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TIME: 07:30 pm - 10:30 pm
The Irish Film Festival, Boston (BIFF) returns this year with its Director’s Choice Screening on Friday, March 22, 2019 at the historic Somerville Theatre. Attendees can experience two of Ireland’s most popular films, both female-directed, that touch on a variety of themes including empowerment and equality. The audience also has the opportunity to engage with Carmel Winters, director and writer of Float Like a Butterfly, alongside lead actors, Hazel Doupe and Dara Devaney, as well as Toma McCullim, the film’s production designer, in a post-screening Q&A.
Float Like a Butterfly, recipient of the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) Prize for the Discovery Program at the 2018 Toronto Film Festival, is a timely story if a teenage Irish traveler, Frances, played by Hazel Doupe, and her fight for freedom and belonging. She lost her mother in a boxing fight; the same fight which landed her father (Dara Devaney) in prison for the last 10 years. Francis later aims to take on the world and box alongside her father after his release. Frances refuses to listen and knows she must train and fight because winning will end the war.
Late Afternoon, the 2019 Oscar-nominated animated short film directed by Louise Bagnall, tell tells the touching story of an elderly woman as she goes on a journey into an inner world where she relives moments from her life and searches for a connection within her fragmented memories.
The Irish Film Festival is also proud to co-present and support two additional Irish films getting their theatrical release in Boston on March 23–24, Maze and Lost and Found. Maze is a film based on the true story of the 1983 mass breakout of 38 IRA prisoners from the HMP Maze high-security prison featuring drama and unlikely friendships are forged between adversaries. Maze opens at the Somerville Theatre Saturday, March 23. Lost and Found, a comedic feature film with multiple interconnecting stories set in and around a lost and found office in an Irish train station, opens at the Kendall Theatre Sunday, March 24.