Vogue Theatre, San Francisco – Sunday, February 19, 5pm-11pm
Now in it’s fourth year, the highly popular IRISH SPOTLIGHT returns to SF with a full slate of new, contemporary, Irish film.
This year’s program includes the award-winning MAMMAL (7pm), 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 (9pm), an energetic and charming contemporary coming-of-age story set in a midlands boarding school; also screening will be TWICE SHY (5pm) 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 ( and deserves) a wide audience at home and abroad. Of the film and it’s content, producer Fionn Greger says: “TWICE SHY is at its’ heart a love story about two young people with a big decision to make. They embark on a road trip in an effort to better understand what next to do. It is a film that will resonate with audiences in America just as much as it has done in Ireland. It brings the topic of abortion to the big screen in a non-judgmental way and starts a conversation.”
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
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
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