Special Screening: Irish Film Night

We are delighted to partner with Irish Film International to screen two Oscar-nominated movies: An Irish Goodbye and The Quiet Girl.

An Irish Goodbye is set on a farm in rural Northern Ireland, and estranged brothers Turlough (Seamus O’Hara) and Lorcan (James Martin) are forced to reunite following the untimely death of their mother (Michelle Fairley). But when the pair discover an unfulfilled bucket list belonging to their late mum, their pained reunion takes an altogether different course.

Winner of the Best Live Action Short Film at the 95th Academy Awards; BAFTA winner for Best British Short Film 2023; and IFTA winner for Best Live Action Short Film 2023.

Even before its release, Colm Bairéad’s debut feature, The Quiet Girl, had become one of the most lauded and garlanded Irish films of recent years. Adapted from Foster, a short story by Claire Keegan, it centers on nine-year-old Cáit, a shy and withdrawn child who receives scant attention or affection from a family ruled by an uncaring patriarch. When she is sent to spend the summer with her aunt Eibhlín (Carrie Crowley) and her husband Seán (Andrew Bennett), she comes out of her shell, blossoming in their care, especially when Seán’s initial aloofness fades. At the end of the summer, difficult decisions and realities must be faced.

This is a work of small moments and details, anchored by Catherine Clinch’s remarkable performance as the titular quiet girl, that make for a film of pure artistry, as uplifting as it is heartbreaking.