CIFF2024 Closing Film - VERDIGRIS



Sunday, March 3 • 7:00 PM • T2

****Advance tickets are no longer available for VERDIGRIS.  A standby line will begin at 6:30 p.m. and any remaining seats will be released near showtime.****

Q&A with Director Patricia Kelly,  Producer Paul FitzSimons, and Actor Geraldine McAlinden, moderated by Maedhbh Mc Cullagh, Director, Solas Nua Capital Irish Film Festival | Welcome by the Ambassador of Ireland to the United States, Geraldine Byrne Nason. Post-show reception sponsored by the Embassy of Ireland. 

Dramatic Feature | East Coast Premiere | Award Winner | Debut Feature | Woman Director, Writer & Co-Producer

Generously sponsored by Patrick & Darlene Meskell, and Martin & Mary Burns

A reluctant retiree strikes up an unlikely friendship with a streetwise teenage sex worker after taking on a secret part-time job as a census enumerator to escape her controlling, abusive husband. On the surface these two strangers have nothing in common, but as they walk the streets of Dublin, an unlikely friendship blooms that will change both of their lives. Patricia Kelly's social realist debut feature depicts inner city life with incredible humor and charm, telling a powerful story about class, friendship and empowerment.


Director and Screenwriter: Patricia Kelly

Producers: Paul FitzSimons and Patricia Kelly

Cast: Geraldine McAlinden, Patricia Kelly, Kyle Hixon, Killian Filan, Maya O'Shea, Michael James Ford, Andrew Kingston, Steven Mckenna, Neha Dubey, Finn Kelly, Leanne Bickerdike, Sally Elsbury

Ireland, 2023, color, 95 min. NOT RATED.


Best Independent Film - Galway Fleadh 2023, Best Irish Film - Newport Beach Film Festival 2023, Best Narrative Feature - Kerry International Film Festival 2023, Best Feature Film - Irish Film Festival London 2023


"'Paul and Patricia have made a multi-layered, charming film mixing ironic humour with a number of current, real-life issues,' said Dominique Murphy-de Neef, creative director of Silver Mountain. 'The portrayal of the bond between a seemingly invisible older woman and a young sex worker is both remarkable and inspiring, as it revolves around the exchange of life wisdom for street smarts.'"--ScreenDaily, September, 2023

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Patricia Kelly

Patricia Kelly is an independent filmmaker and founder of MnáMná Films, an Irish production company based in Dublin. Her award-winning short films have screened worldwide at film festivals, online and on TV and she has had a comedy radio play broadcast on RTE Radio 1. She has an MA in Screenwriting for Film & TV and was a script reader for Northern Ireland Screen for four years. Patricia is passionate about amplifying marginalised voices, featuring characters and stories less often seen on screen.

Paul FitzSimons

Paul FitzSimons is a producer and writer with 15 years’ experience film industry. He previously wrote and produced feature film The Gift, worked as Development Executive at production company Danú Media and on the Irish TV Drama Fair City. He now runs Prelude Content, recently completing feature Verdigris and now developing TV Dramas and films in co-production with producers in Spain, Serbia, Japan and the UK.

Geraldine McAlinden

Geraldine McAlinden is originally from County Armagh. She has trained at the Gaiety School of Acting and the Focus Theatre, and was in the first intake of the Factory's Screen Acting Programme in 2012. She has also trained with The Actors Comedy Studio based in LA. Geraldine's film credits include The Secret Scripture, Aisha, Ordinary Love, Black 47, Who We Love, Zoo, The Truth Commissioner, Portrait of a Zombie, Sucking Diesel and The Reavey Brothers. She recently wrapped on The Last Rifleman with Pierce Brosnan, directed by Terry Loane (produced by Wee Buns). Her TV credits include Bad Sisters, Bloodlands, Miss Scarlett and the Duke, Blood, Red Rock, Striking Out and Scup. Geraldine has just wrapped on Maryland with Eve Best and Suranne Jones, directed by Susan Tully (produced by Monumental Television).

Maedhbh Mc Cullagh

Maedhbh Mc Cullagh is a multidisciplinary cultural producer, arts programmer, and creative consultant from Ireland. For more than two decades she has been producing and managing artistic programs, presentations, productions, and special events for international festivals and cultural organizations, in Europe and the US, including appointments as the Associate Director of Irish Screen America, Managing Director of the contemporary interdisciplinary Abrons Arts Center, independent freelance producer at The Trailblazery, The Civilians Theater Company, Performance Space NY, The Foundry Theatre, the Alliance of Resident Theatres NY, Program Manager of the international Dublin Fringe Festival and Associate Producer of the award-winning Aurora Nova international program of physical theatre, dance and cross-disciplinary performance at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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