Spotlight on New Irish Film to Unspool at Vogue Theatre Sunday, February 19, 2017
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, 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 ( 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.”
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.
More information at www.mostlybritish.org