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Irish Popcorn Film Series Presents: Sanctuary
Join NYU DC Dialogues and Solas Nua for a screening of the award-winning film Sanctuary by acclaimed Irish film director Len Collin. This film, adapted from an Irish stage play, highlights the forces working against a couple with intellectual disabilities and is credited with overcoming Ireland's restrictive laws regarding prohibition of "handicapped" persons from renting hotel rooms unless married.
Larry and Sophie are in love. What could be more natural for them than to want to be alone, together? They bribe the feckless Tom to book them into a hotel for an afternoon’s tryst and look forward to getting to know each other, like countless couples before them. But Larry and Sophie aren’t any couple – they both have intellectual disabilities and Tom is their care worker. By attempting to be intimate, they aren’t just breaking the rules – they’re breaking the law.
While Larry and Sophie try to figure out their feelings, their future and how to use a condom, their friends from the training centre escape the not so watchful eye of Tom and go on a joyful rampage through Galway. Both hilarious and heartbreaking, Sanctuary is a truly subversive piece of cinema about two young people trying to be together, in a world doing everything to keep them apart.
87 min., Ireland, 2016
Irish Popcorn Event: Broken Song
Tuesday, December 6th, 8 pm
Suns Cinema - Theater and Bar
3107 Mt. Pleasant Street NW
GI, Costello and Willa Lee are street poets, hip-hop artists and songwriters from north Dublin. For these young men self-expression in the form of poetry, rap and song has become a spiritual experience. Their aim is simply to articulate the chaos that surrounds them and to fight it with their words and voices alone. Along the way it has become their identity, their religion and, as they claim themselves, they are its high priests.
Broken Song premiered at the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival in 2013 where it won the Audience Award and the Dublin Critics Circle 'Discovery' Award.
Run time 70 minutes
View a short trailer
How to Get There: Columbia Heights Metro, Bus Routes 42, S2, S4, S9
Local Restaurants: Haydee's (Mexican), Marx Cafe (American), Dos Gringos (Everything), Purple Patch (Filipino) plus lots more in the neighborhood!
August Irish Popcorn Event: The Yank
This summer film romp combines hops and heritage for some laugh-at-yourself hilarity. The journey begins in Cleveland, where Irish-American Tom Murphy gets himself kicked out of the U2 exhibit at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. When he is asked to be best man at his friend’s wedding in Ireland, he decides this is his chance to meet the Irish girl of his dreams (and his parents’). Problem is, Tom knows less about love than he does about Ireland. “The Yank” takes us through Cleveland, Ireland, pubs on both sides of the pond and some amazing performances by legends Fred Willard, Colm Meaney and Kevin P. Farley. Also starring Niki Spiridakos and, of course, Sean Lackey. Admission, as usual, is free.
Director/ screenwriter/actor Sean Lackey is also an accountant by day and improv-comic at night. Sean is owner and founder of Wet Ears Productions and co-founder of Post Industrial Pictures (PIP), both based in Cleveland, Ohio. He owns Lackey & Company, CPAs. He has appeared in television and film commercials and is a member of SAG - AFTRA. Sean will join Irish Popcorn! on Skype to talk about film-making in Cleveland and Ireland.
The event will be held August 17th at 7pm at Kelly's Irish Times. Check out our Calendar Page for the map of the location. The film starts at 7pm, but please join us a little earlier for food and a pint!
So far this season:
Irish Popcorn kicked off the 2014 season with gritty feature King of the Travellers at Busboys and Poets. Next came family friendly shorts Anam an Amhráin at the Mount Pleasant Library. On March 31st we screened The Irish Pub at Busboys and Poets. We were delighted to be joined by Alex Fegan and Denis Dwyer, the filmmaker andproducer of The Irish Pub. They took part in a Q&A after the film. The screening was so popular we had to turn people away! In April we screened Silence (directed by Pat Collins) at Rírá. Our May movie was Death of a Superhero, the story of a terminally ill teenaged artist. In June we screened Hill Street a wonderful documentary about skateboarding in Ireland, we were pleased to be joined by the film's director J.J. Rolfe. In July we screened Belfast set punk rock feature Good Vibrations. In September we screened sci-fi comedy Earthbound.