Irish Film Festival
Death of an Island (2008)
Friday, March 20, 2009, at 3:00 pm
Directed by Kieran Concannon
NR, 50 minutes
Inis Airc (Shark Island) is a windswept, rocky island located in the Atlantic ocean off the Galway coast. In 1960 the last twenty four residents loaded their pets, furniture, pots and pans into small canvas boats and abandoned their homes. After centuries of making a living from a merciless ocean, the community of Inis Airc was no more. Director Kieran Concannon uses interviews with resettled islanders, preserved photographs and archival footage to produce a striking cinematic documentary that tells the story of living on -- and ultimately leaving -- Inis Airc.
Cré Na Cille (2007)
Saturday, March 21, 2009, at 6:30 pm
Directed by Robert Quinn
NR, 94 minutes
Irish language with English subtitles
With candid wit and black humor, Cré na Cille tells the intersecting stories of the occupants of a community of corpses in an Irish cemetery. The buried souls bring their gossip, rivalries and vendettas to life in this surreal and sarcastic take on rural Ireland. Based on Máirtín Ó Cadhain's Cré na Cille, widely considered one of the greatest Irish novels of the twentieth century, this pathbreaking film has been nominated for three Irish Film & Television awards, including Best Actress and Best Director.
In Bruges (2008)
Friday, March 20, 2009, at 9:30 pm
Saturday, March 21, 2009, at 9:30 pm
Directed by Martin McDonagh
R, 107 minutes, 35 mm Print
Mr. McDonagh makes his feature directorial debut on the film, from his own original screenplay. His plays (which include The Lieutenant of Inishmore and The Pillowman) have brought him two Olivier Awards and four Tony Award nominations. He wrote and directed Six Shooter, starring Brendan Gleeson, which earned him the 2006 Academy Award for Best Live-Action Short Film.
In Bruges was filmed on location; Bruges (pronounced "broozh"), the most well-preserved medieval city in the whole of Belgium, is a welcoming destination for travelers from all over the world. But for hit men Ray (Colin Farrell) and Ken (Brendan Gleeson), it could be their final destination; a difficult job has resulted in the pair being ordered right before Christmas by their London boss Harry (two-time Academy Award nominee Ralph Fiennes) to go and cool their heels in the storybook Flemish city for a couple of weeks. Very much out of place amidst the Gothic architecture, canals, and cobbled streets, the two hit men fill their days living the lives of tourists. Ray, still haunted by the bloodshed in London, hates the place, while Ken, even as he keeps a fatherly eye on Ray's often profanely funny exploits, finds his mind and soul being expanded by the beauty and serenity of the city. But the longer they stay waiting for Harry's call, the more surreal their experience becomes, as they find themselves in weird encounters with locals, tourists, violent medieval art, a dwarf American actor (Jordan Prentice) shooting a European art film, Dutch prostitutes, and a potential romance for Ray in the form of Chloë (Clémence Poésy), who may have some dark secrets of her own. And when the call from Harry does finally come, Ken and Ray's vacation becomes a life-and-death struggle of darkly comic proportions and surprisingly emotional consequences.
Friday, March 20, 2009, at 6:30 pm
Sunday, March 22, 2009, at 3:00 pm
Directed by Declan Recks
NR, 83 minutes
Approaching their 10th anniversary, Billy (Aidan Kelly) and Breda (Eileen Walsh) seem to have the ideal marriage. But at night, behind closed doors, Breda knows their intimate bond is slowly unraveling: she tells a friend she can't remember how long it's been since they've made love. In fact, Billy has become fascinated with Imelda (Sarah Greene), the vivacious daughter of a colleague. Breda hopes that the upcoming anniversary will provide the couple a chance to relive their earlier, carefree days together. She suggests that they go out separately with friends and meet up at the local club. At first things seem to go well, but under the prying eyes of their friends and the influence of Imelda's nearby presence, Billy begins to crumble. Set in an Irish suburban town, this intimate, universal drama about a couple in crisis is adapted by Eugene O'Brien from his acclaimed stage play and directed by Declan Recks.