March 13-20, 2002
|American Cinematheque Presents...
New Irish Cinema
Presented in association with Bord Scannán na hÉireann - The Irish Film Board and the Irish Screen
for additional info on the Irish Screen in Los Angeles: www.irishscreen.org.
Our special thanks to Rod Stoneman at the Irish Film Board for his tremendous assistance with this program. For more information about the Irish Film Board, check out their website at:
Series Compiled by Dennis Bartok and Paul Balbirnie, the Irish Screen.
Special Thanks to: Rod Stoneman and Lorraine Morgan/IRISH FILM BOARD
Tickets available 30 days in advance.
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Sold out programs will be indicated here if sold out 24 hours in advance of screening date.
Ireland has been seen through many filmmakers eyes over the years, from John Fords THE QUIET MAN to David Leans RYANS DAUGHTER. Recently, a new generation of Irish filmmakers, inspired by the success of homegrown directors such as Jim Sheridan and Neil Jordan, have begun telling their own stories of Ireland, ancient and modern, urban as well as rural, gay as well as straight, peaceful as well as bloody.
This short series features some of the most exciting new voices from Ireland, leading off with director Paul Greengrass BLOODY SUNDAY, a shattering recreation of the 1972 Derry massacre that polarized Northern Ireland. It also includes director Pat Murphys erotically-charged docudrama of the stormy relationship between writer James Joyce and his wife, NORA, starring Ewan McGregor, plus Kirsten Sheridans impressive first feature, DISCO PIGS, along with two music documentaries on Irelands beloved the Pogues and the Undertones, a special Animation and Shorts Program and much more!
Wednesday, March 13 7:30 PM
Irish Shorts: Live Action & Animation. Integrated between the longer shorts, we have 10 "Short Shorts". Witty, unexpected & colorful. Really too short for a description, so weve just included the titles. Darragh O Connell"s "Racism" (3 min.) Chris Hurleys "Agin The Wall" (3 min.) Alan Gilsenans "Zulu 9" (11 min.) A road-weary truck driver is given some bad breaks. " .powerful, heart-thumping drama" Michael Dwyer, The Irish Times. Ruairi Robinsons "50% Grey" (3 min.) "Clare Langans "Storm" (3 min.) Brian Tuckers "Collockland" ( 20 min.) A satire of film noir, Dubilns soaring real estate prices & celebrity obsession. "Conor Morriseys "You & Me Tide" (3 min.) Brian Kellys "The Box" (3 min.) Cathal Gaffneys "Give Up Yer Aul Sins" (6 min.) Animated piece about childrens interpretations of stories from the bible. Emer Reynolds "Man" (3 min.) "Donald Clarks "Pitch & Putt" (3 min.) "Guys Dog" (10 min.) Animated story of an alcoholic dog who dreams of becoming human. "Shimmy Marcuss "Ivor the Insomniac" (3 min.) Barry Dignams "Chicken" (3 min.) Christopher Roches "Riblock Foundation" (3 min.) Paul Merciers "Tubberware" (18 min.) A provocative, funny take on language, identity and cultural attitudes. Set in the heart of a Gaelic-speaking area of Connemera. Ruairi Robinson's "Fifty Percent Grey" (3 min.) Award-winning short and selection at Sundance 2002. Ruairi Robinson's "Fifty Percent Grey" (3 min.) Award-winning short and selection at Sundance 2002. Sergeant wakes up, alone, with only a wide screen TV for company, in a place designed for him to relax in peace and tranquility, for all eternity...
Friday, March 15 7:00 PM
Director Paul Greengrass In Person!
"Writer-director Paul Greengrass' "Bloody Sunday" is born out of this scabbed-over sensibility, and it is a stunning work, revisiting controversial events with journalistic objectivity and a meticulous eye for detail. Pic reps a huge advance for Greengrass over the treacly "The Theory of Flight," as he's hit upon a subject of real passion and meaning and has created, in the process, a film of enormous power that, particularly in the current global political climate, demands to be seen." -- Scott Foundas, Variety
BLOODY SUNDAY, 2002, 100 min., Paramount Classics Dir. Paul Greengrass. A shattering, documentary-style recreation of the 1972 Civil Rights march in Derry that ended in tragedy when British troops opened fire, leaving 13 civilians dead and forever changing the face of politics in Northern Ireland. James Nesbitt delivers a moving performance as Ivan Cooper, the beleagured organizer of the March, with Nicholas Farrell (CHARIOTS OF FIRE) as the British Brigadier unable to stop the unfolding tragedy. Like Ridley Scotts BLACK HAWK DOWN or Gillo Pontecorvos BATTLE OF ALGIERS, BLOODY SUNDAY thrusts the viewer without warning into a chaotic, incredibly suspenseful and ultimately heartwrenching conflict. World Cinema Audience Award, 2002 Sundance Film Festival. Discussion following with director Paul Greengrass (schedule permitting).
Friday, March 15 9:30 PM
TEENAGE KICKS THE UNDERTONES, 2001, 72 min. Dir. Tom Collins. Creators of snarling, aggro-fueled punk anthems like "My Perfect Cousin," and "Teenage Kicks," the Undertones (Feargal Sharkey, brothers Damian and John ONeill, Michael Bradley and Billy Doherty) were one of Irelands greatest rock groups, and certainly the finest to emerge from the dead-end streets of Derry in the mid-1970s. Mixing interviews with the band members and rare concert footage of the Undertones at their peak, this is a raucous portrait of "a band that sounded beautiful, coming from an ugly place" (music journalist Eamonn McCann). A selection of the 2001 London Film Festival.
IF I SHOULD FALL FROM GRACE The Shane McGowan Story, 2001, 93 min. Dir. Sarah Share. Renowned for his astonishing songwriting and storytelling gifts, as well as his enormous penchant for self-destruction, Shane McGowan led the Pogues to glory in the early 1980s by combining traditional Irish instruments with blistering lyrics on albums like "Rum Sodomy & The Lash" and "If I Should Fall From Grace With God." Featuring candid interviews with a barely-coherent (but still mesmerizing) McGowan, along with friends, family and admirers like Nick Cave, this is an unflinching and unapologetic portrait of one of Irelands most controversial musicians.
Saturday, March 16 5:00 PM
NORA, 2000, Andora Pictures, 96 min. Dir. Pat Murphy. Ewan McGregor (MOULIN ROUGE) delivers a soul- and flesh-baring performance in this beautifully atmospheric and graphically sexual portrait of the stormy relationship between legendary writer James Joyce and his wife Nora (an exquisite Susan Lynch), through their first meeting in Dublin, Joyces brooding fits of temperament, the couples extended stay in Italy, and the publication of his masterworks Ulysses and Finnegans Wake.
Saturday, March 16 7:00 PM
HOW HARRY BECAME A TREE, 2001, 90 min. A raucous comedy from director Goran Paskaljevic (CABARET BALKAN), HOW HARRY BECAME A TREE stars the wonderful Colm Meaney (THE SNAPPER) as spite-filled Harry, whose one desire in life is to destroy George Flaherty, owner of the local pub and the richest man in town. Co-starring Cillian Murphy, Kerry Condon and Adrian Dunbar.
Saturday, March 16 9:30 PM
H3, 2001, 90 min. Dir. Les Blair. In 1981 in Belfasts infamous Maze prison, a group of IRA members denied status as political prisoners launched a hunger strike that galvanized Ireland. Based on a script by Laurence McKeown (who took part in the hunger strike) and Brian Campbell, and directed by Les Blair, H3 is a somber, beautifully-acted docudrama focusing on the young IRA protesters as they find ways to band together behind bars, learning "Jailic" (prison Gaelic), sharing songs and scraps of information from the outside world, and trying to endure crushing physical and emotional isolation. Starring Brendan Mackey, Dean Lennox Kelly, Tony Devlin, Kevin Ellio and Mark OHalloran.
Sunday, March 17 5:00 PM
TRAVELLER, 2001, 84 min. Dirs. John T. Davis & Alen MacWeeney. In 1965, photographer Alen MacWeeney embarked on a two-year project of photographing and recording the gypsy travellers of Dublin and Galway. Nearly 35 years later, having carved out a successful career in commercial and fashion photography in New York, he returns to Ireland to finds the travellers again in this haunting and poetic documentary, with his earlier archive providing the sounds and images of that faraway time, juxtaposed with the people of the present day. [in the Spielberg Theatre]
Sunday, March 17 7:00 PM
DISCO PIGS, 2001, 90 min. An impressive first feature from director Kirsten Sheridan (daughter of MY LEFT FOOT helmer Jim Sheridan), DISCO PIGS is a kaleidoscopic romance revolving around the relationship between two neighboring teenagers, Runt (Elaine Cassidy) and Pig (Cillian Murphy), who hold hands each night through a hole in the wall, and view the outside world as a threat to their unique and overpowering Love. When Runt is sent away to boarding school by her concerned parents, the fragile hold Pig has on sanity finally snaps, and he sets out on a mission to find her at all costs.
Wednesday, March 20 7:30 PM
ON THE NOSE, 2001, 104 min. A cheerfully deranged comedy in the vein of WAKING NED DEVINE, ON THE NOSE stars Robbie Coltrane (HARRY POTTER & THE SORCERERS STONE) as Delaney, a gambling-obsessed custodian at a prestigious medical college in charge of a large collection of anatomical specimens including a 200 year-old Aboriginal head with an amazing gift for picking winners at the track! Brenda Blethyn co-stars as Coltranes long-suffering wife, with Dan Akroyd as the amiable, adulterious head of the medical school. The latest from the director of DIVORCING JACK, David Caffrey.