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Contact: Margot Gerber 323.461.2020, ext. 115

 

THE AMERICAN CINEMATHEQUE PRESENTS

NEW FILMS FROM IRELAND

 

Featuring directors Goran Paskaljevic and Kirsten Sheridan In-Person

 

Presented in association with Bord Scannán na hÉireann – The Irish Board and the Irish Screen, LA

 

March 13 – 20, 2002

 

HOLLYWOOD – The American Cinematheque presents NEW IRISH CINEMA (March 13 - 20, 2002), our first series highlighting new films from Ireland. This five-day event (which encompasses the Saint Patrick’s Day weekend) includes seven feature films from new Irish directors as well as a short film and animation program. Scheduled to appear in person are directors Goran Paskaljevic and Kirsten Sheridan, as well as actor Colm Meaney. Recently, a new generation of Irish filmmakers, inspired by the success of homegrown directors such as Jim Sheridan and Neil Jordon, 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, including director Pat Murphy’s erotically-charged docu-drama of the stormy relationship between writer James Joyce and his wife, NORA, starring Ewan McGregor, plus Kirsten Sheridan’s impressive first feature, DISCO PIGS. Along with these films there are two music documentaries, on Ireland’s beloved The Pogues and The Undertones, as well as an Animation and Shorts Program. Information about a March 17th reception will appear on the website.

All guests are subject to their availability. All screenings are at the newly renovated Lloyd E. Rigler Theatre, unless otherwise noted, at the historic Egyptian (6712 Hollywood Boulevard between Highland and Las Palmas) in Hollywood.

Information on The Irish Film Board www.filmboard.ie and Irish Screen www.irishscreen.org

 

Wednesday March 13, 2002

The series begins on Wednesday, March 13th at 7:30 PM with Irish Shorts: Live Action & Animation.

 

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The following films will be screened, although not necessarily in the order listed. Integrated between the longer shorts are 10 "Short Shorts." Witty, unexpected & colorful. Really too short for a description, so we’ve just included the titles. Darragh O’ Connell"s "Racism" (3 min.) Chris Hurley’s "Agin The Wall" (3 min.) Alan Gilsenan’s "Zulu 9" (11 min.) A road-weary truck driver is given some bad breaks. "….powerful, heart-thumping drama" Michael Dwyer, The Irish Times. Ruairi Robinson’s "50% Grey" (3 min.) Award-winning short and selection at Sundance 2002. Also under consideration for Best Animated Short at the 74th Academy Awards. 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... "Clare Langan’s "Storm" (3 min.) Brian Tucker’s "Collockland" (20 min.) A satire of film noir, Dubiln’s soaring real estate prices & celebrity obsession. "Conor Morrisey’s "You & Me Tide" (3 min.) Brian Kelly’s "The Box" (3 min.) Cathal Gaffney’s "Give Up Yer Aul Sins" (6 min.) Animated piece about children’s interpretations of stories from the bible. Emer Reynolds "Man" (3 min.). Donald Clark’s "Pitch & Putt" (3 min.) "Guy’s Dog" (10 min.) "Shimmy Marcus’ "Ivor the Insomniac" (3 min.) Barry Dignam’s "Chicken" (3 min.) Christopher Roche’s "Riblock Foundation" (3 min.) Paul Mercier’s "Tubberware" (18 min.) A provocative, funny take on language, identity and cultural attitudes. Set in the heart of a Gaelic-speaking area of Connemera.

 

Friday March 15, 2002

The Friday March 15th 7:00 PM program of Paul Greengrass’ BLOODY SUNDAY, (2002, 100 min., Paramount Classics) has been canceled. The program will start at 9:30 PM with a Double-Feature. First up is TEENAGE KICKS – THE UNDERTONES, (2001, 72 min.) directed by Tom Collins. Creators of snarling, aggro-fueled punk anthems like "My Perfect Cousin," and "Teenage Kicks," the Undertones (Feargal Sharkey, brothers Damian and John O’Neill, Michael Bradley and Billy Doherty) were one of Ireland’s greatest rock groups, and certainly the finest to emerge from the dead-end streets of Derry in the mid-1970’s. 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. Next on the same bill is IF I SHOULD FALL FROM GRACE – The Shane McGowan Story, (2001, 93 min.) directed by 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 1980’s 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 Ireland’s most controversial musicians.

 

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Saturday March 16, 2002

The Saturday, March 16th program begins at 5:00 PM with NORA, (2000, Andora Pictures, 96 min.) directed by 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, Joyce’s brooding fits of temperament, the couple’s extended stay in Italy, and the publication of his masterworks Ulysses and Finnegan’s Wake.

 

Following at 7:00 PM is 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. Discussion following with director Goran Paskaljevic and actor Colm Meaney.

Following at 9:30 PM is H3, (2001, 90 min.) directed by Les Blair. In 1981 in Belfast’s 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 docu-drama 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 O’Halloran.

 

Sunday, March 17, 2002

The Sunday, March 17th program begins at 5:00 PM with TRAVELLER, (2001, 84 min.) by directors 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. This film will screen in the Speilberg Theatre.

 

Following at 7:00 PM is DISCO PIGS (2001, 90 min.) An impressive first feature from director Kristen 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. Discussion following with director Kirsten Sheridan.

 

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Wednesday, March 20, 2002

 

The Wednesday March 20th program begins at 7:30 PM with 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 SORCERER’S 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 Coltrane’s long-suffering wife, with Dan Akroyd as the amiable, adulterous head of the medical school. The latest from the director of DIVORCING JACK, David Caffrey.

 

Double features are one ticket price for both films. Discussions between films listed as double features are generally about 20 minutes long.

 

PHOTOS ARE AVAILABLE DIGITALLY UPON REQUEST.

 

A complete calendar/flyer listing of these films has been mailed to you.

 

ALL FILMS, EXCEPT HOW HARRY BECAME A TREE, ARE AVAILABLE ON VIDEOTAPE (NTSC) FOR PRESS PREVIEW IN OUR OFFICES. CALL TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT. THERE ARE NO THEATRICAL PRESS SCREENINGS SCHEDULED AT THIS TIME. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CALL MARGOT GERBER 323.461.2020, ext. 115. THANK YOU.

 

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