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Fri, Sat, Sunday: Sept. 28, 29 and 30 2018
Gene Siskel Film Center
2017, SEAN HARTOFILIS, USA, 71 MIN. WITH SEAN HARTOFILIS, LINDSEY DUMONT.
Friday, September 28, 8:00 pmIn this quirky psychological thriller punctuated by ancient ballads, rambling tales from Irish history, and original songs by the director, surreal paranoia grips Martin (Hartofilis), a widower living alone in a lakeside house, when teenage lovers sneak off with his canoe late one night. Only one returns from the jaunt on the lake, triggering a series of insistent brushes with the law and a hostage-taking that may or may not be real. Writer/director/actor Hartofilis taps into the Irish tradition of telling tall tales, but gives his mercurial character's fantastical and intermittently comic exorcism of grief over the death of his wife a distinctly American spin that hints at the influence of De Palma and Kubrick. DCP digital. (BS)
2017, MARK O'CONNOR, IRELAND, 92 MIN. WITH JOHN CONNORS, FIONN WALTON.
Saturday, September 29, 8:00 pmThis energetic gangster drama, Ireland's smash hit of the year, delivers a dark contemporary tragedy of Shakespearean scope playing out within the brutally territorial confines of a housing development on the outskirts of Dublin. Drugs rule, and local crime lord Derra (Jimmy Smallhorne) is the kingpin. Jason (Connors, Best Actor at the Irish Film and Television Awards) - a smalltime loser, part-time DJ, and mama's boy straining at the apron strings - wants what Derra has, up to and including the gangster's hard-eyed wife. Critics have referenced BOYZ N THE HOOD, but director O'Connor (BETWEEN THE CANALS) evokes a distinctly Irish milieu and culture, underlined by the unique sounds of Irish rap and rock, as Jason and his mouthy best friend Dano (Walton) take their foolhardy shot at the big time. DCP digital. (BS)
2018, FERGUS O'BRIEN, UK, 90 MIN. WITH ANNA MAXWELL MARTIN, VICKY MCCLURE.
Sunday, September 30, 5:00 pmRealism and heroism are movingly balanced in this dramatized account of the events surrounding the 1993 IRA bombing in the English town of Warrington that killed two children and led Susan McHugh (McClure), a shocked Dublin wife and mother, to spearhead an unprecedented and controversial peace movement. Supported by increasing numbers of Irish who answer her call to end the violence, McHugh reaches out in sympathy and friendship to Wendy Parry (Martin), grief-stricken mother of a 12-year-old victim, but initially meets with resistance. Director O'Brien and screenwriter Nick Leather (a Warrington native) evenhandedly portray the pain that fires sectarian passions on both sides of the Troubles as the two mothers find common ground for the sake of the children. DCP digital. (BS)
All screenings and events are at the Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, located at 164 N. State St.
All tickets may be purchased at the Film Center Box Office. Both general admission and Film Center member tickets are available through the Gene Siskel Film Center’s website or through the individual films’ weblinks on www.siskelfilmcenter.org.
There is a surcharge of $1.50 per ticket. The Film Center and its box office are open 5:00 to 8:30 pm, Monday through Friday; 2:00 to 8:30 pm Saturday; and 2:00 to 5:30 pm Sunday.