In 2006 the Democratic Union Party and Sinn Féin met for the first time in peace talks to discuss a ceasefire after 40 years of bloodshed. In one corner is Ian Paisley (Timothy Spall), the deeply conservative British loyalist; in the other is Martin McGuinness (Colm Meaney), a former Irish Republican Army leader who has devoted his life to the cause of Irish reunification. Opposites in every way, the two men at first seem to have little chance of ever finding common ground. But over the course of an impromptu, detour-filled car ride through the Scottish countryside, each begins to see the other less as an enemy, and more as an individual—a breakthrough that promises the possibility that simple humanity can overcome political division. John Hurt, Freddie Highmore and Toby Stephens co-star.
Clay Theater, San Francisco
Shattuck Theater, Berkeley
Mark Your Calendars For 2017 San Francisco Irish Film Festival – September 21-23
Irish Films Shown in Bay Area 2017
A Date for Mad Mary, Frameline Festival June 2017
Written and directed by Darren Thornton, this feature set in Drogheda, Ireland, is a sweet and melancholic film about letting go of the past — in order to make room for the future.
Handsome Devil,Frameline Festival June 2017
An unlikely yet authentic bond develops between two teenage boys at an Irish boarding school, in this charming, rugby-centric dramedy from talented Irish writer-director John Butler.
Stricken with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, Maud (Sally Hawkins) faces rejection from her own family in 1930s Nova Scotia. But she finds acceptance in the home of another outsider, curmudgeonly fishmonger Everett Lewis, who hires her to be his housekeeper. Aisling Walsh’s drama spans 35 years, depicting the growth of Maud’s unexpected career and her relationship with a difficult husband.
In Loco Parentis
Directors: Neasa Ní Chianáin, David Rane’s 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.
San Francisco Irish Film Festival Documentary Film Fest, March 2017
Coming Home is a feature length documentary by Dublin based filmmaker Cathal Kenna. It follows a selection of five Irish emigrants on their journeys as they return to and depart from Ireland. The concept of home and what it means to different people is at the heart of this intimate portrayal of Irish emigrant life. 1hr 23 mins
A Fanatic Heart
Musician and advocate Bob Geldof examines the life and work of one of the 20th century’s greatest poets, William Butler Yeats. 1hr 38 mins
How to Defuse a Bomb
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. 1 hr 30 mins →