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St. Patrick's Film Festival 2013, 20-23 March 2013

Ireland's Presidency of the EU during the first six months of 2013 has spawned a number of initiatives and events during this period. One such initiative concerns screening Irish films in the other 26 EU Member States at various times during this period.

In Luxembourg, the St Patrick's Film Festival will take place in Ciné Utopia in Luxembourg-Limpertsberg from Wednesday 20 to Saturday 23 March.

 

Four films will be screened, one each evening, as follows:

  • Men at Lunch - Wed 20 March @ 19:00 (56 mins, 6+: Opening Screening, in the presence of the film-maker, Seán Ó'Cualáin)
  • What Richard Did - Thu 21 March @ 19:00 (88 mins, 16+)

  • Jump - Fri 22 March @ 21:00 (84 mins, 16+)

  • Good Vibrations - Sat 23 March @ 21:00 (103 mins, 16+)

AWARDS

At the 10th IFTA awards on 9 February 2013, What Richard Did picked up five awards including the top awards for Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Script, as well as Editing Film/Drama. Lón sa Spéir (the Irish-language version of Men at Lunch) picked up the Special Irish Language Award. Good Vibrations picket up the award for Best Costume.

 

ORGANISERS

The St Patrick's Film Festival is being organised by The Luxembourg Chronicle in conjunction with Utopia S.A, the Irish Film Institute and Culture Ireland, under the patronage of the Embassy of Ireland and linked with the British & Irish Film Season. The festival is sponsored by Orange Luxembourg and is being promoted by the Ireland Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce (ILCC) and the American Chamber of Commerce in Luxembourg (AMCHAM).

 

See www.bifilmseason.lu for details.


SYNOPSES

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MEN AT LUNCH

Is the untold story of New York’s greatest legend and one of the most iconic images of the 20th century - Lunch atop a Skyscraper - taken on the 69th floor of the Rockefeller Building in the autumn of 1932.

New York City, 1932. The country is in the throes of the Great Depression, the previous decade's boom of Italian, Irish, and Jewish immigrants has led to unprecedented urban expansion, and in the midst of an unseasonably warm autumn, steelworkers risk life and limb building skyscrapers high above the streets of Manhattan.

In Men at Lunch, director Seán Ó'Cualáin tells the story of Lunch atop a Skyscraper, the iconic photograph taken during the construction of the GE Building that depicts eleven workmen taking their lunch break while casually perched along a steel girder - boots dangling 850 feet above the sidewalk of 41st Street – Central Park and the misty Manhattan skyline stretching out behind them. The definitive counterpoint of epic and mundane – a symbol of the indomitable working man.

Part homage, part investigation, Men at Lunch is the revealing tale of an American icon, an unprecedented race to the sky and the immigrant workers that built New York. For 80 years, the identity of the eleven men – and the photographer that immortalised them – remained a mystery: their stories, lost in time, subsumed by the fame of the image itself. But then, at the start of the 21st century, the photograph finally began to give up some of its secrets.

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WHAT RICHARD DID

Follows Richard Karlsen, golden-boy athlete and undisputed alpha-male of his privileged set of South Dublin teenagers, through the summer between the end of school and the beginning of university.

The world is bright and everything seems possible, until one summer night Richard does something that destroys it all and shatters the lives of the people closest to him.

Featuring extraordinary performances from its mainly young cast, What Richard Did is a quietly devastating study of a boy confronting the gap between who he thought he was and who he proves to be.

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JUMP

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.

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GOOD VIBRATIONS

When it came to punk, New York had the haircuts, London had the trousers, but Belfast had the reason.

Synopsis: Terri Hooley is a radical, rebel and music-lover in 1970s Belfast, when the bloody conflict known as the Troubles shuts down his city. As all his friends take sides and take up arms, Terri opens a record shop on the most bombed half-mile in Europe and calls it Good Vibrations.

Through it he discovers a compelling voice of resistance in the city’s nascent underground punk scene. Galvanising the young musicians into action, he becomes the unlikely leader of a motley band of kids and punks who join him in his mission to create a new community, an Alternative Ulster, to bring his city back to life.

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