Saturday, March 25, 2017
12:00 PM | Somerville Theatre 5
2016/Ireland (82 min)
Director: Colm Quinn
In an attempt to save his struggling mattress selling business, sixty-something Michael Flynn reinvents himself as the eccentriconline persona‘Mattress Mick’, under the guidance of his good friend Paul Kelly. As business begins to grow, their friendship starts to implode.
12:30 PM | Somerville Theatre 1
New Irish Shorts 1 | (101 min)
2016/Ireland (20 min)
Co-directors: Linda Bhreathnach and Justin Davey
TIME AND AGAIN
2016/Ireland (13 min 01 sec)
Director: Aidan Largey
2016/Ireland (10 min 44 sec)
Director: Shaun O’ Connor
THE NATION HOLDS ITS BREATH
2016/Ireland (19 min 50 sec)
Director: Kev Cahill
2016/Ireland (10 min 20 sec)
Director: Eimear Callaghan
2016/Ireland (1min 54 sec)
Director: Ken Womack
2015/Ireland/UK (6min 13 sec)
Director: Mark Jenkin
2016/Ireland/United Kingdom (9 min 20 sec)
Director: Lynne Davison
2016/Ireland (9 min 44 sec)
Director: Jake McKone
2:00 PM | SOMERVILLE THEATRE 5
2016/Norway (74 min)
Director: David Kinsella
THE WALL is the story of a young female poet in North Korea. The director, David Kinsella, wanted to make a real documentary, but the government in North Korea brought in over 1000 extras to make Kinsella produce what they wanted: propaganda.
Kinsella had to change his strategy. Under pressure from the North Korean censor, he filmed in such a way that animation could be overlaid onto the images when he returned to Norway – and used to tell the real story.
Understanding that in North Korea “all foreigners are spies and evil”, David Kinsella realized that he had also been told this as a boy growing up in Northern Ireland – and so he made a comparison between his own childhood in Belfast, and his North Korean adventure movie.
2:30 PM | SOMERVILLE THEATRE 1
2016/Ireland (75 min)
Director: Risteard Ó Domhnaill
Director Risteard Ó Domhnaill in person!
Narrated by Emmy Award-winning actor Brendan Gleeson, ATLANTIC follows the fortunes of three small fishing communities - in Ireland, Norway and Newfoundland - as they struggle to maintain their way of life in the face of mounting economic and ecological challenges.
As the oil majors drive deeper into their fragile seas, and the world’s largest fishing companies push fish stocks to the brink, coastal people and the species they rely on may be reaching a point of no return.
Filmed in some of the most remote and breathtaking locations in the North Atlantic, and at close quarters with some of the sea’s most captivating characters, Atlantic will bring the very personal stories in the vital resource debate to the fore, exploring how three modern day communities must learn from the past in order to secure a brighter future.
4:30 PM | Somerville Theatre 5
HOW TO DIFFUSE A BOMB: PROJECT CHILDREN
2016/Northern Ireland (90 min)
Director: Des Henderson
Proudly Presented by The Ireland Funds Boston
The extraordinary untold story of how an NYPD bomb disposal expert played a key role in helping defuse the decades old “Troubles” in Northern Ireland.
In 1975 Denis Mulcahy - an Irish Immigrant - decided he couldn’t stand idly by whilst Northern Ireland blew up on his nightly news bulletin. Along with his family and neighbours in small town New York he started a scheme that would ultimately see twenty three thousand children escape the worst of the violence and in the process discover they had more in common with the 'enemy' at home than they thought.
With stunning archive and exclusive contributions from Bill Clinton and Martin McGuinness, this feature-length documentary weaves the personal stories of the children who escaped the brutal violence with the wider political story of how Washington struggled to deal with the issue of Northern Ireland against the backdrop of Irish-America’s complex relationship with home.
From the seemingly intractable conflict of the early seventies to the signing of an historic agreement in the late nineties, we chart the incredible story of how one man’s visionary approach to reconciliation paved the way for peace in Northern Ireland.
6:00 PM | Somerville Theatre 1
Global Vision Best Documentary, ROCKY ROS MUC
2016/Ireland (92 min)
Director: Michael Fanning
World Premiere! Director Michael Fanning in person.
From humble beginnings, to challenging for a world title crown. From the quiet Gaeltacht village of Ros Muc in Co Galway, to the criminal underworld of James ‘Whitey’ Bulger and the mean streets of Boston. Rocky Ros Muc examines spirit inside the ring and troubles outside; the reality of emigration and its impact on identity.
In the mid 1970’s Sean Mannion left Galway for Boston. Like many before him, he left behind his home village of Ros Muc and headed for a new life in America.
He had a talent for boxing. His sparring partners at his gym were at the heart of Whitey Bulger’s Winter Hill gang. Friends. Fellow emigrants. His world was their world. The fighting Irish. Drugs, racketeering and murder. This was the reality of life in South Boston.
In October 1984, Sean stood in the boxing ring in Madison Square Garden, in New York City, fighting for a WBA world title crown. His rise up the professional ranks wasn’t straightforward. Neither was his descent.
ROCKY ROS MUC is Sean Mannion’s story. His life and boxing career. The ups and downs of both.
A story of survival. Of determination, honour and strength. A story about identity and community. Not just for Sean Mannion, but for the thousands of emigrants like him.
7:00 PM | Somerville Theatre 5
OUT OF INNOCENCE
2016/Ireland (108 min)
Director: Danny Hiller
Sneak Peek Preview!
A newly born baby is washed up on a beach – this baby has been stabbed before entering the water. At the same time, a young mother gives birth to a stillborn baby 50 miles away and secretly buries the body on the families small holding. A link is made – wrongly– between the two babies. After a questionable police investigation, this young mother is accused on two counts of murder. Even though the science and evidence do not stack up, still she is pursued and ultimately committed to trial.
The case quickly sparks national outrage. At a time of much social discord and change in Ireland, marked by religious sectarianism, the abortion debate and the emergence of the first women’s movement - the young mother finds herself the unwitting central figure in a stubborn contest of the individual versus the State.
Fiona Shaw has been nominated by the Irish Film and Television Academy - for her role in Out of Innocence.
8:30 PM | Somerville Theatre 1
2016/Ireland (88 min)
Director: Laura McGann
North American Premiere
A roller derby story. Ireland’s recession pushes young people out. Surplus to requirement in the world beyond the Roller Derby track, the fast paced and aggressive Derby world becomes a haven for determined, pissed-off women in a crippled country. Young Irish women go on a high-octane Roller Derby odyssey in search of a means for self-expression, a fight to be fought, and, above all, a team that needs them. But how will responsibility and power affect the new leaders? With total access over four years, starting with the first-ever Irish team as they prepare for the World Cup in 2011, Revolutions follows this exciting sports arc, capturing the story as it unfolds, and observing fascinating rivalries and real character development.
9:00 PM | Somerville Theatre 5
DEAD ALONG THE WAY
2016/Ireland (87 min)
Director: Maurice O Carroll
A hapless pair of wedding videographers find themselves dealing with a dead body, overly enthusiastic Gardai, fertility treatment, a vengeful gangster... oh, and an imminent wedding.