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Series compiled by: Series compiled by Lisa McLaughlin-Strassman and Juli C. Lasselle, with the assistance of Gwen Deglise. Program notes by Matt Kaszanek with additions by Beth Hanna.

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The American Cinematheque is a non-profit 501 (C) (3) organization.
The Film Programs of the American Cinematheque are presented at the newly re-opened and renovated Aero Theatre at 1328 Montana Avenue in Santa Monica and at the magnificently renovated, historic 1922 Grauman's Hollywood Egyptian Theatre. Located at 6712 Hollywood Boulevard.
Photo Credit: Barry Gerber. Aero Theatre (c) 2004.

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<<< October 1 - 3, 2010

Los Angeles Irish Film Festival


This is an Aero Theatre Exclusive!

Irish Festival Details

In collaboration with the Irish Film Board (Bord Scannán na hÉireann), Ireland’s national film agency, and Culture Ireland.

With the support of E.L.M.A. (European Languages and Movies in America) and the Irish Film Institute.

Sponsored by Bushmills, Kerrygold, Kensington Caterers, Rosemarie McCaffrey, My Irish Pride, Grafton on Sunset and

The Irish passion for storytelling began around the hearth of every Irish household and now reaches a worldwide audience through the medium of film. Coupled with the treasures of Ireland’s moviemaking past, LAIFF presents modern works as diverse as they are unique, creating a cinematic barometer for the cultural climate of Ireland in 2010. Kicking off the festival is a double feature of the Los Angeles premieres MY BROTHERS and SWANSONG: STORY OF OCCI BYRNE, both powerful coming-of-age dramas portraying the complexities of family ties. Also in store is A SHINE OF RAINBOWS, a delightful, family-friendly tale of a young orphan’s voyage to an enchanting island; CUP CAKE, a quirky comedy about an introverted 20-something inheriting his family’s cupcake shop; and THE YELLOW BITTERN, a fascinating documentary about Irish folk-singer Liam Clancy. Closing the festival is Jim Sheridan’s THE FIELD, starring the illustrious Richard Harris as a willful, rough-edged farmer who refuses to auction off his family’s land to a wealthy American bidder.

Some programs of this festival are not at the Aero Theatre. It kicks off on September 30 at the Motion Picture Academys Linwood Dunn Theatre. There will be an industry seminar on Friday, October 1st in the afternoon. For comprehensive information visit Buy Tickets



Friday, October 1 – 7:30 PM

Double Feature: West Coast Premiere! MY BROTHERS, 2010, Rubicon Films. Dir. Paul Fraser. When his dying father's watch is accidentally broken, 17-year-old Noel and his brothers, Paudie and Scwally "borrow" a broken-down bread van from his employer, and journey to the seaside town of Ballybunion to find a replacement.

U.S. Premiere! SWANSONG: STORY OF OCCI BYRNE, 2009, Kinowelt Filmverleih. Dir. Conor McDermottroe. Teased and bullied as a child because he has no father, Occi Byrne (Martin McCann) grows up plagued by anger, confusion and pain. In the hopes of unlocking his own identity and overcoming the past that haunts him, Occi sets out to find his father and discover the secret of his birth. Trailer:

Each feature will be preceded by a short film:

"Days Like This," (2007, 3 min) Director Joel Simon tells the story of a man looking back on the great day: when his father took him to an international soccer match.

"The Line," (4 min.) Director Maria O’Connor’s fictional silent dark comedy drama combines animation and quirky locations as two characters struggle on a writing journey. Discussion between films with directors Paul Fraser and Conor McDermottroe.  Buy Tickets



Saturday, October 2 – 4:00 PM

L.A. Premiere: Family Matinee! A SHINE OF RAINBOWS, 2009, 101 min. Dir. Vic Sarin. Tomas, a shy 8-year-old boy, has been living a solitary life in an orphanage. Then Maire O'Donnell comes into his world. Before he knows it, Tomas is on a boat, sailing to wind-swept Corrie Island off the coast of Ireland, where he learns the secret of the seals and the mystery of the stone giant and discovers that you can find magic anywhere - if you really look. Trailer: | Official Website:  | Buy Tickets



Saturday, October 2 – 7:30 PM

Double Feature: West Coast Premiere! CUP CAKE, 2010, Wee Buns. Dir. Colin McIvor. P.J., a 23-year-old eccentric who spends his time around robots and gadgets, inherits his family's bakery, Cup Cake, after the strange disappearance of his parents. But PJ's out-of-touch baking and business skills lead the shop into decline. With the help of his slightly dysfunctional friends, P.J. tries one last time to bring the sweet shop back to its former glory.

U.S. Premiere! THE YELLOW BITTERN, 2009, 120 min. Dir. Alan Gilsenan. A revealing portrait of the man Bob Dylan called "the best ballad singer I'd ever heard," THE YELLOW BITTERN chronicles the life of Liam Clancy, the youngest of the iconic Clancy Brothers. Featuring candid interviews and never-before-seen footage, some of it from Clancy's personal archives, Gilsenan's masterful doc is a fascinating look at the life of one of Ireland's great musical artists. Trailer: | Official Website

Prior to the feature:

"Moore Street Masala," (2009, 5 min) Dir. David O'Sullivan. This delightful musical short tells the story of Baba, a store clerk, and his love for the woman across the street. Trailer | Buy Tickets



Sunday, October 3 – 5:00 PM

Double Feature: BALLYBRANDO, 2009, Hot Shot Films, 50 min. Dir. Brendan Byrne. This documentary chronicles the collapse of DIVINE RAPTURE, starring Marlon Brando, Johnny Depp, Debra Winger and John Hurt. It is also the little-known story of Marlon Brando's brief, but heartfelt adventure in Ireland, where he said he felt "more at home here than anywhere else in the world."

Tribute to Richard Harris! THE FIELD, 1990, Avenue Pictures Productions, 107 min. Dir. Jim Sheridan. In one of his finest performances, Richard Harris is "Bull" McCabe, a gruff, unforgiving man faced with losing his family's long-time land to a rich American attempting to buy it at an auction. Trailer: Discussion following with Richard Harris’s sons Jared ("Mad Men"), Damian and Jamie and director Jim Sheridan. Between films Colin Devlin will performs (go to and click on music for information) at 7:00 PM. Free with a ticket for the 7:30 PM screening of THE FIELDBuy Tickets