Irish Studies Program Sponsoring Film Series

Irish Studies Program Sponsoring Film Series

The American premiere of the critically-acclaimed "Country" and a screening of the first cinematic adaptation of Brendan Behan's memoir "Borstal Boy" will be among the highlights of the Irish Studies Program's second annual Irish film series, which runs from Feb. 25-March 19.

Feature films will be shown Sundays at the West Newton Cinema on Washington Street in West Newton, while documentaries will be screened on Mondays in Devlin 001.

The series, developed in cooperation with West Newton Cinema and the City of Newton's Office of Cultural Affairs, will include appearances by directors and writers of many of the films being shown.

"It has been a pleasure to work with the Newton Office of Cultural Affairs, and we look forward to developing other projects with the city," said Irish Studies Associate Director Robert Savage. "Irish Studies has always taken a keen interest in the vibrancy of Irish cinema, which offers a wonderful avenue for the exploration of Ireland's complex political and social culture.

"This series will highlight some of the best recent feature and documentary films produced in Ireland, many of which have won recognition at European film festivals but are unlikely to be shown in the local megaplex."

Kicking off the series' slate of feature films on Feb. 25 at West Newton Cinema will be "Country," a family drama set in a rural town near the Northern Ireland border during the 1950s. Director and writer Kevin Liddy will be on hand for discussion after the screening.

Other feature films to be shown are "If I Could Read the Sky" (March 4), "Accelerator" and "Saltwater" (March 11) and "Borstal Boy" (March 18). All shows begin at 7 p.m.

On Feb. 26, the series' offering of Irish documentaries gets underway when Belfast filmmaker Lawrence Pitkethly introduces and screens his 1973 work, "In Two Minds." There will be a special showing on Feb. 28 of Mary Raftery's "States of Fear." The remainder of the schedule will be: "Dan, Dan, Dad and Me" on March 12 and "An Cheis Fhada" on March 19.

All documentary films will be shown in Devlin 001 at 6:30 p.m., with the exception of "States of Fear," which begins at 5 p.m.

For more information on the series, contact Irish Studies at ext.2-3938.
-Sean Smith


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