films are screened at De Seve Cinema, Concordia University,
1400 de Maisonneuve West, Montreal at 7:00 P.M unless otherwise
20 | Feb 10 | Feb 24 | Mar 3 | Mar 24-25 |
Apr 7 | Apr 27
for our closing film and reception
at Concordia will be on sale at the April 7th screening or send
a cheque to Cine Gael Montreal, PO Box 446, Cote St. Luc Stn, H4V
for film & reception ($15 for members)
MUST BE PURCHASED BEFORE APRIL 25
general information on membership and pricing click
Film followed by reception
D: Terry Loane, 2005
Guest Speaker: John Griffin, Film Critic, The Gazette
Admission for non-members will be $10.00
in a divided Belfast in 1970, this is the story of two boys whose
friendship breaks down the barriers. Based on Owen McCafferty's acclaimed
play, it tells the tale of two kindred spirits obsessed with 'Butch
Cassidy and the Sundance Kid' and how this infatuation leads them
from fantasies into petty crime. The two boys play at becoming their
heroes gaining the courage against all the odds, for a daring escape
to Australia. This heart warming comedy introduces the two pint sized
stars of the story; John Jo McNeill and Naill Wright in their first
big screen appearance.
STARRING: John Joe McNeill , Niall Wright , Julie Walters , Ciarán
Hinds , Adrian Dunbar , Gina McKee.
THE ROCKY ROAD TO DUBLIN and THE MAKING OF THE ROCKY ROAD TO DUBLIN
(D: Peter Lennon 1968, Paul Duane 2004)
before Michael Moore, Irish-born journalist Peter Lennon and legendary
French 'Nouvelle Vague' director of photography Raoul Coutard managed
to get a society to reveal itself on camera
In 'Rocky Road to
Dublin' (1968), Ireland's patriotic sportsmen, priests, censors and
'brain-washed' children unwittingly convey the truth about a repressed,
suppressed and massively censored Republic. Lennon and Coutard expose
the hypocrisy of church, politics and state through a series of seemingly
'innocent' interviews. Unsurprisingly, after one screening in a Dublin
cinema in 1968, it was suppressed for more than three decades -- never
released in Ireland nor ever shown on Irish television. In 'The Making
of Rocky Road,' Raoul Coutard breaks his silence by coming out of
retirement to tell his story of the making of this revolutionary film:
the "la haine" of its day, set against the social and political
backdrop of Dublin in the sixties. It features previously unreleased
footage of Lennon confronting Godard and Truffaut in a furious debate
surrounding the shutting down of Cannes '68, as well as the Paris
Demonstrations that occurred surrounding the screening of the film
at the Sorbonne in full revolutionary swing.
John Huston, Sean O'Faoláin, Conor O'Brien, Father Cleary,
Douglas Gageby, Peter Lennon, Paul Duane, Victor Herbert, Loopline
Films, Peter Lennon
(D: Shimmy Marcus 2004)
Laurel Wypkema, Concordia Irish Studies
his luck pothead Charlie has been kicked off the dole, had his electricity
cut off, and been dumped by his girlfriend Vicky. Despite claiming
to be an expert on women, his best friend T-Bag has never had a girlfriend
and the boys are convinced only money will change their depressing
situation. The boys hear through their dealer Blowback that crime
lord, The Uncle is looking for new drug mules, so Charlie conceives
an elaborate scam to smuggle a consignment of Cocaine back from Amsterdam.
They meet The Uncle's nephew Razor Rupert and convince him that they're
up for the job. As they lay their plans, each one egging the other
on, each one refusing to admit to any fear, a series of comic coincidences
begin to unravel their carefully laid plans.
STARRING: Wuzza Conlon, Gavin Kelty, Laura Pyper, Steven Berkoff,
Tom Hickey, Maria O'Neill, Pat Kinevane, Mick Nolan, Mark Doherty,
evening of award winning Irish short films is an audience favourite.
The evening showcases new talent and the audience gets to vote for
their favourite films. Details of the evening will be announced
closer to the date.
OF 2006 IRISH SHORT FILM EVENING:
Jellybaby - Directed by Rob and Ronan Burke
For details click here.
24 -25: WEEKEND
"DOCS & DRAMA"
A Weekend of Irish Documentaries
may reserve a pass by email
and pick it up between 6-6:30pm at DeSeve Cinema on Friday March
24. Passes will be on sale from 6pm.
for Cine Gael members for the four events (three films and one
($20 non-members of Cine Gael)
Single Event: $7
& DRAMA" - A Weekend of Irish Documentaries
Friday, March 24 at 7:00 PM "Southpaw: The
Francis Barrett Story" (D: Liam McGrath, 1999)
Guest Speaker: Antoine Maloney
documentary depicts two years in the life of Francis Barrett, a
young traveller from Galway. Coached from an early age by Chick
Gillen, a local barber, Francis shows a rare talent for boxing.
Despite training in a rickety gym outside the caravans where his
family live, he qualifies for the Irish Olympic team for Atlanta
in 1996 and gets to carry the Irish flag during the opening ceremony.
He wins his first bout easily. Although beaten in his second, he
is already a national hero and relishes the chance to represent
the travelling people in the media glare."
Saturday, March 25 at 3:00 PM "The Abbey Theatre: The First
100 Years "* (D: John Lynch, 2004) - With Stephen Rea,
Colm Meaney, Ben Barnes
film is followed by a reception at McKibbin's Pub
Abbey Theatre is the most national of all National Theatres. It's
like a microcosm of the nation."Quoted in John Lynch's definitive
documentary on the Abbey, former Artistic Director Patrick Mason
sets the stage for an exploration of the Abbey's greatest achievements
. . . and failures. From the glory of its early years in the 1910s
and 1920s through the financial and artistic doldrums of the 60s
and 70s to its rebirth in the early 1990s, Lynch chronicles the
theatre's turbulent history in great detail. Warm, often moving
reminisces from Abbey players Colm Meaney and Shelah Richards contrast
with acerbic commentary from the likes of Brendan Behan, Barry Fitzgerald
(both in archival footage) and Stephen Rea to create a rounded,
critical and thoroughly involving portrait of Ireland's foremost
March 25 at 7:00 PM "Sean O'Casey - Under A Coloured Cap"
(D: Shivaun O'Casey, 2004) Guest Speaker: Dr. Dana Hearne
film paints an intimate and fascinating portrait of Sean OCasey:
a controversial playwright, a prolific memoirist, and one of the
great figures of the Irish literary renaissance. Narrated and directed
by Shivaun OCasey, his daughter, the program profiles the
renowned writers life of hardship and triumph, idealism and
disenchantment. Topics under discussion include OCaseys
grim formative years; his activities in various socialist movements
and in the movements for Irish independence; his satiric and often
violent tragicomedies The Shadow of a Gunman, Juno and the Paycock,
and The Plough and the Stars; and his later years in self-imposed
exile in Britain. (82 minutes)"
Selection of "Beckett on Film" will be screened in conjunction
with The Embassy of Ireland's Beckett Centenary Celebration.
hugely ambitious Beckett on
Film project gathered together 19 different directors to turn
the 19 stage works written by Samuel Beckett into films. The range
is vast--from the 45-second Breath to the two hours of his most famous
play, Waiting for Godot--but all the works reflect Beckett's penetrating
obsessions with memory, regret, and the simple, excruciating experience
of being. Not every film succeeds--like all great theater, Beckett's
plays demand interaction with a live audience to express their full
intent--and though scholars tout Beckett's every word as genius, several
works are slight (Catastrophe, Ohio Impromptu, or What Where will
leave many viewers unimpressed). But all the plays feature Beckett's
uniquely distilled language; the greatest of them--including Waiting
for Godot (in which two tramps pass the time while they wait for someone
who may never come), Endgame (in which a blind man and his lame servant
bicker and joke as the world declines), and Play (in which a love
triangle is bitterly recalled by two women and a man in urns)--are
astonishing in both their potent humor and piercing grief.
Beckett's stature drew in an impressive array of directors (including
Anthony Minghella, Patricia Rozema, and Neil Jordan) and actors (including
Jeremy Irons, Julianne Moore, Alan Rickman, Kristin Scott-Thomas,
Michael Gambon, and John Gielgud), some of the finest work comes from
relative unknowns. But the gem of the collection is Krapp's Last Tape,
about an old man revisiting his life through recordings he has made
throughout his years. It's the perfect marriage of text, actor (the
incomparable John Hurt), and director (Atom Egoyan, The Sweet Hereafter);
in their hands, the play spins from deeply funny to deeply sad, all
with only the slightest dim of the light in Hurt's eyes. --Bret Fetzer
based on a the novel by Maeve Binchy
(D: Gillies MacKinnon 2005)
Terry Mosher - 'Aislin' of the Montreal Gazette
women -- one American, one Irish -- make a house swap that alters
their respective destinies.
STARRING: Andie MacDowell, Olivia Williams, Stephen Rea, Brenda Fricker,
for our closing film and reception at Concordia Faculty Club will
be on sale on April 7. $20 for film & reception ($15 for members)
or send a cheque to Cine Gael Montreal, PO Box 446, Cote St. Luc
Stn H4V 2Z1. TICKETS MUST BE PURCHASED BEFORE
Note: We have a
large number of subscribed members this year, which means a shrinking
number of seats for walk-ins. We have made arrangements to be able
to screen a second showing later the same evening if we are overwhelmed
at the first showing, but the watchword is to come early.
We will hold seating for members till 6:45pm. Please come early
enough to ensure you get seated.
all, a reminder: parking is available in the basement of the Concordia
Library building, entrance from Mackay below de Maisonneuve.
for non-members will be $10.00 for the Opening and $7.00 for each
of the remaining regular evenings. The weekend series and our Gala
Closing will be $20.00 each.
[Includes 5 films with the opening reception
and a $5.00 saving on both the weekend series and our Gala closing]:
In addition to the regular season savings,
we will be scheduling some special films for a Members only evening.