CINEGAEL MONTREAL 2007
15th Annual Series

Note: All screenings take place at
J.A. deSeve Cinema,
Concordia University,
1400 de Maisonneuve West,
at 7:15 PM. (except March 9th, at 7:30pm)

Admission 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.


Membership: $30.00 (for more info click here)

Friday, February 2
7:15pm

Opening film & reception

What Means Motley? (2006)

Directed by: John Ketchum and John Riley

Guest Speaker:
Dr. Michael Kenneally, Honourary Consul General

In a daring immigration scam, a group of 41 desperate Romanians disguised themselves as a folk choir, complete with bogus international awards, then applied by post to take part in a little-known choral festival in Sligo, Ireland.

But once the "singers" arrived in Dublin they vanished. Some applied for asylum, others are still on the run.

It was one of Ireland's biggest diplomatic blunders. But far from resigning, the consul is now starring in a film about the 1999 debacle, playing a con man trying to get illegal immigrants to Ireland.

Friday, February 9
7:15pm

Goldfish Memory (2003)

Directed by:
Liz Gill

Guest Speaker:
Andrea Stanford Brown

"Goldfish Memory is a light-hearted look at the dangers and delights of dating in contemporary Dublin. When Clara sees her boyfriend kissing Isolde, it sets off a chain reaction of romances and heartbreaks until the entire cycle has turned full-circle, with each character trying to solve the pressing question of what is the perfect relationship! Some favor marriage, others a week-at-a-time arrangement. The only thing they can all agree on is that love is the one thing we cannot live without. Falling in love, out of love and making the same mistakes all over again - all of us say we learn from heartbreak, but how many of us really change? And do we really want to?"

Starring Sean Campion, Fiona O'Shaughnessy, Fiona Glascott, Peter Gaynor, and Keith McErlean.

Friday, February 23
7:15pm

Pavee Lackeen: The Traveller Girl (2005)

Directed by: Perry Ogden


Photographer Perry Ogden makes his directorial debut with Pavee Lackeen (The Traveller Girl), an unsparing - and unsentimental - portrait of Ireland's marginalised traveller community. Casting conventional plotting aside, the film follows suspended schoolgirl Winnie (Winnie Maughan), who lives with her alcoholic mother (Rose Maughan) and myriad siblings by the side of the road in an industrial Dublin wasteland. Without leaping on a soapbox, Ogden captures a stark sense of the poverty and prejudices his subjects face on a daily basis.

Friday, March 9

NOTE: This screening is at 7:30 pm.

OSCAR WINNER TO INTRODUCE FILMS:

We'll have the special pleasure of welcoming the Montreal filmmaker - and Concordia alumnus - Torrill Kove, whose short animated film, "The Danish Poet" narrated by Liv Ullmann, won an Academy Award Oscar this year.
Evening of short Irish films - for a list of films click here!

Here are the results from the audience voting:

First place: MARION AGUS AN BANPHRIONSA (Marion and the Princess)
Director: Melanie Clark Pullen

Second: THE BOY WHO HAD NO STORY
Director: Aidan Hickey

Third: CHRISTY
Director: Alex Gill

March 30-31:

"A Weekend with dierctor PADDY BREATHNACH"


Friday at 7:15:
I WENT DOWN

Saturday at 3:15 AILSA

Saturday after the film: RECEPTION
Saturday at 7:15:
MAN ABOUT DOG

The director will be present at each film.

"Paddy Breathnach came to the fore with the hit Irish feature, I Went Down, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and went on to win four prizes, including the New Directors Prize, at the San Sebastian Festival, also garnering the Best Director Prize at the Thessalonki Film Festival and the Best Feature Film Award at the Bogata International Festival. The film was also selected for the Sundance Film Festival.

Ailsa, Breathnach's first feature, won the Euskal Media Award for Best First Film at the San Sebastian Film Festival. Breathnach also directed the award-winning short film A Stone of the Heart, written by the Whitbread nominated author Joseph O'Connor, and the feature documentary, The Road to America, which became a best-selling video title in Ireland. His documentary work also includes WRH, a six-part, fly-on-the-wall documentary series following the daily life of a general hospital.

In 1997, Breathnach and partner Robert Walpole produced Southpaw, directed by Liam McGrath, a documentary following the extraordinary story of an Irish Olympian in Atlanta. The film, originally intended for television, received a theatrical release in the UK and Ireland and was seen at the Sundance Film Festival. More recently, Breathnach and Walpole produced Saltwater, a feature film adapted and directed by award-winning playwright Conor McPherson. The film premiered at the Berlin Film Festival where it won the CICAE Award for Best Film." - www.filmbug.com

Man About Dog (2003): When Belfast boys Mo Chara and his friends Scud Murphy and Cerebral Palsy come into a young greyhound as payment for a favour done for hooky bookie J.P. McCallion, it's a dream come true. Owning their own dog is surely going to end a run of bad luck that's lasted since they placed their very first bets. But Cerebus is a greyhound with a mind of his own and until they have worked out the not-so-complex doggy psychology behind what makes him run, they're mired in a losing streak that's a mile wide. Deep in debt to the ruthless McCallion, sworn enemies of gypsies they have ripped off, for the boys everything's at stake at the most important event in the dog-racing calendar - the Clonmel meet - if only they and Cerbeus can get there in one piece.

A comedy of underdogs coming good without the aid of wisdom, guile or any natural or unnatural advantage whatsoever, proving that if you're not smart enough to recognise when you're beaten, you might actually end up winning.

Friday, April 13
7:15pm

AN EVENING OF FILMS BY CINE GAEL COMMITTEE MEMBERS

BON COP, BAD COP
(2006)
Directed by: Eric Canuel

GUEST SPEAKER:
KEVIN TIERNEY, PRODUCER OF
BON COP, BAD CO
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7:15 pm - Short Film: L'ECOUTEUR
Directed by: Kester Dyer, who will introduce the film

A man who takes pleasure in listening becomes one day the aural witness of a violent assault. Having until then avoided all contact with his neighbours, the man must now venture outside of his apartment and face the society which surrounds him.

FEATURE PRESENTATION:
BON COP, BAD COP


When a crime is committed on the border of Quebec and Ontario, everyone is forced to come together, whether they want to or not. As the investigation gets underway, we meet David Bouchard and Martin Ward, members of their respective provincial police forces who are forced to work together. The two men couldn't be more different. In fact, the only thing they appear to have in common is that they are both cops, albeit cops with totally different styles. Nominated for 10 Genies

Thursday, April 26:
7:15pm

FAVE FILM

After the film, the Embassy of Ireland will host the reception in the atrium.

NB: Tickets must be purchased in advance.

Our audience has been invited to vote on their favourite film - or the film they most regretted missing - of the last 14 years. The winner will be announced at the screening.

TICKETS FOR THIS EVENT MUST BE PURCHASED IN ADVANCE:
Tickets must be purchased at the April 13th screening at deSeve Cinema, or by sending a cheque to Cine Gael Montreal, P.O. Box 446, Cote St. Luc Stn, H4V 2Z1. Tickets will be held at the door on April 26.

 


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