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Films From Ireland

With his third feature, Irish director Joe Comerford constructs a powerful allegory on a conflict which has, over the decades, produced more deception than truth. ... Murder, retribution and betrayal collide in this relentless portrayal of the aimless nature of violence that long ago made details ... Read more
This poignant, performance-driven documentary provides the first real film insight into the life and loves of one of rock's true icons. Broadly, it's the story of a songwriter of extraordinary genius and the price he paid to articulate that vision. ... Forever an outsider in London (he spent his ... Read more
Images proceeds like an Escber drawing, like a dragon reaching out and back into the screen, into the mind, into the fractured visions of Cathryn, beautiful, privileged and fragile as glass. ... Her husband, Hugh, impotently rich, is unaware of his wife's discoloured world; he cackles inanely ... Read more
Imagine This!, from Irish filmmaker John Callaghan, is a reworking of John Lennon's 'Imagine' into 4 and half minutes of punk rock political clip art.---D/P John Callaghan WS Cal-TV TD video/col/2006/5mins ... Read more
Johnny and Sarah (Samantha Morton, Morvern Collar, in MIFF this year) arrive in New York from Ireland with their two young daughters, soon after the death of their infant son. Virtually penniless and still grief-stricken, they find board in a dilapidated building, populated by junkies and ... Read more
Ireland is a beautiful country, and, even if you left out all the fairy stories nobody could make it anything else. ... Read more
Best Short Animation winner at Sundance, Tony Donoghue's (A Film From My Parish: 6 Farms, MIFF 2009) Irish Folk Furniture is an enchanting, visually delightful look at the culture and social history of discarded Irish farmhouse furniture restoration. ... D/S Tony Donoghue P Cathal Black WS Mayfly ... Read more
Every year, musicians come from all over the country to play, to listen, and to swap tunes in the Flea Ceoil, a week-end folk festival of centuries-old music, song and dance in the Gaelic tradition. ... Silver Bear, berlin Festival; Diploma of Honour, Moscow Festival. ... Read more
A sad song with an Irish accent. A tear jerker set In the midst of parody. ... Read more
An extraordinary opening image of children playing in the street of a poor neighbourhood leads into a simple but effective tale of a boy's quest for a new bike. Stylishly directed, with a tough edge and a great soundtrack. (A.T) ... Read more
Director Julien Temple will be a guest of the festival and will be introducing the screening of Joe Strummer: The Future is Unwritten ... “Phenomenal, captures the spirit of rock and roll.” - Uncut Julien Temple does to Joe Strummer what he did to the Sex Pistols in The Filth and the Fury ... Read more
Two young runaways spend a night of adventure on the streets of inner-city Dublin. ... On the city fringes, Kylie and Dylan live in a housing estate devoid of life and colour. When Dylan's father explodes in a rage one night, the pre-teen duo run away, setting out in search of Dylan's older brother ... Read more
"Brilliantly brutal and intriguingly insightful... superbly records a subculture where violence and honour come knuckle-to-knuckle." - Screen International ... James Quinn McDonagh is a champion - of sorts. Stuck in the middle of a generation- spanning blood feud between Irish Traveller clans ... Read more
A humorous animated film about inner demons, crushing parental expectations and a career meltdown. It's tough to be a modern woman. ... D/S Joanna Rubin Dranger P Lisbet Gabrielsson, Jeremy Purcell, Michael Lennon, Vibeke Vogel, Elise Lund Larsen WS Swedish Film Institute L Swedish w/English ... Read more
“I started dreaming about flying nuns falling out of airplanes and praying the whole way down and surviving. Then I started to fixate upon specific images and characters. One of them was the idea of a Michael Jackson impersonator walking the streets of Paris.” - filmmaker Harmony Korine A ... Read more
An enchantingly quirky animation based on the bestselling children's classic. ... Adapted from Tomi Ungerer's 1967 children's picture book of the same name, Moon Man follows the adventures of its title character as he grows bored living alone on the moon and hitches a ride on a comet to visit ... Read more
Based on a story by Roddy Doyle, this comedic short captures the experience of being the new kid in school through the eyes of Joseph, a nine-year-old African boy. --- D/S Steph Green P Tamara Anghie TD 35mm/2007/11mins ... Read more
Made as a contribution to European Conservation Week, Oisin is a moving record of the stark and simple glories of primitive nature and its sounds. ... There are no humans, no buildings, no music and no commentary; there is only a poetic assembly of natural scenes and sounds, without intrusive ... Read more
“We're in a world where a three-minute song is worth 10 pages of dialogue.” - John Carney Featuring Glen Hansard, lead singer of Irish band The Frames, John Carney's Once is a modern-day musical. It tells of a busker's chance meeting on a Dublin sidewalk with a pretty Czech pianist (played by ... Read more
The escapades of notorious Irish criminal and folk hero, Martin Cahill, have spawned three films in as many years. John Boorman's excellent The General, followed by Vicious Circle and now Thaddeus O'Sullivan's Ordinary Decent Criminal. Kevin Spacey stars alongside Linda Fiorentino and a cast of ... Read more
The Irish Christian Brothers have had more than a little influence on Irish education during the past century. Cathal Black's film captures the essence of their influence, good and bad, on generations of Irish boys. ... Read more
"Slavoj Žižek dishes out another action-packed lesson in film history ... a riveting and often hilarious demonstration of the Slovenian philosopher's uncanny ability to turn movies inside out." - Hollywood Reporter ... He may be the best-known theorist on the planet, an intellectual rock star ... Read more
The film is an introduction to, and impression of, the "Rose" International Exhibitions of Ancient and Modern Art, which have taken place in Dublin over the past ten years. "Rose" is an Irish word meaning 'the eye' or 'the vision', and is the motif of the film. ... Read more
“An opaque, slow-burning but brilliant thriller about the compulsions of terrorism.” - The Guardian ... Oscar-winning filmmaker James Marsh (Man on Wire, MIFF 08; Project Nim, MIFF 11) returns with a fictional feature in this nail-biting thriller. ... Starring Clive Owen, Andrea Riseborough and ... Read more
An Irish comedian is finding it tough to get a laugh out of his London audience One night after drowning his sorrows he's picked up by the police. At last he finds an audience who appreciate him. Or do they? This is a one-joke film. It takes place right at the end. And it's well worth the wait. ... Read more
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