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Aero Theatre, Santa Monica
Sponsored by the Irish Film Board, Irish Film Institute, Culture Ireland, Aer Lingus, Jet Blue, and Guinness, with the support of E.L.M.A. (European Languages and Movies in America)
LAIFF celebrates the Irish passion for storytelling, a tradition that started around the hearth of every Irish household and has found its voice internationally 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 Protected content .
Kicking off the festival is a double feature of Kirsten Sheridan's teen drama DOLLHOUSE, followed by Ian Fitzgibbon's whimsical coming-of-age tale blending live action and animation, DEATH OF A SUPERHERO, with a discussion between films with Sheridan and actor Jack Reynor. Next up is a dark and delightfully subversive double feature of Ciaran Foy's festival favorite CITADEL, about a single father's nightmarish visions, and Terry McMahon's controversial CHARLIE CASANOVA, about a man who tests fate after committing a hit-and-run, with a discussion between films with Foy. Also screening is BERNADETTE, Lelia Doolan's documentary portrait of political activist Bernadette Devlin; and a double feature of Kieron J. Walsh's JUMP, about a number of colliding stories on New Year's Eve, and folk music doc LET THE PEOPLE SING. Closing the festival is an Irish shorts program and a historical double feature of documentary veteran Robert Flaherty's Protected content OF ARAN and HOW THE MYTH WAS MADE: A STUDY OF ROBERT FLAHERTY'S MAN OF ARAN.
Series compiled by Lisa McLaughlin and Gwen Deglise. Program notes by Barbara Lerenard and Beth Hanna.
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