15th Annual Series
All screenings take place at
J.A. deSeve Cinema,
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
Opening film & reception
What Means Motley? (2006)
Directed by: John Ketchum and John Riley
Dr. Michael Kenneally, Honourary Consul General
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.
once the "singers" arrived in Dublin they vanished.
Some applied for asylum, others are still on the run.
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
Goldfish Memory (2003)
Andrea Stanford Brown
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
Starring Sean Campion, Fiona O'Shaughnessy, Fiona Glascott, Peter
Gaynor, and Keith McErlean.
Pavee Lackeen: The Traveller Girl (2005)
Directed by: Perry Ogden
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
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.
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
Director: Alex Gill
"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.
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.
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
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
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.
EVENING OF FILMS BY CINE GAEL COMMITTEE MEMBERS
COP, BAD COP
Directed by: Eric Canuel
KEVIN TIERNEY, PRODUCER OF
BON COP, BAD COP
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.
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
the film, the Embassy of Ireland will host the reception in the
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.
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.