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Spotlight on New Irish Film • Feb 19

The Mostly British Film Festival’s Irish Spotlight returns to the San Francisco Vogue Theater with a full slate of new, Irish film.

This year’s program includes the award-winning MAMMAL, starring Rachel Griffiths and newcomer Barry Keoghan, about an unorthodox relationship between a grieving mother and a homeless Irish youth; the international festival hit HANDSOME DEVIL, an energetic and charming contemporary coming-of-age story set in a midlands boarding school;

Also screening will be TWICE SHY a bold, yet nuanced, “road movie” (featuring Irish favorite Pat Shortt in a supporting role) that takes an unflinching look at the challenges of young romance at the crossroads of adult life – including the decision whether to keep an unplanned pregnancy, a topic still risky to explore in a film that no-doubt courts a wide audience at home and abroad.

The three films in this years IRISH SPOTLIGHT each share a thoughtful ability to “start a conversation” – that they do this uniquely, with the skill and resonance of the best of today’s international cinema, make this years IRISH SPOTLIGHT one to save the evening for.

Part of the 9th annual Mostly British Film Festival (Feb. 16-23, 2017), The IRISH SPOTLIGHT is co-presented by the SF Irish Film Festival and the Consulate General of Ireland, and takes place at Vogue Theatre, 3290 Sacramento St., SF.

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Irish Documentary Film Fest • Mar 4

In association with the Irish-American Crossroads Festival, SF Irish Film presents
DocFest – March 4, 2017 at Delancey Street Theater, San Francisco

Tickets available at

4pm – “Coming Home”

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

6pm – “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

8pm – “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

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