Montreal Irish Film Series
in its 29th year

Cine Gael Montreal joins Irish Film Festival of Ottawa to stream eight films

By Byron Toben

Cine Gael Montreal Irish Film Series did not let COVID-19 stop its annual presentations during this, its 29th year. Instead, it teamed up with the Irish Film Festival of Ottawa (IFFO) to jointly stream a selection of eight Irish feature films and three shorts, running from April 9 through 13. A full description follows below after this summary.

In past years, Cine Gael differed from other film series or festivals by exhibiting about ten shows spread out about two weeks apart between February and April. It opened with a wine reception and concluding with a ‘gala.’

The Hunger, a two-part documentary, is narrated by international star Liam Neeson.

The pandemic exigencies limit the coziness of Concordia University’s Cinema de Sève, making it unavailable this year.

The cost is a bargain with individual films at only Can $5 each. The entire series is $40 but includes Q & A periods. The features were all released in 2019 or 2020, except Rosie in 2018.

The Hunger, a two-part documentary, is narrated by international star Liam Neeson.

frame from A Bump Along the Way

Frame from the movie A Bump Along the Way

Here is the schedule:

April 9

5 pm – A Bump Along the Way

April 10

2 pm – Arracht

5 pm – Wildfire

frame from The Last Right

Frame from the movie The Last Right

April 11

Noon – The Hunger: The Story of the Irish Famine

5 pm – Rosie

7 pm – Broken Law

April 12

5 pm – The Winter Lake

April 13

5 pm – The Last Right

Three of the above features include shorts.

Access the official program at the link below, presumably created by Cine Gael’s digital wizard, Antoine Maloney. Instructions to sign up, which you can do now, are included.


Feature image: frame from the movie WildfireBouton S'inscrire à l'infolettre – WestmountMag.ca

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Byron Toben, a past president of The Montreal Press Club, has been WestmountMag.ca’s theatre reviewer since July 2015. Previously, he wrote for since terminated web sites Rover Arts and Charlebois Post, print weekly The Downtowner and print monthly The Senior Times. He also is an expert consultant on U.S. work permits for Canadians.

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