Co-presented by the Irish Film Board and the L.A. Irish Film
Six-time Academy Award nominee Jim Sheridan burst onto the international film scene
with his 1989 masterpiece MY LEFT FOOT, which announced him as a major talent. He
continued to move audiences with powerful dramas set in his native Ireland (IN THE NAME OF
THE FATHER, THE BOXER) as well as America (IN AMERICA, GET RICH OR DIE TRYIN'). All of his
films are profoundly character-driven yet broad in scope, examining the geographical,
cultural and economic factors that influence how we live.
The Cinematheque will present some of Jim Sheridan's best
films alongside his latest powerful work, BROTHERS, with Mr. Sheridan live in-person.
Friday, January 8 - 7:30 PM SOLD OUT
Jim Sheridan In Person! Double Feature:
BROTHERS, 2009, Lionsgate, 110 min. Dir. Jim Sheridan. When
Sam (Tobey Maguire) is reported dead in Iraq, his brother, Tommy (Jake Gyllenhaal),
pitches in to help Sam's widow and high school sweetheart, Grace (Natalie Portman). Their
mutual mourning brings Tommy and Grace closer together - a situation that becomes
extremely complicated when Sam returns from Iraq, alive and well (physically, if not
IN AMERICA, 2003, Fox Searchlight, 103 min. Dir. Jim
Sheridan. To begin all over again is a classic American dream, Irish émigrés Johnny and
Sarah (Paddy Considine and Samantha Morton) discover its hard to do when they hit
the streets of modern-day Manhattan, their two spunky young daughters in tow, and emerge
into a realm as comical and adventure-filled as it is strange and terrifying. Discussion
in between films with director Jim Sheridan.
Saturday, January 9 - 7:30 PM
Double Feature: MY LEFT FOOT: THE STORY OF CHRISTY BROWN, 1989, Miramax, 103
min. Dir. Jim Sheridan. In an Oscar-winning performance, Daniel Day-Lewis plays
Christy Brown, a painter with cerebral palsy who can only control his left foot. In
spite of his disability, Brown becomes an important writer and artist in this
heartbreaking yet profoundly inspirational tale.
IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER, 1993, Universal, 133 min.
Director Jim Sheridan and Daniel Day-Lewis reunite for the true story of the Guildford
Four, a group falsely convicted of an IRA pub bombing. Pete Postlethwaite and Emma
Thompson co-star in this drama that beautifully combines character study
and political history to create a modern classic.