Ireland

Jim Sheridan – In the Name of the Father (1993)

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In the Name of the Father tells the true saga of Gerry Conlon. A petty thief in
strife-torn ’70s Belfast, Gerry’s main interests are getting drunk and partying, much to the
dismay of his quiet, frail afther Guiseppe (Pete Postlethwaite).

When Gerry angers the IRA, his father sends him to England, where his antics land him
in the wrong place at the wrong time. Innocent, but forced to confess to a savage
terrorist bombing, he is sentenced to life imprisonment as one of the “Guildford Four”.
An innocent Guiseppe is also arrested and jailed, and while behind bars, Gerry slowly
learns that his father’s seeming masks an unmatched inner strength and wisdom.

Working with a fiercely dedicated lawyer, Gerry determines to prove his innocence, clear
his father’s name and expose the truth behind one of the most shameful legal events in
recent history. Read More »

Pat Collins – Song of Granite (2017)

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Acclaimed filmmaker Pat Collins brings the dramatic life story of legendary seannós singer Joe Heaney to the screen in THE SONG IN GRANITE, an audacious exploration of the man and his music. With an approach that marries traditional narrative episodes with documentary footage, the film will celebrate the music Joe Heaney created while painting an unflinching portrait of Heaney, the man. Read More »

Lance Daly – Kisses (2008)

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On the fringes of Dublin two children, Kylie and Dylan, live in a suburban housing estate devoid of life, colour and the prospect of escape. Kylie lives with five other siblings and her overworked mother. Next door, Dylan lives in the shadow of an alcoholic father and the memory of an elder brother who ran away from home two years earlier.

After a violent altercation with his father, Dylan runs away from home and Kylie decides to go with him. Together they make their way to the magical night time lights of inner city Dublin, to search for Dylan’s brother, and in the hope of starting a new life. Read More »

Danis Tanovic – Triage (2009)

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A war photographer on assignment in Kurdistan is traumatized by the death of his best friend. He is then nursed back to health by his girlfriend’s grandfather, who may or may not be a notorious war criminal from the Spanish Civil War.

Quote:
When I looked up a bit of information on Triage after watching it, I was genuinely surprised to discover that it’s not a true story. I suppose it’s the touch of an actual war correspondent that gives it that real life cache, as the author of the novel it’s based upon is a veteran in that arena. While it had a degree of Hollywood polish and shine, it felt tremendously possible, which made it easy to relate to as a viewer, despite my having spent the entirety of my own life lazy and safe and nowhere near anything approximating war. Read More »

John Crowley – Brooklyn (2015)

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Eilis Lacey followed her sister, Rose’s, plan to leave Ireland and find a better future and job in the US. She departs terribly, enduring seasickness and a terrible relationship with her cabin mates. A kind traveler gives her advice to live in Brooklyn, where many Irish immigrants live. Eilis settles in Brooklyn and becomes close to Father Flood, a Catholic priest. She gets a job in a department store and falls in love with an Italian boy named Tony. News from home sends Eilis back to Ireland, away from Tony. Read More »

Alan Parker – Angela’s Ashes [+ Commentary] (1999)

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Plot:
Based on the best selling autobiography by Irish expat Frank McCourt, Angela’s Ashes follows the experiences of young Frankie and his family as they try against all odds to escape the poverty endemic in the slums of pre-war Limerick. The film opens with the family in Brooklyn, but following the death of one of Frankie’s siblings, they return home, only to find the situation there even worse. Prejudice against Frankie’s Northern Irish father makes his search for employment in the Republic difficult despite his having fought for the IRA, and when he does find money, he spends the money on drink. Read More »

Kieron J. Walsh – James Joyce: A Shout in the Street (2017)

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James Joyce is widely regarded as one of the most important writers of the last century. His most famous novel, Ulysses, may be demanding of its readers, but it is also regarded as one of the most influential books ever written. In this documentary, James Joyce: A Shout in the Street, Anjelica Huston tells the story of his extraordinary life and work. Joyce’s story begins with his chaotic childhood in Dublin. What follows is a roller-coaster of ambition, rejection, fame, madness and, above all, sacrifice – both of himself and of those close to him. Read More »