15th - 18th November
The best of Irish Cinema is coming to Aotearoa via Irish Film Fest NZ on Nov 15th-18th! With this new film festival we will be bringing the highlights of recent Irish cinema for Irish and Kiwis to enjoy. The film festival will run as part of NZ Irish Fest and Light House Cinema will screen 5 features.
Older Than Ireland
Directed by Alex Fegan (The Irish Pub), OLDER THAN IRELAND is a landmark documentary that tells the story of a hundred years of a life as seen through the eyes of thirty Irish men and women aged 100 or over. Often funny and at times poignant, the film explores each centenarian's journey, from their birth at the dawn of Irish independence to their life as a centenarian in modern day Ireland.
Set in Ireland during the Great Famine, the drama follows an Irish Ranger who has been fighting for the British Army abroad, as he abandons his post to reunite with his family. Despite experiencing the horrors of war, he is shocked by the famine’s destruction of his homeland and the brutalization of his people and his family.
MAKING THE GRADE
Making the Grade invites us into the world of the piano lesson. Every year teachers and students throughout Ireland prepare for graded musical exams.Each student has their own particular goal but reaching Grade Eight is considered a pinnacle. This endearing and uplifting documentary explores the bond between piano teachers and their pupils as they struggle through these grades.
SHELTER ME: APOLLO HOUSE
On the 16th of December 2016 a group of housing activists and trade unionists commandeered Apollo House, an empty Nama-controlled office block on Dublin’s Poolbeg Street and opened a shelter for homeless people. Joined by well-known public figures, including film director Jim Sheridan and musicians Glen Hansard and Hozier, and frustrated by government inaction towards the growing homelessness problem they set about raising awareness of this crisis.
LOVERS OF THE NIGHT
Seven elderly monks in a small Cistercian monastery in Ireland strive to keep their spiritual life and fragile community going. With shaky voices – but deeply committed – they gather in church seven times a day to pray. A passionate rugby fan with a great devotional heart, 88-year-old Alberic stands at the centre of the film, weaving together the monks' individual stories and revealing the vulnerability of old age.
For more information on the NZ Irish Festival, visit their website here.