Ireland old, new highlighted in Irish Film Festival lineup
Organizers of the Irish Film Festival Boston have announced the slate of movies screening at the Somerville Theatre March 10-13 and — surprise, surprise — it’s very Irish.
This year’s fest, encompassing 44 films, opens with a double bill of the Best Breakthrough Feature — the comedy-drama “You’re Ugly Too,” directed by Mark Noonan — and Most Inspiring Short — an LGBT-themed comedy called “More Than God,” directed by Kev Cahill. Both directors will be in attendance.
“Unbreakable: The Mark Pollock Story” is this year’s Global Vision Documentary award winner, and director Ross Whitaker will be present when that doc, about a couple rebuilding their lives following a traumatic accident, screens Saturday.
“The Global Vision awardee challenges and highlights issues that are global with a unique Irish perspective,” said fest director Dawn Morrissey.
Other special guests include comedic actor Pat Shortt, on hand for a retrospective of his films, including “Garage,” directed by Oscar nominee Lenny Abrahamson (“Room”); director Alex Fegan and producer Garry Walsh, repping Director’s Choice Feature “Older Than Ireland”; and director Andrew Kavanagh, whose short “City of Roses” also earned Director’s Choice distinction.
The fest — the largest of its kind outside of Ireland — is celebrating its 16th year and the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising, which set in motion the events that would lead to Irish independence.
“Having 100 years has guided us in a direction,” said Morrissey, whose curation of this year’s films aimed to include entries both contemporary and attuned to Irish heritage. “We’re a lot more than just shamrock and shillelaghs.”
The festival concludes with a party at the Burren in Davis Square on Sunday.