Irish Films at Tribeca Film Festival This Week!

How It’s New York: Tribeca Film Festival is a New York Festival founded in 2002 by Jane Rosenthal, Robert De Niro and Craig Hatkoff as a response to 9/11- to remind the world, and New Yorkers too, that Manhattan, and particularly LOWER Manhaattan, is vibrant and a great place to make and screen films.  It’s hard to believe the festival’s only 10 years old, because it’s become such a major festival and such a signpost of the year. 
How It’s Irish: There are always some great Irish films in the mix: “The Guard” screened here last yea (listen to our interviews with John Michael McDonagh and with Don Cheadle and Brendan Gleeson!). Young Irish filmmakers come over with shorts. As the Oscar win for Terry George in the shorts category demonstrated, Irish film is definitely on the rise.

Thanks to Niall McKay of Irish Film New York for compiling this list of the Irish films at Tribeca Film Festival for us! As we did last year, we’ll be posting reviews and grades along the way so stay tuned. 

These films are by or about Irish subjects. The Festival began April 18 and runs through April 29. In addition to the films, there are fascinating panels and industry events so check out their website!  And even if a film says “sold out” it’s worth trying for a rush ticket.

(@Ryan Muir)
Macdara Vallely’s film “Babygirl” is an unassuming coming of age story about the relationship between a teenaged girl and her single mother living in the Bronx.
Vallely was born in Ireland, and has won international awards, including the Falway Film Fleadh.
  Fri 4/27 9:00PM Clearview Cinemas Chelsea 7 Rush Tickets
(@Allen Kiely)

Ian Fitzgibbon’s “Death of a Superhero” explores a talented teenaged artist’s retreat into a fantasty world after he is diagnosed with a life-threatening illness.

Fri 4/27 3:00PM Clearview Cinemas Chelsea 7 Buy Tickets
Sat 4/28 7:30PM Clearview Cinemas Chelsea 9 Rush Tickets
Sun 4/29 1:00PM AMC Loews Village 7 – 2 Rush Tickets  
(@Aidan Managhan)
Oscar winner Terry George’s new feature film, “Whole Lotta Sole,” is a madcamp crime comedy set in Belfast and featuring Brendan Fraser.
Wed 4/25 5:30PM AMC Loews Village 7 – 3 Buy Tickets
Sat 4/28 3:45PM Clearview Cinemas Chelsea 8 Rush Tickets
Sun 4/29 3:00PM AMC Loews Village 7 – 1 Buy Tickets

Two award-winning shorts by Irish directors will also be playing.

(@Azim Zaim)
Cathal Burke’s SCREENSHOT is a tale of online romance and betryal.
Kate meets an old friend through Facebook and discovers just how unfriendly a place the Internet can be. Screenshot is an online tale of love and betrayal.  

Fri 4/27 6:30PM Clearview Cinemas Chelsea 6 Rush Tickets
Sat 4/28 11:30AM Clearview Cinemas Chelsea 4 Rush Tickets
Sun 4/29 5:00PM Tribeca Cinemas Theater 2 Buy Tickets

(@Miguel De Olaso)

Lorcan Finnegan’s FOXES is a story of obsession and alienation.


Ellen and James live alone in a silent maze of uniform houses populated only by spectral shrieking foxes. Ellen spends her time photographing the foxes. Her pastime becomes an obsession. An obsession that alienates James. One day she flees the house, vanishing into the endless rows of overgrown gardens…
Tue 4/24 5:30PM Clearview Cinemas Chelsea 4 Buy Tickets
Sat 4/28 6:45PM Clearview Cinemas Chelsea 8 Buy Tickets
Sun 4/29 4:00PM Tribeca Cinemas Theater 1 Rush Tickets

Additionally, Academy Award-nominated director Jim Sheridan will be interviewed by his daughter, Academy Award-nominated screewriter Naomi Sheridan, as a part of the Tribeca Talks Directors Series.

Sat 4/28 2:30PM SVA Theater 2 Beatrice Buy Tickets
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