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Somerville Theater, 55 Davis Square, Somerville

Thursday, March 22 to Sunday, March 25, 2018

One of the great pleasures of the St. Patrick’s Day season each year is attending Irish Film Festival Boston.  The 2018 festival runs from March 22-25 and showcases a wealth of amazing movies, shorts and documentaries coming out of Ireland.  Now in its 18th year, the Irish Film Festival continues to inspire with a great selection of new films that depict the Irish and Irish-American experience.

This year, half of the award winners are female and IFFB has a total of 12 screenings by female directors.

BITA is proud to partner with IFFB to offer two pairs of free tickets to four of this year’s screenings. Enter the contest below for a chance to win.

If you know you want to see all or most of these movies, then purchase an All Access Pass which guarantees entry to all of the movies and events throughout the festival.

Breakthrough Feature
Thursday, March 22 @ 7:30 pm

Kissing Candice, a coming of age drama, kicks off the Festival on Thursday evening. This edgy independent film just had its European premiere at the world-renowned Berlin Film Festival.
Candice longs to escape the boredom of her seaside town, but when a boy she dreams about turns up in real life, she becomes involved with a dangerous local gang. This showing at the IFF will be its U.S. premiere.

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2017/Ireland (102 min) | Director: Aoife McArdle

Most Inspiring Short

In a small Irish town where secrets are rare, a local man goes to church to confess his.

2017/Ireland (15 min 40) | Director: Paul Horan in person!

Reception to follow at Orleans Restaurant, Davis Square. 


Director's Choice Feature

Friday, March 23 @ 7:30 p.m.

Maze is based on the true story of the 1983 mass breakout of 38 IRA prisoners from the HMP Maze high-security prison. As Larry Marley, the chief architect of the escape, schemes his way towards this feat, he meets prison warden, Gordon Close. Initially they are confirmed enemies, born of opposite sides of Northern Ireland's political divide, but when Larry realizes that Gordon may be useful for his escape, a slow seduction begins. What follows is an intense and intriguing drama during which an unlikely relationship is forged between two adversaries.
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2017/Ireland (92 mins) | Director: Stephen Burke.
Actor Martin McCann in person!

Director's Choice Short

Inspired by a true story. Sean races against the clock to his mother's death bed while dealing with inter-family politics over the phone.

2017/Ireland (14 min 55) | Director: Eamonn Murphy

Reception to follow at Redbones, Davis Square. 


Global Vision Documentary Award Winner
Saturday, March 24 @ 4:30 pm

It is one of humankind's greatest achievements. More than 12 billion miles away a tiny spaceship is leaving our Solar System and entering the void of deep space - the first human-made object ever to do so. Slowly dying within its heart is a nuclear generator that will beat for perhaps another decade before the lights on Voyager finally go out. But this little craft will travel on for millions of years, carrying a Golden Record bearing recordings and images of life on Earth. In all likelihood Voyager will outlive humanity. The Farthest celebrates these magnificent machines, the men and women who built them and the vision that propelled them farther than anyone could ever have hoped. View trailer | Buy Tix

2017/Ireland (122 mins) | Director: Emer Reynolds in person!


Sunday, March 25 @ 6:00 pm

The U.S. premiere of Noel Hill: Broken Dream closes the Festival on Sunday evening. Directed by Paddy Hayes, it is a searing portrait of one of Ireland’s most renowned traditional musicians, concertina player Noel Hill, as he recovers from a serious assault that left him a battered shadow of his former self. Buy Tix

2017/Ireland (122 mins) | Director: Paddy Hayes


Winners will be announced two days before each screening, starting on Tuesday, March 20. You can check back in to catch the winning announcements!

Apart from the great screenings listed above, there are so many other great movies to see at this year's Irish Film Festival Boston.

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