Film Countries Archives: Ireland

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The Wonder

  Sebastián Lelio

  United Kingdom, Ireland     108 minutes

Synopsis

The Irish Midlands, 1862—a young girl stops eating but remains miraculously alive and well. English nurse Lib Wright (Florence Pugh, in a riveting performance) is brought to a tiny village to observe 11-year old Anna O’Donnell. Pilgrims gather to witness the girl who is said to have survived without food for months. Is the village harboring a saint, surviving through divine intervention, or are there more ominous motives at work? As Anna’s health rapidly deteriorates, the science-minded Lib is determined to unearth the truth, challenging the faith of the entire community. A psychological thriller inspired by the 19th-century phenomenon of the “fasting girls” and adapted from the acclaimed novel by Emma Donoghue, The Wonder is an innovative and haunting drama from the director of Gloria and A Fantastic Woman about feminine fortitude and the power of belief.

Screenings & Events

Screening

Fri, Oct 21 @ 7:00pm CDT

at Music Box Theatre

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Film Credits

  •   Ed Guiney, Andrew Lowe, Tessa Ross, Juliette Howell
  •   Emma Donoghue, Sebastián Lelio, Alice Birch
  •   Kristina Hetherington
  •   Ari Wegner
  •   Florence Pugh, Tom Burke, Niamh Algar, Kíla Lord Cassidy, Elaine Cassidy
  •   Ben Baird
  •   Matthew Herbert
  •   Emma Donoghue, Len Blavatnik, Danny Cohen
  •   House Productions, Element Pictures

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Pray For Our Sinners

  Sinéad O'Shea

  Ireland     81 minutes

Synopsis

In this arresting mixture of personal storytelling and political exposé, filmmaker Sinead O’Shea returns to her small Irish hometown to scrutinize the recent history of the Catholic Church’s pervasive abuse and neglect—and shine a light on the very few who managed to fight back. Delving into the institution of “mother and baby homes”—where unwed women were sent to give birth, many of whom died—and the widespread practice of corporal punishment in schools, O’Shea paints a staggering portrait of Irish life, which caused irreparable harm to women and children into the early 1990s. Elegantly mixing archival footage with heartbreaking interviews, the film also offers uplifting profiles in courage of unsung activists who worked to mitigate the damage and affect change. At a time when women’s rights are under assault around the world, Pray For Our Sinners is an at once sobering and empowering story about oppression and resistance.

Screenings & Events

Screening

Thu, Oct 13 @ 5:45pm CDT

at AMC River East, Screen 20

Special Guests*: Director Sinead O'Shea
*Subject to change

Screening

Fri, Oct 14 @ 3:30pm CDT

at Gene Siskel Film Center

Special Guests*: Director Sinead O'Shea
*Subject to change

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Film Credits

  •   Maya Derrington, Sinéad O'Shea
  •   Sinéad O'Shea
  •   Enda O'Dowd
  •   Andrew Cummins, Brian Moore, Michael Lavelle, Enda O'Dowd
  •   George Brennan
  •   SOS Productions

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My Sailor, My Love

  Klaus Härö

  Finland, Ireland     103 minutes

Synopsis

Concerned for the welfare of her irascible father (James Cosmo), a retired sea captain, harried nurse Grace (Catherine Walker) hires local widow Annie (Brid Brennan) as his housekeeper. When the pair embark on an unexpected romance, Grace is forced to face the feelings of resentment and hostility she’s harbored since childhood. As old wounds and closely guarded secrets come to light, the future of Howard and Annie’s budding relationship is threatened. Can the love between them flourish amid Grace’s accusations of betrayal? Acclaimed Finnish filmmaker Klaus Härö (Letters to Father Jacob, The Fencer) makes his English-language debut with a sensitively observed, beautifully crafted drama about wrestling with the weight of family obligation and finding love in the twilight of life.

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This film contains themes of suicide.

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Screenings & Events

Screening

Sat, Oct 22 @ 12:00pm CDT

at AMC River East, Screen 4

Screening

Sun, Oct 23 @ 4:30pm CDT

at AMC River East, Screen 4

Virtual Screening

Available to stream Oct 13 @ 12:00pm CT through Oct 23 @ 11:59pm CT for a 48-hour watch window. Available in Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin only.

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Film Credits

  •   Kai Nordberg, Kaarle Aho, David Collins
  •   Jimmy Karlsson, Kirsi Wikman
  •   Philippe Ravoet
  •   John Hand
  •   Robert Nordström F.S.C.
  •   James Cosmo, Brid Brennan, Catherine Walker, Nora-Jane Noone
  •   Kirka Sainio
  •   Michelino Bisceglia
  •   Making Movies OY, Samson Films, Umedia

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The Banshees of Inisherin

  Martin McDonagh

  United Kingdom, Ireland, United States     114 minutes

Synopsis

Set on a remote island off the west coast of Ireland, The Banshees of Inisherin follows lifelong friends Pádraic (Colin Farrell) and Colm (Brendan Gleeson), who find themselves at an impasse when Colm unexpectedly puts an end to their friendship. A stunned Pádraic, aided by his sister Siobhán (Kerry Condon) and troubled young islander Dominic (Barry Keoghan), endeavors to repair the relationship, refusing to take no for an answer. But Pádraic’s repeated efforts only strengthen his former friend’s resolve and when Colm delivers a desperate ultimatum, events swiftly escalate, with shocking consequences. From the acclaimed writer-director of In Bruge and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.

Screenings & Events

Screening

Wed, Oct 19 @ 8:15pm CDT

at AMC River East, Screen 11

Media

Film Credits

  •   Graham Broadbent, Pete Czernin, Martin McDonagh
  •   Martin McDonagh
  •   Mikkel E.G. Nielsen, ACE
  •   Mark Tildesley
  •   Ben Davis, BSC
  •   Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, Kerry Condon, Barry Keoghan
  •   Simon Willis
  •   Carter Burwell
  •   Diarmuid McKeown, Ben Knight, Daniel Battsek, Ollie Madden
  •   Searchlight Pictures, Film 4, TSG Engertainment, Plueprint Pictures

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Shelter Foscadh

  Seán Breathnach

  Ireland      2021    

Synopsis

Stricken with grief after his parents’ death, the reclusive, extremely shy 28-year-old John Cunliffe is attacked on the street. As he recovers in the hospital, both physically and mentally, he begins to fall for his nurse Siobhán. Upon his release from the ward, he begins to abandon his hermit-like ways and open his heart to the world. Featuring stunning, mist-covered landscapes and a magnetic lead performance, this adaptation of Donal Ryan’s The Thing about December is an emotional character study of one man’s journey to embrace life.

 Irish with subtitles 
  93 minutes

Screenings & Events

In-Person Screening

Wed, Jul 6 @ 6:30pm CDT

at Chicago History Museum, 1601 N Clark St, Chicago

Free tickets available to claim starting June 20 or available at the door (subject to availability).

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