Ghosts of Baggotonia • CIFF 2023

Ghosts of Baggatonia

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U.S. Premiere
Friday, March 3 • 12:00 PM

Acclaimed Irish documentarian Alan Gilsenan's (MEETINGS WITH IVOR) latest work is an evocative film-poem exploring the literary and other ghosts of the bohemian quarter bordering Dublin's Baggot Street during the mid-20th century. "Baggotonia," as it has become known, was both a permeable geographic area and a cultural movement, populated by writers, artists and other intellectuals living an anarchic life at odds with the overarching drabness and the conservative mores of the time. Inspired by a rare collection of photographs from artist Nevill Johnson, the film is shot in starkly beautiful monotone and draws on the writings of the period, including those of Patrick Kavanagh, Samuel Beckett, John Montague, Paul Durcan and Thomas Kinsella, among others. But the film is also an act of psycho-geography as well as a personal meditation on the childhood of filmmaker Gilsenan — who grew up amid the ghosts — on the mythical Raglan Road. The original score is by composer Brian Crosby. (Note adapted from Eclipse Pictures.) Official Selection, 2022 Dublin International Film Festival.

GHOSTS OF BAGGOTONIA is generously supported by Cóilín Parsons & Ryan Dolan.

Credits: DIR/SCR Alan Gilsenan; PROD Martin Mahon. Ireland, 2022, b&w, 89 min. NOT RATED

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