Based on Patrick Galvin’s memoir, ‘Song for a Raggy Boy’ is set in the grey, grim surroundings of a brutal Irish reform school in 1939. While the storyline has unmistakable parallels with ‘The Magdalene Sisters’, it deserves more than to be dismissed as this year’s indictment of religious orders. Read More »
Vivienne Dick (b. 1950, Ireland) is an internationally-celebrated film-maker and artist. A key figure of the ‘No Wave’ movement in New York in the late 1970s and early 1980s, she has gone on to develop an extraordinary body of work, which has been shown in cinemas, films festivals and art galleries around the world. Read More »
Inspired by the student revolutions of 1968, two women in Germany and Japan set out to
plot world revolution as leaders of the Baader Meinhof Group and the Japanese Red Army.
What were they fighting for and what have we learned? Read More »
A young woman befriends a lonely widow who’s harboring a dark and deadly agenda toward her.
Director Neil Jordan’s horror drama features Isabelle Huppert and Chloë Grace Moretz. The latter plays a cheerful teenager who returns a handbag to an eccentric, lonely, and seemingly maternal French piano teacher who eventually proves to be a sinister, dangerous, and duplicitous character. Read More »
Synopsis: Phantom Islands is an experimental film that exists at the boundary of documentary and fiction. It follows a couple adrift and disoriented in the stunning landscape of Ireland’s islands. Yet this deliberately melodramatic romance is constantly questioned by a provocative cinematic approach that ultimately results in a hypnotic and visceral inquiry into the very possibility of documentary objectivity. Read More »
Icarus Films wrote:
Rich in emotional images, often tender but more often terrifying, The Patriot Game tells the story of the long and bitter battle for Northern Ireland.
The film’s introduction covers Ireland’s history from British colonization to the territory’s division in 1922. The Patriot Game then details the events of the decade that began in 1968. Through powerful portraits of rebellion and eyewitness accounts of killings and such massacres as the infamous “Bloody Sunday,” the film shows the IRA at work – much of it filmed clandestinely – as they argue their cause which, in this country and in most of the world, has gone unheard. Read More »
A young woman sits down in a chair. Only her mouth is visible as she begins to speak at a rapid clip, describing events that she insists did not really happen to her. Read More »