March 22, 2020
The organizers reached out in an email on Sunday, March 22:
On what would have been the closing day of this year's festival, we wanted to take the opportunity to thank you for all of the kind messages we have received since we announced the postponement of #IrishFilmFest20. We hope this email finds you and your family safe and in good health.
Since we can't be together this weekend, we thought you might appreciate seeing a selection of the short films that have been audience favorites over the last decade. Scroll down to read about our list of curated classics and visit our website to watch them at your leisure!
CURATED SHORTS FROM IRISH FILM FESTIVAL BOSTON ALUMNI
THE NATION HOLDS ITS BREATH
2017/Ireland (20 minutes)
Director: Kev Cahill
On the day of the most important football match in Irish history, a young father-to-be is torn between a) standing at his wife's side to hold her hand and witness the miracle of childbirth, or b) witnessing the miracle of the national team reaching the quarter-finals of the World Cup.
BLESS ME FATHER
2017/Ireland (16 minutes)
Director: Paul Horan
A parish priest is faced with a moral dilemma when a parishioner comes to deliver a confession which directly effects the priests own life. The priest is torn between his duty to offer forgiveness, and his personal reaction to this revelation.
2016/Ireland (11 minutes)
Director: Natasha Waugh
TERMINAL is a short film about the decisions women make in the face of overwhelming personal circumstance. A girl and a woman meet at an airport departure gate. Just before they board a plane to Manchester, we witness a private exchange as they share the different reasons that brought them to this moment, and the traumatic journey that awaits them.
QUEEN OF THE PLOUGH
2015/Ireland (12 minutes)
Director: Cara Holmes
Farmers Joanne Deery and Laura Grant love ploughing. They both come from rural farming backgrounds and both are highly competitive. Laura is a young student from Co.Offaly, Joanne is a working mother of three from Co.Monaghan. Joanne has earned the title three times in a row but Laura's aim is to become Ireland's youngest Queen.
CÉAD GHRÁ (FIRST LOVE)
2014/ Ireland (12 minutes)
Director: Brian Deane
Céad Ghrá is a nostalgic coming of age story about two best-friends that set out on a quest in pursuit of their first crush.
2013/Ireland (17 minutes)
Director: Anna Rodgers
A rare moment is captured when two people who are gay and lesbian are invited to give a speech at a Catholic mass in Dundalk, Ireland.
2013/Ireland (11 minutes)
Director: Ian Fitzgibbon
They say it takes just three alcoholics to keep a small bar running in a country town, but what if you've only got two?
BYE BYE NOW
2012/Ireland (15 minutes)
Co-Directors: Aideen O'Sullivan and Ross Whitaker
A short documentary film that recalls the past importance of phone boxes in Irish life.
2011/ U.K. (29 minutes)
Director: Terry George
The Shore is the inspiring story of two boyhood best friends - Joe (Ciarán Hinds) and Paddy (Conleth Hill) - divided by 25 years of mis-understanding. What happened all those years ago? Can old wounds be healed? The answer is in equal parts hilarious and moving.
2011/Ireland (3 minutes)
Director: Claire Dix
This short film is a celebration of Irish rain. A bride-to-be recalls pivotal moments in her relationship that all took place in a shower, a drizzle, or a down-pour.
DEEP END DANCE
2010/Ireland (6 minutes)
Director: Conor Horgan
Mother and son, above and below the surface. A short dance film, written and performed by David Bolger (choreographer and artistic director of CoisCéim Dance Theatre, Dublin) along with his 76-year-old mother, Madge Bolger. The film was shot in the Marian College swimming pool, where Madge worked as a swimming instructor for many years and where she taught David to swim.
MOORE STREET MASALA
2009/Ireland (3 minutes)
Director: David O'Sullivan
Ireland's first Bollywood movie. Shop Clerk Baba falls for the sezy estate agent across the street. When he sells her lunch, she steals his heart. There is only one way their love can make it.....Bollywood style!
2009/Ireland (6 minutes)
Director: Laura Way
Mary is trapped in a toxic friendship. Miriam with her chain-smoking and vicious tongue, is that toxic friend. Morning tea and Vitrol...there is no smoke without fire.
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Thursday, November 19 - Sunday, November 22, 2020
Somerville Theatre, Davis Square
Celebrating our 20th anniversary, this year's festival will feature more than 30 Irish productions all presented at the historic Somerville Theatre in Davis Square. For more information, please visit irishfilmfestival.com, follow us on Facebook, or search the Festival hashtag #irishfilmfest20 on Twitter.