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    A scene from “Gold,” which will open the Irish Film Festival at the Somerville Theatre.
    Irish Film Festival
    A scene from “Gold,” which will open the Irish Film Festival at the Somerville Theatre.

    To see a comparable feast of Irish cinema, you’d have to be on the Emerald Isle. The Irish Film Festival at the Somerville Theatre (March 19-22) is the largest event of its kind outside of Ireland, and it’s now in its 15th year. The opening night feature is “Gold,” a black comedy about a father on a mission to reconnect with his ex-girlfriend and teenage daughter. Director Niall Heery will be on hand for a discussion following the 7:30 p.m. screening. “Gold” is paired with the 2015 Oscar-nominated live-action short film “Boogaloo and Graham,” accompanied by director Michael Lennox. It’s about a pair of boys who dream of running a chicken farm. Other highlights include “An Bronntanas” (March 21, 5:30 p.m.), a contemporary thriller that was Ireland’s entry this year in the Oscars’ foreign language film category. Star Dara Devaney will participate in a post-screening discussion. Both director Aoife Kelleher and producer Rachel Lysaght will be present for the US premiere of “One Million Dubliners” (March 20, 7:30 p.m.) about Dublin’s sprawling Glasnevin Cemetery, the ritual of loss, and the business of death. It will be preceded by festival attendee Paul Murphy’s short, “The Weather Report,” about a lighthouse keeper and his wife, whose quiet 1940s existence is interrupted by a phone call.

    For more information go to www.irish
    filmfestival.com

    Turkey time

    Internationally acclaimed director Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s “Winter Sleep,” winner of the 2014 Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, kicks off the 14th annual Boston Turkish Film and Music Festival on March 19 at 6:30 p.m. at the Museum of Fine Arts. Running to April 25, the festival offers scripted features, documentaries, and award-winning shorts. Highlights include Ozan Açiktan’s romantic thriller “Consequences” (March 27, 7:30 p.m.), the story of best friends in Istanbul who struggle to keep their secrets hidden from each other and the woman they both love.; Erol Mintas’s “Song of My Mother” (March 28, noon), a tale of a son’s devotion as his mother is uprooted from their home; and Tayfun Pirselimoglu’s “I’m Not Him” (March 22, 2:30 p.m.) about a middle-age, unmarried loner who develops a relationship with a mysterious young colleague whose husband is in prison. The Boston Turkish Film Festival in 2012 honored Pirselimoglu with its Excellence in Turkish Cinema Award.

    For more information go to www.bostonturkishfilmfestival
    .org

    Noah’s arc

    In anticipation of writer-director Noah Baumbach’s new film, “While We’re Young,” a generational comedy costarring Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts, distributor A24 Films is bringing a Baumbach retrospective to 16 theaters around the country. Here in Boston, “Growing Up Baumbach: Celebrating 20 Years in Film” features three of Baumbach’s career-defining films at the Brattle Theatre on March 18: his 1995 debut, “Kicking and Screaming” shows at 7:30 p.m., the 2005 coming-of-age Oscar nominee “The Squid and the Whale” at 5:30 p.m., and the black-and-white romantic comedy from 2005, “Frances Ha,” at 9:30 p.m. Baumbach will attend a special free preview screening of “While We’re Young” on March 19 at 6:30 p.m. Boston is one of four cities where Baumbach will appear in person.

    For more information go to www.brattlefilm.org

    The world goes on

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    Belmont’s Studio Cinema may be closed but Belmont World Film’s annual international film series, which had made its home at the cinema, is still going strong. This year, the series moves to the West Newton Cinema. Running March 22 through May 11, the program, called “Secrets and Lies,” will take place on Sundays at 7 p.m. — except for two Mondays, April 6 and May 11.

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    The festival opens with the New England premiere of “Ghadi,” director Amin Dora’s satire about Lebanon’s marginalization of people with mental and physical disabilities. Isa Qosja’s “Three Windows and a Hanging” (screens March 29) is about how patriarchy fostered silence about the rape of women by the Serbians during the Kosovo War in the late 1990s. French director Nils Tavernier’s “The Finishers” (April 19), inspired by the Boston Marathon father-and-son team of Dick and Rick Hoyt, is a drama set in southern France. Turkish-German director Fatih Akin’s “The Cut” (April 26) stars Tahar Fahim (“A Prophet”) as an Armenian husband and father who survives mass murder in 1915 when he is deported by Turkish authorities. Upon learning that his twin daughters may still be alive, he embarks upon an incredible journey from Asia to the United States.

    For more information go to www.belmontworldfilm.org

    Celebrating independents

    One of the longest-running celebrations of independent and international cinema is the Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film’s annual awards ceremony. Now in its 21st year, the show, complete with musical numbers and guest presenters, takes place March 22 at 5 p.m. at the Brattle Theatre. The guest of honor is filmmaker and animator Signe Baumann, who’ll be on hand to accept the Visionary Award. Baumann’s first full-length animated feature, “Rocks in Her Pockets,” was Latvia’s entry for the best foreign language film Oscar this year, and is also nominated in the Chlotrudis Awards’ Buried Treasure category.

    For more information go to www.chlotrudis.org

    Loren King can be reached at loren.king@comcast.net.

    Correction: An earlier version has the incorrect times for “Kicking and Screaming” and “The Squid and the Whale.” “Kicking and Screaming” shows at 7:30 p.m. and“The Squid and the Whale” at 5:30 p.m.