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IFI International celebrates St Patrick’s Day around the world
13 Mar 2015 : Seán Brosnan
IFI International celebrates St Patricks Day around the world with over 20 events in 16 countries planned
IFI international has released details of its support for screenings of over 50 new and classic Irish films drawn from the IFI Irish Film Archive and elsewhere at over 20 events in 16 countries.

Irish films have been subtitled in Russian, Serbian, Ukrainian, Italian and Spanish. Highlights include annual events in Berlin, Belgrade, Boston, Kiev, Moscow, and Rome, and new programmes launching in Sydney, Ottawa, Denmark and Mexico.

The 8th edition of the Irish Film Festa Rome (26th – 27th March) features Irish language films including ‘An Bronntanas’ and ‘Rubaí’, award-winning ‘Patrick’s Day’, 15 shorts in competition and a tribute to Lenny Abrahamson screening ‘Adam & Paul’, ‘Garage’, ‘What Richard Did’ and ‘Frank’.

The St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in Berlin continue to grow and this year ‘Shebeen Flick‘ (11th – 17th March) presents German premieres of ‘Standby’, ‘Pilgrim Hill’ and ‘Gold’ and classics ‘I Went Down’ and a 25th anniversary screening of ‘My Left Foot’. There will also be a rare opportunity for audiences to see the silent film ‘Come on Over ‘(1922) (acquired by the IFI Irish Film Archive from MoMA, New York in 2012) at the historic Stummfilmkino Delphi with live musical accompaniment.

In Denmark IFI International are working with their FIAF (International Federation of Film Archives) colleagues at the Danish Film Institute to host an Irish film season (5th – 15th March) with ‘The Pipe’, ‘Good Vibrations’, ‘Rocky Road to Dublin’ and ‘Calvary’ in partnership with the Embassy of Ireland in Denmark.

The Irish Film Festival in Moscow (11th – 22nd March) this year has expanded to include a documentary strand with classics such as ‘Waveriders’, ‘Rocky Road to Dublin’ and the recent hit ‘One Million Dubliners’. Highlights include the Russian premiere of ‘Song of the Sea’, ‘Jimmy’s Hall’ with actress Aisling Franciosi in attendance and a screening of ‘Broken Song’ with guest rapper Costello who will also perform two concerts during the festival.

‘The Irish Pub’ director, Alex Fegan, travels to Kiev for the 5th Molodist Kyiv Irish Fest (12th – 18th March) which is also showing comedies ‘Life’s A Breeze’, ‘Standby’ and ‘The Stag’. The third Belgrade Irish Fest (14th – 24th) opens with ‘Frank’ and features the classic titles ‘Angel’ and ‘Once’.

There will also be a major retrospective of Irish cinema (12th – 19th March) with the Embassy of Ireland at the Cineteca Nacional, Mexico. The programme includes ‘Song of the Sea’, ‘Price of Desire’, ‘Calvary’, ‘His & Hers’ and ‘In the Name of the Father’.

Meanwhile the Irish Film Festival Boston (19th – 22nd March) is in its 15th year and presents over 30 films. The Festival’s award winners have already been announced and include Best Feature award winner ‘Gold’, with director Niall Heery in attendance and the special Jury Prize winner ‘An Bronntanas’. Documentaries include ‘Blood Fruit’, and Directors Choice Award winner ‘One Million Dubliners’ which will be presented by director Aoife Kelleher and producer Rachel Lysaght.

Further North in Canada, IFI International will work with the first Irish Film Festival Ottawa (27th – 29th March) introducing new audiences to the best of Irish cinema with ‘Song of the Sea’, ‘The Stag’, ‘Pilgrim Hill’, ‘Song of the Sea’, ‘The Pipe’ and ‘Kisses’.

IFI International also have new partners this year in Australia where the inaugural Sydney Irish Film Festival(26th – 29th March) will present Australian premieres of ‘Out of Here’, ‘Living in a Coded Land’, and director, Paula Kehoe, will present ‘An Dubh ina Gheal’ (Assimilation) about the connection between Irish and Aboriginal people in Australia.

For a full events listing, see the IFI’s international calendar here.

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