Bay Area Irish Film News

Irish Night at Mostly British Film • Feb 18

A Fanatic Heart: Onstage interview with filmmaker Sir Bob Geldof at 8:00 pm.
In this winning documentary, Irish singer, songwriter and political activist Sir Bob Geldof traces W.B. Yeats’ life, from his earliest family trips to Sligo – which awakened a lifelong love of fairy tales and folklore – to international fame as the poet laureate of an emerging Ireland, to his Nobel Prize and role as Senator in the Irish Free State. Bringing his own infatuating passion to the subject, Sir Bob shows how Yeats led the way in imagining a new Ireland into being after the Famine and, after centuries of oppression, gave the people of Ireland back a story they could believe in – and fight for. A captivating tale of mythology, nation-building, insurgency and disillusion, the film is above all a story about how poetry and language can shape our world. Sting, Bono, Liam Neeson, Bill Nighy and Colin Farrell are among those who perform Yeats’ poems. Ireland 2016 (100 minutes)

6:30 pm, Vogue Theatre, Sunday, February 18 Tickets

Irish Talent at the Oscars • Mar 4

Martin McDonagh‘s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri swept the Golden Globes on Jan. 7 and got another bounce when the writer/director reaped a bid from the DGA on Jan. 11.

Greta Gerwig‘s coming-of-age charmer Lady Bird, also did well at the Golden Globes, winning both Best Comedy/Musical and for leading lady Saoirse Ronan

The Breadwinner directed by Ireland’s Nora Twomey and executive produced by Mimi Polk Gitlin[7] and Angelina Jolie. Based on the best-selling novel by Deborah Ellis, the visually captivating animated film tells the story of a brave girl living in Afghanistan under the Taliban in the lead-up to the 2001 U.S. invasion.

Song of Granite Ireland’s entry to Best Foreign Language film category sadly didn’t make it all the way to nomination but nevertheless a great pic about the life of traditional Irish folk singer Joe Heaney.