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Irish Film and Talent Celebrated through International Festivals
14 Mar 2014 : Deirdre Molumby
There are to be a number of celebrations, including festivals, screenings, Irish guest directors and actors, hosted all over the world to mark St. Patrick’s Day this year. Several of these are in association with the IFI’s International programme, supported by Culture Ireland.

At the Barbican Centre in London, Europe’s largest multi-arts and conference centre, there will be a screening of Irish-American silent comedy ‘Come on Over’. The 1922 film will be screened in an accompaniment by pianist John Sweeney and uilleann piper John Devine, and introduced by IFI Curator Sunniva O’Flynn. There will also be a programme of Irish shorts, including IFTA nominees ‘The Missing Scarf’ and ‘Rubaí’, shown at the Prince Charles Cinema in Leicester Square (see the full list of screenings here). Both events are to celebrate St Patrick’s Day London, which takes place from March 16-17.

At the Newcastle AV Festival, Irish documentary filmmaker Pat Collins will present his recent films ‘Silence’ and ‘Tim Robinson: Connemara’. Meanwhile, in America, Irish filmmaker Moira Tierney will present a programme of films by Solus, an independent film collective and platform for filmmakers working in Super-8mm/16mm/DV, in New Orleans.

Another major celebration of Irish film is to be found in Italy, where the Rome Irish Film Festa (see the website here) opens its 7th edition with ‘The Stag’ and presents 15 short films in competition. Guests travelling to Rome include Lelia Doolan (director of IFTA winning ‘Bernadette: Notes on a Political Journey’), Amy Joyce-Hastings (lead actress of ‘The Callback Queen’), actor and chairperson of the Galway Film Fleadh Kate O’Toole, and actor Ciaran McMenamin (‘Made in Belfast’).

A major retrospective of Irish cinema with Lenny Abrahamson in attendance will take place at the 13th Les Recontres du Cinema Europeen (see the programme here), an annual showcase of European cinema held in Vannes, France. The Berlin St Patrick’s Festival includes a programme of recent shorts and features presented in collaboration with IFI International and the Screen Directors Guild of Ireland to screen from the 17th to the 19th of March (click here).

The Irish Film Festival Boston is to return for its 14th year. The Festival’s award winners have been announced (see the full story here) and guests who will attend to receive their awards include directors Steph Green, Ian Fitzgibbon, and Stephen Bradley, actor Dylan Moran, and actresses Ruth McCabe, Deirdre O’Kane and Kelly Thornton. Elsewhere in the U.S, the New York Irish Arts Center will present the award-winning animation ‘Moon Man’.

The critically acclaimed Irish film ‘Good Vibrations’ will screen in New York on March 14th to celebrate the iTunes release of four Irish films for St. Patrick’s Day. Directed by Lisa Barros D’Sa and Glenn Leyburn, ‘Good Vibrations’ tells the story of Terri Hooley (Richard Dormer), a radical, rebel and music lover in war-torn 1970s Belfast. ‘Black Ice’, ‘King of the Travellers’ and ‘The Hardy Bucks Movie’ will also screen in a special St. Patrick’s Day section.

Special guests to attend the Irish Film Festival, Moscow, a key feature of Irish Week in the Russian capital, include David McSavage (‘Savage Eye’), Hugh O’Conor (‘The Stag’) and Mark O’Connor (director of ‘King of the Travellers’ and ‘Stalker’ – read IFTN’s interview with the actor here). The festival will screen IFTA nominees ‘Run & Jump’, ‘Calvary’ and ‘The Stag’ as well as the multi-IFTA winning ‘What Richard Did.’ IFI International will also support the second annual Belgrade Irish Film Festival which will host Johnny Gogan and his feature film ‘Black Ice’.

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