We’ve had a great year for Irish film in the Bay Area. Here are some of the films that came our way:
A Date for Mad Mary •
Emerald City •
Rocky Ros Muc •
SF Irish Film Fest. Sep 21-23. Visit sfirishfilm.com for updates and tickets
School Life • Opera Plaza
Directed by Neasa Ní Chianáin and David Rane, this intimate and touching documentary presents a portrait of two educators who take on that “In Loco Parentis” role at the Headfort boarding school in Kells, Ireland.
School Life (formerly In Loco Parentis) has had rave reviews since its IDFA and Sundance premieres, and has picked up awards at the 60th San Francisco International Film Festival (Jury Prize), Docville (Best Feature) and Visions du Reel (Prix du Public/Audience Award). The film was acquired by Magnolia Pictures after Sundance.
40th Mill Valley Film Festival • October 5-15
Song of Granite
Song of Granite is a lyrical journey through the life of traditional Irish folk singer Joe Heaney. Blending exquisitely shot narrative scenes with archival performances by its celebrated subject, this unusual biopic captures the profound beauty and melancholy of Heaney’s sean nós style, as well as the changing times he lived through. In English and Gaelic with English subtitles. Tickets
Saturday, Oct. 7 at 3:45 PM at Smith Rafael Film Center
Tuesday, Oct. 10 at 6 PM at Lark Theater
A Nation Holds Its Breath (featured in Shorts Program)
The Nation Holds Its Breath plays as part of MVFF’s 5@5 It’s No Game Shorts Films. On the day of the most important football match in Irish history, a young father to be is torn between witnessing the miracle of childbirth and witnessing the miracle of reaching the quarter finals of the World Cup. Tickets
Wednesday, Oct. 11 at 9:15 PM at Smith Rafael Film Center
Thursday, Oct. 12 at 2:30 PM at CinéArts Sequoia
Visit MVFF festival website for updates on dates/times.