On Friday, March 22, we hosted the New England premieres of FLOAT LIKE A BUTTERFLY, our 2019 Director’s Choice Feature and LATE AFTERNOON, our Director’s Choice Short Film! This stellar Friday night program featured two of Ireland's most talked about films of the year; FLOAT LIKE A BUTTERFLY won the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) Prize for the Discovery Program at the 2018 Toronto Film Festival and LATE AFTERNOON was nominated for Best Animated Short at this year's Oscars.

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Director’s Choice Feature Film 2019

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2018/Ireland (101 minutes)
Director: Carmel Winters

Lead actors Hazel Doupe and Dara Devaney, Director Carmel Winters and Production Designer Toma McCullim.
Q&A to follow the screening.

From the producers of ONCE and SING STREET, FLOAT LIKE A BUTTERFLY is a powerful and timely story of a girl's fight for freedom and belonging.

Teenage Irish Traveller Frances (Hazel Doupe) lost her mother in a fight. The same fight which led to her father (Dara Devaney) being locked up in jail for the last ten years. Frances has never forgiven the police sergeant who she feels is responsible for this. She’s got fighting in her blood, just like her idol Muhammad Ali inspiring her to be the Greatest.

When her father gets out of jail, Frances is starry-eyed. Together they can take on the world. But her father doesn’t turn out to be the hero she remembers. Required to keep the peace due to the conditions of his parole, he’s forced to endure humiliation from the police sergeant (Aidan O’Hare), much to Frances’ horror. And to make up for lost time, he is determined to make a man of his son and an obedient wife of his daughter.

Frances never wanted to clash with her beloved father, but when he forces her to give up her dream of boxing and behave like a “lady”, she is left with no choice. Cast out by the world and her family alike, Frances must fight even for the right to fight. Some people say it doesn’t matter whether you win or lose. But Frances knows that losing is not an option? This is a fight she has been training for all her life. And she knows, the only way she can end this war is to win it.

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