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Sparked your interest? I LOVE YOU LIKE IRELAND was a hit song by the band Kobranocka a few years back and now the band is the subject of a quasi-documentary by filmmaker Pawel Dyllus. The documentary is part of the 25th Polish Film Festival that is presenting over 70 feature, documentary and short films from Poland and its neighboring countries. The festival is considered one of the top five major European film festivals in North America and certainly one of the best in Chicago. This year the festival opens, November 9th, with a beautiful film WALESA: MAN OF HOPE, about the life of Noble Prize winner and former President of Poland, Lech Walesa, by the Academy award winning director Andrzej Wajda. The festival continues with dozens of fascinating films; some experimental, some whimsical and some informative but all brilliant examples of the breath of contemporary Polish filmmaking. And don’t forget I LOVE YOU LIKE IRELAND it’s screening November 20th.
WHERE ARE THEY NOW?
10 years ago the CIFF presented an Irish short that people still talk about, Brendan Muldowney’s THE TEN STEPS, which won an audience award at the festival and more than a dozen other awards around the world. Since then Brendan has made a number of films including two feature films SAVAGE (2009) and LOVE ETERNAL ( 2013) which is based on the Japanese novel In Love With The Dead, from acclaimed author Kei Oishi (Apartment 1303, The Last Supper). The film centers on an isolated and death-fixated young man who tries to make sense of the world. The film had its world premier at the Galway Film Fleadh and its US premier at the Austin Fantastic Fest in Texas. Congratulations Brendan! Interested in walking down those 10 steps again? Click here
Bord Scannán na hÉireann / The Irish Film Board (IFB) has been supporting Irish stories on film for 20 years both financially as well as culturally. The CIFF is immensely grateful for the continuous support is has received from the IFB over the years and is looking forward to the next 20 years of terrific Irish films. As part of their anniversary celebrations they have launched a trailer highlighting some of the wonderful IFB-funded films of the past two decades. The music that accompanies the trailer is by the Irish band Heathers, twin sisters Ellie and Louis Macnamara. Click here for trailer and see if you spot some of the two dozen plus Irish films that have screened in Chicago.
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