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Irish Night at Mostly British Film • Feb 18

A Fanatic Heart, 6.30pm, SF Vogue Theatre

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) tickets

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The Young Offenders, 4:30 pm, SF Vogue Theatre

Packed with warmth and wit, this charming film, inspired by the true story of Ireland’s largest cocaine seizure in 2007, is a comic road movie about two clueless best friends — track-suited Irish teenagers who, though lazy, impulsive and ignorant remain endlessly lovable. Making their way through the scenic Cork countryside on stolen bicycles in pursuit of one missing barrel of cocaine, our heroes take us on a perfectly ludicrous adventure. Ireland 2016 (83 minutes) tickets

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The Lodgers, 9:30 pm, SF Vogue Theatre

This is a gothic ghost story about orphaned twins Edward and Rachel who share a crumbling manor in 1920s rural Ireland. Though isolated, they are not alone. They share the house with unseen entities that control them with three absolute rules: in bed with doors locked by midnight; never allow anyone across the threshold; never permanently leave the house. On the dawn of their 18th birthday, Rachel experiences a sexual awakening with a young Irishman returned from the war, and within him finds a kindred spirit – and the possibility of a life beyond the estate. Ireland 2017 (92 minutes) tickets

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Irish Film at SF IndieFest • Feb 1-15

Between Land and Sea, Feb 7th & 11th @ Roxie SF
Director Ross Whitaker

West Coast Premiere of an observational documentary about the big wave surf community of an Irish surf town. Get ready for an adrenaline high and take a plunge into the ice cold waters of the North Atlantic with this thoroughly engaging and visually stunning portrait of life at land’s end. Living in tune with nature far from busy urban environments is massively challenging but ultimately rewarding in this immersive portrait of a people and a place.

Wednesday February 7th, 7:00 pm at Roxie Theater, Sunday February 11, 2:00 pm at Roxie Theater tickets

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Maze, Feb 11 & 15 @ Roxie SF
Director Stephen Burke
Northern California Premiere of a prison thriller inspired by the true events of the infamous 1983 prison breakout of 38 IRA prisoners from ‘the most secure prison in Europe,’ the HMP Maze, an inmate and revolutionary develops a complicated friendship with the prison warden. Or is it just a part of the plan?
Upon its release last year in the UK and Ireland, many people worried the film would glorify the prisoners and the moment in history became controversial anew.
FROM BBC NEWS: Republicans, with a sense of pride, hold it up as their Great Escape; Unionists recall how one prison officer was killed and others were so seriously injured or traumatised that their lives were effectively ruined.
With its warders backed up by armed soldiers and its distinctively-shaped ‘H’ blocks, purpose built to house Northern Ireland’s feared paramilitaries, HMP Maze became an instantly recognisable feature on the violent landscape of the Troubles.
It stood as another reminder of how things in Northern Ireland were not the same as in the rest of the UK.
–Bears Fonte

Sunday February 11, 9:15 pm at Roxie Theater, Thursday February 15, 9:15 pm at Roxie Theater tickets

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Irish Docfest, Delancey Street, SF • March 10

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more information and tickets coming soon at SF Irish Film

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