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DISCO PIGS

Ireland, 2000 (MIFF 2001, International Panorama)

Director: Kirsten Sheridan

The embryonic love tale of Pig and Runt begins when they are bom on the same day in the same hospital. This film is based on the play by Enda Walsh and is the debut feature film for Irish filmmaker Kirsten Sheridan—whose famous father Jim Sheridan made films such as My Left Foot and In The Name of The Father. Disco Pigs is a high-spun drama about manic-obsessive relationships. Pig and Runt are 16 and live in a fragile, dangerous world of their own, speaking a language only they understand. But just before their 17th birthdays the balance they have known is divided by madness and jealousy when Marky, a classmate, starts chatting up Runt. Pig doesnt like what he sees and goes crazy, Iife's about growing up, getting older and wiser and hitting rock bottom before the murky climb up again. If this film is to be compared to others it would have to be Baz Luhrmann's William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet and Stanley Kubncks'/A Clockwork Orange—loaded with teen angst and rebellion, unconditional love and the consequences of falling in so deep. Berlin Film Festival sell-out!

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