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Irish Film Festival 2018 at Bangkok Screening Room – 21st to 23rd September

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Irish Film Festival 2018 at Bangkok Screening Room – 21st to 23rd September

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Proudly Presented by the Embassy of Ireland, Thailand.

All films in English with Thai subtitles
Tickets 120 THB (90 THB for Members/Students/Children)

Film Schedule:

Friday 21st
18:30 – 20:00 Once

Saturday 22nd
16:15 – 18:15 My Left Foot
18:45 – 20:15 John Hume in America
20:45 – 22:15 Once

Sunday 23rd
13:45 – 15:15 Song of the Sea
16:15 – 18:15 My Left Foot

Four Irish films will be screened this year from a variety of genres: the hugely popular family-friendly animated feature Song of the Sea, romantic musical Once which won an Oscar for best song, My Left Foot the classic Oscar-winning drama starring Daniel Day Lewis, and John Hume in America, a documentary about a little known but influential figure in Irish political history.

The Film Program

MY LEFT FOOT

His first film as director, My Left Foot launched Jim Sheridan’s international career and launched Irish cinema onto the world stage with My Left Foot earning Academy Award victories for Daniel Day-Lewis as Christy Brown and Brenda Fricker as Mrs Brown. The film also featured a remarkable performance by Hugh O’Conor as young Christie. It was an extraordinary achievement for a small production drawn from the autobiographical writings of a young inner-city Dubliner, Christy Brown, who had battled against cerebral palsy to become an accomplished artist. Sheridan is happy to admit that, with only a six-week course in filmmaking to his name, he learnt on the job. The apprentice became master very quickly.

IN THE NAME OF PEACE: JOHN HUME IN AMERICA

Exploring the decades-long campaign by Nobel Prize winner John Hume to secure peace in Northern Ireland, Maurice Fitzpatrick reveals how Hume, inspired by Martin Luther King and rising from the riot-torn streets of Northern Ireland, enlisted an army of heavy-weight international heads of state to the cause.

Narrated by Liam Neeson and scored by Bill Whelan (Riverdance), this feature-length documentary includes interviews with Presidents Clinton and Carter, US senators and congressmen, as well as Irish leaders, and British Prime Ministers Tony Blair and John Major. At a time of political instability, this is a timely film examining steady leadership and international co-operation.

ONCE

A heartfelt and honest musical, Once sees struggling musician ‘Guy’ (Glen Hansard) and migrant worker ‘Girl’ (Marketa Irglová) fall in love through a shared passion for music. Meeting on the streets of Dublin as ‘Guy’ busks to try make ends meet, the pair travel across the city, by foot, bus and motorcycle, forming a connection as they perform music. Feeling they have the potential to work as a duo the pair attempt to produce a record even as they find their burgeoning relationship has to step lightly around the romantic complications of one another’s past. Characterised by a wholehearted sincerity, Once’s greatest asset is in the lead characters; Hansard and Irglová’s musical performances are the moving highlights of a deeply romantic film, and Once won an Academy Award for Best Original Song for the pair’s ‘Falling Slowly’.

SONG OF THE SEA

Ben (David Rawle) lives in a lighthouse with his father (Brendan Gleeson) and mother (Lisa Hannigan) who enchants him with tales of selkies who transform from seals into humans. His happiness is disrupted when she passes away in childbirth leaving behind an unusual little sister, Saoirse, who remains speechless until her sixth birthday. Their father, still grieving, sends them to Dublin to live with their grandmother (Fionnula Flanagan), separating Saoirse from the ocean that is her life-force and Ben from his beloved hound, Cú. They set off home on a perilous journey encountering mythical demons along the way.

Tomm Moore’s Oscar-nominated film is a modern folktale where Celtic mythology sits comfortably alongside the reality of a grieving family and a heart-warming sibling relationship. With a soundtrack from Kíla, the delicately rendered, hand-drawn animation is as exquisite as anything from Studio Ghibli and is sure to delight audiences of all ages.

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