinton
Executive Producers Ben Affleck, Kevin Halloran, Michael Joe
Co-Producers Sasha Veneziano, Susan Mullen, Bert Van Dael, Gitte Nuyens
Co-Production Wilder Content Antwerpen

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Tim Mielants

His early short film success led to directing work on Code 37, Zingaburia and Cordon, establishing him as one of the key series directors in Flanders. His feature film debut De Patrick won Best Director at Karlovy Vary and seven Ensor Flemish Film Awards. He has directed an episode of Tales from the Loop and two seasons of Legion as well as episodes of The Terror, The Tunnel and all six episodes of the third season of Peaky Blinders. As lead director on the BBC series The Responder, starring Martin Freeman, he received nominations for the BAFTA, RTS and Emmy awards.


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Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2024