Bringing Contemporary Irish Cinema to the United States
IFNY brings the very best in contemporary Irish cinema to New York with a special three-day screening series featuring filmmaker Q & As, panel discussions, and filmmaker receptions. The event is co-presented by NYU's Glucksman Ireland House, The Irish Film Board and funded by Culture Ireland’s Imagine Ireland Program.
Sunday 7th October, 5.30PM - Death of a Superhero (97 Mins)  Buy Ticket
Sunday 7th October, 7.30 pm – Bernadette: Notes on a Political Journey (88 Mins)  Buy Ticket
Pre Festival Event
WHAT: “Meet the Filmmakers”
WHERE: Apple Store, SoHo (103 Prince Street @ Greene Street)
WHEN: October 4, 2012, 5:00-6:00 p.m.
Join IFNY in its first partnership event with Apple: a roundtable discussion with IFNY visiting directors Kirsten Sheridan (Dollhouse), Lelia Doolan (Bernadette: Notes on a Political Journey), Kieron J. Walsh (Jump), and Macdara Vallely (Babygirl), moderated by Niall McKay.
IFNY Opening Reception
WHAT: “IFNY Launch Party – All Invited !”
WHERE: Glucksman Ireland House 1 Washington Mews, NY
WHEN: Fri Oct 5, 6-7:30 PM
Grab a glass and celebrate the filmmakers screening their films at IFNY. Theopening night receptionbegins before the openingnight film. Please RSVP here
JUMP (82 Mins)  – Friday 5th October, 8PM
Buy TicketJUMP follows the lives of four twenty somethings whose lives collide one fateful New Year’s Eve amidst the ancient walls of Derry, Northern Ireland in a night of fast talk, accidents and intrigue. Johnny, a small time crook, and Marie, a dissatisfied shop assistant are both looking for a fresh start. Greta is on the verge of taking her own life and Pearse has a bounty on his head for asking difficult questions about his missing brother Eddie Kelly. As the clock ticks down to midnight and the night’s events expertly fall into place, JUMP weaves an existential portrait of our character’s lives as their hopes, fears and secrets are revealed.
Buy TicketFor as long as she can remember, Bronx teenager Lena has watched her young man-crazy single mom Lucy waste her time on a series of less-than-perfect boyfriends. And even though she should be paying attention to the neighborhood boys’ flirtations herself, Lena has been spending most of her time being the mother Lucy forgets to be. But when Mom’s latest boy toy Victor quickly proves to be her worst suitor yet, Lena sets up a trap to expose him for the creep she thinks he is. Set in the uneasy but rhythmic streets of the Bronx, this unassuming story of a passionate Puerto Rican family comes to life with authenticity and just the right amount of restraint and naturalism. Irish-born director Macdara Vallely captures a vivid portrait of a young mother and her daughter both coming of age while crafting a likeable yet shifty character in Victor, the kind of guy who always keeps one guessing. Newcomer Yainis Ynoa gives a standout performance as the strong but clearly still innocent Lena in this finely tuned urban drama.
Buy Ticket ”Dollhouse” explores a night in the life of a group of street teens from Dublin’s inner city who break into a house in an upper class suburb. The break-in quickly moves into a night of frenzy, driven by a series of revelations that will leave lasting marks on each of them, and resulting in an emotional conclusion that they will carry with them.
Buy TicketPilgrim Hill tells the story of Jimmy Walshe, a middle-aged bachelor farmer living in rural Ireland. Regarded by his neighbours as a harmless misfit, Jimmy has spent all his adult life as the caretaker of the crumbling family farm on the outskirts of a small town. He is limited, non-educated, isolated, yet through relentless determination gets through each day as best he can by keeping a smile on his face. Jimmy also cares for his ill, bed-ridden father as well as dealing with the daily routine of running the farm. Life has been tough on Jimmy over the years, coping with isolation and loneliness, but things are about to get worse, as life hits a very rough patch.Pilgrim Hill aims to shed light on the dark side of rural Ireland, where middle-aged men and women are living out their lives in isolation and loneliness.
Death of a Superhero (97 Mins)  - Sunday 7th October, 5.30PM
Buy TicketDonald is a teenager with extraordinary artistic talents. His future as a graphic novel artist should be bright. As his life is consumed by fantastic daydreams, Donald soon discovers that a very real enemy is trying to kill him. With an unorthodox psychologist teaching Donald to find the light in life in an otherwise dark world, Death of a Superhero tells the story of discovering life, love, and death in this exceptionally honest portrayal of a teenage boy facing his own mortality.
Bernadette: Notes on a Political Journey (88 Mins)  - Sunday 7th October, 7.30 pm
Buy TicketMade over a period of nine years, this is the first full-length film on Bernadette McAliskey’s work and ideas since John Goldschmidt’s pioneering documentary in 1969. In Bernadette: notes on a political journey, she reflects on some arresting and painful moments in her public life.
When Bernadette Devlin first exploded into the public arena in 1969, she and her fellow students in the People’s Democracy were described as belonging to the politics of impatience. As John Bowman said of her: ‘She was not prepared to grow old in an unjust system. At 21, she was a veteran of the Battle of Bogside. Described as an Irish Joan of Arc and a mini-skirted Castro, she won the mid-Ulster by-election in 1969, the youngest woman ever elected at Westminster. She survived an assassination attempt in 1981 and remains a radical socialist republican.’
Commenting on the peace process in the North, she said, ‘Whether we like it or not, no matter how much we paid in the struggle to be somewhere else, this is where we are!’
Rebellious, awkward and contrary – impeccable character traits inherited from her mother – she has engaged in the cause of civil rights as a feminist, republican and socialist for the past forty years.
Bernadette Devlin McAliskey currently co-ordinates a publicly funded cross-community grassroots organisation in her home in County Tyrone.
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