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Free admission to this festival is made possible by the generous support of the Irish Film Institute, Culture Ireland, and the Arts Council – Dublin, Ireland, the UW Anonymous Fund and the partnership with the Wisconsin Union Directorate Film Committee.
The wide variety of feature films and shorts from award-winning contemporary directors in Ireland, Wales, Isle of Man, Cornwall and Nova Scotia include animation, documentaries, dramas and comedies. This year’s festival showcases selections in English as well as the Irish, Welsh, Manx, Cornish and Scottish Gaelic languages with English subtitles.
Highlights include Garage from Ireland which won awards for the Best Film, Director, Script and Actor in a Lead Role at the Irish Film and Television Awards as well as the CICAE award at Cannes. Another multi-award winner Irish Folk Furniture took the Short Film Jury Prize for Animation at Sundance and this was shot with a €150 camera as a lesson in economy and conservation. The other gem of animation is Fear of Flying. We’re excited to feature two films representing Isle of Man, the short Solace in Wicca being in the Manx language. For those who were keeping track of the political turmoil in 1960s and 70s Northern Ireland, the name Bernadette Devlin will be familiar. Bernadette the documentary is a remarkable tribute to her career as a community activist and civil rights champion. There are some very witty shorts to make us smile (Shoe, Porth Emmet, Washed Up Love) but others to make us nod in recognition of their poignancy (Joy, El Toro, Bright Lights, Sylvia). For those interested in Irish spirituality and its relation to mythology, Dreamtime Revisited promises to be a visually stunning treat. There’s even a Santa Claus movie to entertain young and old alike – Rhestr Nadolig Wil (Wil’s Christmas List).
|Saturday October 19||Sunday October 20|
|3:00 pm||Cameleon||12:00 pm||Scottish & Cornish Shorts|
Solace in Wicca
|1:00 pm||Rhestr Nadolig Wil
|3:00 pm||Irish Shorts|
|9:00 pm||Garage||5:00 pm||Korea|
|7:00 pm||Dreamtime Revisited|
In 1942, Delme Davies, a young soldier overwhelmed by the horrors of WWII abandons his post and seeks refuge in his hometown. He remains undetected in the linked attic lofts of the Temple Row houses where his family lives until his demons drive him to make dangerous descents into the lives of family and friends below. From the Director of Branwen, Cameleon is another award winner in the Welsh language: 1998 Audience Award at the Würzburg International Film Weekend, the Golden Spire at the 1998 San Francisco International Film Festival, and the 1999 BAFTA Cymru Award for Best Actor, Aneirin Hughes.
Director Lelia Doolan presents a compelling account of the turbulent political life of Northern Irish activist Bernadette Devlin McAliskey elected to Parliament at the age of 21 in 1969. Recalling her strength as a community organizer and a defender of civil rights in the tumultuous time of the “Troubles,” the documentary brings us up-to-date with the former “Castro in a miniskirt” rewarding us for the time spent with this engaging subject. Winner of the Best Feature Documentary prize at the 2011 Galway Film Fleadh.
Jack has adapted to his life in the US when he gets a call to return to Ireland immediately because his father is dying. When Jack arrives he finds his mercurial father as cantankerous and feisty as ever and not in any apparent danger. The two come to uneasy truce that gives Jack enough time to resolve the bitterness he harbors and to look forward to a promising future back in the States. Selection of Irish Film Fest Rome 2011, Galway, Cork, Thessalonika, Tbilsi, Czech Republic, Georgia and Jerusalem International Film Festivals
A very different boy-meets-girl story with an inventive plot and likeable characters who don’t seem to be made for each other… but given the circumstances they have a lot in common. And considering his role, it’s surprising to learn that “Atticus” the dog is profoundly deaf. Screened at the 2010 Isle of Man Film Festival and featured at the 2010 New York United Film Festival.
Donál Lunny is an in-depth documentary about the musician, record producer, soundtrack composer and director and teacher who has been in the forefront of the Irish traditional music revival for 35 years. Also adept with the bodhrán and fiddle, he is best known for his bouzouki playing. Dónal has been a member of numerous bands including: Rakes of Kildare, Emmet Folk, Emmet Spiceland, Planxty, Bothy Band, Moving Hearts, Coolfin, Mozaik,and more recently LAPD. This is an intimate portrait of the man and his music.
Set against the backdrop of the transformation of a small Irish town, Garage is the startling hypnotic and austerely funny story of Josie's search for acceptance and of what happens when the little niche he has managed to carve out for himself comes under threat. Lenny Abrahamson said: “Garage is really a film about the significance of a small, unremarkable life and I wanted it to be a celebration of that life.” 2008 IFTA Awards for: Best Film, Best Director in Film, Best Script in Film ,Best Actor in a Lead Role – Film; 2007 Turin Film Festival - Best Feature Film; Best Irish Film at the 2008 Dublin Film Critics Circle Awards, 2007 Cannes CICAE Prize (The International Confederation of Art Cinemas).
Michael Newton, Ethnographer and Celtic Studies Professor at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, has collected hours of interviews from members of the only remaining Scottish Gaelic speaking community in North America. The film documents the problems they encounter in promoting and sustaining their language, culture and identity - issues central to living minority communities in places around the world.
Trying to recapture some of the joys of childhood in an attempt to relate to his estranged children, Andy takes them to familiar holiday spots in Cornwall during a winter break from school. The weather and frosty hosts put a damper on the plans but warmth seeps in from the divorced father’s persistent attempts to reconnect. Selection of the 2008 Cornwall Film Festival.
There are tourists other than Americans who can be ugly when visiting outside their native perch. The Cornish know how to tell the “emmets” (a derogatory term) to get lost by pointing them in the direction of the “best beach in Cornwall.” Part of “Made in Kernow” at Cornish Film Festival 2012.
(Wil’s Christmas List) A week before Christmas, Father Christmas falls off his sledge and crashes through the roof of Wil’s barn while taking the reindeer on a practice run. But this Santa, played by comedy actor Iwan John, is nothing like the traditional image - and he hates mince pies! Winner of the 2009 Children’s BAFTA Award for Drama.
Ali, the 16 year old daughter of an ice cream man, can’t wait to get out of her rural surroundings like her mother who sought the bright lights. As she learns more about her family’s past, Ali comes to a better appreciation of her dad’s choice of a simple life style. The film is bilingual reflecting the use of both Welsh and English in the Rhonnda valley.
El Toro (2012).
Cian is constantly bullied at school and his home life isn't much better. Suddenly an opportunity arises to gain the respect of those around him by going head to head with a bull ... matador style! Premiered at the 2012 Galway Film Fleadh.
Shoe, short listed for a 2011 Academy Award for Best Live Action Short, is about a man who is going to throw himself off the bridge – just as soon as that homeless dude stops bothering him. It also won Best Irish Short Film at the 3rd annual Corona Fastnet Short Film Festival in Schull, Co Cork.
Washed Up Love (2011).
What would you do if a handsome young man washed up on your beach and declared his love for you as soon as he opened his eyes? By the end of the film all of the missing are found and all’s right with the world – or at least with Moira and Frank. Screened at the Galway Film Fleadh, JDIFF, the River Film Fesival in Italy, in Australia, and in Palm Springs.
Actor Seamus Moran turns his hand to directing in this short about a love triangle with a twist that depicts love, jealousy and motorcycle maintenance in the wilds of Connemara. Filmed in Roundstone, Co. Galway and screened at the 2013 Dingle International Film Festival.
16 year-old Nicola is visited by her best friend Tess in the hospital and must introduce her newborn baby who only survived for a short time. The stark setting and confined focus of the shots portray the isolation of the young girl faced with handling this tragic loss. Special Mention for Best Irish Short at the Galway Film Fleadh. Featured at festivals in Texas, Cork, Melbourne, Toronto and Seattle.
Fear of Flying (2012).
Deciding not to migrate south with his friends for the winter because he’s afraid to fly, Dougal prepares to tough it out by stocking up with supplies, but there’s mischief afoot from some pesky neighbors. The characters were designed by Finnegan and created in puppet form by Renate Henschke. Best Animation Award at the Galway Film Fleadh 2012, the LA SHORTS Fest 2012, and the Omaha Film Festival. Audience Awards at Glasgow Short Film Festival 2013, Chicago Irish Film Festival 2013 and ANIMA Brussels Animation Film Festival.
Irish Folk Furniture (2012).
From the director of A Film From My Parish-6 Farms which was the audience favorite at our 2009 festival, Tony Donoghue’s most recent animated short Irish Folk Furniture is a feast for the eyes and a delight to the conservationist’s spirit. In eight minutes 16 pieces of local folk furniture are transformed and returned into daily use. Using only natural light and shot in a green and environmentally friendly way using local craftspeople, local narrators and inexpensive second hand equipment, Mr. Donoghue practices what he preaches. By June of 2013 the film had been screened 115 times in 34 countries from Athens GA to Sydney Australia and Korea. Winner of the Short Film Jury Prize for Animation at Sundance Film Festival.
Cathal Black’s Korea, based on a short story by John McGahern, is set in the 1950s in the Irish Midlands where some in the small town regard neighbors who stood for the opposing side in the Civil War as enemies. John Doyle’s hostility is inflamed by a threat to his livelihood that he blames on Ben Moran. When his son Eamon falls in love with Moran’s daughter Una, Doyle is so blinded by vengeance that he is willing to send Eamon to the US and likely military conscription to sever the relationship. Winner of the Asta Nielson Film Award for Direction at the Copenhagen Film Festival, Best Actor and Special Jury Prize at the Amiens Film Festival, France, and the first runner-up audience award both for Best Film and Best Director at the 21 Seattle International Film Festival 1995.
“Magical, wondrous, sensual and spiritual, Dreamtime Revisited is an evocative recollection of the life and work of writer, poet and philosopher, John Moriarty. This abstract film uses stunning contemporary footage, interviews from his friends and family, audio excerpts from some of his own key talks as well as archive material footage from the IFI itself.” Julius Ziz cited John as a “hero of this country and one of the most important poets and mystics of our time.” Gavin Burke said “fans of Terrence Malick really should check out this Irish offering.”