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Irish Film Festival Boston to Celebrate New Irish Cinema This Month

2nd Mar 2012
Irish films STELLA DAYS, BALLYMUN LULLABY and DREAMING THE QUIET MAN will screen as part of the line-up of the 13th Annual Irish Film Festival, Boston this month.   With 30 feature films, shorts and documentaries screening from March 23rd - 25th, the festival, which is the largest Irish film festival in the United States, will celebrate the very best of Ireland and the Irish on screen - past, present and future.

Thaddeus O'Sullivan's STELLA DAYS will have its US premiere when it opens the festival on Thursday March 22nd in Harvard Square's Brattle Theatre.  The film which stars Hollywood actor Martin Sheen alongside a stellar Irish cast including Stephen Rea, Marcella Plunkett and Amy Huberman, is this year's Directors Choice award recipient.  Thaddeus O'Sullivan and Stephen Rea will be in attendance.

The short film DOWNPOUR directed by Claire Dix is the recipient of this year's Directors Choice award for Best Short and will screen ahead of STELLA DAYS on the opening night. 

Dawn Morrissey, Co-Director, Irish Film Festival Boston said: "There's nothing ‘unlucky' about this, our 13th annual festival.  Momentum is building around the strength of our line-up and it is an honour to be the first port-of-call when it comes to premiering Irish film in America.  It gets bigger and better each year, and we are committed to continuing to establish Irish film as a cutting edge entity here in the US."

Sé Merry Doyle's documentary DREAMING THE QUIET MAN acknowledges the 60th anniversary of The Quiet Man by exploring John Ford's struggle to highlight his homage to Ireland, his parents' place of birth.  An encore of The Quiet Man will be screened, rarely shown on the big screen.  BALLYMUN LULLABY will add a musical theme to the line up with director Frank Berry in attendance.

As always, the strength and diversity of Irish short films will play a key role in the festival with the Oscar-winning short THE SHORE and the Oscar-nominated short PENTECOST both screening along with a host of other shorts including Lorcan Finnegan's FOXES.

Other highlights of the festival include John McIlduff's black comedy BEHOLD THE LAMB, the documentary BERNADETTE: NOTES ON A POLITICAL JOURNEY and Ed Godsell's THE ROAD TO MONEYGALL which details how Irish man Henry Healy found out he was a distant cousin of US President Obama and the subsequent visit by Obama to Moneygall in Co. Offaly.

The last weekend in March promises to please Boston audiences. Screenings are varied; stories are vast, and strong in multi-cultural content. The Irish Film Festival, Boston is a gateway for Irish and foreign film in general and brings the world of visual story-telling to a place that has appeal across the masses. From Friday March 23rd to Sunday March 25th it will take place at the historic Somerville Theater in Davis Square, Somerville.

About Irish Film Festival, Boston
Founded in 1999, the Irish Film Festival, Boston is the largest event of its kind outside of Ireland. Deemed one of the top 20 "Coolest Film Festivals" worldwide by MovieMaker Magazine, the festival celebrates the very best of Ireland and the Irish on screen - past, present and future.  Over the years, the festival has premiered highly acclaimed films such as In America, Intermission, and Bloody Sunday, and it was the first American film festival to recognize the2007 Oscar-winner, Once. The festival has also played host to some of the greatest names in Irish cinema, including Jim Sheridan, Gabriel Byrne, Brendan Gleeson, Colm Meaney,  Fionnula Flannagan, John Boorman, and Aidan Quinn.
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